Scout Rifles

Versatility

Versatility

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.

Use of Deadly Force Against An Unarmed Assailant (Updated)

Disparity

Disparity

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.

UPDATE:

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.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/caught-on-video-vicious-group-attack-by-thugs-on-young-couple/

Once again, Mr. Branca reiterates the 5 elements of self-defense:

  • Proportionality
  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Avoidance
  • Reasonableness

And he relates them to the facts of this case (as they are currently known).

 

 

Jeff Cooper: A Bigger Jerk than I Thought…

Poseur

Poseur

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:

Anti-Gun RINO Goes Down

Loser

Loser

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.

Ammo Bingo

What caliber of gun to buy...

What caliber of gun to buy…

I have read a lot of articles about the ammo shortage.  Some on the internet, some in glossy gun magazines.  Lots of people claim to be able to explain the situation, but no one seems to be able to point to any proof that they are right.

2 weekends back I went to a major dealer in CT to see what ammo they had.

Pallets, literally, of .40S&W, .45acp, .223 and .380.  Enough hunting ammo to keep people’s rifles sighted in.  A little .38.  A single countertop display of match .22 for $12.99/50 rounds.  And no 9mm at all.

I personally bought a Ruger SR22 many months ago to address the lack of 9mm, but now there is no .22 to be had!  My .40 and .45 guns are getting more frequent workouts because I can replace any ammo I use in them.

If all you have are 9mm and .22 caliber guns, you’re pretty much out of luck.  At what point do you step up and buy a new gun in a caliber that you can feed?