Monday, September 19, 2016

Lethal Aftermath - Are You a Second Class Citizen?

In America, for a long time, we have continued to hand Law Enforcement evermore authority over our citizens with cases such as Heien v. North Carolina - which allows Police to use evidence found in violation of your Fourth Amendment Rights as long as the Officers were reasonably ignorant of the law. Reasonably ignorant? Can this ruling be any more ambiguous?  They have destroyed the very foundation of the Fourth Amendment in deference to the possibility of a bad guy going free.  Whatever happened to Blackstone's Ratio -  "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

The Supreme Court has ruled using dogs to find probable cause is not a violation of your Fourth Amendment Right to illegal stop, search and seizure - as long as they do it within the time frame of the initial stop.  

To explain; If you are stopped for any reason, in order to detain you, the Officer must be able to show 'reasonable suspicion" - he must be able to articulate why he suspects you of having committed a crime, are about to commit a crime or are in the process of committing a crime.  If he is unable to do so, he must let you go along your way.

In the past, Officers were able to pull you over and then, without probable cause, detain you until a K-9 unit was brought in to sniff search your car.  Here is the rub... If the Officer suspects you of a crime, then he has probable cause to search your car - he should go right on in.  If he does not have 'reasonable suspicion', only a hunch or inkling, he is supposed to let you go.  Bringing in a dog says, "I'm detaining you illegally because I have a hunch, not probable cause, but after the dog does his illegal search and hits on something, then I've confirmed my hunch and now have reasonable suspicion to search your car."

Now isn't that just "spit on my neck and poke me in the eye" lovely?  Law Enforcement has an ongoing image problem and you'd think they would be doing everything possible to affect a change of that perspective.

Ever heard the phrase "Law Enforcement is held to a higher standard"?  Hell, I would be happy if they were held to the same standard as the citizenry.

How often do we hear of LEO assaulting someone, then resigning without assault charges being filed?  Can you say Officer Daniel Andrews?   Resignation or suspension - as if that equates to what would happen to the very citizenry LE is supposed to be protecting. Most citizens believe that if the Officer committed a crime, then they should be charged!  But, apparently, not the Police.

And now comes along the Police Bill Of Rights!  These are "Rights", afforded Police Officers in the aftermath of a lethal shooting. These protocols are 180° away from the Rights you and I, the Second Class citizen, are afforded.

What are these "Rights?"

As found in Management of Officer-involved Shootings by Sergeant Barry E. Roy - University of Arkansas System: Criminal Justice Institute - these are just some of the suggested protocols to be used during the investigation of an Officer involved shooting.  Keep in mind these types of protocols are in use in 13 States to date.

Under the heading The Crime Scene Investigation: 

(bold emphasis added)

2.  We need to see that the investigator is able to get certain immediate information without compromising personal, legal protection.  In many instances the officer(s) is the only witness to the event.  As on [scene] supervisors, we should get a short, basic description of the event; it needs to be the least amount of information to communicate the nature of what happened.   It is important for the officer(s) to identify the scope of the scene.  The initial information should be given orally with as little detail required to get the investigation started.(The Police will not care about your personal legal protections.  They will want as much information as they can get from you.)

3.  We should make sure that the involved officer(s) is made aware of what will be taking place from the beginning of the investigation.  It is important to keep him informed and updated throughout the process to reduce the probability of unnecessary anxiety.  - (Your anxiety is none of their concern.  Only pressing you for more information.) 

4.  We should require our investigators to inspect the weapons of all the involved officer(s), even if the involved officer(s) does not believe he fired the weapon.  “It is possible for an officer to discharge a weapon during a critical incident and not be aware of it” (Artwohl, 2002, pg. 19). - (Even though they know you may be so messed up in the head as to believe you didn't fire your gun, they will still ask more questions.  Can you imagine the D.A's feeding frenzy if he hears you didn't even realize you fired your sidearm?)

5.  Unless it is absolutely necessary or required by department policy, we should not seize the officer’s weapon at the scene. - (Your gun is gone.  Kiss it goodbye.)

7.  Ensure that the involved officer(s) is not isolated and that he has access to a family member or support team member.  The officer(s) should be ordered not to discuss the specific details of the incident with his support member.  “Be prepared for a wide range of emotional reactions from on-scene personnel” (Artwohl, 2002, pg. 19). - (I don't even have a response for this.  Do you think an Officer is going to whisper in your ear "Shut up, man, don't say a word till you've talked with an attorney!"  Yeah, right.)

9.  If at all possible, we should establish a quiet area where the affected officer(s) can be isolated from the general commotion, on-lookers, and media.  - (Since you will be in the back seat of the cruiser, I don't think this will be a problem.)

11.  We should not allow the affected officer(s) to drive from the scene to another location.  A driver should be made available to transport the officer(s) when the need arises to relocate.  The involved officer(s) could be promptly transported to the hospital which would provide a safe refuge and appropriate medical attention.   

