Letter to the Editor, Columbus Dispatch

(courtesy dispatch.com)

We, as citizens of this great country, need to realize that we are responsible for our own safety and well-being. When one is being victimized by a thug, the first five seconds of that encounter are absolutely the most important. I found that out eight and a half years ago when I was the victim of a home invasion. Because I was caught off-guard, I became a victim. I was forced into being reactive during the whole 25-minute episode . . .

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Gun Review: Colt Mustang Mark IV Series 80 Plus II

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Bentley Lignell

Growing up in the 1990’s I feel like was a blessing and a curse as a gun enthusiast. Us darn kids got to grow up never knowing the struggle of watching all of favorite new rifles turn their beautiful wooden furniture in for synthetics. We weren’t blown away by Gaston’s “plastic” gun. But we didn’t ever truly gain a respect for what the 1911 did for auto-loading handguns. I literally can’t shoot a revolver, where I try to grip the gun is way too high. I can’t imagine heading to the range without a mag-loader and the majority of handguns I’ve owned have required a trigger pull to remove the slide . . .

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER X-Five Classic

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Christopher Cicchitelli

A few weeks before my wedding, my soon-to-be wife informed me that we had to exchange wedding gifts with each other. Oh, and she had a piece of jewelry already picked out at Mr. Yurman’s store. Since it was required spending on my part, I offered her a compromise deal – she’d get her jewelry if I got an equivalent contribution to a new gun. Just two weeks later, she agreed . . .

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Gun Review: Lee-Enfield SMLE MkIII*

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Broken Eight

I love the gun show. Ever since I’ve gotten into guns I’ve always enjoyed going. Sure, you can get better prices and more availability on the internets, but you don’t get the same experience of actually holding the gun in your hands, or the excitement of never knowing what you might find, what might jump out at you. At a particular gun show in August 2013, what jumped out at me (and followed me home) was none other than a Lee-Enfield SMLE MkIII* chambered in .303 British . . .

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Gun Review: FN PS90

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Ed Rogers

For most of my life, I only discharged a rifle when I qualified during M-16 training. That was once every three years. Since I lived on base, I would have had to store any guns I owned in the base armory. It just wasn’t worth the hassle. It was after I retired from the USAF that I considered buying a gun for home protection (I’m too lazy to hunt). We bought an M15, since we were already familiar with the maintenance. Well, then we started looking at other guns…which leads me to today. There aren’t too many firearms that immediately scream ‘futuristic’ than the FN PS90 . . .

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Gun Review: Taurus Model 809 9mm

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Aaron James

My father’s Llama Comanche .357 magnum rode faithfully in the console of his work truck for nearly 20 years, while also serving as his nightstand protector in between the highway miles. As happens with so many revolver guys, he decided last year to swap it for something with a bit more capacity. He’s no pistol buff, so he came to me with a list of features he wanted in his new handgun: semi-automatic, chambered in 9mm, full-size, hammer-fired, a manual safety, and a double-stack magazine for the added rounds. Plenty of fish in the sea fit that description. Oh, and one last requirement: keep it under $400 . . .

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Gun Review: Heckler & Koch P2000

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Paul K.

Heckler & Koch P2000. Is it “In a world of compromises, some don’t”, or “Because you suck, and we hate you”? If you were born in the mid 80’s, you might understand the brainwashing that has been bestowed upon me about HK firearms. Between Tom Clancy, Metal Gear Solid, and the US SOCOM pistol trials, there has been a never ending craving to own what has been heralded as the best, most durable, most accurate, most awesomest combat pistol ever created. It’s true, Thor’s Hammer can be yours for only $1,800 in the form of the Heckler &Koch MK23 . . .

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Gun Review: LWRC M6IC

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Paul Jeong

Inside an unassuming white cardboard box lies a rifle so superlative it draws comparisons to the legendary Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle. This is the one rifle to rule them all. At least when you’re talking about AR-15s. The LWRC M6IC is Christmas morning in the shape of a rifle . . .

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Gun Review: Springfield XD(M) 4.5″ .40 S&W

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Zack in MD

.40 S&W is a contentious cartridge. It falls between the 9x19mm and .45 ACP in terms of power and capacity. Some people say it is a good balance between the two. Others say it has the worst attributes of both cartridges and the recoil is too snappy. It has an established history as an effective law enforcement round, but many departments are moving to 9x19mm due to its lighter recoil and advances in modern bullet designs. I bought my Springfield XD(M) 4.5″ chambered in .40 S&W at the beginning of 2014, which was at the tail end of the recent ammunition shortage. At the time . . .

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First Impressions: Armalite M-15 3-Gun Rifle

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By the time I picked up my Armalite M-15 3-gun rifle from my local range, it was already covered in fingerprints. The guys at my range knew it was coming, and its arrival was highly anticipated – not just by me, but by them as well! So, they got a head start on inspecting all of the really cool features, but they were kind enough to save me the first shots. And wow, what shots they were . . .

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Gun Review: Mossberg 715T

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(This is a reader gun review contest entry, click here for more details.)

By Tim Going

I am walking proof that Mark Morford is an idiot (as if proof was really needed.) I am a young Native American with a college degree, a technical skills job, living solidly in the middle class. I may not have the strong 2A conviction of the OFWG crowd, but I do believe in being a self-supporting and independent citizen. As such, I own and enjoy shooting guns. I may not have quite the collection of firearms that many readers on this site have, but I am solidly in the CNN “arsenal” range. Being a man of moderate income means, everything in my collection shares one key trait; they all cost less than $300 new . . .

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