Rob Pincus Is Right.

Rob Pincus Is Right.

“Let’s go talk to ‘they’. Let’s go influence the culture outside of this room, and that starts with influencing the culture inside of this room.”

Gun owners need to learn to switch from being ideologically-based to being inclusive.

Inclusivity doesn’t mean giving up your standards, rather, it means finding as many people as you can who agree with your goals, and bringing them into the fold. It means finding fellow travelers on the road to personal security, and marching alongside side in order to support THEIR cause as well as ours.

Black Guns Matter, Pink Pistols and the plethora of woman’s shooting groups out there are just one of the ways to do that, and they’re working: We are peeling away bits and pieces of the monolithic anti-gun juggernaut, but more is always needed.

I’m tired to fighting battles to keep the our innate right of armed self-protection: I want a world where the idea of taking away the right of self-protection is laughed out of polite society like chemtrails are. I want people who believe in the insane idea that a disarmed populace is somehow a safer populace treated with the same skepticism as UFO conspiracists. I want “gun control” to be so toxic, only the most wacked-out, flaky politicians in Washington are talking about it.

Why? Well, to borrow a phrase from every concealed carry class everywhere, the best (2nd Amendment) battles are the ones we don’t have to fight. Let’s stop fighting battles, and get on with the business of winning the war.

Camping Out

Camping Out

As part of an article about making a long-range shot for not a lot of money, I put rounds downrange on the long-distance bay over at TrainingGrounds last month. While I was there, I met the crew behind Campo de Demolición, (Demolition Ranch) a Spanish-language YouTube channel that offers gun tests and range videos in Spanish.

Cool.

If you’ve been looking for a resource for your Latino friends and neighbors to help them learn about guns, point them in the direction of Campo de Demolición.

Flash Site Pictures

Flash Site Pictures

Some great tips for maximizing your time on an indoor range.

Police lives matter. So does my life.

Top Six Gun Store Pet Peeves. Stocking ammo is a tough call… you have to carry every kind of ammo there is, or carry nothing. But the website thing? Oh yeah.

I apologize for nothing.

Seven essential accessories for your new defensive pistol.

Hey, Gun Culture 1.0… Now that you’ve realized that you need to grow, here’s how you do it.

What’s wrong with 3 Gun, and how to fix it.

An Immodest Proposal.

An Immodest Proposal.

There are people in the Facebook group for my neighborhood who are complaining that there are alligators living in the ponds behind their houses.

Memo to my neighbors: WE LIVE IN THE FRICKIN’ EVERGLADES, PEOPLE!!!!! Complaining about the gators in SW Florida is like complaining about the coyotes in Wyoming or the jumping cholla in Arizona: They literally come with the territory. Deal with it.

But I understand that my neighbors feel like they have to “do something” about the gator menace, and so that’s why I propose a simple, three-step solution to enact “common sense” gator laws that are absolutely guaranteed to get rid of the alligators from our community.

1. We label alligators as an especially dangerous type of animal, one that has no purpose in life other than to kill innocent human beings and their pets. It’ll be easy: We make a list of features found on a typical alligator (scaly skin, teeth, four legs, tail) and then label every reptile that has those features an “Assault Reptile,” or “AR” for short.

Gator-Free Zone2. We ban AR’s, and anything that LOOKS like an AR. As a result, these little guys will also be labelled as “Assault Reptiles” and banned along with alligators, but this ban will also affect the flood of cheap imported “Saturday Night Lizards” that are making our streets less safe. To be fair, some may say that banning these so-called “assault reptiles” will not actually affect a change on our streets because it will allow other deadly reptiles to roam free, but I say, if banning AR’s saves just one life, it’s worth it.

3. We put up signs like the one on the right around every pond, declaring our neighborhood to be a gator-free zone. We know from previous experience that these signs are 100% effective at keeping predators away from schools, banks, churches and government installations, so there is no reason to believe they will not be a deterrent to the deadly assault reptiles that infest our backyards, both here in SW Florida and throughout the south.

By enacting these common-sense gator laws, we can make our neighborhoods safe for our children, and our children’s children as well. I mean, just look at what they’ve done for neighborhoods in Chicago, Baltimore, New York and D.C.!

The Worst Gun Fans In The World – Championship Edition

The Worst Gun Fans In The World – Championship Edition

Worst Gun Fans In The WorldWe are done to the Big Dance, where it’s all on the line, where the rubber meets the road, where the sports metaphors come to a merciful end.

In the blue corner, Taurus Judge Fan, with his unnatural affection for a gun that’s supposed to combine the best parts of a pistol and shotgun, yet somehow manages to do neither.

In the green corner, .40 S&W fan, bitterly clinging to an outdated caliber that was supposed to be the perfect compromise between 10mm and 9mm, but now finds itself out of style and out of time.

In the undercard match for third place (or second loser, as some call it), we have Desert Eagle fan, watching and re-watching “The Last Action Hero” on VHS in his mom’s basement, going up against Springfield XD fan… sorry, I don’t know how to write anything mean in Croatian, so I’ll let this one slide for now.

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Priorities.

Priorities.

So Tam’s post about how flashlights (and other lights too) are really, really handy for keeping out of legal trouble got me thinking…

If you told me to prioritize all the gear I have on me day in, day out, from most-important to least important, it would look like this.

