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I work in security (and drive for a living as well) and often need a tiny task light that won't take up one of my hands. It's like a clip-on reading lamp, but it has the option of a bright red LED so that it preserves your night vision! To buy it, click on the above photo (which will open an Amazon Associates link).


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A friend just asked me "How can I readily know what the carry laws are in the various states?" I said there's a perfect resource for that: the 2018 Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States by J. Scott Kappas, Esq. -- published by an attorney who happens to be a machine-gun dealer. To keep himself out of trouble with the law as he travels through the U.S., he created this guide for other travelers to read and consult.

You may also consult
handgunlaw.us but I like the paperback Traveler's Guide. Remember that (1) laws change, (2) some law enforcement is not as knowledgeable as they could be, and (3) ignorance of the law is never an excuse.

That's why *I* buy each annual issue of The Traveler's Guide! Happy travels! PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT THIS LINK TO BUY THIS BOOK!

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1911 (born 1910)? or Glock (born 1988)?

(My Colt)

I've been meaning to write up a blog post on this rivalry -- 1911 or Glock -- for some time. I may have already written a piece on it here at DCHI, but here's my current take. I have owned both a used Colt (Model 1911) Series 80 in 45 ACP, and a used Glock model 22 (Generation 2) in .40 S&W. I still have the Colt, although I am selling it on GunBroker. While I sold the Glock years ago because I had a negligent discharge, I would not hesitate to buy another one.

The reason I mention these two guns specifically is they represent two examples of "fanboy-ism" and the two ends of the spectrum of complexity. The 1911 has about 85 parts, and the Glock 17 has 36 parts. Ask yourself: Which is more likely to break down? RIGHT, the 1911.


About the 1911: It has been manufactured by Colt (the original builder of genius John Moses Browning's design) since 1911 for both the military as the M1911 and the M1911A1 since then. Nowadays, you can spend as little as $500 (Armscor, while made in the Philippines is highly regarded for its quality) or $1,000 (Springfield Armory; see below). Also see the YouTube video by Funker Tactical, "Four Reasons I No Longer Trust the 1911 With My Life."

If you hang out at gun stores enough, you'll hear a guy insist, The 1911 is the best gun, and that'll be the end of his "thinking" on the matter. If you're interested in learning more, I suggest you watch some YouTube videos, especially  Hickok45, God, Guns, and Family, and
MAC (Military Arms Channel). Also, read and reread these articles from the New Jovian Thunderbolt blog and Gun Nuts Media (Caleb Giddings).

I also owned a Springfield Armory(R) brand 1911, their Loaded model. It was awesome, and I regret selling it. It had everything you could want standard that most people spend up to $1,000 to be added on: ambidextrous safety (debatable as to whether that's a positive), tritium sights, beavertail grip safety, titanium firing pin, and much more.

About the Glock: It's been manufactured by Gaston Glock's eponymous company since 1988. Mr. Glock was not a engineer or gun maker before he figured out how to build one of the most reliable and well-loved guns in the world. Starting with the Glock 17 (his 17th patent) in 9mm, his range of guns includes the following calibers: .380, 9mm, 10mm, .357 SIG, .40S&W, .45 ACP, and the .45 GAP round. I owned a police trade-in gun in .40 S&W, the model 22. I found that the round was very snappy (the technical term is "sharp recoil impulse"), but it worked really well.

The sights were off, so until I figured that out, I had a hard time being accurate with it. Normally, the unique hexagonal-design barrel of the Glock is very accurate. I also failed to completely disassemble it. If I had done so, I would have learned how filthy it was. It was a testament to its robust design that it never "hiccuped" on my -- it fed, extracted, ejected just fine no matter what kind of ammo I put through it. While I don't own one now, I pledge to buy one by the end of 2019
and use it to compete in GSSF matches for cash and gun prizes.

I found that I wasn't ready for a non-manual-safety gun after I fired it into the wall of my basement office. Thanks to my strict observance of the Four Rules of Gun Safety, no one was hurt except my ears and pride. (The simpler version of the "Four Rules" is courtesy of the NRA; click here).

