Question of the Day: Are You Bored With Your Shooting?

Square ranges are deadly dull. Once I’ve established that my gun works and I can hit minute-of-bad-guy at 15 yards and stack rounds on top of each other closer in, my motivation takes a powder. I draw some numbers and letters on a target and have someone call them out. As most square ranges won’t let me draw from concealment, that’s it, I’m done. Open ranges like Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill, Texas are WAY better. You rent a bay and do whatever you like. Holster draw and shoot while moving, shoot from a prone position, shoot from behind cover or concealment, transition from rifle to pistol – anything that doesn’t involve .308 or higher caliber or endanger yourself or others is fine with Millard. I’ve really taken a shine to steel targets. In preparation for my anticipated Texas International Firearms Festival shooting match with Colion Noir, I’m hitting Action Targets’ dueling tree with my pal Louis. So are you bored with your shooting? If not, what do you do to keep yourself amused?


Question of the Day: Where Do You Aim During a Defensive Gun Use?

Let me get this out of the way first. Thank you Mr. Sage Dynamics for shooting and moving while exploring your theory that the Mozambique drill (two to the chest, one to the head) is overly dogmatic. Where you aim has a LOT to do with where you are and what you’re doing. If you’re shooting while moving – really moving - aiming for the head at anything other than bad breath distance is a fool’s errand. And maybe even then. And if you’re that close, why not move in for a contact shot? I know: pressing a semi against someone could put the gun out of battery, rendering it useless. But how often does that happen vs. eliminating the possibility of missing and/or hitting an unintended target? In a school for example, I’d be tempted to go in for a contact shot – to the head. Otherwise, body shots every time. Am I wrong?


Question of the Day: Do We Really Want Armed Guards in Our Schools?

After the Newtown massacre, NRA jefe Wayne LaPierre announced his solution to the problem of school shooters: “We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security. We care about the president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now . . . We can immediately make America’s schools safer — relying on the brave men and women of America’s police force.” A cop in every pot. I mean school. That didn’t happen. The question is, should it? My problem with that strategy is . . .
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Question of the Day: “If the NRA does not step up to the Hispanic community and bring them in, we are again screwed.” True?

TTAG tipster Pascal emailed us an story linking U.S. immigration policy with gun control: Migrant politician Torres reflects shape of things to come for gun owners. “The take away is simple,” Pascal opines. “Step 1) Make all the illegal immigrates either citizens or eligible to vote; Step 2) Since Latinos vote Democrat as a block 70% of the time, ram rod future gun control via this new voting block. If anyone doesn’t believe all these illegal aliens and what Obama has done is nothing more than to solidify Democrats in politics for as far as the eye can see, then you have been on another planet because this article shows what the plan will be. Backdoor gun control — literally!” Hopefully not too literally. Anyway, true story?


Question of the Day: How Many Antis Have You Converted to the Cause?

I’ve taken a lot of people shooting. Most were shooters. Some were newbies. Two were rabid antis, as opposed to civilian gun ownership as I am to watching another episode of Fairly Odd Parents. The shooters were delightful and delighted. The newbies emerged from their immersion born-again ballistic ‘bro’s. The antis remained antis. Obviously, this failure is anecdotal, and doesn’t include dozens of antis who declined my invitation to get to grips with their gripe. But it’s been my impression that people promoting gun control are insensible to evidence contradicting their idée fixe. There’s only one thing that can change their mind and it ain’t you. A close encounter with criminal violence. Am I wrong? Have you ever turned an anti?


Question of the Day: Do You Keep One in the Pipe?

TSA confiscated guns and ammo (

The blue-shirted goons at the Transport Security Administration (TSA) are on the front lines of airport security. They’re the brave men and women disarming otherwise law-abiding Americans inadvertently attempting to board an airplane with a firearm in their carry-on. In the TSA’s ongoing effort to stop the public from thinking of them as blue-shirted goons, the Agency publishes a blog. Needless to say, pics and stats on confiscated gats are the blog’s best bit. According to a chart published here, 35 of the 42 guns confiscated were loaded. Check this out: only seven had a round chambered. Who carries a gun without one in the pipe? You? [h/t Daedalus2189]


Question of the Day: What Gun Do You Carry When Hiking?

