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 […]

Jun 292011
 
Good news in Wisconsin

At times it is easy to feel that the gun-grabbers are winning and that our second amendment rights are being steadily whittled away. There is, sadly, some measure of truth in that perception, some of the time.  But the gun grabbers aren’t getting it all their own way (but please don’t get complacent!). In addition to two recent favorable Supreme Court decisions, there’s been a quiet grass roots revolution going on for the last 25 […]

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 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.  […]

Mar 132011
 
Daylight Saving 'To Do' List

Some people advocate making the switch to/from daylight savings a trigger event for checking the batteries in your smoke detectors.  That’s a good idea, even though probably all smoke detectors these days have low battery alarms that make annoying chirping sounds when the batteries get low. It is barely conceivable that the low battery alarm might have failed, or that the battery died while you were out of town, so a formal test every six […]

Feb 142011
 
Learning from Other's Experiences

Here’s an interesting couple of videos – the first being an interview with a homeowner in the Denver CO area who was forced to defend himself against three intruders who broke into his house one night.  At least one of the intruders was armed; the homeowner defended himself successfully with his own pistol, and subsequently was interviewed on a local news program. The second interview is with the Denver District Attorney who explains why, according […]

Feb 132011
 
A Pretty Pink Ladies Gun - Fail

So I was doing what I like best the other day – browsing through a gun shop.  As seems to so often be the case, it was busy with lots of people and too few store assistants, and I found myself chatting with a woman waiting to be served.  She was probably in her early 60s. She was considering the purchase of her first ever firearm.  Her adult children were encouraging her in this and […]

Feb 092011
 
Why a Good Shot is Not Necessarily a Good Role Model

I went shooting with an acquaintance the other night for the first time.  He could out-shoot me every which way, and did an excellent job of getting rounds close or exactly on the target bullseye, at quite impressive ranges. But.  And it is a big but.  Although he could shoot very accurately, he would not be a good person to take lessons from in learning the art of prudent firearms-based self defense. Firstly, he was […]