So where do you get the ammunition?

In my review of Ruger’s PC9 carbine, published earlier this morning, I recommended Federal HST 147gr. hollowpoint ammunition as an ideal pairing with the firearm.  That engendered several e-mails from frustrated readers, all saying, in so many words, “That’s all very well, but where do we find that ammo?  Our local dealers don’t have it in stock!” That’s not too difficult.  I’ve bought almost all my ammunition from SGAmmo of Oklahoma for several years, and I’d like to give them a shout-out here.  (No, they’re not compensating me in any way for it, whether in cash or in kind.  I

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An almost ideal home/family defense weapon

For years, my recommendation for a basic, simple home and family defense firearm, for those who are not able or willing to undergo the training necessary to make best use of a different weapon, has been a 20ga. youth-model shotgun.  I discussed it in some depth in this article. However, a new arrival on the firearms scene has led me to update that recommendation.  Ruger introduced its PC9 carbine some months ago, and it’s been selling like hot cakes – so much so that it’s very difficult to get hold of one.  Most gunshops can’t keep them on the shelves. 

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It’s been a bad week for armed robbers . . .

. . . because sometimes their victims are armed, too. 1.  Jacksonville police: Man takes cash register from Walmart, tries to carjack 2 people at knifepoint A man was arrested Friday after he took a cash register drawer from the Walmart at River City Marketplace and then tried to carjack two people at knifepoint. . . . A witness saw Hill get into a silver Ford SUV, but it did not appear to start, so he got out and ran. Police said Hill approached a man who was sitting in the parking lot near Supercuts. Hill asked the man for a

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A very worthy new Combat Magnum revolver

Smith & Wesson originally applied the name “Combat Magnum” to their short-barreled Model 19/66 K-frame revolver chambered in .357 Magnum.  It gained a stellar reputation among cops and civilian carriers alike during the 1960’s and beyond.  It’s still being made. However, Smith & Wesson have now introduced another “Combat Magnum”, this time chambered for .44 Magnum.  It’s a short-barreled variant of their Model 69, an L-frame, five-shot revolver. For those of us who remember the long-out-of-production Model 696, a 5-shot L-frame revolver chambered in .44 Special, the new revolver is a thing of beauty.  Its barrel is only ¼” shorter

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Courage, good tactics and gun-handling save a motorist

Courtesy of FerFAL, we find this video of an off-duty Argentinian policeman who was attacked by three armed muggers as he pulled his car into his garage one evening.  Despite being outnumbered by three men carrying firearms, he waited for the right moment, then pulled his own gun and killed two of them, critically injuring the third. Google Translate renders the Spanish video description as follows: Two criminals were killed and another was seriously wounded during an attack on a policeman on Thursday night at Isidro Casanova, La Matanza party. The incident occurred around 20.30 on the street Acassuso to

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An often overlooked but very useful self-defense tool

The good, old-fashioned police truncheon (often called a baton, nightstick or billy club in the USA) was no slouch at quieting restless individuals.  It has a rich and storied history, sometimes favorable, sometimes notorious, usually depending on which side of the truncheon the historian was standing at the time. The Truth About Knives has brought us a couple of historic videos of how to use this implement.  Recommended viewing. I have one handy near the front door, just in case of need.  Oh – you ask where you can get them?  Modern substitutes are freely available at low cost, both

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Woman helps cop, kills bad guy – then gets sued

Last year a woman in Indiana courageously assisted a police officer who was being beaten down by a criminal, who was trying to grab his gun.  She shot the perpetrator, who subsequently died of his injuries.  She was cleared of any wrongdoing by the authorities – but now she’s being sued by the family of the deceased criminal.  An original news report about the incident may be found here.  A PoliceOne report about the impending lawsuit may be found here. A fundraiser has been started to help this courageous woman pay the legal expenses incurred in defending herself.  From its

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Murders in the USA – the “Behavioral Sink” in action?

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, ethologist John C. Calhoun experimented with rats to find out how their behavior changed when their population density (i.e the number of rats in a confined space) was increased.  He described their behavior in two papers that have become seminal in their field: Population Density and Social Pathology Death Squared:  The Explosive Growth and Demise of a Mouse Population He called their reactions the “Behavioral Sink“, observing that normal interactions became pathologically warped under the stress of overcrowding, resulting in violence, cannibalism, and the breakdown of normal social interaction.  The term (and his experiments)

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Your ammo supplies: reload or stockpile?

I’ve stumbled (via e-mail) into quite the heated debate over what one needs in the way of reserve ammunition supplies, particularly if there are severe disruptions to what one can buy in the shops for an extended period.  (I’m sure many of us recall the “ammo drought” of 2013, and the instant shortage of M855 ammunition after a BATFE announcement that same year.)  I’m pretty sure we’ll see such shortages again, for any of a number of reasons – not least political disruption.  California is already forbidding bulk ammo sales from out of state direct to shooters, and from next

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Banning semi-auto firearms? There are alternatives.

One of the latest tactics of the anti-gunners seems to be to try to demonize all semi-automatic firearms, not just rifles like the AR-15 or AK-47.  The propaganda war to achieve a ban on such weapons is already under way.  For example, the anti-gun Washington Post claims: But the latest available polling shows that, in fact, more than half of Americans say they would support an across-the-board ban on all semiautomatic weapons. And academics who study gun violence say that such a ban would be an effective way to combat mass shootings and gun violence overall. Those in favor of

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