No knows for certain who first coined the phrase “Beware the man who only has one gun. He probably knows how to use it!” However there a lot of wisdom in those two sentences that the average individual would do well to learn. As rob Pincus explains in this video, When choosing firearms to protect you and your loved ones having them all work in the same way makes it easier for everyone to operate them under stress. An example of this would be a husband and wife who both carry and shoot Glock 19s, have his and hers Remington 870s and his and hers AR-15s for protection. If the absolute worst happened and one were incapacitated and the other needed a working firearm they could grab their spouse’s and be able to use it as if it were theirs.
My own efforts in this regard have not been entirely successful, but I think I’m pretty close. When I was younger and owned fewer firearms this was easy to do. I either had a 1911 pistol or a S&W revolver for a sidearm, my shotgun was a simple Winchester pump action and my rifle a surplus SAFN chambered in a round well suited to the desert terrain I lived in. Today things are more complicated because as a firearms enthusiast I have a variety of firearms that all work differently. Thankfully, I don’t HAVE to employ them all in a defensive role. Instead I employ a Glock and/or Kahr pistol and an AR-15. Even this combination has an issue though as the preferred method for chambering a round in a Glock is to slingshot the slide, while Kahr recommends using the slide lock to release the slide to chamber a round.
Many instructors, notably Rob Pincus and Clint Smith advocate the slingshot method for loading a firearm. This approach makes sense as it is a gross motor skill that utilizes stronger muscled in the upper body making it desirable for those without much upper body strength. It also creates a consistency as not every gun has the slide stop (if it has one) in the same place but all will release the slide if there is no empty magazine to push the slide stop into position. If you have a gun that doesn’t lock back the slingshot method will still charge the gun. Kahr’s recommendations meant I would either have to get used to using two different methods to reload my pistols or I could do something to ensure consistency. I’ll tell you what I did next time.
Illinois seems determined to resist entering the 21st Century and recognizing the rights of its residents. Most recently is a move to remove hundreds of lawsuits over denied CCW applications from the courts and place the appeals process back into the hands of the review board that denied the application in the first place. The fact the denied applicants get a mere ten days to appeal only serves to make the process more onerous.
This is a perfect example of why the founders included the words “shall not be infringed” in the bill of rights. It also illustrates why the voters of Illinois need to be very careful in choosing their representatives. Only by recognizing everyone’s civil rights will Illinois be able to avoid costly lawsuits, that the (living) voters will have to fund.
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Most of you are familiar with the term Hoplophobe, but I don’t think it should apply to those who are more concerned with disarming law-abiding citizens who have gone through the extra steps of getting a CCW permit than the gangs that kill and injure dozens every week.
We can debate correlation/causation till we’re blue in the face, that doesn’t change the fact that this is the exact opposite of what we were told would happen with the implementation of CCW.
From his biography:
“Lead Instructor Louis Awerbuck served in 1 Special Services Battalion in the South African Defence Force, and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). He was employed by Colonel Jeff Cooper at the original Gunsite Ranch as Chief Rangemaster until 1987, attaining the title of Shooting Master.
With three decades of instructional experience, Louis has been a contributory adjunct instructor to the Marine Corps Security Force Bn Atlantic combat smallarms program and an adjunct firearms/tactics instructor for the Central Training Academy, Department of Energy. He has trained extensively in the police and civilian firearms field, and has instructed military personnel from various United States bases, including Special Forces units.
Awerbuck has authored five books, “The Defensive Shotgun”, “Hit or Myth”, “Tactical Reality”, “More Tactical Reality”, and “Plowshares Into Swords”, co-produced three videos including “The Combat Shotgun”, “Only Hits Count”, and “Safe at Home”, and is Tactical Consultant and a contributing author to SWAT magazine.”
I never had the pleasure of learning from him, but his books sit on my shelf showing signs of multiple readings and I have trained with some who have been his student. One piece he wrote just last year sits on my wall. It illustrates the mind set of a man who took no bull from anyone and made sure that those who meant to direct violence towards their fellow man received far more in return: