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Firearms are tools and like any tool, can be dangerous if not handled correctly.
Cleaning rod + .338 Lapua = I think you might be able to salvage the trigger guard, but that’s about it.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2014 9:12:05 AM | Feedback (9)
We teach our kids about the dangers of many things, why not firearms? Firearms are no different than swimming pools, electricity, sharp kitchen knives, and magnifying glasses. Children live in a world where these things exist. Someday, sooner than you think, they will visit friends’ houses where guns (and everything else you hope they’ll never get into) might be easily available when you’re not around. When that day comes, if you have taught them well, they will know how to keep themselves...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/12/2014 9:09:15 AM | Feedback (5)
Somehow, this guy managed to break all 9. Hat Tip Michael Z Williamson
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2013 1:30:20 PM | Feedback (3)
The NYPD does NOT like being called out about poor firearm safety for their ‘junk on the bunk’ spread I called NYPD yesterday to ask a few questions about the press conference. The first time around a Lieutenant answered the phone and our conversation was brief. I told him I was a reporter and simply asked him why the confiscated guns were pointed out at the audience (instead of placed sideways). "They're not loaded," he said. "Why are you focusing on the negative?" If you were to do...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/20/2013 11:43:35 AM | Feedback (2)
The Mrs. and I went to my company’s Christmas Totally-Non-Offensive-And-Completely-Secular Holiday party on Saturday. They had a little booth where you could take instant pictures and email / Facebook them right there. They had silly props for everyone to use and it was a lot of fun. I, of course, was drawn to these babies Later, looking at the picture, I noticed that even though I was clearly handling orange, plastic guns, I automatically kept my finger outside of the trigger guard. I almost...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/11/2012 9:23:08 AM | Feedback (13)
On a Facebook thread, there’s a discussion regarding “No Loaded Weapons” signs on the doors of one of the largest gun shops here in Florida. Underneath is fine print that says “We respect the rights of CCW holders. Please keep it concealed” which covers all their bases. Granted, that fine print didn’t always used to be there and I think that’s where the griping comes in. I understand that there is a big concern in a gun store with people continually handling guns and that the goal is to do the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/28/2012 9:11:35 AM | Feedback (14)
Rich Haley is doing a series on having a gun in the home when you have children over at Babble.com, a parenting website run by Disney / ABC. I have it easy here. I can discuss guns openly and the vast majority of my readers are gun owners, so it’s an easy sell. Rich, on the other hand, is discussing the topic in a place where generally the subject is taboo. Please head over and give him a read and a hand in the comments. Be civil, not everyone is steeped in the gun culture as we are and being...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/26/2012 11:55:42 AM | Feedback (1)
What condition do you store your firearms? Me? I like to load every gun up with one in the chamber, safeties off, muzzle pointing outward, with rubber bands on the triggers because that’s how I roll. Ok, maybe I don’t really do that. Any firearm that is not used actively for SD remains unloaded. CCW pieces stay loaded, but I remove the entire rig so that the gun never leaves the holster. If the handgun is loaded and in the safe, it will be in a holster. Other guns generally are stored in their...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/26/2012 10:19:47 AM | Feedback (18)
On November 1st, Oklahoma will allow for Open Carry. Seems a lot of people want in on the bloodletting Firearms classes all over the area are filling up. If you're interested, you need to know it takes a few weeks to secure the proper license. Matthew Burton has been extremely busy lately. Burton said his phone has been ringing non-stop. He said concerned citizens are asking him when they can enroll in his firearms training class. Enrollment has more than doubled, since Governor Fallin...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/25/2012 11:08:05 AM | Feedback (5)
Take your time when reholstering. I’ve spoken at length about that here. *If they did, it was a dumb competition
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/4/2012 2:58:32 PM | Feedback (1)
I hate saying this out loud because it doesn’t help my cause, but I will – The biggest hurdle to regaining our 2A rights tends to be gun owners. Call it Fuddism or whatever you like, but working in this field it shocks me how many and how fast gun owners will turn on you. We’re not doing enough, we’re doing too much, we’re not doing it the way someone else does it. The bitching never stops especially from those who can’t even pony up $25 for a membership. Another thing is how even gun owners...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/25/2012 10:58:12 AM | Feedback (6)
They go for spear guns as well Hat Tip Tango
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/20/2012 8:28:58 AM | Feedback (2)
