JayG asks that question in his friday gun prOn today while he shows off his .380 Makarov.
I would like to highlight two of my carry guns the first will be my first carry gun. The second will be my first gun bought specifically for carrying.
Bought while I was in College from an at the time co-worker for a price that would make a gunnie today cry (it was a heck of a deal) this S&W 686 with a 6” barrel was my first handgun. later on a place I worked in would ask that all employees open carry a firearm. As I only had one this is what I carried. After my first week of open carry I obtained a Bianchi 350 Hurricane Holster, Sam Browne Belt, Safariland Speedloader Holder and some belt keepers. The holster today would be referred to as a level III security holster. I have shot tens of thousands of rounds through this gun in practice and in IDPA style competition. With loads ranging from 110 grain screamers to 180 grain hunting loads. The round it has seen most is a 158 grain cast lead bullet at 1100 feet per second. This gun has also introduced many a lady to shooting with .38 target loads. Most still shoot today. When I needed to conceal the gun (and I did) it went into a Bianchi X15 shoulder holster and either some speed strips went into my pocket or I clipped a speedloader or two to my belt.
The gun I bought specifically for carrying is the 3” S&W Model 65 .357 magnum. It can claim to have Bill Jordan as part of its heritage as he was responsible for the K-Frame .357 magnum. The gun balances well in the hand and carries like it isn’t there in spite of its weight. While this gun has not seen as much use as my 686 it does make forays out with me regularly and if I’m not packing a 1911 this is usually what resides in a pancake holster at about the 4 o’clock position. It has digested the same loads as my 686, though not nearly as many and sees the same load for practice as the 686.
This gun is also a favorite of many of the lady shooters I know and proved so popular that S&W even produced these as a part of their “Ladysmith” line. It’s good looks combined with decent ergonomics and a well-tuned trigger are part of its appeal. The other is its ability to dispense a wide variety of self-defense ammunition that could be tailored to match the user’s perceived recoil tolerance. With proper attire and a good holster the gun disappears making it one of my favorite carry pistols.
In what may be the most mind-numbingly stupid thing to come from the most mind numbingly stupid Administration yet in the history of our nation we have this (See post dated 06-20-12).
In another nauseating series of "Virtual Learning Center" brainwashing courses that Border Patrol agents are forced to sit behind a computer for hours and endure, we are now taught in an "Active Shooter" course that if we encounter a shooter in a public place we are to "run away" and "hide". If we are cornered by such a shooter we are to (only as a last resort) become "aggressive" and "throw things" at him or her. We are then advised to "call law enforcement" and wait for their arrival (presumably, while more innocent victims are slaughtered). Shooting incidents cited in the course are Columbine, the Giffords shooting and the Virginia Tech shooting.
These types of mandatory brainwashing courses and the idiocy that accompanies them are simply stunning when they are force-fed to law enforcement officers. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that any three of the above shootings would have been stopped cold by an off-duty law enforcement officer or a law abiding citizen with a gun. The Fort Hood shooting would have been stopped cold by someone with a gun as well. The shooters in these situations depend on unarmed and scared victims. It gives them the power they seek. We could go on and on with examples of shootings that could have been stopped by someone with a firearm. One of the videos in this course actually shows a terrified female hiding behind a desk as an example of how to "hide" from some deranged shooter. Multiple quizzes throughout the course and a final test ensure repeatedly that we know that we only have three options when encountering some murderous thug in a public place. 1. Run away; 2. Hide; and 3. Only put up a fight as a last resort by acting aggressively and throwing things at the shooter. Not one mention anywhere of "if you are carrying a gun and you have the opportunity take the shooter out". Calling 911 in these instances is obvious, but we all know that waiting on the arrival of uniformed law enforcement will ensure more people are killed, injured, or taken hostage. Telling law enforcement officers that in all instances they are to run away and hide from some thug while innocent victims are butchered is simply inexcusable and pathetic.
It is always comforting to know that for those of us who carry a weapon when we are off-duty, if we should encounter such a situation, stop a shooter and save countless lives, we can look forward to being disciplined or fired by the Border Patrol because we should have run away to hide and then maybe thrown objects at the deranged killer instead of taking action and stopping him with a firearm. This, in addition to the scrutiny and second-guessing that will come from local authorities and the inevitable possibility of lawsuits and criminal conviction.
I really wish Bill Jordan was available for comment about this development. Last I heard he was furiously spinning in his grave.
Obama wants to turn us into a Nation of Cowards.
Today the House will vote on whether or not the Attorney General is in contempt of Congress for failing to produce over 70,000 documents related to a gun running operation that took place under his watch that resulted in the deaths of over 300 Mexican Nationals and one, possibly two American Law Enforcement Officers. I expect the legacy media to back the Obama Administration up both in their 11th hour exercise of executive privilege to avoid having to turn over documents about something the President was supposedly unaware of and in blaming President George W. Bush. Not to mention calling this a partisan witch hunt.
The basis for the blame Bush meme this Administration prefers to taking responsibility for something is being justified by a similar but very different operation conducted during the Bush Administration. Look at the chart below and tell me which one looks like an illegal gun running operation and which looks like a legitimate effort by Law Enforcement to break up a gun smuggling operation.
As you can see the “purpose’ of the two operations are the only thing the two operations had in common. So was the real goal of Fast and Furious to stop gun smuggling rings or was it, as some evidence suggests and many others suspect an attempt by the Obama Administration to create a crisis that would allow them to infringe on American’s Civil Right?
For the full details on Fast and Furious including how two courageous bloggers broke the story before any of the legacy media please visit David Codrea’s column at The Examiner.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." –Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment, quoted by Thomas Jefferson in Commonplace Book
That is what the invocation of Executive Privilege is tantamount to in 11th hour before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee votes on whether Attorney General should be held in contempt for failing to comply with Congressional Subpoenas of documents related to the BATFE’s Fast & Furious gun running operation that resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
For a complete recounting of the Fast & Furious (aka Project Gunwalker) saga please visit blog of one of the original citizen journalists to break the story at The War on Guns (links down left hand side), or his column on The Examiner
The facepalm starts with the headline and it just goes down hill from there: Man With Gun Wonders Why Wash. Cops Shot Him
You might be a Tac-Tard if…
Sheriff Jim Wilson is fast becoming one of my favorite reads. Recently he decided to poke a little fun at gun owners while still making a viable point. My own addition; You might be a Tac-Tard if… You think the only viable handgun for self-defense is primarily made out of plastic.