Always use a proper holster – “When Bad Holsters Turn Worse: This Guy Took One Right In The A$$, Here’s Why A Proper Holster Is Essential”

Every time I see someone using an Uncle Mikes style bargain basement soft nylon holster, I try to educate them on why this is a bad idea.

Here’s living proof of why:

“I holstered the firearm in the new holster at home and made sure it was secure and comfortable, and then drove three miles over to our storage facility. I spent 10 minutes in the storage facility, just climbing around stuff and going through boxes. When I left, I walked outside and opened the car door. I went to go get in the car and just heard a loud bang,” Matt explained.

 

“There’s no way that just happened. That did not just happen. And then I grabbed by butt and felt a hole in my pants and said, ‘Ok that just happened.’”

http://concealednation.org/2016/02/when-bad-holsters-turn-worse-this-guy-took-one-right-in-the-a-heres-why-a-proper-holster-is-essential/

Dude took a round right through his left butt cheek because his holster didn’t fit right and ‘something’ got in the trigger area.  Draw your own conclusions as to whether the shirt is actually the culprit.

More than this, though, a soft holster won’t stay open if you have to draw the weapon and need to then reholster after the threat is over.  You have to use two hands to reholster, or remove the holster entirely, insert the weapon, then put the holster back on.  This is a no-go.

There are three essential pieces to carrying a sidearm:

  1. The pistol
  2.  The holster, which keeps your firearm where you need it.
  3.  The belt, which attaches the holster to your body.

Too many times I see people buy a quality firearm, then cheap out on the holster and belt.  They will use a cheap cotton belt from Old Navy or Sears and then be surprised their pants don’t stay up and the holster flops around.   Their holster doesn’t secure the weapon correctly (see above) or they can’t get a consistent draw.  Etc etc etc.

The guy above has an expensive and painful reminder of his mistakes. Do yourself a favor and don’t repeat them.

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I was going to write something up, but he did it better: Larry Correia on the Paris Attack

As usual, Larry hits the nail on the head in this great post:

Paris. Coming soon to a location near you. Mumbai, Beslan, and a thousand others, we’ve seen this before, and we’ll see it again.

On the personal, local level, this is another example of why you should carry a gun. No, we don’t expect every permit holder to be a Navy SEAL, just a speed bump. The best way to stop a mass shooter is an immediate violent response. At best, you drop them before they can hurt too many people. At worst, congratulations you were a distraction, but even distractions can save lives or derail plans.

Running is great. I’ll never fault somebody who chooses to run or hide when bad things happen. Every one of us has a different level of training, knowledge, and commitment, and what is the right answer for you, isn’t the right answer for your grandma. If you are the kind of person to get involved, you need to have a clue. However, since the only constant of gunfights is that they suck for somebody, you can do everything right and still die. On the bright side you at least bought everybody else some time.

For the pacifistic anti-gun dumb asses on the internet who always crop up in the aftermath of any violent event, bitching about imaginary crossfires, or how fighting back would just make things worse. Just shut up already. You’re children, with a child’s grasp of the subject. When people are being mass butchered, barring tossing hand grenades at the bad guy, it is pretty damned hard to make it worse.

http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/11/16/thoughts-on-paris/

 

A step in the right direction: Kentucky now allows you to apply for a CCDW online

Color me shocked to find a piece of relatively even handed reporting about changes to Kentucky’s CCDW process:

The process requires state police to either issue or deny a license within 15 days of receiving an electronic application — down from the 60-day processing period allowed for paper applications.

Supporters, including the National Rifle Association, say the change improves access to concealed-carry permits at a time when demand is high. Kentucky issued more than 59,500 permits in 2013, compared to 10,900 in 2004.

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2015/01/30/kentucky-speeds-process-concealed-carry-gun-permits/22585105/

In my opinion, this is a great thing.  Honestly, two weeks is too long if your life is in danger, but given that Kentucky has a process for temporary 45 day CCDW permits for domestic violence victims & people with EPOs against stalkers, I really can’t find too much fault with this.

Naturally there are naysayers:

Rep. Jim Wayne, a Louisville Democrat opposed to the new rules, says state police are already hurting for personnel and that having officials process applications within 15 days could result in mistakes, such as approving permits for people with criminal histories.

“They are so overloaded and they should have the leeway to not be pressed to get this job done,” he said. 

Oh, wow, well we don’t want any criminals to exploit this.  I sure am glad that Jim Wayne has the facts of the matter and knows how burdened the state police are.  Let’s hear it from their point of view:

The state police department, which began accepting applications electronically in mid-November, answered questions about the process in an email to The Courier-Journal last week.

Officials said the transition has been smooth and that several hundred people have used it to apply for new permits or renew old permits. They reported no problems meeting the 15-day deadline or performing criminal background checks, which are required for licenses.

“We are able to adapt to any changes and have not experienced any unexpected issues,” KSP Sgt. Norman Preston said in the email. “We are expecting to see a gradual increase (in use) after the general public has been made aware.”

