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coaching, empowering self-defense

I once was an active NRA-certified junior rifle coach. More relevant, I am a very good teacher. Yesterday my three charges voiced and agreed that “He is a very good coach” – which is just about the finest compliment one can lay on me. Thank you for that one. That came up because a couple from the west coast passed through our neighborhood, and I gave them the opportunity to burn some ammunition on our short range (10-30 meters). I laid out a table of .22 semi-auto pistols, a 9mm Glock, 38 Special revolvers, .22 rifles and a 20-gauge shotgun, then helped them through familiarization, safety, handling, loading and shooting whatever captured their interests. We had FUN My standard […]

Americans Assuming Responsibility For Their Own Protection

As a preface to the following article I want to encourage you to read through the first bit where Jack Kerwick paints a disheartening picture on to the second half describing how the game changes when the trouble-makers take their city games to the country. While people of honor, integrity and courage cringe at the ANTIFA/BLM successes as protected class violence peddlers in the cities, they have had no successes expanding to rural American for millions of very good reasons… US. No sane man looks forward to the confrontations, but no real man shirks the responsibility for appropriate response. – Ted Citizens recognizing that self-defense is non-negotiable. Jack Kerwick from Front Page Magazine If one is paying any attention at […]

.45 vs 20-gauge

There are three standards in the shooting community that are simply not worth challenging within a group chatting behind the firing lines. Chief among them are the irrefutable power of the .45 ACP (“forty five”), the superiority of the 1911 (“nineteen eleven”) among handgun platforms, and the requirement that shotguns must be 12 gauge. Even if not a majority, the acolytes will be adamant, staunch and vociferous in defense of the aforementioned religions. You may not lose, but you will never win those arguments. Fortunately we are here not there. I brook no counter-arguments, in fact I don’t want to police a comments section so there is no possibility of any back talk. Thus ‘my truth’ is THE TRUTH. That’s […]

a basic home armory

Inspired by the “10 Guns Worth Keeping” article that I copied and linked below is my more fundamental version of that here. Author Bob Campbell describes his double-handful with make/model specificity that is always welcome to people considering one or another of the recommendations. However, as I read through the article I was confident that my long and short guns were functionally every bit as good as his favorites, perhaps better in my opinion. Of course opinions are like ________ , everybody has one. I am a mid-pack shooter with at least a little experience in most shooting sports, and have at various times been student, competitor, certified and active as a junior rifle coach, range officer and president of […]

avoiding shotgun purchase mistakes

I was asked to accompany a prospective first-time firearm purchaser to a gun store in North Carolina. She just wanted someone to cover her six. Good thing, as it turned out. The half-wit behind the counter wanted to sell her one of those Hollywood-cool-factor wrist-cracker 12-gauge shotguns. I helped her get out of the store and told her to find a different dealership. Even the much lower-recoiling 20 gauge pump-action shotguns I recommend would be uncomfortable and marginally controllable without the normal shoulder stock. If somebody is pushing the handgun-mode setup your direction, find a different somebody to work with. Much more recoil than a .38 Special is too much for beginner or intermediate handgun use. In shotguns, definitely a […]

A million new gun owners

Those sitting on the fence, and those blissfully unaware of arguments about self defense weapons have had a wake-up call as civil society shows signs of potentially being distinctly un-civil. Other than the rabidly anti-gun crowd professionals and their puppets, the uninterested and ignorant are gearing up for a day when ugly people show up to confront soft targets. It is being widely reported that violent convicts are being released from jails and prisons while court systems are shut down, police agencies are overtaxed, understaffed, and simply turning blind eyes to criminal behaviors other than murders and safe-space violations. Combine this with spikes in unemployment, gaps in supplies and an increasingly confrontational culture, people who have never considered defense […]

guns save lives story you might have missed

If not for a concealed-carry handgun, this story would have made mainstream media headlines. Fortunately for some people outside a Tulsa, Oklahoma shopping mall 1) the female attacker was not a good shot and 2) the man carrying for defense of himself and those around him was. […]

your first home defense firearm

I published the information below a year ago, but am refreshing it now as many people wake up to the need for providing their own self-defense, family-defense and home-defense. There are many serious, fatal accidents looming when untrained, inexperienced people purchase firearms just cuz they suddenly recognize the utility and are able to purchase a gun. Single-shot guns are the simplest of all. The user places a round in the chamber when they are ready to shoot something, aim and shoot. The utility is limited and not a great choice for defense. Revolvers are also straightforward in that novices can readily see whether they are loaded or not, reducing some of the possibilities for negligent discharges, damage and death. […]

SOLD OUT

A week ago the media told its slaves to buy toilet paper. They obliged in droves, soaking up supplies at an incredible pace. They quickly moved on to paper diapers, feminine hygiene products and everything disposable made of paper. The rolling panic attack transitioned to bottled water, then transitioned to frozen food and fresh produce. Several weeks ahead of the next rush I see old codgers topping off their gasoline and diesel fuel supplies. They lived through numerous blizzards and other disasters teaching them what to have plenty of in their pantries and what supplies to maximize as the next one approaches. Now, in a sign of brightening awareness, Seattle has few handguns left to buy and their prices have […]

I have enough guns

That phrase is heresy for most Montanans. Its profane counterpart, “I have enough ammo” is just as bad. It is a good way to get shunned from polite company, trussed-up and shipped to San Francisco from others. But really, how many guns are you likely to deploy and how many rounds of ammo can you expend fighting off the zombie apocalypse before one of them takes you out? More importantly, if/when TS actually hits TF, or TEOTWAWKI if you will, gun fights are likely to take out a lot fewer than disease, suicide, starvation and other less dramatic breakdowns of the easy living we currently enjoy. If you are developing accommodations for your castle defense team, a couple month’s […]

Richmond: reality vs television

Quite a difference between what lamestream media and co-conspirator legislators made up and what 22,000 well-armed patriots actually did. Those of us expecting instigators and false flags are thrilled that did not happen. Those hoping to discredit self-defense activists were disappointed. The best lesson is shown in the video below. The media monopoly and criminal politicians agreed on wording designed to discredit the good guys and inflame the easily manipulated. Check this out: All the evil that are core values to the Democrats is thrown at those who would respect and defend life, liberty and property of all their fellows… the racism, tyranny, fascism and privilege they love is exactly what their opponents are accused of. But the reality is […]

Richmond did not blow up

Needless to say, I am thrilled that none of the horrid possibilities came to pass. Oath Keepers and others did a great job of informing their patriots about the possibilities and ramifications thereof. The shills and instigators did indeed show up, but every time one mouthed off trying to stir up trouble they were immediately confronted by nearby men that We know who you are. We know why you are here. We will not tolerate your trouble. Get out of here NOW! The instructions were in different words, often considered more forceful to modern ears. But the message was clear as was the end result demonstrating that An armed society is a polite society. The rabble rousers who have such […]

Virginia patriot warnings

My sources are full of warnings. I am sharing the headlines and links without comment. Matt Bracken turned my head around, but I am flexible and more open minded than average. Be aware that the machismo-motivated are heading for disaster. This is not the time nor place to win back our free country. – Ted – from the American Spectator Why Second Amendment Supporters Shouldn’t Bring Guns to Richmond Rally Anyone planning to attend Monday’s demonstrations will need to keep their guns at home and not play into the Democratic governor’s hands. Will police enforce Virginia’s anti-masking law at Monday’s rally? By Steve Grammatico Monday’s pro Second Amendment rally in Richmond will surely attract left provocateurs bent on inciting violence. […]

defense of self-defense tools

I do not like the word “meme”. Okay, I’m a crusty old man who does not rapidly adopt new words when there are so many great ones in our language that are falling into disuse. But there is no better word to describe the pictures, posters, images and messages I have assembled here. We are just a couple days from the Richmond, Virginia showdown. I am dreading this one. I think the OOOH-RAH patriots are walking into a trap. Any provocateur can dress as one of them and initiate insane violence that the puppet media would LOVE to blame on self-defense defenders. Here I share a collection of memes that you can copy and post wherever you find those who […]