The Left Hand Of Bang*.

The Left Hand Of Bang*.

My article on left-handed long-range shooting on a budget is now available. I had a blast writing the article, and learning how to shoot long-range has made me want to shoot it more, mostly because it’s FUN!

The .308 Savage mentioned in the article is at Gulf Coast Precision Rifles as I type this, getting bedded into an MDT chassis and threaded for my SIG Sauer silencer. The optics on the gun are getting upgraded to a new, truly cool Primary Arms optic that’s coming out before SHOT, and then I’m headed out to train more and shoot more.

A question was asked in a Facebook group I belong to about how to avoid burnout. I’ve been writing about guns (professionally and otherwise) for over a dozen years now, and yeah, it does get kinda boring to write “Top Ten Guns For Concealed Carry” over and over and over again. This is how I avoid burnout: I get reasonably competent at one part of the sport, then move on to another.

 

* I’m kinda happy with how I managed to mashup two book titles into one with that headline.

Hook, Line And Thinker.

Hook, Line and Thinker.

Speaking of the media narrative on guns, I have (note the past tense) been impressed with Lois Beckett’s reporting on the give and take when it comes to the right of self-defense in America. She took the time to approach gun owners with an open mind, and turned in some terrific, balanced reporting on the issue.

Past tense.

This tweet, though, shows that despite her willingness to approach and engage with NRA members, she still doesn’t get it.

What does the fact that NRA-supported candidates won in Florida have anything to do with the Parkland shooter? Was the murderer an NRA member? NO! So why involve the NRA with this? As I said in my response to her,

The NRA is NOT the “gun lobby.” The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) represents gunmakers on Capitol Hill, not the NRA. However, the NRA is feared and reviled by progressives because it registers people to vote, and those voters tend to vote Republican. If the issue was truly about “gun safety,” progressives would welcome and embrace the world’s largest firearms safety training organization and support efforts like Eddie Eddie and Project Childsafe.

Instead, the reverse is true: Bloomberg’s minions were outraged when the Department of Justice teamed up with the NSSF to promote firearms safety, and oppose the world’s largest gun training organization teaching firearms safety.

No, I don’t get that either.

It’s not about safety, it’s about making sure you know your place and making sure your vote doesn’t count.

Make sure it does.

Update On Today’s Post.

Update On Today’s Post.

Dr. Gounder has changed the transcript and podcast to say that David and I encourage training, responsibility, and accountability among gun owners.

Which we do.

Kudos to her for changing the podcast to correctly represent our views on this matter… the battle for and against gun rights in America is often a battle of words, and knowing what words mean to one side or the other can be a challenge at times.

Everyone’s Concerned About Industrial Disease.

Everyone’s Concerned About Industrial Disease.

David Yamane and I were guests on the “In Sickness And In Health” podcast, which is an attempt to deal with gun-related violence in America from a medical point of view. In her previous series, Dr. Celine Gouder, the host, did a pretty good job dealing with the increase in opioid addiction in America, so I agreed to be on her podcast.

However, in this episode, Dr. Gounder incorrectly characterized my stance on universal background checks: I don’t support them at all, and I definitely do NOT believe in required training for firearms ownership. I believe the dojo model should be voluntary because after all, you don’t need a license to throw a punch, and fists and feet kill far more people than AR-15s do. 

Update: Dr. Gounder has changed the podcast and the transcript to correctly state my belief that training should be encouraged, not required. I applaud this effort, and she deserves praise for correcting this issue.

Also, in my opinion, she gave too much time to a military veteran who not only refuses to own a gun in civilian life but also believes that the military’s rules on firearms management and safety is an excellent model for civilians.

Not. Happening. Not unless I can get my hands on an M163 Vulcan Air Defense System if I do so. Then we talk.

The fact is, the military’s purpose for using firearms is far different than my purpose for owning a gun. The military is issued guns for specific purposes, like taking a hill or storming a beach, and unless you’re an MP standing guard or you’re doing overwatch at a firebase, you’re disarmed if you’re a soldier relaxing in a barracks. Not exactly the same reasons why I carry a gun. The idea that the mission drives the equipment is built into the strategy and tactics of the military, so by the military’s own rules, my reasons to carry a firearm are far, far different than a helicopter pilot’s reasons to carry a firearm with him on a mission. Therefore, the military’s rules on how and when a gun should be used really aren’t my rules.