12.  We should encourage the affected officer(s) to go home and get some rest before giving an official statement.  It is suggested that an officer(s) wait 24 to 48 hours before giving a statement. (Artwohl, 2002). - (This is why we stop answering questions.  We need time to process the situation.)

Who in their right mind believes LEO should be afforded special protections during an investigation into the aftermath of an Officer involved shooting?

If you should ever be compelled to defend yourself from a violent
attack and are forced to shoot the attacker, you can expect to have LE show up and treat you as a suspect in a homicide.  It's how they are trained and it's just one of the reasons why you're taught to give the basic information of the attack - that you were in fear of your life, point out witnesses, shell casings, anything that may be construed as evidence and then politely tell the Officer you want to help with the investigation, but at this time you will not be answering anymore questions until you've had an opportunity to consult with your attorney... and stick to it!

You will be prodded for the particulars.  You will be told that it's better to get the story while it's still fresh in your mind.  Your gun will be confiscated.  You will be interrogated.  You will take a ride.

Though rest assured, you will not be treated as a respected Brother in Blue.

Something is wrong in this Country when the protections of citizens Rights take a back seat to those who have sworn to protect us.

Something is very wrong.

Stay safe and carry responsibly,

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Opportunity to Push Gun Control - They Can Smell Your Fear

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, stated that 'common sense' gun control is crucial to the safety of Americans and the U.S. in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded.  As a side note, Jeh Johnson was nominated to his post by none other than Obama.

And this from Obama, "As I said a few days ago, being tough on terrorism requires more than talk. Being tough on terrorism, particularly the sorts of homegrown terrorism that we've seen now in Orlando and San Bernardino, means making it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on assault weapons that are capable of killing dozens of innocents as quickly as possible," Mr. Obama said.

HillaryClinton called for a ban on sporting rifles (she calls them "Assault Rifles") as if doing so will magically reform terrorists who massacre innocents without conscience and commit suicide in the name of Allah.

Why do the Left push this anti-gun agenda after each Gun Free Zone. Rampage Shooter mass murder and terrorist attack?

It's a matter of opportunity, pure and simple. This is the moment they smell the fear dripping off the uneducated populace. 

Liberals - and their counterparts in the media - understand they can play off the emotionally combustible mixture of Fear, Anger and Frustration to further their gun banning agenda, while giving those so-inclined Americans a soft, fluffy blanket of false security and safety.  They know they can't win on facts.  They know they can't rescind the Second Amendment.  They know they can't use logic - because there isn't any.  They can only use your fear, your anger, your frustration and your seething feeling of social impotence against you.  This is the only way for them to attain their goal of disarming our Nation.
Fear is a powerful thing and they pounce on it like a hungry wolf.

According to The Religion of Peace, from 2011 thru 2015, there have been 13,157 Muslim terrorist attacks in roughly 58 different Countries around the World.  There have been 97,895 killed and 120,422 injured in these terrorist attacks - almost all of them Countries that have either very strict gun control or a complete ban on guns. 

And what do our Liberal politicians do?  First, they refuse to admit it's Radical Islam.  Second?  To deflect from Number one, they blame it on the NRA and sporting rifles.

They take the fear and disbelief of the sheep of this Country and turn it into a driving force of anger and vengeance towards law abiding gun owners.  

The Left, using the Saul Alinksy playbook, attempts to manipulate the uneducated and fearful masses. 

Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals -with commentary by Glen Beck
RULE #5  “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (GB - Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

RULE #8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (GB - Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (GB - Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

RULE 12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (GB - This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

It's the gun owners fault!  How dare these despicable gun nuts care more for their weapons of war, than for the safety
and security of our children, our families and our great Nation!

It's the NRA's fault!  The big bad NRA, crazed with power and greed!  They lobby against "common sense" gun control!  They only care for the gun companies and their precious money!

Amazing... right?

Let me run those numbers by you again:

2011 - 2015
13,157 terrorist attacks around the world by Radical Muslims
97,895 Killed
120,422 Injured

And Obama, Clinton and Homeland Security would have you believe it's the guns fault!  It's the NRA's fault!  And the only way to defend ourselves against this scourge, is to take away our ability to defend ourselves.

Yeah, you read that right.

See through the veil of fear mongering.  Stand strong against the vitriol heaped upon good Americans who believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Make the Liberal Left pay for their hatred of all things American.

Come November, the Left should be afraid.  They should be Very Afraid.

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly


Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Second Amendment - 27 Words That Define a Nation

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

27 words.

In the USA, these are 27 of the most important words ever written.  27 words that insure the ability of an armed rebel force to fight for Freedom against those who would attempt to enslave us.  27 words that whisper menacingly..." we will not go gently into that good night".  27 words that separate us from every other Nation on this planet we call home.  27 words that protect the other 7591 words in the Constitution and Bill of Rights of these United States of America.  27 words that men and women of this great Country are ready, willing and able to live for, to fight for and to die for.

27 words.

