The popularity of 9mm handguns continues to grow.
And the rights of Americans to carry concealed handguns for self-defense are becoming more entrenched across the country. Even if some areas only try to pay lip-service to them.
In light of recent product introductions, it is time to update our round-up of little 9mm handguns.
Back in 2014, Ruger released a striker-fired version of their LC9s pistol.
When the headline-hungry CT legislature passed Public Act 13-3, and it was signed into law by the stuttering dipshit Gov. Malloy, CT gun owners were legally obligated to take action with regards to any newly-redefined “assault weapons” that were currently in their possession.
Specifically, they were instructed that by 12/31/13, they must either:
After being recorded, the registration would be returned to the owner. Registered guns would need to be accompanied by the registration certificate whenever they left the house. No certificate = felony.
If you are reading this, it is no surprise to you to know that many gun owners declined to participate in this pre-confiscation scheme.
For those who did participate, the experience was…frustrating. Some citizens submitted one form per magazine & gun, with the intent of burying the DPS in paperwork, Alinsky-style.
One law-abiding citizen submitted his paperwork by mail, postmarked 12/30/13. A month later he received a confirmation that his paperwork was received…but not the processed registration forms.
All through the spring, all summer long, and even into the fall, he left his soon-to-be-registered guns in his safe, afraid to risk taking them to the range without the accompanying forms.
This past week, on 2/6/2015, he received his forms back. Even with less than 20% compliance, it took the DPS more than 13 months to process the paperwork.
How many crimes could have been stopped if the resources used to perpetrate this fraud on the public were used to actually fight crime?
I guess we will never know.
Welcome to 2015!
2014 was certainly an interesting year.
Glock released their first ultracompact single-stack pistol (the G42)…in .380, much to the disappointment of their fans. 4 years too late, Gaston. Call us when you have the 9mm version.
The first ban-compliant AR-15 was launched by Ares Defense. Because we will not submit!
The Freedom Group continues to drive down the quality and reputation of their products; most recently with the Remington R51 pistol (which might be re-released soon…). No word on whether the mainstream gun media will attempt to overhaul their quality & reputation.
Gun rights had a pretty good year in the courts. For most of the country, gun rights were expanded or better protected than before. Connecticut and New York were the exceptions, which should not be a surprise if you look at the anti-freedom thugs sitting in each state’s capitol. Still no official enforcement of the sweeping, unconstitutional Public Act 13-3 in Connecticut, however.
The premier Connecticut gun rights organizations, the CCDL and the CCS, finally got to present oral arguments to the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals in their suit to nullify Public Act 13-3. The decision will take months to be delivered, and if it doesn’t uphold the Second Amendment, the plaintiffs will advance it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Because we will not submit!
Outside of the courts, the left-wing crusade against the Bill of Rights continues. Financial institutions keep trying to discriminate against gun-related companies by denying them access to credit-card processing services. Gun-control zealots continue to lash out in an impotent rage at their lack of courtroom success by trying to boycott and shame 3rd party companies into supporting their soft-headed movement.
On a more personal subject…Blogging was light, which I take the blame for. Life encroaches on our plans, it’s unavoidable. I will try to do better in 2015.
Buying a scope for a hunting rifle is pretty straightforward: determine the terrain you will be hunting in, and the distance that you typically take your shot at, and buy a scope of suitable magnification.
Hunting prairie dogs across an uncluttered plain calls out for very high magnification. Hunting whitetail in the Northeast probably means dense forest among the hills, and the shots that present themselves to a hunter will be much closer; less magnification is better for that. Variable magnification scopes give hunters extra versatility, but even with modern technology there are real and practical limits to what a scope can do. Shooting in low light (when hunting coyotes, for instance) calls out for an illuminated reticle, which is a more common feature in the last 10 years.
A scope for combat has different requirements, because there are so many different kinds of combat.
Well, the eagle has landed, folks.
The illogical and capricious nature of gun laws (I’m still waiting to hear what the problem with barrel shrouds is) renders them vulnerable to circumvention by engineering changes, or even cosmetic changes. Where there is a will, there is a way.
