A Month of Consistency

rp_open_carry_bg-349x5001.jpgI’ve been carrying a full-size CZ75 and a spare mag pretty much non-stop for a month now, and I can truly and honestly say they’re as as easy to carry as my subcompact Shield.

The difference? An OWB holster and a good gun belt. I prefer IWB for concealment, but having the gun on the outside of your trousers is a lot easier to live with. My gun belt of choice these days is a Bianchi Fancy Stitched belt in tan, a belt that I use, if I’m honest about it, because it works well AND looks good.
Again with the concerns about an object’s form versus its function.

I am such a poseur.

Securing the sanctuary.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” 

– Matthew 5:43-45, NIV

If nothing else, the horror in Charleston last week should prompt churches into realizing that loving your enemies and relying on God to protect you is a great idea, but relying on God and 124 grain hollowpoints is a better idea. I don’t hate my enemies, but I won’t let them destroy me, either.

If you’re a church leader, and your church does not have a disaster plan, MAKE ONE, for God’s (literal) sake. That plan should cover fire, armed intruders and whatever natural disasters are common to your region: A church in Saskatchewan probably shouldn’t worry about a hurricane, but a blizzard that traps in a congregation overnight is a very real possibility in such climes.

Have a plan. Have a backup plan, and have the means to put those plans into action.

Stuff happens, and the Gospel of Matthew tells us it happens on the righteous and unrighteous in equal amounts. Pray about it, and then deal with it.

A World of Pain

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I carry a gun in church, and I’ve done so for as long as I could legally carry a gun on my person.

I’ve always understood that churches are a target for the those who wish to do harm to a great number of people at one time, just like people at a movie theater are a target, or a school, or a mall.

Motive, means, and opportunity, and churches represent a big opportunity for people who wish to commit such horrors.

My heart bleeds for my brothers in Christ in South Carolina. I pray for their safety, and for the safety of believers all around the world.

And I also carry a gun in church.

WWEKD?

What Would Elmer Keith Do?

I had an interesting discussion with a range officer at work last week: If Elmer Keith and the training legends of the past were alive today, what would they recommend as far as handguns?

One school of thought is that they’d recommend a lot of the same things they recommended back in the day. .44 Magnum. Wheelguns. Wadcutters. More of the same.

Me? I say different.

Let’s digress into the world of photography and talk about St. Ansel of Adams. The question arose awhile back on what ol’ AA would do in today’s world of digital images and photoshop, and I contend that rather than messing around with 8×10 view cameras and spending hours in the darkroom, he’d be diligently working on turning digital photography into a process-driven art, just like he did with chemically-based photography. The Camera, The Negative and The Print were not about the tools themselves, they were about integrating those three items into a process that could deliver consistent, repeatable results.

Now pause for a moment and look at the landscape of defensive firearms and firearms training right after WWII. The 1911 was not a consistently reliable platform yet and bullet design… well, bullet design sucked. Given those two realities, it’s only natural that yesterday’s trainers gravitated to big-bore revolvers, because that’s what worked at that time.

But those times are not our times. Semi-automatics work well now, and high-speed cameras and computer modeling have revolutionized the way bullets are made. Modern pistols work well, modern ammunition stops the threat, and modern materials means you don’t have to lug around an ingot of lead on your hip when you walk out the door.

Bottom line is, if you’re going to have icons, make an icon out of the process, not the person.

 

What gun for far-off, forgotten lands?

Unc asked the question, “What gun for when you leave America?” and a bunch of other people have chimed in with their responses.

Me? I think anything on the California-Approved list should be able to go just about anywhere behind enema lines (NOT a typo), so I’d choose a Ruger LCR in .38+P loaded with Pow’rball and a couple of speedstrips of the same for if I wander into hell and/or New Jersey.

Also, as I really don’t like to travel any great distance without ready access to something bigger than a handgun, I’d back that up with a .38/.357 lever gun with a scout scope, even more Pow’rball and top everything off with a few rounds of snakeshot for zombie carnivorous squirrels and whatnot.

Your choices?

We wanted guns to become part of our lifestyle, and they have.

Spotted on the Triangle Tactical Facebook page:

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In a word, yes.

How many decisions about our cars/motorcycles are made on the basis of how they look, not how they actually perform? How many clothing decisions are made the same way as well? If guns are going to be part of our everyday lives, that means they’re going to be subject to same kinds of decision inputs we use for everything else.

I wonder if he shouted out “TWO ALPHA” after it was over…

Talk about a complete and utter failure in the victim selection process

A doctor was leaving home  to compete in a shooting competition held at Magnolia Pistol Range in Byram at approximately 7:45 AM today. He made several trips from the house to his truck carrying what he needed for the competition. Unknown to him, two black males were cruising Ridgewood Road looking for someone to rob. They happened upon him walking to his truck near the intestection Ridgewood and Eastover roads.  They took him captive at gunpoint and forced him drive to an ATM and withdraw a large amount of money

They stopped at Eastover and Pinewood.  They told him to get out of the vehicle.  The good Doc managed to grab a pistol as he exited the truck and began firing.  He shot and killed an Edwin Robinson of Cooper Road.  One person at the scene said “he shot the sh!t out of him”.

Huh. Musta been shooting Open…

It’s just a training issue…

Two unrelated, related items from this week.

  1. Bob Owens’ piece on why Glocks aren’t the guns cops should be using caused a tempest in a pisspot in the online gun community.
    Full Disclosure: Bob called me before he wrote that article and asked me about the benefits of an DA/SA gun versus striker-fired, and I gave hem a recap of what I wrote over here.
    There was the usual outrage from the usual fanboys as to why their particular brand of Austrian engineering is the Best. Gun. Ever., but one comment on Facebook caught my eye (no link, can’t find it) talking about how DA/SA versus striker was a “training issue”.
    Hold that thought.
  2. I had a conversation at work with an unabashed fanboy of Serpa holsters. Any problems with the action of reflexively curling your finger causing negligent discharges as you draw your gun was due, he said, to “training issues”.

I’m sensing a pattern here.

Can the inherit flaws with the Serpa be overcome with training? Yes. Can dealing with a striker-fired gun be overcome with training? Yes. Can getting used to a DA/SA gun be accomplished through training? Yes.

But training time is a finite resource. Should learning how to use your holster without putting a round into your leg be a priority when there are other retention systems out there what work just dandy? Should the hours of practice needed to master the difference between a 8lb first pull and 4lb second pull be a priority over learning sight alignment? Is just learning how to shoot a Glock enough for you, or do you have the need to shoot other guns every once in a while?

That’s the real issue with training.

Quick thoughts on open carry

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Open-carry with a Serpa holster is like wearing a clip-on tie to your best friend’s wedding. You can do better, so do so.

If you want open carry to become the norm, normal people must act normal while carrying openly. People who carry AR-15’s into Jack In The Box are not acting normally.

I miss having open carry. I really do. Even though I carried sans concealment only about once a month at best, there was a pleasant feeling knowing that if I wanted to do it, I could, and would.

I’ve lost weight, and my old open carry belt is too big on me now. Fortunately, I work in a gun store, and replacements are close at hand.

If you can try open carry haven’t, do so soon. You’ll find that all the worries you had about carrying concealed will pop up once again, and just like when you started carrying concealed, no one will care that you have a gun.