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Published January 19, 2019 by
Filed under Carry, Equipment, Firearms Industry

Make a shooting resolution

I’m quite proud of this piece I did for NRA Family on making shooting resolutions for the New Year. You’re already resolving to lose weight and exercise more this year, so why not resolve to shoot more as well?

I really liked the Ruger PC Carbine I reviewed for Shooting Illustrated (and so did my editors, because they named it their Rifle Of The Year). However one thing I found in testing it was that the one short section of Picatinny rail on it wasn’t enough. Fortunately, Catalyst Arms has rectified that shortcoming with a couple of rather nifty gadgets that are a “must have” for the Ruger PC Carbine owner.

Context Is King

Published January 6, 2019 by
Filed under Mindset, Self Defense, Training

Armed Parent / Guardian

Throughout the hundreds and hundreds of hours of firearms training classes I’ve had, there’s been exactly ONE class that has attempted to apply the skills of marksmanship and speed to my everyday life: The Armed Parent/Guardian class from Citizens Defense Research.

I find that a little ridiculous. Yes, marksmanship is a skill and yes, you can learn it in a class, but there are reasons WHY people come to a class, and one of the biggest reasons out there right now is personal protection. Yes, people get hooked on training and turn into “hobbyists” (and Lord knows I’m one of them) but most gun owners need a reason to train that goes beyond the training itself.

Our lives do not exist in a vacuum. However, the square ranges we train on encourage us to think that what’s learned on the square range stays on the square range. In our pursuit of perfection, we forget that most people don’t share our passion for the .2 second split and the sub-second draw: They just want to keep their loved ones safe in an uncertain, unsafe world.

For instance, I enjoy the skill and the art of cooking, but my dinner menu is based on the constraints of time, budget and my family’s tastes in food. I’m not a chef in a restaurant, cooking what I want and serving it up to masses who have come to sample my creations. Instead, my skill and preferences in cooking are moderated by the people around me. My cooking doesn’t exist in the kitchen, my cooking only becomes important when I serve it up on the dinner table to my family.

So here’s my question to the firearms training community: If your absolute closest friend or relative, the person who brings you the most joy in your life, came to you and said they wanted to learn how to defend their life with a firearm, what would you teach them? More importantly, how would you make sure they started carrying their gun everywhere they could? Would you feel like you failed if you found out that, despite all your teaching, they still kept their gun in it’s box under their bed? What would you change to make sure they were safe, and not just “felt safe because they owned a gun”?

And why aren’t you doing that now?

SHOT Show Predictions

Published December 31, 2018 by
Filed under Equipment, Firearms Industry, Tactical

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Time and tide have worked against me going to the show this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t put a finger to the wind of the industry and take a guess or two at what we’ll see rolled out on the show floor this year.

  • Remington will put the R51 out of our misery and roll out a subcompact 9mm to compete with the P365 / Shield / new Glock
  • And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Remington reboot the RP9 line as well
  • SIG Sauer will come out with a competitor to the M&P380 Shield EZ based on the P365 platform
  • Smith and Wesson with come out with M&Ps with built-in Crimson Trace red dot sights
  • CZ will continue to deny the existence of the concealed carry market
  • Speaking of which, I’d like to see CZ come out with a competitor to the Ruger Precision .22 this year, but with CZ being CZ, they won’t do it until the market is oversaturated
  • Beretta will reboot the Nano and Pico
  • Mossberg will roll out a “firearm” version of the 930 to compete with the Remington Tac14, but won’t have one available to shoot on media day for, um, reasons
  • Something I’m not expecting but something I’d like to see is an XD-E from Springfield with a decocker OR a safety, not both. I’d switch my daily carry to the gun in a friggin’ heartbeat
  • More precision rifle stuff from Savage and Ruger
  • And it wouldn’t shock me if Ruger tweaks their American pistols a bit to boost sales, maybe with a red-dot ready version
  • If Smith&Wesson doesn’t release a 4″ 9mm Shield at SHOT, they’ll release it at NRA

The M&P / Crimson Trace team up seems like a no-brainer to me. What will be interesting, if they do it, is what price point the pistols will have. Smith&Wesson bought out Crimson Trace awhile back, and if they can take advantage of the vertical integration between the two companies and come up with something that sets a new price floor on pistols with red dot sights. Cost of the sight itself is the biggest obstacle to consumer acceptance of the red dots on pistols, and someone who drops the price of a RDS pistol by even $100 will take a dominant market position.

Minor note: The success of the SIG Sauer “Tread” AR-15 is interesting to me, because it shows that if you build a lifestyle around your product, people will buy your product.

Huh. Nice to see the stuff I’ve been talking about for five years is finally starting to take hold in the industry.

And We’re Back.

Published December 20, 2018 by
Filed under Self Defense

Or at least, I’m back. Misfires and Light Strikes, my main gun blog, has received the lion’s share of my attention these past few years, but now I’m putting splitting my efforts between Quietly Armed, a business focused on firearms training in SouthWest Florida, where I’ll be writing about training and the armed lifestyle, and this site, where I’ll write about guns and the industry as a whole.

