An armed society is a polite society.

I bought my first gun when I was 12. For the last 40 years, I've been shooting and hunting. I've put tens of thousands of rounds downrange, had a lot of fun doing so and met some great people along the way. These are the thoughts of a man who likes guns, carries a gun and shoots guns. A lot.

Why I Carry a Spare Magazine

We’re back in our “Why” series today. This is a topic that I thought of when I first conceived this blog, and it’s been a topic of conversation lately. Between a training exercise a few weeks back and several interactions with friends, it seems carrying a spare magazine is one of those large question marks in the concealed (or open)…

Don’t Live in Fear

Recently, I read an article in which some anti-gun mouthpiece asked the following; “What are you so afraid of that you feel the need to have a military-style assault rifle with a high capacity magazine next to your bed?” You could almost hear the hysteria in her voice. Ignoring the factual errors in the question (an AR-15 is neither military…

Why I Carry Hollow Point Bullets

Every once in a while, I come across an anti-gun person decrying the idea of civilians carrying hollow point bullets. They typically publicly demonstrate their ignorance of the topic by citing the Geneva Convention and it’s prohibition on using hollow point rounds in military conflicts. Those who actually know a little about history recognize that it was the Hague Treaty…

Actual Gun Safety

As the title of this blog suggests, I believe in gun safety. However, what I think of as gun safety is pretty much the opposite of what anti-Second Amendment organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety think of. In fact, even though it caused me to throw up in my mouth just a little bit, I went through everytown.org (no link because…

Why I Reload

It’s been a while since a “Why I…” post, and given the amount of reloading I’ve been doing in the past few weeks, it’s about time to tackle this subject. Now, I’ll go on record right now saying it’s not imperative to reload if you are to be a bonafide gun guy or gal. It’s just not. A lot of…

Justine

I am normally not one for naming things. My girls on the other hand, name everything. But I tend to call guns by the model number, or what I use them for. Thus, I have “The Model 12,” and “The 870” and “My Competition Gun.” But when I bolted this one together for function and fire testing, I knew I…

The Model 12

The last few posts have leaned political in nature, so I thought I would get back to a more pure gun story. One of the reasons I’m so passionate about guns is the memories and emotions I associate with them. Today, you’ll learn the story of another one in my collection, a Winchester Model 12 shotgun. History Originally known as…