LOL!

Barry Laws, CEO of Openrange, an indoor gun range and store in Crestwood, said he hasn’t heard customers talking about the new application process yet. […]

Laws said the program as a whole has given gun owners a greater understanding of the rules and liabilities.

“Many come into our program thinking they will be John Wayne with their new CCDW and leave feeling a bit like Pee-wee Herman, not wanting to ever have to use deadly force,” he said.

In my opinion, good.  Using lethal force for self defense is not something to be taken lightly.  You need to understand the consequences legally, monetarily & spiritually before you think about carrying a firearm.

Finally the C-J give the last word to the antigun representative:

But Wayne said the public should have concern.

“This is a legislature that is pretty much shackled to the NRA, and whatever the NRA wants to promote, their unreasonable, immoral agenda is what the legislative leaders and the rank and file will probably follow,” he said.

Yeah this guy sounds like he’s a rational, level headed fellow.  How dare people want to defend themselves! Why can’t everyone live in a gated community with armed bodyguards watching over them?

If you want to give Rep Jim Wayne a piece of your mind, here’s his KY Legislator home page – I find it ironic that he considers himself a champion of minors and the vulnerable per his Wikipedia page, but hates the idea of you defending yourself.

National Guardsman shoots multiple attackers at Sonic – but wait, there’s more.

A man defended himself at the drive through of his local Sonic:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a man shot at a group of armed men who allegedly tried to rob him while he was waiting in the drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant Sunday night.
DeKalb County police said the victim was placing his order in the drive-thru lane at the Sonic on Flat Shoals when a group of men approached his car with guns and demanded money.

That’s when the man fought back.

“The victim had his own handgun was able to shoot the suspect, who fell to the ground. The other two or three suspects fled from the scene,” said DeKalb police Lt. Mark Lavigne.

Police said they captured two suspects.

Another suspect, who was shot, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Officers are still searching for a fourth person accused in the shooting.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-man-shoots-armed-robbers-sonic-drive-thru/njrJk/

Why is this significant?

Well, Sonic decided to go gun-free in 2014:

Sonic-Drive-In and Chili’s Bar & Grill both issued statements asking diners to refrain from bringing concealed weapons into their restaurants, even if they have a permit, NBC News reported Friday.

Sonic Vice President of Public Relations Patrick Lenow told the news agency in an email that while the drive-in chain respected current gun laws, certain actions led to new consideration for their restaurants’ policies.

“While we historically have relied upon local laws to guide how we address the display of guns at drive-ins, recent actions required we carefully reconsider this approach. We’ve considered the views and desires of our customers and employees that staff the drive-ins across the country. Accordingly, we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas. With respect to the storage of guns in vehicles, we ask that our customers continue to honor local laws,” he said.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/31/chilis-sonic-drive-tell-gun-owners-leave-firearms-/

Gun Free Zones like Sonic are Security Theater, no more, no less.

This guy gets it: “I carry a gun every day”

A great article, well worth the read:

Every day I get up and put on a gun. It’s part of my daily routine. No different from making coffee or feeding the dogs before I leave for work.

There is so much misinformation about who that makes me. I’m a “gun nut.” I’m one of “those right-wing Second Amendment people.” I’m the scourge of the earth to some.

Funny how that works.

They don’t even know me but they are worried that I’m what’s wrong with this country, this state and this city I call home. I walk among them and they don’t even know it. I’m the guy in the jeans and Under Armour shirt, the guy in the $200 sport coat and $125 shoes, the guy in Nike pants and a hoodie, and some days I’m the guy with dirty hands from working in the yard, but most of all I’m the guy they never see.

Oh, they acknowledge me sometimes. When I hold the door for them because my parents raised me that way. When I let them go ahead of me in line at the gas station because they seem to be in a hurry. When I pick up their baby’s pacifier in the aisle at the grocery store and hand it back to them because it fell out and they didn’t notice. But they don’t see me. I’m just another guy in the store with things in my hand. But only my left hand. I don’t carry things in my right hand. Not at the store. Not in public.

Why? Because I’m “that guy.” I know that bad things happen. Every day. Everywhere. So I try to be aware. I try to study my surroundings. I expect to not see it coming every time. I expect that evil may show up while I’m shopping or walking through the mall or eating at a restaurant. It doesn’t make me crazy. It doesn’t make me paranoid. It simply makes me aware. Unlike a lot of people that walk by me every day. Looking at their phones, their notes, their purses, or any of the other distractions that plague us. I get it.

I also get that there are wolves. Hungry. Lean. Skilled at their trade. Studying you. Studying me. They like you. They don’t like me. I see them at the mall. I see them at the gas station. I see them right here in this town. Do they know I’m armed? No, they don’t. They know that I’m aware. I look at them. Kill them with kindness. It’s a like a mutual agreement. I see you; you see me. Let’s not kid each other.

http://thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/i-carry-a-gun-every-day-20150104

Read the whole thing