Those 27 words evoke more words... Strong.  Spirit.  Flag.  Noble. Fearless.  Stoic.  Honor.  Liberty.  Integrity.  Independence.  Brave. Preserve.  Defend.  Fight.  Rebel.  Loyalty.  Timeless.

The simplicity of the Second Amendment is in its wording.  There are no extraneous or superfluous words or reasoning.  It is bare bones, austere and elegant in it's simple message.

"A well regulated militia,"  as defined in parlance from 1789, meant a civilian military force, using arms in working order, functioning as expected"being necessary to the security of a free State," States were expected to defend themselves against a tyrannical government militia, "the Right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."  To ensure the ability to form the civilian militia, the people's Right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon by the very government they may have to defend against.

Those who suggest the Founders had no idea what kind of
weaponry would be available in the future, are quite correct.  And due to this inability to see into the future, the Founders did not restrict the arms the People could keep and bear.  They understood that warfare and it's machinations change, morph and advance, and by leaving the Second Amendment without restrictions, the People would always have access to the arms of the military they may be forced to defend against, allowing the People to fight against the very tyranny the Founding Fathers had just faced... and defeated.

In truth, the Second Amendment is much more than the sum of its words, it is the line of demarcation for a way of life as defined by either the Left or the Right.

Say "Second Amendment" to a Liberal and it isn't just about guns, its about a perceived lifestyle that is a complete 180 degrees away from their beliefs.  Their thoughts might look like this - Rednecks, Christians, Beer, Rural, Stupid, Conservative, Backwards, Selfish, Thoughtless, Racist, Bigot, Hater, Wingnut.

If a Liberal brings up the Second Amendment, a gun owner might immediately think - Lefty, Socialist, Godless, Safe Space, Trigger Words, Racist, Bigot, Liberal, Self Righteous, Arrogant, Pompous, Wealth Sharing, Free College, Free Healthcare, Libtard.

In the end, protecting the Second Amendment is truly the defense
of our Country, our history, our National pride, our individuality, our personal freedoms... our very way of life.

Come this November, America is going to be defined by the voters of this Country.  The next President will load the Supreme Court with either Constitutional Justices who will research and understand the intent of the original framers, or Liberal activist Justices who believe our Constitution and our way of life is a thing of the past and rule accordingly - and these Justices will hold sway over our Rights for decades to come.

The Second Amendment is the touchstone of our Constitution and the base that all other Amendments stand firm upon.  If the Second Amendment should fall, the rest will follow, tumbling our Country and our American way of life into the basement of history, the trap door slamming shut, never to be seen or heard from again.

This cannot be allowed.

"I want to die a slave to principles, not men."
"I'd rather die on my feet, than to live on my knees."
- Emiliano Zapata

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly

Monday, July 11, 2016

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘I can’t imagine what the country would be’ under President Trump

In an interview with the New York Times published Sunday, Supreme
Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, would do lasting harm to the Supreme Court if elected.

“I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she said. “For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”

I wholly believe it's unethical for a Supreme Court Justice to give opinion on politics.  A SCJ should be - or at the very least give the impression of being - apolitical. Any judge, and more importantly a Supreme Court Justice, should always present themselves as impartial, unbiased and fair-minded - they certainly should not be stumping for one candidate over the other in a Presidential election.  

Ruth Bader Ginsburg does none of this... she has no problem implying she hates Trump.  She believes his Conservative values and his view of what America should be, is beyond the scope of her comprehension and she would rather move out of Country than to live in a place where her own ideology is not the one we follow.  

Very often, Supreme Court Justices must rule on the Constitutionality of cases that may or may not clash with their own personal views.  They are required to put aside their emotions, their personal views and ideologies and make the correct decision based on what the Founding Fathers authored.

So knowing this, ask yourself, if after her outburst, do you honestly believe Justice Ginsburg can be an impartial Keeper of the Constitution on any case that may hold views that differ from her own?  After her diatribe against a Conservative Presidential candidate, do you trust she will be open-minded and unbiased when judging a case involving Conservative values that clash with her own Socialist world view? 

She makes no bones in revealing she doesn't want anyone to actually follow the Constitution... that nominating Conservative Judges who research the original intent of the Founding Fathers is a bad thing, something she obviously agrees with.

Justice Ginsburg has become so empowered by her own ideology and position on the Supreme Court, that she now believes her job is to ignore the application of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and make new law out of thin air to feed her Socialist views, proving to one and all this next election is the most important our Country has seen in, it seems, forever.  

The November election is a perfect storm of politics, with a Globalized Socialist ideology clashing with the American way of life - the only one of its kind in the World... and the only safe harbor is in the Voting Booth.  

If you want to protect our Constitution, if you want to protect our Bill of Rights, if you want to protect the Second Amendment, which protects all the others... you cannot vote for Hillary Clinton.  You cannot turn over the Supreme Court to her.  You cannot allow her to nominate more Liberal activist jurists of this type.  You cannot allow her to hold sway over our Supreme Court, our Constitution, our Country or our way of life.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for Socialism, Globalization and the shredding of the very fabric of these United States of America.

