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The Proliferation of CCW Reduces Crime

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation published an article which shows the positive effect on crime rates when and where law-abiding people carry sidearms. The NSSF liberally quoted from a paper written by John Lott on the subject of permit holders.

Here are a couple of key paragraphs from the NSSF article:

Today, there are more than 16.3 million concealed carry permit holders nationwide. A record 1.83 million permits have been issued in the last year alone. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center reports that 6.5 percent of adults have a concealed carry permit. But because 14 states do not require a permit, having recognized a constitutional right to carry in all or part of their states that figure under-counts the number of Americans choosing to carry a firearm for self-defense.

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The data show that individuals who hold concealed carry permits are more law-abiding than the general population. In fact, Lott cites data from Texas and Florida that show permit holders commit crimes at even lower percentages than police officers. This makes sense because citizens must go through an often demanding process to qualify for a permit to carry concealed. Criminals who misuse guns are not going to put themselves through that process.

In the second paragraph above, it is interesting to note that, as a group, CCW holders are MORE law-abiding than law enforcement as a group. One of my daily stops is to read posts at The War on Guns where David regularly takes the “only ones” to task for their misdeeds.

Just a note about issuing ‘permits’ to carry guns - when the Founders wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the language is quite clear that they were not allowing citizens to be armed, but rather that the God-given and natural right to defense was to be hands-off guns on the part of government. It is sad to see so many who view 2A as a permit to carry when it is actually a statement relative to the security of a free country by virtue of its citizens to be armed. Requiring a permit to carry (or to disallow it altogether) is an infringement.

New Gun Shop in Town

Gun Shop

Last month a new gun shop opened for business up on the main drag, just across the dam from our place. They have been open since April 1st and The Better Half and I stopped in the shop yesterday to say hello and to have a look around.

The shop is in a converted tavern and the bar and bar stools are still in there. The proprietor, Bill, regaled us with an anecdote about how the ATF guys approving the facility had to make sure that no sales of booze were taking place.

Their website is here. We plan on doing business with them henceforth.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I’m told that Churches are soft targets for potential Islamic terrorist attacks this Christmas season. I say that parishioners should carry the necessary countermeasures against such threats should the need arise to fend off those Satanic attacks. God Bless us this Christmas season and through the new year.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Double Picatinny Rail

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During my daily reading of the RSS feeds, I ran across this from Say Uncle in his Gun Pr0n item: a double picatinny rail suitable for mounting firearms on firearms. This link to The Firearms Blog has the linked article.

I liked the way this picture looked. I have no reason to get something like this, but the whole picture invoked a NEED in me. The drum magazine, the Glock pistol, the rifle and all the other gadgetry appealed to me very much. Unfortunately, Santa can’t afford one of these rigs as shown, let alone two, since The Better Half would want in on the deal too.

Magazine Rotation

Magazine Rotation

I have an electronic calendar reminder set up so that I can rotate the carry guns magazines periodically. On alternate Fridays (schedule and life events permitting), I will remove the magazines from my carry guns (Fat Man - the G30 and Little Boy - the G26) and empty them. I have two already loaded magazines on hand that go immediately into the guns and the guns back into their holsters so they are quickly ready for personal protection.

The magazines that were in the carry guns are now emptied and go back into rotation at the bottom of the row of empty magazines. The magazines from the top of the empty magazine queue are then loaded and placed into the next available slot.

The (clickable) image above shows the loader, the most recently unloaded rounds and the top-of-the-queue magazine to be loaded as the 45 ACP standby magazine for the next period.

Magazine rotation may or may not be necessary, according to a post in American Rifleman that I read a while back, but I do it for the two carry guns just in case it does matter. Otherwise, it provides an opportunity to play with guns and ammo which is always good for generating endorphins.

Gun Shop Sighting

Gun Shop

We are visiting family in the Central Kalifornistan area. The ladies (The Better Half and her sister) decided to go shopping today in the town of Manteca which is a few miles from the sister’s semi-rural house.

Unfortunately, our shopping parameters did not include this nice-looking gun shop (clickable image courtesy TBH) that we passed in town. I would have loved to browse around in Elite Arms and Supply, as would have TBH, but we were on a time-limited mission.

We will be here a couple more days and ultimately heading home next weekend. The family plans and agenda will keep us busy and out of gun shops for the duration of this trip. There will be another time when the priorities will be in favor of stopping at a couple of gun shops/ranges.

Premium Pistol Magazine Loader

Composite Image (Clickable)This neat magazine speed loader is the BOMB! I ordered it last week and it finally came today. I tried it out immediately on several magazines, including my Glock 9mm 33 round magazine.

As we’re getting older, the act of hand loading magazines seemed to get tougher for old, arthritic hands. However, this loader, if properly used, makes it a snap even for that last spring-compressing round.

The device itself, is well built of steel and polymer. It is a product of Israel which is a relief from the Chinese crap so commonly imported these days.

We tried it on several different 9mm and .45 magazines both single and double stack and everything works just dandy. The loader even works for our fifty round drum magazine, but is not actually needed since the SGM Tactical has its own built-in loading mechanism.

The following is from the Amazon.com page where we bought the magazine loader.

UpLULA - 9mm to 45ACP Maglula Uplula Pistol Speed Magazine Loader. Loads all* 9mm Luger, 10mm, .357 Sig, 10mm, .40, and .45ACP cal

  • Brand New UpLULA™ - 9mm to 45ACP Maglula Uplula HandGun Speed Magazine Loader. Loads all* 9mm Luger, 10mm, .357 Sig, 10mm, .40, and .45ACP cal. single and double stack magazines., including 1911 mags, of all manufacturers.
  • The UpLULA™ is a military-quality universal HandGun magazine loader and unloader designed for loading and unloading virtually all* 9mm Luger up to .45ACP magazines, single and double stack, of all manufacturers. It does so easily, reliably, and painlessly!

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