The Colt M1911A1 versus the Beretta M9, Glock vs. Sig, 9mm vs .40 vs. .45ACP; gun culture folks love to argue with each other. And, you know what, this is America and people have the freedom to do just that, argue about minutia and trivial pursuits.
For as long as I have been paying attention to the gun culture, better than thirty years now, gun rags have been promoting the “versus” technique to sell magazines. If there had been a Guns&Ammo magazine in 1821, the cover story would have likely read “Flint vs. Percussion Cap; Our Experts Decide” Am I telling you not to argue Weaver vs. Isosceles or Leather vs. Kydex? No, I am not. What I am going to tell you is that the United States of America as founded as a representative republic is in dire peril. It is far beyond time to get our priorities in order.
Read more @ Hey Gun Culture; Your Priorities Suck and Here is Why | Student of the Gun Blog
In the article above, Paul Markel speaks on an issue we’ve noticed here at GOTR as well. Substantive posts by gun blogs are often ignored. Call it mental masturbation if you will. People happily click on memes or posts comparing/hailing/lambasting guns, bullets, and gear. But few seem interested in clicking on anything that requires engaging any part of their brain that isn’t involved in sexual gratification and that’s a shame.
AUSTIN — Texas is a hair’s breadth away from legalizing the licensed open carry of handguns after the state Senate late Friday approved the legislation following hours spent arguing over a controversial amendment that would limit cops’ ability to detain gun owners.
The Senate approved House Bill 910, which would allow properly licensed gun owners to openly carry their handguns in shoulder or hip holsters. The bill passed by a final vote of 19-12 and now heads back to the House, where that chamber’s members will have to agree with the Senate’s changes.
Debate was prolonged late into the evening after Dallas Republican Don Huffines proposed an amendment that would bar police from stopping someone solely for openly carrying a handgun in public. The emotional, heated and often personal debate was an unusual turn of events in the Senate, in which debate is normally highly scripted. An unusual coalition of Democrats and some Republicans banded together to oppose the amendment, saying it would tie the hands of law enforcement and put the public in danger.
Read more@Texas Senate OKs open-carry legislation – Houston Chronicle
Just a little closer
“We are convinced that there is some sort of campaign against us,” said Andreas Heeschen, a 54-year-old German investor who bought the firm from British Aerospace – now BAE Systems – in 2002 and recently relocated from London to Oberndorf to take a more active management role.HK is vowing to fight back. Executives said it is considering legal action against the government for what it sees as politically motivated slander.The conflict is more than a battle between a defense firm and a disgruntled client. It also reflects Germany’s struggle to define its role in a world of heightened security risks.Seventy years after the end of World War Two, Germany is still reluctant to send its troops to crisis zones. Yet until recently it encouraged companies like Heckler and Koch to ship arms around the world.View galleryA man holds a G 36 KA rifle manufactured by Heckler …A man holds a G 36 KA rifle manufactured by Heckler & Koch during a guided media tour at arms factor …Berlin is now tacitly acknowledging the hypocrisy of this stance. But reversing course is proving messy – for the government and the gunmaker.
Source: Germany turns on its top gunmaker – Yahoo News
This story has continued to grow. What started as grumblings among those who actually pull triggers has grown into a what amounts to yet another anti-gun push by the German government against what has long been one of Germany’s greatest exports, small arms. HK is not alone in its struggles with Angel Merkel and others in the German government as Sig Sauer has also faced issues with exporting guns from Germany in the last year.
A homeowner, who’d called 911 in response to a home invasion and exchanged fire with the intruders was ultimately shot by responding officers in Charleston, South Carolina. Officers arrived on the scene and saw to male suspects fleeing on bicycles. The local agency’s statement would seem to indicate they believe it was the homeowner’s own fault he was shot.
“Our deputies proceeded to the rear of the home and were confronted by an armed subject exiting or standing at the back door of the residence,” the sheriff’s statement read. “Our deputies challenged the subject and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he didn’t at the time. As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area.” Police said the subject who was shot is a homeowner or resides at the property.
via South Carolina Police Responding to Home Invasion Call Shoot Home’s Resident – ABC News.
This isn’t meant to be a post about police brutality. We all have our own opinions on that and unfortunately, because the homeowner in this case was black, we are sure to hear the usual suspects bring up race. But, the more obvious lesson has nothing to do with race and everything to do with being at the scene of a high risk call with officers responding to a “shots fired” call.
If you find yourself in a home invasion and gain the upper hand, remember that continuing to chase them once they disengage and leave your home is fraught with exponentially greater risk. If you can, stay on the line with the operator/dispatcher. Give a clear description of who you are and what you look like (race, gender, height, build, clothing). If and only if it is safe to do so, leave the house and tell the dispatcher/operator to have officers meet you at a safe location rather than waiting for them to enter your home. If they ask why you want to do this, the simple answer is that you do not want to risk your family or yourself getting shot by responding officers. If officers are already there, put your gun down, and I cannot stress this enough, comply with their commands immediately.
Today’s podcast is up. The guys have all had a chance to shoot the Glock 43 and give first impressions. Gary gives his first impressions on the Arsenal Strike One. Full reviews on both of these guns are coming soon.