Make sure you vote this November.  Our very way of life is at stake.

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly,

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Impeachment For Traitorous Politicians - Call Your Reps Now!


The great beauty of the Bill of Rights is this... it doesn't care what the "public" believes, wants or needs. The Bill of Rights doesn't care about polls, politics or rhetoric. The Bill of Rights is in place exactly for this reason, where Government tyranny attempts to take away the Rights of those they disagree with.

You can't get more Un-American than this. This kind of stuff borders on Treason and should be treated as such, especially when it comes from our elected Representatives.

In an article published yesterday (4/15/2016) on, Senator Ed Markey (D-MASS) is heading a group of Democratic House and Senate members in pushing more gun control legislation under the guise of "gun-violence" prevention.

“We will win,” Markey said. “We will ultimately change the laws of our country to protect ordinary citizens who are part of this wave of violence.”

This includes giving the CDC $60 million dollars over six years to fund research on "gun violence" - not "violence" mind you, but "gun violence." 

Giving money to a Government entity to help find fault with the very tool you are trying to ban, is a troubling turn that has been faced before.

The CDC has been restricted from conducting studies into guns after it released a notoriously biased report in 1997.  

These Senators and Representatives are despicable people who are attempting to tear down the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - all under the well-worn guise of "public safety." These elitist, pompous, self-righteous and omnipotent narcissists took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution and should be impeached for treasonous actions.

This election cycle will produce a President who will likely appoint 3-4 Supreme Court justices during their term. If you vote for  Socialists (Dems), you will be helping those Traitors accomplish their goals of changing our Country forever with like-minded activist Justices - insuring positive outcomes for dangerous and Rights suppressing legislation.

It is time for these radical progressives to feel the heat for their Anti Constitutional, Anti American views.  Write your representative and broach the subject of impeachment for those attempting to overthrow the Constitution.  Let them know you are done with unpatriotic, subversive and treacherous behavior from our elected officials.

Impeachment for traitorous Politicians!



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Clinger "Stingray" Holster Review

Photo from the Clinger Website
The bulk of my carry days are spent with a Kahr CW45 perched on my right hip at 3:00.  For my 1911 I have a Crossbreed Super Tuck (hybrid) and when I bought the Kahr I ordered an Alien 1.0 hybrid holster as its home, hoping for a quality holster at 60% the price of the Crossbreed.

Unfortunately, I didn't like the Alien 1.0 - The leather is too thin and tends to warp while being flimsy and no-where near as comfortable as the appreciably more expensive (and better made) Crossbreed.  On the other hand, I really liked the single belt clip DeSantis Pocket Tuk convertible holster I was using for my Taurus TCP .380, so on a whim, I ordered the single clip Clinger "Stingray" kydex holster from Clinger for the quite affordable price of $29.99

The "Stingray" model comes in three carry options - 0° cant, 15° cant (FBI) and a more aggressive 30° cant.  I carry right at 3:00 o'clock and prefer a 0° degree cant, so that's what I ordered.   I honestly didn't expect too much at that price, but four weeks later I was pleasantly surprised!

As explained on Clingers Website their kydex holsters have a full sweat shield that extends to the rear of the slide, adjustable tension, has a belt clip that sits closer to the grip than the slide, keeping the grip closer to your body for better concealment, completely encases your gun and has a Risk-Free, two-week 'bumper to bumper' warranty - you can return it in the first two weeks for a full refund for any reason.

The first time I clipped it on my belt I was impressed with two things...
First, it was incredibly comfortable.  I was expecting the hard kydex against my skin to be somewhat uncomfortable due to it's inflexibility, but that just wasn't the case.  The smoothed, rounded edges of the holster allows it to press into my body with no discomfort whatsoever.  And Second was the retention factor.  The gun sits into the holster with an audible 'snap.'

I wore it for about a week, morning till night, and I couldn't have been happier.  Truly a comfortable, lightweight and above all, easy to use holster.  For the first week I didn't have the time to do dry fire exercises, but when I did, I found a problem.

The holster allows the gun to ride low, but for me, too low.   As seen in the picture, the grip nearly touches my belt and due to this, drawing from concealment, I was only able to grip the gun with the second and third fingers well down the front-strap, with my little finger hanging free.  When I drew my weapon, the webbing between my thumb and finger was about a 5/8" below the Kahr's modest 'beaver-tail.'  Certainly not the grip you want when in a highly stressful, possibly lethal situation.

So now what?

I really liked the holster, so I decided to make my own adjustment.  I removed the belt clip and using
a propane torch, softened the kydex (about 5 seconds roughly 4" above the minimum flame) and pressed flat the area just below the original mounting holes.  After letting the holster cool for a couple of minutes I made two more holes using a Dremel tool.  Two minutes later the clip was remounted and I fit it on my belt.

Voila!  Success!

The gun rode just high enough for me to get a full and comfortable grip on my sidearm.  I've been wearing it like this for a while and though I still love this holster, the balance of the holster isn't quite as comfy as it was before shifting the weight of the gun higher on the pivot point of the clip.

