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Mon, May. 2nd, 2016, 05:23 pm
You’d be making noise either way

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(Beretta 1301 Comp in a recoil-reducing stock)

Mon, May. 2nd, 2016, 03:39 pm
Don’t hide behind your pets

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  • Dogs are less likely to use deadly force appropriately than responsible people. Depending on their training, they may hurt a person who shouldn’t be bitten or fail to go after a genuine intruder.
  • Dogs are more likely to get hurt by intruders than are residents using firearms for self-defense. Dogs just aren’t as well armed as humans and have to get close to fight.
  •  The dog shown above are working breeds. Most companion dogs are ornamental and at even more disadvantage before intruders. A fight between a 180lb criminal with weapon, and a 30lb or smaller animal doesn’t favor the dog.
  • Dogs do excel at providing early warning to their owners.

Next time somebody says: “You don’t need a gun for home defense. Just get a dog.”, ask them why they insist on sending their pets into harm’s way instead of being the responsible adult in the relationship and taking care of problems with appropriate tools in hand.

 

Mon, May. 2nd, 2016, 01:48 pm
Vintage portrait

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Tue, Apr. 26th, 2016, 11:39 pm
Keystone 722 article updated.

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Today, I was able to re-test it at longer range with the proper 6x rimfire scope.

Mon, Apr. 25th, 2016, 09:50 pm
Hard at work, as usual.

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Mon, Apr. 25th, 2016, 11:09 am
How perishable are skills?

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Guns aren’t very complicated, yet somehow every rifle class starts with people trying to remember their zero settings, fumbling with slings and generally acting incompetently. That’s understandable, as we seldom get to carry or use rifles. With pistol, most people who actually get training are good enough to hit unmoving targets while the shooter is also stationary. Something as simple as wind flapping the paper becomes a challenge. Shooting on the move or at a partially obscured “foe” is harder yet. We aren’t as good as we think we are. That minimal skill level may be enough to win a defensive fight, provided the weapon is actually carried and is available when needed.

I do notice that quite a few people bring a full size pistol to class but carry a subcompact or even a completely different type, such as a revolver. I also asked friends if they would feel comfortable betting $50 on a first shot hit against a stationary, harmless sheet of paper from a rapid draw, and very few would risk their money. Yet they are ok with risking their lives on carrying the gun with which they do not feel confident of winning a firefight.

Hmmmm…

In Nashville, I can recommend two training schools: Agape Tactical and Condition-1. Many excellent schools exist elsewhere. Steve Fisher and Tatiana Whitlock are superb. I’ve learned useful skills from I.C.E. Training. Some even travel, like Tom and Lynn Givens. Greg Sullivan and friends at The Defensive Edge were good. I am probably leaving out many excellent schools and individual trainers — feel free to add your favorites.

Training accomplishes two goals: it verifies that your equipment works, and it provides you with knowledge. Actual skills are the result of you training regularly to apply the knowledge you receive in class. 

Mon, Apr. 25th, 2016, 01:10 am
“Get weapons of war off the streets!”

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This Springfield 30-06 bolt action traces its origins to the 1890s. Today’s deer rifles are not much different from what was the premier US sniper rifle in WW1 and WW2. Will your hunting rifle become a prohibited “weapon of war” because of the mechanical similarity?

The title is a typical rallying cry of anti-freedom politicians. We know they are lying. But let’s pretend, just for a moment, that they aren’t. If they really mean to restrict only weapons of war, then we are looking at one of two possible outcomes:

  1. They mean to eliminate almost every firearm, pole arm, ranged and edged weapon out there, since all of them had at one time been used in warfare. For example, a typical hunting bolt action is derived from the 1898 Mauser rifle, and a typical handgun is very similar to what World War One troops carried. Are you OK with being denied ownership or access to every rifle, shotgun, musket, arquebus, crossbow, bow, sling and atl-atl ever fielded by an army?
  2. They wish to restrict only current weapons or war. So obsolete designs, like the 1895 Colt machine gun should fine by them. Yeah, right! They would be no more OK with the 1918 Bergmann submachine gun than with 1915 grenades or 1896 Mauser pistol with a shoulder stock. The variety of obsolete arms is tremendous, and none of them look sufficiently dated to the anti-individual politicians. The current efforts of Australian prohibitionists to ban lever action smoothbores is a testament to that.

M1 and M3 submachine guns, two long-obsolete weapons from the early 1940s. Would gun control pushers allow you to keep them?

