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A striker-fired LCP? Yes, please!

So, a little bird told me recently that we may see a new striker-fired Ruger LCP in the coming weeks.
Presumably, the company will follow the naming convention it used with the LC9 pistol by adding an “s” at the end of the LCP to indicate the new firing mechanism.
If the rumor is true, and we are going to see a new Ruger LCPs, I wonder if that spells the end of the hammer-fired versions of the tiny handguns.

If there’s one thing that all pocket .380’s have in common, it’s that their triggers really, really suck. The only exception to the rule are the ones based on the 1911 platform like the Sig P238 or Colt Mustang, and they have the added baggage of external safeties (not one of my favorite things on a defensive handgun). A pocket .380 with a decent (say, 6 pounds) trigger a la the Glock 42 would be a winner, and because of the ongoing struggles with my P3AT, I’d look VERY hard at getting one when it comes out.

What Caliber You Use Doesn’t Matter…. Until It Does.

An interesting reflection on .22LR as a defensive round, from Greg Ellifritz.

The reader asked me to explain why I considered the .22 stops to be more likely “psychological stops” as opposed to physical incapacitations.  That’s easy to explain…and it doesn’t have anything to do with the size of the muzzle.

There are only two mechanisms for physically incapacitating someone with a handgun.  The first is a shot to the central nervous system (CNS).  A bullet placed into the brain or the upper spinal cord will usually stop someone instantly.  Can the .22 do that?  Certainly, but I think a brain or CNS shot is less likely with the .22 than with a larger caliber.

Another fact that many people haven’t considered is the difference between police and armed citizen gunfights.  My friend Claude Werner often points out that when a criminal is involved in a gunfight with the police, the stakes are higher.  The criminal knows that the cops won’t stop until he’s dead or in jail.  That’s not true with a gunfight against an armed citizen.  The armed citizen just wants a break in the fight.  If he can cause the criminal to flee, he wins and stops shooting.

Take a look at this surveillance video from a Florida robbery a couple of years ago: Once one of the supposed “victims” starts to fire back, the bad guys beat feet, and quickly. In their experience, having a person fight back is as foreign to them as someone speaking Albanian at the McDonald’s drive up window is to me. When it happens, they have no idea how to handle it, and de-ass themselves from the area as quickly as they can.

The very definition of a psychological stop.

Now, am I will to bet my life and the lives of my loved ones on a crook running away when he’s shot? Nope. That’s why I carry something bigger and train I’m semi-competent with my gun of choice. However, the first rule of gunfight is still in effect: Have a gun, even if it’s a wimpy little .22.

No Excuses.

I’m constantly amazed by how many people buy a gun, get a CCW permit, and then do absolutely nothing. In my first training class, my instructor said that only one in three of his students would take the steps necessary to carry their guns on a day in, day out basis, and if anything, I think he over-estimated that number.

In an attempt to stem the tide and get people used to carrying, I’ve tried to lay out what a new gun owner should do before, during and after their concealed carry permitting class so they have a chance to put what they’ve learned into practice.

It’s over on Enjoy.

Marching As To War

Looks like the J.V. team is going on the road:

ISIS Kill List Names 15,000 Christian Americans Targeted for Death

According to a report recently made public, early this year, ISIS specifically identified 15,000 Christian Americans for death and instructed jihadists already in America to begin widespread murder.

The Kill List report comes in the wake of ISIS already publicly warning American and British Christians that “they were next.” British police last week publicly warned its 5.4 million Christians to be on alert and in some areas increased security.

And the kicker? The FBI didn’t warn anyone on the list they were targeted by ISIS. How thoughtful of them.

The list was apparently created by culling through published church directories and other sources. 15,000 people out of America’s millions and millions of Christians seems pretty small (and it is), but terrorists have a bad habit of killing other people on their way to their main target, so this is something that everyone who attends a church needs to take into account.

Is there someone in charge of handling emergencies at your place of worship? What’s the procedures for your church staff if there’s a worshipper who has a medical emergency in the sanctuary? Where’s the nearest hospital/fire station/police station? Can a car drive right up to and into the narthex of your church? If so, it’s only a matter of time before someone stomps on the gas instead of brake and causes mayhem aplenty.

