I love the internet, and for good reason – I derive a portion of my income from writing for and on the web. However, you constantly see the same things repeated over and over in gun forums; and for some reason these things keep getting repeated over and over and over and over and over until it reaches the point where I see someone write something and it makes my head hurt. In the same vein as talking to a therapist about your feelings, I shall write about the wretched things the internet has continuously told me.
The best gun for women’s self defense is a snub nosed revolver
You can actually hear my teeth grind when I hear this. Really? The best gun for someone that is presumably a new shooter is a gun with stout recoil, a difficult to manage trigger pull, and sights that are almost non-existent? GENIUS.
All training is good training!
No, no, no. Taking a class from Bob’s School of Gunhandling isn’t the same as taking a class from Gunsite. Training is good. But make sure you check out the school/teacher that you’re getting training from, because if they seem like they’re too good/tactical/to be true, there might be a reason for that.
Birdshot should be used for home-defense to avoid overpenetration
This is a great idea, if your goal is to give a potential home invader a skin rash. Using birdshot, which has dramatic and shocking impact on a paper target or a watermelon on a person is completely contrary to the mechanics of wounding with projectiles. If you want to reduce your risk of overpenetration in a home defense situation, learn to shoot better.
Racking the slide on a pump shotgun is an effective badguy deterrent.
What, really? People still believe this? Look, I keep my HD shotgun stored with an empty chamber (cruiser ready) because it’s a safer way to keep the gun stored than with one up in the chamber and the safety on. I sincerely doubt that the badguy would ever hear me rack the slide, because if the alarm goes off the first thing I’m doing is putting one in the chamber. Noises do not have magical powers, unlike in the movies. You know what will stop a badguy? A face full of buckshot.
100 rounds is an acceptable break in period for a new semi-auto pistol
If you’re only going to shoot that one brand of ammo that you ran 100 rounds through your gun with, sure. Otherwise, keep shooting your gun. When it finally breaks, now it’s broken-in.
That’s all from today’s edition of Caleb vs. the internet. I’m sure I’ll be able to find more ridiculous things that make my blood pressure shoot up in the next few weeks!