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Reader Comments From Previous Weeks
I agree with all the above comments. When I bought my first carry gun it was a huge mistake! I thought the steel snub nosed revolver in .357 mag. was the ideal firearm for me. Then I loaded it and put it in it’s holster. I know wearing your pants down around your knees is “stylish” for some but not for me. Tried a shoulder holster, got real tired of walking in circles. A few years later I traded the gun in on an AR-15. The gun that’s with me most of the time is a NAA .22 mag with a folding handle. I know it won’t stop the bad guy but he will have a hard time explaining the little holes in his guts. Also, this little bugger is with me anytime I’m wearing pants with pockets. A little gun on your person is worth more than a big gun in the safe!
I for one will never give my vote to anyone who does not support the right of the people to keep and bear arms, regardless of their political party.
Clinton has always said one thing in private to her big monetary supporters and another to the public, regardless of what she says, she only wants to force her will upon us.
If clinton takes the oval office it could end up as a dark time for gun owners, but I don’t see her getting it. Too many people who work for what they have are tired of people like Clinton and Obama just giving our country away.
I have numerous handguns and I prefer to carry my Kimber Pro Carry II with tritium sights & Crimson Trace green laser & my S&W M60 3″ with laser and Hornady Critical Defense 125 gr loads, all concealed of course. Not high cap I know but if 14 rounds don’t get it done I haven’t done my part. Practice (X3). Considering that when I first got into my line of work I was working on pterodactyls I guess I am old school.
Following my retirement from my 21-year Army career, I taught 7th grade science for 22 years. My students were always a bit better protected when they were in my company, since I was always suitably equipped to handle whatever exigent circumstances that might have occurred. We even had worked out a duress code between my classroom and the front office, using the public address system, so that I could be clued in to any threats that might have been introduced on campus. This was long before the hype and fear of firearms resulted in the formal posting of the killing fields on our school’s campuses with those famous three words…..”Gun Free Zone”.
After training hundreds of new shooters, women in particular, there is no better first gun for untrained women than the Ruger LCR in .38, just ask them, LIKE WE DID! EVERY woman who showed up at our range with a semi-auto, “girl gun”, ALL traded them in for the LCR!!! It is a VERY manageable gun for a woman, period! Load the LCR with 124 Grain, Federal HST bullets, watch out!!! New shooters MUST “work up” to semi-autos OR they will suffer the consequences!
NOBODY, in their right mind, buys a gun with a capacity to sustain a running gun battle! If you need more than 5, you are already in waaaay over your head! SHOT PLACEMENT reigns supreme!
Unless you have EXPERIENCE in training new shooters, everything else is an opinion…
During several years in the early 70’s as a member of a Navy pistol team, we maintained a 3-gun box, shooting in rotation, a 1911 .45, .38 revolver, and a .22 semi-auto. To this day, I have a 3-gun box that I lug to the range a couple of times a week. My 1911 is an old Remington, accurized courtesy of a USMC armorer at Quantico. My revolver is a S&W Mod. 5 2″ 38 SPL that I relieved a Vietnamese of during the evacuation of Saigon in 1975; and my .22 is a venerable Hi-Standard, bought at a pawn shop. With over 40 years experience with all three, along with both military and civilian training, including shoot-no shoot training, I am confident and comfortable carrying any of the three; and will add my 2 cents worth to the conversation in that it’s not so much the caliber as the shot placement. Breathe, relax, align sight, squeeze…….repeat as necessary……
Assuming new shooters (women in particular) need to start with a revolver and work up to a semi-auto is patronizing at best. Were these “girl guns” tiny pistols on which they could barely get a two-finger grip, or something around which they could comfortably wrap all fingers of both hands?
Also, I’ve never heard an actual gunfight survivor insist that five bullets was plenty for them. Yes, shot placement is king – but the bad guys don’t stand still like paper targets on the range do (and you really shouldn’t be standing still in that situation, either).
It would appear you’re projecting a pro-revolver bias onto your students, likely to their detriment.
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for any assumption of power. The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” – Daniel Webster
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” – William Pitt
“I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.” – H.L. Mencken
Not true. Being that the only required part to turn your AR15 into a SBR is a Rifled Barrel that is less than 16″ long. It is legal to own the parts as long as they are not installed on a rife with a buttock. (i.e. AR15 Pistol) The moment you install the barrel onto a rifle with a buttock you are violation of the law.
We keep hearing that this election is likely the most important one in recent history, and I believe it to be true. What with Hillary’s avowed objective of killing the Second Amendment rights of We The People to keep and bear arms…..AND the probability that the next president will appoint as many as four justices to the Supreme Court, we just cannot take this election to be any less than one of supreme importance. I know that there are some who will abstain from voting or vote for a third party candidate out of some commitment to personal principles due to the unpalatable nature of both major candidates. It’s all very nice to stand on personal principle, but in this case, such a stand will have far reaching negative consequences, since abstention or third party voting will most assuredly put Hillary into the Oval Office. A famous quote from a famous American founder once said…..”We must hang together, for if we don’t, we will most assuredly hang separately”.