15 reasons no one takes your opinion about firearms seriously

Have you ever tried to share your opinion about a gun related subject but no one took you seriously? Well, it’s probably because you’re doing something that lowkey lets people know that you don’t know what you’re talking about, like one of these 15 things!

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The genie is out of the bottle

And we can’t put it back in there. In the wake of another school shooting, the predictable reactions from all sides have continued. The pro-gun people have pointed at the ghoulish media coverage of the events as the cause, and the anti-gun people have blamed easy access to firearms. Meanwhile, the majority of America forgot about it entirely because the royal wedding was on the next day, and these white kids weren’t rich with well connected parents.

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The Gun Nuts Handgun Evaluation Protocol

As I wrap up a year of testing 1911s and get back to testing all manner of guns, I realized I needed a replacement for the 10-8 Performance 1911 Test. The 10-8 Performance Test is designed to test the extraction and primary function of the 1911 to ensure it’s suitable for duty. I was specifically cautioned by the dudes at 10-8 that it wasn’t for modern semi-autos, so I wanted to come up with my own protocol for “modern” defensive pistols. I debuted the test today in this video about the new PX4 Storm Compact Carry:

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Capitalism

I’m never going to be one of those people who gets up on a drum and preaches that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, because as bad as things are, they could be a lot worse.

That being said, I did just buy a set of plates and a plate carrier. I mean…it’s not a bad idea to have one, right? Especially if you’re going to take a carbine class and maybe you don’t trust the guy loading his rifle to not have an ND into your upper spine?

Get your own plates and carrier from CapArms for $200

The 4 Rules of Gun Safety: Rule 3

Now we’re at Rule 3 in the 4 Rules: Never point your weapon at something you’re not willing to destroy. Pretty easy, right? Today we’ll see what happens when we apply a little critical thinking to it.

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If you prefer a more capitalistic approach, there’s always Amazon. You can buy neat stuff like this SOG fixed blade for $30 bucks and some of the money helps keep the site up and running.

No one is coming to save you

I am exhausted of writing about terrorist attacks, but they keep happening. And they continue to be relevant to our local self-defense situations here in the states. The most attack in Turkey focused on something that we’ve known forever is a soft target: the unsecure area of airports.

Image courtesy SecuritySales.Com
Image courtesy SecuritySales.Com

“But Caleb” you’ll say, “we can’t carry into airports!” Yeah, I know. That’s a real tricky situation right there, although I’d also be the first to tell you that a 9mm isn’t going to be a whole lot of help against someone clacking off a vest with no warning. However, that’s not the point.

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Small 1911’s and Reliability

Earlier this week I started a long-term review of a Dan Wesson ECO, which is a 3.5 inch Officer’s sized 1911.  Lest anyone think its reliability will be a gimme, I offer the following video from Rob Pincus.  I don’t know Rob, and I don’t agree with everything he writes, but based off my personal experience he is correct.

Yes, the gun in the video is a Kimber, but that is irrelevant.  Small 1911’s are generally finicky.  In fact, I fully expect the ECO will fail at some point.  And if it does, I have a couple of things in my bag of tricks that might help reliability.

Did you see the challenge at the end of the video?  I don’t know if Rob is still offering this, but if the ECO kicks ass, maybe I could take him up on the offer – not likely.

In the end, I hope the ECO stuns me with utter reliability, but if it fails, I will not be shocked in any way.  It is the nature of the beast.

So… do you have a small 1911 that has been flawless?  Let us know.  Please include the total cumulative round count, as well as the maximum round count you shot in one session.

And for those that care, I finally got around to buying some ammo so testing will start tomorrow!