Ninja Attack!

September 22nd, 2014

From the news of the weird file comes this developing report.  It seems that two women, armed with knives and stun guns, invaded a private home in Utah in order to kidnap a 15 year old girl.  They were swaddled in dark clothes at the time, and resembled ninjas during the attack.

ninja suit with dagger

Why did they want to abduct the young girl?  It seems that she is the victim of a sexual assault, and the two women were trying to remove her so she would not be able to testify against the accused.

Who is the accused?  It seems that he is the boyfriend of both of them.  Dress up like a ninja to conduct a home invasion and kidnapping, become enamored of a pedophiliac boyfriend.  Something tells me that these two constantly struggle with some seriously bad judgement.

The plan to invade a home and kidnap a child was an extremely poor one, but at least the criminals decided to make the attempt on a night when the weather was foul.  One of the victims reported that a storm brewing outside helped to hide the noise made by the creeping felons.

‘Twas a dark and stormy night ….

cat and dog snuggling on a dark and stormy night

What foiled the crime?  One of the legal residents of the home heard a creaking sound.  When he went to investigate, he was confronted by the two ninjettes.

Even so, they were armed with knives and stun guns while his hands were empty.  A potential tragedy was avoided when another resident came to his rescue, wielding a katana.

katana demotivational

When they realized that they were outclassed in the reach department, the two wannabe master criminals allowed themselves to be subdued.  After all, they had brought knives to a sword fight!

So why didn’t they cut up the unarmed man with their knives before the sword made an appearance?  That is another detail which indicates that the whole operation wasn’t very well thought out.

Let us surmise for a moment that the criminals were victorious, and they managed to abduct the child from her bed.  What then?  The alleged sexual assault victim would not be able to testify, but it stands to reason that the police and FBI would make a beeline for the two since the main reason for the girl to disappear would be to prevent her day in court.  Were the home invaders planning on murdering the girl in order to silence any potential witnesses to the kidnapping?

Considering the level of intelligence displayed by the perps so far, I am willing to bet they were planning on taking the girl home with them until after the trial.  You know, stash the victim in the first place the authorities would want to search since the two people with the greatest motive to kidnap the girl happen to live there.  But that doesn’t mean that one of them didn’t have a flash of relative brilliance, and the abduction was simply a prelude to an unmarked grave out in the woods somewhere.  I would have to say that the young lady at the center of all of these shenanigans is very lucky to have so many family members standing at the ready when they were most needed.

So why didn’t anyone involved have a firearm?  After all, the level of motivation of everyone involved is pretty high.  The two accused home invaders were willing to commit several major felonies to aid the object of their affections, while the family of the girl would want to protect her from further assaults.  It seems to reason that someone along the line would have purchased a gun, either to have at hand during the kidnapping or to stand guard over the victim.  Why all the swords and knives?

Ever since 1968, it has been a violation of Federal law for anyone convicted of a felony to be in possession of ammunition or firearms.  Something tells me that at least a few of the people involved in this sordid tale fit that description.

Of course, just about all of my thoughts on the matter are pure speculation.  Details are sketchy, and I doubt we will ever know all the details.

How Much Ammo Is Enough?

September 18th, 2014

The title of this essay is a question I get all the time!  That is why I regularly post my thoughts on the subject.  It is my hope that my regular readers will excuse this exercise in boring their socks off.

So what is the answer at the most basic?  It is pretty much the same answer for most questions concerning defensive gun use, that being “Whatever makes you feel comfortable.”

There are, however, some nuances to explore.

Most of my students like to brag about how much ammo they carry with them.  “I have thirty-two rounds with me at all times!”  Is there some magic number we should strive for?

taurus millenium pro

Not as such, since some guns hold more ready rounds than others.

snub nosed 38 with six rounds

Nor do we have to pile it on, cramming spare magazines and speedloaders in every pocket and belt pouch.

pile of 9mm parabellum cartridges

The one thing to keep in mind is that we are carrying a handgun for emergency self defense, and not looking to take on Satan’s hordes as they vomit forth from the open portal of Hades.  After all, if you knew trouble was coming then you should leave the area at speed while calling the police, and not stand around to see if you can take down the bad guys all by yourself with the little handgun you have tucked away under your clothes.

