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Reader Comments From Previous Weeks
@ Adam Adam, I won’t argue that there is a bulge where the cylinders are on a revolver but there are things to consider when finding the best concealing weapon. First of all, everyone’s body is not built the same ( bone curves, extra pinches of skin, etc. etc.) I will agree with you that a single stack semi automatic is most likely going to be slimmer than a revolver. I have a 1911 Kimber SS Pro Carry II that I love to carry because of it’s light weight but truthfully it can be a real mother to keep hidden sometimes even though I have a full retention IWB holster (Crossover Brand) it’s still a four inch pistol. I am slim and don’t have much padding to hide it.
There is an incredible pro-Second Amendment irony unfolding here. But to fully appreciate it, one must first savor the essence of the special D.C. legal relationship to Congress.
Many folks are unaware of the extremely unique laws governing Washington D.C. as a city. Unlike most other cities which fall under each state’s government control, D.C. is the only city that instead falls under federal congressional control.
However, historically Congress has generally left D.C. alone to manage its own domestic affairs for fear of appearing impartial or too controlling. So without even having a state to answer to, this hands-off approach by Congress has left D.C. to swell into a bastion of liberalism as one of the most draconian cities for gun control.
Congress has left D.C. alone for so long that even their past and present mayors and police chiefs forget who is really in charge. That is until now. The introduction of H.R 2909 is a beautiful reminder to these liberals running D.C. that it is Congress which has the ultimate reigning authority over them.
The ramifications of this new law will immensely impact the entire D.C. anti-gun agenda. Were it to pass, the number of visitors to D.C. that would be free to carry concealed outweighs the local D.C. population 30 to 1. That’s 20 million new potential concealed carry visitors on average a year.
Now it is possible that a future liberal Congress could vote to reverse this legislation sometime down the road. But instead I suspect this law will stick because it was paid for this time with actual congressional blood resulting from the shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice.
Usually the passage of laws that are built around actual tragic events tends to remain untouchable and taboo. And so I expect no difference with this law – and thus it should remain safely hands-off to future congresses.
SBR’s are covered under the NFA, just like fully automatic weapons and (for now) suppressors. You will need to apply, register, be photographed, fingerprinted, and pay a $200 fee.
That’s why people build pistols – they are not NFA controlled, and they can be fitted with a stabilizer that goes over your arm to assist with holding the firearm. Recent information from BATF (I am not a lawyer, yada yada yada) indicates that they may occasionally be used to obtain a cheek weld, which makes them the equivalent of a butt stock. But if you add a butt stock to an AR pistol, it becomes an SBR and needs to be registered. In fact, there may be a rule against such a conversion in the first place.
~Jim in Conroe
1st time handgun buyers should contact a local shooting range, many of them rent different types/ chamberings, that way you can test drive before buying, and contact shooting instruction places, take a course, see what they recommend for your individual requirements. .22`s are fun, and have their niche, they been around for a long time. For personal defense, naw.
Better than nothing, but… there are more firearms to choose from than ever before.
I like the pistol that allows for backstrap change outs. I have a pair of Walthers and would not change them for something else. They both have magic words along the side — “Made in Germany.”
Yes, I paid more for it, but you get what you pay for.
I look forward to the day when you won’t NEED a license to carry ANYWHERE on American soil. However, I won’t hold my breath on that one.
You’re killing me with your statement about how good the Walther PPQ is. I was watching some youtube videos and decided I was going to buy one in .40 cal. I called a local store to see if they had it. I was informed that it is not approved by my sick dem state, so I can’t have it. Guess what state I’m in? CA
I think the solution would be a minimum standard be set by the federal government but the states issue the class and license.
The states with constitutional carry can keep constitutional carry but anyone who wants to carry in another state would have to meet the minimum standards set by the feds and their home state would then issue them a license that would be good for all fifty states.
If you didn’t want to carry in another state you could constitutional carry in your state.
Furthermore feds would not be allowed access to state record’s.
I learned a lot from this simple article. I have a whole new outlook on home protection now and even as a car protection carry tool.Thanks for keeping the good people informed.
This fool has a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology and writers curriculum for a university program on gun smithing and ballistics. This fool has over twenty years police experience and several of those as patrol lt. Started out working for governors program, top of my class. Since then looked over both ends of a gun barrel more than once and have been shot by someone other than myself, which some instructors cannot say.
According to the ATF more double action only handguns are sold than double action first shot or single action or revolvers. But then what do they know? As for pushing the 9mm and .38, well, yes. They are the best for most shooters. Nothing wrong with an opinion based on fact.