I think I am going to make an extra hole and push the gun to the 15° cant and see if I like it better riding low.  With the cant the grip should be at an angle to get a grip on the gun, thus giving me the best of both worlds.

The only other 'problem' I found with the "Stingray" is the non-tuckable clip.  If I want to wear a shirt tucked in, I will have to take my Taurus TCP with me in the DeSantis holster.

So... where do I stand on Clinger's "Stingray" holster?  I would definitely recommend their product - its well built, comfortable and looks great - with the caveat that you understand what your ordering and what some of the drawbacks may be, depending on your needs.  Clinger makes two other styles of holster, the "Atom" -  a similar holster ($19.99) with kydex that looks like carbon fiber and has adjustable ride height - and the "No-Print Wonder Holster" ($59.99) a small, IWB hybrid two-clip holster - both of these holsters have tuck-able clips for those who wear their shirt tucked in.

UPDATE 4/22/16
I went ahead and added the extra hole and went with a 15-20 degree can't.  It's PERFECT.  The gun sits low and with the cant I can get a full, comfortable grip on the gun. 

Hope this helps...
Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Trump is a Lightning Rod for America's Anger & Frustration


I will continue to support Cruz right up until it's time to support Trump - and then I will back him to the hilt.


I believe if elected, Trump will surround himself with the very best and brightest this Country has to offer, to find answers to his promises - steering clear of the Usual Suspects in DC, unless they can be used to his benefit. This is his strength - find the best people available and get the job done.

I don't think he will compromise on those things that help him get elected - his commitment to the Second Amendment and fixing Immigration - but will he make compromises elsewhere? Yes, I believe he will.  Should he?  I believe this Country needs a little compromise, a little give and take to heal the wounds brought on by the divisiveness of the last 8 years, for I don't know if our Country is strong enough to survive a continuation of the kind of fractious hate and fear mongering pushed by the current President throughout his term.

The other day one of the talking heads on one of the media outlets had an insight into the Trump phenomenon that I thought hit the nail square on the head. He believes one of the reasons people gravitate to Trump - beyond what he says and does - is the sense that Trump will not only do what he says, but in the process, will punish those on the Left.


And I think that talking head is right. People are so angry with the Left, with political correctness, with socialistic views, with being shouted down by accusations of racism, xenophobia and hate - just because the Left disagrees and fears the opposing view. Trump supporters are angry and they want those protesters to be forced into tolerance. Forced to allow others besides themselves to talk, think and dream.  They want them punished for their Tyrannical, anti-First Amendment ways.

They want their pound of flesh.


Just my opinion.

Rant Off

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Concealed Carry? Questions I Am Asked...

As Concealed Carry has come to the forefront in Politics and State legislation fights, as the threat of terrorists on our home turf becomes a reality, as gang warfare expands, cutting a wider swath away from their urban haunts, I find more and more people who were anti-gun or sitting on the fence, asking more and more questions about the lifestyle.

I find them to be truly interested in the whats and hows, and the dangers and the mindset of Concealed Carry.  These are just a few of the questions I get asked on a regular basis and the answers I give.


Why don't you shoot to wound?

Because this isn't a Hollywood movie and you don't give the Bad Guy a chance to murder you.  While punching holes in the ten ring at the range may be easy - slow, sighted and shooting at paper - in the gravest moment of your life, facing a criminal with a gun trained on you, with your mind and body reacting to screaming visceral inputs, adrenaline dumping into your body in the sudden expectation of a fight for your life, your auditory senses shutting down, tunnel vision turning your peripheral vision black, your heart rate explodes, fine motor movements devolve, your arteries constrict to keep blood close to your vital organs, your hands become hams on the bone making the practiced movement of unholstering your gun a chore - and attempting a shot at 7 feet will seem like a 100 yard shot in a high wind.

The bulk of defensive gunfights take place in low light conditions at contact distance - under six feet and on average 2-4 shots are fired.  From the time you decide to draw and fire to the time the fight is over will be around five seconds.  Let me say that again...five seconds from calm to full on defense of your life and those around you.  It will be terrifying, incredibly loud, shadowy, dark, horrifically chaotic and frighteningly fast.

You shoot until either the criminal is unable to continue the attack or your life is no longer in danger. You must stop the threat.  You must shoot center mass. You don't shoot to wound. 

Keep in mind the Bad Guy - in many instances - is not going to fall over from one shot, stopped in his tracks or being blown backwards as in the movies.  He will keep coming.  The only shot that will stop a person immediately is a shot to the head or a shot to the spine - shoulder height at the neck on up to the head. Attempting a shot to such small targets in the most dire of circumstances is at best a dicey play and at worst, catastrophic.  Many people train by drawing and firing a 'double tap' - two quick shots to center mass, assuring your best chances of being on target - while others train with two quick shots center mass followed by a third shot to the head.

