Quick Thoughts On Open Carry

Quick thoughts on open carry


Open-carry with a Serpa holster is like wearing a clip-on tie to your best friend’s wedding. You can do better, so do so.

If you want open carry to become the norm, normal people must act normal while carrying openly. People who carry AR-15’s into Jack In The Box are not acting normally.

I miss having open carry. I really do. Even though I carried sans concealment only about once a month at best, there was a pleasant feeling knowing that if I wanted to do it, I could, and would.

I’ve lost weight, and my old open carry belt is too big on me now. Fortunately, I work in a gun store, and replacements are close at hand.

If you can try open carry haven’t, do so soon. You’ll find that all the worries you had about carrying concealed will pop up once again, and just like when you started carrying concealed, no one will care that you have a gun.

The Police Are The "Only Ones Qualified", Part The Whatever

The Police Are The "Only Ones Qualified", Part the Whatever

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I qualified for HR218 last week so I can open-carry at work. I easily made the par times and dropped two shots for the entire qualifier, one when I shot the first part from retention, and one when I went for headshots on Stage 2, because gamer.

To be honest, HR218 is EASY. The course of fire should be a breeze for any “D” class or above USPSA shooter, and it’s a cakewalk compared to the IDPA classifier. I did find out I need to practice shooting from retention more often: I felt awkward shooting from that position, and my aim was HORRID.

Tab Clearing, 05/12/15 Edition

Tab Clearing, 05/12/15 Edition

A few notes in passing…

Congratulations to my TeamGunblogger cohort Jaci Janes for joining Team Sig Sauer! Jaci’s innate talent and commitment to the shooting sports far exceeds mine, so it’s good to see all her hard work rewarded in this way.

Ben and Luke over at Triangle Tactical tackle my question about practical shooting drills for an indoor range, and I like their ideas. I should note that the Surefire Shot Timer app comes with a dandy par timer setting which would work well with their suggestions.

Should you ever shoot someone in the back? Good question. About 15 years ago, I did a run through the Tempe Police Department video simulator, and did quite well on the shoot/no shoot tests, right up to the point where I refused to back-shoot someone who had just shot my partner. The prep made it to cover, and shot me. Game over. Looking back on it now, the programmers of the sim decided the dude was an “imminent deadly threat” because he already offed a (virtual) cop and therefore was likely to kill again. Which he did. I get the idea, but still, shooting someone in the back seems…

A Reminder: "Gun Free Zones", Aren't

A Reminder: "Gun Free Zones", aren't


The metal detectors at Amalie Arena in Tampa are there for your protection. They go off at the slightest whiff of a dangerous weapon, and staffed with security professionals who are trained to stop threats before they happened.

Or, you know, not.

Lucas Cassidy, 27, was removed from Section 320 in the arena and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for bringing a handgun into the event.

Tampa police say a fan who saw Cassidy drop a handgun in the restroom alerted authorities who arrested him during the third period of the game.

“We would rather that it hadn’t happened, we wish it didn’t,” said Amalie Arena Vice President Mary Milne.

Asked how Cassidy got past security, Milne said it was human error.

Cassidy, she says, had set off a metal detector, but showed a staff member the keys in his pocket. With a crowd of people still waiting to get into the game, he was let through without being rechecked.

Legal notice: Don’t carry your otherwise-legal firearm in place you shouldn’t, especially in government buildings, schools and the like. That’s bad, bad juju.

That being said, have I waltzed past “No guns allowed” signs posted in private businesses while carrying? Yep.

Concealed means concealed, after all.

What this incident really shows is the utter futility of “gun free zones”. Despite a metal detector and security guard, there was a gun in the arena. Probably more than one.

Build a better mousetrap, and smarter mice will figure out ways to get the cheese.

Exit question: This incident started when a gun was dropped onto the floor and panic ensued. Would the response to this stupid accident have been different in Florida had an open carry law?

Four Months Without A Gun

Four Months Without A Gun


Due to a snafu with my mailing address, I *finally* received my Florida CCW today, after applying for it back in January of this year. The last time I legally carried a firearm for self-defense was December 19, 2014, and going so long without a CCW gun has taught me a few lessons…

  1. Naples is a very safe city. Not safe enough that I’m comfortable without a gun near me, though.
  2. A gun in my car is NOT near enough.
  3. A flashlight and awareness are very nice tools for self-protection. A flashlight, awareness and a CZ P07 is MUCH better.
  4. You get used to not carrying a gun. That’s not a good thing. Now I need to re-learn daily carry, and as I do so, I’ll update things, as I think it will give me a fresh perspective on the armed lifestyle.

Oh, and things are calming down at work after our opening (I have a day off this week! Yay!) so expect more content as well.

Still Not Here

Still not here

Not going to be here for a while, either. The store opens on Wednesday, and for the next two weeks, I’m working 12 hour days.

The good news is, I’m putting rounds downrange, and will be doing so more often now that we’re open. Got to shoot a Sig P226 TacOps this weekend (niiiiiice), a PX (not impressed), an H&K P30 (good, not great), a ZevTech Glock (best Glock I’ve shot, which is like being the skinniest kid in fat camp…), and a Ruger LC9s (MUCH improved).

Stay tuned.

A Mile Wide, An Inch Deep

A mile wide, an inch deep

Something I’ve found out after almost a year on the other side of the gun counter: If you want to work in the industry, having some knowledge about a bunch of firearms related things trumps knowing every little thing there is to know about, say, the AR-15. You never know who is going to walk in the door / send you an email / call on the phone, so being able to talk intelligently about sporting clays with one guy and then switch over and chat about concealed carry for women five minutes later is a very, very useful skill.

And not just “Yeah, my Dad had a gun like that, but I never shot it” type conversations, either. If I have one piece of advice for anyone who wants to get into the industry, it’s shoot a bunch of guns in a bunch of different settings. Don’t just go to one range and do one type of shooting all the time: If you plink, try shooting clays. If you shoot scatter guns, try precision rifle. Take a good pistol course. Shoot 3 gun, bullseye and go hunting. Learn a little bit about a bunch of things, because that helps you understand HOW your customers use their guns, and that helps you sell them the guns they want and or/need to enjoy those activities a little bit more.

Match Report, Louland Pistol Match, March 19

Match Report, Louland Pistol Match, March 19

I decided to try something different this time. Rather than shoot the match USPSA-style with my tuned CZ-75 and gamer rig, I shot it with my P-07 and my carry rig.

I had zero expectations about this match: The only reason I was shooting it was to get used to my carry rig again and to flex my IDPA muscles a bit. To be honest, I could have shot it better, but overall, I’m ok with my results as they reflect where I am as a shooter right now. I’ve not been dry-firing as much as of late, and it shows.

Ok, not that bad for a dead-stock gun. Memo to self: Next time, listen to the stage briefing, that way the RO doesn’t need to coach you halfway through your run.