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neighborhood shooting

I hosted and coached a second handgun refresher this month. We have some really good neighbors … plus some of the other kind and, like all neighborhoods, plenty in-between. A caveat on that is there are not actually a whole lot of people in this rather spread-out neighborhood to begin with. Needless to say, anybody with room for a shooting range in their yard does not live where houses are packed cheek-to-jowl. The photo to the right was from our May 4th shoot. The same folks were here yesterday, so I did not shoot them again (with my camera). They all improved in confidence and competence. I will likely keep doing this to further, and cement the gains. Better […]

Best 40 S&W Ammo For Self Defense & Practice

If you carry a Glock 23 or any other .40 caliber pistol, you should only trust your life with the best 40 S&W ammo for self-defense. When it matters most, you must be able to depend on the accuracy and dependability of the round you have chambered. Regarding target practice, accuracy and dependability are nice. Still, often it comes down to price because the average person who carries can’t afford to practice with their carry ammo all the time. So we usually compromise a little and meet in the middle with a similar round but less expensive than the ammo we carry. So which ammo is best for each situation? I trust Hornady Critical Defense in my carry weapon because it’s reliable and powerful […]

10mm vs 9mm: Does 1mm Make a Difference For Self-Defense?

When it comes to self-defense, many shooters hold to the belief that you should shoot the caliber that has the best ballistics and the most stopping power that you can handle. These shooters like to favor a larger caliber bullet, such as the 10mm Auto. Other shooters believe that the ideal defense round should be lightweight and low recoil, allowing for accurate and quick follow-up shots as modern jacketed hollow points (JHP) have made the caliber debate moot. These are typically your 9mm Luger concealed carry permit holders. The 9mm vs 10mm caliber debate is an interesting one as these two handgun rounds are extremely different from each other, despite their bullet diameter only being separated by 1mm. And it begs the […]

.40 vs .45: Which One Is Better For Self-Defense?

When it comes to picking a handgun cartridge for your carry gun or for home defense, you can’t go wrong with the 40 Smith & Wesson (S&W) or the 45 ACP. Both cartridges have faithfully served shooters for decades. The 45 ACP cut its teeth in the trenches of WWI and served the U.S. Military faithfully all the way through Vietnam. On the other hand, the 40 S&W was baptized by fire in the concrete jungle by law enforcement officers (LEO), the FBI, and CCW permit holders starting in the 90’s all the way up to the present day. However, many shooters find themselves in a dilemma when they decide to purchase a new semi-auto pistol: Which one is better? 40 […]

9mm vs 45 ACP:The Greatest Pistol Caliber Debate

  There are many great debates that grace the display cases of gun stores and internet forums about which personal defense ammo or firearm is superior…1911 vs Glock, AR-15 vs AK-47, 30-06 Springfield vs 308 Winchester, and 9mm vs 40 Smith and Wesson to name a few. And although proponents of certain firearms/cartridges are often very stalwart in their positions, there are none that are so unrelenting, tenacious, and resolute in their position than those in the 9mm vs 45 ACP caliber debate. Many shooters will make the blanket statement that the debate over 9mm Luger and 45 ACP comes down to magazine capacity vs stopping power. However, this is a very apples to oranges approach when it comes to […]

.380 ACP vs 9mm:The Concealed Carry 9mm Showdown

  When it comes to picking your next semi-automatic everyday carry (EDC) handgun, two calibers that you should consider are the .380 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) and the 9mm Luger (9x19mm NATO, 9mm Parabellum). Both cartridges fire the same 9mm (0.355”) diameter bullet, but the .380 ACP has a shorter overall case length and is, therefore, the more anemic round. Some Internet pundits will proclaim that the 380 ACP does not have enough stopping power for self-defense and the 9mm round is clearly the better choice. While others will counter that the .380 ACP has less recoil and enhanced handling capabilities as reasons for picking the cartridge. No matter how you slice it, the 9mm is clearly the more powerful […]