Phone
Because the modern smartphone can do so many things and because communication is so vital, that’s my #1 thing to carry every day.

A Bright Flashlight
Look, there is just no excuse not to have at least 100 lumens on you at any given moment. There’s just not, not when a Streamlight Microstream or Coast HP1 are so cheap, and Li-Ion batteries can be used to goose up their output even more.

Knife
A folding knife is just too useful not to carry. Are they the most effective self-defensive blade out there? Sorta. There’s other options, though, that we’ll get to later.

OC Spray
Need something that’s in-between harsh language and lethal force? Well, here it is! The number of times that a blast of spicy treats is the solution to your problems far, FAR outweighs the number of times that 124gr hollow points solve the problem.

Tourniquet / Trauma kit
I’ve seen exactly one gunshot victim in my life, but I’ve been the 1st person on the scene of at least a half-dozen horrendous car wrecks. Carry a tourniquet, because the life you save may be your own.

Pistol
Carrying a gun to make you “feel safe” is like carrying a guitar to make you feel like a musician. If you carry, know how to use your gun, and know when you can and can’t use it to defend a life.

Centerline Knife
ECQC and this knife defence class both taught me that deploying a folding knife in a close quarters tussle will be theoretical at best. I carry an SOG Mini Instinct on my belt, but I’m looking around for alternatives.

Spare Ammo
John Corriea says that after watching 10,000 gunfights, he’s never seen a civilian have to reload. Pretty much the only reason I carry a spare mag is because my Shield holds 9+1; when I carry my PO7, I really don’t need more than the 16+1 rounds it brings to the fight.

… And All That Jazz

… And All That Jazz

I’ve been thinking a bit about what makes a “lifestyle of guns” recently, and I realized once again that there’s really nothing you can add on to Gun Culture 2.0 to make it into a lifestyle.

With the hunting that was/is central to Gun Culture 1.0, there was all the stuff associated with going into the outdoors in attempt to blast Bambi or one of his woodland friends into oblivion. Tents, flashlights, camp stoves… you name it, you needed it to go out into the woods. Heck, even I splurged for a pair of snake-resistant boots for my hunting trip.

But for Gun Culture 2.0, there is really else to buy to make it a lifestyle, because it’s all about integrating guns into our current lifestyle rather than building an idyllic vision of the countryside that smacks of Rosseau (with guns).

When I go shoot a match, aside from my guns and ammo, I use pretty much the same gear (car, gas, etc) I use to go grocery shopping. The same is true when I travel for a class: Aside from the guns, I might as well be going on a business trip.

This is really going to hinder any attempts to non-gun sponsorship money into Gun Culture 2.0, because why should Miller Lite spend their ad buck with Daniel Defense when they could spend it with NASCAR?

Now, there are exceptions to this rule. Brownells is teaming up with a UFC fighter, and that makes a lot of sense. More is needed though.

The Worst Gun Fans In The World – The Final Four

The Worst Gun Fans In The World – The Final Four

In a squeaker decided by less than 1%, XD Fan is  more obnoxious than 9mm Fan. The brackets for the Big Dance are now set:

Taurus Judge Fan vs. XD Fan, and Desert Eagle Fan versus .40S&W Fan.

Vote now!

And for those who were asking, no, there is no licensed apparel for this Final Four contest available at this juncture, but we are looking to offer a tasteful selection of branded ball caps, t-shirts, hoodies, and banana hammocks at some point in the future.

 

Hmmn, This Could Be Interesting.

Hmmn, This Could Be Interesting.

ShootingClasses.com bills itself as “Online Class Management For Instructors.” In the email that they sent me after I signed up, they describe their site as:

Guided by industry expertise and instructor feedback, ShootingClasses.com is an online system that simplifies the administrative side of the teaching process for instructors, helps students find an instructor in their area and even allows range owners to connect with instructors and students.

Interesting idea. I’ve been batting around doing something similar, as there is no “one stop shop” for finding out about new training opportunities in any given area (I found out about the SouthNarc and Vogel classes near me by accident), so someplace that lists all opportunities in a given area would be really useful.

Plus there’s the whole registration thing, where people are using a mishmash of EventBrite and WordPress plugins and all kinds of other stuff to sign up people online. This site might solve a bunch of problems at once.

Flash Site Pictures.

Flash Site Pictures.

I reviewed the Walther PPQ SC for Shooting Illustrated. It’s honestly hard to review guns these days, because it’s hard to find something wrong with guns these days. We are in a golden age of guns, which is great if you’re a consumer, but sucks if you’re looking to write a spicy review.

Oh, and I also channeled my inner Claude Werner and wrote an article on practicing at an indoor range.

I’ve carried concealed in an Inside-The-Waistband holster since Day One, so carrying in an Outside-The-Waistband holster took some getting used to, but I can see why people like it.

Speaking of Claude Werner, he’s got a great look at what’s really important for armed citizens.

Walmart is getting into the premium outdoor gear market. If they’re smart, they’ll learn from the mistakes that Dick’s have made and sell the sort of guns (AR-15s) they won’t sell in their big box stores.

How good is good enough? B Class USPSA, ish. Which is almost where I am, and that’s pretty cool.

You know what? 995 yards is a very, very long ways away.