Flash Site Pictures

Flash Site Pictures

REALLY like how Julie is showing the targets hit at the bottom of the screen here. Stuff like this is how we’re going to make the shooting sports more popular to a broader audience,

Gabe White on seeing what you need to see to make the shot. Gonna take a lot of time this weekend to read this one in depth.

Four, (count ’em, FOUR) armed citizens show up to take care of a armed bad guy in eastern Washington State. Between this and the Florida carjacker who ran into double jeopardy earlier this month, we may be approaching the tipping point where herd immunity is society’s #1 defense against crime.

SIG Sauer and Max Michel team up to prevent suicide. More, please.

How To Deal With Unsolicited Advice On The Range.

Just like Annette, I carry a knife and a gun. And pepper spray. And a tourniquet. And a flashlight. And a phone. Why? because the problems that each of those items solve are unique to themselves. A phone cannot solve a knife problem, and a gun cannot solve a tourniquet problem. Choose your gear with that in mind.

I still say this is a valid business model for a competitive shooter.

Flash Site Pictures

Flash Site Pictures

I’ve been saying this for a while now: If your Special Operations training can’t be translated into civilian terms, it’s not useful for the armed citizens.

6 Tips For Imporving Your Accuracy With a Rimfire Rifle.

”All I’m saying is that the debate about firearms often simmers down into ad hominem attacks that presuppose gun owners and criminals are a part of the same social group.”

It’s not about the guns.

Prep for the beginning of a crisis, and then work towards the end. Hurricane season is starting up again here, so yeah, prepping is on my mind once more.

Hunting organizations are beginning to (finally) figure out that they need to get more adults into hunting.

Is .380ACP the new 9mm?

Slick On The Draw.

Slick On The Draw.

John Corriea of Active Self Protection recently mentioned a couple of things that have been rattling around in my head for awhile*. First off is the ubiquity of reloading your gun when it comes to pistol drills and qualifications. Thanks to security camera footage and after-action reports, we know that the number of times an armed citizen has had to reload during a gunfight is pretty darn close to zero, and yet reloading on the clock is an element of oh so many drills and qualifications.

Maybe it’s time for that to change.

Secondly is the value of the sneaky draw. After watching 10,000 gunfights on video, John has seen a number of them that started when the armed civilian (who is usually in charge of if and when the violence will begin in an encounter with a bad guy) drew his gun surreptitiously from the concealment and used the advantage to surprise to come out ahead.

We spend oh so many hours on the range practicing our draw from concealment, shaving off bits of seconds so we can go from a 1.7 second draw to a 1.5 second draw.

But you know what’s faster than that? Having the gun in your hand when you need it, not in your holster. To the best of my knowledge (and correct me in the comments if I’m wrong), there is no one out there teaching how to do a sneaky draw from a holster as part of their pistol curriculum.

And maybe there should be.

 

* Heaven knows there’s a lot of room up there for them to rattle around in…

Flash Site Pictures – Friday Edition

Flash Site Pictures – Friday Edition

Interesting stuff I found on the web, some of it written by me, some not.

What’s the difference between a flash hider and a muzzle brake?

Your car is your castle.

The really critical question is, ‘What have you learned?‘.”

Gun owners know which companies stand with us, which companies act like Dick’s.

Comparing the Ruger LCR to S&W J-Frames. Me, I kinda like the LCR, but that’s why they make Pepsi AND Coke.

If you’re incapable of violence, not being violent isn’t a virtue.”

Well duh. Way, WAY past time for this, IMO. And no, more rallies are not “going on offense.” Taking someone to the range is going on offense. Signing up voters is going on offense. Asking for Top Shot Part Deux is going on offense. Screaming at an empty statehouse? Not so much…

Flash Site Pictures, Tuesday Edition.

Flash Site Pictures, Tuesday Edition.

