A Drive On The Wild Side

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.

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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Fighting Vs. Self-Defense

Fighting vs. Self-Defense

One of the things that’s been rattling around inside my skull this week is the anti-gunner’s idea that guns = crime and applying that idea to the concept of the two kinds of threats we face. 

To an anti-gunner, a gun is something to be used only in adversarial encounters, when one person decides to establish social dominance over another. They see guns as only being useful in such encounters because a) predators don’t exist in their world or b) if you try to use it to defend against against a predator, they’ll just take it away and use it against you.

This is probably why they also default to penis jokes when faced with the reality that most (if not all) responsible gun owners are calm, collected, cool individuals who aren’t really interested in doing the monkey dance. We don’t really care because we’re beyond worrying about who’s the dominant male. 

To quote Michael Bane (who was quoting someone else), “Why should I be paranoid? I’ve got a gun”. In that same vein, why should I worry about who’s top dog? I’ve got a family to protect and a life to lead.

Another word for this concept is “adulthood”.

I don’t need to overtake you on the freeway / get into a shouting match / pick a fight / whatever because that stuff doesn’t matter to me. To quote someone MUCH smarter than me, “when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 

For the most part, we as a firearms community tend to shy away from people who are worried about who’s the top dog. My home range is also home to Rob Leatham, Nils Johannsen, Angus Hobdell, Vic Pickett and a host of other top-ranked shooters. The competition there is intense and trash-talking sometimes reaches EPIC proportions, but despite that, there’s never any hard feelings at the end of the day. Why? Because the safe use of a firearm DEMANDS an adult mindset. Anything less is dangerous to yourself and others.

Owning and carrying a gun isn’t a sign you want to lord your superiority over the other members of the human herd. Owning and responsibly carrying a gun a sign you’ve left the herd altogether. 

 

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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Play Stupid Games,

Play stupid games,

win stupid prizes

Steve Carbajal with the Tempe Police Department said officers responded to The Clubhouse Music Venue near Broadway and Rural Roads around 11:30 p.m. after receiving a report of shots being fired during a rap concert.

Thirteen victims have been identified and two of those victims were taken to local hospitals in serious condition, according to Carbajal.

In my younger days, I loved going to clubs to listen to live music. 

How I survived it, I will never know. 

And I’ll bet The Clubhouse was posted “No Firearms Allowed” as well, yet this somehow this happened. Maybe they should put up a big “No Shooting Twelve or More People” sign right next to it…

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Quote Of The Day

Quote of the day

“Cats understand the reality that inanimate objects are incapable of action on their own parts, and cannot hold motives – malicious or otherwise – intrinsic to themselves. 

Some humans, on the other hand, do not. 

I wonder what that says about our species?”

Linoge

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Half Aware

Half aware

Went out to lunch with a friend of mine yesterday to a decent (but not great – Memo to the cook: Back away from the orange sauce) Thai restaurant in a local strip mall.

Driving up in to the parking lot, I spotted three young men who sent me in to Condition Orange. What set me off? Don’t know, but it did. I met my friend at the restaurant and because of those guys I spotted in the part, asked for a table that had a view of my car outside.

While we were eating, two more young men strolled by that also caught my eye, and as we left the restaurant, i realized why I was on high alert all the time.

The restaurant was right next to a “smoke shop” that advertised drug paraphenalia for sale.

Oops.

Now this restaurant wasn’t in a bad section of town. Not the best, but not the worst. How did I miss such an obvious clue? Driving in to the parking lot, I was focused on the three young men I mentioned earlier and missed the fact there was a head shop right next to where we would be eating.

Oops.

Takeaway here? Don’t let a perceived threat impair your perception of other threats. Focus on the what set you off in to Condition Orange, but beware of tunnel vision.

Because you never know when you’ll need to spot the gorilla.