November 30, 2019: Volume II

The blog has been moved from this hosting site to the http://www.KeepAndBear.US site.  The new site address for the columns is:  The new site will look different because the Sorbet theme has been retired by WordPress.  The theme is still under review for the new WordPress app on the website.  

October 31, 2019: M&P 3.0

A suggestion for Smith & Wesson to get the M&P back into the Military and Police.  I am a fan of the M2.0 upgrade Smith & Wesson made on their line of Semi-Automatic Polymer pistols.  They continued to expand the products after the initial introduction of the M&P 9 M2.0 in 2017.  Continue reading

September 6, 2019: Walmart Abandons Citizens Self Defense


With the policy changes announced September 3, 2019 by Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, the national retailer is abandoning Citizens who choose to use a handgun for self-defense.   The Bentonville Arkansas based discount retailer continues its long retreat from being a source for Citizens to obtain some of the products used for self defense. Continue reading

July 31, 2019: Allure of the .327 Federal Magnum

The process of aging changes many aspects of the human mind and body. One of those aspects related to shooting is recoil sensitivity. Decreases in muscle mass in the hands and firearms along with changes to the tendon sheaths in those areas make the brain convert recoil into discomfort.

Human nature is to avoid or minimize discomfort and pain. I would conjecture that most shooters who have guns that cause discomfort when they shoot them, stop shooting them.

Those of us who still like to shoot will find alternatives, either by reducing the load in the ammo, adjusting the grip to reduce felt recoil, or changing guns and /or calibers.

June 30, 2019: Birmingham AL

An event had us taking a road trip to Birmingham Alabama at the end of June.  Once off the concrete corridor also know as I-75, We headed north-east on 82, 520 and 280.  The navigator in the maps app got confused and couldn’t cope for about 45 minutes after we made an unscheduled stop.  “Return to Route, Return to Route” echoed in the cabin as our GPS tracked a somewhat parallel course several miles away from actual location. Continue reading

May 1, 2019:

This is one of those months when my “day job” interfered with my self-imposed deadline.  I expected myself to put up a column by the end of each month that has been researched for a few hours if not tens of hours.  All of my “extra” hours went to the day job in April.  Realization that today was the first of May and I had missed my April 30 deadline was devastating.

I have topics queued up, but no research has done,