Why Any Gun is Better Than No Gun

Recently a fellow blogger named The Armed Christian posted a great article called: Don’t Carry That Round, It Will Just Make Them Mad. He refers to one of the most argued about subjects among shooters – caliber. I have heard this many times over the years, ‘small calibers are a waste – you have to have a least a 9 mm.’ You will hear others say that even the popular 9 mm is under powered – hogwash. The best caliber firearm for you is one you will carry with confidence, if that’s just a .22 or .25 then so be it! Any gun is better than no gun.

Often times as a trainer I come across people who have issues with upper body strength or even arthritis who simply can’t operate the slide of larger automatics nor pull the trigger on a double action revolver. Should these folks be left without a firearm? No! A good little .22 or .25 is a good choice for them, again, any gun is better than no gun. I often train new students using the M&P .22; it’s well made, reliable and feels much like it’s big brothers. These guns are easy to operate; with light slide, easy to load magazine and little recoil, they inspire confidence in the shooter.

I spent years as a safety guy for a large trucking company where we often used cantaloupes to replicate head or other soft tissue injuries like falling off a ladder or getting hit with a fork lift. So I decided to test a .22 pistol on a cantaloupe.

Didn’t look too bad from the front, but the back provides some perspective.


The effectiveness of any firearm is primarily reliant on the shooter. Yes, larger calibers add more punch, but personally I don’t want to be hit with any of them!

Keep your powder dry!


Gear Review: Sightmark LoPro LED Light/Green Laser Combo

I’ve owned my AR-15 for several years and despite some temptation I have left it stock except for a small red dot sight. I have always found it curious that the AR-15 is often chosen for it’s light weight, then loaded up with every conceivable accessory – nullifying the weight advantage. A customer recently brought his in for some work that easily weighed over 25 lbs!  Now, if that’s what you want to do, go for it, it’s your gun, but you might not be happy with the end result.

Following my recent Incident with a Trespasser, I decided I needed some low light options. I added night sights to my Glock 19 which resides on the night stand over night, but the AR-15 would have been a better choice for that encounter. I didn’t want to lose the use of the red dot sight, nor did I want to add a lower rail, or a bunch of weight. After a great deal of searching (and lots of unsolicited advice) I found a low profile laser/light combo  that claimed it could be used with a scope, red dot and even fixed sights.

Install was quick and easy, slide it on the rail and tighten with a flat screw driver.


Sights are dialed in using 2 over sized knobs: one on top, one on the left side.


There are three little buttons on top that give you the option to run flashlight, laser or both at the same time. There is also an pressure switch included, but to this point I have chosen not to attach it.


The flashlight isn’t overly bright, manual claims 220 lumens, but the green laser really reaches out – over 100 yards in bright sunlight and adds less than a pound to the weight of the gun. There is also a less expensive version that is green laser only.

There are literally hundreds of lasers out there, but this little guy performs well while allowing you to use a scope, red dot or even fixed sights and maintaining a light weight gun. Hope you found this helpful.

Keep your powder dry!

Good Guy With a Gun Stops School Shooting, Media Goes Silent

Does anyone else find it a bit suspect that there was yet another school shooting, but this time the media has completely dropped the story in less than 24 hours? No interviews with survivors, no student walk outs; nothing. With school shootings being used as a basis for yet another attempt at ‘gun control’ why has this one so quickly fallen off the radar; because it simply doesn’t support the agenda of those seeking to violate the Constitution and take away your right to self protection.

The narrative of this school shooting is much different from the ones we see in the media because this time it was stopped by a good guy with a gun. This time it was a quick acting RSO, a good guy with a gun, who shot and killed the shooter before he could create anymore carnage. At a time when many of us are calling for common sense security in our schools, this incident supports our case, so the anti-gun media will bury this one deep. The naked truth is: a good guy/gal with a gun is what stops a bad guy/gal with a gun, but the media aren’t nearly as interested in ‘reporting the news’ as they are in promoting an agenda.

Liberals and their media lapdogs are being seen by many for what they are; anti-1st Amendment, Anti-2nd Amendment – anti-American. Americans are buying up the evil ‘AR-15s’ at record pace, 30 round magazines or ‘high capacity rapid fire cartridges’ as the anti-gunners call them are flying out the door, and my concealed carry classes now have waiting lists. The talking heads keep talking, but we the people aren’t all as stupid as they think we are.

