April 26, 2017: S&W M&P Shield 40

At the Gun Store:

The fish scale cuts at the rear of the slide, the curved cut grip panels on the frame, the slide release, the take down lever, and the cut of the slide all identify this as a Smith & Wesson Military & Police. The Shield was introduced in 2012 as a sub-compact extension of the M&P line of striker fired, polymer frame, semi-automatic pistols.  Slimmer, lighter, shorter than the MSP 40C, the Shield has become a popular concealed carry and backup duty gun. Continue reading

June 11, 2016: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision

While not shocking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision on the case of Peruta v. County of San Diego is telling.  What it tells us is that only four of the eleven judges understand that some California’s counties requirement to show “good cause” or “valid” reasons is tantamount to a total ban on the right of an ordinary citizen to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.  Individual counties requirements for “good cause” or “valid” reasons combined with California’s “may issue” approach are used for denial of permit requests.  A general desire for self-protection and protection of family does not constitute “good cause.” Continue reading

March 7, 2015: A Quick Trip to DC

We took the long route to avoid central Florida speed traps.  Then about the time we would be looking for a hotel we are looking at the Weather Channel Mobile Edition and deciding to push on ahead of the snow event coming in from the west.  It caught up with us in Fredericksburg VA and continued on into the Nation’s Capital.  Continue reading

February 26, 2016: Kel Tec PF9 Review

At the Gun Store:  The Kel Tec PF9 is a short recoil operated DAO with an internal hammer.  The hammer is visible from the rear but it does not protrude at any point in the firing sequence. 

The specs from Kel Tec differ from what I put in the Fact Sheet. The Kel-Tec spec for width lists .88 inches.  That is true of the slide if you measure at the serrations and the grip if measured between the gator skin bumps.  I measure the widest point which is at the slide release.  Continue reading

December 17, 2015: Questions

Response to Calvin Branche of Hudson, December 15, 2015 Letter of the Day: Arming citizenry raises questions.

Mr. Branche’s premise supposes that anyone who is already armed or who is taking a local Sheriff’s advice and arming themselves has not already considered the question he poses. The short response is that every responsible gun owner has already considered their responsibilities and the potential consequences of their actions involving the use of a firearm.

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