Gun Review: Beretta Pico

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Hitting distributor shelves now is the slimmest .380 ACP pistol on the market, the Beretta Pico. At its widest point — across the ambi mag release paddle — my caliper pegs it at 18.5mm (0.728″), while the rest of the lilliputian pocket gun comes in at or under 18mm. Despite the tiny dimensions and the light 11.5 oz weight, which includes an empty magazine, the Pico is rated for +P ammo just like its older and slight larger 9mm brother, the Nano. Of course, making the smallest pistol out there can require compromises, and my Pico did experience some growing pains…

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Three Reasons I Carry A 1911

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I’ve gone through a number of everyday carry guns in the last few years: a GLOCK 19, Kahr PM9, Smith & Wesson 642, Springfield XD-M, FNS-9 and a few other gats that lasted a couple of weeks. As an outside-the-waistband (OWB) guy, the GLOCK, Springfield and FN printed like The New York Times. I wasn’t happy with the Kahr and Smith’s capacity and caliber. Early this year, I bought a Commander-sized Wilson Combat X-Tac Compact. Just cause. I thought, no way I’m going to carry it. It’s expensive. It’s got an external safety. It’s heavy. It’s capacity limited. And questions surround 1911’s reliability, generally speaking (the $3250 Wilson hasn’t choked once). But carry it I do. Here’s why . . .

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North Carolina Woman Smuggles Gun Into Jail in Her Hair

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As we all know, only a tiny fraction of firearm owners actually carry their guns on a regular basis. That’s a sad state of affairs because as many respected analysts have pointed out, more guns means less crime. On the whole. Still, it’s easy for many to rationalize leaving their heater at home, particularly women who tend toward clingier clothing that makes effective concealment a challenge. So mad props are in order for Tiffanie Lizette Bass of Raleigh, North Carolina for conspicuous ingenuity in the art of concealed carry. Ms. Bass was swept up last week in a dragnet conducted by the RPD and state alcohol revenuers at a gin joint called Club Rumors . . .

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Yardarm: Real-Time Firearms Tracking and Alert System, Coming to a Police Station Near You

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When I worked as an EMT in Fairfax, the radios we were issued had a big orange button on the top that we were never supposed to press. Unless we really needed it. That button was our lifeline — each radio was assigned to a specific person in a specific unit, and along with the GPS in the rig was the “bat-signal” to send every available police officer and fire & rescue unit to our location ASAP. I only needed to press it once in my career there, and I was thankful that it not only worked as advertised but also that it didn’t require me to do any thinking on my part in the heat of the moment. A new device from a company named Yardarm is seeking to do the same thing, but with guns . . .

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Question of the Day: Would The Ottawa Attack Have Happened in Austin, Texas?

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Texas residents who hold a concealed weapons permit – or an out-of-state carry permit recognized by the Lone Star State – can enter the Austin state capitol armed. Does the presence of a significant number of armed Americans deter terrorist attacks like what happened in Canada’s parliament yesterday? What about all those states that don’t allow concealed carry inside their legislatures or other public buildings? Do those states’ armed guards and security theater screening prevent a terrorist assaut? Or do our sworn enemies not take any of that into consideration? While we’re at it, more guns, less terrorism?

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Strip Club Crotch Search Double Standard Leads to Murder

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Technically, Augie’s Bourbon Street Cafe’s failure to detect Jasmine N. Jones’s handgun didn’t “lead” to LaKisha Neal’s murder. The Minneapolis gentlemen’s venue is no more responsible for the fatal headshot than the Bank of the West in Stockton, CA is responsible for the hail of police bullets that claimed the life of a hostage. But the fact that the club’s security personnel failed to detect Ms. Jones firearm reveals a simple inescapable fact: political correctness kills. For proof we turn to Augie’s owner Brian “My Name Is Not Augie” Michaels . . .

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Gear Review: Cook’s Holsters IWB w/ Adjustable Belt Clip

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You’re looking at my new EDC holster, an “IWB w/ Adjustable Belt Clip” from Cook’s Holsters. I picked up the Beretta Nano version for testing in July and liked it so much that I couldn’t live without buying another one for my Taurus TCP. These things are beautifully simple, flawlessly finished, and add almost nothing to the footprint or thickness of a pistol, yet they offer quite a bit of adjustment options. For a lightweight pistol, this design is far and away my preference, and here’s why . . .

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Is the University of Idaho Encouraging the “SWATting” of Legal Gun Carriers?

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Last week, the University of Idaho – where concealed carry is legal – held a forum to discuss guns on campus. The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security. While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical . . .

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MN Man Named (But Not Shamed) for Concealed Carry Near School

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“I’m going to protect my children anyway I can,” Matthew Halleck tells kaaltv.com. Like millions of American parents, that means carrying a concealed weapon as he schleps his daughter to and from school. Unfortunately, Mr. Halleck missed the advice given by TTAG readers to citizens exercising their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms: concealed means concealed. When a homeowner across from Harriet Bishop Elementary school in Rochester, Minnesota glimpsed Halleck’s gat poking out of his pants, she decided to “out” Halleck with the sign above . . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER P938

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In recent years there has certainly been no shortage of sub-compact, “pocket-sized” 9mm pistols to choose from. Market demand has spoken, and manufacturers have answered with available products. However, if you’re a “cocked & locked,” hammer-fired kind of a gal (or guy) you’ve been almost completely overlooked. Thankfully, one of the only options out there happens to be a pretty good one — the SIG SAUER P938 . . .

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Secret Service: The Logical Implications Of Gun Ownership

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I’ve often written about the anti-gun, anti-liberty mindset. As experience teaches, that attitude is most prevalent among most members of the political left. By way of initial disclaimer, I’ve also written that some who hold political views that generally place them firmly left of center are also gun owners, and to lesser or greater degrees, supporters of gun ownership and the Second Amendment. Such people should obviously be welcomed into the ranks of those that own, and enjoy the use of, firearms, and almost universally, they are. Yet, to the statist/progressive mind, gun owners are a seemingly monolithic block, a group of people with easily definable and identifiable characteristics. Among the most obvious of these is a barely concealed compulsion to use firearms in violent ways, particularly against those who don’t think in the same ways . . .

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