And that’s accidentally. Imagine what would happen if someone did that on purpose.

Look, I agree 100% with what St. Paul wrote about our struggle not being with flesh and blood, but with spiritual wickedness, but the fact is, spiritual wickedness (and if this sort of thing isn’t wicked, what is?) is behind this threat to our faith and Christianity’s existence on the Earth.

It’s time to take up the cross. And take up the sword as well.

Are We Not Men?

My friend Rob talked on Facebook about being in a fast-food restaurant when the power went out.

Power flickered, then came back on, sorta, in a “emergency lighting in a sub” kind of way. The registers and computers all down and they couldn’t figure out how to fill all the many outstanding orders without power.

I finally yelled out what mine was and that it should have been next out and pulled out my pocket FourSevens light to give the guy putting the food together enough light to work by. I got my food and then they hustled everyone out and locked the doors. I don’t think anyone else got their food or even refunds.

Miguel talks about a dramatic water rescue facilitated by someone having a knife and states:

If your Every Day Carry kit does not have a knife (or two), it is time for you to get it.

I agree with both of these ideas 100%. As I sit at my desk in my office right now, scrupulously avoiding finishing a presentation I’m working on, I have a Photon II flashlight and a Leatherman PS on my keychain and a CRKT Pazoda II clipped to my pocket. All of these are innocuous, inoffensive and won’t raise any alarms, yet I’ve pulled each of these out of my pockets and put them to some use in the past week, something I (thankfully) can’t say about my defensive firearm.

Get a clue: Get a knife and a flashlight, and worry about what will happen before you worry about what might happen.

And yes, the title is yet another musical reference.

Open Carry Is Not Brandishing.

The good people of Milwaukee have decided to burn down a few buildings and smash up a few cop cars because one of their number was shot by the police last night. Unlike previous instances, though, the suspect had a gun and refused to stop when ordered by the police to do so.

Violence and protests erupted in Milwaukee overnight after a man was fatally shot by police during a foot chase.

Police said the victim, 23, was armed with a handgun and shot dead by an officer after fleeing a traffic stop on Milwaukee’s north side Saturday afternoon.

The suspect in question had a lengthy arrest record and was armed with a pistol stolen in a burglary earlier this year, but hey, let’s riot because “he was a good person“.

The man’s criminal record was extensive, and he was carrying 500 rounds of ammunition at the time as well as a gun which had been reported stolen in a burglary earlier this year, however, residents were outraged at the killing as it is an open carry state. Many argue that the suspect shot and killed deserved due process.

One protester spoke to the media the night before and revealed that the people were rallying for the 23-year-old suspect killed because he was a good person. It is estimated that about 200 persons came out to protest.

Cognitive dissonance: It’s not just for breakfast anymore!

Protestors seem upset, though, that because Wisconsin is an open-carry state, anyone with a gun in their hands is therefore not a threat.

Open carry outside.

My open carry rig for hiking. Note that I have a holster, and I use it to carry my gun.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Open carry refers to having a gun on your person that’s in plain view. Brandishing is also having a gun, but you have that gun in your hand, not in a holster. One is legal in a bunch of states, the other is not. If cop rolls up me, my wife, my second cousin twice removed, whoever, and we have a gun in our hands and refuse to set it down, we stand a better-than-average chance of getting shot.

That’s what probably happened in Milwaukee last night, and similar incidents have played out in other cities all over the world dozens of times in the past week. The difference is, in Milwaukee, it was used to touch off a a riot that has caused further pain and suffering to that city. It’s shameful, it’s abhorrent and it will continue as long such actions are rewarded by elements within our political leadership.

In the mean time, carry your guns and keep your head on a swivel.

Things Are More Like They Are Now Than They’ve Ever Been.

Thinking more about yesterday’s post, I’m guessing the five people on that bus who escaped the blaze weren’t expecting something to happen that night. We don’t, because we expect the same things to happen all the time. It’s called “normalcy bias“, and it’s a way to make ourselves believe that nothing bad will happen to us because nothing bad has happened to us so far.

