Guns 101: Remember to Check Your Holsters for Wear

As previously discussed, a holster is what holds a handgun to your body.  If you are carrying a handgun, it belongs in a holster since tucking a handgun into a waistband is negligent.  It is important to routinely check one’s holster’s for wear and tear, as a failure of the holster when carrying can be dangerous and/or unlawful.

“Gun Owners, Unite!” – Video Clip

Colion Noir tackles the fractured gun community and the need for a unified front against the anti-gun agenda. As the season comes to a close, Colion reflects on the conversations he had and the minds he changed, and discusses what it means to identify as a gun owner with Farran, Kandace, Richard Ryan and the town hall participants.

Sig P239 Semiautomatic Pistol Review

A reader of this website recently requested that I review the Sign P239, a semiautomatic pistol.  Unfortunately, I don’t own one of these pistols, and don’t have any friends who own one either.  However, the following video review by Nutfancy does a great job discussing this handgun:

Why Laws that Ban Handguns but Allow Long Guns (shotguns/rifles) are Still Wrongful

I recently received an email from a gentleman who asserted that long guns (rifles/shotguns) are more effective for self defense than handguns, and that it therefore stands to reason that a handgun ban is reasonable so long as citizens are permitted to own long guns.  This is a viewpoint that I’ve heard before, espoused by those note that criminals use handguns more than any other type of gun, and believe that a handgun ban is therefore the appropriate governmental response.  … Continued

A Gun Misrepresentation in Court

My new job has me spending a good deal of time in court, which is generally quite exciting and enjoyable.  However, a recent court proceeding that I observed reminded me that gun misinformation doesn’t stop at the courthouse door:

SmartCarry Concealed Carry Holster Review

Below is my review of the SmartCarry holster.  I said I would publish this review quite a while ago, right after I got my concealed carry permit, but forgot all about that for 6 months.  Thankfully, a reader emailed me about it, and so here is the review:

Corbon DPX Video Clip

Below is a video clip in which the Corbon DPX (9mm this time) is discussed and tested.  While the testing is less scientific than the testing I referenced in the last article about the Corbon DXP, it seemed worth posting:

Opposing a Good Cause for a Misguided Reason

Earlier this month, a pink Smith & Wesson M&P pistol (which was customized to the specifications of chamion competitive shooter Julie Goloski Golob) was auctioned on by the seller Donna’s Store (donnasstore).  The seller of this pistol pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds to a breast cancer awareness charity.  Rather than acknowledging the commendable philanthropic effort on the part of the seller, and the benefit of arming more women for self defense, the Center for Media and … Continued

“Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo”

I would like to point out an excellent article entitled “Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo.” That article is the result of extensive testing of various self defense rounds, for handguns, rifles, and shotguns.  I would say it is one of the all around best self defense ammo reviews I’ve ever seen.

A Negligent (not “Accidental”) Shooting Makes a Man’s Terrible Week Even Worse

An elderly year old home invasion victim suffered a painful and terrible experience at the hands of armed robbers.  After the robbery, he very wisely chose to become a gun owner so that he would be able to defend himself in the future.  Unfortunately, what appears to be negligence turned what should have been a safe and productive gun use lesson into another painful experience when the 80 year old man was shot in the hand by his own son.  … Continued

Ballistic Gel Testing Results

Ammunition used for self defense purposes must be carefully picked to ensure optimal performance.   A bullet that performs properly can be the difference between stopping an attacker in time, or dying at the hands of that attacker.  I’ve discussed, in general, my thoughts on the proper ammunition for such defensive purposes.  However I don’t have the time/resources to provide specific information about the performance of various different self defense round.  That is why I’m mentioning The Brass Fetcher website:

I Now Have a Concealed Carry Permit :)

As I mentioned last week, I recently moved to Iowa.  Aside from getting the job I really wanted, I was also looking forward to living in a state that allows concealed carry.  As soon as I had some free time after the move, I went to my Sheriff’s office and applied for a concealed carry permit.  The Sheriff processed my application the next business day, and I am happy to say that I now have an Iowa concealed carry permit.  … Continued

Ruger PC4 Review

Below is my review of the Ruger PC4, which is a carbine rifle chambered for .40 S&W:

Ammunition Shortage

Since Obama‘s election, there has been a nation wide ammunition shortage.  The Chicago-area gun stores where I bought ammo raised their prices about 25%, and would only sell me 3 boxes at a time, but they always had ammo to sell.  I’ve read about more severe shortages in blogs, and seen discussions about it on various forums, but until recently I didn’t really experience the shortage myself.  That changed yesterday:

“Gun Free” Oak Park: 3 Armed Robberies in 3 Days

For quite a while, I wrote weekly articles about the “gun free” village of Oak Park, IL, which still has a handgun ban that criminals routinely ignore as they commit armed robberies and shootings.  Over the last month or so, I haven’t mentioned Oak Park very often, simply because I had more interesting matters to write about, and limited time to spend blogging. However, as a recent article from the Chicago Tribune shows, the robberies have continued:

Attend the McDonald v. Chicago Oral Argument on May 26, 2009

In the  D.C. v. Heller case, the Supreme Court struck down the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia, as that ban violated the Second Amendment.  One of the issues left unresolved in that case was whether the Second Amendment applied against state and local governments, or just the federal government.  The McDonald v. Chicago case may answer that question with respect to the Chicago and Oak Park handgun bans.

