Straight Shooter

May 312013
 
A Real Life Lesson in How NOT To Carry Your Concealed Pistol

A woman in St Petersburg FL accidentally shot her friend in the leg with the pistol she apparently forgot she was carrying in her handbag. She – and her friend – should both consider themselves as very lucky.  The consequences could have been much more severe for both of them.  The woman might have shot a lawyer’s kid instead!  The friend might have been fatally wounded, even in the leg (femoral artery), and so on. […]

Apr 242013
 
Learn From This Police Sergeant's Experience

A problem with firearms and self defense topics is there’s a profusion of ‘experts’ but very little factual basis to many of their opinions. So, wherever possible, we prefer to ‘let the facts do the talking’ rather than listen to ‘experts’. Here’s a thought provoking story of a police sergeant in Skokie, IL.  One day he unexpectedly found himself going at it, mano a mano, in a shootout with a fleeing felon.  He had no […]

Jan 032013
 
Should we Ban/Restrict Rifles?  Or Hammers?  Or Hands?

The sheep are predictably bleating in response to the Sandy Hook School shooting.  Ban this!  Restrict that!  Outlaw the other thing! The gun grabbers are leading this chorus with glee, while the sheep rush to sacrifice not just their liberty and freedom but also yours and mine too; all in the naieve ridiculous hope that the bad guys will voluntarily also sacrifice their liberty and their freedom. Most of the focus seems to be on […]

Dec 162012
 
The Most and Least Violent Countries in the Western World

As I write this, the country is going through a histrionic act of soul-searching after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut last week.  Gun grabbers can barely hide their glee behind a veil of crocodile tears, and the rush to enact more gun control legislation is terrifying in its irrational intensity. The biggest problem with gun control?  There’s too much of it.  There’s a reason that people choose to shoot up schools […]

Nov 272012
 
Gun Sales Skyrocket

Black Friday this year set a new record for gun sales nationwide, which were up 20% on Black Friday last year. Gun sales can be loosely tracked to the number of calls to the FBI’s NICS background check service.  Any time a person buys a firearm from a registered gun dealer, the dealer needs to call the NICS service for an instant background check and obtain an approval code for the transaction.  Of course, not […]

May 212012
 
A Request for a Dollar by One Man Ends Up as a Brutal Beating by Four

It is always massively preferable to learn lessons from other people’s misfortunes rather than to be doomed to repeat their experiences ourselves. One of the great ways to learn about street survival skills is to see real world examples of what can happen to people who aren’t prepared for the events that evolve. Here’s one such a dismaying scenario, a story full of lessons for us, and happily able to be experienced and enjoyed in […]

Feb 052012
 
Will Any Gun Do In a Gun Fight?

It is strange how things occur in cycles.  We talk with gun owners and intending gun owners pretty much every day, and from time to time we get a run of people all saying the same thing. This week it has been people with or wanting to buy teeny tiny pistols.  Revolvers and semi-autos chambered for .22 LR or .25 ACP or .32 ACP – rounds which we seldom see in a self defense gun […]

Jan 292012
 
How Often - and Where - to Shoot an Attacker

We’ve written before, with our tongue partially in our cheek, about how many times you should shoot the bad guy when you’re forced to defend yourself. Let’s revisit the subject, and this time from a more scientific attitude.  We promise not to make any more snarky comments about police officers shooting at a guy 71 times (and hitting him 60 times) and definitely we don’t suggest that should be your objective, either, even if only […]

Dec 062011
 
More Guns Sold on Black Friday 2011 Than Ever Before

Here’s something to delight all of us who equate more guns with more freedom and more safety. The FBI has just released figures which show that calls to their ‘instant check’ NICS background checking service (necessary as part of buying a gun from a dealer) were higher on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) this year than on any other day, ever, since they first started their NICS service back in 1998. This new record […]