You’re Next.

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If you think that the anti-gun forces out there will leave you alone because you don’t own a pistol or a revolver or a semi-automatic firearm of any kind, think again. Apparently, a lever gun with a scope is now a “high-powered sniper’s rifle”, at least in the minds of the (feverently anti-gun) Toronto police force.

Detective Sergeant Tam Bui is asking the public to come forward with any tips regarding the murder of Clinton Yow Foo of Toronto on Oct. 1. The 37-year-old was shot once just before midnight with a lever action Browning BLR short magnum (sic) rifle, which the police have recovered. Bui described the weapon as “high-powered” and said it was outfitted with a Bushnell legend scope and a unique bipod mounted on the front.

No word on the actual caliber involved, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s .300WSM. And since when is a Caldwell bipod fitted onto a sling swivel a “unique” feature? This gun is as plain-jane as they come, yet the anti-gunners are able to make it sound like it was once owned by Gunny Havelock. 180 metres is about 200 yards, so this wasn’t an impossible shot by any means… heck, my Savage bolt gun is ZEROED at 200 yards, and at that distance, it’s adjust just adjust left or right for wind as needed and away you go.

If you own a firearm or want to own a firearm, you are not an innocent bystander, because no matter how innocuous or how suitable for “sporting purposes” your gun may be, the anti-gunners are ready, willing and able to make it seem like it (and you) are capable of committing homicide at a moment’s notice.

A Useful Concealed Carry Trauma Kit.

I have been struggling mightily to come up with a way to carry a trauma kit (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) on a day in, day out basis. I have my one in my car, one if I’m not in my car, and one at work., which all very well and good, but the fact remains that all those kits are NEAR me, not WITH me. That distance can make a difference in how quickly and effectively I can render aid to someone when their life is on the line, especially if that someone is me. What I needed was a concealed carry trauma kit that had enough gear to be useful but was small enough to fit in with my other carry gear.

We use the phrase “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away” quite a lot in the concealed carry community, but somehow, we don’t stop and think that paramedics are also minutes away (and usually arrive after the police do). We wouldn’t consider ourselves ready for a gunfight if our gun was in the car, why then would we consider ourselves to be ready to deal with the effects of a gunfight if our trauma kit is in the car?

I’ve tried to carry a Cleer EDC Kit, and while it’s terrific, it still is just a little too big to conceal under an untucked t-shirt, and the Patrol Officer’s “Pocket Trauma Kit” is not made for civilian pockets.

However, whilst perusing the aisles of my local Big Blue Box Store, I spotted a “Quick Seal” wound care kit that looked tiny enough to carry every day.

And it is.
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As you can see in the photo, I ditched everything in the store-bought kit except two small containers of Celox, two gauze pads and an antiseptic pad. I teamed those items up with nitrile gloves and a SWAT-T tourniquet, and stuffed everything into a MOLLE-compatible iPhone 6+ case, and it works quite well. I think I’ll add a short strip of peel away duct tape to help keep things in-place if needed, but other than that, I’m happy with how this kit is set up.

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Concealable trauma kitThat’s my extra mag for my Shield on the right, in its belt pouch for a size comparison. Crunching down everything this small did involve some trade-offs. There’s not a lot of blood-clotting agent and bandages in this kit, and the SWAT-T tourniquet isn’t perhaps the best solution out there, but it beats jetting out arterial blood at 60 beats a minute. Also, because the tourniquet is essentially just a big rubber band, it folds flat. This means that when teamed up with the soft nylon iPhone case, it wraps around my waist when I carry it, rather than remaining stiff and inflexible and noticeable. This is important because when it comes to concealed carry, thinness is the most important attribute a gadget can have. As you can see in the photo, while the kit is not 100% invisible under an untucked t-shirt, it’s unnoticeable from the front or side, what you can see from the rear looks like the cell phone case it really is, and not like a concealed carry trauma kit.

Would I carry this kit if I were headed out to Khandahar tomorrow? No, I’d carry an IFAK, and probably more than one. Will this new kit help save lives more than not having it on me will? Yes, and that’s reason enough for me to carry it every day.

Of Course It’s A Training Issue…

… because unless you’re Rob Leatham and you popped out of your Mom’s womb with a 1911 in one hand and a Dillon 650 in the other*, everything about learning how to shoot a gun involves training of some sort**.

Is learning to use a DA/SA trigger harder than learning to use a striker trigger? Yes. Is it roadblock the size of Mt. Logan standing in the path of learning to shoot well? No. It is just as big an issue (or excuse) as the person pulling the trigger makes it to be. You can get good on a DA/SA trigger with under 100 rounds of practice ammo if you don’t let it play with your head. The minute you say, “Oh, I can’t shoot that gun because it has an eight pound first pull”, you’re exactly right, you can’t. I’ve never considered it to be a big deal, and guess what, it’s not.

