Daily Archives: July 29, 2015

What Would the Modern-Day Equivalent of the NRA’s Original Raison D’être Look Like?

That’s Kevin’s question over at Misfires and Light Strikes (go read up on why the NRA was founded).

I don’t think we’d see much of a change from what we have now in the NRA. You’d need a strong political arm to fight back the anti-rights activists intent on turning us into a nation of victims. You would also need public relations and finally (most importantly), training.

I do think that we need stronger advocates for reality based training as well as places to train. It used to be small arms practice was held every Sunday after church. Now fewer people go to church and places to shoot aren’t as close as the town square. We would still want to focus on rifle marksmanship for those who would serve overseas. We’d also need to cover concealed carry, pistol marksmanship, threat deescalation, weapons retention and threat avoidance.

I used to belong to a loose knit group of individuals who did just this. We would “formally” meet twice a month and practice handgun tactics. On occasion we would also throw in combat rifle and shotguns as well. We had military (current and former) law enforcement and others participating. If someone went to a gun school like Gunsite they would share what they learned and we would all improve. Besides making better shooters this created a real sense of community where people helped people and there were no strangers. I don’t think this group still gets together, but I moved away a life time ago. Wish I could find something like that again.


A .25 ACP for Self Defense?!

Oleg Volk makes a case for it here. My first introduction to the .25 ACP was when two friends in Law Enforcement were shot on separate occasions with one. One after receiving multiple hits to the chest plucked them out of his leather jacket. The other has to have the bullet that struck him in the ankle removed from his hip. Before anyone asks it was a cheap gun that fired when it hit the pavement. So it was aimed up. The next time it came across my radar was when someone called the owner of the gun shop I worked in looking for one for his wife (the .25 has long been considered a lady’s gun). The owner asked him how good his divorce lawyer was under the premise that if his wife ever found out what the inexpensive (he was looking for a Jennings) under powered gun wasn’t capable of she’d leave him.

While I personally have no use for the cartridge. I can see where it may be useful to some. At the very least it will give you an object of some weight to beat someone with after you’ve emptied it. If you’ve inherited a Beretta or Baby Browning and it’s all you have or can get it is better than a harsh word.

I won’t be adding a .25 ACP to my safe. I’m content with the sub compact 9mm I have that my tailor has cut suits for that make it disappear. But for others the .25 might just be their best chance.