On top of all this?  Knowing your target and what's beyond!  LEO have an on target rate of 20%.  Trying to hit a hand or arm or foot will only ensure you miss and possibly hit someone behind your target.

When your life and those of your loved ones is on the line, you give no quarter.  

You stop the threat.

Why don't you fire a warning shot?

Although their are instances of this, generally speaking, a warning shot is always a bad idea.  Again, this isn't some cop show on TV - this is real life.

First, you are responsible for every bullet that leaves your gun.  Shooting into the air may seem like a good idea, but where did that round go?  Might it kill or injure someone blocks away - something you would be arrested for? 

Shooting into the ground?  Ricochet's and fragmented lead flying everywhere.

And what if the warning shot doesn't stop the criminal?  What if he doesn't retreat?  You have now shown your hand and if he has not fired a round yet, he will now.  You had a concealed gun and the element of surprise and now you have a gun that is down one round of ammo and you have given away your edge.

In all honesty, if you feel you need to give the Bad Guy with a gun, who is hell bent on harming you, a "chance" by firing off a warning shot, you truly should evaluate whether you should carry at all.

The Bad Guy was 20' away, why did they shoot?

The Tueller drill is a self defense training exercise named after the man who did the research, Sgt Dennis Tueller of the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department.  He found, after running tests with LEO, that an adult male could cover 21 feet in 1.5 seconds.  Since most people who train with their sidearm can draw and fire in 1.5 seconds, it means a man with a knife at that range is lethal. 

At 21 feet you are in Jeopardy.  At 21 feet, the criminal has Opportunity.  At 21 feet with a knife, the criminal has the Ability to bring lethal force.  JOA - Jeopardy, Opportunity, Ability.  Three of the cornerstones of concealed carry self defense triggers.

Aren't you afraid your gun might go off?

No.  One of the four cardinal rules of gun safety... Finger off the trigger until your target is acquired and you have made the decision to shoot - The gun can only go off with a finger on the trigger.  Modern guns are made with internal safeties - hammer blocks, firing pin blocks and transfer bar blocks (revolvers) - that prevent guns from accidentally going off from drops and bumps.  Modern holsters cover the trigger and trigger guard, so nothing can get caught in the trigger and cause an accidental / negligent discharge.

Why would you need more than one magazine of ammo?

How many rounds of ammo to carry is a very personal choice.  I carry only the 6+1 in my Kahr CW45 when I'm in and around the general area where I live.  That being said, going on a car trip or to other towns or cities, I always carry two extra seven round mags on my offhand side.  This gives me a total of 21 rounds of defense.  Some people, like those who might carry a Glock 19, feel comfortable with the 15+1 that gun holds.  Others will carry a couple extra mags, bringing their on hand total to 46 rounds. 

To each their own.

But two things to keep in mind;
1) One famous gunfight happened in Illinois where a Police officer hit the bad guy 17 times with Speer Gold Dot JHP 45 acp, including hits to the liver, lungs and heart.. and still the assailant kept coming.  He was finally stopped at close range with three shots to the head.  The officer fired 33 rounds and reloaded twice...You never know how much ammo you may require.

2) No one ever survived a gunfight and said, "Damn, I carried too much ammo!"

Why bother carrying a gun where it's safe?

Because when it becomes unexpectedly unsafe, you will need your gun and you won't have it.  And hell, if you know where a violent crime is going to take place, you could make a mint off an app that told the populace where and when... "Don't go to the Dinky Doughnut's on 5th avenue this morning!  Around 8:27 am, there will be an robbery at gun point!  On the other hand, the block that intersects Elm and Main will be clear all day!  Feel free to enjoy!"

If you carry, then carry all the time.  I carry from the moment I get dressed, until I go to bed.

Aren't you afraid a child would find your gun?

No. A responsible gun owner keeps his weapons out of the reach of children.  Any gun not on my hip is in my safe.  Although the fear driven media would have you believe that children die in gun accidents by the thousands, the reality is - according to the Center for Disease Control - Less than 1.5 percent of all accidental deaths under the age of 14 are due to the use of a gun.  Accidental drownings?  17 times more often, yet we never hear about a crusade against pool owners.

You carry Cocked and Locked?

The term "Cocked and Locked" pertains to the standard Condition One carry of a 1911 style handgun.
1911 in Condition One - Cocked and Locked - Hammer Back - Thumb Safety On
One round in the chamber, hammer cocked, safety on.  Although the thought and the picture of a gun sitting in a holster in that carry condition seems dangerous, the truth is certainly counter intuitive.

The 1911 has three safety's... One is the grip safety... the gun must be in your hand to disarm the safety.  The second safety is the thumb safety, which must be in the down (fire) position.  The third safety is your finger off the trigger until your target is acquired and you are ready to shoot.

The gun cannot go off with your finger on the trigger and the thumb safety off but your hand not pressing the grip safety.  The gun cannot fire with your hand on the grip safety, your finger on the trigger but the thumb safety on.  The gun cannot fire with your hand on the grip safety, the thumb safety in the "fire" position and your finger off the trigger.

