Thank you

The fight continues

Thank you my readers and followers and friends for making 2012 the best year so far for this humble blog. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and look forward to many more.

As we leave the Mayan Apocalypse behind us and enter a new year, we face the biggest challenge ever to our ability to safely defend our lives and loved ones. 

The fight is not over, and it won’t be over until WE say it’s over. 

Happy New Year. 

The voice of reason outside the room

The NRA has been locked out of Obama’s gun ownership “conversation”, and their response hits the perfect note

“(NRA President) Keene told Reuters: ‘I’m willing to talk to anybody. I’m willing to sit down with anybody up there.’ He added, though, that he would not agree to ‘gut’ gun rights.

‘I’m going to want to have a conversation about how we protect our children,’ he said. ‘That’s a serious conversation. Offering sort of feel-good bills doesn’t strike me as serious.’”

Bingo. Make THEM look like un-serious headline-grabbers (because they are). Make THEM look unreasonable (because they are). Make THEM look like they have an agenda outside of “protecting our children” (because they do). In the meantime, the rest of us will be taking steps to protect our children in and outside our schools. 

It’s the Most Gun-derful Time of the Year

Ad you read this, Mrs. ExKev is up at Rio Salado getting her first-ever formal firearms instruction. 

No, I’m not doing it. I’m not THAT dumb. She’s taking an NRA Basic Pistol Class from Generations Firearm Training.

Next week is the Arizona BloggerShoot.

The weekend after that is my Combat Focus Shooting Class. 

The weekend after that, I’ll be coming back from SHOT. 

Whew! 

The myth of stopping power

... clean off.I had an epiphany awhile back that the idea of knockdown power for defensive handguns might be a holdover from hunting, where it’s important to bring “enough gun” to humanely drop an elk or some other big critter in one shot. For long guns, “Knockdown power” is a very real thing, given the amount of force that a centerfire rifle drops onto its target. Considering, however, that there isn’t NEAR as much variance in body mass between two humans as there is between, say, a coyote and a bear, and that any centerfire rifle is going to thump much more than any centerfire pistol, I think the “knockdown” effect of 9mm vs. .40 and .45 is pretty moot. 

Wanting some more input from someone in the industry who’s not just a schmuck with a website like myself, I reached out to Matt DeVito of DownRange Firearms Training for his thoughts on the matter.

Hey, Matt, quick question,
I know Rob (Pincus) prefers 9mm over .40 now: What say you, and what is your feeling about “knockdown power” versus follow-up shots? 

Matt’s response:

9mm is preferred over .40 and .45 for a few reasons. First reason being magazine capacity. Look at 3 guns, Glock 17 (17+1), Glock 22 (15+1), Glock 21 (13+1). In a world where people think that “knockdown power” is a real and viable term, 9 out of 10 people would choose a .45. However, knockdown power, aside from being internet lore, is complete bullsh*t. No pistol round in history was ever designed to take a man off his feet. Bullets are used to “stop” a threat by 2 methods, physical, and psychological. A physical stop essentially is that you’ve shot the attacker, usually multiple times, and they have ceased the attack. A psychological stop is when you draw the gun, shoot attacker, attacker says “Oh %@#, I’ve been shot,” runs away and the cops find him behind a dumpster 5 miles away after he’s bled out.

All that aside, handgun bullets do maximum damage by “cutting” through soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, and destroying bone and muscle. There’s two types of wound tracts, temporary and permanent. You are looking to maximize permanent wound cavity. Permanent, (if you look at a block of ballistics gel, it is essentially the pieces that are irreparable), temporary is the damage done by the “shockwave” as the round passes through something, but again like in a ballistics gel test, will bounce back into place. 

Also it’d be good to note that most “bare gel tests” are just that; bare gel and not representative of flesh as theres no bone/muscle involved. We just did a ballistics text on a pig recently; all the rounds performed the same minus the .40 which was actually the worst performer. 

And no matter the caliber, its been proven that modern bonded hollow point is the round you want and is the most consistent performer even through intermediate barriers
As far as “defensive” handgun rounds go we group then into 3 categories
VIABLE: .380, .38, 9mm, .357mag, .40, .45, 10mm.
RECOMMENDED: 9mm, .40, .45,
PREFFERED: 9mm

Which kinda falls in-line with my feelings as well. Sure, that “Don’t bring a gun to a gunfight unless it has a caliber that starts with ’4′.” talk sounds all macho and stuff, but I’d prefer to be alive with my nine than dead with a .45 in my hand… 

Gun Writer Seeks Gun Writings

No, not me. Author Alan Korwin is working on his next book and would like to include a section about “Your First Gun.” If you’d like to be included, please describe for him, with all due fondness, your first gun, what it was, how old you were, where you lived, and especially how you felt about getting it and the circumstances (gift, cost, reason, training, etc.), in about 150 words or so. He’ll use first names and last initials only unless you’d prefer a pseudonym, and he wants you to understand that if you decide to send him anything you’re granting him an unencumbered but non-exclusive right to use it and edit it. Reach him at alan (at) gunlaws.com. 

Thanks, and have a Happy (and safe) New Year! 

Merry Christmas!

 Veni, veni
Mariotto Albertinelli – Birth of Christ 1503

Blogging’s going to be light the next few days.

See you at the Arizona Bloggershoot on January 5th

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

An update from the trenches

Only one AR lower per customer, please,” and that was for a $400 lower.

And I needed more factory ammo for some upcoming training for me and Mrs. ExKev, (Combat Focus Shooting for me, NRA Basic Pistol for her).

Walmart? None. No 9mm, no .40, no nuthin’. Sportsman’s Warehouse had (had) ten 50 round boxes left, which I snapped up immediately.

The NRA is signing up 6,000 people per day. I wonder how many people per day the Bradys are signing up…