Since then, I've carried a Smith & Wesson M&P FS (full-size) 9mm. You can buy the M&P 9mm in FS or long slide variants, M&P Compact, and in multiple calibers: .380, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. If I had to do it again, I would buy the model without a manual safety for its ease into getting it into the fight without thinking about a safety. Not to knock the safety, but if it's engaged by ACCIDENT, and if you don't train to automatically sweep it off as you draw, you may find yourself trying to fire a gun on "safe" (NO BANG). That could get you killed.

                
Some police agencies fielded the M&P in 9mm, .40S&W, or .45 ACP, then switched over to other brands for various reasons (mechanical, financial, etc.). So the gun can be found at very reasonable prices (about $100 off retail for a new model) at many online vendors: AIM Surplus, Summit Gun Broker, SOG International, and others. NOTE: Used gun dealers run out of supply then get more supply in. I found Sportsman Outdoors Super Store is in this latter category especially -- they get lots of police trade-ins, then they sell out very fast. So check these sites often if you're looking to buy a specific make, caliber, etc. GOOD LUCK.
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I have to credit the late Albert Jay Nock (d. 1943) with opening my eyes to the nature of "The State" (as opposed to government) with his incisive book, "Our Enemy, The State", available at Amazon* in multiple formats: hardback, paperback, Kindle, and audiobook!


He was born before 1900, so his writing is charming and unique in style. I first discovered his writing by reading "Our Enemy, The State" many years ago, then I moved on to some of his other books: Cogitations, The Disadvantages of Being Educated, Memoirs of a Superflous Man, and The State of the Union. He was once the editor of The Freeman, and those volumes are available, too. Memoirs is also available as a free Google book online, here.

He never sought to found anything like a school or movement or cult, but only to lay out his thoughts as they might be useful to others.

I hope that you enjoy this important American writer. You might begin with Our Enemy, The State, then his Memoirs, then any one of his other books. If you enjoy his writing, you can drop me a note through the "Leave a Comment" link under this blog post.

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Biathlon -- from the Greek: "bi" (two) + "athlon" (contest) -- is a great sport combining two high-intensity disciplines that work at cross-purposes! Cross-country skiing gets your heart pumping and your lungs working overtime, then you have to stop at a shooting position, slow down your body, then concentrate like mad to make your shots with the most futuristic rifles ever!

Click THIS LINK to view NBC's Biathlon coverage!

Typical biathlon rifle (.22 LR or Long Rifle) in use:

Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.businessinsider.com/explanation-olympic-biathlon-guns-2014-2/

Please let me know if you found this brief post helpful!

OTHER LINKS:
Official PYEONGCHANG2018 biathlon discussion including videos

Accurate Shooter website explains how an Olympic rifle works

Biathlon Coach explains the rifle in detail (great video)


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Ruger has found a safety-related problem with their NEW Mark IV pistols ONLY made before June 2017.

Click here to be sent to the official release from the manufacturer.



This manufacturing error is why it is so very important to know and observe the Four Laws... (click on phrase to learn more!)

If you own a Ruger Mark IV, please check out the Ruger information today, and be sure to tell all of your Mark IV-owning friends!!
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If you're like most people, you carry a lot of credit card debt. I've got to whittle my own debt down.

I checked out Bankrate.com, one of the best sites for mortgage loans/student loans/banking/credit cards/etc. There, I found a credit card pay-off calculator! CLICK on this link for more information. I'm now transferring debt from card X to card Y because Y is offering 15 months zero (0) APR so that you can freeze the awful accumulative effects of interest. Bankrate.com also offers credit card transfer offers where you can apply for the cards directly from their site!

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If you're a shotgun fan, and want one to protect your house, farm, etc., Southern Ohio Gun is offering 18 to 20-inch barrel Remington Police Magnums 870s at bargain prices: under $270 each! (PS: Should be DC-legal as a long gun.)

CLICK HERE to be routed directly to the S.O.G. Rem. 870 page. (Originally posted January 2017) There are still a few left as of February 11, 2018, so check out the link above!

