A Hard Lesson


Reader Peter C. writes:

I got my Massachusetts Concealed Carry Permit when I was 21, but carried only infrequently for many years. On the morning of March 10, 1991, I received a phone call from one of the members of my rod and gun club, informing me that our club president, Bob L., had been shot to death in the kitchen of his apartment, several hours earlier . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Hesitation Kills [Video NSFW]

I’ve been hanging out with TTAG writer Jon Wayne Taylor. Let me tell you, it’s a trip. Driving to the airport with my 11-year-old daughter in the back of the car, Mr. Taylor held forth on the aftermath of motorcycle accidents (“what hits the ground stays on the ground”), acceptable firearms reliability (yesterday’s question of the day) and the relative unimportance of the survival instinct in a gunfight. Huh? “You know that sheepdog post you put up?” Jon asked. “Yes,” I replied sheepishly, remembering my semi…OK unsuccessful struggle for coherence. “You know that bit you wrote about three armed guys entering the restaurant . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Care What A Jury Would Think About Your Gear?

I posted the above image on TTAG’s Facebook page with a simple caption: “The jury’s gonna LOVE that..”. Not everyone agreed with my snark. “We really can’t just look at stuff and say ‘oh that’s kind of cool’ or ‘not my style’ anymore?” Stephen Byrd asked. “If you’re so worried that a skull on your holster is the thin line between prison and freedom after a shoot than (sic) don’t carry it. I’ve got a gun, spare mag, camo knife with military in its name, and tattoos (with skulls, oh my) and I just care about being legal, not PC.” . . .

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Pakistani Teachers Get Firearms, Self-Defense Training to Defend Against Taliban

The New York Times reports that police in northwestern Pakistan are “offering firearms instruction to schoolteachers and university lecturers” in response to the Taliban’s massacre of nearly 150 people at a Peshawar school in December. Reporter Ismail Khan writes, “Gunfire rang out as Fatima Bibi squeezed off three shots, hitting her target every time. Then she lowered her Glock pistol, turned to her fellow academics and smiled. Her instructor was smiling, too.” . . .

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Question of the Day: How Often Do You Carry?

Carry on!

Our collective hearts go out to our ballistic brothers and sisters who can’t exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to bear arms. New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, California – wherever gun rights are being degraded and destroyed, we’ll be there, fighting for your rights. Via internet. OK, so, how often do you carry a gun? I’m a firearms schlepper from the moment I get dressed to the moment I lay my weary head to rest, including lounging around at home. Then again, I don’t work or shop in a gun-free zone. What’s your EDC frequency (Kenneth)? Open and/or concealed?


Wilson Combat GLOCK Barrel: GLOCK Perfection Perfected?

GLOCKs are perfect. Well, they’re profitable. Wildly profitable. If Gaston Glock’s mob set out to improve GLOCK perfection – as oxymoronic as that might seem – every penny spent upgrading the gun would come out of the company’s bottom line. And, potentially, raise the gun’s price. Why bother? Why perfect perfection and punt profits? How many pistoleros say “I wish my GLOCK was more accurate?” Enough, apparently, for Wilson Combat to stretch its 1911-o-centric brand to sell upgraded GLOCK barrels. For $159. Is it worth it? How much accuracy do you need in an everyday carry gun? As much as possible, I reckon. In other words, shut up and take my money. Or does that decision evoke the old “fool and his money” paradigm?


Self Defense Tip: Don’t Talk to Reporters

Thomas Greer gained fame in July of this year by making some imprudent statements to the media. He had shot one of a pair of burglars who had assaulted him in his home. At the time, he was quoted as saying, “The lady didn’t run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back twice. She says, ‘Don’t shoot me! I’m pregnant, I’m going to have a baby!’ and I shot her anyway.” Greer is 80 years old, and suffered a broken collar bone during the assault . . .

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The Myth of the Sheepdog

The above scene comes early in American Sniper. It’s the movie’s way of establishing Chris Kyle’s reason for doing what he’s going to spend the rest of the movie doing (i.e. shooting people). Chris is destined to be a “sheepdog” protecting “sheep” from the “wolves.” I have no idea if Kyle senior ever uttered those words to his son. But I’ve heard this philosophy many times from people who tool up on domestic soil. I reckon it’s a dangerous belief system. Here’s why . . .

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Self-Defense Tip [via New Hope, Minnesota City Council]: Assume A Defensive Position

Gun gurus love to teach newbies how to “slice the pie.” While the room-clearing technique is a time-tested, valuable addition to any armed Americans’ self-defense repertoire, it’s also one of the most dangerous things you can do with a gun. In most cases assuming a defensive position is your best defense when facing an imminent assault. In the video above, New Hope City, MN Council Member John Elder, a former police officer and currently a public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, did the right thing. Here’s how it went down [via startribune.com]. . .

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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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Pro Tip: Standardize Your EDC Pistols


Although I have a variety of different firearms in my closet, my everyday carry pieces tend to come in one flavor: 9mm GLOCK-brand GLOCKs. This was the result of a decision by my significant other. When we began dating, my darling wife had recently graduated from a university in New York, and after a brief stint in social work, she was pursuing a master’s degree. She also had a tendency to look askance at things firearms-related . . .

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