Author Archives: Nick Leghorn

Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), instrument rated private pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

Arms Dealer Who Sold Paris Attackers Their Firearms Arrested

Paris shooting (courtesy businessinsider.com)

The common refrain among gun control advocates following a high profile shooting event is that more gun laws need to be enacted in order to “do something” and make them “feel safe.” Europe already has some of the strictest firearms laws in the world, and France especially is remarkably strict. Nevertheless the perpetrators of the Friday the 13th Paris terrorist attacks purchased their illegal weapons in Europe from an illegal arms dealer, transported them illegally into France, and then illegally murdered scores of people. The gun dealer in question has now been arrested, and we finally know the origin of the firearms used that night . . .

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Gear Review: Bravo Concealment RTT Holster


It was about two weeks before the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival when I made my final decision which gun I would be carrying all weekend. Last year I had rolled with a FNS-9 Longslide, but this year I wanted something a little different. I’ve had a SIG SAUER P226 Mk25 with a Streamlight TLR-1 as my nightstand gun for years, but it was time to take it out for a spin. There was just one problem: I didn’t have a holster for it. Enter Bravo Concealment, a Texas-based holster company who shipped me a custom holster for my gun with time to spare . . .

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Gun Review: Special Interest Arms Novem 9mm Bolt Action Rifle


A couple years ago during the post-Newtown panic you couldn’t find a single round of 5.56 NATO ammo to save your life. Rimfire was just as scarce. But the one thing that seemed to be in stock no matter what was the plethora of pistol caliber cartridges. It seems like Americans have taken a more practical approach to caliber choice these days, opting for a firearm that will be easy to feed no matter the political climate. That has sparked a bit of a revolution in the firearms market, from the new pistol caliber SMGs like the MPX and Scorpion to a renaissance of the older MP5 design. Special Interest Arms has been in this market for years, and their latest creation is the “Novem” bolt action rifle chambered in 9mm . . .

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BREAKING: University of Chicago Cancels Classes Due to Threat of Mass Shooting


Someone online posted a message saying that they were going to shoot up the quad at the University of Chicago at 10 AM on Monday morning. Dozens of these kinds of posts are made online every day, but it seems that the University of Chicago is sufficiently freaked out that they have decided to cancel all classes and events on Monday and request that staff work from home.

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UPDATE: 3 Killed, Attacker in Custody in Planned Parenthood Shooting


Reports are coming in that the attacker in this afternoon’s attack near a Planned parenthood facility has been apprehended following a standoff with police. Three people were killed in the incident, and while the exact motive of the attacker is still unknown (as well as his actual target) Planned Parenthood has come out and made a statement blaming the “extremists” that fuel “domestic terrorism” in the United States.

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First Tactical Launches Outerwear Line, 50% Off Bestsellers Thru Monday


First Tactical is a “new” tactical clothing company that is making some really neat stuff. We’ve got T&E samples with just about every TTAG writer right now and hope to have some reviews for you soon, but they aren’t waiting for that to start rolling out even more products. FT is slashing their prices over the Black Friday weekend on their most popular items, including my personal favorite their Tactix backpack. It’s definitely worth a look.


D.C. Mayor Refuses to Allow People to Defend Themselves Because “I Don’t Like Guns”

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier (courtesy washingtontimes.com)

A few days ago Cathy Lanier, the police chief of Washington, D.C., admitted that the police would not arrive in time to save lives in the event of a “Paris-style terrorist attack.” She advised that the best way to save lives is to for the victims defend themselves. In response, a few news agencies asked D.C.’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, whether, in light of the top cop’s advice, she would be changing her stance on forbidding her residents to defend themselves with firearms. One might expect a thoughtful, rational response from an elected official asked for her take on her Chief’s advice. Instead, what Washingtonians got was a politician spouting the usual big city Democrat stance . . .

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BREAKING: Obama Signs Law Allowing Public Sale of Surplus U.S. Army 1911s

Springfield 1911A1, c Nick Leghorn

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a program through which the U.S. Government has been selling off their stock of aging firearms to the American public in an effort to promote the shooting sports and marksmanship training. They are best known as the prime source for M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines, but thanks to a bill signed today by President Obama the CMP may shortly begin to sell off the U.S. Government’s huge stock of 1911 handguns. These firearms saw duty from WWI through Desert Storm, and you can bet your butt I’ll be waiting in line to snap one up.

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US Govt Sues EOTech Maker for Fraud, Suit Settled by End of Day


There was apparently a bit of a dust-up yesterday involving L-3 – -manufacturer of the EOTech holographic weapon sight system and the U.S. Government. The Feds had been investigating some problems with L3’s claims about the accuracy and reliability of their devices in low temperature and high moisture environments (i.e., a large block of ice). Apparently, not only did EOTech discover the problems during their own testing, but they then failed to disclose the results . . .

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Fallout 4 Tip: Don’t Over-Scope Your Gun


Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout 4. Like, a lot. An unhealthy amount, even. Despite the random crashes and glitches (seriously, how do you get the mayor’s elevator back down?) it’s still a fantastic game. One of the really cool features is the ability to customize your weapons, and for those wandering in the Commonwealth as well, I want to give you one word of advice about that: don’t bite off more scope than you can chew . . .

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Purdue Study: Arming Victims Would Save Lives in Terrorist Attacks

The question that arises every time there’s a terrorist attack or mass shooting is one of how to stop it from happening again or minimize the casualties. The common response from gun control activists and the media is always to ban guns and further restrict the rights of law abiding citizens, relying purely on a emotional response and lacking any scientific evidence. One study out of Purdue University is seeking to put some actual science behind the question of whether concealed carry or any armed defense would reduce the impact of a terrorist attack like the one in Paris. Their results: yes, guns would save lives.

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Why Using the Terrorist Watchlist to Restrict Gun Sales is a Terrible and Dangerous Idea


There has been a lot of chatter in the last couple days about individuals on the “Terrorist Screening Database” (or simply “Terrorist Watchlist”) being able to purchase firearms in the United States. The usual suspects from Senator Harry Reid to activist news organizations have begun a campaign for banning individuals on this list from being able to own firearms, and while there seems to be support for that idea from the usual gun control activists the reality of the situation is that it is an amazingly dangerous precedent to set using a hilariously awful and unreliable database.

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