Question of the Day: Is Firearms Licensing Unconstitutional?

From an piece by James Taranto at wsj.com: “The Times Co.’s notion that only certain types of corporations are “deserving of constitutional protection” is pernicious. It recasts freedom of expression as a privilege rather than a right. It assigns to the government the authority to determine which corporations are to be favored with the “media” distinction […]

Question of the Day: Do You Keep a Rifle Handy?

When I started down the road to armed self defense, I was initially somewhat startled to find that pretty much all of my instructors (including Gunsite and Suarez International personnel) carried a loaded rifle with them in their vehicle at all times. This sort of shocked me as, in my ignorance, I had no idea […]

Self Defense Tip: Be Ready to Treat and Transport Yourself

The AP reports that victims of the Aurora Theater Murders waited somewhere around 30 minutes before emergency medical crews arrived to assist them. Police at the scene thought things desperate enough that they transported several victims to the hospital in their cruisers without waiting for ambulances. I applaud this quick decision making. Thirty minutes is […]

Gun Review: Boberg XR9-S (Part Deux)

The first part of my review of the Boberg XR9-S ended with my sending the slide and magazines back to the factory for refurbishing. You may want to read that as well as my out-of-the-box preview to catch up. After shipping them back to Boberg, I received the slide and magazines along with a new […]

Boberg XR9-S Update

One week to the day after I gave my XR9-S slide and magazines to UPS, I received the following email from Arne Boberg. Reproduced with his permission: Eric, I got your parts yesterday and had a chance to work on them today. The magazine that had gotten the rounds stuck had totally missed our final […]

Gun Review: Boberg XR9-S Update

First, a couple housekeeping items from my preview post.  After I received the Boberg XR9-S, I read the entire manual and field stripped the gun. It was clean and nicely lubed from the factory, so I re-assembled and did nothing else. One thing I didn’t mention in my prior review is that the Boberg doesn’t […]

I Carry a Gun Because a Frying Pan is Not Always Available

[Brandon Arnold and Tessa Gerdes and seven of their Chino Valley friends, including three children] were getting ready to make breakfast at about 6:45 a.m. when a large animal jumped out of the bushes onto the back of Arnold’s dog Apollo, a 90-pound lab-pit bull mix,” prescottaz.com reports. “‘It was hard to tell what it was when it jumped […]

Boberg XR9-S Preview

Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track that I’d put myself on the waiting list for a Boberg XR9-S. Or maybe it was just a senior moment; I ordered the gun back in November. Since then I bought a Kahr PM9 for my pocket pistol predilection. The Kahr replaced […]

Gun Review: Kahr PM9 Initial Impressions

I am on record as hating small pistols. Except that I don’t. I just haven’t found one that works with the kind of reliability I think a self defense weapon requires. My experience with my Kel Tec P3AT was dismal. The Rohrbaugh R9 I had generally functioned well, but was finicky about ammo, required recoil […]

Training Tips: Let it Fall, Wear Glasses

I was videoing myself for an upcoming review on Glock .22 conversion slides when I caught a couple of personal firsts on camera. I was at a relatively remote range practicing drawing, moving and rapid fire (these drills aren’t allowed at the more marksmanship oriented ranges closer to home). I apologize for muzzling the camera in […]