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postheadericon Thug Storms Detroit Store Brandishing Handgun, Shows What Happens When No One Is Armed

DETROIT, MI — An armed robbery in Detroit, Michigan, went off without a hitch for the thug looking to make a quick buck.

The store’s lack of armed employees and the assailant’s actions have repercussions for all of us.

Take a look at the story below by The Detroit News:

The man walked into a MetroPCS in the 1500 block of E. Lafayette at about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 15 to ask about a cell phone and “then approached the clerk armed with a black handgun and demanded money from the register,” investigators said in a statement.

He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the release.

To spur tips leading to an arrest, authorities on Tuesday released surveillance footage of the suspect. He is described as an African-American, age 21 or 22, with a medium complexion, last seen wearing a black hat and dark coat with a zipper covering his mouth.

No one was reportedly injured during this incident, but this still shows what can happen when there is no good guy with a gun ready to stop deadly threats just like this.

We teach the underbelly of our society — we teach thugs everywhere — that threatening the lives of others is not only permitted, it’s rewarding.

A life threatened here without consequence is the seed for more down the road, as is every other violent offense that goes off without a hitch.

There are people in our society that want to affect change not through armed and vigilant defense, but by changing the hearts and minds of those who would do harm.

There’s nothing wrong with changing the hearts and minds of criminal elements of a culture — that’s a great thing.

What activists for gun control don’t see, however, is that the agent of change for the hearts and minds of many — if not most — criminals is the knowledge that good guys with guns are prepared to put them out of commission if they decide to prioritize their material gain over the safety of others.

It’s instilling a healthy respect for consequences for deviant and dangerous behavior — that’s changing hearts and minds.

This store has got to get an armed employee or two in their midst.

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postheadericon Why The Handgun?

I am a handgunner first, a shooter second. That may sound odd. A big part of what I do is shooting. But I don’t consider myself a shooter. To me a shooter is a guy who does some plinking with his precision rifle this weekend, maybe does some trap or skeet next weekend, maybe does some 3-gun competition if more serious, etc… I am not that guy. I shoot the handgun. I live the handgun. I occasionally shoot my rifle, but not until after I crank out my mandatory training quota with my handgun. I do some competition, but only games that involve the handgun. I am a handgunner. I like my rifle, but I adore my handgun. Here’s why:

The handgun is my daily companion that gives me “teeth” in my daily life. It is the weapon that makes me a tiger in sheep’s clothing. It does not make me the wolf that is a predator on the innocent sheep. It makes me the sheep that can instantly morph into a tiger when the wolf comes knocking. That is why the handgun is “the gun.” Most of us would agree that, if we knew we were going into a fight, we would rather have a long gun. No argument here. However, when do civilians ever know the fight is coming? If I knew when it was coming I would simply not be there in the first place. This is why the handgun is “the gun.”

The rifle is the tool that keeps you free, as the Second Amendment intended. After all, why do you think the left so desperately want to ban certain rifles when they are actually used less in homicides each year than are blunt instruments or bare hands and feet? The rifle is very important. However, the handgun is the tool that you can carry now in our “civilized” world to prevent others from imposing their will on you without your consent. When you carry a handgun you are a free man or woman. When the state prevents you from carrying you are not a citizen, but a subject. The greatest “war on women” in this country is imposed by the politicians in some states that ensure the average woman cannot carry a handgun to defend herself, leaving her vulnerable to any criminal that decides to impose his will on her.

The female that carries a handgun and trains to competence with it is not just equal, she is superior to any that would come looking to do her harm. The elderly, the disabled, the frail, if armed with a handgun and trained in its use are superior combatants than any young and strong miscreant. This is why the handgun is “the gun.” A lone female or elderly person who is unarmed stands no chance against even a single hostile strong man, yet alone several. Yet, if armed with a handgun and willing to use it, what would otherwise be a brutal assault on a helpless victim becomes several thugs laying in their own blood. This is why the handgun is “the gun.” The rifle at home in the safe is not at hand for such circumstances.

Yes, I know that many would prefer that the woman is raped or the old person beaten rather than the poor, misunderstood, victim of society and circumstance thug be hurt. The people who want all to be dependent strictly on the State for all things including safety despise the handgun. Those that do not hold criminals accountable for their own actions and who believe that no person is responsible for their own life choices despise the handgun. But we in this community blame crime on the criminal and applaud those willing to take responsibility for their own safety. We believe in the carry of the handgun. It is the modern sword and a free citizen carries one.

