Monthly Archives: January 2015

Shotguns for home defense

Home defense is a major reason for buying guns during these dangerous times we’re living in. Pistols and rifles each have advantages over shotguns for home defense. Pistols are easier to maneuver in close quarters and most rifles have a higher capacity than shotguns. But despite these advantages, shotguns are still the best.

People wrongly assume shotguns don’t need to be aimed to clear a room. Typically, a shotguns vicious payload will only spread about an inch a yard. That’s one inch of spread for every 36 inches of travel. The fact is most home defense shooting will take place within 7 yards. So that’s roughly 2 1/3 inches of spread for, what’s normally, the maximum range you’ll need to shoot. This however is an advantage, the closer shot is grouped the more damage it will cause when it hits.

Shotguns also offer a load variety other weapons can’t match. Slugs, birdshot, and buckshot all have uses when defending your home. If over penetration is a concern, birdshot is the way to go. If you need to return fire through a barrier, go with slugs. If you come face to face with that intruder going bump in the night, buckshot will instantly make him or her regret their life choices.

Shotguns also offer a much better and more stable platform to mount optics than pistols. I’ve shot pistols with red dot and lights attached to them and to say they were clunky would be an understatement. Shotguns offer non lethal alternatives as well. Police have used beanbag rounds for decades with success and less wealthy people filling spent shells with rock salt isn’t a myth.

Compared to ARs and most pistols, shotguns are almost always cheaper as well. As more and more police departments move toward ARs for their officers police trade in shotguns are becoming much easier to find. These shotguns often spend the majority of their life in cars but not getting shot much. If you can overlook their cosmetic problems they’re often close to brand new internally.

Questions asked and questions answered

I’ve received a surprising amount of questions already, way more than I ever imagined I would, but I’ve been diligently answering them all.

To ask your own check out the Contact Information section and ask your own

I’ve decided to gather the most common ones into a post. Along with questions I’ve asked friends to submit.

Q: Where are you from!
A: Pennsylvania!

Q: Favorite Pistol?
A: Currently the Beretta PX4 Storm in .45acp. Ever, now that’s a tough one, probably either the Colt Single Action Army or Springfield 1911’s. Both are great guns.

Q: What’s your favorite gun that you own?
A: Either the Glock 21 I customized myself through much trial and error or a Model 70 Winchester 30-06 my Grandpa bought out of a Sears &Roebuck catalogue in the late 30’s.

Q: Favorite Shotgun?
A: Remington 870 police trade in I spruced up. It’s a true SHTF gun if there ever was one. AA-12 is a close second.

Q: First gun you remember shooting?
A: Red Rider BB Gun. No idea how old I was. Didn’t shoot any eyes out.

Q: Favorite Rifle?
A: Tough. I’ve spent a lot of time with M4s, I love them, probably the closest to a perfect rifle out there today. I like Garands, Winchester 94s, and SCARs too. Saying “rifles” is like saying “cars” there’s just way to many options.

Q: What’re some guns you absolutely hate?
A: Yes, great question. Mosin-Nagants. MP5s. S&W knives. So many more but I’ll hold off.

Q: How often do you carry a gun?
A: At least 6 days a week.

Q: What do you think of Pres. Obama?
A: I think he never really had a chance and didn’t do himself any favors.

Q: What’s the difference between silencers and suppressors?
A: Suppressor is the proper term for silencer.

Q: 5.56 or 7.62?
A: Either. They both have their uses. I can see .300 Blackout cutting into the 5.56 market though.

Q: What’s a good first gun for a woman?
A: Questions like this piss me off. Any gun a man can handle a woman can handle. Guns don’t recognize gender. Guys shouldn’t pack a Glock 20 while their lady has a .38 special 5 shot snubby. Asinine.

Chris Kyle and The Medal of Honor

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has been in the news a bunch lately due to the release of the movie “American Sniper” which is partly based on his life and exploits in Iraq. There has been a bit of controversy as to whether Kyle is truly a hero worthy of being honored. Despite what you might think about the movie, which I haven’t seen, having one made about your life is a big deal. This increased exposure has led to people calling Kyle names I won’t repeat, those people include a certain bulbous filmmaker who this blog doesn’t recognize as a human being.

During his time in the SEALs Kyle accumulated 150+ confirmed kills, a staggering amount. For comparison, Chuck Mawhinney, the top USMC sniper during Vietnam had 103 confirmed kills. Mr. Mawhinney never received much attention for his exploits, much of that attention instead went to Carlos Hathcock. Mr. Hathcock is without a doubt the most famous sniper is US history. Much like Kyle, Hathcock’s exploits are legendary in military circles. All these snipers have one huge thing in common however, they were never awarded the highest military honor in the US, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The U.S. Military has deployed snipers in every conflict in its history, from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. It seems odd then that the three most successful snipers in its history haven’t earned the CMH. Well noble and intelligent readers I have the answer and it’s pretty simple. Fear. The Military establishment is afraid honoring snipers will look bad. The main weapon of a sniper isn’t a scoped rifle, oh no, it’s the fear he (or she in the case of those crazy Russians) instills in the hearts of soldiers. Knowing that any second on the battlefield could be your last is an indescribably scary feeling and snipers only ramp up those fears.

Snipers have always held a fascination with the American public, from movies like Lone Survivor and American Sniper to books written by Stephen Hunter and Stan R. Mitchell.

Nothing makes me happier than seeing that American Sniper has become a box office hit and has been nominated for awards. Instead of picking apart the movie for wrong uniforms and unsafe gun handling, enjoy the movie and feel proud there are still men out there that’ll lace up their boots, strap on their armor, and protect your freedoms and our service members.

