Cheaper Than Dirt! recently sat down with Kirk Evans, president of Texas Law Shield, LLP (TLS), a 90,000-member licensed legal-services company based in Houston. TLS provides a firearms legal-defense program for legal gun owners. TLS program attorneys have extensive civil and criminal trial experience in representing thousands of legal gun owners including civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel.
A guest post by David Codrea
While the gun-rights community is focused on the National Rifle Association-backed New York State Rifle and Pistol Association lawsuit (NYSRPA) challenging New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, a lesser-known complaint has also been filed that has both promise and controversy built in.
I attend a great deal of both outdoor trade shows and consumer shows over the course of a given year, with many of them concentrated between January and April. Recently, I attended the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association great outdoors show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the 2014 Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was fortunate at each of these events to meet with numerous hunters, outdoorsmen and women and discuss some of the issues of today facing today’s hunters.
I am always interested in different opinions about home-defense firearms. The three-gun trifecta—handgun, shotgun and rifle—is often commented on, with recommendations given. Many times the recommended rifle is more useful for an Israeli police action than home defense. Comments range from “the .223 has a lot of blast indoors” to “the system is very expensive, but you must have one” all the way to “buck it up, lay down the credit card and get with the program.”
Typically thought of as the ugly duckling from the lily plant family, this common, yet often overlooked, succulent plant has dozens of uses. The amazing green gem known as the Aloe Vera plant produces beautiful yellow or orange tubular flowers in the summer months yet still remains a silent superstar of the plant world.
I have been fascinated by the great buildings of the world all my life and always find architecture interesting. While Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are monumental achievements, the Pirate’s House in Savannah, Ga., is another structure I find completely interesting. And Joyce and I love the mile-high bridge at Grandfather Mountain.
Stories of explorers who never made it back from their final adventures fill history books. If you read enough of those tales, you begin to notice a common thread. They simply got lost, more often than not.
For more years than I care to remember, I have been a fan of Cold Steel knives. The Cold Steel knife company offers good quality, sharp edges and positive function. During my time in police service, my impression was that I saw more Cold Steel knives used by peace officers than anything else. The reasons are quality and affordability.
What is the biggest difference between AR-15 .223 and Mil-Spec 5.56mm chambers? Most people do not know; they say, “I think you can shoot both kinds of ammo through either one, right?”
Is there a best personal defense handgun? I doubt it; the competition is fierce, and many handguns have their good points. We also have personal needs and personal worst-case scenarios. As long as the handgun is a quality design, well executed with good reliability and is accurate and powerful enough for the task, the rest is up to you. My personal favorite carry gun is the 1911 single-action self-loader in .45 ACP. There are many variants, and while some are ironmongery, many are well made of good material.
The Stevens shotgun carries an old-time name once found on frugal field-grade shotguns. The 320 shotgun is an affordable home-defense gun that makes sense for many users. A shotgun for home defense is easier to use quickly than a handgun since it has a natural point and is very powerful. Practically any standard 12-gauge loading has four times the energy of common handgun cartridges.
For personal defense, many of us rely on a shotgun as a house or truck gun. Many see the shotgun as the ultimate problem solver. While the shotgun is easily the most effective of the three firearms we are likely to use—the rifle, handgun and shotgun—that is only true if you have practiced and loaded the shotgun with the proper shells.
In our first installment, we discussed creating an action plan. Now we will talk about planning ahead in the event we are faced with an intruder.
The Tomahawk always has held a great fascination for this writer. Among the most intriguing cinematic depictions of the Tomahawk—a tool, a weapon and an American icon—is the one in which Mani, a Native American who has traveled to France with his good friend, takes on a gang of murderers.
A generation ago, we defined the wonder nine pistol as a high-capacity pistol with a double-action, first-shot trigger.
About 20 years ago, a fellow officer suffered a malfunction on the firing line with his new stainless steel pistol. I took the gun and the ammunition into my office for examination. The firearm was dry and devoid of lubrication. With a bit of lubrication, it began to work properly.