Remember, You Wanted This.

Remember, You Wanted This.

Allow me a brief moment of politics here.

Remember this scene in “Jack Reacher“?

Tom Cruise is beating up the bar thugs: He has one of them (literally) by the short and curlys, and he looks at the last two thugs who are considering joining the fight and says “Really?” Those goons saw what just happened, are seeing their friend writhe around in agony, and WERE EVEN TOLD BEFORE THE FIGHT HAPPENED that this was going to occur, yet they still want to press the attack.

Right now, Red State Americans and Blue State Americans both seem hell-bent on starting Civil War 2.0, and there’s no one on either side asking themselves “Do we really want to do such things?”

Which pretty much guarantees it’s going to happen.

God help us all.

Speed. Rocks.

Speed. Rocks.

The Sharp Dressed Shooter is a great resource for those of us who want to protect ourselves whilst wearing something other than jeans and a t-shirt. He’s got a great video on Instagram showing the right way to draw from a tuckable holster. and by my count, it takes him about 2.5 seconds from the decision to draw to when the gun is up on target. This is quite fast for such a holster, and it’s obviously a product of hard work, practice, and a dedication to his craft.

But.

The movement required to lift and clear your cover garment, get a good firing grip on the gun and then get it into play all scream out “HEY EVERYONE, I’M DRAWING MY GUN NOW!!!!!,” which is just fine for times when drawing a gun is really, really needed.

But.

We know from listening to John Corriea’s narrated videos that a smooth, stealthy draw is needed almost as often as smooth fast draw is needed. Hence the problem with relying solely on a tuckable holster for (really) discrete carry: They’re a very good way to carry more than a pocket gun, but they are not a good way to get your gun out discretely if you need to.

Which is why I pocket-carry a .380 if I need to be a little more subtle than normal. My pre-draw routine with a pocket rocket is me casually putting my hand into my pants pocket, which looks exactly like me… casually putting my hand into my pocket. This is different than a tuckable holster or an ankle holster or any of the other options for really discreet carry: The pre-draw routine for all of those looks like someone trying to get a gun out from hiding, which is exactly what they are.

If you carry something bigger in a tucked-in tuckable holster, that’s great, you’re ahead of almost everyone else out there. Just consider adding something to your mix that allows you to get your gear into play without looking like you’re getting your gear into play.

The Sword Of The Lord.

The Sword Of The Lord.

I found about about this organization a few years ago, and I’ve been remiss about talking about them and spreading the good word about what they do.

Tactica Ministries trains police officers in Costa Rica in the latest police strategies and techniques, and also strengthens them with spiritual, moral and ethical guidance.

If you’re a trainer or a law enforcement officer who’d like to put your training to some good use, drop them a line, they’d love to hear from you.

Guns ‘R’ Us.

Guns ‘R’ Us.

As you probably know, Toys R Us went out of business earlier this year, and because they had a penchant for free-standing stores, that means there is a LOT of empty real estate in prime retail locations sitting around empty.

So why not turn old Toys ‘R’ Us locations into gun ranges?

Consider this:

  • Free-standing Toys R Us store are built on a pattern that tended to repeat itself, so you wouldn’t have to customize your renovations much from store to store.
  • They’re solidly built: Everyone I’ve seen has been made of either tip-up concrete walls or concrete block.
  • They’re usually in great locations next to shopping malls and major thoroughfares (although rezoning could be a hassle).
  • They can be had for a song. Retail is dying, and so the list of people clamoring for those locations has to be quite short.

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a BIG gap in the gun market right now: We have nationwide chains of sporting good stores that sell guns, but the biggest chain of gun ranges (where you can actually USE those guns) is Shoot Straight here in Florida, which has a whopping eight locations (and to be honest, each and every one of them is VERY low-rent).

Someone (Glock? SIG? Action Target?) is going to do for gun ranges what AMF did for bowling alleys, and instill a standard level of service from one range to another so that the consumer understands the value proposition of what they’re getting before they walk in to shoot.

There’s probably a shuttered Toys R Us within an hour of where you are right now. Someone is going to SOMETHING with them, why not open a gun range inside of them?

(Insight)^2.

(Insight)^2.

Take a few moments to read David Yamane’s review of “Citizen Protectors,” Jennifer Carlson’s book on the sociology of guns in America.

