Charter Arms Pitbull – Update

Just Sayin'

Just Sayin’

Many moons ago, we tested the Charter Arms Pitbull revolvers, which fire rimless cartridges.  We tested both the .40S&W and 9mm versions:

Well, Charter recently announced that they were redesigning the Pitbull to reduce capacity from 6 rounds to 5, in the interest of improving spent case extraction, which was one of the problems we encountered when we tested them.

While that would remedy one of the problems that we identified with the Pitbull, it won’t address the others.


Condition Yellow: Nature or Nurture?

keep-calm-and-stay-observantMost shooters are at least dimly aware of the “color codes” of awareness (White/Yellow/Orange/Red) that Jeff Cooper popularized.

If you read Jeff Cooper’s wikipedia entry, it defines Condition Yellow by quoting The Carry Book: Minnesota Edition, 2011:

Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”

Bob Owens Can Go Fuck Himself

Pew Pew Pew

Pew Pew Pew

What the hell is going on here?

First, Jim Dumbo Zumbo shoots his career in the foot by going full-Fudd.

Then Dickless Metcalf starts carrying the anti-gunners’ water for them, and his mealy-mouthed editor at Guns & Ammo helps him do it.

Now Bob Owens of has joined their illustrious company on the anti-gun side.  This, after Owens took Metcalf to task for acting as a puppet for the anti-gun cultists!

In an op-ed for the anti-gun liberal L.A. Times, Owens badmouths Glock because of a rash of police accidental shootings due to what he claims to be an overly-light trigger pull & too-short trigger travel distance (and a lack of a manual safety) on Glock handguns.

“For more than 35 years, officer-involved accidental discharges with Glocks and Glock-like weapons have been blamed on a lack of training or negligence on the part of the individual cops. What critics should be addressing instead is the brutal reality that short trigger pulls and natural human reflexes are a deadly combination.”

So, all of a sudden the minimal firearms training requirements (partly budgetary in nature) for police are absolved of guilt for these officers’ negligence?

And the Glock trigger (which is longer and heavier than a 1911) is suddenly a problem, despite this rash of police-initiated incidents that has not been mirrored by a commensurate increase in civilian negligent discharges?  And the police Glocks use an even heavier trigger than civilian Glocks (the “New York Trigger”).

Owens talks about going back to issuing police guns that have long DAO (double-action only) triggers.  Which will make the already abysmal track record of police firearms accuracy even worse.

SayUncle and Instapundit picked up the story, and commenters have been brutal towards Owens’ soft-headed logic.

Owens tried to deflect & defuse the controversy on his own blog:

“Mechanically, Glocks and similar pistols are incredibly solid and reliable designs. What they aren’t is forgiving…Unfortunately, until they start manufacturing failure-proof people, Glocks and other short trigger pull guns are going to be a bad choice for professions where high stress is a constant.”

There isn’t anything I can think of that has higher stress than a self-defense situation.  And by Owens’ standard, the 1911 (with its lighter and shorter trigger) is even worse than a Glock for such situations.  The Walther PPS and PPQ have lighter, shorter triggers than a Glock.  My Springfield XDM has a shorter, lighter trigger than a Glock.  Haven’t shot a S&W M&P lately but its entirely possible that their triggers are comparable or lighter/shorter than a Glock.  Owens tries to suggest that the Beretta 92/96 design (which has proven to be prone to breakage in military service) is the answer.  He also suggests the Ruger SR series…which has a Glock-like trigger.  And the discontinued 1st-3rd gen S&W pistols.  Hey, Bob, how about a Nagant M1895 revolver?  Is that a heavy enough trigger for you?

Some have claimed that Owens has a relationship with a rival firearms manufacturer, and this is what is driving his sudden attack of foot-in-mouth disease.  Or maybe he just needed to get some attention, like an infant throwing his pacifier on the floor and crying.

Regardless of his motivation, Owens proved himself to be a willing tool of the anti-gun crowd, and an ignoramus.

Enjoy your infamy, you chinless hayseed.


Little 9mm Pistols: Most Recent Update

Noisy Cricket

Noisy Cricket

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.

What You Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Mohammed Ate Bacon

Mohammed Ate Bacon

“Bad Boys” doesn’t quite do them justice, these ignorant terrorist cavemen that attacked the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and killed 12 people and wounded 7 more.  It takes a special kind of backwardness for a religion to be born in the Iron Age and yet never progress past the Stone Age, but Islam pulled off that feat.

While I admire the courage of the French writers and artists who published the satirical cartoons, I question their decision to put their safety into the hands of unarmed French gendarmes.  That phenomenon baffles me, given the fact that the Parisian officials have ceded control of entire neighborhoods in Paris to muslim gangs.  Perhaps “the City of Lights” is just a description of the torches carried by rioting muslims.

France’s strict gun laws are well known (as are the gaping holes in them), and yet this horrible massacre was committed in broad daylight with fully automatic weapons (AK-103‘s I have read, which are a fairly new model).  Be sure to throw this fact in the face of any domestic gun grabbers you have to deal with.

But we don’t have a lot of details at this point about how the attack was carried out, or how the victims responded.  The fact that all 3 attackers walked away after the attack without obvious injuries would seem to indicate that any defensive counterattack by their victims was not particularly effective.  They might have been too shocked to react at all to the attack, thus becoming sitting ducks.

What would you do if this sort of attack was perpetrated at your workplace?

Happy New Year!

Isn't that a porn site?

Isn’t that a porn site?

Welcome to 2015!

2014 was certainly an interesting year.

SigArms and HK released their first modern striker-fired pistols. (Not HK’s first striker design, which was the P7, but their first modern, market-focused design).

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.