Before we start, let's get this out of the way: Repeal the NFA! Got that out of your system? Good. Let's move on. I was first introduced to the idea of a pinned & welded AR barrel in about 2011. NFA laws being what they are, a rifle has to have a barrel of 16"+ … Continue reading The Idiocy of the “Pinned & Welded” Barrel
I just ran across this piece on ITStactical.com, and figured that readers of my "What Gun Should You Buy" series would appreciate the perspective. I'll link it below. I didn't really address the aspect of picking an action for your first gun, though in retrospect I really should have. Since this isn't written by me, … Continue reading A Case For The DA/SA For Your Carry Gun
First, we need to agree upon terms. These are what these terms mean, and how they will be used for the rest of the post. Kinetic Energy = (1/2)*mass*velocity², and is measured in foot-pounds. (a grain is 1/7000th of a pound) Momentum = Mass*velocity, and is measured in pound-mass-feet per second Knockdown Power = Fantasy, … Continue reading Kinetic Energy, Momentum, & Knockdown Power
I guess this is technically an extension of my "What Gun Should I Buy" series, though this isn't actually about a gun. That doesn't mean that holster selection is any less important. In fact, there is a good argument to be made that holster selection is more important than gun selection. For reference, read this story. … Continue reading Don’t Buy Cheap Holsters
The final thing you should bear in mind when searching for your first gun.
Every gun that may be used for defensive purposes needs a light on it. Have an AR in the safe in case a burgler breaks into your house? Put a weapon light on it. Carry a pistol while out & about in public? Put a weapon light on it. Got a pump shotgun leaned in … Continue reading Why Every Gun Needs A Light
So, now that we've decided on buying our carry gun first, and it really should be in 9mm, what gun specifically should we get? Well, first off... DO NOT CARRY THE SMALLEST GUN YOU FIND. Please. Why? Because small guns are harder to shoot. 1: Most importantly, small guns weigh less. That sounds like a good … Continue reading What Should be Your First Gun? Part 3, Pistol Selection.
So, now that we've decided that our first gun should probably be our carry gun (since a carry gun can be used as a home defense gun, but a home defense gun cannot necessarily be used as a carry gun), what should we get as a carry gun? As with all things in life, it … Continue reading What Should be Your First Gun? Part 2, Caliber Selection.
This is a question that everyone's asked before, because everyone who owns a gun has had to have a 'first' gun. Unless you've had a very fortunate beginning, you've had to (or are still trying to) decide what should be the first gun you get. Of course, every choice should be primarily driven by what … Continue reading What Should be Your First Gun? Part 1.