FN Shooter Dave Sevigny: Your Front Sight Isn’t Everything

Team FN champion shooter Dave Sevigny disagrees with trainers who insist that focusing on your front sight (i.e. putting it on the target) is the be-all, end-all for accurate shooting. Dave reckons that shooters should vary both the speed at which they shoot and their sight picture depending on the distance to the target. Close-in quick shots? Blurry sight picture. Distance shot? Look for the gap on either side of the front sight. Practice both sight pictures so you have both available. (There is a third picture but if he told you he’d have to kill you.) The trick . . .

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Question of the Day: Is Your Gear Simple Enough?

P10 Tail Cap with Direct To Strobe key (courtesy blogpredatorbdu.com)

“If you are looking for compact and practical,” blogpredatorbdu.com writes, “Nitecore is releasing their new P10 Flashlite utilizing the Keep it Simple Stupid Principle. The flashlight sans batteries comes in at less than 3 ounces with a top output of 800 Lumens. One of the key features honing in on the K.I.S.S. concept is the direct to strobe function with a press and hold of the dedicated mode selector at the tail cap.” Nope not seeing it (so to speak). When adrenalin’s flowing, fingers turn to flippers and mental processing abilities disappear. Your finger’s gonna just jam on the tailcap and . . . that’s all. I’ve got the same operator error worries about the external safety on my 1911. And the opening mechanism on my EDC knife (now an Emerson wave-enabled blade). Laser on my gun? Training only. Home defense shotgun? Semi-auto not pump. How K.I.S.S.-able is your kit?

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Maryland Gun Control Advocates Declare Victory

(courtesy wboc.com)

“Supporters believe early indications show that Maryland’s gun control law has been successful,” wboc.com reports (although the lead in the station’s video report makes no such equivocations). “Gun deaths in Maryland have gone down 24% in just the first five months of 2014, according to Maryland State Police and the Governors Office of Crime Control and Prevention.” The crime fighting wunderbill in question: SB281. The post-Newtown bill banned the sale or transfer of “large-capacity ammo magazines” and 45 types of semiautomatic weapons. Now you may be wondering . . .

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Gear Review: CRT LoPro IWB Holster

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For some odd reason, I seem to have become the defacto tester of Kydex IWB Appendix Carry holsters here at TTAG. A position I relish greatly. There’s a lot of ways to schlep a handgun around, but in the Texas summer, not much is better than appendix carry. There’s no need for anything more than a t shirt and a smile to successfully conceal a nearly full sized handgun. But picking a worthy holster is hard. Leather is best in my opinion, but in the Texas heat, leather gets awful funky, awful fast. For summer wear, you just can’t beat Kydex. And I think that Critical Response Tactical’s LoPro is a pretty solid rig for summer carry . . .

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Quote of the Day: Remembering the Guns Edition

Human Dementia Problems

“With an illness that’s progressive and impacts your [mind], there are all kinds of safety issues that actually come up, and the use of guns is a safety issue, not unlike driving, using power tools, and cooking. I think one of the biggest challenges for families is to sort out when that safety becomes a problem that could be dangerous to the person with the disease, whatever the issue is, whether it’s driving or guns.” – Beth Kallmeyer in Guns and Dementia [at webmd.com]

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ShootingTheBull410 .380 Ammo Quest, The Sequel: Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator

Finding a good-performing load for a .380 pocket pistol is tough. Really tough. That’s why I had to run over 30 different tests before settling on the winner, Precision One’s loading of the Hornady XTP bullet. But… even though that load met the penetration requirements and performed more consistently than any other, and has been loaded in my TCP ever since, I still keep an eye on the .380 ammo market to see if anything better has come along . . .

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FL Gun Group Gives Service Dog to Drive-By Victim

"Members of the Tampa Bay Gun Runners along with Davien Martinez, a five-year-old Bradenton boy wounded during a drive-by shooting last year. Members of the gun club raised more than $14,000 to purchase a service dog for the young boy." (caption and phot courtesy heraldtribune.com)

“A stray bullet hit [five-year-old] Davien Martinez during a drive by shooting last year in Manatee County,” myfoxtampabay.com reports. “‘This little piece is a piece of skull that is still logged in his brain,” [Diana] Lopez pointed out. The bullet entered his head and lodged in his jaw. It tore through Davien’s optic nerve and left him blind in his right eye. The scars of his injuries are still visible physically and emotionally. ‘Right now he gets impulses and he doesn’t have that safety filter,’ she said. Lopez said he suffers from PTSD, anxiety and mood issues.” The drive-by victim’s caregivers recommended a service dog. The family didn’t have the required $14k. Enter the ironically named (unless you work for the ATF) Tampa Bay Gun Runners club . . .

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