Guns for Beginners: Buy An Alarm System

There’s a lot “wrong” with this video. I’m a home carry advocate, but who sleeps with a revolver in his hand? (Well, this was in South Africa.) Why did the lady defender stand there like a lemon when the bad guys were out and about? (MOVE!) Why didn’t anyone call 911 immediately? Who doesn’t edit out five minutes of irrelevant feline footage from destined-for-viral YouTube “I almost shot someone” video? Anyway, none of that really matters – save the boring catasthenics and the fact that the good guys won and the bad guys didn’t. Result! Only why not avoid this scenario in the first place . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Why It’s OK to Buy a Sub-Compact Gun for Concealed Carry

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When you’re looking to buy your first concealed carry firearm, don’t get sidetracked by discussions about caliber. Don’t worry about the size of the bullets you’re carrying around. In most defensive gun uses, the bad guy sees the gun aimed in his or her direction and scarpers. In cases where the good guy actually shoots at the bad guy, most perps discontinue their attack once they notice flying lead – regardless of the bullet size headed their way. I recommend that newbies schlep the largest caliber firearm they can comfortably carry, but the most important part of that advice is the word “comfortably.” Because the most important pre-requisite for successful armed self-defense is to have a gun. . .

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Guns for Beginners: 3 Effective Habits of Successful Armed Self-Defenders

“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken,” lexicographer Samuel Johnson observed. When it comes to defensive gun use, this can be a bad, bad thing. If shooting at a “square range” has given you the habit of standing still while firing you might be caught flat-footed in a defensive gun use. And die. Of course, good firearms-related habits can save your life. Like . . . carrying a gun. The trick is to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between. To that end, here are three little-discussed effective habits of successful armed self-defenders. Good good guys . . .

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Gun Review: GLOCK 43

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The GLOCK 43 for this review was provided by the Kentucky Gun Company.

The GLOCK 42 was something between a huge disappointment and cruel joke on expectant gun guys and gals. A .380 single-stack? Been there, done that, bought the Colt Mustang clone, sold it for a larger-caliber everyday carry (EDC) gun. Now that Gaston’s mob has unloaded freight containers of 42s – which they wouldn’t have sold had they started with a proper 9mm single-stack pocket pistol – they’re finally ready to sell train loads of 9mm GLOCK 43s. Should diehard GLOCK jocks and pocket-carrying newbies hold a grudge or buy a 43? Let’s start with a simple comparison . . .

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NFA For Beginners: Form 1 to Manufacture an NFA Item

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When an individual or a trust/corporation purchases an existing NFA-regulated “firearm” (silencer, short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, “any other weapon,” destructive device, or machine gun), the application for transfer is done via ATF Form 4. When an individual or a trust/corporation wants to create an NFA item, whether it’s as simple as a minor configuration change or as complicated as manufacturing one from scratch, the application for approval to do so is ATF Form 1. Even if it’s nothing more than bolting a vertical forward grip onto a GLOCK, thereby turning it into an AOW, the Form 1 applicant becomes the “manufacturer” of that new, NFA-regulated firearm. But what does that mean? What does the manufacturer have to do? What’s this about engraving? Glad you asked. . .

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NFA for Beginners – The Big Move

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TTAG reader Kelly in GA writes:

I’ll just start by saying that I’m definitely a beginner at this myself.  I got my first (and only, so far) NFA item back in December. A nice paper form 4 trust for an AAC Ti-Rant 9mm. Took a whole three months and three weeks from purchase to phone call from by LGS. In even less time than that, I was moving. On up. To the east side (suburbs) of Atlanta . . .

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The Truth About NFA Inspection: Forfeiting 4th Amendment Rights

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It seems like every post about an NFA firearm — whether SBR, silencer, etc — is followed by comments along the lines of “owning an NFA item isn’t worth giving up my Fourth Amendment rights.” These comments stem from the belief that NFA ownership means the ATF is legally allowed to stop by and enter your home at any random time for a no-warrant-or-notification-needed “NFA inspection,” and that you’re obligated to comply. The truth of the matter is. . .

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Assembling a CERT / BOK / SAR / BOB Kit

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Over the last couple of years, my buddy, Cases4Cases (or C4C, so-called because he has a freaking case for everything he owns, including cases literally just for storing other cases), has enrolled in and participated in just about every community/city-level volunteer organization possible. That is, organizations related to disaster preparedness and response, such as Radio Operations Team, Search & Rescue Team, First Responders Team, Marine Response Team, Community Emergency Response Team (click here to find one near you), etc. In an e-mail to a couple of friends . . .

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Guns for Beginners: The Importance of Failure

Failures of gear or training can kill you. Pure and simple. Rooting those failures out and exposing them to the light of day is the reason TTAG’s staff works so hard, and burns through so many rounds, and spends so many hours on the range. The gear stuff is pretty easy. If it breaks or fails, don’t use it. But if it’s the operator, that can be a little harder to root out. Watch the video and make the jump for my discussion of my own failings.

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Come and Shoot It! The Texas Firearm Festival is Back!

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Ammoland.com – On November 14 and 15, 2015 some three thousand shooters will gather at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, Texas to shoot and buy firearms from a long list of top-tier firearms brands. Exhibitors include Barrett, Bergara, Blazer, CMC Triggers, Henry Repeating Rifles, FN-USA, Noveske Rifleworks, Primary Weapons System, Republic Forge, Roughneck Firearms, SIG SAUER, Silencer Shop, Smith & Wesson, STI, Tracking Point, Underground Tactical, Walther and Winchester Ammunition . . .

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Rev. Edward Fride to Parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor: Arm Yourselves

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A TTAG reader writes:

Here’s the full text of a letter sent by the Rev. Edward Fride to parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. urging his parishioners to arm themselves and attend classes at Christ the King parish to earn a concealed pistol license (CPL), as reported by freep.com. [ED: paragraph breaks added] It’s followed by the the official US Catholic Church’s position on gun control which is a call for “sensible regulation of handguns“ defined as the elimination of  private gun ownership . . .

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