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 […]

Apr 152012
 
Eight LAPD Officers Fire More Than 90 Rounds to Stop One Fleeing Youth

Here’s an interesting story about a 19 year old youth in Los Angeles – Abdul Arian – who took police on a high speed chase around the city while at the same time calling 911 and uttering threats about what would happen if the police stopped him. There are two things of interest. The first is what happened after he eventually stopped.  He got out of the car, surrounded by growing numbers of LA police, […]

Aug 022011
 
Which Caliber to Choose for a Sub-Compact 'Pocket Pistol'

(This is part two of a three part series.  Please also visit ‘Choosing a Lightweight, Small, Concealable Sub-Compact or Pocket Pistol‘ and ‘How to Best Carry Concealed a Sub-Compact Pocket Pistol‘.) If you’re getting some type of pocket pistol, you generally have a choice between .32 ACP and .380 ACP.  But there are plenty of other options too – there are still pistols available with smaller calibers – the .25 Auto and even various types […]

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 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 […]

Jul 192011
 
Dangerous Political Grandstanding

There are few creatures more venal than politicians running for office.  They’ll say or do just about anything in the desperate hope of winning the election.  Normal people find this impossible to understand, because most of the time, normal people also can’t understand who in their right mind would run for most public offices.  But no-one has ever accused politicians of being normal. An egregious example of idiocy is on display in Baltimore where mayoral […]

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.  […]