Measure by measure, drop by drop

“I have never, ever met a gun owner who actually believed that more guns would make people safer on the whole. What they do believe, particularly those with military backgrounds, is that their corner of the world is safer if they themselves have a gun.”

- Jeb Golinkin

Well, Jeb, I believe that society would be safer on the whole if more people were responsible gun owners, and a lot of my friends and colleagues believe that as well.

More responsibly armed “civilians” = fewer victims. Fewer victims = less crime. Less crime = safer society.

A rock is not split in two by the actions of a single drop of water: It is split in two when the water becomes irresistible.

Five Year Itch

Gunblogging is not dead. Not while I’m still here.

Five years into things, and what have I’ve learned?

I learned I’m a little bit different than most gunbloggers, and indeed most people in the industry. Despite my unnatural affection for everything made by Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod, I really have no attachment to the guns themselves, and rarely write about “OMG! Look at this shiny new blaster that just came out!”. Guns are a means to an end for me, and that end is a safe, secure future for my family.

Period, full stop.

If anything, I identify more with the “Gun Culture 2.0” blog than I do with über-tactical crowd. This isn’t too shocking, as marketing is nothing but applied sociology.

Home-focused firearms safety

It might just be the quasi-dead nature of the Naples demographic or the fact that Republicans here tend to be be more mainstream oriented than Tea party sympathizers, but I am seeing a LOT more interest in home defensive firearms and CCW guns than I am in AR-15’s.

Given that there are so many new firearms owners out there that are concerned about home invasion, when was the last time you saw an NRA Personal Protection In The Home or similar class that had people a) bring along their home handgun safe of choice to class and practice opening and drawing from said safe and b) had people draw out a layout of the home and plan a safe room response based on their unique home design?

Maybe a little more time on how to make a safe room and a little less time worrying about HSLD techniques like AIWB would pay off for today’s firearms trainers.

If we want guns to become part of our lifestyle, they need to be part of OUR lifestyle, not the lifestyle of a Delta SEAL Recon operator.

Trust the System, Game the System

Although I have it on good gunblogging authority that I should not use Reddit as a source for articles, this is a great question and answer session about the current state of the art in machine gun trusts.

Bottom line: The ATF said at one point that a gun trust is not a person, and issued a tax stamp for a post-1986 fully automatic firearm. They then dis-approved their approval (how one does that remains to be seen…) and yanked the stamp. Fun (and lawsuits) ensued.

Read the whole thing.

Five… Four… Three…

I finally figured out my Cerakote 3 Gun Color Scheme.

I’m going with something that’s a treasured memory from growing up in Canada, something that reflects my years living in Arizona, and something that echoes my lifelong interest in aviation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!!!!!!

The pistol: Thunderbird One

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The shotgun: Thunderbird Two

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The rifle: Thunderbird Three

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The Thunderbirds was my favorite TV show as a kid, and the Thunderbird is a reoccurring theme in the Phoenix area where I lived for so long, and of course, let’s not forget the USAF Thunderbirds.

Now to get the darn things into production…