Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Carbines and bug-out gear

Some important points to ponder here.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

You know, i heard it happened to a friend of a guy who used to work with a guy ....

I discovered that there is still a largely overblown fear of damaging firearms by dry firing a handgun. ‘Damaging guns by dry-fire’ seems to be the gun hobby’s version of ‘I woke up in a bathtub filled with ice-water and one of my kidneys was stolen.” While it may be possible, it is highly improbable.

More at GHG and View from the Porch.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Unsolicited marketing advice

Carbine/hangun combinations have been around since the advent of useful centerfire cartridges (i.e 1873). In the later Old West the 44-40 and 38-40 et. al. appeared in both the Colt SAA and the Winchester 1873.

You can still own a revolver and carbine combination and enjoy all the associated advantages.

It's harder with semi-autos and only Beretta has a current model line that includes pistol carbines that use the same magazines as the pistol.

I think Springfield could fix that with an XD carbine.

It would give them unparalleled breadth in their product line: everything from subcompacts for CCW through full-sized service pistols and a long gun that uses the same magazines.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poll on the .22 LR

When is it the best choice for personal defense?

Take the poll at GunPundit:

Personal Protection Survey

UPDATE: If you read the comments over at Gunpundit, don't miss this:

Something in the water today.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Self-defence on the road

More specifically on the road in motels/hotels. A really valuable piece here:


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The .38 Special gets some respect

Couple of good posts:

Thoughts on the 5-shooter

Five for sure

I'm a long-time fan of the Special and especially the J-frame:

In Defense of the 38 Special

Holsters redux

The "Ayoob Files" in the July/August American Handgunner throws some valuable light on the holster controversy.

It's the story of a 71 year old retired Marine who took on two armed robbers in a Subway.

After the criminals got the money( including the Marine's wallet), they forced the store manager and our hero into the backroom. The Marine instantly recognized the danger and looked for his opportunity to defend himself.

He was able to draw his .45 Para, kill one robber, and sent the other cretin fleeing with a slug in his chest.

The good guys won that round even under adverse starting conditions.

What caught my eye was the "tactical rig" the Marine was using to pull off this victory.

"A cheap nameless cloth holster [worn] near the middle of his back."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pointless blog drama

Wow. James Rummel may be many things. "Irresponsible" would be way, way, way down on the list.

New argument, old problem. What advice should experienced shooters give to newbies? This time the subject is holsters. Some people are all hot and bothered because James suggested that the cash-crunched can make do with inexpensive nylon holsters. Predictable outrage followed from the usual quarters. Most of it misses the main point, the context, that James offers his advice:

The majority of people I help are dirt poor, and I'm also trying to keep them from spending much needed cash on uneedful things.

I've bought a boatload of holsters over the years. Most of them have been low-end Uncle Mike's. I rarely use them anymore, but i don't consider the money wasted. I got to try out a bunch of styles for a bunch of different guns. Eventually i figured out what worked for me. Then i could spend good money on quality merchandise confident that i was making an informed decision.

Plus, i've known people who carried in an Uncle Mike's for years. It works for them. How do i know? Because they CARRY in an Uncle Mike's. Since the first rule of gunfighting is Have a Gun, the Uncle Mike's seems to pass the critical test.

Related thoughts here:
Don't be French

First Handgun

More good sense on self defense

Monday, June 15, 2009

Great read

You Can't Have Too Many TOOLS - A Beginner's Foray Into Reloading

I first started reloading to save money. Then, i liked the idea of loading premium bullets. For a long time, neither one was a particularly good reason. Now, with ammo prices skyrocketing and inventories low, they make sense again.

The main reason i keep at it, though, is that i have an affinity for orphan or near-orphan calibers. If you shoot the .260 Remington or .41 Mag, reloading is the only way to get the maximum utility from your guns.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A good man gone

Jack Weaver, RIP

As Ayoob says, he "made a difference".

I'm pleased to say that i have the poster with his autograph. It hangs in my man cave.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Smart talk on stopping power

The LawDog Files