I think it was Tam who uttered that phrase one time and started the wheel a’ rolling in my brain, but I want to talk about risk stacking and how it pertains to firearms and why I think we argue amongst ourselves over the minute details because of it. Life is dangerous. The death rate is 100% and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon. While modern life has prolonged the inevitable, each breath you take runs the risk of inhaling some virus that will void your birth certificate. The...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2012 9:31:23 AM | Feedback (5)
From Jay C. over at pistol-forum.com Put your handgun back in the holster... reluctantly. Hat tip commenter Lyford
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2012 8:50:26 AM | Feedback (3)
In various discussions over my point that carrying in Condition 3 is a bad idea, both in real life and on the Interweb Tubes, I’ve noticed the number one reason to carry without one in the chamber is because of a fear of an ND from holstering. “Oh, I’ve had my shirt / keys / ChapStick / Pocket Sausage get caught in the trigger guard! It could happen!” appears to be the main retort. It finally struck me why this is. Holstering your pistol is not supposed to be an afterthought, folks. It would...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/7/2012 12:48:05 PM | Feedback (20)
A question was posed on one of the Facebooks asking if people carried their pistols with one in the chamber. To this day, I cannot fathom why anyone would want to carry an unloaded pistol. The increase in safety against an ND/AD is far, far, far outweighed by the danger you put yourself in by not being able to deploy your weapon when needed. Not only is there no guarantee that you will have both hands available, it’s a high probability you’re going to need your offhand to be doing something...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/4/2012 8:53:41 AM | Feedback (54)
Why do grip safeties still exist? My M&P will not fire unless you pull the trigger. You can drop it, kick it, yell dirty words at it, and have Congress pass a bill requiring it to bend the laws of physics and still the bullet would remain firmly seated inside the brass casing. “But Robb,” I hear you say, “A 1911! JMB said so! The hammer is back and everything!”  Yeah, well you could fan the hammer of my Dan Wesson until it was worn down to a nub, and unless that trigger is back, the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/6/2012 10:52:46 AM | Feedback (33)
But when you post shit that will get people killed if they were to listen to you, you’ve gone a bit far Moving through the hallway to get back to your family and protect them won’t be a problem because the handgun is small and light and fits nicely in the waistband of your Fruit of the Looms if need be. You’re seriously saying to Mexican carry a pistol in your underwear? I can’t decide if the article was meant to be written tongue in cheek or not, but the advice is horrific, factually...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/13/2012 10:03:37 AM | Feedback (10)
Man accidentally shoots his wife with a cannon
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/6/2012 3:43:58 PM | Feedback (10)
Since nothing starts the week off like drama, let me brush the silky coat of the Llama and parade it around a bit. So, there’s been a bit of a disagreement on carrying the Apex FSS for self defense because some people claim it is an unsafe trigger. I don’t see it this way, so I’m going to hash out my feelings here in this post and let people battle it out in the comments. Here’s the catch, Tam herself claims to consider it unsafe, and in my world “Tam said so” is not an appeal to authority...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/16/2012 9:42:12 AM | Feedback (33)
This was in my Google alerts for ‘Gun’ stories
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2011 10:39:46 AM | Feedback (3)
Over at the Florida Carry Facebook page, I’m in a conversation where someone asked if we should have ‘stricter training requirements’ for CCW. My response is a resounding, emphatic, absolute “NO!!”. Which isn’t to say you should seek out training. Maybe not this kind of training, but some training nonetheless. I hear you now “Robb, if we’re not supposed to take Tactical Ninja 8 Gun SOCOM Six Sigma Master class, then how will we be prepared for the eventual ‘Nakatomi Plaza’ scenario?” to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/15/2011 10:11:45 AM | Feedback (8)
Holsters, people. Holsters. Joshua Seto, 27, of Chandler, Ariz., accidentally shot himself with his girlfriend’s pink handgun — tucked in the waistband of his pants — as he walked into a food store last Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reported. The bullet struck his penis, before continuing through his left thigh. Every guy reading this just crossed his legs. Hat tip Alphecca
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/8/2011 6:35:11 AM | Feedback (9)
I posted the other day about the representative who pointed her gun at a reporter. Her version of the story is different During the interview, she didn’t whip out her gun to show it off. The reporter specifically asked to see it. He then wanted her to demonstrate the Crimson Trace laser. Senator Kline complied, pointing the gun toward a wall and activating the laser. The reporter then approached her, momentarily getting himself between the gun and the wall. The Senator said that as soon...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/13/2011 10:14:43 AM | Feedback (6)