So welcome everyone once again, and stick around. Regular posting will resume shortly.

Some Advice to Jessica Before Her First 3-Gun Match

Published June 12, 2015 by
Filed under Competition

Photo by John C. Lin

Photo by John C. Lin

I met Jessica at her first ever practical pistol match last year, and I very quickly took a liking to her.  her progress in the sport has been incredibly impressive and she’s got the moxie, sass and just the right amount of stubbornness that will make her tough to beat as she continues to improve.

She’s recently teamed up with Predator Technology group, and she’s ready to shoot her first 3-Gun match tomorrow.  She’s a little nervous,  so I thought I’d offer her a little bit of advice and share it here for anyone else that’s getting ready to take the plunge into 3-Gun.

Relax, You Got This!

You will be among friends and other shooters that want to see you do well, and you’ll have more than enough help and advice (probably leaning toward the too much advice side).  Heck, you’ll be at the best range in the world to shoot competitively, so you know you’re in good hands.  Take a breath and focus on the fun.

Leave your Inner Speed Demon at Home

You’re going to want to go fast, but I’d recommend backing off a bit.  Everything is going to feel similar to shooting USPSA, but totally different at the same time.  Your gun transitions, mag changes and movements will be a little clunky and much slower than you want them to be, go ahead and let yourself be “slow”.  This is the match to learn what it feels like to shoot, dump a gun (engage that safety!) and move on to the next one.  Speed will come later.

And Lastly:

Take the advice of another friend and awesome shooter, Annette Evans:

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We Wish You A Tactical Christmas…

Published December 7, 2014 by
Filed under Tactical

The creative team at 5.11 Tactical is spreading some holiday cheer with their new Ballistic Nutcracker video, watch and enjoy:

Welcome, NRA, To The TeamGunBlogger Lifestyle

Published May 12, 2014 by
Filed under CCW, Mindset, NRA, Self Defense, Training, Women

We started TeamGunBlogger because we weren’t seeing the gun industry talk to today’s gun owners. There are thousands (if not millions) of gun owners who didn’t buy a gun to go hunting, they bought a gun for personal protection and/or competition.

While not in the gun-manufacturing business themselves, the NRA is finally catching on to this fact, and has rolled out NRA Freestyle TV.

While they’ve got their own page and video player, but to me, it’s their YouTube channel that matters to me, because that’s where people from outside the gun culture will find their videos and have the opportunity to what gun ownership is really like.

Like this one.

The message (aside from the fact that Jack Reacher’s fight coordinators screwed up) is that no, you can’t use the movies or the media as your guide to what owning and safely using a gun is all about. It’s subtle, but it allows people like you and me to counter the narrative that guns kill people.

Funny, I own a bunch of them, and all I’ve killed with my guns is some tasty quail and a few coyotes. It’s almost as if my guns respond to my will, and not the other way around or something.

We already know that’s true. It’s time for the rest of America to know it too.

The New Shooter Bag

Published April 29, 2014 by
Filed under Equipment, Training, Women

One of the things I’ve added to my supply of shooting gear is a new shooter bag: It’s pretty common to see safety gear on the prize table of shooting matches, and I’ve been fortunate to win enough to stock a small bag with the stuff I need (besides a gun and ammo) to introduce someone to the world of the shooting sports.

The bag I use is pretty boring: It’s not some über-tactical gear bag that looks like it just got off the plane from Khandahar, it’s a plain ol’ cloth shopping bag (albeit with a 5.11 logo on it) that wouldn’t look out of place at Wal-Mart. Why that bag? If you’ve got a friend who’s nervous about guns but wants to learn, you don’t want to show up looking like you’re a member of Seal Team Six.

Inside the bag is enough stuff for at least three people (and myself) to have fun on the range:

  • Eye Protection: I like these Peltors because they fit over eyeglasses, and I try to have a smaller pair of some kind for kids and smaller-sized shooters as well.
  • Ear Protection: I have a spare set of inexpensive electronic noise-reducing earmuffs that I keep in the bag because they allow people to hear range commands but still protect your ears, and I back that up with a couple of pairs of regular earmuffs and a whole bunch of in-ear foam plugs as well.
  • Targets: Paper plates are great for new shooters because they’re non-threatening and familiar (and the fact they’re about the same size as a center-mass is a good thing, too). Reactive targets like steel plates are good becuase they give instant feedback, however, they’re hard to fit into a shopping bag… 😀
  • Miscellaneous Gear: A staple gun, extra staples, sunscreen… add and subtract from this as you see fit. I’ve also tossed in a spare NSSF First Shots book to give them something to read during downtime and some tissues and bottled water to help with thirsty days on an outdoor range.

And one more thing: Make sure you tell your friends to dress for the range before you go shooting. T-shirts and running shoes are great, but avoid scoop-neck shirts and sandals. Trust me, you do NOT want a hot piece brass fresh out of your gun falling in between your toes.

Don’t ask me how I know this. 😀