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Stopping Power Redux

I had a conversation the other day with (you guessed his name) Bob!  (of PI, gun store and recent amputation fame! – he’s doing fine btw…) (pictured below)

ANYWAY, he was bragging about a recent target shooting escapade, and his use of 9mm now as his self-defense ammunition!0706151257_0001

I was taken aback.  He’d always been an old-school, Cooper-educated type, like me.  I asked him what changed his mind.

He said recent findings have shown 9mm (in modern self-defense designs) have performed better than 45 ACP!

Now, being old-school, I always relied on the findings of General Julian Hatcher, the Thompson LaGarde tests, Marshall/Sanow and Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper.

Almost concurrent with this conversation, I had THIS come across my desk (a Twilight Zone moment, to be sure!):

U.S. Military Makes Monumental Shift To Hollowpoint Pistol Ammuntion

(in part) A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which outlawed the use of “dum-dum” and expanding bullets more than a century ago. It is the military’s position that the shift to jacketed hollowpoint (JHP) ammunition, which more efficiently transfers energy to the target and which presents much less of a risk of over-penetration, is more humane and less of a risk to innocent civilians downrange in modern combat where there are often no clear front lines. (…)

I strongly suspect that the Army has already taken a long and hard look at the data produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they recently investigated switching handgun calibers, an investigation that led the agency to abandon the .40 S&W in favor of the 9mm. The FBI discovered that 9mm outperforms both .40 S&W and .45 ACP when using premium hollowpoints, while having less perceived recoil and much greater ammunition capacity.

We are no longer using 60 cal. musket balls.  Have the new findings by the FBI and U.S. Military discounted the previous century’s research, now that the ammunition has been more scientifically designed?  Or do the basic laws of physics still apply – frontal area, mass, velocity and center-mass hits?

So, what do WE think, dear readers?

h/t B. Hall, Doc, Midway, Wiki

Geraldo Rivera

Liberal journalist or asshat?

From Firehand

Let’s start with Geraldo Rivera is an asshat

You probably already knew that, but he provides further proof.
Geraldo mocked Vaughn’s contention that the Founding Fathers hedged in the right to bear arms so we could resist tyranny not only outside our borders, but also within.
Yeah, all those things the founders of this country, and the citizens, said: they mean nothing.  Right.
Geraldo later denied that guns are used by law-abiding citizens to stop crimes. He asked fellow host Eric Bolling, “When was the last time you heard of a civilian stopping a crime with a gun?” And when Bolling said, “It happens thousands of times per day,” Geraldo responded by saying, “That’s a legend. You’re watching too much True Detective.”
A friggin’ idiot to whom facts mean nothing when they conflict with what he wants to be true.

I go back and forth with regard to Mr. Rivera.  There’s the story he graduated law school as Jerry Rivers, then decided to access his Latino heritage to find work.  His landmark broadcast of the Zapruder film on national television was indeed!

And the less-than-landmark opening of Al Capone’s vault…

But the above is simply not even journalism or debate.

The Perfect Carry Gun?!

Glock-26-920x611Pro2AGuy sent us a photo of what he considers to be the perfect CCW … I took me a bit of time to find that “perfect” CCW, but I settled on the Glock 26. Fierce competition out there in this category to be sure as it seems like vendors can’t keep [Read More…]

So says Steve Johnson of The Firearm Blog

What do you guys think?

Personally, I think this is very much an individual’s choice – akin to choice of toothbrush or underwear.

As far as I’m concerned…

IN THEORY, I’m all for a 5″ 1911, in .45 ACP.  Being a Cooper aficionado, and all…

IN PRACTICE, with AZ weather restricting appropriate concealment clothing, I opt more-often-then-not for the equally-ubiquitous (at least amongst old-school fogeys such as me!) S&W 442 (electroless nickel) in .38 Special.

Front pocket holster, easy-peasy (?)

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

I like Glocks – I’ve owned 3, a Model 26 (as above), a Model 17, and a Model 30.  I even carried them, on occasion.
But, they are plastic, and have no soul!  :-)

Use Enough Gun

The firearm blogosphere is replete with tales about armed folks taking down charging water buffalo from 100 yards, and failed suicides using .25s to the temple, which subsequently fell out of their largely undamaged head.

PawPaw’s House tells us yet another story whose lesson is USE ENOUGH GUN.

You should visit the link and read.

There’s a rule with regard to gunfighting – ‘have a gun’.  Certainly, if a knife-wielding bad guy is advancing on me, or if there’s a crew of street thugs, it’s comforting to know I have something with which I can defend myself.

God made Man; Colonel Colt made them equal.

That is certainly true.

But, there is (or rather should be) an addendum to the have a gun rule.

And that should be have ENOUGH gun.

This goes back to carrying a talisman, or one of those decoy guns companies are selling now to wear as a deterrent!

There is a rumor that some of the neo-Gunsite folk have backed off of the .45 ACP/1911 meme of Jeff Cooper, since his passing, in favor of calibers such as 9mm – because it is ‘easier’ to shoot!

Have enough gun.  Or at least a real gun, in a real caliber.

Street criminals might just call your bluff.  And then you are stuck with an antique in VeloDog, or a worthless look-a-like.

Self Defense In Israel – “Never Again!”

israelI’d always believed that ISRAEL had very liberal gun laws.  Liberal as in classically liberal, e.g. open carry is ubiquitous, etc.  Turns out this was NOT the truth:

From Nikki

If you haven’t already heard, two pig-humping Paleoswine walked into a synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel today (posted November 18) and proceeded to murder five innocent people, including three U.S.-born rabbis. The sons of sows used meat cleavers, an ax, and a gun in their attacks in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

That’s right. They hacked innocent worshipers to death with meat cleavers. By the time police arrived and shot the two savages, several people had been hacked and/or shot to death.