Truly, one of the safest guns ever made.  Thank you, John Moses Browning.

No safety on your gun?

My 1911 and my Walther P22 both have manual safeties, the 1911 includes a grip safety and the Walther includes a magazine disconnect safety, though I don't carry the Walther and rarely the 1911.  

My Kahr CW45 and my Taurus TCP 380 are without safeties.  Both are carried with one in the pipe.  There is no danger of the gun going off unless I have placed my finger on the trigger, and if my gun is unholstered and my finger is on the trigger then the situation is dire and with the hi-stress, physically debilitating flight or fight response taking over, dumping adrenaline into my system, I will be glad I don't have to attempt disengaging the thumb safety before firing.

Why don't you use safety locks?

If my gun isn't on my hip, it's in my safe.  If an intruder comes into my home, I can open my safe and I'm ready to go.  Having to take the extra time to remove a safety lock, in that situation, isn't the smart thing to do.  If the gun is kept safe and out of the reach of others, there isn't any need for safety locks. It's an unnecessary redundancy.

Why a 45?  Why not a 22?

I prefer stopping power over quantity.  The .22 is a small, high speed projectile that makes a very small wound channel.  The .45 is slower, heavier and the wound channel - using the correct ammo - is devastating.  That being said, caliber is a personal choice.  Although the .380 is considered the
smallest effective carry caliber, it is often said that a .22 in your holster is better than the .45 you left at home.

Most who carry, choose their weapons for a variety of reasons...

Comfort - my Taurus TCP .380 is about 15 oz loaded, my Kahr CW 45 is 27 oz loaded and my 1911 is 2.75 lbs loaded.  So some days the weather and clothing dictate what I carry.  I carry the Kahr most often, followed by the Taurus, while the 1911 is my overnight, home defense pistol.

Stopping Power - The most popular caliber is probably the 9mm.  Versatile in that it is lighter for carry, allowing a double stack mag that doesn't break your back, has good stopping power and is relatively inexpensive to buy and shoot.  Basically stopping power is as follows .45, .40, 9mm, .380 - for semi autos. Wheel gun users (revolvers) have the added choice of .44 magnum, .357 magnum, 38 special and some I'm forgetting.  For a backup gun, some still use a .32, .25 and or .22.  But in the end, a well placed shot from a .380 is better than a bucking .45 that misses. Do your research, weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself what your carry needs are.

Ease of use... Racking the slide on a .45 can be difficult even for men. Many people prefer a gun that doesn't kick (recoil) so hard, allowing a quicker target acquisition.  Men, women, older people, people with health issues (arthritis, gout) may find the lighter weight .380s to be easiest to rack, while others may prefer the simple yet just as effective revolver.

So, in the end, it all comes down to what is most important for you, what works for you, what you are comfortable with.  Rent and test guns available at your LGS before buying, or ask a friend to try his guns.

Why do you use hollow points?

There are many kinds of ammo - Lead ball, full metal jackets, frangible and hollow points, just to name a few. But for defensive use, Jacketed Hollow Points are the preferred ammo.  To explain it simply - the end of the bullet, instead of being tapered, is hollowed out.  The bullet, in most instances, is covered in a Full Metal Jacket made of copper.  When the round is fired, the bullet, upon impact with the bad guy, expands, making a larger wound channel, yet stopping before exiting the body - keeping anyone behind the bad guy safer.

The idea is two-fold.  More damage is done with hollow points, meaning the fight should be over quicker and with fewer rounds expended, while due to their expansion, the round will stop in 12-15 inches on impact on the human body, so it won't over penetrate.

FMJ - full metal jacket - ammo, will make a smaller wound channel and tends to over penetrate, putting bystanders at risk. 

Most, if not all police departments use hollow point ammo.  If it's good enough for LE, it's good enough for those of us who carry for defense.

Why a semi auto instead of a revolver?

I prefer the semi auto handgun over the revolver for three reasons.  First, I don't like the balance of the revolver - it feels odd in my hand.  Second, I find it easier (for me) to reload a semi auto with a magazine over trying to reload a revolver (though those practiced in reloading their revolver are amazingly fast). And third, the width of a semi auto is about 1" making it easier for me to conceal.

Others like the feel of the revolver and the fact there is no racking of a slide or any of the reliability issues that some semi autos have - though you should never carry a gun that hasn't had several hundred rounds thrown down range.  Going 'click bang' every time is paramount.

Stopping power or one shot stop?

The one shot stop is television / movie fiction.  With rare exceptions - head shot, spinal shot - the majority of criminals are not stopped by one shot and they certainly don't go flying ass over tea kettle backwards.  Even after being shot multiple times, many can still turn and run, going a block or miles before either succumbing to their wounds or getting to an Emergency Room, where they are promptly arrested.  And many keep right on coming.  All we can do as part of the concealed carry lifestyle, is train hard and practice, practice practice.

What are snap caps?