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Remington 870 12GA Police Magnum
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Used Interarms Surplus FN Hi-Power 9mm 13+1 Fair

Bud's Gun Shop (was) offering used Browning Hi-Powers (AKA the P-35) in 9mm -- several versions and conditions available: Belgian (FN, highest quality), Israeli, and Hungarian versions. Prices are great. They may ship to D.C., but you'll have to call and find out. Click this link to access Bud's Gun Shop. Use the Product Search box and type in "Hi-Power" to see the various models while they last. (I tried linking to the results page on May 30, but for technical reasons, it would not display that page through this blog!) You can get the original Hi-Power with plastic grips or wood grips, an Israeli clone in stainless steel, an FEG (Hungarian) clone in "silver finish", etc. These guns will sell out quickly, so buy now.

Based on Maryland's Approved Handguns Roster used in D.C., you can buy the Hi Power, BUT in D.C., you can't own magazines over 10 rounds. So you'll have to tell the seller NOT to send you factory mags, and you'll have to order your own from an online vendor like Midway USA (reasonably priced at $24.99), or the original maker, Browning (outrageous at $64.99 each), or a local gun store or gun show.


Guns don't have to be expensive to work, so long as you stick with the highest squality makers: Browning, Colt, Fabrique Nationale, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, etc. As an aside, SOME people who are fans of John Browning, inventor of the 1911 pistol in .45 ACP, say that this gun invented later (around 1935) was the pinnacle of Browning's design work: slim, good capacity, no grip safety, excellent ergonomics, etc.

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    I've seen some evidence that Maryland has had to loosen its historically very restrictive ("may" or "discretionary issue") concealed carry permit process -- but only time will tell if law makers in the State House will comply with the Second Amendment. Following is the link to the Maryland State Police official pages telling you how to acquire a permit to own and bear arms, Handgun Qualification License. Do you need to have one? Here's the official text:

Unless otherwise exempt, as of October 1, 2013, a Maryland resident must possess a valid Handgun Qualification License before he/she may purchase, rent, or receive a handgun. Details on exemptions may be found below. You do not need a Handgun Qualification License to own a gun you already have. The Handgun Qualification License is only needed for purchasing, transferring, or renting a regulated firearm after October 1, 2013.

Click here to view the full text

After you get the HQL, then you have to apply separately for a
Handgun Wear and Carry Permit -- a term used nowhere else in the United States. I've blogged before about there not being any standard acronym for handgun carry permit; I call it a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) permit. Some states call it a CHL (concealed handgun license), CHP (concealed handgun permit), etc.

If you are a Maryland resident, you need to join Maryland Shall Issue, the NRA state affiliate Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, and other organizations that will fight for a free Maryland. Examples include the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association.

It should be anathema to every Marylander that the state government thinks you are too crazy and dangerous to carry a firearm for your self-protection. All of the other states around Maryland trust their citizens with "shall issue" handgun permits: West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. If I was a Marylander, I would be flat-out insulted that Annapolis presumes that the average citizen is a dangerous person. Turn this around today, Maryland!
     
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I've won several gun prizes in the past. I've also sold off several -- I miss the Springfield Armory "Loaded" 1911 model in .45 ACP most of all. YOU CAN WIN A GUN PRIZE, TOO!

MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price)? About $750 currently on Gunbroker.

You can enter by clicking on the image above, or this link:
Heckler & Koch VP9

This giveaway may be banned in what we call "restrictive jurisdictions", like New York City, Maryland, Washington, DC, Hawaii, and Cook County in Illinois. Contact Grab a Gun if you have any questions.
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When people say "silencer", they usually think of James Bond 007 using a Walther PPK in .380 Auto (as in the YouTube video above), and imagine the gun saying quietly: pew pew

The suppressor does not silence a gun, but it can drop the decibel level by up to 28 dB, which is a giant drop in perceived noise. That difference over time can help save your hearing, and your shooting won't bother your neighbors! #FighttheNoise.com is a site promoting legislation to make silencer possession easier. Those folks give away a monthly suppressor and an NFA (National Firearms Act) trust (up to $1,200 value). Sign up at their site!