“The Congressional Medal of Honor or The Casket with Metal Handles, I guarantee you’ll get one of them”

Two Interesting Guns from SHOTshow

Another year of SHOTshow is upon us so the sweaty and armed will descend on Las Vegas to get their grubby little hands on the latest gear. A few gun companies have announced plans to start making some interesting guns.

First, unsurprisingly, is Ruger. Ruger has long been the King of interesting guns. Sometimes these guns fail terribly. Sometimes they succeed. Ruger recently announced plans to produce a stainless 1911 featuring a 4.25inch barrel. For those of you who EDC a 1911 or want to in the future this is big news. The Stainless steel will keep the weight manageable and 4.25inches is the shortest barrel length a 1911 can reliably eject .45acp. The gun will also have many features that are normally only found on semi-custom 1911s such as an oversized ejection port and an extended magazine release. I don’t often get excited about guns, especially ones that have been around for 100+ years but I will be buying one of these.

Second is SIG SAUER, they’ve already announced they’ll be moving into the optics game but a lesser announcement has me giddy like a schoolgirl. SIG will be releasing variants of the P220 in 10mm AUTO. I’m an unabashed fan of the 10mm so anytime a company starts clambering guns in this fantastic cartridge I get excited. Even if you’re not a fan of SIG, and I know a few sickos who aren’t, the fact that they’ll be chambering guns in 10mm is a huge step. Outside of 1911 style guns the only offerings in 10mm have been from Glock and EAA. Now Glock is a quality company, that’s well known but EAA has had some issues in the past. To be fair, they’ve addressed most of these guy just their name tends to turn people off. SIG stepping into the 10mm ring should be a huge factor in growing its popularity.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend SHOTshow this year (wasn’t invited) but my spies say it’ll be the best one in recent memory. I’ll have more when I know more.

Franchise Guns

The following are the guns I think are the “Franchise Guns” of some of the major gun companies. Feel free to disagree.

Glock
This one is a layup. Glock 17.

Beretta
Beretta has been a gun company since about 23 years after the dinosaurs died. They were mostly known for shotguns during their early years. That being said, it’s the 92 or M9. No doubt

Colt
Now this one isn’t easy. It comes down to two iconic pistols, the Single Action Army and the 1911. Both were .45s, both were used by the U.S. Military, and they both were used to great effect in war. I’ll take the 1911, barely.

Browning
Another close one. The Browning Hi-Power is without a doubt an iconic pistol. The A5 has put lots of food on lots of plates. Actually, never mind, it’s not close, Hi-Power in a landslide.

Remington
This one truly is razor thin. The 870 is a truly fantastic shotgun. The 700 has been used to reach out and touch enemies both foreign and domestic for decades. I’ll pick the 870 but that might change in twenty minutes.

Winchester
Yikes. Four good candidates here. The Model 70, the 1894, the 1873, and the Model 12. Only one has had a movie made about it, the 1873.

Smith & Wesson
My first instinct was to say the M&P. But even I can’t deny the power of Clint Eastwood and the .44 magnum. Model 29 without a doubt.

Ruger
I hate all rifles and pistols chambered in .22 but if I were to waste money on one it would be the 10-22.

The Perfect Knife

I own a bunch of knives, too many to reliably count. During the last 15 years I’ve been on a search for the “perfect knife.” It’s no secret that there are some great knife makers out there. The art of custom knife making is a dying one. It’s simply not easy to pound pieces of steel into shape knowing one mistake ruins hours of work. The rise and increased quality of factory knives has aided the downfall as well. I’ve complied a list of things that would make up my perfect knife. One that can be used tactical, woodland, and general usage scenarios.

-Blade of at least 3 inches.
-Frame Lock if a folding knife.
-Sheath of Kydex or Leather. No bullshit nylon
-Slightly curved tanto blade.
-Blade of AUS8 or better.
-Less than 2 pounds.
-Slightly textured handle.
-Pommel and Handguard if fixed blade.
-Medium depth finger groove for pointer finger

That’s not too many right? I’m sure one of the knife savants out there could make me such a knife. I’d have to sell my kidneys and steal a few to afford it but a guy can dream!

Stocks

When building or buying a new rifle, no matter the type, the stock of the rifle should fit its usage. A target rifle shouldn’t have a folding or collapsible stock. A CQB rifle probably shouldn’t have a fixed stock. Each type of stock has its advantages and disadvantages.

Fixed stocks are by far the most common type of stock. Most hunting rifles, shotguns, and semi-auto rifles have them. They have a set length, are the sturdiest option, and are by far the best choice for accurate shooting. They have a few disadvantages too. They’re by far the heaviest, that set length can make operating in heavier clothes or while wearing a vest troublesome, and they can limit your maneuverability.

Folding stocks come in two varieties: Wire and a regular stock that just folds. Wire stocks are most often see on AK pattern rifles and they really help to lessen their weight. Regular stocks that fold are common on many different semi-auto rifles and help the maneuverability of rifles that normally can be clunky when getting out of vehicles. Think FN FAL. Folding stocks can become loose with prolong use and nobody likes a shaky stock. They can also fold at the wrong time and the results can be devastating. Overall with proper maintenance they’re a solid option.

Collapsible stocks are relative newcomers on the stock market and have become much more prevalent with the “rise of the AR”. They’re so common some states have banned their use, don’t know why, so don’t ask. They’re most common on ARs but can be found on most types of rifles and shotguns as well. Collapsible stocks are great when you might need to operate all year long because they can be shortened in the winter and lengthened in warmer months. Their ability to shorten also helps when a smaller person or lady friend wants to shoot your gun. Their disadvantages are similar to those of folding stocks but with proper care and regular maintenance they’re a great option.

So when building that dream gun remember to have the proper stock. Your Remington 700 probably doesn’t need a folding stock but your FN SCAR might!