Lessons From Maryland

Lessons From Maryland

The horrific massacre at the Capital Gazette newspaper is not following the established narrative for such events. First off, because the shooter was Hispanic and used a shotgun and Maryland has ridiculously tight gun laws, it’s going to be hard for progressives to blame “assault weapons” and the NRA for this one. Also, CNN, in a shocking display of sanity, is not publicizing the shooter’s name.

Good. These maroons do this for the publicity, and the less of that they get, the less chance that someone else will do similar.

The cops had a sixty second response time, which is blazingly fast, but five people still died. My response time to active shooter? About 1.7 seconds, from concealment (-ish) and my response time to a traumatic injury? A minute, tops. The shooter had multiple restraining orders against him, but I’ve yet to figure out how a piece of paper is a more effective defense against a maniac than 124gr hollow points. The fact that he was this crazy and still bought a shotgun is an issue we need to look at, but only if we gun owners get something in return. The days of us giving up a thing that is dear to us in return for nothing at all are over.

Finally, a Reuters editor tried to claim that the shooter was wearing a “Make America Great” shirt and was pro-Trump, and rather than other papers picking up that narrative and running with it like they did with the shooting of Gabby Giffords, that editor apologized and might be facing disciplinary measures at work.

Might a little sanity be creeping into our media? I certainly hope so. It’d be nice to have the adults back in charge once more.

An Apple As A Teacher

An Apple As A Teacher

Apple is the absolute dominant player in retail right now. The presence of an Apple Store can make or break a shopping mall, so when Apple’s VP of Retail talks about retail, gun store owners better listen.

You have your instincts and you use a lot of smart outside guys, and the smart outside guys they don’t say retail is dying. They say digital is gonna grow at three times the rate of physical, but in the next five years… 75 percent of people will shop online, shop to learn [about what they want to buy], but 75 percent of business will still be done in physical stores.
Because of this, (Apple VP) Ahrendts explained that “retail isn’t going away” or “dying,” but it will have to “evolve” as time passes. Apple has already made moves to change up Apple retail locations with next-generation layouts that emphasize communal gathering and encourage interactivity during Today at Apple sessions. This plays into another of Ahrendts’ talking points in the interview, when she said, “I think [retail] has to serve a bigger purpose than just selling.”

Building a community around your store should be easy for any store that includes a gun range, because those stores have a place to buy guns and use the guns they just bought. Think bowling alleys circa 1967: You bought your shoes and balls in the pro shop, and used them right there on a weekend evening, along with all your friends.

Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 701-800

Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 701-800

I made a trip last week up to the local public range (the official name for it is the “Cecil M. Webb Shooting Range,” but I like to call it the “Dunning-Krueger Exhibition and Fairgrounds”) to sight in a new rifle scope (more on that next week) and to put some more rounds through the Colt Competition 1911.

I decided to up the workout I was putting on this gun and shot 100 rounds of Federal Aluminum-cased 230gr .45ACP FMJ through it, and because the range bans “rapid fire” (and with good reason, I might add…) I worked on one-handed shooting and accurate shot placement.

All 100 rounds of ammo fed into and out of the pistol with no issues, except that my arms wound up covered in bits and flakes of charred paint or something similar. How much of this is inside the gun and how it will affect performance is anybody’s guess.

Colt Competition 2000 Round Challenge

Rounds Fired:
100 Rounds Federal Aluminium 230gr FMJ .45ACP

Results:

No issues.

Thanks again to Lucky Gunner for providing the ammo for this test.

Flash Site Pictures, Monday Edition.

Flash Site Pictures, Monday Edition.

I’ve been busy.

Really satisfied with how my hog hunting with an AR-15 article for American Hunter turned out, and I’m also really satisfied how the hunt itself turned out. We had the backstrap from my hog for dinner last week with some mixed vegetables and rice pilaf, and it was some of the best pork I’ve had in my life.

My take on handheld lights vs. weapon mounted lights (Spoiler alert: Is it too much to ask for both?).

The ancient Greeks invented the Olympics as a way to practice beating each other up without beating each other to a pulp. Other cultures have also figured out that sport is useful way to practice combat, so why is there any doubt as to whether competing in practical shooting is a good thing or not for the person who carries a self-defense firearm?

A round up of 10mm handguns out there right now. I find it somewhat interesting that 10mm is back with a vengeance, and the cartridge designed to replace it, the .40S&W, is quickly fading from view.