Mountain lion hunting (courtesy

“A 6-year-old boy suffered moderate injuries when a mountain lion attacked Sunday on a hiking trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains outside of Cupertino, Calif.,” reports, neglecting to mention that the lion was in the act of dragging the boy off when accompanying adults somehow managed to convince the cat to leave his meal behind. “[Sgt. Kurtis] Stenderup said this incident took place on a well-traveled trail in an open-space preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains about two miles from a winery. It was in the area of Stevens Creek Reservoir outside the city of Cupertino.The area is known to be a mountain lion habitat, Stenderup said. ‘We know mountain lions are up there, but attacks are very rare.’” Not rare enough, apparently. What gun do you carry in winery-adjacent wilderness or wherever? I like a .44 or above pistol or a .44 magnum lever gun. [h/t TP]


Question of the Day: What Was Your First Handgun?

GLOCK 19 enjoying the afterglow (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Over at the typographically sophisticated Colion Noir reveals that he broke his ballistic cherry with a Ruger SR40. “When I finally got my gun in my hands, I felt empowered,’ Colion writes. “Yes, empowered. I know a lot of people like to shy away from acknowledging the feeling of empowerment your first gun gives you. Society has so widely attributed that feeling to the “I wish a mother**ker would” complex, which perverts the feeling of empowerment and turns it into something to be ashamed of. It’s like teaching a young teen . . .

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Question of the Day: Is .32 ACP Enough Gun?


By Dan Baum

When I can add to my collection of pre-1930 pistols for $350 or less on Gunbroker, I do so, and I’ve assembled a nice, idiosyncratic collection. Margaret and I just spent four days scouting the place we’ll hunt elk in November, and I brought along a few old .32s to try out. What I didn’t bring along, since I had so many guns in the bag, was the Model 1917 Smith and Wesson .45 ACP revolver I usually take camping, and that got me thinking . . .

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Question of the Day: Should Cops Swear?

Yes, this is gun-related. I’ve seen a large number of police videos where peace officers draw their guns and then use obscene language to control suspected perps and other peeps. And I’ve wondered, WTF? Aren’t police officers trained to de-escalate situations? Drawing down on someone is serious sh*t. Doing so while threatening and swearing – “I’ll f*ckin’ put a round in your ass right quick” – is not what I consider calming. I understand cops are under stress. I know they’re often dealing with belligerent, foul-mouthed folks. I realize that some scum have limited comprehension skills for anything other than gutter language. But if we, fellow gun-carrying civilians, draw our gun and say “I’ll put a round in your ass” it can and will be used against us in court of law. Shouldn’t cops set a good example, try to pour verbal oil of troubled waters and keep it clean? Just wonderin’ . . .


Question of the Day: Who’s to Blame for Police Militarization?


“The Jul/Aug 2014 issue of The Police Marksman is now available online at from Hendon Media Group,” reports. “This issue’s ‘Bullseye’ focuses on long guns with reviews of three AR-style rifles. First up is the Mossberg MMR, an inexpensive carbine that eliminated some standard features to keep the price down. Next is the MGI Hydra, an amazing multi-caliber, quick-change AR rifle that can be tailored to any police assignment. Last, Ruger’s SR-762 ups the ante with a .308 caliber semi-automatic that turned in sub-MOA accuracy and 100% reliability.” To say the timing of this announcement – and the picture accompanying it – is a little off would be like saying . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s the Most Fun Target You’ve Ever Shot?

That’s a hell of a hole, Harry. I mean, Caleb. God knows I’ve watched a number of these YouTube ballistic destruction videos, including some stuff that turned my stomach (e.g., .50-caliber annihilation of the latest iPhone). The deity also knows I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all – from watermelon explosions to Tannerite-laden TV mayhem. But it’s videos like Caleb’s that I love best. People shooting stuff they hate. Anyway, one thing’s clear: unless you’re practicing your marksmanship, and maybe even if you are, shooting paper’s dull in comparison to just about anything else. So what’s the most fun target you’ve ever shot?