There are other benefits to being a handgunner rather than a shooter. The prioritization of the handgun ensures that your training hours are spend with the weapon that you will actually use to defend yourself. The majority of defensive gun uses, even in the home, are accomplished with the handgun. I always laugh when someone quotes the well-known adage: “a handgun is meant for fighting your way to your rifle” or some such thing. That saying has some merit, if things go bad it is nice to have the more capable long gun. However, when you are on the road 20 miles from home and things go bad, will you ask for a time out and go get your rifle to come back? Trouble happens fast and when it does happen you will never make it to the rifle, even if it is in the trunk of your car. You will fight with the handgun that you are wearing.

Taking another tactical carbine class? I have no issue with that, I think all Americans should be riflemen. The problem, though, is most in such classes are still not squared away with their handgun skills. Rifles are easier to shoot with competence than is the handgun and for new shooters it is a more enjoyable experience. But the handgun is the weapon that will actually be used to save your life and the life of other innocents. Yes, tricked out AR15s and all the other tactical gear that goes along with them is very cool. I think all free men should have that stuff. But the reality is the mundane little handgun that you tuck into your inside-the-pants holster is the gun that you will fight with if the worst comes to pass. The handgun is “the gun.”

Dedicated handgunners have a significant advantage in transitioning to long gun platforms. The fundamentals of shooting are more difficult to execute on the reduced platform of the handgun. Therefore, we find consistently that a handgunner can very easily transition to the rifle with relatively little crossover training. The opposite is not true. A dedicated rifle shooter needs significant cross-over training to run a handgun with proficiency. This is an added benefit of prioritizing training on the handgun and another reason that I think civilians should be doing the majority of their training with the handgun. It is the weapon most likely to be used defensively and it lends itself to crossing over to a long gun well. It is “the gun.”

So, in closing, I make no apologies for being the consummate handgunner. It is the greatest weapon of personal protection man has ever devised. It gives you a chance against even the most staggering of odds. A good handgunner can prevail in the face of great adversity if mindset, skills, and tactics are honed, and the tool is present. Carry your handgun. Be a citizen and not a subject. We live in bad times in which evil of many forms has declared war on the innocent citizens of our great land. The pistol is your sword. Carry it and train with it.

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postheadericon Local New Hampshire Representative Knocks Her Concealed Handgun Out Of Its Holster

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE — A local New Hampshire representative accidentally dislodged her concealed carry handgun from its holster while trying to remove her backpack in a hurry.

According to the Concord Monitor, the gun did not discharge and was barely noticed when it hit the ground with a thud. The meeting was about expanding full-day kindergarten. There were kids reportedly in attendance.

via the Concord Monitor

“I apologize,” the Milford Republican said. “I don’t normally carry a backpack. I guess that’s not a good combination. Lesson learned.”

Despite no harm coming to anyone, it was certainly embarrassing for the representative and her colleagues were quick to speak stern words to her behind closed doors.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper issued a statement later, saying he had met with Halstead and “impressed upon her that, while no harm came from this incident, her lack of control is unacceptable.”

New Hampshire lets its representatives and the public carry guns inside the State House and Legislative House.

State Rep. Carolyn Halstead (R-Milford) immediately accepted responsibility for her actions and has said she intends to work with firearms instructors to prevent anything like that happening again. She admitted that she takes personal defense courses involving firearms and obviously didn’t foresee the issue before it happened.

I like that she took responsibility for her actions right up front and was willing to take corrective action. I also like that she let the gun fall to the ground. Rather than try to recover it mid-fall, she let the gun drop and then picked it back up.

For a bad situation, that’s a really good reaction.

Mistakes with firearms can and will happen. They’re never acceptable. But to say no one will ever mess up is to ignore reality — and a very valuable lesson that should be remembered for the rest of his or her life.

The core factor is accepting responsibility for the mistake and taking actions to ensure such risks are addressed.

In this case, it looks like she was in a rush and swung her backpack off her back and the force of the backpack was enough to dislodge her handgun. I certainly hope she considers a handgun holster with higher retention. But the main factor at fault is mindfulness.

