Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gun Myth: "The *Insert Calibre* is the only legitimate calibre to use."

Now be warned this article may read a little preachy however that is not my intention. I am simply sharing my opinion.

One thing I notice a lot when we get to talking about firearms especially in relation to defensive use is people getting uppity about a particular calibre or claiming if you want a defensive firearm it cant be anything smaller then the X cartridge. Some of these guys are simply on a ego trip and some of these guys are of that old school attitude who feel that the only thing a man needs to fight of any threat is a non filter lucky strike and an M1 Garand. Personally I cannot hate the old school man but what I can hate is foolish pride getting in the way of people arming themselves with kit that they are able to use.

This can be between personal conversations with people on ranges or even in the online gun community. It is kind of the same phenomena as people bashing a particular brand of firearm under the belief that the firearm is totally worthless and not as good as their gun.

Now some calibres are superior to others and 17+1 rounds in a Glock 17 is better then 5 shots in a snub nosed revolver and yes some bullets are faster, some are slower some hit harder because of weight or some break up and do "more damage" (See my previous post on Hollow Point Ammunition) It is all.. kind of old actually. Lets first off just touch on the fact that some people cant shoot a 10mm. Some cant shoot a 40 S&W to those people I prescribe that they try something smaller and some will say "Well if they cant handle a .40 they need to deal with it. More cops use .40 then any other round on the market" Really? deal with it? why not instead find them a round and a pistol that they can run like a champ and effectively hit their targets? 4 out of 4 hits with a 9mm is better then 2 hits out of 4 from a .45 any day of the week.

Also while the .40 is an effective round the adoption and development of the .40 S&W was a very political move not so much a matter of ballistics.

If you're older or feeble and cant even run a 9mm. Get a .380 or just ANYTHING that you can use effectively. Like I said in my very first post fighting is a mental exercise before anything. It starts in the mind before anything else and you need to take your ego out of the equation.It is the fighting mindset that will carry you to safety not some fancy gizmo or a magic bullet.

Clint Smith at Thunder Ranch one of my all time favourite tactical trainers constantly argues that the gun that is with you is better then the gun that's at home in the safe and for that reason I would prescribe to you that you get a pistol, that uses ammo that you can shoot, ammo you can afford and ammo you can acquire easily. To some people that may only be a .380 or .22 (depending on your abilities or your countries laws like Mexico for example where you can only own a pistol of .380 or lower)

If that is all you can own legally why not carry it? Now according to some people to carry such a gun would be a waste of time as the rounds would simply bounce off of your opponent like superman and fall at their feet.  Let me be clear that while I am not a doctor or a para medic I am confident enough in my knowledge of anatomy of ballistics that I will say right here that ANY round of any calibre that is fired into the throat or neck area is not going to be a pretty sight for the person who was hit.
And personally I do not care how hardcore someone is I do not see anyone taking two or three rounds into that area with all of those vital points and staying in the fight in a serious manner. Do you?


Terrorism: DHS believes that food trucks may be a terrorist threat

We have met the enemy. And his name is fried food
Some times I wonder if DHS gets scared of its own shadow. a fairly impressive security intelligence website that I only just recently discovered posted a link to a DHS sponsored PowerPoint presentation provided by the Fire Department of the City of New York that discusses the unique safety issues that roach wagons (mobile food trucks) represent. Along with some moderately legitimate concerns such as many food trucks using propane and/or gasoline-powered generators to cook and some vehicles may not be properly licensed food vendors etc however those are matters of public health and or commerce. Not Terrorism which is what the powerpoint turns into. Little more then a wild speculation that food trucks represent one more way that terrorists will use to kill us all.

Now I am getting tired of the sort of fire for effect method that is being used for counter terrorism where the belief that if we simply treat anything and everything out there as a terrorism threat we will be prepared when one presents itself. It is disappointing that this is the best a government agency with a 60 billion dollar budget and a quarter of a million people in its employ can come

How should we handle this infestation of food vans which obviously is a clear threat to national security? shall the health inspectors start packing rifles and IIIA Body Armour? I mean I thought this guy would be enough  to take care of the roach wagons?

Jokes aside I do acknowledge that terrorism is a very serious threat and terrorists do come in all shapes and sizes but to develop that risk into a fear of thinking every ice cream truck on your street is an IED strike waiting to happen is absolutely insane. This game of looking at the world through a toilet paper roll called Counter Terrorism needs to be dealt with. This is more absurd then the British made Anti Terrorism commercials about people who pay with cash or working in their garage are possible terrorist threats.

All in all the USDHS Needs to focus. Not every single issue of our society is a terrorist threat and not everything in our society needs to be looked at from a position of national security, I understand that this is one of the purposes of the Department of Homeland Security however that does not make roach wagons into VBIED's