Ruger Ammunition?

Ok, this gets interesting

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According to, the ammunition is made for Ruger by Polycase Ammunition, and if so, I’m very intrigued. I shot their ammunition at SHOT and was very impressed. It was easy to shoot, accurate, and had a bullet design that looks to re-invent what defensive ammunition looks and acts like.

And the price looks right, too. Ruger upset the apple cart 8 years ago with the LCP, did it again this year with the Precision Rifle, and now they’re looking to follow Sig Sauer into the ammo market as well.

Stay tuned.

Something to add to your reading list

I’ll admit, my initial reaction to sociologist Jennifer Carlson’s book on concealed carry was a bit… wary. No one likes to be poked and prodded as a test subject, and I thought her take on why concealed carry was gaining popularity to be a bit simplistic.


In the course of her research, she got her Michigan CCW. She became an NRA Basic Pistol and PPiH instructor. She carried on a regular basis. She attended an open-carry rally, and openly carried while doing so.

I probably won’t agree with everything she says in her book, but the amount of effort she put into it deserves more research and my respect. Rather than show up at an NRA convention and mock the old fat white guys in camo overalls, it sounds like there’s a sincere effort to start with a “beginner’s mind” and truly learn the ins and outs of new gun culture.

So I’ll let you know what I think of her book, “Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline” after I’m finished reading it.

Product Review: ThruNite TI4 Flashlight

Advantages: Small size, powerful output, common battery type
Disadvantages: Confusing controls
Rating: Four out of five stars.

I’ve been carrying a SigTac flashlight for a year now, and I like it because it’s bright (enough), small and it takes one AA battery. Yes, this means it isn’t as bright as an equivalent flashlight that uses CR123 batteries, but it also means I can find batteries on the Moon if need be.

However, it’s a thick flashlight, and that thickness is something that I need to deal with when I take other things out of my pockets. Sometimes, it’s not about the gadget itself, but how that gadget plays well with others. Also, I wasn’t really satisfied with the output of the SigTac light, so I started to look around for a slimmer light with a bit more candlepower.

I settled on a Thrunight Ti4 LED light. It’s powerful, easily surpassing the output of the SigTac. It’s also light, slim and becuase it looks like a pen, it doesn’t scream “I have a tactical flashlight on me!” when it’s clipped in my front pants pocket.

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If I have one complaint, it’s the controls. The light has four modes: Firefly (very weak), Low (good for navigation), High (good for dazzling someone) and Strobe (good for triggering epiletic seizures). The light starts out in the dimest mode available when turned on and then the other modes are accessed by double-clicking the end cap, twisting the lens barrel or pressing and holding the end cap. It works, but it’s a bit kludgy. I’d much prefer some way to set up the light so that it starts up in my preferred mode every time I turn it on, rather than having to cycle through all the modes to get to the one I want. Also, an “emergency switch” of some sort would be nice to quickly turn on the strobe function when I need to use it stop a potential bad guy from doing me further harm.

Overall, though, for the price, it’s a great light, and definitely an upgrade from the SigTac light I had been carrying or the Streamlight MicroStream I carried before that.

Production note: As an experiment, this post was created entirely on my iPhone 6+ using an iWerks Bluetooth keyboard and the Camera+, Tilt/Shift Generator and Resize Image apps. It took me about twice as long to write than if I’d used a full-size computer, mainly because the layout of the keyboard is slightly different and toggling between browser windows is tougher on a smartphone than it is on a desktop, but I found out I can write a blog post on gear I can fit into my pockets. Cool.

Optimism means evangelism

I wrote a piece on gun ownership targeted for the non-gun-owning crowd of, and it generated a lot of good comments and a lot of… not-so-good comments. I was expecting a lot of stupid questions, and that’s ok because stupid questions help avoid stupid mistakes.

Another example.

A few months back, there was an excellent two-hour talk on Florida self-defense law here in Naples. The attorney who gave it was affiliated with the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network and knew his stuff. The people in the audience DIDN’T know their stuff, and their questions revealed that fact to everyone present.

That’s ok, because if they knew everything, they’d be teaching the class, not giving it. The problem is, of course, when those who DON’T know everything think they can teach the class, and that’s when the fun begins.

If we want the pool of gun owners to expand, we need to put up with such stupidity and guide the people towards a safer, more educated lifestyle. It’s not fun, and it means putting up with some really bad ideas and even worse choices, but that’s what happens when you win: People want to be on your side.

Let’s make them at home, not uneasy.

It’s Tam’s Internet, we just post on it.

I was talking with a local firearms trainer over lunch last week about how situational awareness plays into a safe, secure lifestyle. We both agree that trainers who poo-poo the concept are missing the point of situational awareness: It’s not going to help you that much* when the proverbial stuff hits the proverbial fan, but it will help you avoid large amounts of fans and even larger amounts of, errr, stuff.

The main reason I carry a gun is because my situational awareness is not perfect. If it were, I’d stroll on out of the area and let the gunfight happen to somebody else.