And now some stuff not written by me.

It’s always the guns and never the mess we’ve created (in a Chicago paper, no less…).

Even Canadian-style gun control isn’t enough for some Canadians. Yes, there is a slippery slope, and yes, it is to be avoided at all costs.

A nice little 40 round practice drill for precision rifle. The tetonic plates are shifting here, and I might MIGHT!) get a chance to shoot some .22 precision in the near future. Looking forward to it.

Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 601-700

Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 601-700

I started this test with the intent to prove that a budget (sub-$1000) 1911 in .45ACP could stand up to a 2000 Round Challenge, and so far, so good. Something I didn’t know before I started, though, is that Greg Ellifritz has a list of the best 1911’s out there, and Colt is on the list.

This gives me hope.

One of the things that’s probably helping the reliability of my test gun is that I’m using nothing but Wilson Combat magazines in the test 1911. It’s fairly well-known that magazines are the Achille’s heel of the 1911, and I made the decision early on to use top-quality mags, and so far, so good.

I went shooting with Jeff Street last week and put 100 rounds of Remington UMC .45 ACP through the Colt Competition. Nothing happened except a big, ragged hole appeared in the target. This is getting boring. Boring is good.

Colt Competition 2000 Round Challenge

Rounds Fired:
100 Rounds Remington UMC .45ACP FMJ

Results:

No issues.

Thanks to Lucky Gunner for providing the ammo for this test.

Flame Wars

Flame Wars

I’m an Elon Musk fanboy. I’ll admit it proudly (and not just because he’s half-Canadian). The man has a level of joie de vie and a entrepreneurial spirit that we just don’t see that much these days. Not only is he making boatloads of cash, he’s having FUN while he’s getting rich.

Oh, and he put a sports car into orbit around Mars as well. Because he could.

As a lark, he promised to sell flamethrowers if people bought 500,000 hats which promote The Boring Company, the tunneling company he created to dig tunnels for his hyper-speed magnetic levitation transit system.

What can I say? The dude’s playing the game on many, many levels. Anyways, back to the flamethrowers. He sold out of the hats, and so, true to his word, he develeped and sold a flamethrower, which promptly sold out as well.

The usual Neo-Puritan suspects in California, New York and other places outside of America didn’t like the idea of private citizens owning a flamethrower, so they promptly tried to ban such devices in case people might decide to play with fire, or something.

But that didn’t work, so now Elon Musk’s “Not A Flamethrower” is shipping out to people all across the lower 48.

This is how you win a culture war. You win it by having fun. Let’s go have fun, and let’s take more people to range with us so they can fun as well.

Current Casual Everyday Carry.

Current Casual Everyday Carry.

Or as I should say, everyday everyday carry, as I’m not working in a office right now.

I update and change what I carry as experience and training demands. For instance, I’ve recently increased my tactical trauma knowledge, and so carrying an actual tourniquet on me is more of a priority. Also, using the PHLSter skeleton holster for my Shield in a training class and in a few matches has shown me that it’s just not right for me, so I’ve changed up my holster game as well.

Top Row
Bandana, wallet, keys, lighter, 9mm Shield with MagFix baseplate and MagGuts +1 follower.

Middle Row
Pocket Trauma Kit, Carabiner/Key ring, Boker AK-74 knife (top), Sabre Mk6 pepper spray (bottom), Blade-Tech Nano holster, iPhone 7 Plus w/ Hornady RFID tag (more about that chip at a later date).

Bottom Row
SOFT-T-W tourniquet in a Blue Force Gear Ten Speed Rifle Pouch, spare 8 round pistol magazine, Coast HP-1 light (top), SOG Mini Instinct knife, Leatherman PS multi-tool.

And yes, all of this either fits on my gun belt (I’m using a Wilderness Tactical Instructor’s Belt these days) or inside the pockets of my jeans, and all of it conceals with an un-tucked t-shirt (although the gun does print a bit, I must confess). In particular, I really like the Ten Speed pouch for carrying a tourniquet, as it’s about the same size as my pistol reload and a breeze to conceal under my shirt, and the MagGuts follower allows me to have 9+1 in my Shield, which is a nice comforting thought.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

The company I worked for has been bought out, and now I’m looking for a job. Again.

This truly sucks, because I *liked* that job. Quite a lot.

Anyway, if you know of something in content marketing / digital marketing, let know.