Boiling Frogs, Gun Allergies and How To Influence Enemies

Starbucks gun debate

Having spent decades in the marketing field trying to convince people to buy things they don’t want, I get it. I get that people become acclimated to ideas and new concepts as a result of continued exposure. So when open carry advocates claim that their aim is to desensitize the public to the presence of […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Concealed Carry: Showing Your Gun Booty

When it comes to inappropriately showing your gun booty, there are really two different scenarios. One is a legal issue and the other a tactics consideration. In most states, if you have a concealed carry permit, it's against the law for your gun to show. It must be invisible to others, or concealed, at all times. That's the legal issue. The other scenario involves whether your concealment strategy is obvious to people "in the know" or otherwise.

When it comes to inappropriately showing your gun booty, there are really two different scenarios. One is a legal issue and the other a tactics consideration. In most states, if you have a concealed carry permit, it’s against the law for your gun to show. It must be invisible to others, or concealed, at all […]

How To Choose The Best Handgun For You

The good news? There are lots of excellent handgun choices. The bad news? There are lots of excellent handgun choices!

What defines the “right” gun for you? The “right” gun is the most powerful one with which you can hit your target consistently. If that’s a .22 caliber pistol, then so be it. A .22 pistol that hits your intended target is more effective than a .45 caliber that misses. Make no mistake, bigger and […]

Flying With Guns? We Answer The Confusing Questions

TSA's worst nightmare? Not if you follow the rules and use a lockable case like this one.

Whether you have to fly with a firearm, for work, training or possibly the hunt of a lifetime, or you just want to bring your gun with you for personal security, you need to play nice with the feds. When I travel to states friendly with my concealed carry permit, I almost always travel with […]

Students Not Expelled For Playing With Guns

Students shooting guns everywhere! Panic? No. Respect, determination and safety? Plenty of that to go around.

Lots of guns? Yes. Expulsions and/or Suspensions? No. “L” shaped Pop-Tarts? I’m not sure, but if there were, no one had a meltdown over it. What universe am I in? That would be the Jacksonville Skeet and Trap Club in Jacksonville, Florida for the Southeast Collegiate Invitational Shoot. Dozens and dozens of college students competed […]

Gun Terminology of the Day: 1911

Springfield Armory TRP 1911 Armory Kote shown with Galco Miami Classic II

One of the reasons I started writing Insanely Practical Guides was to help acclimate new shooters and gun owners to the confusing world of guns, shooting and etiquette. Here’s a quick excerpt from The Rookies Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition… If you talk to a couple of gun aficionados, you’re likely to hear […]

The Automatic, Systematic, Hydromatic M3 “Grease Gun”

The M3 Grease Gun. Photo courtesy of the NRA National Firearms Museum. Go there. Really.

This week, rather than talk about “This Goofy Gun” we’re going to change things up a little and take a look at “This Greasy Gun.” Most folks think that the M3 “Grease Gun” submachine gun of World War II fame was created in response to the success of the German MP38, MP40 and British Sten […]

How To Deal With Gun Terminology Snobs

Half-Cocked: Gun Terminology Gone Bad

We’re not going to get wrapped up too much in the specifics of proper gun terminology. It can be intimidating and quite frankly, it’s not all that important as long as people know what you’re trying to say. But we will try to be accurate most of the time so you have the full picture. […]

LaPierreCare Affordable Gun Act of 2013 Set To Launch Amid Defunding Fight

NRA Executive Vice President pitches LaPierreCare at a recent Remington State University event. Image: NRA.org

Tomorrow marks the go live date for the Affordable Gun Act of 2013, commonly referred to as LaPierreCare. Intended to make guns and ammunition accessible and affordable to all Americans, LaPierreCare levels the playing field by striking down capricious state laws that infringe on rights to bear arms. According to industry spokesperson, the late Charlton […]