Check out the graphic below as well from the Silencerco.com site (click on map for link) -- "Silencers are legal" in most places in the US, so don't believe the hype against them.



If more people owned suppressors, more people could shoot outdoors and hone their marksmanship skills. Shooting is a healthy sport with few accidents, and was recommended by Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers.

Also, when you open the Silencerco site, you will see a countdown clock -- the BATFE is tightening regulations for ownership of suppressors, Those include requiring the signature of the Chief LEO in your jurisdiction (sheriff or police chief), and some of those fine people are anti-gun, believe it or not. BUT if you create a gun trust, you will be able to allow as many (listed) people use your suppressor as you want -- friends, family, neighbors, etc. The gun trust allows you to skip certain onerous requirements that will kick in on July 1, 2016, and makes passing down your NFA guns easier.

If you want to learn more about how to get a suppressor, read this: "Beginner's Guide to Suppressors, Part 1."

Just to name one online vendor, Silencer Shop may be able to fulfill your suppressor needs. Please note that I am not compensated to link to this company.


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(THIS SWEEPSTAKES HAS ENDED)

IWI US, Inc., launched in 2012, brought the first civilian commercial versions of the Tavor SAR to the United States in the Spring of 2013. The Tavor achieved immediate acclaim, winning the prestigious "Rifle of the Year" award from American Rifleman Magazine. IWI US was also honored by the NASGW (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers) as inaugural winner of the 2014 Importer of the Year award and The Truth About Guns 2013 Rifle of the Year.


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* In a bullpup, the action is behind the trigger, shortening the overall length of the rifle.

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Good news for felons anywhere in the U.S. (and for possibly collectible guns!) -- a recent unanimous Supreme Court decision makes it possible for felons to dispose of their illegal possessions lawfully. The only alternative before this was to surrender one's guns to law enforcement. Many LE departments "disposed" of guns in a blast furnace.

See the full story by clicking this link.

As you may know, felons are not allowed to possess firearms after their conviction. Some do go back to their old ways, of course, and soon return to prison. However, for felons who wish to remain on the right side of the law, they may now sell/dispose of their weapons lawfully.

A big "Thank you" to the U.S. Supreme Court!
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Judge stops DC from enforcing part of 'good reason' gun law

Judge stops DC from enforcing part of 'good reason' gun law

This is astonishing news: A judge has STRUCK DOWN DC's "good cause" for concealed carry, and DC must start issuing CARRY PERMITS. This is the best crime-fighting news since the revolver or ASP baton was invented...

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You Don't Get To Pick the Day...

Tom Givens/Mike Seeklander podcast
   
Photo of S&W M&P 9c in FDE (tan) from official www.Smith-Wesson.com website. Note: no thumb safety. S&W offers safety and nom-safety models.

"You don’t get to pick what day you need your gun. Somebody else picks what day you need your gun…"

That is a genius quote (source: Tom Givens/Mike Seeklander podcast) -- this is why people interested in concealed carry should always carry, or close enough. A terrible, true example is the young man murdered after taking a pistol course and acquiring his carry permit. His mother told his instructor: "[He] didn't have his gun!" (Read the whole thing here: Xavierthoughts blog post)

Even though my employer says "no guns on site", I make sure that my defensive arm is available, if not immediately accessible. I am not saying to willfully break the law. I'm saying, if you can, figure out a way you can access your defensive gun at all times.
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(Sample empty semi-auto pistol: a Glock in "slide-lock position, ready to be reloaded:)    


(Sample empty revolver being "recharged" with speed loader)
The topic of spare ammo can get heated if you read gun forums, but there are many good reasons to carry extra rounds.

Massad Ayoob knocks down the six major excuses people have raised to not carry spare ammo in a Gun Digest article from last fall (2014). Click here to read the whole thing.

I can state from personal experience with my semi-auto pistol that the magazine is the weak link in your semi-auto "system": the gun, the magazine, the holster, the belt, etc. I've seen a magazine's base plate come off and dump the ammo on the floor of the range. If you own a magazine-fed gun, you have to think of magazines as expendable items -- if a magazine does not work, TOSS IT INTO THE TRASH.

