Saturday, December 03, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
We recently ran across a statement attributed to an old Western sheriff which fills us with delight. He stated that he wished his deputies to respond to the threat of lethal violence with 'disconcerting alacrity'. What a great phrase! For years I have taught mind set and defensive tactics to thousands of students when almost everything I sought to impart could have been included in exhortation to disconcerting alacrity.
Jeff Cooper, Gargantuan Gunsite Gossip 2, p. 544
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
This is well worth reading
Some gun-people scoff at civilian counter terrorist training, thinking such tactics are "wishful thinking". I would point out three things to them: One - The only difference between the September 11th planes was that passengers on Flight 93 chose to act. I suspect that had the acted sooner, they may have saved the plane. Two – Unless you act, your life is in the hands of the errorists and we know their plans are for you, you will most definitely be killed. Three – Rescue by the authorities is a pie-in-the-sky feel good notion that will be of little help when your throat gets slashed. Bottom line - You have nothing to lose.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
S&W has two new models out in .41 mag. The Airlite model is pricey, but i can't think of a better lightweight revolver (if you handload).
I wonder if Smith's interest in the .41 might prod some ammo company into creating a moderate velocity loading for the lightweight revolvers?
Smith and Wesson’s Best Pistol
If ever there were a revolver of excellent, almost perfect ergonomics, it is the Smith and Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum. This revolver is well balanced and offers more power per ounce than practically any other handgun.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Sunday, May 08, 2005
here's a nice write-up on the .41 Special wildcat.
Most Needed Revolver Wildcat?
There is a niche for this round. It would be perfect in the Taurus Tracker. Plus it would be a great practice round for the big .41 mag revolvers.
Since i am on a .41 caliber jag, Ruger and Smith should offer a 4-inch barrel version of the .41. The GP100 would be a nice platform for a 5-shot model and Smith already offers their Mountain Gun in .44 Mag and .45 Colt.
More on the .41 mag
The Wrong Compromise
The .41 Magnum - Sundays Child
Heavy Bullets in the .41 Magnum
Sunday, May 01, 2005
It's going to be a lot tougher getting doe licenses in PA this year. The Game Commission dropped the allocation in most wildlife management areas. The place i hunt went from 75,000 to 53,000.
Although, to be honest, i could have skipped the doe permit the last three years and it would have made no difference. The only takeable does i've seen have all been early on the first day and i've passed on the shots. I just can't bring myself to take a doe that early in the season and cut everyone's chances at a buck on the best day to find horns.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Leverguns has some velocity comparisons between handguns and rifles in the same caliber. If you're a revolver guy, it gives another reason for choosing a magnum and levergun over a semi-auto.
The 9mm rarely gains more than 100 fps out of a long barrel. Revolver rounds gain much more. Check out the 125gr. Gold Dot loading from Buffolo Bore : 1603 fps out of a four inch revolver and 2298 fps out of a carbine.
I posted about that before here.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
I found this over at the Carnival of Cordite, Week Four.
The Anti Gun Male - Julia Gorin
Let's be honest. He's scared of the thing. That's understandable--so am I. But as a girl I have the luxury of being able to admit it. I don't have to masquerade squeamishness as grand principle--in the interest of mankind, no less.
A man does. He has to say things like "One Taniqua Hall is one too many," as a New York radio talk show host did in referring to the 9-year old New York girl who was accidentally shot last year by her 12-year old cousin playing with his uncle's gun.
But the truth is he desperately needs Taniqua Hall, just like he needs as many Columbines and Santees as can be mustered, until they spell an end to the Second Amendment. And not for the benefit of the masses, but for the benefit of his self-esteem.
He often accuses men with guns of "compensating for something." The truth is quite the reverse. After all, how is he supposed to feel knowing there are men out there who aren't intimidated by the big bad inanimate villain? How is he to feel in the face of adolescent boys who have used the family gun effectively to defend the family from an armed intruder? So if he can't touch a gun, he doesn't want other men to be able to either. And to achieve his ends, he'll use the only weapon he knows how to manipulate: the law.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Friday, February 04, 2005
The cover story in the January/February Atlantic Monthly is piece of "future history" by Richard Clarke that sketches the next five years of the War on Terror. He does not paint a pretty picture. His worst-case scenario has a series of devastating attacks on America- suicide bombers, mass shootings, strikes with biological and nuclear weapons. After each assault, the economy sinks a little lower and we sacrifice a few more civil liberties.
Part of his nightmare scenario for future terrorist attacks is the deployment of suicide teams to suburban malls where they enact mega-Columbines. Being a good Beltway/Kennedy School-- type, he simply ignores any civilian response-- even in states like Texas and Virginia.
As Michael Bane notes:
One thing Clarke totally disregards is the deterent effect of an armed populace. Yeah, yeah...I can already hear liberals laughing. But let's take the Israeli experience, where armed civilians stopping terrorists' strikes has become almost commonplace.See further analysis here.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Saturday, January 29, 2005
THE 21 FOOT RULE .....REVISITED
In the early eighties, a young police officer named Dennis Teuller wrote an article for Chuck Taylor's Magazine titled "How Close is Too Close?". In the ground breaking article, Officer Teuller compared the time frames in which an adequately trained officer could draw and fire an accurate shot, and the time frame in which an able-bodied man armed with a contact weapon could cross a seven yard distance. The time was remarkably similar - 1.5 seconds for each.