Nothing like helping our cause by pointing your pistol at a reporter’s chest. Because that always gets a good laugh and great press.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/12/2011 9:53:11 AM | Feedback (3)
After seeing this video (hat tip Tam), it struck me that, as a firearm owner, I am woefully underprepared to deal with a gunshot wound. Sure, I carry Band-Aids in my range bag, but those little strips will be useless against a 10mm wound. And even if I had all the correct gear, what pray tell would I do with it should that situation arise? Turns out, I don’t even have the knowledge. So, to correct this horrific oversight, I am on a quest to learn how to deal with gunshot wounds. Self...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/6/2011 10:18:38 AM | Feedback (42)
No purchase necessary. The only requirement is a forgetful cop. Thank God cops have more training than us lowly citizens otherwise this could have made for a really dangerous situation.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/30/2011 10:46:26 AM | Feedback (3)
Apparently, .223 works. Dumb people do dumb things. Imagine that!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/1/2011 9:36:07 AM | Feedback (4)
Remember this excellent article in Shooting Illustrated? The one that said “Do not try to catch a dropped gun”? Yeah, well that article became near and dear to me this weekend when I made a boneheaded mistake and ended up flinging my Glock 20 to the ground. I was getting ready to head out and put on my Minotaur. As a safety measure, I always remove my holster with the gun still in it, and put it on the same way. Well, one of the clips had managed to snag itself in a belt look and I was a...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/5/2011 10:49:28 AM | Feedback (19)
Don’t try to catch it. Chance says so and he’s a smart guy.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/31/2011 8:52:20 AM | Feedback (0)
So there I am, doing some dry fire practice. I checked the chamber, it was empty, so I practiced a cross draw. Somehow my finger found its way to the trigger and pulled halfway through the draw and *BAM*! A 10mm bullet travelling at 1300fps does considerable damage to drywall. Luckily there was spackling available and I was able to fix the wall before anyone got home, but the guilt was powerful. So powerful that even after waking up, I was shaken. In the dream, I knew I had an empty chamber,..
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/29/2011 9:06:38 AM | Feedback (5)
I admit it, as a former professional photographer and a current gun enthusiast, I have a natural tendency to get squicked when I see people photographing guns while violating any of the 4 Rules. For example, Caleb put up this picture on Facebook Of course, the very first thing that popped into my head was “HEY! I have those exact same gloves!” which was immediately followed by OMGFINGERONTHEBOOMSWITCH!!!! Which is ridiculous. The 4 Rules aren’t exactly immutable. In fact, you can break one...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/21/2011 10:13:01 AM | Feedback (12)
Kabooms aren’t fun. Interestingly this one happened not in a Glock with reloaded ammo, but a Springfield XD M .45 with Cor-Bon factory ammo. Now, my kBoom! wasn’t as severe as the one linked here. The case simply gave out at a point and funneled some of the hot gas down the grip. It did feel like someone slapping my palm really hard, but there was no damage to the pistol that I could discern and since has had hundreds of rounds through it with no problems. This is why I only carry loads made...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/10/2011 9:05:23 AM | Feedback (13)
2 men dressed as Santa rob a Swedish castle guard of his *loaded* AK5. Seriously, we need to ban Swedish guards as they are an easy source for illegal weaponry. Full auto, illegal weaponry if my memory serves. This happened in the middle of the night where I’m sure that boredom overrode Condition Yellow into White. I also don’t know if the Swedes are allowed to shoot. He may have not had that option, or he may have just been jumped, the article doesn’t give much detail. All I can say is make...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/27/2010 10:28:52 AM | Feedback (2)
Michael Bane gives some wonderful advice in his podcast on how to deescalate a scenario if you are 'made' to be carrying a gun. I'm glad I listened to this because honestly, my stubborn ass would probably go into full Threeper mode trying to assert my rights, blah blah blah and thus, increasing the risk of being shot. In some situations, sucking down one's pride and simply leaving is the best option. We carry guns to protect ourselves. We do the exact opposite by being dicks in a situation...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/23/2010 10:00:41 AM | Feedback (2)
Or, How to Not Get Shot by the Police. This is an important thing to consider. When a cop is called to a scene where there's been a shooting, he or she will have no idea who the good guy vs. bad guy is. You need to consider this before you hold the bad guy at gunpoint or continue to display your firearm. Personally, I always think about how I can put away my gun as soon as possible after an event. Back into the holster and concealed is a good way of not having it out where an officer might...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2010 11:22:14 AM | Feedback (7)
One thing about the gun owner community is that we tend to be more law abiding and more level headed than the general populace. This guy, though, is the exception to the rule. (Don't watch that video if you suffer from high blood pressure) Unfortunately for us gunnies, shmucks like that guy give us a bad name, and there's nothing we can do outside of ostracizing idiots like him and stay faithful to our principles. I wish there was a legitimate way to filter out the .1% of Darwin Candidates...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/14/2010 10:34:33 AM | Feedback (9)
I met Greg for dinner on Monday since he's heading out to Iraq for a year. Something we talked about suddenly popped into my head. We were discussing the whole accident vs. negligence thing and of course the 4 Rules were brought up. We as gunnies push them hard because you have to break two of them at a time to have bad juju happen. Then Greg brought up another thing that made me go hmmm.. Sometimes, you have to break the rules. And while I'd love to yell at every photograph with some dimbo...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/10/2010 2:19:14 PM | Feedback (9)
Or alternately titled "Let's start an impassioned argument early this week". One of the things I find myself getting caught up in is the gunny tendency to come down harder on my own kind than probably is required. All of us seem to jump at the chance to cluck our tongues at other gunnies who have misfortunate events happen to them, generally in the realm of negligent discharges. So far, the only thing I've seen that would qualify as a true accidental discharge from most of the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/8/2010 9:17:17 AM | Feedback (13)
THIS is reasoned discourse Hi Readers — Here’s another question that arrived in th email. It began,  ”Can we talk about gunplay for a few minutes?” Happily, by “gunplay” they writer didn’t mean, “What’s the upside of random shootings?” But rather, “Is it okay for kids to play around, pretending to shoot each other?” While it drives me crazy when one of my sons puts his hand up to his brother’s temple and pantomimes “Pow!”, I totally love it when they get out their Nerf guns and run...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/20/2010 12:44:40 PM | Feedback (2)
Rather a Free Gun Zone Dayton police are looking for an officer-issued rifle missing that might have fallen off the roof of an officer’s car Sunday, Feb. 14, police said. … “The officer recalled placing it on the roof of his cruiser as he inspected and prepared his cruiser/equipment for his tour of duty,” Hess said. “We are looking into whether he drove off with it still on the roof or if it was taken from atop the roof.” An interesting thought – It was a patrol rifle, but when it...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/16/2010 9:46:38 AM | Feedback (7)
Carteach has the full story, and it is a must read I was shot point blank in the chest Friday the 13th of July 2007, the bullet entered near the front edge of my left armpit about 4 in. to the left of my left nipple and about 2 in above it. The bullet traveled through my left lung destroying about 30% of it then the bullet nicked my aorta and heart sack it then ricocheted of of the inside front of my ribcage. It then tore through my diaphragm leaving a 3 in by 2 in hole in my diaphragm....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/11/2010 9:58:22 AM | Feedback (0)
Howard Nemerov points to this interesting statistic Since 1984 there have been over 122,000,000 firearms purchased by civilians, and yet somehow the accidental firearms death rate has plummeted 71.4%. How can that be? The Brady Campaign and their ilk constantly tell us that more firearms means more accidental deaths. They fight at every turn to prevent programs like Eddie Eagle from being taught in schools. Which makes sense in a way. People like Dennis Henigan and Paul Hemlke can't really...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/29/2009 1:37:29 PM | Feedback (13)
Something you don't normally find in news articles, but this Middletown Journal article happens to have just that. When it comes to gun safety and kids, there is serious disagreement — some people advocate letting children become comfortable with firearms, while others say to keep them far away. “It’s about education and parents instructing kids properly,” said Hamilton police Detective Dan Stevenson. “Take the mystique away from them.” In his view, exposing children to firearms and...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/4/2009 7:36:18 AM | Feedback (5)
But if you ask the wrong question, you're going to get the wrong answer. In yet another ridiculous move by the anti-self-defense camp, a national “ASK” day was established about ten years ago.  Its purpose was to remind parents to be proactive about protecting their children from firearm accidents simply by asking their friends and neighbors about the use of guns in their respective homes.  Its intent was to remind parents to inquire of friends and neighbors that their children...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/9/2009 8:03:30 AM | Feedback (15)
Being a gun supply company owner doesn't invalidate rule #2 State police say 53-year-old George Numrich was cleaning a rocket-propelled grenade training launcher when it discharged, firing a 7.62-caliber bullet. Sgt. Edward McKenna says the bullet hit Numrich in his left leg. I consider my leg something I do not wish to see destroyed.