Nor do I want them to be.

To a larger point, though, we are not going to move the needle on how guns are viewed in America if we don’t try swing that needle in our direction. Andrew Breitbart taught us that politics is downstream from culture: It’s time for gun owners to send an expedition to the headwaters of American culture and change where the river is flowing. Yes, I realize, my words may come back to haunt me, but I refuse to be a REMF in the culture war on guns.

History boils over, there’s an economics freeze
Sociologists invent words that mean ‘Industrial Disease’

Earth To Hunting Shows… Come In, Hunting Shows.

Earth To Hunting Shows… Come In, Hunting Shows.

Ok, Gun Culture 1.0… now that you’re realized that your recruiting methods suck and they are not bringing in new hunters like you thought they would, maybe it’s time to look at hunting shows as well. Do we really want another “whispering in the hunting blind” program that’s nothing more than “Hey, here’s the sponsor’s product, here’s me shooting something with that product, thanks for watching!”?

Bor-ring.

Hog hunting is an obvious in-road, maybe one that focuses on bringing in shooters who are non-hunters into the sport, something like, say, a 3 gunner, or maybe a tactical Timmy of some sort. And then there is the obvious tie-in with Big Buck Hunter, one of the most-popular stand-up video games out there, so why not take high-score winners in that video game out on an actual hunt?

Media On The Move.

Media On The Move.

Congratulations, everyone! We’ve gone from ZERO tv shows on basic cable about guns to…. ONE tv show on basic cable that’s about guns.

Oh, and by “guns,” I mean flintlocks and the like.

Oh well, I guess you gotta (re-)start somewhere. Go watch it, and record it and watch it on your DVR, because Discovery Channel, A&E and others ain’t gonna make more shows about guns unless people are watching them.

Speaking of which, A&E is coming out with a new show on November 20th, “Brothers in Arms,” about “two Army veterans who are experts at historical military weaponry.”

If it’s historical weaponry c. 1495, I’ll give it a hard pass… “Forged In Fire” fills that niche for me. However, if it’s Forgotten Weapons mixed with “American Chopper,” I’m in, and I’m in for the long haul.

Either way, it’s nice to have gun-related shows on TV again.

The Sheepdog Moment.

The Sheepdog Moment.

A weird thing happened last week as my wife and I were clothes shopping. I was hanging out, waiting for her to try on her clothes in the changing room, and as I usually do, I was firmly ensconced in Condition Yellow, splitting my time between keeping updated on what’s on going on by checking my phone and glancing around, seeing what was what and if anything was there that shouldn’t be there.

And I realized that a) that sort of thing seems… normal to me and b) no one else in the store was doing the same.

And that was a little jarring.

Now, I am not going to go full Grossman and “feel the wind blow through my cape,” but I understand how that emotion can spring up inside people who are serious about the armed citizen lifestyle. I have no desire to become a middle-aged Batman, but the difference in mindset between how I see the world now and how I saw it before I learned to carry is quite jarring.

… And You Will Be Invincibile.

… And You Will Be Invincibile.

It’s been a few months since I carried a pocket .380 as my primary defensive firearm. The fact is, though, that even when I carried a tiny little gun like my LCP2, I never feel under-gunned. Was it the optimal self-defense gun? Of course not, there is no such thing… a pistol, ANY pistol is a compromise, the LCP2 (and guns like it) compromise firepower in favor of portability and concealability. I know what I can do and can’t do with my LCP2, and I live within those limits. A Glock 19 is not an überwäffen: It also has limitations, and if you don’t know what they are, you’re in worse shape than I am with my pocket .380.

If you carry a pocket gun, and you haven’t put it (and yourself) to the test, do so, otherwise you’re relying on hope, not knowledge.

Missing Links.

Missing Links.

Tam makes a good point, as she is wont to do.

“I’m never going to need tactical fantasy band camp!”

Ignore the safety apparel; the plates and helmet in the shoot house are as necessary as eyes and ears on the square range. Do you think that moving in a structure and problem-solving with a gun in your hand is a skill that might someday be necessary?

I’ve done a LOT of problem-solving with a gun in my hand; it’s called practical shooting, and I’m… ok at it. One thing I’ve not done, though, is take a class using either my defensive shotgun or my defensive rifle inside of a structure, which is kinda sorta how I foresee using said devices.

Whoops. Time to change that.