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Don't Let an Injury Affect Your Training...

sprained wristI’m an idiot. I’m man enough to admit it. Not all the time, mind you, but sometimes I can show an amazingly remarkable lack of intelligence. So, yeah, I injured my wrist pretty bad while I was under my desk fixing my computer. I like to tell people I hurt it while I was saving a busload of school children from a horde of cannibal leprechauns. In reality, I guess I put too much weight on it while in a weird angle while I was trying to climb out from under my desk.

Now, that’s not the idiot part. It was an accident that could happen to the best of us. In hindsight, I could have climbed out differently but this was the way I had done it for 30+ years with no injury. No, the idiot part was my actions immediately following said injury: I denied it. I figured it was a cramp or maybe the result of sleeping in a bad position. There was no way something that stupid could injure my wrist!

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Beginner Gun Review: Taurus 738 TCP

For the longest time, if you wanted a small gun to carry in your pocket your choice was the Walther PPK, a little .22LR folding revolver, a 2 shot derringer, a J-frame style revolver or a .25 caliber pistol that probably won’t work. While the PPK was the choice of James Bond, it’s also remarkably heavy. The .22LR folding revolvers are spotty in reliability due a combination of the .22LR round itself as well as shoddy craftsmanship. Plus, there’s a lot of fumbling involved before you can shoot it. The derringers have the same problem: too much fumbling. Combine that with only 2 rounds and a complicated reload process, they’re best reserved as a “last ditch effort” gun instead of primary defense. The J-frame revolvers good and reliable but those .38 special or .357 Magnum rounds hurt like the dickens in that little pistol and, personally, I’m not fond of revolvers. Don’t even get me started on those cheap .25 caliber pistols. While I’ve spoken at great lengths about my love of the .25 round, there hasn’t been a decent pistol made for it yet. 

In the end, it was looking like pocket carry was a lost cause. In many ways, it was a niche market. Then, along came Ruger and their LCP. That gun captured the imagination of the consumer and suddenly every company out there was marketing their own .380 pocket pistols like crazy trying to keep up with consumer demand. You couldn’t open a magazine without seeing ad after ad about some company’s tiny gun.


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Deer in the Headlights?

I have long held a theory that, when presented with a situation that is completely and totally out of the ordinary, a human being’s mind will not immediately see it or process it. It turns out, science has proven me correct. Have you ever been driving down the freeway and someone ahead is going the wrong way? Chances are, your first thought isn’t “Holy monkey! Someone is going the wrong way and I should move!” but more along the lines of “There is no way that’s a car going the wrong way...” Of course, that’s providing you actually had time to grasp and process a situation. We’ll get to that in a moment, though. Science has actually found that there is a measurable difference between the time that your eyes see something and when your brain actually “sees” it. Basically, you’re living 1/10 of a second in the past. Everything you’re seeing has already happened. As a side note: scientists have been throwing out a hypothesis that the déjà vu feeling is a result of that disconnect between the eyes and the brain. ...

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Conservation of Effort A.K.A. The Sloth is the Mother of Invention

Being lazy is a good thing. I know that goes against everything you were likely taught since kindergarten but, in the interest of science, let’s assume that everything you know is wrong. Question everything! That is the way of the geek. Actually, if you go back to the original definition, the way of the geek would be to eat anything and everything in sight but the usage has changed in recent years. Sorry, I’m rambling a bit. Too much soda and donut holes this morning. If you’re lazy, you typically look for the easiest/fastest/most efficient methods to accomplish the things you have to do. As long as the final quality doesn’t suffer, is that a bad thing? Take the gun range, for example. At the range, you can relax, right? You have plenty of time to line up your shot, reload your gun, analyze your performance and stare at your gun when you miss like it’s the gun’s fault. Question: do you have the luxury of that time when some ne'er do well is kicking in your front door? It’s time to get lazy. You don’t want ...

