Walking around the SHOT Show and visiting the many great parties that went on during the week (maybe too many, old age snuck up on JDub) one of the great things that I got to see was the community involvement and charity from the firearms community. All in all, it doesn’t surprise me one bit. I’ve often found the People of the Gun to be more civic minded, and just more responsible people than disarmed America. And I’m not just talking about giving to political campaign or firearms focused lobbying organizations . . .
Gun guru Rob Pincus loves him some “notch and blade” handgun sights. He’s also enamored with the “claw” rear site for a one-handed rack. My EDC GLOCK 19 is so equipped. That said, there’s a lot to be said for the XS Big Dot site. You put the dot on the bad guy and pull the trigger. Then again, I know folks who swear that Heinie Straight Eights are quicker back on target than any other system. Time to call Leghorn for a scientific experiment. (Mr. Pincus rightly recommends testing all EDC sights against moving targets.) Meanwhile, what sights do you carry and what ones don’t you carry (that you’ve tested) and why?
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced [Friday] that it has obtained the affidavit in support of the arrest of NBC’s David Gregory in association with a gun law violation committed in December 2012 on Meet the Press. Gregory exhibited a high-capacity ammunition magazine during an interview with the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre concerning firearms policy in the United States. In January 2013, Legal Insurrection submitted a FOIA request to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) seeking access records related to the Gregory incident . . .
I don’t know how man of y’all started your firearms fascination with air guns, but I’ve got to believe that it’s a fair percentage. Regardless of the “you’ll put your eye out” crowd. As dedicated air gunners will tell you (and tell you and tell you), their pneumatic guns have a long, noble and lethal history. The .46 caliber Girardoni Air Rifle used by Lewis & Clark in their trek westward gets a lot of play, but did you know the Austrian Army was equipped with the rifle from 1780 to around 1815? Some 1500 strokes on the hand pump would loose 30 rounds. Today’s air rifles are still pump action (removed from the video above) but plenty damn accurate and so not a squirrel’s best friend. And urban backyard legal (tho’ not in NJ). So, did you have one? Do you have one? Would you have one? Hatsan Carnivore presser after the jump . . .
Thanks to an errant nail in my tire, I missed last night’s Charlie Hebdo simulation at Plano’s Patriot Protection. Nick organized our team of volunteers (thank you, people!) and ran the sim 12 times, as reported by dfw.cbslocal.com [click image above to view their report. Also chronicled by the Dallas Morning News.] TTAG’s former DHS Risk Analyst is gathering the data for a comprehensive report on what we did – and did not – learn from the experience. Suffice it to say, things did not go well for the faux victims when a single armed defender faced a two-person terrorist team armed with rifles. So the question is . . .
The mainstream media was happy to spend hour after hour reporting on every aspect of the terrorist massacre at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, where 12 people were shot and killed and more than a dozen more wounded. Yet none of them would show the actual moment when the Muslim gunmen shot a French policeman in the head. Should they have done so?
I’m the proverbial blogger in the basement. Only there are no basements in Austin. And I don’t spend all day in my pajamas. I wear trousers or shorts, a tucked-in UnderArmour undershirt and a polo shirt or short-sleeved dress shirt. My sartorial splendor (or lack thereof) is dictated by my gun(s). I carry a GLOCK 19 or Wilson Combat 1911 in a Kydex outside-the-waistband holster. I’d like to wear one of my long sleeve dress shirts, but you have to tuck them in – which mandates an outer garment, usually a non-starter here in Texas. I could pocket carry. Or use an inside-the-waistband holster. But I don’t favor small guns or large pants. Do you dress around your gun or choose a gun and carry system for the way you dress?
In the debate over the right to keep and bear arms and the secondary question of the utility of being armed, some social scientists have attempted to show that the presence of guns makes people more aggressive. This claimed “weapons effect” has been discredited. The best summation of the failure to show such an effect, in my opinion, was this article published in The Volokh Conspiracy in 2011. A short excerpt follows . . .
Good news for gunnies from The Great Southern Gun & Knife Show! al.com, scribe Joe Songer reports that “the price of some ammo, namely .223/5.56 and .308, were back to pre-2012 prices. Also, I saw more vendors with quantities of .22lr, a caliber that has been scarce for over 2 years. At the BPW table I found a 1400 round bucket for . . .
Stand-your-ground laws prohibit civil suits against armed self-defenders cleared in criminal court. The prohibition doesn’t cover their employers. As you might imagine, insurance companies won’t touch that one with a ten-foot-pole. So, while independent businesses like jewelry stores and privately-owned Stop ‘N Rob convenience stores “allow” employees to tool up, the number of franchised businesses willing to take that risk is, basically, zero. But if Hess, Checkers, Pizza Hut, etc. employees could carry, should they do it openly or concealed? Have you ever seen any business (other than a gun store) with open carry employees?
God knows I get into it. Debates with anti-gunners. During a recent back-and-forth, a frothing anti rejected my assertion that gun owners simply want to be left alone. “‘Left alone’ meaning they carry their guns around our families in public under a loose regime of laws and we shut the f*ck up,” he countered. I say yes to the first part – if the “loose regime of laws” means punishment for criminal acts that don’t involve keeping and bearing arms (save brandishing). And no to the second. I and my fellow gun owners do not want to deprive gun control advocates of their First Amendment right to free speech. My interlocutor called B.S. “Ask them if they believe anti-gunners have a right to advocate through every channel you do for tougher gun control laws.” I’m asking. Do you?
I don’t get it. Why would you skimp on a gun that you might use to save your life? If you can’t afford a GLOCK, Springfield, Walther, FNH-USA, Kahr or quality whatever, WAIT! Save your money. Buy it when you can. Or buy used. Chances are you won’t need it before you can afford it, even if it takes a year to save-up your shekels. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a gun snob. Nor am I snob. There are plenty of people who have to watch every penny. A couple of hundred dollars can be an insurmountable financial hurdle. And there’s room to maneuver between these two extremes; there are plenty of reliable value-priced guns [See: post-jump press release on the new Auto-Ordnance $517 1911BKO, above.] How much of a factor is price when you buy/bought an everyday carry gun, or home defense handgun if you don’t carry? . . .