Here are some links to spare ammo resources, courtesy of Amazon.com. I am compensated if you buy from there, but there are many other places to buy gun accessories. Just type your search terms into Google or other search engine...

Revolver Speedloaders (round ones)

NOTE: Sample photo of speedloaders; not necessarily those sold at Amazon. Many types exist: the classic nylon and aluminum HK style, the various Safariland I, II, and III competition or carry models, etc. Do your research before buying one or more. Or buy several types and try them out.

Quick Strips by Tuff Products(TM) (inline ones) May be considered old-school but they have a low profile, little bulk, and are easier to carry in your pocket, and great for your pocket snub nose revolver. I own and use these for my double-action Smith & Wesson Airweight and my single-action Ruger Blackhawk. See photo below, and click on the link above to see many types/calibers of Quick Strips. Tuff Products also sells slim pouches for your belt, for those who can either cover them with a jacket or long-tailed shirt, or just want to keep dust and debris out of the rounds while carrying the pouch in your pocket. NOT AS FAST a reload as a speed loader (above), but worth considering.


NOTE: These devices are available in ORANGE, and I suggest that you buy them in that color so that you can find them later.

Magazine Pouches or Carriers (consider both IWB and OWB, defined in note below the photo here.)


NOTE: Sample IWB (Inside Waist Band) model by DFW Holsters, at Amazon.com. If you can wear a cover garment, you can wear OWB (Outside the Waist Band) models. More are avaialbe for OWB carry, but I have to carry in a hot climate, and I can't wear a coat.

If you have any questions about guns and ammo and accessories, please Leave a Comment using the Leave-a-Comment button below every post in this blog.

As for me, with my federal tax return, I will be treating myself to the Desantis Fly High Double Stack Magazine Pouch, 9mm/45, Right Hand, Black (aka "holder", "carrier", etc.) for only $29.95.

It goes on the opposite side of your body from your holster so that IF you run dry of ammo or your PRIMARY magazine stops  working right, you can smoothly transition to the backup magazine. TRAINING TIP: At the range, load up a magazine with just two or three rounds, then shoot it to "slide lock' (empty gun), then reload from your ammo carrier (ammo pouch is the more common nomenclature for rifle magazine storage for some reason).
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Outdoor Hub (http://www.outdoorhub.com/) reports that "the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Washington, DC, over what the group called 'highly restrictive' requirements for applicants to obtain a concealed carry permit."

They point out that DC makes it almost impossible for civilans to get a carry permit. The process you go through to get the permit to own a gun in DC is strict enough that it (should) eliminate the bad candidates for carry. Legislatures/councils in US states, cities, or counties that have "may issue" like New York City, Chicago, DC, San Francisco, etc., just do not trust the average person who lives there, and if that elitism doesn't anger you, it should.

Read it all here: Group Sues Washington, DC Over “Good Reason”...

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D.C. could not forever stop the advance of your human right to self defense. In light of court decisions, The Metropolitan Police Department was forced to allow residents to APPLY for concealed carry outside the home. Click here to visit the MPD website to learn how to apply.

NOTE: Police Chief Cathy Lanier is the sole arbiter as to your need for a concealed carry permit. Your permit must stipulate your reason for seeking a permit. That may change as gun-rights groups like Second Amenmnt Foundation will bring suit to liberalize the permit process.

By the way, gun community, can we standardize on one acronym for the permit a state or city government issues to you to carry lawfuly? I've heard all of th follwoing: "CCW" Concealed Carry Weapon (permit), "CHP" Concealed Handgun Permit, etc.

Here are some examples from a discussion about this on USACarry.com: How many abbreviations?


Arkansas: CHCL = concealed handgun carry license.
Kentucky: CCDW = carrying (a) concealed deadly weapon (permit)
Massachusetts: LTC = license to carry. Mass. also requires an FID (Firearms Identification card) to buy a gun, ammunition, knives, etc.
New Mexico: CCL = concealed carry license.

Miscell. abbreviations without state details:
CWP: concealed weapons permit
CCP: concealed carry permit
CFP: concealed firearms permit
CCW: concealed carry weapon (permit?)

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