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Reader Question: Best Ammo for Practice

We got a question from Jeff: “What is the best ammo for target practice? Looking for reasonably priced ammo that won’t cause jams.“ After much deliberation, I’d have to say: Considering the current market, whatever you can get. Seriously, though, I’m going to try and answer every interpretation of this question possible. There are some that say you should practice using the same ammo that you load in your gun for defense. As much as I would love to shoot thousands of rounds of Hornady Critical Defense at the range, my wallet just doesn’t like the idea. Besides, while there is a slight difference between defensive ammo and practice ammo (in terms of accuracy and such), I’ve never found it to be enough to lose sleep over. All in all, I’d still recommend shooting at least one or two boxes of the good stuff so you know how it reacts in your gun. Which brings me to this: Guns are like cats; Some guns just aren’t going to eat certain brands. The Kimber Solo is a good example. There’s only a small range of ammo br ...

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Hornady Sponsors Electronic Scoring System for USA Shooting Team

Hornady Manufacturing is sponsoring a state-of-the-art 10-meter firing point electronic scoring system for the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs. It is part of an extensive upgrade project designed to increase the capabilities necessary of America’s elite competitive shooters.

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Another open letter to people buying ammo (a.k.a. "for cryin' out loud, people!")

While some might disagree with me, I love Academy Sports. Yes, it’s a big box store. Yes, I’m aware of all the whargarble concerning big box stores and their effect on communities and so on and so forth. Don’t judge me. I like Academy because their ammo prices are, by far, the absolute cheapest in town. Heck, their guns priced pretty reasonably as well. There’s only one or two stores I can think of off the top of my head that have cheaper guns. There’s also one within a very short distance of my house.

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Beginner Gun Review: Maverick 88 Defense Shotgun

There is some significant debate as to what constitutes a good home defense gun. Many argue pistol, other argue something like an AR-15 or AK-47. To this day, however, if you walk into a gun store and say the words “home defense” the salesperson will shove a pump action shotgun into your hands before you can even finish the question. While I have my own opinion, I also can’t disagree with the choice. It’s almost a movie/TV cliche at this point. Bad guy breaks into a house. As he’s sneaking around he hears that instantly recognizable “schlick-schlock” sound. He’s busted by the homeowner. The only thing left to do is sit quietly and wait for the police to come. At the same time, name one zombie video game or movie that doesn’t have a pump action shotgun in it. Go ahead. I’ll wait. That’s what I thought...

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Can We Actually Learn Something From TV and Movies?

Walking all by herselfIt’s pretty much cliche for firearm bloggers to write about how Hollywood gets stuff wrong. Heck, I’m guilty of it myself. Sometimes, you just get a bit of writers block and it’s just too dang easy to turn on a random action movie or TV show and pick apart a scene with a “Lulz...look how stoopid this guy is” type of attitude.

Now, I’m not saying Hollywood doesn't deserve every bit of the criticism and more. They really do screw stuff up more often than not. We’re talking scopes on backwards, horrible trigger discipline, incorrect terminology and more. Don’t even get me started on their laughable grasp of basic physics.

Either way, this isn't going to be a rip on Hollywood article. In fact, I’m issuing a moratorium on “how Hollywood gets it wrong” articles on this site.

Let’s talk about something you actually can learn from movies.

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The Top 5 Things They Don't Tell You About Concealed Carry...

Keep Calm and Concealed Carry OnThere comes a certain turning point in the lives of most gun owners. You’ll probably face it yourself, if you haven’t already. At some point, you’re going to be looking at that gun in your dresser or lock box and you might say to yourself “I want to bring that with me when I leave today.”

Some will say “nah, too much trouble”. Statistically speaking, most will say that, actually. Others, however, will decide to take the plunge and get their carry permit. To those people who have decided to jump through the bureaucratic hoops, I say, “Bravo!” 

For those thinking about getting their permit, I say, “Come on in! The water’s fine!” 

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that this isn't an article on how to get your permit. I’m not a lawyer and concealed carry laws are so different from state to state that someone could dedicate huge websites to keeping track of them...and many already have. This is for those of you who have either decided to take the plunge or who have just gotten your permit. 

Now, here in Florida, they make you take a class as part of the permitting process. There are a lot of other states that do that as well. In this class, they go over the obvious stuff like where you can carry, when you can use force, and more. You can also read lots of guides online like “holster tips” and “What to look for in a carry gun”. There are some things, however, that no one seems to tell you and I wish someone had told me when I first started. 

These are the top 5 things they don’t tell you about concealed carry.

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