Snap caps are fake ammo rounds used for practice.  Usually colored (blue and red seem to be the most common) they allow for safe practice with your carry gun.  You can practice loading and reloading, clearing stovepipes, failure to feed (FTF), failure to eject (FTE) and jams.  Side note... when practicing, all live ammo should be out of the room while triple clearing your weapon for safety.


Holsters are another area of personal choice.  Many will tell you they have a box or a drawer filled with holsters they use, have used, will use again and don't use at all.  After hearing the tales of holster mania, I feel lucky I've found holsters that are comfortable right off the bat. Most all holsters cover the trigger and trigger guard.

My 1911 goes in a Crossbreed SuperTuck - an in-waist-band (IWB) hybrid holster (Leather and Kydex) that is of high quality and comfortable.  My Taurus TCP goes into a DeSantis PocketTuk reversible holster - IWB or pocket carry.  For pocket carry it is critical you use a holster that covers the trigger and nothing else goes in that pocket.  My Kahr CW45 has an Alien 1.0 hybrid IWB holster that I do not like - its cheaply made and uncomfortable - and a Clinger "Stingray" kydex holster that I absolutely love.  I also have a cheap shoulder holster for my 45's that I do not like.  The crossover in back sits too high on my neck for comfort.  I would love to get an Andrews Leather shoulder holster or a Galco rig, but with prices for a quality shoulder rig running between $150 and $250 dollars, it's a little steep to pay out that money and find out it isn't comfortable.

Holsters often come with adjustments for ride height, cant (tilt) and retention, but in the end, they must be comfortable enough that you carry every day.
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What if you get shot?

There are drills that we practice for not only that situation, but if you have to carry something or someone with your off hand.  These kinds of drills start with off hand shooting, drawing from your strong side holster with your weak hand, reloading with one hand, using your belt or the heel of your shoe to rack the slide one-handed, practicing with your guns strong hand controls using your weak hand and on and on... the education and training never stops.

Practice and training.  Training and practice.  They go hand in hand to keep us safe.

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly 
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Protecting Our Children with School Carry - Ending Gun Free Zones

It seems as though the people of this Country may finally be coming to the realization that forcing our schools to continue the Gun Free Zone charade, is not the way to keep our children safe. 

Legislators in Wisconsin, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee have filed Bills to allow school carry either by those legally allowed to carry or by Teachers.

There are 19 States that already allow school carry in some form;
  • ·       Alabama (which bans possessing a weapon on school grounds only if the carrier has "intent to do bodily harm")
  • ·       California (with approval of the superintendent)
  • ·       Connecticut (with approval of "school officials")
  • ·       Hawaii (no specific law)
  • ·       Idaho (with school trustees' approval)
  • ·       Iowa (with "authorization")
  • ·       Kentucky (with school board approval)
  • ·       Massachusetts (with approval of the school board or principal)
  • ·       Michigan (concealed carry now allowed while open carry has been allowed)
  • ·       Mississippi (with school board approval)
  • ·       Montana (with school trustees' permission)
  • ·       New Hampshire (ban applies only to pupils, not adults)
  • ·       New Jersey (with approval from the school's "governing officer")
  • ·       New York (with the school's approval)
  • ·       Oregon (with school board approval)
  • ·       Rhode Island (with a concealed weapons permit)
  • ·       Texas (with school's permission)
  • ·       Utah (with approval of the "responsible school administrator")
  • ·       Wyoming (open carry only)

It's high-time.

Ask someone who is against guns to post their front yard with a sign that says - "This home is a gun free zone - no guns allowed!" - and see how many takers you have.   

Why wouldn't they - or anyone for that matter - want the sign?  Well, it would seem those hypocritical, self-righteous anti's don't want to advertise their home is unprotected! How can that be?  If it's good enough to protect the children in schools, shouldn't it be good enough to protect you at home?

Recently I watched a video of two anti-gun women having a conversation about gun control, how concealed carry is stupid while telling their viewers the whole "good guys with a gun" argument is a fallacy.  One of them said "good guys with guns don't stop mass shootings!"

All I could think of was this - All mass shootings are stopped by a good guy with a gun.   Every rampage / active shooter situation ends when the good guys with guns arrive.  Every. Single. One.  The good guys either shoot the maniac or the maniac shoots himself or the maniac gives up.   If a good guy with a gun
doesn't show up?  The maniac continues to kill at his leisure.

Truly, it isn't that hard to understand, is it?

I always come back to the children who have died needlessly, virtually killed by those who refuse to do everything in their power to keep them safe, murdered by those who ignore the facts of gun free zones due to their twisted, hoplophobic fear of an inanimate object, executed by those who feel morally superior when children are slaughtered by a maniac with a gun, rather than protected by a good guy with a gun.

For me it is beyond the scope of comprehension.

I remember thinking, when the news reports filtered down from Sandy Hook...
What would have happened that fateful day if Principle Dawn Hochsprung had run down that terror filled hallway towards a crazed gunman with something more than a fearless soul and a heart as big as all outdoors?

Stay Safe and Carry Responsibly