Review: RECOIL Magazine.


Today I read the newest issue of RECOIL Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 4 with the MP7 on the front.  Much to my dismay I found the following quote in it:

“Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly.”

So right in their cover page article the EDITOR of RECOIL magazine decide to spout anti-gun bullshit.  Jerry Tsai, the EDITOR, of RECOIL magazine is trying to pull damage control claiming and pushing that their MP7 should not be owned by civilian due its its purpose of killing people.  Well Jerry, what do you think all fighting firearms are for?  You say the MP7 should not be sold to civilians to keep it out of the wrong hands, this is the same inane argument that the Brady campaign, and other anti-gun groups say.  Perhaps we should ban cars, because a bad driver might drive one?

We know that by making it to print that the crew over at RECOIL are complicit is this foolish mentality.  Jerry Tsai, you have shown that you and Recoil magazine are not pro-gun and that you do not understand the history and purpose of our second amendment.

We at will never advocate firearm restriction.  We know that the Founding Fathers knew that liberty came from the barrel of a gun and that fact remains true today.


  1. The ignorance of that statement is amazing to me.
    In case the magazine didn’t notice, the only reason Glocks, M&Ps, and probably most of the guns that are paying for advertising space in Recoil are built is to put down bad guys.
    People may find “sporting purposes” for them… but gun games aren’t why they exist. If Wired or Maxim had said what they did, I wouldn’t care. A “gun magazine” should’ve known better.
    The vast majority of firearms that have been designed and built in the history of the tool have been built for defensive or offensive use. Regardless of the intended role, military, law enforcement or civilian, the overwhelming majority of firearms on shelves in gun shops and shown in the pages of that now incredibly disappointing magazine are designed for use by people against people. While the “shooting sports” label may be a banner that has hung over our industry for political and (sometimes) marketing reasons, that young magazine hasn’t exactly catered to the waterfowl or skeet crowds… in fact, it has been aimed squarely at the “fanboys” side of the market… maybe they thought making the MP7 sound uber-cool and unattainable would be okay with their “audience”. I think they miscalculated.

    Personally, the MP7 is one of the few guns on the planet that I would rush out an pay H&K Retail Price for, if it were ever offered for civilian sale. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting them many times and training teams that use them. It is a great tool, but didn’t possess any magical power that made it reckless, dangerous or inappropriate for any responsible firearms owner to possess…. for whatever reason they desire.

    -Rob Pincus
    -I.C.E. Training Company

  2. I picked this mag up yesterday and immediately thought that it was put together very nicely by a bunch of airsoft nerds that got into real firearms. That’s the vibe I got from the articles. They are not motivated for our rights. Just purely gear geeks.

  3. It’s a shame they put that in there. That said I am not a fan of the caliber and work done by Dr. Roberts has shown it to be less than efficient in “putting down scumbags” if I am to quote the author.

  4. Living in California, I am constantly battling for my 2nd amendment rights. I don’t have the luxury to choose from various models or calibers, because I have to make sure it’s on the “California Approved List.” I was really bummed when I read that article especially after having to drive around town trying to locate the issue. In my opinion, It was not only the choice in words he used, but the tone. Such a shame… that magazine was really beautiful with easy to read content.

  5. Some people are asking, understandably, why I have been so involved in the Outcry against Recoil Magazine’s Editor’s Statements over the last couple of days:
    I labored under & against the “Sporting Purpose” concept since the ’90s and have had to deal with several companies/organizations over the last 15 years that were slow to move out from under that politically correct marketing approach. When I taped my first DVDs for the PDN Series distributed by the NRA in the mid-2000’s we weren’t allowed to use human shaped targets. There was no “Tactical” section at the first several SHOT Shows I attended. Just recently, another instructor and friend was uninvited from teaching at a shooting range that claims now to be for ‘sport shooting’ only. I’ve had trouble booking courses in certain areas for the same reasons.
    Especially in an election year and especially from a magazine that has a growing influence on younger shooters new to our community, I won’t tolerate the concept of guns needing a “sporting purpose” inside our own ranks… and Recoil Magazine has certainly put itself into the training community in a big way.
    Do I have a dog in this fight? Yes… and the dog is long in the tooth with a good memory and a perspective on how far we have come in recent history. Let’s not start slipping backwards.


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