There’s a lot of talk right now about the “weapons of war” on our streets. Those two rifles in the featured image for this article? Those are the only two “weapons of war” that I own. They’re both M1903 Springfields that were originally owned by my father-in-law, so if someone tells you that civilians owning “weapons of war” is a new idea, laugh in their face, and laugh long and loudly.

As always, some of articles in these links were written by me, some weren’t.

How To Get Started in USPSA.

Urban Survival Lessons from Tijuana.

You Can’t Stop The Gun Video Signal.

It Ain’t Just Gun Channels Who Are Mad At Youtube.

Dear Citibank: You Suck.

How To Talk Productively About Guns.

Crowd at The March For Our Lives “Unexpectedly” Sparse.

Enough.

We are getting our @$$es handed to us in this culture war. This needs to change, and quickly.

 

The Missionary And The Socialite

The Missionary and the Socialite

One of the nicer things about climbing higher and higher up the gun writer caste system is that the signal to noise ratio gets A LOT better. The people I talk with on social media are really, really clued-in, and the amount of bad advice they hand out is pretty much derp-free.

But there is a price to be paid for being one of the Illuminati, and that price is that you really, really don’t want to suffer fools gladly, and it becomes very, very easy to look down on people less clueful than you.

Which is why Michael Bane’s podcast from a few weeks ago hit me pretty hard. Yes, it’s fun, (a LOT of fun) hanging out with smart people, but that needs to tempered with the realization that other people need to brought up, not put down.

An anecdote…

At the first Arizona Bloggershoot at the Casa Grande Public range a few years ago with Kevin Baker from The Smallest Minority, the benches to the south of us were occupied with a bunch of locals who were havin’ a grand ol’ time shootin’ things up with a half-dozen Mosins, a few HiPoints, a Mossberg Maverick and a Taurus PT145.

They were being safe, they weren’t muzzling us, and they were introducing a young boy to shooting. Who am I to tell them not to have such a good time just because their guns were cheap?

If we want new gun owners to shoot their guns more frequently, we need to create a gun culture that encourages such things. Speaking as someone who has paid money for a post-secondary education on how to evangelize, telling people they are not worthy of your church isn’t going to fill the pews…

Surplus Serpas.

Surplus Serpas.

“Oh yeah, well if the Serpa is so bad,  why does the military use it?” – Serpa fanboys

”They don’t.” – Reality

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Lessons From A Walmart Parking Lot.

Lessons From A Walmart Parking Lot.

There was a guy who went to a Walmart with his family late last night around 10 o’clock. We’ll call him “Kevin.”

Kevin noticed as he was getting out of his car that there was a young gentleman in his mid-20s going from row to row, looking around at the cars.

Kevin then watched as said gentleman met up with two more friends and all three started a conversation in an end of the parking lot away from all the cars.

Kevin had been shopping at his Walmart for almost three years now, and knew what the clientele looks like and how they act. This gentlemen looked different and acted different than what was the norm for this establishment, and seeing how it was late in the evening on Black Friday, (a busy shopping day for us, a busy work day for thieves), Kevin decided to walk his family to the door of the Walmart, then told his wife to go shop for Christmas ribbon with his sons, and said that he would meet up with them at the front door of the store when they were done.

Kevin then stood around by the front door, flashlight tucked out of the way in his hand, keeping an eye on the young gentlemen as they continued their conversation in the parking lot and eventually walked off the premises of Walmart.

Kevin then waited for his family, walked with them to their car and drove off.

Was Kevin unusually paranoid? Maybe. Did Kevin inconvenience his family by acting this way? Not really. Did Kevin put himself in a position to keep his property safe when a hinky situation presented itself?

Most definitely.

Update: Someone asked on Facebook what “Kevin” (me) would have done if the gentlemen in question started opening car doors. I’d call 911, and start about writing down details of dress, height, hair color, etc. so I would get them correct for the cops. If they opened up MY car door, I’d hit him with the beam of my flashlight and ask them what they were doing and then we’d go from there (which would also probably end up in me calling the cops).