A new favorite deep concealment pistol – Glock’s 43X

Over the years I’ve tested most of the smaller, more concealable pistols to reach the market, with particular emphasis on ease of handling and concealment by partly disabled shooters.  Almost all of them were comparable in terms of magazine capacity, available calibers and cartridges, accuracy, and so on.  My ultimate criteria was always ergonomics;  how well did the pistol fit the hands, grip and physical capabilities of the shooter?  Since there are so many variations in shooters, I couldn’t say that any one model was better than another across the board.  My personal choice for several years was Springfield’s XDS model, which fit

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Good question, Chicago!

Chicago politicians have consistently blamed the “flood” of guns coming in from outside for the incredibly high figures for gun crime in that city.  That’s nonsense, of course, but they continue to parrot the same old excuse.  Just days ago, Mayor Lightfoot got into a Twitter spat with Senator Ted Cruz on the subject. I think the problem is nicely summed up in this meme, that I found over at Chief Nose Wetter‘s place. Good question, Ms. Mayor!  Let’s hear your answer! Peter

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Walmart, guns, and safety

I note that Walmart has announced new restrictions on the sale of firearms and ammunition, and has asked its customers not to open-carry their firearms, even in states where this is legal. I have no problem with Walmart making whatever decisions are best for its business.  That’s entirely within the company’s purview.  What troubles me about these restrictions is that they’re public relations window-dressing.  They won’t actually do anything to solve the problem of the misuse of firearms for criminal purposes.  They’re feel-good measures, not actually do-good steps.  The Babylon Bee highlighted the difference in its usual masterly satirical way. In a bold move intended

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Oh, snap!

Geraldo Rivera thought he could use a comedienne’s tweet to smack down gun owners: Dana Loesch, fiery former spokesperson for the NRA, fired back: Come on, Geraldo, top that one!  Don’t keep the nice lady waiting! Peter

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Follow-up links on self defense in a mass shooting situation

Courtesy of more than one reader, here are some links with additional information to go with the three articles I posted earlier about personal security in an era of mass shootings: Personal safety during a mass shooting Everywhere is a potential danger zone – so prepare accordingly Ammunition selection for small handguns Greg Ellifritz wrote two articles some years ago that directly address some of the same issues.  I recommend both to your attention: “Mouse Gun” Gelatin Testing Results Stop Worrying About Overpenetration! I note that both articles confirm my preference for my standard .38 Special and .380 ACP loads,

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Quote of the day – gun control edition

The usual suspects are coming up with the same tired old ideas to implement gun control, usually incrementally, so we don’t see confiscation creeping up on us.  It’s a game as old as the hills, and it’ll go on as long as the hills are there. One idea being advanced (again) as part of a “Green New Deal for Guns” is a gun buyback program, this time mandatory rather than voluntary.  Of course, it’s logically nonsensical;  how can the government (or anyone else) buy back a gun that was never theirs in the first place?  However, logic has never stopped a gun-grabber. 

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Ammunition selection for small handguns

Following my blog post yesterday morning on the selection of concealable firearms, I had a number of comments and e-mails about my ammunition recommendations for .38 Special snubnose revolvers.  I said that I used Buffalo Bore’s full wadcutter load.  I was criticized for this, because it’s not an expanding load (i.e. a hollow point or soft point bullet), and therefore might lead to overpenetration. Folks, there’s a very important point to remember.  Bullet expansion is a function of two things:  bullet velocity and target composition.  The last factor is something we can’t control, except by aim, and even that isn’t guaranteed.  If you shoot someone in the

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Everywhere is a potential danger zone – so prepare accordingly

After the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton, one thing should have become clear to every American:  there are no “safe spaces” in which shootings will not occur.  Anywhere can be chosen by some deranged maniac or warped, twisted deviant to express his feelings by shooting a few (or a few dozen) people. That being the case, the question arises of personal preparedness for such events.  I’ve addressed personal safety concerns in a previous blog post.  This morning I’d like to address the need to be armed and ready to defend ourselves and our loved ones.  This article is directed primarily at those readers who

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and I bet none of these guns will ever hurt anybody

Amid all the leftist hoopla about how nasty and scary and deadly guns are, and how we should restrict the living daylights out of them, it’s nice to be reminded that in very large parts of this country, they’re regarded with nonchalance as a routine part of everyday life.  They’re seldom used to harm anyone – they’re much more likely to be used to put food on the table. (Of course, if the need should arise to protect others from harm, they’ll do that job, too.  As an illustration, a carload of gang-bangers from a big city some hours away

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A snappy answer to a stupid question

As usual after any mass shooting tragedy, the anti-gunners have been spouting their propaganda once more, including the tired old canard “Who needs a 100-round magazine?”  It makes for a cute sound bite, but has little or nothing to do with reality – particularly because most shooters can change magazines pretty quickly when necessary (as we’ll see below), rendering the question moot. Congressional representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky had a great answer to that question. Nicely put, sir! I don’t have any very-large-capacity magazines for my rifles, because I’ve found too many cases where they jam or cause problems.  That’s not to say there

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