For the record, I prefer DA/SA guns***, but I recommend striker-fired guns to first timers because they’re quicker to learn than a DA/SA gun. Note that word, however… QUICKER. Not better, quicker. I’ve watched great shooters who usually shot tuned striker guns (and good 1911’s) struggle to shoot accurately with the 8 pound trigger on the original LC9 because they got used to just one kind of a trigger. They were good at one type of pistol, and the minute something new was put into their hands, their ability to hit the target dropped dramatically and they had to re-learn what they had learned.

Think that’s a training issue? I sure do.

There are some training issues you can and should avoid completely, such as choosing an unsafe holster. However, there is also no such thing as a free lunch. Yes, the initial learning curve with a striker gun is flatter, but eventually the need to run different kinds of guns appears, and just like car parts, you can pay for it now, or pay for it later, but that training issue isn’t going away.


 

* Ouch, that musta hurt…
** Not true, I know Rob trains and trains and trains. He can also run just about any gun phenomenally well, regardless of what trigger is on it. 
*** My carry guns are a DAO Kel-Tec P3AT, a striker-fired M&P Shield and a DA/SA CZ P07. I am nothing if not a bundle of contradictions.

An Argument Against Open Carry That I’ll Accept

On the November 28 episode of The American Warrior Show, William Aprill talks with Mike Seeklander about the criminal mindset, weapon disarms and a bunch of other topics. Interspersed with all of that information is a casual mention of two people getting assaulted and robbed of their open-carry pistols. Aprill points out, quite rightly, that guns along with drugs, are two of the items worth more to a criminal than cold, hard cash is. Therefore, to a crook, the benefits of stealing your gun might outweigh the risks of him getting shot by said gun.

And he’s right.

I support open carry, always have, always will, because it makes concealed carry a lot easier. However, the reality is, when you or I open carry, we are essentially walking around with an expensive watch on our wrists and money coming out of our pockets. We are advertising to the crooks that we have something they want, and that is a bad, bad thing indeed. When we open carry, we need to be aware that we have made ourselves a much more attractive target to the bad guys, and act accordingly, while still acting overly polite.

Crowdsource Your Security

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Cell 411 is an app and a micro social network which allows users to quickly contact each other or groups of friends and family members in case of emergencies. The app is designed to work quickly, provide instant GPS coordinates to your entire group to the current location, offer turn-by-turn directions to the location and even stream live video

Ok, I’m interested. This app assumes a) you have friends you CAN help and b) there will be cell phone / data coverage available when you need it. That last one is a biggie: Can you imagine how crushed the mobile networks would be if the participants in a Ferguson-level riot were using Cell 411 to stream video of their looting open-source wealth redistribution and the innocent business owners greedy capitalists were using the same app to frantically call for help from their well-armed friends?

I like the idea, though. The more we can do to move the burdens that government has assumed for itself onto our shoulders, the better.

Power to the people, y’all.

Product Review: Coast HP1 Flashlight.

Coast HP1Advantages: Small, Very Bright, Inexpensive
Disadvantages: A Little Thick For a AA Light
Rating: Five Stars Out Of Five

Seriously, this thing costs less than ten dollars? It outshines everything I own except my dedicated weapon lights, yet it takes one AA battery. It’s small, it’s lightweight, it’s got a simple on/off interface, it focuses to throw a beam for at least 100 yards and also spreads out to bath a large area with light. If I have one complaint, it’s that the focusing lens makes it a little wider than other lights, which means it takes up more space in my pocket, however, it’s great to toss into a gear bag or take along on a hike.

And did I mention it was bright? Here’s a while garage door, illuminated by the flashlight on an iPhone 6+. The photos were taken as there were before, with a Nikon D70, f5.6, 1 second at ISO 400, or about 1/1000 the light that’s out there during the daylight hours.

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The same door, lit up with the Coast HP1 on focused spot mode.

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Bazinga!

For ten bucks and a AA battery, you can’t go wrong with this light. Sure, there may be brighter lights out there and lights that are designed to fly to the moons of Pluto and back which cost more, but if this light craps out on me, it’s a sawbuck to get a new one.

That, to me, is the very definition of a good value.

Monkey Dance

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There’s an interesting discussion about moving and shooting going on over at Pistol Forum. Should you scamper sideways and shoot while running almost flat out a la Gabe Suarez, sidestep a few feet a la Givens, or stay in place and make sure all your hits count?

Honestly, I don’t know.

I do know this: Hand a bunch of young kids some water pistols. Tell them that if they get wet, they have to sit out the game for five minutes, then watch what happens. I guarantee you they will be running around willy-nilly for the rest of the game, not worrying too much about putting fluid on-target but rather making not getting soaked their #1 priority.

What this means for innocent bystanders and no-shoots when those water streams turn to lead pellets is another matter, but the point is that our initial, inbred impulse is not to stand like a statue when attacked, but to get out of dodge quickly.

We understand, at a root-DNA level, that movement is life. We know that if we’re not moving, we’re Leopard Chow. We lack the lion’s powerful jaws and the claws of the wolf, but what we have, though, thanks to our two legs and high center of gravity, is the ability to move laterally faster than any other mammal on Earth. We’re still learning how to combine that quick left-right movement with something more formidable than an antelope femur, but we’ll get there.