Extra ammo is heavy!  Strapping all that weight to yourself is uncomfortable, as well as requiring some reinforcement for your clothing so your pants down drop down to your ankles while you are in the store to buy milk for the baby.


What I recommend to my students is at least one full reload for your defensive handgun.

snubbie with speedloader and spent brass

taurus pt111 with magazine

If that is not enough, then by all means you should carry two!

S&W Model 625 with two speedloaders

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But, after that, it gets to a point of diminishing returns.  Too much weight, too much gear to keep track of, just too much.

multiple speedloaders

Does this mean there is some sort of rule you have to follow?  Not to my knowledge.  If you don’t want to bring along any extra ammo except what the gun carries, then more power to you.  If you want to hang more than two reloads from your clothes, then that is just fine with me!

All I’m doing here is passing along what seems to work for most people.  It just might work for you, too.


The Ultimate Distraction

September 17th, 2014

flirting cop loses gun

Bling Up Your Gun

September 17th, 2014

I worked as a fingerprint technician for my local police force some decades back.  It surprised me when the officers would tell me about how criminals would try to pretty up their guns.


(Picture source.)

It wasn’t as if street level thugs would send their guns off for gold engraving.  Instead they would paint them with nail polish, or wrap the grip with a brightly colored tape.  If they used a shotgun to guard their crack house, then they would favor sidesaddle ammo carriers with different colored shells.

different color shells in shotgun ammo carrier

Some of this stuff would not effect the reliability of the firearm, but the painting and nail polish certainly could.  Lucky thing that most criminals are dirt stupid.

Decorating guns on the cheap is certainly nothing new.  Frontiersmen in North America would buy shiny brass tacks at the fur company trading post, and while away cold evenings in their rude shacks by carefully driving them into the stocks of their muskets to produce eye catching patterns.

musket with brass tacks in stock

That sort of thing pales besides how the rich spend huge sums in order to create works of art out of functional self defense tools.

Our good friend knirirr has been kind enough to clue us in to this web page, which discusses how the famed jewelry and luxury goods firm of Tiffany & Co engraved a number of guns in the period from 1880 to 1910.


The material most commonly used was silver, the worksmanship is without peer, and the engraving is amazingly detailed.  Click on the link to view a sample of these works of art.

Of course, I am a most practical man.  The thing that springs foremost into my mind when seeing such silver masterpieces is that they would be just the thing if I ever had to pistol whip a werewolf.

Something Lies Dead, And Close Beneath The Ground

September 9th, 2014

mushrooms 1

mushrooms 2

mushrooms 3

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Two Is The Best You Can Manage

September 8th, 2014

One of the  constant problems I come across during my charity self defense course is how students are convinced that they know the basics of gun handling through video games and movies.

matrix movie shootout with two submachineguns

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This usually crops up in that the student is convinced they are an expert shot before they ever pick up a firearm for the first time.  After all, they see their media heroes wielding a handgun with one hand and never missing, even though the actor never takes time to steady their aim.  Isn’t that reality?

clint eastwood as dirty harry

Although it hasn’t come up too often, some of my students were fans of video games.  These people always want to carry a bunch of guns.

a whole lot of guns

There is a real world precedent, as those who like small revolvers will often carry a spare.  This is more to allow them to increase their ready firepower than to have guns ready in case different threats pop up.

two revolvers in pocket holsters with draw hooks

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I Can’t Square This Circle

September 2nd, 2014

A journalist conducted a little social experiment earlier this year in London, England.  She instructed her young daughters to look lost and scared, and then placed them in the path of busy shoppers.  Over 600 adults walked by the waifs, avoiding contact of any kind.  TV cameras recorded the shameful display.

little girl lost in a london shopping mall

The main reason why adults in the UK refused to even consider helping a distressed child in public is said to be due to pedophile hysteria, or an extreme prejudice against adults who interact with children.  It would appear that even the most innocent and helpful of actions are seen only as overtures of a sexual predator to recruit new victims.

This sort of hypervigilance, and rush to condemn innocent adults, has been a problem in the United Kingdom for decades.  Adults, particularly males, have been extremely reluctant to approach children that clearly needed help because of fear of arrest.  This extreme prejudice has resulted in some unintended consequences beyond the preventible deaths of children, as males have avoided professions where they have to interact with children for fear of being branded a sexual predator.

