- The efficacy of pistol-mounted flashlights.
They have a purpose, which is to identify that yes, that is the correct target you’re pointing your gun at. However, they are slow to activate, don’t have a brightness advantage over today’s flashlights and serve one purpose. Get a good handheld light instead, and learn how to use it.
- I don’t need all those spare mags.
I carry one spare mag these days, and if I my carry gun held more than 8+1, I probably wouldn’t carry that either.
- Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?
I used to carry two rounds on 9mm shotshells in my second spare mag. Hey, I live literally right next to the Everglades, and carrying some snakeshot seemed like a good idea at the time. I was wrong.
- The utility of hybrid holsters.
Here’s the thing… Any holster that uses the pressure of your body as a retention device is going to fail in situations where your body isn’t pressing up against the holster. Can that happen while you’re laying hands on someone out to do you harm? You betcha.
- The utility of tourniquets.
Over the course of this year, I went from carrying nothing to carrying an improvised tourniquet to carrying a SOF-T in a flatpack (more on that later). I made carrying a tourniquet a priority for me, and I was able to find ways to make it work.
It’s been a good year this year. I’ve managed to bring in a decent amount of side-job money, and that meant I had the wherewithal to buy myself some toys.
First up is the .300BLK pistol that I wrote up for Shooting Illustrated. I’ve tweaked it a bit with a Vickers sling and whatnot, and I like shooting it quite a lot.
I then put the Mossberg 930SPX that I had been using for 3 Gun out to pasture in favor of it’s gamer cousin, the 930 JM Pro. More competition is in the cards for me later this year, and so this gun will have a baptism by fire in the near future.
Smith and Wesson had a fire-sale on the first-edition 9mm Shields, and I picked up without a safety to replace the one I was carrying which had a safety. With the bladed trigger and other bits, there’s really no reason for an external safety on the Shield, and the darn thing is so small, it’s tough to flick off if accidentally switched on. Better not safety than sorry, I believe…
Lastly, I upgraded my 3 Gun AR with a new hand guard from Midwest Industries and an anodized aluminum stock from LeadStar Arms. That bloomin’ (literally) Bushnell red dot is leaving soon, probably swapped out for a Holosun dot.
As I said, a good year. Better than most.
See you in 2018!
Someone on a less-than-clueful Internet forum posted about how he felt “naked” without his CCW pistol on him.
This kind of annoyed me, as I had to wait almost three months for my Florida CCW permit to arrive, and despite that, I didn’t feel “naked” because I had other options available to me.
What other options, you ask? Well, read and find out.
I managed to squeeze in a little range time earlier this month to try out my new Comp-Tac Holster (spoiler alert: I *love* it) and shoot some more rounds through the LCP ][.
I started out with 70 rounds of Mozambique drill practice, done from 5 yards, and I’m kinda happy with the results.
Aside from the four obvious jerks (more on that later), that dude ain’t goin’ nowhere. I then threw caution into the wind and tried a Dot Torture at three yards, with predictable results.
What’s interesting is what I learned from the shots I missed: Pretty much every missed shot on that target was because I was using the laser to aim, not my sights, and when I saw the green dot wobbling around on-target, I snatched the trigger, with very predictable results. When I took my time to aim, as I did on Dot 3, I did pretty well.
The other half of the range session was devoted to working with the new holster for my CZ P07 Duty, a Comp-Tac CTAC. I’d been hanging on too long the Crossbreed I first got for it, to my everlasting shame. With a class with Ernest Langdon in my future, I wanted something I could use with confidence on the range and in everyday life. The CTAC more than fits that bill. It uses kydex to hold the gun, with two leather bolsters attached to belt clips to help keep the gun comfortable. The kydex extends up and covers the slide of your pistol, yet still allows you to get a full firing grip on the gun before you draw it from the holster.
I started out shooting a series of ball and dummy drills, and then switched to shooting another Dot Torture with the CZ and the new holster, and quickly ran into an issue with shooting it one-handed. To be honest, I’d concentrated so much on shooting my striker-fired S&W Shield these past few months, running the DA/SA trigger on the P07 with just one hand proved to be my undoing, and I totally bombed both the strong hand and support hand parts of the drill.