An example: My wife and I’s first house together was in a neighborhood in north-central Chandler, Arizona. We bought a townhome in what was then a nice middle-class neighborhood near a Target and a movie theater and we enjoyed walking through the streets at night pushing a carriage with our first son wrapped up snugly in it.

But things changed. My truck was broken into, twice. The house next to ours was broken into. A townhome across the street was raided by Chandler PD for ties to a meth lab. While all of this was going on, we never once thought “Gosh, we should move, because the neighborhood is getting rough”. The fact is, the crime wave brought about by the Mexican gang wars was starting to affect central Chandler, and that meant that criminals were starting to range further afield for targets of opportunity, and they were moving into our neighborhood.

We’ve since moved out of that townhome (BOY have we moved out of it…), but what sparked our move wasn’t the crime, it was our desire to own a larger home. Looking back on things now, there’s no way we’d live in such a neighborhood again, but we’re older and wiser than we used to be.

A Man’s Car Is His Castle.

ON July 28th, “migrant youths” did this in a suburb outside of Paris to protest the death of a companion of theirs while in police custody.

Methodists. I’m going to bet that radical, extremist Methodism sparked this violence. What else could it be?

April 29th, Florence and Normandie.That attack is nothing unique, however. We’ve seen similar attacks on our streets that rose out of non-violent protests, and we’ll see them again in the future. Blocking freeway traffic is a favorite tactic of Black Lives Matter and other such protests, and all it takes is one overheated exchange to turn an inconvenient blockage of traffic into attempted mass murder.


I was in St. Louis the night that Ferguson erupted in flames, blissfully unaware of the danger I was in. If the Ferguson rioters had decided that night to block a freeway instead of torch a convince store, I’d be facing a situation like the one above, or worse.

This is something that can happen to all of us, because the mobs who do such things can form faster than the media can report on it or cops can respond to it, leaving us to deal with a potential mob scene on our own, with what is available to us inside of our car at that very moment. No running around outside to grab the AR in your trunk: What you have within arm’s reach is what you have to deal with what’s going on.

Then there’s the legal elements to consider: Is a large group of unarmed protesters an “immediate and grave danger” to your life or the lives of the people inside your vehicle? In the state where you live, is your vehicle considered to be a “domicile” because you are currently occupying it, and therefore the laws that cover self-defense of your home cover you in your vehicle? Is a brick through your windshield considered deadly force?

Above all, though, remember you are in a large steel box that moves faster than the fastest person can run, so if you can more out of the danger area, do so, and do so as safe as possible.

On a semi-unrelated note, I was shocked at how little there is out there on the how and when you can defend your life in a car. Maybe my Google-Fu is weak on this sort of thing, but it seems there is page after page of information on defending your home, but precious little on what is considered your home when you’re away from home.

Common (Gun) Core.

Me, last month:

What disturbs me, though, is how many trainers don’t include measurable standards as part of their training process. How do they know if their students are qualified for their more advanced classes if they can’t judge their progress? Is having the check clear for a Tactical Shooting 101 class all the requirements for entrance into the Tactical Shooting 202 class? If so, what is the purpose of that first class: To improve the student’s skills, or to provide more opportunities for the student to spend more time (and money) with the trainer?

Tam, today:

If the trainer is not grading your performance, is not measuring your skills against your peers and your own performance baseline at the start of the class, it’s generally for one of two reasons:

– They’re probably not as clueful as they think they are.
– They don’t want to hurt the feelings of customers because that cuts down on repeat business and good word of mouth.

I’ve had trainers, well-known trainers who you’d say, “Oh, him, I’ve heard of him!” tell me they don’t do tests in their classes because of that second reason. That’s a business decision they’ve made, and given the size of these guy’s operations, it works depressingly well for them.

It’d be interesting to do a Venn Diagram of firearms instructors who don’t do standardized testing in their classes vs. firearms instructors who are also for rigourized standardized tests in our public school system….

“Our children aren’t learning in school because there’s no testing! There’s too much emphasis on ‘feel good’ learning and not enough of the Three R’s… What, do standardized tests in my gun classes? Are you mad? I don’t want to teach to a test!”