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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.

Everything Old is Modern (Isosceles) Again.

Take a look at Elden Carl’s stance in this photo posted last week on Gunsite’s Facebook page.

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Y’know, for a photo that’s supposed to be showing off the Weaver stance, it’s sure looking like Elden Carl is using Modern Isosceles.

It’s almost as if there’s nothing new, and all we’re doing is re-learning the same things over and over again, or something.


Updated to correct for my creative spelling.

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 Ricochet.com. 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.

A Truly Senseless Tragedy.

Why, oh why, was blank ammunition used in a gun that was pointed at another person?

A woman has reportedly been shot and killed by a police officer during a Citizens Academy class at the Punta Gorda Police Department.
According to the Punta Gorda Police Chief, 73-year-old Mary Knowlton was shot several times by a police officer in a role-playing scenario where the officer was playing the “bad guy,” and the woman was playing a victim.
Two participants were selected from the class of 35.
The officer was supposed to be firing blank rounds, but live ammunition was used instead.

I am (very) marginally ok with blank ammo being used solely to simulate the sound of gunfire, but even that idea gets a C- grade from me. We have so many different options out there now, there is almost no reason to use blanks. Heck, even Hollywood realizes the danger of blanks and uses “non-guns” these days as much as they do real guns with blanks in them.

Not only are we living in a golden age of firearms training, we are in a golden age of firearms training accessories. Airsoft, SIRT, blue guns, LaserLytes… they are all available with zero qualification needed. Blank ammunition should be left on the silver screen and starters guns where it belongs,

Update: Thinking a bit more about this, that poor lady was shot several times before the cop realized “Oh, crap, I just shot someone!”, and this done was under non-life threatening conditions.  We only have X amount of attention to any given task at any given moment, and at that moment, all that cops attention was focused on getting his hits (which he unfortunately did). The red mist took over, and someone died. Also, one of my biggest takeaways from this is that advanced tactical training requires a teacher with advanced tactical training. We don’t know if it was a SWAT cop who fired those shots or just some beat cop making a few extra bucks by teaching a class, but either way, the methods used in this simulation were NOT those used by any respectable trainer I’ve ever heard of. If you’re taking an active shooter class (or any advanced class) from someone with just an NRA PPIH Instructor degree on his wall or from someone who breaks the Four Rules of Gun Safety, safely put your gun away, smile politely and leave as quickly as you can.

Update II: There was a newspaper photog there, on-scene as it happened, and her account is over here. Take a look at this photo she snapped of the officer as he was about to discharged his firearm.

Punta Gorda Shooting

He’s not using a police issue Glock 22, he’s using a snubbie revolver of some kind. That means that he or someone else had to have seen every single bullet that went into that revolver before he shot that lady. If you or I tried a stunt like that, we’d be looking at manslaughter or negligent homicide charges.