An interesting perspective on what it takes to survive an active shooter, from someone who’s survived more than one drive-by shooting.
Little did I know that hip hop culture and growing up during those times would lay the groundwork for me to prepare for the ever increasing threat of Active Killer and ISIS terrorist attacks. Like many who grew up in these areas during that time, I’ve personally experienced being at a house party, park jam or basketball game when all of a sudden, gunfire. Instantly, in a panic, people began to run in all directions, shouting and screaming with no clear thought other than “escape”, furthering the chaos of whatever violence sparked the frenzy.
In a recent conversation with Claude Werner, I coined the term “Sudden Shooter Events” (SSE) and can think of no less than eight I was caught smack dab in the middle of. Now, fast forward 25-30 years later, and I see correlations between these events and news accounts of active killer and terrorist events.
Read the whole thing, it’s worth your time. And note the difference between “getting out” and “getting to safety”. If there’s a mass stampede towards the exits, you are not getting closer to being safe, you’re getting closer to being dead.
Ok, I’m moved. I have a garage again. And I have space to dry-fire with movement.
I need to get up and do all of that, and more. Therefore, that’s what I’ll do right now instead of writing.
P.S. I cleaned up the blogroll a bit and added some podcasts. If you’d like to be added to the list, let me know, especially if you’re a blogger in The Gunshine State.
If you think that the anti-gun forces out there will leave you alone because you don’t own a pistol or a revolver or a semi-automatic firearm of any kind, think again. Apparently, a lever gun with a scope is now a “high-powered sniper’s rifle”, at least in the minds of the (feverently anti-gun) Toronto police force.
Detective Sergeant Tam Bui is asking the public to come forward with any tips regarding the murder of Clinton Yow Foo of Toronto on Oct. 1. The 37-year-old was shot once just before midnight with a lever action Browning BLR short magnum (sic) rifle, which the police have recovered. Bui described the weapon as “high-powered” and said it was outfitted with a Bushnell legend scope and a unique bipod mounted on the front.
No word on the actual caliber involved, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s .300WSM. And since when is a Caldwell bipod fitted onto a sling swivel a “unique” feature? This gun is as plain-jane as they come, yet the anti-gunners are able to make it sound like it was once owned by Gunny Havelock. 180 metres is about 200 yards, so this wasn’t an impossible shot by any means… heck, my Savage bolt gun is ZEROED at 200 yards, and at that distance, it’s adjust just adjust left or right for wind as needed and away you go.
If you own a firearm or want to own a firearm, you are not an innocent bystander, because no matter how innocuous or how suitable for “sporting purposes” your gun may be, the anti-gunners are ready, willing and able to make it seem like it (and you) are capable of committing homicide at a moment’s notice.
Between the move to a new house and the fact that Mrs. ExKevin is in the last throes of finishing her Master’s degree, free time to do gun stuff beyond writing about gun stuff has been in short supply this last month.
But I managed to get in 15 minutes worth tonight, and it felt GOOD.
… because unless you’re Rob Leatham and you popped out of your Mom’s womb with a 1911 in one hand and a Dillon 650 in the other*, everything about learning how to shoot a gun involves training of some sort**.
Is learning to use a DA/SA trigger harder than learning to use a striker trigger? Yes. Is it roadblock the size of Mt. Logan standing in the path of learning to shoot well? No. It is just as big an issue (or excuse) as the person pulling the trigger makes it to be. You can get good on a DA/SA trigger with under 100 rounds of practice ammo if you don’t let it play with your head. The minute you say, “Oh, I can’t shoot that gun because it has an eight pound first pull”, you’re exactly right, you can’t. I’ve never considered it to be a big deal, and guess what, it’s not.
For the record, I prefer DA/SA guns***, but I recommend striker-fired guns to first timers because they’re quicker to learn than a DA/SA gun. Note that word, however… QUICKER. Not better, quicker. I’ve watched great shooters who usually shot tuned striker guns (and good 1911’s) struggle to shoot accurately with the 8 pound trigger on the original LC9 because they got used to just one kind of a trigger. They were good at one type of pistol, and the minute something new was put into their hands, their ability to hit the target dropped dramatically and they had to re-learn what they had learned.
Think that’s a training issue? I sure do.
There are some training issues you can and should avoid completely, such as choosing an unsafe holster. However, there is also no such thing as a free lunch. Yes, the initial learning curve with a striker gun is flatter, but eventually the need to run different kinds of guns appears, and just like car parts, you can pay for it now, or pay for it later, but that training issue isn’t going away.
* Ouch, that musta hurt…
** Not true, I know Rob trains and trains and trains. He can also run just about any gun phenomenally well, regardless of what trigger is on it.
*** My carry guns are a DAO Kel-Tec P3AT, a striker-fired M&P Shield and a DA/SA CZ P07. I am nothing if not a bundle of contradictions.
What if retail gun stores stopped being about guns and started being about lifestyle? What would they look like? They’d sell guns, and DIY home alarm kits. They’d have a range, and a dojo and a service that (for a small fee) will walk through a customer’s home and make recommendations on home security. They’d sell first aid kits and car emergency kits and flashlights and have classes on pistol shooting, prepping on a budget, preventing credit card fraud and how to stay safe on vacation.
They’d cover all the bases, not just the gun base. Gun Culture 1.0 stores sell camo clothing and tents and decoys and barbecues and other items only tangentially related to pulling the trigger. Why should a Gun Culture 2.0 store be just about guns?
* And this time, it’s a science fiction reference in the title, not a music reference.