So I finished things up with just shooting one dot with one hand, mixing in double action and single action until I was satisfied with the results.
And I am.
All in all, a good range session. I shot 120 rounds through the LCP][, with no hiccups whatsoever.
Rounds Fired: 120 Rounds Winchester White Box .380 ACP
2000 Round Challenge Results
Total Rounds Fired: 1260
One possible failure to eject on round 116
Failures to eject: Rounds 400, 489, 974, 993
Failure to feed: Round 873
I’ve been lucky in that I’ve bought very few guns that I’d consider to be “the wrong gun”. The 930SPX was the WRONG choice for 3 gun (whoops), the P3AT was a bad choice, but at the time I bought it, it was pretty much the ONLY choice in pocket .380s, and the Sccy has since turned out to be a pretty useful little “tackle box gun”.
I really can’t express how much I was impressed with that class. I’ve walked away from other classes thinking about how I would apply the skills I learned in class to how I operate my pistol. I walked away from this class thinking about how I would apply what I learned in class to how I live my life.
Take a few minutes and
It’s a really, really good episode, and not just because Dusty validates something I’ve been saying for a while, that we we need to start looking at the dojo model for our firearms training classes.
Oh, and also check out Dusty’s new book, Mentoring Shooters.
And you too, Cabela’s.
Here’s your opportunity: There is going to be a metric buttload of prime inner-city retail space opening up in the near future, space that is CRYING OUT for a mixed-use entertainment / lifestyle redevelopment.
Mall anchor store infrastructure is just MADE for indoor ranges and retail. Take over the just the first floor if needed, but set up an indoor range with a few bays out to at least 50 yards, a VIP club / range, a great showroom, a classroom or two, a simulator / training room and a cafe.
Heck, why not combine those last two into one venue?
Mall owners are going to be desperate, and when they are, that’s your time to act.
Chris Wagoner was a leader in the Florida Open Carry movement, and he bailed on them before I did, because they’re a bunch of dorks who have no idea how to get legislation passed in the halls of power.
Now he’s back in the game, leading a new gun rights group called The Florida Firearms Coalition, and they’re determined to advance the right to keep and bear arms on ALL fronts here in Florida, not just open carry.
I’m in, and if you’re in the Sunshine State and you’re reading this, you should be too.
… so it was very nice of Michael Bane to mention me again in his podcast this week, and it got me thinking about an email chain I was on last month that also included industry big wigs like Jim Wilson, Wiley Clapp, Richard Mann and Bart Skelton.
And it was more than a little humbling. I swear I must of been included in that conversation because of a mistyped autocomplete, but either way, it was *amazing* to be in a conversation with people like that.
All from something that started primarily so I wouldn’t bore my wife by talking about guns all the time.
Thinking a little more about this post (which seems to have struck a nerve), what happens when you walk into a gun store… what do you see?
You see a lot of guns. Guns just sitting there.
If the store has a hunting theme, you may see some taxidermy scattered about, and if it’s a more tactically-oriented store, maybe a poster for Glock or something.
When it comes to defensive pistols, especially for first-time gun owners, there is no context inside gun stores for how that gun integrates with your life.
None. Zero. Zip. Gun stores sell guns, but they offer no clues as to how they are to be used.
No wonder, then, that people treat them as a household god, and rely on the feeling of safety that their talisman of self-protection offers them. They do this because they don’t know any better, and we are not helping them learn how to go beyond “feeling” safe to actually BEING safe.
A quick suggestion.
I know sweet bugger all about wines. I know that there are some that are “dry” and some that are sweet, and I’ve had the experience of eating a good meal that’s been paired with a good wine and yes, it does make the meal more enjoyable and tasty.
Restaurants know this, and they also know they make a LOT of money on alcohol sales, which is why you’ll find that some mid-to-upper scale restaurants will try to increase their revenue by printing suggested wine and beer pairings on the menu beside each entree.
So why not give holster and gear recommendations right alongside the defensive pistols displayed on your shelves? Doesn’t have to be fancy, doesn’t have to be exotic, just something like “These pistols work great with (Name of Major-Label Holster Maker) holsters and (Major Ammo Maker) Brand Ammo”.
The customer wants to feel secure. Make them a little more secure by knowing that not only did they buy the right gun, they bought the right gear as well.