Debunking 9 Myths and Whoppers About Firearms (Repost)

So I was off surfing through the magic of the internet and found this article (ITSTactical.com) and felt that it covered a lot of the points that I feel strongly about.  My thoughts will be bolded and italicized at the end in parenthesis.

Myth #1 – Caliber Matters

First off let’s talk caliber. Let me say that this is one of the hottest topics out there and is bandied about with much fanfare and supposition on all sides by experts and non-experts. Here are some facts and figures that actually do matter.

  1. A .22 has killed plenty of people. So have a .32, a .380, 9-milly, a .357, a .357 Sig, .40 and a .45 caliber. Bullet type (ball vs. hollow point) has more to do with effectiveness that the caliber.
  2. The common term “Stopping power,” is more a measurement of energy and has nothing to do with a dynamic target such as the human body.
  3. Shot placement is key.
  4. The cavity a bullet can make in a block of gelatin, wet phone books, or a water jug, has very little to do with what it can do in a diversely dense target such as the human body. The human body has differential densities i.e. muscle, tendon, bone and voids (lungs and intestines). All of these affect how the bullet performs.

What does all this mean? Well, if you plan on using your firearm in a deadly force engagement then you better know how to use it and where you need to hit them. Do I carry a .22 to serve a warrant? No, but I don’t walk around loaded for warrant service when I go to the store for a gallon of milk either.

Pick the right tool for the job, I wouldn’t want to use the 16 pound sledge to drive out the pins from a pistol on my gun bench and I wouldn’t want to drive tent stakes into hard earth with the brass hammer either. If you need to and can comfortably conceal & carry a .45, good on you if you are willing to do it every day.

I’m not and don’t need to. While a majority of the time a full size P-229 in .357 Sig is my carry option, occasionally in the heat and humidity of FL (and the relatively safe lifestyle and area I live in), the Walther P-22 does fill-in duty for shorts and t-shirt weather.

(Shoot whatever you shoot best!  I’ve seen women handle .45ACP like it’s not a problem and just as many men master the 9mm round.  Whats better – more smaller rounds on target or blatent inaccuracy with a larger, more powerful round)

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“Well, I haven’t shot it in 8 months….”

After speaking with someone who was asking some questions about how often I clean my firearms, I told him that I clean it after every time I shoot it. (At a minimum for the shotgun/rifle that doesn’t see nearly as much range time)

That was his response…. “Well, I haven’t shot it in 8 months.”

It kind of blew my mind.

For me, at least in the slower offseason (late fall, winter and early spring), I try to shoot every week, if not every other.  Now, the reason I can afford that is because I’ve found a range to shoot at that doesn’t cost nearly as much, I reload my own ammo and I only shoot 50-100 rounds at a time.

For me, I shoot IDPA, which is a defensive scenario type shoot.  I enjoy doing that because it keeps me familiar, proficient and “tactically” aware.  It’s more fun than plinking at a bullseye.

8 months is a long time in between practices.  For something so important as a firearm, 8 months, to me, seems like a lifetime.  Don’t think that I’m crazy and feel the need to be ready for the end of the world as we know it, but I’m much more comfortable with doing my best to stay sharp as the tip of a spear.  I know I feel better about what I’m doing and my confidence when carrying concealed.  You should, too.

Harden Up America (Repost)

This is a repost from Kyle Defoor, a certified been-there done-that.  The language matches him.  Beware.

Original Post Here

1. Don’t blame others for your fuck ups ( ex.- the mortgage situation)

2. Take responsibility for your actions. ( ex. – blaming the “system”, blaming your mommy cause she didn’t hug you enough, playing the race card)

3. Get off the couch and stop playing video games you fat ass! How about go and do it for real.

4. Please don’t offer advice on war or foreign policy if you’ve never been there, done that. ( ex.- President & VP, Any Hollywood actor, any Vietnam era draft dodging pussy (Bill Clinton).

5. Buy a gun and learn to use it correctly. Why do you think it’s the Second Amendment? Maybe because the founders of this nation thought it important?

6. You have canine teeth for slicing meat, so eat it.

7. Ride a chopper, listen to metal – No explanation needed.

8. Please don’t tell a military person how you would- “go over there and kill some bad guys”. The 4 services are still taking volunteers. Man the fuck up. Also, please don’t give lame excuses as to why you didn’t/can’t serve. I have multiple friends who RE-DEPLOYED with a fake leg, one eye, one hand, etc.

9. Hunt, fish, or grow a crop.

10. Don’t ever worry or try to copy how Europe does anything. Most of them suck, especially France.

11. Remember that hard men are the fucking reason you’re not wearing a red jacket, goose stepping, or praying to the East.

12. Act like your Grandpa or Great Grandpa did.

Many people ask, why the need to carry a firearm –  THIS is the best worded response as to why.

Why The Gun is Civilized
By Marko Kloos, German Federal Defence Force, Retired.

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation.. and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

The Gun is Civilization….

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