Straight Shooter

Aug 022011
 
Choosing a Lightweight, Small, Concealable Sub-Compact or Pocket Pistol

(This is part one of a three part series.  Please also visit ‘Which Caliber to Choose for a Sub-Compact Pocket Pistol‘ and  ‘How to Best Carry Concealed a Sub-Compact Pocket Pistol‘.) At times it seems that little has changed in the last 100 years of firearm and pistol design.  Revolvers are much as they always have been.  The Colt .45 semi-auto has celebrated its 100 year anniversary this year.  But if you find yourself agreeing […]

Aug 012011
 
How to Double Your Odds of Surviving - and Winning - a Gun Fight

So there you are – the chips are down, you’re faced with two or three bad guys, and you’ve no alternative but to resort to deadly force to save yourself (and any loved ones with you).  Wouldn’t you be desperately keen to double your odds of not only surviving but also of winning the gun fight that is about to erupt? Best of all, what would you say if I told you this strategy would […]

Aug 012011
 
How Many Rounds to Carry with Your Concealed Weapon?

(This is the second post on an important topic – please also see our earlier post here – How Much Ammo Do You Carry?) In our earlier post on how much ammo you should carry with you (which you really should read first) we suggest you should have at least one spare magazine and at least a moderately high capacity semi-auto.  In other words, hopefully at least 10 rounds in the gun and another 10 […]

May 242011
 
How Many Times Should You Shoot Someone?  A Surprising Answer from Pima AZ

If you ever find yourself deciding to use deadly force to protect yourself or your loved ones, you have a second decision to make immediately subsequently.  How many times should you shoot the bad guy?  Once?  Twice?  Five times?  Ten times? (Note – this is assuming you are using a handgun.  If you’re using a rifle or shotgun, one shot may be enough.) The sad part of this question is that the right answer is […]

May 182011
 
The Danger of Opening Your Front Door

I keep seeing accounts in the news about people who answer a knock on the door only to have an intruder (or possibly multiple intruders) use surprise and violent force to immediately rush through the door and overwhelm the person who innocently and unpreparedly opened the door.  Here’s a very typical story here. This is a risk that is both surprisingly commonplace and hard to defend against.  Say you have a concealed weapon somewhere on […]

May 182011
 
Quick Thinking Woman Saved at Home by Her Hidden Gun

A woman was having a shower, and upon stepping out of the shower – naked and defenseless – she discovered an intruder with a knife in her bathroom. No, this story isn’t going to suggest you should keep a ‘waterproof’ gun in your shower next to your soap (although you’ll have my respect it you do!).  But it will make two very important suggestions.  First, let’s complete the story. The man started beating the woman […]

Apr 262011
 
A New Look at How Much Ammo You Should Store

I recently asked the question, How much ammo do you carry (ie on your person).  What about a similar question – how much ammunition do you keep for your various firearms?   I’ve asked that question of friends, and have received answers back ranging from ‘a few boxes (of 50)’ to one person who proudly declared he had 26,000 rounds – 11,000 rounds of his preferred pistol caliber and 15,000 rounds of his preferred rifle […]

Apr 202011
 
5.7x28mm Ammo Review

I was doing some training recently with people who’ve ‘been there and done that’ and invariably the subject of the ‘best’ pistol round came up.  Usually these endless discussions revolve around .45 ACP vs .40 S&W with various other calibers added to confuse the discussion still further, but this time one of our group said he thought the 5.7x28mm round was the best. I’d never really considered this round in the past because it isn’t […]

Apr 202011
 
How Much Ammo Do You Carry?

Here’s a question for all of us who choose to carry a concealed weapon :  How many rounds do you have with you, both in the pistol and in spare magazines? Many people carry a small (and therefore convenient, lightweight and easily concealed) pistol that might have perhaps a six round magazine, and if they are prudent, they’ll not load the magazine to full capacity so as to preserve the life of the magazine spring.  […]