There’s also that little issue of enforcement. In the end, gun control is accomplished by using weapons of war in the streets to murder anyone who tries to resist. That’s how British troops enforced gun control Palestine, by imposing death penalty for unauthorized arms or ammo possession from 1937, with the predictable escalation from all sides. That’s how Nazi and Communist troops enforced it on conquered territories everywhere. The foes of individual freedom aren’t creative. To achieve their ends, they will use the same tools they claim to disdain against any opposition. And, ever the believers in collective responsibility, they will use deadly force on anyone associating with their enemies through kinship or friendship. In other words, it would be enough to be a relative of the enemy of the state or a casual social connection to get imprisoned or murdered. That’s how Pol Pot’s regime wiped out a quarter of Cambodia’s population over mere four years. In other cases, they might pretend to believe in gun control but actually use their political influence to facilitate smuggling of weapons for profit while cracking down on legal competitors. Others use draconian restriction to extort bribes for permits. Both arbitrary enforcement and increasing the vulnerability of the population to predation by government agents as well as by other types of criminals serve to cultivate learned helplessness, a mark of co-dependent or at least politically passive people. A typical example of that are the residents of Detroit and Memphis, who continue to re-elect leftist city administrators despite extreme mismanagement.

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2016, 02:15 pm
Help my friend Marisa

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My friend is running into serious health issues requiring surgery. The recovery period will require 8 week unpaid leave from work. She’s unhappy about asking for help, but it seems like the one remaining option to avoid destitution.

If you’d like to help her, here’s the fundraiser.

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2016, 11:40 am
A Sword in the Stump

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Thu, Apr. 21st, 2016, 09:20 pm
Her various attitudes

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Assertive

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Thu, Apr. 21st, 2016, 08:42 pm
Bigger is Better: new on AllOutdoor

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SGM Tactical Magazines for Saiga

Thu, Apr. 21st, 2016, 07:11 pm
A better photo of the same owl.

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The photo was taken around 1130am, yet required ISO1250 due to the low light area where the owl was located.

Thu, Apr. 21st, 2016, 03:33 pm
Hard work in the blazing sun.

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From a recent photo shoot in Florida. The actual model is Kim, with suntan lotion in hand. Kara was her adviser for the day.

Thu, Apr. 21st, 2016, 02:03 pm
An upcoming advisory on unethical conduct

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At the end of last year, I worked for a rifle and ammo maker, They paid about 2/3 of the invoice and then stopped. I later learned they aren’t paying any of their contractors. The amounts involved aren’t large, but the company owner has proffered brazen lies and counter-accusations against me and others as “people profiting off him”.

I am currently waiting for the resolution of this through a good faith effort by a friend. If nothing useful comes out, then I will post a more detailed advisory. The company owner cursing at my counsel on the phone isn’t a positive sign. Defense industry is pretty small. I am puzzled as to why somebody would risk their reputation like this…

Wed, Apr. 20th, 2016, 03:37 pm
Maria Butina

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One of the faces of the Russian effort to improve their legal gun rights. While Maria prefers to get by on ability and multiple competencies, i don’t mind noting that she is also photogenic.

Interview with Maria and the associated video. Another.

 

Wed, Apr. 20th, 2016, 02:35 pm
Kelly Monochrome

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Tue, Apr. 19th, 2016, 10:29 pm
Turkeys

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Earlier today, I was doing photos of boots and shotguns with a friend. Ran across turkeys, at least three pairs of toms and hens. They were not too worried and grazed within 20-30 yards of us. I took a few photos, but the only lens I had was my 100mm macro, not long enough for the task. After the photo shoot, I went home, got my 300mm with 1.4x tele extender, and a tripod. Four of the turkeys were still there and still unworried. Got 100+ images, now sorting through them.

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2016, 09:34 pm
Is she a model, or real?

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At the time this photo was taken, the model has never fired a gun. The image is ok, but not amazing. As we worked with long guns, cross eye dominance was discovered.

A good quality red dot sight, like the Vortex Stikefire, solved that problem. A low-end one, such as what she actually used when learning later that day, doesn’t. She still managed to do quite well.

Harry Perette of Twisted Industries kindly provided a private range with a scary zombie, ammunition and rimfire guns, a Keltec SU22 and a .22 conversion of Ruger LC9. LC9 is a defensive, not target pistol, so Angel’s competent progress with its double action trigger was a good sign. Her ability to shoot the SU22 from standing, kneeling, squatting, sitting and prone was quite impressive. Consistent one inch groups at 15 yards are pretty good for the first time.

A range trip should be A)SAFE and B)FUN. That event proved both. And Angel topped that accomplishment today. She went to Project Appleseed workshop! Thanks to the capable and generous support of Appleseed volunteers, she was equipped, trained and had a great time.

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So my models are real. Even if they don’t know weapons upon arrival, they know some after the first photo shoot. It helps with the realism. It also makes a very direct statement of peaceable intentions: “Here, have a skill that puts you on par with me in terms of power.”

Who, except a brain-eating zombie, would object to that?

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