Of Gun Free Zones and Grocery Stores

Thanks to the Gun Free School Zones act of 1990, 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(25), you cannot carry a concealed firearm within 1000 feet of school grounds. If you are a parent you may have the responsibility of taking your children to and from school, you must break the law or…


Soccer and Self-Defense

Critics of “Stand Your Ground” laws point to tragic examples like the Trayvon Martin shooting where an armed citizen shoots another who is unarmed. They claim that the disparity of force is unjustified. How can you justify using deadly force with a firearm or other weapon against someone who is…


North American Arms Guardian 380 Review

I am a fan of small guns. They are generally fun, uncomplicated, and easy to conceal. Throw them in a pocket for a quick trip to the store or when your wardrobe doesn’t support carrying a bigger pistol. The Kel-Tec P32 and P3AT, Ruger LCP, Diamondback DB380 are perfect examples….


GunsAmerica Gets it Wrong on Internet Tax

On April 23, GunsAmerica posted an article in support of the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” titled “GunsAmerica Supports Interstate Tax Bill – 20 Points to Protect 2nd Amendment Freedom.” While they claim their support is based on support for the Second Amendment, I find it hard to figure out how.


SOG Flash II Review

I’ve had numerous pocket knives and swiss-army type knives over the years, going back to my childhood when my late uncle gave me my first Buck knife. My first EDC knife was the SOG Flash II, model FSA98-CP. The FSA98-CP comes with a partially serrated, stainless steel blade and glass-reinforced…


The Boston Bombers and Gun Control

Gun-control advocates wasted no time to try to blame the NRA for allowing the Tsarnaev brothers to get their guns.  The truth is, there is a bigger point about gun control to be made in the wake of the bombings and the manhunt that followed.


Beware of Flying Mags

Back in September 2012 I wrote one of my most-read posts about what to do when your concealment gear is revealed to people around you (see “When Concealed Becomes Revealed”). It almost happened to me in an unexpected way in the checkout line at Wal-Mart.


Conflicted on Cloture

Sixteen Senate Republicans broke ranks with the GOP and voted in favor of a motion to proceed to debate on S.649, the background checks bill written largely by Chucky Schumer. The vote was 68-31. I am conflicted on how I feel about this. I am at one time both furious…


Charles E. Fromage Redux

Today is my daughter’s third birthday, and the festivities included a trip to Chuck E Cheese again this year. Nothing’s changed. If anything, thanks to Newtown and Aurora, I felt even more like a fish in a barrel.


Taurus PT-145 Review

If you’re looking for a .45 for concealed carry, you have a variety of options. But those options come with real tradeoffs. Thickness for capacity, weight for control, and so on. Kahr’s CW-45 has a great trigger, but a limited capacity, a horribly tight slide, and just one magazine in…


Magazines and Clips

We in the gun-enthusiast community roll our eyes when we read or hear politicians and so-called journalists using the word “clips” incorrectly.  “Ammunitition clips,” “high capacity clips,” or my personal favorite “magazine clips.”  The problem is, we are not much better.  I’ve attended a number of gun shows recently and…


GSSF at Caswell Ranch

Caswell Ranch Shooting Sports in Prospect Hill, North Carolina hosted the inaugural Caswell Ranch Ballistic Challenge on March 9 and 10.  My 12-year-old son and I both attended and competed in the Civilian Amateur class.  It’s been crazy around here and it’s taken me a week to get my thoughts…


Observations from the Gun Show

I took my son to the gun show at the Hickory Metro Convention Center over the weekend and thought I would share my observations.


Safety Lessons from the Gas Pump

So, I stopped by the local gas mart to pay an arm and a leg to fill up the SUV today and, as I was pumping the gas a couple of general safety tips came to mind that I thought I would share.


Concealed Carry Tips For Dealing with the Wind

Today was a particularly windy day around these parts and as I went about my business I found myself struggling to deal with the wind and it’s affect on my concealed carry wardrobe. You probably have experienced the same thing yourself, or maybe you’re just getting started in concealed carry…


Bersa BP9CC Review

Bersa is best known for it’s Thunder 380 series of pistols and has a ardent following of loyal customers, yours truly included. The BP9CC is Bersa’s first foray into polymer-frame handguns, specifically designed for the concealed-carry market.