The premise is wrong, therefore, the conclusions are wrong.

For the record, I like The Gunmart blog. I’ve linked to them in the past, and I’ll continue to link to them in the future.

However, this question completely misses the point of open carry:

“The exit question here is, Is open carry really a deterrent?”

No, of course not. Open carry is no more of a deterrent to crime than having a cop cruise around a neighborhood once a week. Good policing requires the police to be involved in their community, and good gun ownership requires gun owners to be good citizens first, gun owners second.

The point of open carry is that it turns the bearing of arms a normal thing, period full stop. If you want good gun laws, get good people carrying guns out into the public eye. Do you think that fact that Arizona has had the best gun laws in the country for two years running might, just might, have something to do with the fact that open carry has been legal in the state since before it was even a state?

Me too.

Open carry is not a deterrent to crime, because if you’re in a neighborhood where you need to open-carry to stop a criminal, buddy, are you ever in the wrong neighborhood. Rather, open carry is a way to show normal people (not criminals) that guns are not bad, because nice people carry guns. If you act badly with carrying a gun, expect people to think that guns are bad, because the people who have them are arrogant pr!cks and might do something bad with a gun.

It’s just a training issue.

There’s nothing wrong with the design of the Serpa, according to Blackhawk! fanboys. It is weapons retention perfection, they say.



Ain’t never seen a leather holster do that.

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Fear and Loathing in the Magic Kingdom


Oh noes, there was a dude with a gun at Disneyland!

A man with a loaded pistol was arrested outside the main entrance to Disneyland last month after another park visitor reported seeing something suspicious, Anaheim police revealed Tuesday.

Just before 9 p.m. on July 9, officers assigned to the resort property received a radio call from Disneyland security regarding a report of a man with a gun, according to police spokesman Eric Trapp.

Plain clothes detectives went to investigate and located a man with a handgun in the esplanade area of the resort, Trapp said. The esplanade is the open area that divides the entrances to Disneyland and California Adventure once patrons pass through security.

I was at Disneyland in late 2013, and I’m surprised that this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often there. The security at the park is pretty much a bag search at the entrance, cameras everywhere and cops milling about inconspicuously. They do a great job of not harshing the mellow of The Happiest Place on Earth™, but the fact is, it’s dead-simple to get a knife or a concealed pistol onto the grounds of Disneyland on your person. In fact, I may or may not have had a multi-tool and a folding knife on me in the park during my last trip. Yes, it’s the happiest place on earth, but, I am not going there without something to help get me out if it all goes to hell.

Bag searches and cameras help prevent mass-casualty events like the Boston and Bangkok bombings, and Disneyland’s zero-tolerance rule towards boisterous behavior cuts down on the riots and fistfights, but unless Disney wants to re-create the TSA at the entrance of each park, stuff like this is going to happen.

Although I will admit, I’d LOVE to see how the Haus of Maus might put a happy face on a full-body x-ray scan and cavity search. I digress.

I’m ok with a bag search at places like Disneyland because they’re prime targets for our enemies, and a bag search would limit the ways they might do us harm. Rather than go with metal-detectors and x-rays, though, I’d prefer Disney to allow concealed carry on the grounds and let those who can safely defend themselves do so inside their parks. Clamping down on security and turning their parks into “The Happiest Prison Grounds on Earth” won’t work. To borrow a line from a movie now owned by Disney, “The more you tighten your grip, the more people will slip through your fingers.”

I admire Tam’s Courage

Picking up from yesterday, taking an actual, honest-to-goodness shooting class with a pocket .380 is not something to be undertaken lightly. My attempts to shoot a Combat Focus Pistol class with an S&W Shield didn’t go so well: The gun wouldn’t lock back after the last shot was fired, and even with 3 spare mags on my belt, keeping up with the others shooters with their 15+ round Glocks and M&P’s proved to be a bridge too far.

I’m really curious to see how it works out for her: Based on my experience at the range here and elsewhere, is huge gap between the guns people take to a training class and the typical person owns and even carries. Yes, I’ve recently taken to carrying my P07 more often, but there some times I just can’t have a full size gun on my hip, so pocket-carrying the P3AT makes more sense on those days.

A pocket full of .22

Attempting the 2000 round challenge with a pocket .380 is not for the faint-hearted, but it does raise the question as to why someone hasn’t cranked out a .22LR version of a pocket .380 by now. The LCP has been a runaway hit, and there’s all manner of guns like the Bodyguard, Nano and others following in its wake. But all of those guns are NOT guns you want to practice with. I enjoy shooting the Glock 42 (which strains the definition of “pocket”) and the Sig P238, and that’s about it: Anything else ends up on the wrong side of Newton’s Second Law of Motion.

