Contest Entry: The Value of Airsoft Training

By The Mideast Beast

Carl and I were the only ones left. The rest of our squad had been wiped out and we were the only ones left to guard the left flank. We crouched in the foliage, straining our ears, hoping not to hear anyone approaching through the brush. About 100 yards way, we could hear the bulk of our team engaging the enemy with constant gunfire occasionally punctuated with explosions and calls for medics. I check my rifle mag, only to see that I’m nearly empty from the last engagement. Suddenly, with mag still in hand, fully automatic gunfire erupts from the bushes toward us at probably the worst possible moment. Immediately, I dropped everything, letting my sling catch my rifle, and drew my HK USP from my chest holster. Not even aiming, I fell on my stomach and fired blindly into the brush . . .

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Quote of the Day: It Won’t Work, But Let’s Do It Anyway Edition

“There are 250 million guns in this country. And as we heard earlier in the program, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And most of the killings are done with handguns. People find a way to have guns. I’m for (more gun control laws). But we have seen a 50 percent reduction in homicide in this country over a generation. And a lot of other things are more effective in reducing gun violence. Let’s do it. Let’s just not expect it will have a big effect.” – David Brooks in Shields and Brooks on guns, Iran and whether Clinton’s emails will turn into a scandal [at pbs.org]

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AMC Plays Active Shooter Warning Clip Before Films

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AMC theaters has introduced a pre-movie clip warning patrons to be on the lookout for “suspicious characters.” No, not in the movies. In the theater. Quite what constitutes a “suspicious character” is anyone’s guess, but you can’t fault them for trying to get viewers out of Condition White ignorance (the very state of mind movies are designed to create). Then again, what’s going to happen when a movie-goer drops the dime on a fellow audience member? Immediate evacuation? Who’s going to investigate? And if SWATing is a problem – and it is – why not in the theater? Good idea or bad idea?

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Gun Tweet of the Day: Piers Morgan’s Utopian Math on Guns Edition

(courtesy twitchy.com)This isn’t the stupidest thing former CNN chat show host Piers Morgan has said on the subject of gun control. But it’s one of the dumbest pro-civilian disarmament pronouncements he’s ever made. Over at twitchy.com, the editors have republished some of the more pointed, pithy replies. Cuffy asks “If EVERYBODY had a unicorn, how many free Skittles would they sh*t?” Lachlan Markey asks . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Thug Burglarizes Church, Pastor Pulls Blaster

Benny Holmes, the pastor of New Beginnings Church in Baytown, Texas, was apparently napping in his office when he awakened by a disturbance. It turned out to be the sound of Lee Marvin Blue breaking in, apparently because he thought the church would be an easy mark to burglarize. But Blue (if that is his real name,) hadn’t counted on the pastor being armed . . .

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Sara Tipton: How I Became A Gun Lover

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When I was learning to drive, I wasn’t allowed to get my driver’s license until I could drive a manual transmission, change a flat tire and check my own oil. When I was learning to shoot, my Dad insisted I knew how to operate the Chipmunk .22 before I was allowed to fire it. As a rough Navy vet, he told us that we have the responsibilities of a gun owner if we shoot the gun –  meaning we are responsible for the bullet that leaves the barrel and we must care for the gun. I still remember . . .

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One Shot Almost Enough to Save Woman Whose Gun Jammed

Tracy Williams does not appear to have had much experience with firearms. It was a desperate situation that drove her to buy a gun and take a CCW class: she’d broken up with a boyfriend with a long criminal record. He’d kidnapped her. She’d escaped and filed charges. He was out on $75,000 bail when he attacked her three weeks later. During that period she had obtained the firearm and a concealed carry permit. North Carolina requires an eight hour course, including live fire, and an $80 non-refundable fee to obtain a permit. Here’s what happened next, via abc7chicago.com . . .

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New From EAA: ABDO Concealed Carry Case

By Christina Vandivier via wideopenspaces.com

Only a few short weeks ago, we heard about a new phone case that was being mistaken for a gun in the state of New Jersey. However, it looks like EAA has a new product that is the exact opposite. Concealed carry permit holders are always looking for new ways to conceal their guns. However, it is not always the easiest task. Spending money on different styles and selections of holsters in hopes of trying to find one that is both comfortable and well-concealed is all part of the game. But what if it could be hidden in plain sight? . . .

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Question of the Day: Why Does the Mainstream Media Cling to Gun Control?

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Over at the Washington Post’s blog The Fix, Amber Phillips writes what should be the final word on the current state of civilian disarmament in America. “Gun control is still going nowhere in Congress,” Phillips asserts. “And in fact, with every major mass shooting in America, gun-rights supporters seem to be digging in even further — and bringing the rest of America along with them.” Note the words “in fact” . . .

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Gun Review: Primary Weapons Systems T3 Summit Rifle

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SHOT Show 2011: Primary Weapons Systems introduces its T3 Summit Rifle, a 10/22-based, .22 LR rifle with a really slick toggle action (think biathlon gun). It is one of the coolest, sexiest looking rifles anywhere with its carbon fiber tension barrel and sculpted, laminated stock. It’s lightweight, lights out accurate, and whisper quiet when suppressed. Yet, fast forward to a couple months ago and I picked up serial number 495 fresh off the production line. Seriously, WTF? This thing is freaking sweet. PWS should sell that many every month! Why aren’t they? Let’s go in for a closer look . . .

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‘News Report’ Tries to Stir Up Anti-Gun Demand Where Little Exists

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“The shootings in Louisiana now have several groups calling for gun control measures that are more strict in Colorado and across the country,” Fox 31 “reported” in a thinly-disguised promotional piece for Michael Bloomberg’s  interests that ignored the real story. “Tonight, Lafayette Louisiana joins the long and growing list of cities like Charleston, Aurora and Littleton to become national symbols of gun violence,” propagandist-disguised-as-newsman Mark Meredith solemnly intoned. “Today, on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, a handful of women with the group Moms Demand Action, hit the streets near a movie theater, hoping movie-goers will hear their call for action.” . . .

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