Armed Woman Stops Drug-Addicted Home Invader

As reported, a woman was in her home, preparing to take a shower, when she heard a loud crashing sound.  A drug-addicted man kicked in the house’s back door and entered.  The woman grabbed her handgun, and came face to face with the home invader.  She recognized the man as a drug-addicted friend of a family member.  At gunpoint, she told him to leave, and that she was calling police.  The home invading drug addict fled and was quickly arrested … Continued

Armed Alcoholics Anonymous Member Shoots Robber in Self Defense

As reported, a criminal entered a Columbia, SC Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.  He threated those in attendance with a .25 caliber pistol, and demanded that the people hand over their belongings.  An Alcoholics Anonymous member then drew his gun and shot the robber in self defense.  The robber was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead about half an hour later.  None of the Alcoholics Anonymous members were harmed.

Violent Armed Robber Fatally Shot by Texas Business Owner

As reported, two armed robbers entered Larry’s Game Room in Atascosa County, TX and began by firing a shoot into the ceiling.  The men then demanded money, while forcing a female employee to the floor and pointing a shotgun at her.  The business owner heard the robbery and emerged from a back room with his .40 caliber pistol.  He fatally shot the shotgun-toting robber in the head, at which point the other robber (who had a pistol) fled.

Mayor Daley’s Latest Anti Gun Plans

Chicago’s Mayor Daley is well known for his opposition to gun rights for individuals other than himself and his political allies. He supports Chicago’s handgun ban, and is fighting a court battle in an attempt to keep that ban, despite overwhelming evidence that the handgun ban doesn’t disarm criminals but instead leaves innocent people defenseless.   In keeping with his tradition of passing the buck, Mayor Daley has again decided to blame Chicago’s rampant crime on guns and the federal government:

Yes, Chicago Residents Can Own a Handgun Outside of City Limits

I recently received an email from a Chicago resident, who was interested in buying a handgun and keeping it outside of city limits, due to the handgun ban.  It is perfectly fine to do so, and some Chicago-area gun stores/ranges will store your gun for about $10/month.  One such range that will do this is Maxon.

A Defensive Pistol Instructor’s Advice on Firearms Training (in response to the BART shooting)

On New Years Day 2009, there was a police shooting in which a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer shot and killed Oscar Grant III who was face down on the ground, unarmed, and surrounded by multiple police officers.  Witnesses and cell phone video footage appear to indicate that the shooting was not justified (although remember, innocent until proven guilty).  The (former) BART police officer, Johannes Mehserle, has been criminally charged, and the family of the deceased man has … Continued

Man Arrested for Attempting to Board Airplane With Homemade Gun

As reported, a man allegedly attempted to carry a loaded homemade firearm onto an aircraft at O’Hare international airport in Chicago. Rodolfo Duarte, 27, of the 6300 block of West 37th Street in Berwyn, was arrested and will first appear in court on January 15th. The police describe the homemade weapon as having been ready to fire, with a round in the chamber and at least one other round outside the chamber.  This follows on the heels of another airport … Continued

Another “One Gun A Month” Scheme

As reported, the state of New Jersey may soon prevent law abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun per month.  Those pushing for this law ignore the fact that similar laws have failed to prevent crime in the past, that such a law imposes an unreasonable burden on law abiding citizens, and that it is wrongful to arbitrarily limit the exercise of a constitutional right:

Home Invading Ex-Husband Shot in Self Defense

As reported, Marvin Oldham was shot twice, after he allegedly forced himself into his ex-wife’s parents’ Tennessee home and threatened the occupants. Betty Hale, the mother of Marvin Oldman’s ex-wife, first shot him in the shoulder with a .22-caliber pistol, which

Armed Robbery Failure

SayUncle found an armed robbery news story that is rather interesting, and had a nice outcome:

Concealed Carry (CCW)

I live in Illinois, which is one of only 2 states that has a complete ban on the carrying of a concealed firearm for self defense.  That means that while the criminals in Chicago are armed, I am unarmed.  It also means that many of my fellow Illinois residents are unaware of the benefits of concealed carry.  This article is designed to briefly explain what concealed carry is about, explain why concealed carry is a good thing, and to debunk … Continued

More Proof that Handgun Bans Don’t Work

I recently stumbled across a 7 year old article in the BBC, which showed a 40% increase in handgun related crime in the 2 years after the UK’s handgun ban was passed.  This crime increase continues to this day.

Winnetka, IL Handgun Ban Repealed

As reported, the village of Winnetka, Illinois has repealed is 20-year-old ban on handguns, thanks to the NRA and 3 law abiding citizens who fought to restore their right to have handguns for self defense:

The Suffering Caused by Handgun Bans

A recent home invasion in Chicago ended with a mother and her young daughter landing face first on the pavement, with the kind of injuries one would expect from such a fall. They jumped from a second floor window to escape an armed and masked home invader who was about to kill them.  This is yet another reason why I oppose handgun bans.

Another UK Gun Control Failure – James Oyebola Murdered Despite the Gun Ban

I’ve previously discussed the abject failure that is British gun control, and how some of that county’s law abiding citizens are trying to regain their gun rights. A recent conviction in a murder that was committed by a gun-ban-ignoring criminal further highlights the pointlessness of such anti gun rights laws:

Oak Park, IL: Another Week of Armed Robberies, in spite of the handgun ban

It seems that armed robbery in Oak Park, Illinois is becoming a weekly topic for me to write about, and since armed robbery is up 250% this year, I have had plenty of material.  This week is no different, with multiple armed robberies reported – despite the longstanding handgun ban which only serves to leave Oak Park’s law abiding citizens without a means of self defense: