Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stop listening to internet gun experts....

And yes, I know how funny that sounds coming from someone on the internet (I've never claimed to be an expert, more on that later.)  But seriously, please, stop listening to internet gun experts.  I have seen and heard more mythology, misinformation, and flat out nonsense spread by the various disciples of whatever shooting discipline/armed service/professional shooter is in vogue at the moment than I care to recount.  Some of it is actually based on a nugget of truth, but is horribly taken out of context, while some is absolutely factually inaccurate and irrational.  Here is a list of what annoys me. 
  • Always carry with one in the chamber - unless you have an older gun that is not drop safe.  Yes, there are a lot of them out there, still in circulation.  The more educated of us can figure out which is which, the less educated can not.  Always having one in the chamber can be a liability depending on the firearm.
    • Conversely, never carry with one in the chamber.  If your gun handling ability is so marginal that even having a round in your chamber is cause for fear, you need more practice.  If you have a specific firearm that doesn't make this a good decision, that's a specific issue but a broad sweeping statement to keep the gun clear is simply not rational.
  • Always carry ready to shoot/cocked and locked/hammer down - Every gun is different.  I have a Canik C100 double action/single action semi auto.  I refuse to carry the gun decocked, ever.  The gun came with a manual safety instead of a decocker (like my CZ P-09), and I'm not fond of thumbing the hammer down on a live round.  Do that enough times, one day complacency will set in and Murphy will bite you in the butt and punch a hole through your wall.  On the other hand, I always keep my P-09 decocked on a live chamber, as that is how that gun with the decocker installed is designed to be carried.
    • Similarly, there is no reason NOT to carry a 1911 cocked and locked.  That's how the gun was designed to be carried.
    • Similarly, if you opt to pocket carry or have a holster that does not fully conceal the hammer, don't you dare do it with the firearm hot.  You are inviting trouble.
    • Every gun/carry rig will lend itself towards certain gun handling methods.  Don't be a knucklehead and make broad sweeping statements.
  • Glocks suck - I do not care for Glocks.  They feel cheap and plasticky to me, I don't care for the ergonomics or grip angle, and I hate the fact that every tacticool range nerd on Earth has six of them in his bag.  BUT, they are reliable firearms with a robust knowledge base and endless accessories and holsters and they wouldn't be a bad choice for anyone's arsenal.
    • 1911's suck, AR's suck, AK's suck, Brown Bess's suck, Kentucky Long Rifles suck/ ETC - Listen, we can sit here all night and quote chapter and verse of why one firearm is superior to another, but the fact is if it reliably projects high velocity lead you HAVE to at least admit it's a viable self defense option. The person that can't admit that anything other than his favorite gun deserves any place in your arsenal is either selling a certain gun or has his ego so wrapped up in his firearms he's lost his objectivity.
  • Knock down power - Has been disapproved again, and again, AND AGAIN.  If a bullet fired from a handgun can knock a 150-250 pound man over, it would have sent the shooter sailing due to basic physics.  Now, there is such a thing as a round's ability to disrupt tissue, transfer energy, incapacitate an individual quickly, etc. and perhaps most people use the terms interchangeably.  But seriously, you aren't going to knock a person into the next room through a wall, so let's put this term to rest.  Please.
  • 9mm is a poodle shooter/5.56 is too small/45 or die/ETC - Same argument as a specific gun being the only viable self defense firearm.  People have died after being accidentally shot with a 22LR.  You don't need to conceal carry a 20mm to make sure you aren't under gunned.  Some (and myself) will recommend certain rounds over others, but when a polite recommendation turns into frat boy "bro talk" it's time to take a walk.
  • I'm a space shuttle door gunner/3 gun shooter/IPSC/I'm a big deal at my local range - If a person's whole argument is that their resume lends credence to whatever they are spouting, it's probably because SOMETHING has to due to their techniques/advice being anywhere from suspect to flat out ridiculous.
Mostly, I just hate people that deal in absolutes.  You can narrowly define a situation to make MOST of the above true, but if you have to narrowly define the argument then it probably doesn't work that well.  Each firearm, cartridge, situation, shooter, and environment are different and to reach the maximum effectiveness each needs to be considered individually.  Give some thought to that next time someone else (or even ourselves, I've been guilty at one time or another of some of the above) starts insisting THEY have discovered some universal truth that makes everyone else in the room wrong. - Phil Rabalais


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