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Knives and other sharp pointy things


"You'll put your eye out." Pay attention, use your head, don't be an idiot or a statistic.

Every gun I've ever seen with the exception of some nasty derringer (that no one except the clueless or the desperate would want to use) is well equipped with safety features--manual safeties, automatic safeties, grip safeties, magazine disconnects, transfer bars, etc., all aimed at keeping the gun from firing by accident. Gun safety means that no gun should fire without deliberate, conscious and responsible intent. The hardware is only half the equation. The "software" is the other half--the user knows his hardware and is responsible for it's use. Knowledge and responsibility.

Locking guns up has it's place, but requiring that all guns be always locked reduces their availability in a situation where a gun would be needed.

Smart guns? Give me a break! I don't want one scrap of electronics in my guns, outside of maybe the sights.

Teaching simple gun avoidance is appropriate for little kids, but inadequate for anyone else. Even if you don't ever want to own or handle a firearm, can you guarantee that one will never pass through your hands, however briefly?

  • The Rules, copy-pasted from the NRA's site. Read them, internalize them, obey them:
  • The three fundamental rules of gun safety must always be applied simultaneously when handling or using a gun:
    Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
    Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
    The following gun safety rules should also be observed when using or storing a gun:
    Know your target and what is beyond.
    Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
    Know how to use the gun safely.
    Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
    Wear hearing and eye protection as appropriate.
    Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
    Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
    Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.
    Learning How

    Blasting away with your loudenboomer is great fun, but sometime you should get some instruction and learn The Right Way, before The Wrong Way gets too ingrained.

    Midwest Training Group This is the only school I have direct experience with. I took their Intro to Defensive Pistol class. In a day's worth of shooting we covered safety (an Ayoob video plus discussion), sighting, stance, grip, Weaver vs. Chapman vs. isocoles, strong hand, weak hand, the correct way to draw from the holster, reloading on the fly, clearing jams and I don't recall what-all else. We burned through 300+ rounds one beautiful day in April. Recommended.

    Gunsite Academy

    Mossad Ayoob

    Thunder Ranch

    Chuck Taylor, instructor.

    "The Site", out in the boonies of Mt. Carroll, Illinois.

    Fun stuff

    Right to Keep and Bear Arms got too big so I moved it here.

    Gun Grabbers got too big so I moved it here.

    Gun Vendors got too big so I moved it here.

    "Sport Utility Rifles" and other pollitically incorrect guns.

    People with too much time on their hands

    Particular Guns

    appropriate technology. Bang for the buck. Any one of these will do the job without maxing out your VISA. This here's an Enfield.  (Image by Oleg Volk.)

    Somewhat more pricey

  • The M1 Garand and Mini-14.
  • The Glock. The original "plastic gun". Some people love them. I have no direct experience with them.
  • J. M. Browning's Colt .45 and clones. The classic (the design is almost a century old, still popular) large caliber, single action auto.
  • What it actually takes to buy a gun

    Air Guns
    Roll Your Own -- how much ammo you have becomes a much more open question.
    Knives -- Man's First Tool Other sites -- a whole heap of stuff I need to get organized.
    Chicago area stores and ranges

  • "Take a look at Megasports in Plainfield. Take I-55 south (its a ways outside of Chicago proper), exit Hwy 30 north, its on the right after a mile or so. Big store, modern range. Excellent service 9/10 of the time." --somebody in rec.guns.
  • "G.A.T. (Guns, Ammunition, Tackle) Guns in Elgin area. Take I-90 West and Hwy 25 north about two miles on right-had side." --somebody in rec.guns

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