357 Magnum vs 9mm:Revolver or Semi-Auto for Self-Defense?

  When discussion handgun calibers, it is inevitable that the 9mm vs 357 Magnum debate comes into the discussion. Although the decision between the 9mm Luger and 357 Magnum really boils down to whether you prefer a revolver or semi-automatic handgun, there are specific benefits to each cartridge that could sway a shooter one direction or the other. In this article we will take an in-depth look at the 9mm and 357 Magnum handgun cartridges and help you understand which one is better for your needs. What is The Difference Between .357 Magnum and 9mm? The primary difference between 357 Magnum vs 9mm is that the 357 Mag is a revolver cartridge and the 9mm Luger was designed for semi-auto pistols. The 357 Magnum is […]

scary white riflemen

The beings who wish unrestricted rule over the 3% of us who survive their ongoing genocide have a problem… actually more like 130,000,000 problems. Gun owners are not likely to give up their families, homes, belongings to climb into the cattle cars. Armed resistance works a heckuva lot better than cut flowers and peace signs. They know this. Despite my headline, this is really not a racial issue, though since the beginning of the Gay Kenyan illegal White House occupation, race has deliberately become a divisive issue and white MEN are their specific enemies – putting us on the front lines whether we want it or not. This comes up, tediously, again because their disarmament attempts come up again. […]

Communications Basics

Two-way radio communications is a tremendous subject that can and does carry people in many directions. Certainly among the most important are field communications to and from tactical and reconnaissance teams, particularly with some semblance of security or privacy to the information thereby exchanged. Particularly well suited to teaching this fine art is NC Scout. He recently published a book on the subject: The Guerrilla’s Guide To The Baofeng Radio, which I recommend and am buying myself. He also has a web page covering a whole lot more range. I share the outline below, but encourage you to go to the source. Simply click the linked heading. – Ted – The Foundation: Squaring Away Communications Basics Improvised Field Antennas The […]

Guerrilla’s Guide To 2-Way Radio

For my heading, I purposefully modified NC Scout’s bestselling book title that I am discussing in this post. The Guerrilla’s Guide To The Baofeng Radio goes far beyond the make/model amateur radio he recommends in it. I and a fellow active licensed radio operator (HAM) took a local class from him a few years ago. It was extremely informative and valuable. I expect this book to have much of what we learned in that class, and quite a bit more packed into it. I have ordered my own copy, so this is a recommendation in advance of being able to review it, based on what I know of the author and of the subject matter. He created and operates Brushbeater […]

With boring predictability, gun control gets trotted out again

One of the greatest enemies those who would rule us fear is our cool self-defense tools. Of course thinking, creative, strong-willed, unpredictable white men are also on the top of the problems they are working to solve. Thanks to LBJ’s Great Society, darker skinned men with similar qualities are not as common, but most certainly do exist. I welcome them on our HOME team. This year they are working on marginalizing the white men, but this month they have targeted our self-defense mechanisms. It is too early for me to call the most recent school shooting a false flag or a staged event, but it smells very strongly of one or the other. Thank you FBI, CIA, ATF and […]

Montana Supreme Court races

Dear MSSA Friends, What’s up with the races for the Montana Supreme Court (MSC)? Great question. First, some background. The MSC is one of the last bastions of politically liberal power in Montana. The left has lost all the statewide offices and the Legislature because of the left’s practiced irrelevance. What power the left holds on to, so far, is the education industry, some local governments, and the MSC. The MSC is made up of seven justices, a Chief Justice, and six Associate Justices. They are all elected to staggered eight-year terms. Two of those seats are up for election this election cycle. Two of the sitting justices are thought to be neutral or conservative. The remaining and dominant seven […]

Top 8 Reasons You Absolutely DON’T Need A Gun

from: BabylonBee.com contributed by Armslist.com Are you thinking about buying a gun? Ew. What’s wrong with you? Gross! Just… ew. Guns are very problematic, and so are the people who use them. You don’t need one. Here’s why. #1) You can always count on the police to protect you: That’s just a fact. Police are proven 100% effective at protecting innocent people! #2) There’s no evidence to suggest the government would ever overstep and try to take away your rights: A government has literally never done this. Don’t be so paranoid! #3) Guns make journalists wet their pants: If you live near a journalist and he hears you own a gun, he may wet his pants. You don’t want something […]

why reload your own ammunition

By the time you have purchased the equipment required to load your own ammunition, then bought primers, powder, brass and bullets, you will not have saved any money over purchasing commercial factory loaded ammunition. Trained snipers use commercial high-end ammunition made specifically for that task. Cost per round doesn’t matter, but repeatability, reliability and lethality mean everything. Hunters only take a few shots per year per rifle. They cannot make handloading pay off for them. Your typical handloader is a guy who shoots in competition. We shoot a lot. The cost-per round must be on par with the cheap ammo while the accuracy through OUR GUNS has to be nearer the high end. I shot DCM, then CMP, and […]