A blowback, DAO pocket .22 would solve this problem but it would raise another issue: People who are recoil-adverse (or think they’re recoil-adverse) would buy the .22 version and use that as a defensive firearm, instead of something in a larger, more effective caliber. Instead of a comfortable, affordable training gun, we’d end up with Lorcin 2.0 and a lot of people trying to defend their lives with guns uniquely unsuitable for such things.

But I can dream.

Change up.

Interesting question:

Knowing what you know now, what would you chose as a first carry gun?

This shouldn’t be a gun you currently own, but more of a “What if?” thought exercise.

I started out with a Sccy CPX-1, a gun that turned out to be quite a disappointment, but might be actually decent now that a new model is now available.

Learning from my mistake, I now normally carry a CZ P07, and when I’m not carry that gun, I carry an S&W Shield or pocket-carry a P3AT. If didn’t own any of those, and knowing what I do now, I think my first carry gun would have been a Sig Sauer P320 Compact. I loves me my CZ’s, but I’m fascinated by the great trigger and modularity of the P320.

Plus it’s a pretty good value. How often does THAT happen when you’re talking about a Sig?

No more blue Sccys.

For the last eight years, I’ve had a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with my 1st generation Sccy CPX-1. It wasn’t a fun gun to shoot, it broke often and had a safety that engaged with almost every shot. I sent it back to factory three times, and while the customer service I received from Sccy was great (they’d give me an extra mag every time I sent it in), I prefer guns that don’t have to go back to the factory at all, and guns that I actually like to shoot, so I consigned the Sccy to purgatory as a car gun.

I had a chance to talk with our local Sccy rep and recount my woes with his products, and he cleared the way for me to trade my old CPX-1 in on a newer model, no questions asked.

CPX-2 V2


I got the new gun back from the factory last week, and you know what? It’s not bad. I’m not sure how reliable/sturdy it is at this point with just 50 rounds through it, but it is quite accurate for a little gun and a LOT easier to shoot than the old model and had no issues with the first box of ammo.

50 down, 1150 to go.

The best thing was, the gun is MUCH more comfortable to shoot than the old model. I used to walk away from a 50 rounds with a painful hand from the poor ergonomics of the old gun, but not now. The trigger on the Sccy is still almost 10 pounds and has a looooong take-up and reset, but at first glance, Sccy has turned the ugly duckling of their 1st generation gun into a nice little swan in the making.

Product Review: Galloway Precision P3AT Sweet Spot Trigger

Even though I’m carry more firepower than normal these days, I still pocket-carry my P3AT every once in awhile because there a situations when a small gun is all I can have with me.

The thing is, the P3AT kinda sucks when compared to what’s out there now in ultra-small .380’s, but it was the only game in town back in 2006 when I first bought it. It’s not a pleasant gun to shoot: It doesn’t fit your hand well, the trigger on it is long and heavy, and tops all that off with a nasty trigger bite every time you fire it. As I still carry the gun from time to time, I wanted to see if I could turn the lowly little P3AT into something that I could enjoy shooting, so I popped for a Sweet Spot trigger, recoil spring and hammer spring from Galloway Precision.

Galloway P3AT Trigger

Not trusting myself to install such things, I turned over all the parts to our gunsmith at work*, and he took just a few minutes to install all three. I took my reworked gun out on the range, hoping I’d have something that was close to being as much fun to shoot as a Glock 42 or a Sig P238, which are two small .380’s that are easy to shoot and fun to practice with.

Sadly, that’s not the case. There’s no discernible difference between the gun the way it is now and the way it was before: The trigger is still long and heavy and bites me every time I shoot it. I really,  really wanted this trigger to work: Galloway Precision seems like a great company and I know the stuff they make for the Ruger LC9 makes a big difference in how that pistol feels in your hand when you shoot it, but I guess that getting a P3AT to shoot well is a turd that is just to smelly to polish.

Normally, I do product reviews in a “Advantages/Disadvantages/Rating” format, but for something like a new a trigger for your gun, it either does the job you want it to do, or it doesn’t. Sadly, I have to report that the Sweet Spot Trigger is a fail. Time for me to save up for a Glock 42.

* I wrote this and queued it up for publishing while I still worked at The Alamo Range.

One year ago today

Remington announced a trade-in program for owners of the “troubled” R51 pistol.

Anyone who purchased an R51 may return it and receive a new R51 pistol, along with two additional magazines and a custom Pelican case, by calling Remington at (800) 243-9700. You will be asked to provide your name, address, telephone number, and the serial number of your pistol.

There’s been pretty jack and/or squat from Remington about the R51 since that update.I like the R51 because it’s one of the very few semi-auto’s out there that isn’t a blowback action or delayed-action gun, and a little competition improves the gene pool, but you can’t get in the game unless you’re actually in the game. I understand that Remington has gone through some drastic changes since then, but c’mon, throw us a frickin’ bone here.