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/1/2009 1:57:47 PM | Feedback (7)
Smart guns cannot be used by anyone but the actual owner. Unless you're not the owner and you pull the trigger. Then all bets are off.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/28/2009 10:51:37 AM | Feedback (0)
A reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) emailed me today with the following request Hi Robb, I have a friend who’s currently in the conversation phase with her husband about gun ownership. She’s pretty level headed, but one of her biggest hang ups is that she thinks having a gun in the house will make the household less safe on net, not more safe. She’s highly educated (JD, MS), intelligent, and isn’t afraid of evil mind control rays that might be emitted by a gun, but isn’t really...
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/22/2009 8:24:07 PM | Feedback (28)
A gun safety class meets a fear of guns The class was different than I thought it would be. I thought it would be pretty textbook - this is a gun, these are the parts, this is how you use it, blah blah blah. But I felt like the class was taught by the zen master of gun safety. He was all about being calm around the weapon - about finding an inner peace and balance. Yeah, I know that feeling ;)
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/31/2009 8:14:26 AM | Feedback (2)
Turns out, it's less dangerous than every other freaking sport known to man!!!! Including archery, but that's because the whole "Hey, watch me shoot this apple off my son's head" is so cliché.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/24/2009 2:06:56 PM | Feedback (6)
You have to obey the 4 rules The career criminal shot himself with a glock handgun at close range in a house at St Munchin's Street, St Mary's Park. He had been inspecting the gun and removed the loaded magazine from it while handling it. However, he failed to realise a bullet was still in the chamber before he discharged the weapon while it was pointed at his head. Aren't guns illegal in Ireland? Didn't this guy know the law forbid him from having it??? And for Pete's sake, a 'bullet in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/24/2009 2:03:36 PM | Feedback (6)
Joshua Beasley killed his wife. Today he was booked for manslaughter According to the affidavit, "She (Alaina) pointed her hand at the defendant and pretended to have a gun. The defendant said he raised the shotgun to his shoulder and pulled the trigger...He said he forgot the gun was loaded." Joshua made many mistakes which sadly turned fatal. He failed to check to ensure his weapon was unloaded before 'sweeping' the house. He failed to avoid pointing the muzzle at something he didn't want to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/6/2009 3:29:47 PM | Feedback (6)
Better make DAMN sure the pistol you're using isn't loaded At the end of the play, Kellerman’s character takes a fatal gunshot to the head. Just after 5 p.m., Kellerman got on his knees and his co-star, William Bordy, 78, pulled the trigger on a .32-caliber revolver. To everyone’s shock the gun was anything but a prop, instead later found to be fully loaded. Yeesh. I mean, I understand that in plays, sometimes there will be guns involved and therein lies a catch-22. If the firearm is...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/21/2009 8:44:14 AM | Feedback (5)
Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go somewhere, something happened to me for the very first time and I thought I'd share. This story reminded me of it The toilet at Centerville’s Carl’s Jr. restaurant never knew what hit it, but police say it was a slug from a 26-year-old Salt Lake City man’s .40-caliber handgun. As the man hitched up his pants, the pistol fell from the holster, hit the tile floor and fired — shattering the toilet and sending porcelain into the man’s arm. See, I had placed...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 1/15/2009 9:35:08 AM | Feedback (9)
But apparently common sense doesn't fly with "Only Ones" FDLE: Marshal's Shooting Of Suspect Accidental, Justified Ok, riddle me this - How can an accident be "justified"? Justification is required for intentional events, not "Oops! Sorry!" The FDLE has released an 83-page report about the shooting of David Christopher Sills, who had been sought on felony drug warrants when he was shot Oct. 16. Sills, 26, was later arrested at St. Joseph's Hospital on felony cocaine trafficking warrants. 83...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/19/2008 1:17:03 PM | Feedback (6)