I have always wanted to travel, particularly the United Kingdom.  One of the questions I have puzzled over is what to do if I came across a child in distress, should I ever get the funds together to make the trip.  My response has always been to do what I would do if I was at home in the US, and strive to protect and aid the child in whatever way I could while summoning help from the proper authorities.  If this meant that I was to spend some time in a jail cell for my actions, then that would be fine with me!

But then news of a town in Great Britain named Rotherham started to hit the airwaves.  At least 1400 children were the victims of sexual abused over a 17 year period, and the police knew about it!  They just turned a blind eye, sometimes even arresting parents who were trying to save their children from such vile crimes.

So does this mean the pedophile panic in the UK was all a sham, and they actually welcome sexual predators who victimize children?  Or is it just in Rotherham?

Any way you look at it, there are some mixed signals being sent.

These Guys Need To Hire Me

August 25th, 2014

Our good friend knirirr has been kind enough to pass along this news article.  It seems that police in the United Kingdom have seen 110 “accidental discharges” in the past 3 years.

uk police officer with submachine gun

Regular visitors to this site know that there is no such thing as an “accidental discharge“.  There are only four simple rules required to safely handle a firearm, and someone has to be stupid enough to have ignored at least one of them in order for the gun to go off unexpectedly.

What is really amazing is that the police were called upon to use their guns in the line of duty only 29 times during the same time period!  So the police in the UK let loose an unaimed round in a random direction about four times more often than they shoot to save innocent lives.  Absolutely amazing.

The article also mentions that Police Constable Ian Terry was killed during a training exercise.  Pc Terry was sitting in an unmoving car, playing the part of a fleeing robbery suspect.  A fellow officer was supposed to shoot out a tire with a “gas round” but instead shot Pc Terry at extremely close range, resulting in his death.

chalk outline with caution tape

In the United States, such a news story about such poorly trained police officers would generate national outrage.  There would be protests, the situation would be discussed at all levels of government, and the news media would be desperately digging up past shooting incidents in order to generate outrage and ratings.  I can’t seem to find anything similar in the UK.  I suppose they find these conditions to be tolerable.

There are two reasons why I don’t expect to get a job in the UK to train their police officers.

Firstly, although I have some experience in training military personnel in the use of handguns, I have never had any police officers as students.  There are plenty of people in the US who have such experience, however, and it would make sense to hire someone with a proven track record.

Secondly, it would be political suicide for any politician in the United Kingdom to even suggest that the country needed to hire someone from America to train their police.  The media in the UK is full of news stories and editorials that condemn the culture in the United States as being savage and violent, so it would be seen as a confession of complete incompetence if they hired someone from here in such a delicate position.

I don’t see this as being an acceptable state of affairs, but I don’t see it changing any time soon.

Dungeons And Dragons Explained

August 18th, 2014

right now other people are having sex

Besides the image above, there is also an excellent video and article.


You Be The Judge

August 18th, 2014

There are a few handguns which are marketed as being perfect for self defense, but which don’t catch on in that role.  One of these is the Taurus Judge.

taurus judge revolver

This strange looking handgun is actually a tiny shotgun, one chambered for the .410 bore.  Besides being the smallest and weakest shotgun ammo you are likely to find in your friendly neighborhood gun store, the .410 is also the only popular shotgun which is known by its diameter instead of the gauge.  That is probably for the best.

The .410 shells most widely available for sale are loaded with bird shot, which are teensy tiny pellets designed to kill very small animals without tearing up the carcass too much.  Limited numbers of people have purchased this type of handgun for concealed carry in recent years, and it is now possible to occasionally find ammunition which is loaded with more potent buckshot.  Even so, such defensive ammunition is far from common.

That was extremely fortunate for a college student named Christopher Moeller.  He was shot four times by an assailant wielding a Taurus Judge, at a range of about 25 feet.  All four rounds seem to have been solid hits, but the young man survived due to the fact that the criminal had loaded his gun with bird shot.  Even so, he almost didn’t make it due to blood loss.

What is my take on the Judge?  There are certainly smaller and lighter revolvers that fill the role of an emergency defensive arm, and some of those smaller and lighter guns are chambered for extremely potent calibers.  Add in the fact that all of those other calibers are easier to find in the gun store, and usually have a lower price tag, and I would have to say that the Taurus Judge is a solution in search of a problem.