Semper Paratus

Put yourself in George Zimmerman’s shoes for a second. You’ve had to use your gun in a situation that you perceived (rightly or wrongly) to be a threat to your life. 

As far as I can tell, Mr. Zimmerman has no firearms training outside what is mandated by the Florida CCW law (if I’m wrong, link it in the comments). More training might have told him that following a suspicious person is a very bad idea if you’re not a cop. More training would have warned hm that it wasn’t his job to detain Treyvon Martin, it was his job to keep his family safe. More training, and Treyvon Martin might  still be alive and George Zimmerman would have his life back. 

I am not advocating compulsory training. I am saying, though, that we practice and practice and practice hitting the bullseye. Maybe a little practice dodging legal bullets would come in handy as well. 

Self-defense insurance costs less than $100 a year. NRA Personal Protection classes cost a bit more, but cover the legal issues of force in some detail. And if that’s not enough, there are firearms schools all over this country that train people how and when to defend their lives. 

Heck, there’s even a website devoted to just to firearms training in Arizona

Get. Trained. The life you save may be someone else’s. 

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It can happen here

I agree with WizardPC: What is happening to George Zimmerman could happen to anyone who lawfully carries outside their house. 

One bad decision, one overpowering urge to pursue rather than retreat, one slip-up, and you’re looking at a felony conviction and loss of all your guns at best, and a lynching at worst. 

Is it worth it? Is carrying outside the house just a silly thing for mall-ninja wannabes? 

Of course not. I don’t carry to protect my neighborhood or society as a whole, I carry to protect myself and my loved ones. 

Period full stop. 

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Words to stay alive by.

“One of the greatest unseen dangers we as trained civilians face is the belief that we can drive the event. We think that if we are inside the aggressor(s)’ decision-making loop, we are in control of the situation. And we may be, for a second or so. We need to fix firmly in our minds the sense that the clock is always running! The longer a chaos event runs, the more factors acting on the system, the greater the uncertainty. Our mindset as trained, armed civilians must always be on ending the threat. And to that I would add as quickly as possible. Removing ourselves from the scene ends the threat as certainly as a bullet.” (emphasis in the original)

Michael Bane

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Why carry… in church?

I mean, it’s a house of worship. 

A sanctuary. 

A haven of peace for all people. 

Why would ANYONE want to carry a gun for self-protection in such a place? 

Aside from the threat of mass murder, that is. Or armed robbery

It’s almost as if criminals don’t repect the holiness of a place of worship along with all the other laws they are intent on breaking, or something… 

(BTW, the deacon in the second story is the father of a friend of mine).

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Quote of the Day

“It’s starting to seem that a growing number of young adults think group vandalism is an acceptable way to bond.” 

– Editorial opinion of The National Post on Facebook, in response to this story.

Beer bottles, bricks and other debris rained down on police and firefighters in London, Ont., Saturday when St. Patrick’s Day celebrations turned ugly.

London police Chief Bradley Duncan, speaking to reporters Sunday, said he had never seen the level of violence and vandalism that he did Saturday night in his more than three decades on the police force.

“Last night, London experienced the worst case of civil disobedience our community has ever been subjected to,” Duncan said.

He said there was a very real risk that people could have been seriously injured, and even killed, after partygoers turned to setting fires and throwing bottles, stones and two-by-fours at police and firefighters. 

Unlike our cousins in the country formerly known as GREAT Britain, Canadians can still own guns, albeit with some silly (and ultimately useless) restrictions.

I foresee a dramatically huge increase in shotgun ownership in southern Ontario in the near future, with an equally dramatic decrease in youth violence in the areas where legal gun ownership is common. 

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A drive on the wild side

I’m shocked, SHOCKED that this happened in South Phoenix.

Phoenix police are searching for a shooting suspect involved in two attempted carjacking incidents Wednesday morning.

According to police on scene, the incidents occurred around 4:30 a.m. near 16th Street and Southern Avenue. 

Ok, first off, driving in that neighborhood at 4:30 in the morning is a health hazard right up there with heavy smoking, eating bacon and lard sandwiches and watching reality TV. 

But if I did have to drive in that neighborhood, you’re darn tootin’ I’m carrying something for my own protection. 