Meanwhile, it was a rude awakening for Israel. As Y.B. ben Avraham explains at Zelman Partisans, it is an error to cite Israel as some sort of bastion of firearms freedoms. It isn’t.

While it is true that one sees young people, fresh from graduating high school, with select-fire rifles slung on their backs, and in Judea and Samaria it is a bit easier to obtain a community weapon or permit, in reality, the “freedoms” look much more like Chicago or NYC than say, Arizona. Everything is by permission, and licensure, and the restrictions have been getting much more restrictive and onerous, in practice, especially in the large metropolitan areas.

It took a massacre for Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to announce an easing of restrictions on carrying weapons. Unfortunately, the epiphany is insufficient. The moderation in policy only applies to those who currently hold licenses, such as security guards and off-duty military officers. What about the rest of the defenseless would-be victims whose only recourse against ax- and meat cleaver-wielding sociopaths is to wait for a police officer to arrive? What about the innocent faithful, praying in a synagogue whose only hope is to wait for help to arrive?

The homicidal butchers gave Israel a wake-up call when they walked into that synagogue wielding implements of murder and proceeded to shed innocent blood. The massacre prompted the Public Security Minister to loosen gun regulations for license holders.

What will it take for the Israeli government to realize that their infringement on the natural rights of the people can end up in nothing but slaughter?

Have they forgotten?

Or are they channeling their rights-controlling brethren in Chicago and NYC?

It’s better to ask forgiveness than to get permission!  MAROONS ALL!

Unarmed Combat

I was always interested in unarmed combat.  First, when I was a kid, because I’d been bullied.  And, of course, as a child I didn’t have unfettered access to guns or knives.  Second, philosophically, the main reason I took kenpo karate lessons in my early 20’s.

I got into a fight as a teenager, but my opponent was younger and lighter.  And less experienced.  It was no contest.  The second time was when a female co-worker came at me with a kitchen knife (as recounted in these pages).  Thankfully, she was unskilled and acting off her meds.  She was serious though.

So was I, I broke her arm.

Now, as an older, more experienced, slower, armed adult, I feel at peace.

But, what if I’m unarmed (because of legal restrictions) and am attacked?  Most street punks are not 60+ years old!

The Art of Manliness does it again, with a primer on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Basics to avoid getting hurt.

I’m disabled.  I can barely walk, much less run.  I’m no Bruce Lee.  While I live in a whitebread college town, there is crime.  There are regions I avoid.

And I’m 40 years older than that budding karateka yute who punched canvas bags and broke boards.

I LIKE having options!

Boolits. Now in 3-D! Why?

Here’s why:

Michael Crumling, a 25-year-old machinist from Pennsylvania in the United States, has developed a round designed specifically to be fired from 3D printed guns. His ammunition uses a thicker steel shell with a lead bullet inserted an inch inside, deep enough that the shell can contain the explosion of the round’s gunpowder instead of transferring that force to the plastic body or barrel of the gun. Crumling says that allows a home-printed firearm made from even the cheapest materials to be fired again and again without cracking or deformation. And while his design isn’t easily replicated because the rounds must be individually machined for now, it may represent another step towards durable, practical, printed guns-even semi-automatic ones.

Finally, a reason to like technology!

I’m certain there are others!

h/t Alphecca

Summary Judgment!

From The View From North Central Idaho, in part…

Via email from Mike we have ELIZABETH E. MORRIS; and ALAN C. BAKER, Plaintiffs, v. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, et al., Case No. 3:13-CV-00336-BLW:

While the Corps retains the right to regulate the possession and carrying of handguns on Corps property, this regulation imposes an outright ban, and is therefore unconstitutional under any level of scrutiny, as set forth in Heller and Peruta.

For all of the reasons cited above, the Court will grant plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment…

Summary judgment! Can school and Post Office carry be far behind?

One can only hope…

Show Me The (tiny) Light!

Helotex K1 Key Chain Flashlight

K1 Finished-500x500

Output: 90 Lumen
Power: 1 x AAA
LED:  CREE XP-E
LED Life:  50,000 hours
Battery Life:  1hr
Modes:  1 (High)
Length: 2.5″
Diameter: 0.57″ Head, 0.49″ Body
Weight (without battery):  1/3 oz

I just acquired one of these little beauties (because one cannot have enough tactical flashlights!  Seriously, AT 2 1/2 INCHES LONG, it’s barely noticeable clipped to my key chain.

And I looked even more ridiculous OC-ing a full-sized service pistol with a 5-cell flashlight strapped to my waist. (As if!)

Like Batman without the uniform or the mask.

Look, most of us aren’t spec-ops guys or even PD.  Carrying a huge flashlight on-one’s-person everywhere is conspicuous and obvious.  This is quality equipment, and is reasonably priced.  I got mine through Gunhog, and saved even more!

(FTC – neither Helotex, Gearhog or Gunshack gave me anything!  Shine your light elsewhere!)

Meanwhile, In TEXAS

According to KDAF-TV, the Argyle Independent School District voted in January to allow some teachers – or “marshals” – to carry firearms on school grounds under the state’s Protection of Texas Children Act. Argyle Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright said those who wish to carry are required to hold a handgun license and undergo a psychological evaluation and firearms/emergency response training.Hopefully, signage of this type will be more successful than the ‘no guns allowed’ sign in stopping crime!
 h/t Boyd & Donna
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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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