The Cornered Cat
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…Charley. Arriving at the shop, Charley found the old man carefully oiling and wrapping guns in oilcloth and paper. Charley asked what he was doing. The old smith gestured to a piece of paper on the workbench and said that an order had come to him to register all of his guns. He was to list every gun with a description on a piece of paper and then to send the paper to the government. The old man had no intention of complying with the registration… Continue reading

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…ough to simply put the ammunition to one side, or even across the room from where you are working, because human beings make mistakes. Reloading the gun “by habit,” without really intending to, is one of the more common mistakes made by people who are comfortable around firearms. It leads to a certain number of accidental shootings every single year. Get the ammunition entirely out of the room so that it would require a very… Continue reading

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Semi-Auto or Revolver?

…s. The truth is that every gun is a compromise. Neither revolvers nor semi-automatics are perfect in all respects. Which one is right for you depends upon what your priorities are, and upon what you are willing to give up in order to achieve those priorities. The list below is alphabetized. It isn’t in order of what I think is most important, because what’s most important to me may not be as important to you. Ammunition:… Continue reading

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Lessons from the headlines #3

…an still learn something. (Do click the link. It includes a good interview with the woman who defended herself.) Here’s the story, and it’s a common one: an older woman is working alone in a convenience store when a criminal comes in. He nonchalantly walks through the store, grabs a soda from the case, and then pulls a knife on the clerk as he demands money. She reaches under the counter and pulls out the revolver she has taken to the range only… Continue reading

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Training required?

…igh school. But not if that education is later used as a condition for permission to exercise the basic human right to protect your own life. Now, with that said, guns actually do require some level of knowledge and skill in order to be used effectively for self defense.To quote John Farnam, “Just as cars that ‘drive themselves’ are currently unavailable, guns that are effective in the hands of the untrained and willfully… Continue reading

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Christianity and Pacifism

…re are a lot of them and if you are willing to do some digging through the dross, you may find a gem that helps you come to grips with your own thinking in this area. You can find these articles at the following link: Another excellent research tool for those who are interested in exploring this issue further is Charl Van Wyk’s book, Shooting Back: the right and duty of self-defense, published in 2001 by… Continue reading

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…don’t like to be treated like a minor child. So I waive immunity and claim my right — I go armed. — “Longcourt Phyllis” in Beyond This Horizon by Robert Heinlein A gun isn’t supposed to be comfortable; it’s supposed to be comforting. — Clint Smith Well, it’s true. I am fast. But I also can’t hit shit, especially when I’m shooting against real people. So I need all the bullets I… Continue reading

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Be a bad witness, or Curiosity killed the cat

…;s around them as they leave the area and head for safety. We have to be okay, not knowing the end of the story. Sometimes, that’s what it takes to stay safe and keep our loved ones safe.   Link to Part 2: Notes: For a thorough discussion of this, check out Jim March’s revolver inspection post on TFL. ↩ FBI Uniform Crime Reports, expanded homicide data, table 7. 2011… Continue reading