Cylinder & Slide To Close

It was announced on Facebook yesterday that Bill Laughridge had decided to close down Cylinder & Slide after 44 years and retire. Bill was the 2005 Pistolsmith of the Year which was awarded by the American Pistolsmith Guild.

Cylinder and Slide would like to announce that after 44+ years of business, we are ceasing operations. We would like to thank our countless customers and fellow industry partners for all their support and assistance throughout all these years.

We do have quite a bit of inventory, fixtures, equipment, factory parts, etc that we would like to move. If you have any potential interest, we are accepting email inquiries only; There is too much list at the moment, but we are generating lists of what we have.

Please congratulate Bill on being able to finally retire!

I only got to meet Bill once and that was at last year’s Dallas Safari Club Convention. He was working on one of the new Springfield Armory SA-35 Hi-Power clones. He gave me a few minutes of his time to talk to me about his impression of this pistol. It was good, by the way.

Innumerable articles have been written about the custom pistols that have come of that shop. Here is a link to a few of them.

Another announcement notes that guns that are in process will be finished. For those that have a deposit down waiting for custom work, the deposit will be refunded. They suggest going to the American Pistolsmith Guild (see above link) to find a pistolsmith if you need custom work done.

Best wishes to Bill for a happy retirement.

I Don’t Do Just Guns, You Know

I came across this infographic this morning on saving for retirement. I thought with all the discussion about the so-called fiscal cliff and the various plans/schemes to solve the debt crisis it was timely. One of the proposals just so you know is to limit the amount of money that you can save tax-deferred in qualified retirement plans such as 401(k)’s and 403(b)’s.

how much to save for retirement
“How Much to Save for Retirement – Are You Ready?” – An infographic by Money Crashers Personal Finance

Worst Retirement States

The top 10 worst states are, in alphabetical order, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

If one looks at these same states in terms of the Brady Campaign ratings, seven out of the top 10 worst retirement states are also in the top 10 in the Brady scores. To score high in the Brady rankings, you have to have high levels of gun control.

I’m not going to saying correlation is causation but it is a very interesting correlation. That is, the least free states are also, for the most part, the worst states in which to retire.  Makes sense to me.