Two big takeaways:

“Guns solve problems for the people who bear them.”

This. A gazillion times this. I, along with millions of other responsible gun owners in America, take the time and effort to maximize the benefits of owning a gun, while minimizing the drawbacks. I want my guns to SOLVE problems, not cause them.

Secondly is this quote:

“The National Rifle Association is a quasi-regulatory agency governing concealed carry in the United States.

The VAST majority of concealed carry instructors in the U.S. get certified to teach concealed carry in their state because they are certified by the NRA as a qualified instructor. As such, NRA Training is pretty much the standard (how rigorous of a standard is a topic for another post.

 

Flash Site Pictures

Flash Site Pictures

I’ve been busy.

My review of the Primary Arms 1x Roof Prism optic is up at Shooting Illustrated. Short version: It’s my new favorite optic.

You really don’t know how much difference upgrading the trigger in your AR makes until you upgrade to a really, really good one.

And a blast from the past, a gun that I wasn’t expecting to like, but did.

Now on to the stuff I didn’t write: Claude Werner looks at the history of the Dot Torture Drill

We plan for an “average” gunfight, but is there really such a thing?

Looking forward to seeing what this turns up. I have friends on the mission field right now who are serving in countries that would kill them if they were found out to be Christians. We in America have lived many, many years without the threat of sectarian-based violence, and I hope we have a good many more as well.

This is a nifty little gadget that doesn’t scream “HEY, THERE IS IMPORTANT, EXPENSIVE STUFF IN HERE!!!” yet still keeps your stuff secure. If you travel often (especially if you store a laptop or a firearm in your room), it’d be something worth picking up.

Speaking of nifty little gadgets, Sabre Red has FINALLY built a decently-sized can of spicy treats with a good belt clip (although it’s still a bit big). Dear pepper spray manufacturers: All I want is a can that attaches either to my belt or inside my pocket that’s about the same size as a Glock 19 mag, with a flip-top safety and a reversible belt clip. Why is that so hard to make?

Me, four years ago:Now that Glock has a mini .380 out, I’m seeing a lot more chatter about how with the right bullets (I’m a fan of Hornady XTP’s myself), .380 ACP is a viable self-defense round.”
Bart Skelton, this month:There’s a certain term that I’ve personally shunned that refers to small firearms and a certain species of rodent. I don’t care for the phrase.”
Me neither.

I Have Come Not To Bury Front Sight But To Praise It.

I Have Come Not To Bury Front Sight But To Praise It.

First off, let’s face facts: The training you get at Front Sight isn’t as good as you get elsewhere. Is it bad training, though?

Well, no. They have good safety standards and if you’re new to guns, you will be a better shooter when you leave Front Sight than you were before you arrived.

What Front Sight does remarkably well, though, is market their product to the American consumer. When I went there back in 2012, there were over 200 people there that week taking one sort of class or another.

Do YOU have 200 people a week in your classes? I thought not.

Front Sight does those numbers by instilling a sense of community in their students: They are marketing not just gun classes, but rather, they are marketing the sense of belonging to something that’s bigger than you are.

How much of that is based on what’s taught in SEAOrg is an ongoing question, but it’s real, and it works well for Front Sight.

Want repeat students? Give them a reason to come back that’s more that just “Learn to shoot more better.”

This Is How We Win.

This Is How We Win.

Three weeks into the new job, and I’m going shooting this weekend at a Shoot N Scoot event with a co-worker who’s gun-curious.

This same weekend, there’ll be a bunch of gun owners stamping their feet and clapping their hands and doing the firearms equivalent of “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away!” on the steps of the state capitol in Tallahassee.

But do events like that actually change the world?

No, not really. All things like that do is make the people who went to the rally feel like they DID something, but anyone who’s not in earshot of that rally doesn’t really care about YOUR right to keep and bear arms, they care about feeling safe in an unsafe world. Who will help calm that fear, a person screaming at the top of their lungs about “MY RIGHTS!!!,” or calm, cool, collected progressive who wants to make sure that those gun nuts don’t do scary things anymore?

You want to change the world? Change it one person at a time. Rather than make a spectacle of yourself, take someone to the range.

The rights you save may be your own.