A View From the Range: The Elderly Couple and Their AR-15

With all this talk about banning the inherently ‘evil’ AR-15 I thought I would share a little story with you. Recently as I was going about my normal duties at the gun store/indoor range an elderly couple, regulars and range members, came in carrying a new AR-15 still in its original box. A little back story, the elderly gentleman had started teaching his wife about guns about a year prior as he was having some health issues and wanted to make sure she could always protect herself. She really enjoyed their weekly time at the range and had become a pretty good shot. Today, AR-15 in hand, they asked for some advice; they needed to trick out this AR and get it sighted in. They said they had purchased it about a year ago (I assume prior to the election) and had just stored it in a closet. Now they wanted to get it set up and learn to fire it because in their words, “the government is talking stupid.” Amen. So we added a nice red dot sight and bore sighted it in before taking it out to the range. After a little time with one of the other instructors, they were drilling the target at 25 yards. Nice.

This couple knew the importance of self reliance and was clearly wise enough not to trust the government to act in their best interest. They are not alone; since this new gun control push began, ‘fully semi-automatic’ AR-15’s are flying out the door as are those ‘high capacity rapid fire magazines’ that dishonest politicians keep referring to. The relentless attacks on the NRA have led to a massive wave of new members as Americans push back against this attack on our 2nd Amendment rights. Fact: not all Americans are tide pod eating pawns waiting on some politician to tell us what to think.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Keep your powder dry!

If You Can’t Trust Teachers With Guns…

The idea of arming teachers to protect students is nothing new, but in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, this idea has once again risen to the surface. Could this be a common sense solution to school shootings? I would say yes if used in conjunction with other common sense security measures such as locking the door! However, there are some talking heads and liberal politicians claiming that this just adds to the problem of ‘gun violence’ and that teachers can’t be trusted to handle firearms around children. Some black lawmakers are even claiming that armed teachers would be a danger to minority students – really?!?! The fact is, some school teachers and/or other school employees could safely and effectively carry a firearm and act as an effective deterrent to those who might wish to harm our school kids. Continue reading “If You Can’t Trust Teachers With Guns…”

Gear Review: Best Concealment IWB Holster

With all the madness going on in the world, more and more people are making the correct choice to own and carry a firearm. I have had a carry permit for many years and recently became certified as a RSO (Range Safety Officer) and as a Firearms Instructor. I choose to carry my firearm in various ways depending on the situation. In some situations I open carry, but more often than not I carry concealed. I have long believed that concealed carry gives you an added element of surprise and in a high stress situation you need every advantage you can get. You may have read my previous article on why you need a pocket gun , but as useful as a small gun can be I wanted/needed something a bit larger for everyday carry. After renting and shooting a wide range of guns I finally settled on the compact Glock 43; a small single stack 9 mm with a 6 round capacity. With that settled, I needed a light IWB (inside the waistband) holster that was tough but wouldn’t break the bank. Face it, you can spend a lot on a quality holster.


I settled on a Kydex holster from Concealment Express. This holster is custom made for this firearm, not one of the generic sized ones that rarely fit right. It has adjustable retention and adjustable carry angle; this comes in handy for me as I carry behind my hip so tilting forward makes for an easier draw.



Searching their selection, it appears they make a version for every handgun I could think of. Made in the US, a lifetime warranty and priced under $40 made it a good bet. I’ve been using it almost every day for a couple of months now and so far I’m really happy with it. Ultra thin and comfortable; it’s definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for an IWB holster.

Find One To Fit Your Gun Here!

Keep your powder dry!

#MAGA: American Made Gun Magnet

Those who’ve been here before know I’m a huge fan of gun magnets; I’ve been using them in the car as well as around the house. They are a great way to conceal a firearm under a desk, table, cabinet, or under the dash of your car. I have magnets in both cars as I find it much easier to draw from the magnet than from a holster while in a seated position. I’ve tried (and reviewed) several in the past see (Gear Review: Keeper Magnetic Gun Mount and Anti-Carjacking Device), but I think I have found my favorite: AZ Industries American Made Gun Magnet.

Yes, I do like that fact that it’s made in the US, and yes it is a little more expensive than some of the others, but the design is simply better and the quality seems better.


This magnet is quite a bit longer than any of the others I’ve tried and so it makes more contact with the slide of the gun. The unit actually consists of 3 internal magnets that are surprisingly strong and holds the gun in place even when driving over pothole filled streets. Continue reading “#MAGA: American Made Gun Magnet”