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.

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…

Why I Compete

For about the last 10 months, I’ve been competing in one to two pistol matches per month. If it’s a good month, I can get three in. I have wanted to shoot competitively for nearly 10 years. I first learned about IDPA in 2005 having moved back to my homeland of Western New York. I remember spending time on their…

If Guns Were The Problem…

I have to wonder about the motives of people that blame inanimate objects for a problem. We hear it all the time. Take Shannon Watts for example. Every time some sociopath uses a gun to shoot some people, she’s all over the news telling us that there are too may guns. “America is awash in guns—and it’s a huge problem!”…

Medium-Range Shooting Adventures

Recently, I’ve taken up mid-range shooting. Some would call it long-range, but when I did that, I was promptly corrected by the owner of the range where I shoot. He said, “500-600 yards isn’t long range. That’s medium range. Long-range starts at 1,000 yards…” So there you go. Anyhoo, for someone who has previously only shot out to about 125…

“High-Capacity” Magazines

It used to really piss me off, but now I find it amusing. Whenever a TV “gun expert” blathers on about “high-capacity magazine clips” that were the cause of so much carnage in some random shooting. Like most pop-culture gun terms, “high-capacity magazine” is a completely made up term that has no meaning at all. It’s designed to sound scary…

The Model 99

As near as I can recall, the year was 1978. My parents had just split up and we moved back to the small town that I call home. I was 12, and had already been deer hunting with my dad for several years. Well, hunting is a stretch; I tagged along. But I loved it, and often didn’t sleep a wink…

No New Gun Laws

Why I Oppose New Gun Laws

It’s almost impossible to open a newspaper or turn on a TV and not read or hear another story where some politician or political activist is calling for more gun laws. They used to call it gun control, then that fell out of favor—primarily since most Americans are not in favor it it—so they renamed it “common sense gun laws.”…

The Squib

I was told it would happen to me eventually, but I didn’t believe it. I was pretty sure I was going to be able to escape this fate and avoid the consequences by virtue of my conscientious behavior. I was wrong. Last week, coming home from a range session, I decided I should give my competition handgun—a Springfield model XD…