Memo to self: Re-read “The Gift of Fear” in the very near future.

* I would like to revise and extend my previous remarks. As they say, knowing is half the battle, and knowing who you’re facing, where they are and how you can get away from them if needed is all part of gathering tactical intelligence-gathering. Or situational awareness, as we civilians call it.

Sun’s out, Glocks out.

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Louland Gun Range, Southwest Florida’s favorite outdoor shooting range, and Step By Step Gun Training are teaming up for a unique shooting sports event featuring GLOCK USA firearms. The Everglades GLOCK Range Day starts at 9am on Oct. 24, 2015 at Louland Gun Range, 12425 Union Road, Naples, FL and runs until 4pm that day. The event will feature three stages based on GLOCK Shooting Sports Foundation stages and much more. Admission is $5 per person, and the entry fee for each stage is $5.

So to the reader(s) in the 239, come on by, and to those elsewhere in South Florida, come on by as well. Hey, it’s a day on the range for five bucks, what more can you ask for?

FTC Disclaimer: I’m involved in helping set this up, and know everyone involved.

The Post-Pessimist Era of Gun Rights Starts Now

The template for the gun rights battles of today was created in a hot, cramped conference room in Cincinnati in 1977, and it’s been wildly successful for almost 50 years. The seemingly inexorable slide towards tighter and tighter gun regulation has, for the most part, been halted nationwide, and we have more freedom than we thought was possible back in 1995. Although pockets of gun-rights resistance remain, the fact of the matter is, the people of America feel safer when their neighbors have guns. The anti-gunners may chirp and complain and throw temper tantrums, but even Obama’s Department of Justice realizes that gun safety means keeping guns safe, not trying to ban them altogether.

Yes, there will always be elements within and without the halls of power who want to ban guns and take them away from the people least likely to use them in a crime, but those people are on the run. Our side is winning. Maybe not all the time, maybe not all the battles, but the tide has turned. We’re in a post-pessimest world of gun rights. Gun owners weathered the storm of outrage over Sandy Hook and came back even stronger. We won Kasserine Pass and Guadacanal, now it’s time to dream big and plan for Sicily, the Marianas and beyond.

How we’ll do that, I don’t rightly know. We’re good at playing defense, but it’s a long, long time since we’ve been on offense on this sort of scale.

But it will be cool.

Gear Review: SOG Instinct Mini Knife

Advantages: Easy to grasp and deploy, scabbard fits almost anywhere
Disadvantages: Small size
Rating: 4 out of 5

I’ve been looking for a good way to carry a self-defense knife for quite some time now. I started out carrying a CRKT Pazoda clipped to my weak-side pocket, switched to a Boker AK-74 and tried out a Kershaw Shuffle, but I never liked any of them as they were either too big and took up too much space in my pocket or too clumsy to deploy quickly.

I normally conceal my pistol with an un-tucked shirt, (Memo to Florida lawmakers: Pass open carry, and soon), so there is plenty of room around my belt line to conceal the gear that I’m already carrying, so it made sense to move my knife up from my support-side pocket to my waistline and use a knife that didn’t require an activation beyond pulling it out of a sheath.

The SOG Mini Instinct is tiny. Not small, tiny. Maybe a little too small for effective use, but I’ll need more experience with it to determine if that’s true or not.


That’s the Instinct Mini compared to the Boker AK-74 it’s replacing, and here’s one of the Mini Instinct versus a Kershaw Shuffle.


Like I said, tiny. The good things about this new knife are its scabbard, which is easily configurable to allow for carry just about anywhere on your person and its small size, making it easy to carry.

The reason I carried a knife in the support side pocket was to help with weapon retention, but carrying it up front makes more sense, as I can access the knife with equal ease with either my left or right hand. So far, the Instinct Mini has been completely inconspicuous on the front of my belt under my shirt, and feels like it’s not there at all, which is all you can ask for in an everyday carry knife.

2.4 Million Dollars Worth of Bloomberg’s Tears

Congratulations to Bill Brassard and everyone at the National Shooting Sports Foundation for this coup:

The NSSF has been awarded a two-year, $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide firearm-safety education messaging and free gun locks through NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program to communities throughout the country. This program from the gun lobby encourages responsible firearm storage and works with gun owners to reduce firearm accidents, theft and misuse.

Look, it’s not surprising that the NSSF has this program and it works: As I’ve said before, biggest advocates for pool fences and watching your kids around water are the pool builders themselves, so it makes sense that the shooting sports industry advocates for safe gun ownership.

After all, it wasn’t Sarah Brady who came up with the fundamental rules of gun safety, it was Jeff Cooper.

Keeping your guns secure from prying hands just makes sense, and it doesn’t slow you down one second, as we shall now witness.

Michael Bloomberg’s Coalition to Stop Fun Gun Violence is positively apoplectic with rage, though.


I believe that gloating is a sin, but let’s just say that I am taking an extreme amount of satisfaction from this result.