Sunday, April 2, 2017

I HATE 1911 pistols. (puts on flame suit and hides from the internet)

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So, I've gone and done it, committed the quintessential gun guy faux pas.  I have committed the ultimate sin of daring to question the universal brilliance of John Browning's most perfect creation (of which there are many, that's a whole post or podcast episode in and of itself.)  But seriously, as thoroughly modern and revolutionary as it was how relevant could a century old gun design be?  It shouldn't be....but for some reason people keep claiming it is.

The grip angle, while seaming an unremarkable afterthought, is hailed as perfection.  Comfortable, quick and natural to point and aim, and placing all of the relevant controls right at the fingertips of the bearer, the grip of a 1911 is constantly praised.  Not as rakish as a Luger, perhaps less upright than other designs, it doesn't seam anything particularly special...yet the faithful insist it is.  Beyond simply the grip angle, they claim that the design of the 1911 is so inherently ergonomic as to make it's operation dramatically easier for even new shooters.  With the sole exception of perhaps those of us with stumpier digits than most (myself included) having to reach for the magazine release or the slide release, everything does seam to be right where it's supposed to be.  And let's not forget the satisfyingly positive manual safety that drops under the thumb without any additional effort.

The operation of the gun is also a commonly complimented aspect of the gun.  The grip safety falls nicely in the palm where a good, solid grip will easily disengage it.  If the grip safety is not depressed, no amount of beating on the hammer will cause it to fall.  As already mentioned, the manual safety would be bothersome to operate if not so perfectly located as to fall under the thumb.  A well practiced draw stroke will naturally disengage it, and leave little wonder if it is out of place because of how positive it is.  "Cocked and Locked", or Condition 1 by another term, is a mode of carry practically made famous only by this gun design.  With a round in the chamber, hammer drawn to the firing position, and the manual safety engaged, the gun is perfectly safe to carry and quick to place into action.

And the trigger.  Angels sing hymns about the crisp, clean, single action trigger found on well built 1911's.  With an absolute minimum amount of creep, little to no over travel, and the proverbial "glass rod breaking" release of the trigger, a 1911 spoils the shooter for life.  Ham-fisted trigger work is flattered, and truly expert handgunners made to look like Jerry Miculek disciples.  I would contend that perhaps more people were brought to the dark side of 1911 ownership by that damned trigger than any other feature.

So, if I've spent most of an article extolling the virtues of a 1911, why do I hate it?  Because....it ruined me.  Every gun I have picked up since is judged against it.  I find myself overly critical of ergonomics and trigger feel.  I completely dismiss the aging design's reluctance to digest hollow points, or limited capacity, or weight, or size.  My 1911 was the first handgun, the first firearm, I purchased for myself and I have been ruined by it.  I love it, but it has ruined me.

So, in closing, please don't purchase a 1911 for yourself.  If you feel compelled to ignore my advice, at least bring it to my house and let me keep for you so it doesn't ruin you too.  I promise not to shoot it too often..... - Phil Rabalais


My Kimber TLE/RL2, evil villainous thing that it is


The Oklahoma Self Defense shooting, or what we call at Matter of Facts "Good Shoot."

Self Defense in Oklahoma


Article from Bearing Arms.com
911 Audio below

It was suppose to be an easy breaking and entering. Sure, the group of four hit houses in the neighborhood before without problem, and they even were at the property early that morning breaking into an adjacent building.  What they didn't realize was this time the homeowners son was home and prepared to defend himself.  According to news sources three teens were shot after exchanging words and attempting to burglarize the home, the fourth suspect was driving the getaway vehicle and left the scene after shots were fired, only to turn herself in later.

The police are calling this self defense, but the grandfather of one of the dead is saying different. The grandfather says, “brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life.” He later stated, “there has to be a limit to the law, I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that.” What he fails to realize is another of the three had a knife and they kicked in the back door.  They were wearing all black and had masks over their faces.  Meaning, they posed a threat just by entering the home.  Under the Castle Doctrine the defender has every right to use deadly force to protect oneself and their property from an intruder. Some are calling this a case for Stand Your Ground, but that law is only a branch of the Castle Doctrine.  Under Stand Your Ground, the defender is not obligated to run away from a confrontation.  They are legally allowed to stand and fight to defend themselves or others against a perceived threat. The Castle Doctrine protects you in your home or your car. Whereas, Stand Your Ground protects you where ever else you are.

What this grandfather fails to understand is in a self defense situation you don't just slow the threat down, you eliminate it.  Tulsa channel 8 news says, “The grandfather supports the right to bear arms and protect your home. But he doesn't agree with shooting and killing intruders.”  That's pretty much saying, 'I'm ok with gun regulations as long as it doesn't effect me.'  I wonder if this guy would change his mind if it was his house people were breaking into? The fact is these teens are not victims, they are criminals who broke into the wrong house and drew the short straw.

Until the statements from both the son and witness are released we will never know what was said.  If they were turning around and running out of the house then this case could easily go against the homeowner and the son.  However, according to police each suspect was shot in the chest meaning they were facing the son. As of now everything points to justified self defense, and until I hear different evidence that is what I will believe. Again, these are criminals, not victims. The only way criminals will be afraid to enter a property is if there is a possibility of somebody in the home with a firearm. According to FBI statistics burglaries have been going down, now is that because people are getting smarter and not doing it or could it be because of the rise in firearm ownership?  I'll let you be the judge of that. 

Just remember to seek out training and practice with your home defense firearm.  Always be prepared for the worse case scenario. It may never happen to you but when it does you'll be happy you were trained and knew what to do.  - Andrew Bobo