Dungeons And Dragons Is Never Like This When I Play

December 20th, 2014

I’m not sure, but I think this link is Not Safe For Work.

Seems like a pretty interesting session, but I don’t think I would be comfortable with this kind of role playing if my geek friends were in the room.

There Is Too Much Skin In This Mugshot

December 20th, 2014

pickaxe attacker with head shaved half way

According to this local news channel, two young men staged a home invasion in order to attack a third man.  The weapons used were a baseball bat and a pickaxe.

Why were these two guys, aged 16 and 19, so angry?  Seems one was dating the ex-girlfriend of the victim.  When they found out that the former boyfriend was flirting with his ex via Facebook postings, they decided it was time for a bit of aggravated assault!

So why the odd hairdo?  It appears that the 19-year-old realized that the cops were going to come calling, and he was caught in the act of shaving his head as a kind of redneck disguise.

Didn’t work, obviously.

How A 1911 Works

December 17th, 2014

Interesting gif which shows how a 1911 handgun works.

(Hat tip to Glenn.)

“Why Didn’t He Just Shoot Him In The Leg?”

December 13th, 2014

I was listening to the radio during my daily commute, the disc jockey reading the news.  He stopped after relating a tale about the latest demonstration organized to protest a police officer shooting a crazed violent criminal, and uttered the words that form the title to this essay.

I am willing to put down good folding money on an even odds bet that every person involved with the shooting sports reacted the same way when they read that last paragraph.

“How the hell can anyone be so freakin’ stupid that they even asked that question???”

chris takes his ease

My own reaction was similar.  Lots of eye rolling and head shaking.  But, stupid though it might appear at first, this sort of question is also fairly common.  Even a small measure of experience would show how utterly absurd such a notion might be, but it doesn’t seem to be very clear to those who have never fired a gun before.

So, if you have ever pondered why someone does not aim for the legs during a violent and terrifying criminal attack, please allow me to briefly explain …


What in the world is that supposed to mean?  “In the gravest extreme?”

It just means that you have no other options.  The only way to save innocent lives is to resort to lethal force.

criminal with rusty knife

Shooting someone in the extremities might not stop them in time.  They have to break off their murderous attack right now!  Otherwise innocent people may pay a cost that is too terrible to contemplate.

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“Time Is The Fire In Which We All Burn”

December 11th, 2014

A quote from an old Star Trek movie, but one which all people of a certain age can relate to.

Long time readers of this blog know that I have been very fortunate to be able to specialize in helping elderly and disabled people learn the rudiments of safe, effective self defense.

But I, of course, am not the only one to have given a hand to those in need!  You might be interested in this essay on another blog, where the author helps a retired Marine discover that living a long life does not make one helpless.


Have At Thee!

December 10th, 2014

pensioners in fencing gear

(Picture source.)

Movies Are Fantasy

December 10th, 2014

One of the recurring problems I encounter is how many of my students insist on purchasing the same firearms they see their fictional heroes use in the movies.


tom cruise in one of the mission impossible movies

So why is this a problem?  The guns glowing in enhanced size on the silver screen are usually reliable, well made firearms.  They are widely available, with most gunsmiths having experience in repair if so needed.  The only problem would be if my star-struck students wanted to buy a fantasy gun put together by the film studio prop department.

harrison ford in blade runner with his fictional gun

So, again, why is this a problem?

The trouble comes on two fronts.  One is that the student might want a gun that is unsuitable for their needs, and the other is that this guns featured in movies are usually more expensive than perfectly adequate alternatives.

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The Gun Is Not Safe For Work!

December 5th, 2014

Interested to see?  Pics after the jump.  You have been warned!

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Pawn Shop Sign

November 29th, 2014

pawn shop sign they buy gold and guns

What’s not to like?

Good Idea, Or Bad?

November 22nd, 2014

gun with puthy saying engraved on muzzle

A bit of Photoshop bravado, but would it do any harm to have such an engraving on your primary self defense arm?  Kinda sorta.

Lots of people will say that, should one be forced to defend lives against violent criminal attack, there is a good chance of being sued by the family of the guilty.  All it takes for an ambulance-chasing lawyer to ruin your life and take all you own is to get the jury to feel mad or uncomfortable about the person who had to pull the trigger.  Outright expressions of confidence, let alone aggression, will go a long way towards convincing the jury that it is reasonable for the judge to award half of every paycheck you will ever earn to the aggrieved.

Let me put it another way.  It might say “WRONG HOUSE” on the muzzle, but you won’t be able to afford anything but a cardboard box behind the convenience store after the jury gets a gander at your gat.

homeless man on the street in a cardboard box

My take on it is a bit more immediate.  It takes money to get a gun engraved, money that can be spent on the ammunition and range time needed to become a better shooter.  Why waste it on something that won’t help you survive an emergency situation?

If that argument doesn’t have any weight, then consider this.  After you are forced to defend, the police will confiscate your gun.  After all, it is evidence!

That means the gun you spent extra money to bling up will be sitting in an evidence locker somewhere, uncleaned and rusting away, until after the trial is over and the judge hands down a decision.  If the criminal skips bail and the trial is postponed until he is caught, this might take decades.  Any extra money you spent on the gun will be a waste if this happens.