A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.



Thoughts About Self-Defense Pistols (but your mileage may vary)

—by M1911A1— If you ever have to use your self-defense pistol in real self defense, you will be in a panic. Your brain will not be functioning rationally. Your “small-motor” skills will disappear. Your fingers will feel thick as sausages, … Continue reading

Scouting Around – Part II (Ruger Gunsite Scout Review - Continued – Finally!)

If you have read my review of the Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308 Winchester (Scouting Around – Part I: http://guntoters.com/blog/2014/11/15/scouting-around-part-i/, I presented a somewhat detailed view of the RGS and promised a range report.  My, oh my, how time flies! … Continue reading

The One That Got Away…and The One That Didn’t Personal History

—by M1911A1— 1. The One That Got Away: Martin B. Retting, the large and prosperous gun shop in Culver City, California, used to be located in West Hurley Village, in Ulster County, New York. In the summer, I used to … Continue reading

Gun-Free Zone Liability?

“Currently, while these gun-free zone businesses possess the right to prevent legally licensed to carry permit holders from carrying a firearm while on their premise, there is no designation of responsibility to provide for the safety of their patrons during … Continue reading

‘Cause They Don’t Make a 46! (A Satirical Viewpoint About Caliber)

A favorite of those who carry a pistol chambered in .45 ACP is, “I carry a 45 because they don’t make a 46!” When a police chief was asked why his officers had shot a man 100 times his response … Continue reading

Carry Often, Shoot Little?

How many of us carry “Holster Queens?” I would venture to say quite a few, but not as many as LEOs. I think that it would be safe to say that there are plenty of us who carry a firearm … Continue reading

Working the (Trajectory) Angles? – Part 4 (Stopping the threat!)

If you have been following this series of articles, which was never intended to become a series but, instead, took on a life of its own – welcome to Part 4! I have taken you on a journey with some … Continue reading

Working the (Trajectory) Angles? – Part 3 (From Projectile Dysfunction to Projectile Desirability)

When Working the (Trajectory) Angles?” (Projectile Dysfunction) was first published, I did not intend for the theme to become a project. It has since become a project because I needed to put theory to the test. Part 2 of “Working … Continue reading

Through Darkest Interiors… (continued) More About Low-Light Shooting

—by M1911A1— Tom, a retired US Army officer with combat experience, suggests that I should include a few useful general observations on the art of low-light pistol shooting. I have accepted his input uncritically, in deference to his greater practical … Continue reading

Through Darkest Interiors With Gun and Flashlight The Harries Flashlight Technique

—by M1911A1— Full Disclosure: Michael A. Harries, inventor of the technique which bears his name and which was taught by him at Gunsite under Jeff Cooper, was my close personal friend and mentor. Mike died in late 2000, aged only … Continue reading