As concealed carriers, we always have to be mindful of our gun. I know this is something I have to constantly keep in the corner of my mind as I go through my day. As a long time concealed carrier, it would be too easy for me to forget there’s a gun in my waistband. However, the second I need to run across the street or hop up to reach a high shelf, I have to know that my gun isn’t going anywhere. That’s why I use a high retention polymer handgun holster. I can tighten it to increase retention and I don’t have to secure the gun with my hand if I do need to jump up or run a short distance.

When we make mistakes with guns, there can be very serious, unintended consequences. When bad things happen, accepting responsibility is important. If something bad happens with a gun and no one is hurt, it’s really time to wake-up to reality. Complacency is the enemy to every person who carries a gun.

I don’t know how many gun owners out there have slipped up or accidentally done something they weren’t supposed to and no one was the wiser because either no one saw it or no one was hurt. But, please, please, please, don’t ignore that mistake. Just because nobody caught you or called you out on it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Accept responsibility for the mistake. Learn from the mistake so it never happens again. It’s the only way we can learn after something goes wrong.

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postheadericon [BEGINNERS] Why You Should Always Check To See If A Handgun Is Loaded

By Luke McCoy via USA Carry

It’s the first rule in firearm safety: treat every weapon as if it is loaded.

Yet, there’s plenty of occurrences where someone assumes a gun is unloaded. The results can be disastrous.

The reason why we always check to see if a firearm is loaded is because it only takes being wrong once to ruin things for good. More importantly, it’s easy to check a handgun to see if it’s loaded. Some handguns even have indicators that act as a “heads up” that the gun is loaded. We should never take an indicator as proof positive that there isn’t a round in the chamber, though.

How To Properly Check To See If A Handgun Is Loaded

For those who may not feel confident with handguns, we’re going to discuss a sure-fire way to ensure a pistol is unloaded. A couple things you should never do:

  • Look down the barrel of the gun.
  • Point the gun at anything you do not intend to shoot while inspecting to see if it is loaded.
  • Let the barrel wander during inspection so it is facing another person or animal.

All visual inspection steps can be done by pulling upper receiver to the rear and there is no gun that would ever require you to stare down its barrel.

Step 1: Point the weapon’s barrel in a safe direction

The best place to start this is by maintaining basic firearm safety and ensuring the barrel of the gun is never pointed at anyone or any living thing.

Step 2: Eject the magazine from the pistol.

Press the magazine ejection button, usually found on the side of the pistol grip. For certain pistols, like the Walter PPS, there are models that have the magazine ejection lever located beneath the trigger group. Pull that switch downward to eject the magazine.

For revolvers, you can usually slide the cylinder out and visually inspect from the back end whether rounds are loaded. Even if the shell case has its primer indented, don’t assume it’s a spent shell. Eject the shells and actually check and ensure they are just shells. Little details like having one live round and five spent in a cylinder can be a potentially disastrous detail to miss.

Step 3: Pull the upper receiver back towards you and lock it in place

While simply pulling back the upper receiver will give you a glimpse into the pistol’s chamber, it’s a good practice to lock it to the rear and visually inspect the chamber to make sure it is clear. You still keep the firearm’s barrel pointed down range or in a safe direction at all times.

Step 4: Under dark conditions, inspect digitally with your pinky or with a flashlight.

Some chambers, like that of the CZ-75D PCR, are not always easy to inspect visually under dark conditions. Use a flashlight to visually inspect or use your finger if the upper receiver is locked to the rear.

Once a pistol has been inspected by you and it is completely unloaded, it is now safe to hand off to another person for his use. He should then inspect the gun to ensure it is unloaded before either storing it or loading it himself.

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postheadericon [VIDEO] What To Look For When Buying A Used Handgun

Our friend and YouTuber TheFireArmGuy sure does have some great video content, and many times the topics are things that we may not consider. In this video, he touches on 5 different things that you should be looking out for when … Continue reading
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postheadericon How Hard Is It To Take Your Handgun To Canada?

Some of the very best hunting and fishing in North America can be found in Canada.  However, our brother to the North does not have the same thoughts about firearms as we do.  As a point of curiosity, we decided … Continue reading
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postheadericon When The TSA Finds A Handgun In The Carry-on Bag Of A Permit Holder, Should They Be Held Accountable?

Early Wednesday, an ugly looking .380 handgun was found in the carry-on bag of a concealed carry permit holder at the Augusta Regional Airport. TSA alerted airport police, who then took possession of the firearm and spoke with the owner. That owner, … Continue reading
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