When “Like” Turns To Love.

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

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. 

 

Socially Disordered

Socially Disordered

A while back I talked about what I saw as the two different kinds of threats out there

There are, as I see it, two kinds of violent encounters: Predatorial and Adversarial. The “sudden encounter” is a predator attack, be it mugger, rapist or Rottweiler. Those types of encounter require you to be on your game rightthisveryinstant and respond to the attack with enough force to end things.

The Adversarial attack is road rage or the loudmouth in bar itchin’ for a fight or the jealous spouse of a co-worker or the fight between friends that gets out of hand. Those happen in fairly well-defined patterns and if they get out of hand, they get out of hand in predictable paths that can be countered (or better yet, de-escalated) in predictable ways. 

Ymaa.com has more. 

Generally, violence can be broken down into two very broad categories: social and asocial. Social violence is what, in the natural world, would be the types of violence common within a single species. This intra-species violence does not follow the dynamic or use the same tactics as violence against other species.

The dominance game of snakes wrestling or bears pushing and mouthing is not the same as the way the same species hunt prey. Social violence includes ritualized jockeying for territory or status. It also includes acts to prove or increase group solidarity (a powerful side-effect of hunting as a team) and violence to enforce the rules and mores of the group.

Asocial violence does not target the victim as a person, but as a resource. Asocial violence is the domain of the predator and the humanity of his victim does not enter into the equation. 

Read, as they say, the whole thing.

What Armed Self-Defense REALLY Looks Like

What Armed Self-Defense REALLY looks like

An absolutely fascinating read, courtesy of Jay G.

Here’s my analysis of what armed self-defense for the Private Citizen, not LEO, looks like. You decide what suits your needs best to solve this type of problem.
Private citizens reload in approximately 1/2 of one percent of shooting incidents (3/482).
If the defender fires any shots, most likely it will be 2 rounds.
The shooting distance in the vast majority of cases was slightly in excess of arm’s length.

Some other takeaways from this study:

The firearm was carried on the body of the defender in only 20% of incidents. In 80% of cases, the firearm was obtained from a place of storage, frequently in another room.

The majority of incidents (52%) took place in the home. Next most common locale (32%) was in a business. Incidents took place in public places in 9% of reports and 7% occurred in or around vehicles. The most common initial crimes were armed robbery (32%), home invasion (30%), and burglary (18%).

Multiple conspirators were involved in 36% of the incidents. However, there are no apparent cases of drivers or lookouts acting as reinforcements for the criminal actor(s) once shooting starts. Immediate flight is the most common response for drivers and lookouts at the sound of gunfire.

So criminals are cowards who prefer to break into houses or businesses where people have all their stuff rather than attack them on the street.

Makes sense to me.

Product Reviews: Uncle Mike’s Instructor’s Belt And GunVault BreechVault

Product Reviews: Uncle Mike’s Instructor’s Belt and GunVault BreechVault

I used some leftover Amazon.com credit (thank you everyone, for clicking on the links and buying stuff) to fill in a couple of gaps in my personal protection inventory.

First up, a better way to secure my home defence shotgun.

Even though it’s my safe room gun, I put a lock on this gun because I have two small boys in my house and they get in to EVERYTHING. I had been used the cable lock that came with my 930SPX, but it was a) awkward and b) really hard to open.

Breechvault

Enter the BreechVault. The price was certainly right at under $20, and it came with adapter to make it work with WInchester, Remington and Mossberg shotguns. Or so they said.

Does it fit my 500 Persuader? Sorta.

The lock fit into easily into the breech of my scattergun, but when it came time to close the lock, it took a LOT of force to close it all the way and withdraw the key. Worse yet, it took a lot of force to open the lock, which would NOT be a good thing in an emergency situation. Fortunately, 10 minutes with some wet/dry sandpaper solved this problem, and the lock is now easy to open but still secures the action, making the gun completely inoperative.

Breechvault

No, that will not be the final resting place of that key.

Final Grade: C+. It gains points for flexibility and utility, loses points to requiring modification to fit my Mossberg.

Next, the Uncle Mike’s Instructor Belt.

Shameful confession: I’ve never owned an actual gun belt. I’ve been using either a Dickie’s work belt I bought from WalMart for everyday use and the inside belt from my CR Speed Belt set for competition and training.

Enough was enough, I said to myself. Self, I said, it’s time to get something like a REAL gun belt.

Uncle Mike's Belt

Depending on how much I ate for lunch that day, my natural belt size falls between 32 and 34 inches, and I find It’s hard to get a notched belt to fit properly. One of the things I like about my CR speed belt is because it fastens using Velcro hook and loop fasteners, it’s infinitely adjustable. The same is true for the Uncle Mike’s belt, and I like that a lot.

However, the belt size descriptions on Amazon.com are a little off. I comfortably carry my CZ P07 in an IWB holster in size 36 pants, so I figured I needed the “medium” sized belt for waist sizes 32-36.

Nope.

Once I returned that belt for the “large” 38-42″ belt, it worked just fine with my setup. Caveat Emptor.

The belt itself is great. I’ve worn it for the past two days and it’s more comfortable than the CR Speed belt and much more adjustable than a leather work belt.

Final Grade: A solid B+. Once you find the correct size, it’s a great belt.

 

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Pouch Potato

Pouch Potato

One of the things that’s become painfully clear recently is that I need a better way to carry a spare magazine when I carry concealed. Quick reloads are a big reason why I’ve yet to pass the Air Marshall Qualifier Drill, and so I started looking around for alternatives. I used my Blade-Tech pouches with my CZ P07 when I when to Front Sight, and I got used to just grabbing my spare mag when I needed it without having to fumble with extraneous flaps and whatnot. 

You’d think with the booming popularity of personal defence, you’d see a bunch of low-priced mag pouches designed for concealed carry. 

