How to Deal with a Stop and Frisk

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 As a cop working in a state where “bundling up” means wearing a thin sweater twice a year, detecting a concealed carry weapon is about as difficult as finding a…

Journalistic Gun Cluelessness of the Day: Vinnie Iyer

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OK, Vinnie Iyer is a sports writer. And the Sporting News is, well, a sports publication. But he’s still a journalist. And just because he writes about football doesn’t mean…

Question of the Day: What’s The Stupidest Thing You’ve Ever Heard At A Gun Store?

Another day, another gun store. In contrast to my last experience, where a “take a number” machine was obvious by its absence, tumbleweeds blew across the floor. And no wonder. The store was harder to find than a cigar smoker in a maternity ward. I’ve seen mid-rank collectors with a greater number and variety of firearms. The salesmanship was cursory at best, derisory at worst. When a rube entered their darkened den and asked for a handgun for his wife (who couldn’t deal with a semi), the sales guy whipped out a Smith & Wesson Airlight and said “All she has to do is pull the trigger. You can’t miss.” Wow. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard in a gun store (aside from the price of a Wilson Combat 1911)?

Another day, another gun store. In contrast to my last experience, where a “take a number” machine was obvious by its absence, tumbleweeds blew across the floor. And no wonder….

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The Atlantic: Photos from Afghanistan (August 2011)

The Atlantic just published some pretty stunning pictures taken in Afghanistan within the past month. If you’ve got five extra minutes I strongly recommend you take a peek. The Atlantic…

Imagine U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on patrol, staring into the night sky. Imagine Terry sees the flashing lights of an airplane. What would have Terry thought if he’d known that the jet twinkling above him was filled with tons of cocaine, crossing the border with the full knowledge and consent of the United States government? What if Terry had somehow known that the man about to end his life in that cold, empty desert would do so with a gun purchased at an American gun store under the watchful gaze of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives? Would the Marine feel betrayed?

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ATF Death Watch 67: The End of the Beginning

Imagine U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on patrol, staring into the night sky. Imagine Terry sees the flashing lights of an airplane. What would have Terry thought if he’d…

Rick Perry Ain’t Got Nothin’ on Susana Martinez

Here in the Show Me State, we can qualify for a concealed carry permit with .22 revolvers and automatics. Susana Martinez would laugh at us, strike a match on the bottom of her boot and blow cigar smoke in our faces while laughing at us. With derision. According to her staff, the New Mexico Governor just turned in a perfect score while re-qualifying with a .38 and a .45. I feel so…inadequate. But congrats to Gov. Martinez. Wish there were more like you. Now pardon me while I head to the range.

Here in the Show Me State, we can qualify for a concealed carry permit with .22 revolvers and automatics. Susana Martinez would laugh at us, strike a match on the…

Armed self-defense has three main parts: gun-handling (the fine art of bringing your firearm to bear on a threat without shooting yourself or a friend or forgetting how the damn thing works), marksmanship (hitting your target) and strategy (mastering the who, what, when, where and how of the thing). Gun ranges are excellent for the first two-thirds of the skill set. Not so good for the strategy side. Dry firing at home, running around like a pre-teen imitating your favorite cop show cop, is a better bet. Still, needs must. If your gun range is at all accommodating, here’s a few shooting positions to add to your regular repertoire . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Practice Shooting from All Positions

Armed self-defense has three main parts: gun-handling (the fine art of bringing your firearm to bear on a threat without shooting yourself or a friend or forgetting how the damn…

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“Conventional Wisdom.” As unreliable as “Common Sense” is rare.

Did you ever stop to think about why you think what you think? Seriously. Let’s stop a minute and consider one of those “meta” questions, like “why do we believe…

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War is Hell. So is cooking, apparently.

So clearing out a massive amount of email in the ol’ inbox, accumulated as I’ve been dealing with some family issues, I came across today’s Shirt Woot! from the fine…

Because They Think We’re Total Morons, Too

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From the Pissing on My Leg and Telling Me it’s Raining department comes this little blurb from almost heaven, West Virginia. “Two Marshall County deputies were shot during an “unfortunate…

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Ohio Paper Outs CCW-Holding Local Politicians

We’ve seen this before, haven’t we? A newspaper or wire service decides to stir the pot by publicly ID’ing concealed carry license holders. They can’t do much about the advance of gun rights, something…

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Actual Gun Tats. The Next Big Thing?

I don’t get gun engraving. Sure, OK, why not? But then, why? Engraving a perfectly proportioned, well-made firearm (Bulldog, Bulldog, bow wow wow) would be like tattooing a world class…