A teenage boy shoots himself with a blank-loaded pistol The gun somehow fired at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday as Tucker removed it from the locked cabinet in preparation for a show an hour later, Van Fleet said. The shot hit Tucker in the head, and despite being rushed to the hospital, he was dead before 10 p.m. When I was in combat training in the Marines, we had an instructor put a cleaning rod in an M16 loaded with blanks. He pulled the trigger and lodged the rod into the trunk of a tree. That...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/17/2008 10:52:44 AM | Feedback (10)
John Gutmacher explains Got an email today, and I thought I'd better give you a quick warning about warning shots -- just in case you haven't already read my book, and don't know. A warning shot is always the "use of deadly force" in Florida, and therefore unless you can lawfully use deadly force at the time the warning shot is fired -- you could be arrested and charged with a felony (normally aggravated assault) that carries a twenty (20) year mandatory minimum sentence vs. the three (3) year...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/10/2008 3:07:28 PM | Feedback (9)
Tragedy can be avoided. Glad everyone was ok, especially Uncle! This is also why I'm not a big fan of more than 1 safety that requires 'thought' to engage / disengage.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/10/2008 9:55:37 AM | Feedback (0)
As most of you know, this past weekend an 8 year old boy shot himself in the head with an Uzi at a machine gun shoot. This was a tragic accident that, like most accidents, could have been avoided, however humans don't always make the best judgements and thus life can be cruel. The boy was supervised and had an instructor behind him. Unfortunately this was not enough to keep the muzzle from jumping upwards. It's easy to look back now and say that the instructor should have held on or done this...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/28/2008 9:24:21 AM | Feedback (2)
Teen killed when his dad's gun goes off during Daggett deer hunt A Weber County family is grieving after a hunting accident claimed a 15-year-old on Sunday near Dutch John in Daggett County. Always sad news to hear of fatal accidents. This is the reason that I stress firearm safety at all times. Surprisingly, the local authorities say the exact same thing. "Muzzle control issues coupled with accidental discharges are responsible for many accidents," said Mike Fowlks, chief of law enforcement...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/22/2008 7:37:58 AM | Feedback (2)
Hunter killed when rifle discharges A Leesburg man trying to pull a loaded gun from his truck was killed when it went off and hit him in the chest. Authorities say 73-year-old Johnny G. Hurst was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday inside the Osceola National Forest. Hurst's wife and two sons were with him when the accident occurred. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that it appears the muzzleloader was already loaded when Hurst grabbed the barrel of the gun to pull...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/21/2008 1:13:53 PM | Feedback (2)
Parents of boy who shot himself plead not guilty The parents of a 2-year-old boy who died after accidentally shooting himself with a gun he found at home pleaded not guilty to charges related to the death. Jason Matteau, 27, and Rebecca Matteau, 24, of Jewett City, were arraigned Tuesday in Norwich Superior Court on charges of negligent storage of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor. If convicted of both felonies, they face up to 15 years in prison. Stupid people. Very stupid people....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/14/2008 6:18:52 PM | Feedback (1)
Fond du Lac police investigate gun show shooting Fond du Lac police Lt. Aaron Goldstein says a man looking at the handgun Sunday morning didn't know how to check whether it was loaded. He says the man pulled the trigger and the gun went off. The bullet hit another man who was part of the same group in the foot. Goldstein says both the shooter and vendor could face charges. He says police will make a recommendation to the county prosecutor when the investigation ends. The vendor is totally...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/13/2008 2:26:08 PM | Feedback (4)
I'm not thrilled about this The Cheerleaders at Nacogdoches High School have sparked gun violence protesting after their skit last month, in which they fake kill cheerleaders dressed as the opposing team. Executions are not something lighthearted and trivial. It's one thing to use a euphemism such as "Kill the other team", it's quite another to actually act it out, especially in something as gruesome as a shot to the back of the head. I'd have been equally disdainful had the cheerleaders...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/8/2008 12:34:02 PM | Feedback (5)