And you’d be wrong. 

My first attempt at a spare mag pouch was a horizontal cell phone pouch, which didn’t really work because it was still a two-step process to access the spare mag: One to pop open the case and one to grab the mag. So the search was on for a replacement. 

Mag  pouches

First up was a spare case for my old Blackberry Curve (on the left in the photo). It gained points for not having a flap to get in the way, but it didn’t hold the spare mag securely and seated the mag too deeply to easily grab. 

Next I tried a spare multitool case (center) and a nylon Blackhawk! mag pouch (right) I bought at the local Wal-Mart, but again, that $#!@ cover flap got in the way of a speedy reload. 

So off I went to Amazon.com. There are a LOT of mag pouches out there, but I found out quickly they fell into one of three categories: Cheap nylon pouches with cover flaps that were similar to what I already had tried and rejected, high-speed low-drag race gear like the Blade-Techs I already own, and leather pouches that held two mags but cost $50 or more. 

I carry A spare mag, not two. I have 16 in the CZ or 10 in the Sccy, and if 32/20 rounds of 124 grain Speer Gold Dot doesn’t take care of the problem, it’s time to beat feet. I began to suspect that the majority of the mag pouches I found were designed for law enforcement and not concealed carry. 

Eventually, I found a Blackhawk! single mag pouch for double-stack 9mm/.40. The price was certainly right, and it held one mag rather than two without a cover flap. 

Mag and pouch

And it works! 

Mag in pouch

It’s very comfortable, (I have it on my hip as I type this) and yet it holds the magazine securely and it’s just as fast to access as my Blade-Tech race rig. Tomorrow I’ll take it the range and run it through both the Air Marshall Drill and my usual round of drills and see how it works in everyday use. 

 

Common Sense Is Neither.

Common sense is neither.

The anti-gun crowd is ready and will to deny the right of self-defense to adults on college campuses throughout Arizona. 

“Common sense”? They want common sense? Ok, you got it. 

  • Is it “common sense” that adults over the age of 21 are denied the fundamental right of self-defense on publicly-owned areas like college campuses? 
  • Is it “common sense” that a 21 year old who can fight and die for our country in the military cannot protect himself and others in a college classroom? 
  • Is it “common sense” to believe that a posted “No Guns” sign is a an effective deterrent to keeping guns off college campuses? If this is the case, the DPS doesn’t need radar guns, because no one ever should break the posted speed limit.
  • Is it “common sense” to believe that a seven minute response time to an active shooter on campus is prefereable to the two seconds it takes an armed citizen to draw and stop an attacker? 

Common sense gun laws are quite easy to define. There’s so easy, it was done over two hundred years ago.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

We just need to live up to these words, and we’ll have the common sense gun laws we’re looking for. 

Via KFYI’s Jim Sharpe.

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The Brainpower Behind The Firepower

The brainpower behind the firepower

When John Lott, the author of “More Guns, Less Crime” teams up with Gary Mauser, you know the results are going to be good

“To repeat, during these seven years, there were only 62 cases — nine a year — where it was even conceivable that registration made a difference. But apparently, the registry was not important even in those cases. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Chiefs of Police have not yet provided a single example in which tracing was of more than peripheral importance in solving a case.” 

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Activism From The Grounds Up

Activism from the grounds up

I’d call Starbucks Appreciation Day a resounding success. 

Fans

Can we now please put to rest the silly idea that gunblogs can only tear something down, not build something up? 

Update: I think Linoge nails it: The point of the buycott wasn’t to force Starbucks to post “Guns welcome here” signs in all their stores, the point was to reward them for not giving in to the fear-mongering of the hoplophobes of the world.

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Front Sight Four Day Defensive Handgun Course Review, Day Four

Front Sight Four Day Defensive Handgun Course Review, Day Four

Day One is here

Day Two is here

Day Three is here

Day Four

Picking up from where I dozed off yesterday, after lunch on Wednesday  it was more drills:  Controlled pairs into center-mass from 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15 yards, and headshots / failure to stop drills from 5 and 7 yards, all repeated at least three times. The capper of this was their “ragged hole” drill: Five shots from the holster at five yards into a 1 inch square. Didn’t quite make it there myself, but I did pretty well.

And before I forget, here’s a pic from yesterday. This is the “Monsters Inc.” range, for practicing tactical movement.

Front Sight Doors

More on that, and their “tactical” teaching in general in Friday’s wrap-up.

Today started off with more drills: Controlled pairs into center-mass from 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15 yards, and headshots / failure to stop drills from 5 and 7 yards.

And then it was time for the head-to-head matchup. The course of fire was pretty easy: Headshot at a hostage-taker target at 10 yards, then one shot each at two torso-size plates at 15 yards.

Head to head

I did ok on this: I got into the third round, but my first shot on the next round went into the “hostage” target” and that meant it was over for me.

After lunch, it was more drills, and then the final test. I never did know the time we had for each shot, but it wasn’t short. C-Class shooter that I am, with my dead-stock CZ P07 and a Supertuck, I was able to ace the shooting part of the test, dropping only two shots out of 25 out of center mass / center-head.

The malfunction drills are where I blew it, though. Not THAT big of a surprise considering this was the part of the class where I had the least experience. I’m sure if I shot a 1911, I’d have more practice with them.

I kid. I jest. Mostly. 🙂

And that was that. I ended up at the “Graduate” level, one of 17 of our class of 32 who did so, which was apparently quite good, We had one person hit “Distinguished Graduate”, and I was kinda bummed it wasn’t me (durn my competitive nature!).

And the sunset on the last day wasn’t bad either. Here’s the view from “Sniper’s Point”.

Snipers Point

Final thoughts, and an answer to the big question (Was it worth it?) tomorrow.