Saturday, December 03, 2005

Monday, October 10, 2005

"Disconcerting Alacrity"

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

Weathering a disaster


Scott Chaffin--Be Prepared

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Two good post-Katrina reflections


A Good Morning to Eat Crow

I posted some of my own thoughts on my other blog.

I whole-heartedly agree with Michael Bane's preference for a "cowboy" levergun instead of something paramilitary.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

This is how it should be done

Even though she disses my beloved 38 special and is leaning against revolvers, i still admire the methodical way she is testing handguns before buying.

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

This is interesting

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?
Of course i think this is a great article

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

Canival of Cordite

Edition #13 is now up at Resistance is Futile.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

41 Special

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.
Good reading

The latest Carnival of Cordite is here. Some great blogging on guns and shooting.

Friday, March 18, 2005

1911 and CCW

I love the 1911. But i have to agree with Christopher A. Lee that it is not the best choice for CCW most of the time. He lays out the reasons here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Handguns cartridges in carbines

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

Remington 7615

Neat, neat idea. Pump action rifle (based on the 870 shotgun), takes AR-15 magazines, .223 cartridge. Suddenly, i'm interested. Michael Bane tried one out at Gunsite.
The anti-gun male

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.
Blog roll addititions

I've added a couple of new blogs i just found:


Pennsylvania hunt fish shoot

Both are well worth checking out.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Civilian response

Kim du Toit and Michael Bane both have useful things to say about the recent shootings in Tyler, Texas.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Mech-Tech CCU

Kim du Toit takes a look at this carbine conversion for Glocks and 1911s. It's a really interesting piece of equipment and may be the best reason out there for buying a Glock.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Furture Terrorism

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


Interesting discussion of everyday folders over at Geek with a .45.

FWIW, i've been carrying a CRKT M16-10K for almost a year and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Too close is not very close


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.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Gun Blog

Michael Bane hosts the Outdoor Channel's "Shooting Gallery. I just ran across his blog. Well worth checking out.