It's easy. I'll show you a story that involves violating several of the 4 rules A police weapons specialist who shot himself in the hand is suing the PSNI. Peter Woods, 50, was dismantling a gun at a police facility in February last year when the accident happened. It is understood that he removed the magazine from a pistol, but a bullet in the chamber fired into his hand. He recovered from his injury. Lawyers for Mr Woods claimed in the High Court that proper safety procedures were not in...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 10/6/2008 10:33:04 AM | Feedback (6)
Tank tops and shooting do not mix. Ever. Guess what happens when stubborn girl wearing tank top/sports bra combo focuses on upper body form and locks her left arm while shooting?      A.  Her hits are better.      B.  Tank top/sports bra combo makes perfect basket for hot brass.      C.  There is laughter on video.*     D.  All of the above. Drop by to see the video.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/21/2008 5:58:21 PM | Feedback (0)
I can't tell you how pissed this article makes me If your child came across a gun, what do you think they would do with it? Tell an adult? Pick it up? Pull the trigger? We wanted to try something. With a Northside ISD police officer’s help, we put a group of children in a room with a real, unloaded gun to see what they would do when they thought no one was watching. We want to emphasize: News 4 and a police officer took every precaution to make sure these children were never in danger. No,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/18/2008 6:34:23 PM | Feedback (0)
Liberty points to this un-f***ing-believable story An off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was paralyzed after his young son accidentally shot him in 2006 filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the manufacturer of the gun involved in the accident. Enrique Chavez of Anaheim was shot in the back by his 3-year-old son after the boy grabbed his father's Glock 21 — a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol — from the back seat of his pickup truck. The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court, alleges that Glock...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/10/2008 3:12:45 PM | Feedback (0)
You know, the more I think about it, I can understand some of the pushback against my position on external safeties and the more I think about it, the more I can see their point. If your firearm has an external safety on it, you should practice, practice, practice with it, integrating the motion of disabling the safety with the natural motion of prepping the weapon for firing. At no time should you disengage the safety and consider that a done deal. Here's the thing. I won't buy a particular...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/7/2008 5:37:05 PM | Feedback (0)
Xavier responds to my piece on safeties My argument is that we fight as we train. If a person goes to the range and loads and shoots their pistol without ever disengaing the safety........Because they never engaged the safety, the liklihood is fair to high they will forget to disengage the safety in a crunch. However, if a person loads their pistol, chambers a round, engages the safety, and then holsters the weapon prior to drawing and shooting.......Every time they fire the weapon, then...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/5/2008 4:43:16 PM | Feedback (0)
I'm a Glock guy. I like the fact that I pull the trigger, Glock goes boom. I've become so accustomed to being safe by not putting my finger in the trigger guard that I only engage the safeties on firearms that are not for self defense. In a stressful situation, the last thing I need to do is add yet another step to the equation. Murdoc has a video that highlights why I'm like this The gun didn't go off because the safety was on That's the kind of thing that scares me. When you go into...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 7/2/2008 5:53:25 PM | Feedback (0)
Here's some Grade-A Stupidity. You could have easily used a mannequin or something else to illustrate that point. To use a live person is the epitome of dumb. As firearms enthusiasts we should always strive to promote a good image. Shit like this doesn't help. The sad thing about this video is that it does illustrate, quite stupidly in my opinion, a few myths of guns that have been propagated by Hollywood and the entertainment industry. First, being shot with most any firearm isn't going to...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/11/2008 9:22:09 AM | Feedback (3)
Fighting for Liberty takes his son to the range. Important lessons are learned!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/12/2008 8:51:47 PM | Feedback (0)
This is a tragic story PORTLAND, Maine - A nine-year veteran of the Portland Police Department died of injuries after his handgun discharged in what police described yesterday as a tragic accident. Sergeant Robert Johnsey was apparently preparing his duty weapon for his next shift when it accidentally discharged late Monday at his home in Westbrook, wounding him in the leg, investigators concluded. Johnsey died a short time later at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Portland's police chief,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/7/2008 12:23:30 PM | Feedback (1)