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When “Like” turns to love.

The Brady campaign currently has 15,766 likes on Facebook.

The Second Amendment Foundation has 9,379. 

It shouldn’t take too much for us to push the SAF ahead of the Bradys. 

If you’re on Facebook, give the SAF a click

And if you’re not on Facebook, you’re missing out on some great deals and giveaways from Atlanta Arms and Ammo, CZ-USA and Brownells, to name just a few. 

Plus you can easily re-connect with friends and family. Yes, there is some siliness on Facebook (no, I do NOT want to play “Farmville”), but that kind of stuff is easy to block. 

And joining just to support the SAF is reason enough. 

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Ready For Takeoff

Air Marshall DrillI wanted to try out my new Blackhawk! mag pouch and the updated SureFire Time app and try another run through the Federal Air Marshall Qualifier

The Drill
All strings are shot from a distance of seven yards. Qualification: Time: Cannot exceed total time for each drill. Example: Drill #1 – 1st time 1.70 seconds, 2nd time 1.55 seconds; Total = 3.25 seconds = Go. Must achieve a “GO” on each drill. Accuracy: Target is FBI “QIT” (bottle). Total rounds fired is 30. Point value inside bottle = 5. Point value touching line or outside bottle = 2. Maximum possible score = 150. Mininum qualifying score = 135. All stages must equal “GO” to qualify. 

And just like my other attempts at this drill, I’m using a USPSA Metric target instead of an FBI QIT target, scoring A’s, B’s and C’s as 5 points and D’s as 2 points.

  

Drill Date 3/4/11 5/26/11 10/7/11 3/7/12
   Par Time Score P Time Score P Time Score P Time Score P
One Round (Twice) 3.3 Seconds Total
Concealed from Holster
1.65 1.92 10 F 1.54 5 p 1.79 5 F 1.60 5 P
1.65 1.82 10 F 1.63 2 p 1.73 5 F 1.52  5 P
Double Tap (twice) 2.70 Seconds Total
Low Ready
1.35 .98 10 P 1.35 10 p 1.26 10 P 1.4 7 P
1.35 1.07 10 P 1.35 10 P 1.72 10 F 0.99 7 P
Rhythm: Fire 6 rounds at one target;
no more than 0.6 second between each shot.
3 Seconds Total Low Ready
3.00 2.62 10 P 3.31 30 F 4.32 30 F 3.02 30 P
One Shot, speed reload, one shot (twice).
6.5 Seconds Total
From low ready
3.25 2.89 10 P 3.85 10 F 4.09 10 F 3.21 7 P
3.25 5.35 10 F 4.25 10 F 3.73 10 F 2.93 10 P
One Round each at two targets three yards apart (Twice).
3.3 Seconds Total Low Ready
1.65 1.35 10 P 1.26 5 F 1.35 10 P 1.64 10 P
1.65 .89 7 F 1.35 4 P 1.2 10 F 1.52 10 P
180° pivot. One round each at three targets (twice). Turn left, then right.
7.0 Seconds Total Concealed From Holster.
3.50 2.84 10 F 2.84 7 P 2.83 15 P 2.72 15 P
3.50 2.75 5 F 4.88 9 P 3.02 15 P 3.50 15 P
One Round, slide locks back; drop to one knee; reload; fire one round. (twice). 8.0 Seconds Total   5.1 10 F 5.25 10 F 6.55 10 F 2.84 10 P
  4.7 10 F 4.25 10 F 6.27 10 F 2.80 10 P
Results     137 F   112 F   150 F   141 P

I passed!

What made the difference? 

1. Practice with my CZ P07. While I didn’t learn a lot of new things during my time at Front Sight, I did put 600+ rounds through the sucker and got in a LOTof practice drawing from concealment. 

2. The new mag pouch made swapping out mags MUCH faster. 

3. I changed up how I dealt with “low ready” to a “compressed high ready” position. I didn’t do this just to get faster on this drill; I’d rather have my gun nice and close to me and in my control rather than out at arm’s length and accessible to all. 

And the SureFire app worked flawlessy on my iPhone 4: It recorded every shot and worked just as it should. Not bad for a free app.