There’s this hour before bed when I’m done with TV and too tired to do anything intelligent, so I mostly surf. Been reading a bunch of men’s style blogs and websites lately (none of your damn business, but short answer: I’d like to dress a little less like a schlub). Turns out there are a number of them run by masculine men who carry concealed (and have tips on doing that stylishly). This guy, Tanner Guzy, one of them, has a rant that will set you to cheering and put into words a few things that you probably already feel. His description of real men vs. what we too often today call “gentlemen” is is apt to too many gun geeks as well. Seven minutes:
For decades I’ve said that we have to train in bad weather (for all the obvious reasons), but that it’s hard to learn in bad weather. I never wrote an article about it, and Grant Cunningham has beaten me to the punch. Good piece – give it a read. The logic here is similar to the logic of developing skill with a full size gun even if you carry a smaller one, as I wrote about below.
Chris Baker over at Luck Gunner has a nice post up discussing the reasons favoring a revolver…and the reasons that don’t. Please read the whole thing – a nice, short, insightful summary of the argument. The money quote from Darryl Bolke:
“Revolvers are what 90% of armed people in the country should be carrying because most people can’t even do a chamber check on a Glock”.
We’ve all seen it since the election: a flood of requests from our lefty, formerly gun-antagonistic acquaintances asking us to teach them to shoot. While my first reaction had been, “Sure”, on the assumption that having them as shooters is better than not*, Marty Hayes suggested a better comeback to me last week: “I’d be happy to if you’re an NRA member”.
Because the only reason they even have the option of learning to shoot now is because of the NRA, and not the ACLU.
So that’s my answer from now on.
*For the record, I think their fear of government-sanctioned violence against them because of their beliefs or lifestyle is silly, but having a lefty as a shooter seems better than not having them as shooters.
Note the British spelling in the titles – both of these great articles come from countries where guns aren’t allowed, so people really have to pay attention to what’s bullshit and what’s not.
The Truth About Improvised Weapons For Self Defence
This is what I’ve been saying for decades, and mirrors my “Why I Dislike Gimmick Weapons” post below.
Self-defence against knife attacks: a full review
This is an exhaustive review and analysis of all the stuff that’s taught on this subject. Empty-hands knife defense is the most difficult problem in all of martial arts/combatives. This article will easily dispel the “My answer to a knife attack is my gun” line of thinking, or rather, not-thinking-the-problem-through.
Tip of the ol’ beret to John at Active Self Protection for turning me onto one of these.
My form of social protest. Remembering where I live (see two posts below). Besides, I pay taxes – I don’t have time for marches. Available here.
Also, I vote.
That old bromide is so demonstrably false that I am amazed that it’s still around…yet it is. Like herpes we just can’t seem to eradicate it.
Way back when I was a new shooter I figured this out by getting behind my bed in my dark bedroom, and pointing my unloaded gun at the night-light (barely) illuminated hallway. I could easily ID any person in that hall, but the light near me, or it’s lack thereof, wasn’t sufficient to see the sights.
Pretty damn easy experiment to try. You’d think that anyone promoting the shibboleth above would’ve, too.
So if you want to hit precisely in true low light, you need either a white light or night sights. Both are a good idea.
On the other hand, Tom Givens’ data indicates that lack of sufficient light to make a good shot simply wasn’t a factor in his students’ shootings. So while most shootings do indeed, as we’ve all be taught, take place in low light after sun down, the data (for civilian self-defense shootings) suggest that insufficient light to either ID your target or see the sights sufficiently well simply isn’t an issue. Good to know!
There’s an old thread over at pistol-training that is full of gold on this subject, and I refer you there for wisdom.
For my part, I’ll just leave you with the thought: Why are so many demonstrably false things and bad tactics still being taught?