Personally, I have no compunctions about punishing people who do stupid things with firearms. In this case, a charge of manslaughter is perfectly acceptable SEDALIA, MO. (AP) -- Officials are trying to decide whether to file charges against a Missouri man who fatally shot his wife while trying to install a satellite TV system in their home. Thirty-four-year-old Patsy Long of Deep Water was pronounced dead Saturday evening after being shot in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun. Her husband,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 3/25/2008 8:43:47 PM | Feedback (3)
Because they get a lot of training, right? FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Cass County Sheriff's deputy who accidentally fired his handgun in a courthouse restroom has been suspended for eight days without pay. Authorities said Dean Wawers, 57, also will receive a written reprimand in personnel file. No one was hurt when the gun belonging Wawers discharged during lunch hour on Jan. 10. Fargo police said an investigation determined that his weapon was discharged accidentally. Authorities said he had...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/22/2008 9:13:32 AM | Feedback (6)
If I was smiling any wider, I'd give the Cheshire Cat the creeps. I had pulled out the .22 rifle to examine it. It's a cheap Armscor M1600 that I got many years ago. Surprisingly accurate for an inexpensive rifle, and I got it in my head that I should paint it in some sort of girlie colors and give it to my daughters. The Hello Kitty thing has been done to death, so I'm thinking Care Bears or My Little Pony. Of course, I have a plethora of themes to choose from off of Noggin. Wow Wow Wubbzy...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 2/7/2008 7:47:49 PM | Feedback (10)
JR has a wonderful conversation with a man who shot himself in the legs during an ND. As gunnies we're more inclined to call everything an ND rather than an AD and this case actually has some merit to the whole "negligent" angle. One thing to pull from this is whatever you carry, practice with. A gun you're not that familiar with can be a very dangerous thing.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/13/2007 8:12:11 AM | Feedback (0)
This article from Front Sight, Press hits home with me, especially since I've argued this point ad nauseam with other gunnies He confessed that he carries his concealed pistol (S&W M&P) with an empty chamber! He went on to say that he never chambers a round in his holstered handgun, because he has children, and it’s ‘just not safe to carry a loaded pistol near them.’ ‘Besides,’ he continued, ‘all I have to do is rack the slide. Then, I can shoot. Right?’ I asked him bluntly, ‘Who...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/20/2007 11:31:08 AM | Feedback (11)
When you violate rule #4, bad things happen When the man, identified as Mr. Albrecht, didn't stop, the homeowner who was armed with a handgun "shot one time at the top of the door," the report said. "He was trying to shoot over his head to scare him away," but Mr. Albrecht "is rather tall," said Sgt. Larry Lewis, a homicide supervisor, estimating the musician's height to be 6-foot-5. Mr. Albrecht was shot once time in the head and died at the scene. Let's go over rule #4, shall we? Be sure of...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/4/2007 9:21:44 AM | Feedback (8)
But reality generally is. A few days ago, I talked about how a tragedy involving a young child shooting another could have been prevented by simply teaching the child not to play with guns. Syd, of the Front Sight Press, has another similar story. It's sad that people rely on mechanical safeties or gun locks to protect their children. Sometimes, those things don't work, either through mechanical failure or forgetfulness. How hard is it to talk to your children to remind them not to play with...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/8/2007 4:51:16 PM | Feedback (1)
From Capital Journal Online Published Sunday, August 05, 2007 A teenage boy was shot in the leg Saturday night after he and friends found a gun in the 1600 block of S.W. Clay, Topeka police said. The children told police they were playing with the gun when it discharged, hitting a 14-year-old or 15-year-old boy. You know the best way to stop this kind of thing from happening? It's not by restricting guns to law abiding citizens or making guns illegal (something that would do nothing to limit...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 8/5/2007 9:28:52 AM | Feedback (1)

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