The development of bizarre AR-15 features like thumbhole stocks, fixed-magazines fed by stripper clips, bullet-buttons, single-shot operation, lever-action and pump action were driven by the need to circumvent specifically-worded gun laws.
In the wake of the SAFE Act in NY, Black Rain Ordnance created a snake-like stock to render their otherwise-stock AR15 NY-legal. Goofy-looking, but functional.
And now Ares Defense has redesigned the AR15 lower receiver to allow a traditional Monte Carlo stock to be attached (alas this particular shoulder thing will not go up), rendering the final product legal to own in CT without registering it as an assault weapon. They promised it back in April, but it is in stores right now.
Everybody likes new things. And the advertising practices of the past 50 years have deepened and solidified our hunger for new things beyond the limits of common sense.
How else to explain the mad dash to ditch a perfectly good smartphone when a new model (that is functionally 97% identical to the old model, and light-years better than the phones of 5 years ago) is released? IT managers were not hallucinating when they observed an increase in broken phones when a new iPhone was released. You can’t have bread & circuses without the bread.
Guns are not immune to this trend. When something bigger/smaller/faster/shinier comes out, we all salivate a little. Senator Phil Gramm once described the size of his arsenal as “more than I need, but not as many as I want”. A smart consumer should mitigate his/her urge to acquire new hardware with the knowledge of: budget priorities, how easy it will be to get ammo/parts/accessories, reliability of warranty coverage, and whether or not the gun is chambered for a caliber that he/she already supports. No one is saying that those are rules to adhere to at all times. But you need to weigh all the factors against your personal situation before deciding. Bullets without a gun to shoot them are as useless as a gun with no bullets.
Andrew Branca posted this at Legal Insurrection.
It is an important issue, and one that is not addressed adequately in the training that a person receives when they get their gun permit.
It is also not a scenario that most people prepare themselves for, and that lack of preparation can cause hesitation or indecision at a crucial moment.
Well worth your time to read.
In the aftermath of another black-on-white racial gang attack (this time at a Kroger market in Memphis TN), Andrew Branca published a follow-up article on the use of deadly force against unarmed assailants.
Once again, Mr. Branca reiterates the 5 elements of self-defense:
And he relates them to the facts of this case (as they are currently known).
My non-membership in the cult of Jeff Cooper is well-documented.
While I credit Cooper for his early contributions to training, his lack of real-world experience made me hesitant to take his endless advice at face value.
Also, aside from training, I knew Jeff Cooper was a blowhard, an attention whore, and had a poor track record of picking equipment (Bren Ten, CZ75, etc.). His tortured sentence structure made deciphering his ramblings a tedious chore. And he loved to take credit for things for which he was a mere spectator, rather than a pioneer.
After reading the new issue of Guns & Ammo, we can apparently add “Shit-Talker” and “Sore Loser” to his resume:
Connecticut held its Republican primary for the upcoming election for Governor, to see who would face the embattled Democrat Dannel Malloy in the fall.
It goes without saying that Dan Malloy, the anti-gun, tax-happy, stuttering father of a drug-dealer armed robber has to get booted. He ran Stamford into the ground as mayor, and then did his best to steer the entire state into a fiscal ditch.
But who to choose to oppose Malloy? Businessman (and former Ambassador to Ireland) Tom Foley narrowly lost to Malloy 4 years ago, and was running for the nomination again. His chances are said to be better this time, as Malloy’s reputation has fallen even lower.
If you are going to do any long-range hunting, or if you want to improve your marksmanship beyond 50 yards, you need a spotting scope. You can’t learn & grow your skills if you can’t see what your current performance is. Not knowing where your last bullet hit will hold back your development as a shooter. And running downrange to examine your target repeatedly is going to tire you out and piss off your fellow marksmen.
A binocular is fine out to 50 yards, but beyond that distance the lack of magnification is a problem.
And, no, the scope on your rifle is not “good enough”, even if it is a fancy German brand. It doesn’t have enough magnification, and you don’t want to get into the habit of aiming your gun at everything that you want a closer look at.
If you want to improve your skills with a long gun, and get your guns sighted in correctly, you need a spotting scope. In optics, you generally get the quality that you pay for. Below, I will address some of the considerations that you need to think about before choosing a spotting scope.