CCW Weekend: Important Limitations On The Castle Doctrine

Give Me Liberty

H/T The Daily Caller.

A man’s home is his castle, and a great many states have either a de jure or de facto “Castle Doctrine” on the books allowing a person to defend themselves in their home if threatened, with deadly force if necessary. These laws, along with the “Stand Your Ground” laws, establish the right of a person to defend themselves if attacked.

Even California has such a law, even though that state is generally held to be loathe to let anyone have a permit to carry a gun in a concealed carry holster, or even openly for that matter. (Though some counties are far more permissive than others.)

It’s not even uniquely American; it’s not even that modern, even though a number of Castle Doctrine laws have been passed within the last few decades. The concept at law is a remnant of English common law (an Englishman’s home is…

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6 Intimidating (And Quiet) Alternatives To Guns | Off The Grid News

Regarding the slingshot, you might not want the “Bart Simpson” model. I made my own David & Goliath sling, from paracord. Bank Run pebbles are all over the place here, so a tool pouch or inexpensive nail apron, holds plenty of pebble ammunition in all sizes and weights for whatever the application is.

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Standards (Part IV – Establishing your baseline)


In the previous installment, I mentioned that shooters have a tendency to ‘walk’ their rounds into the center of the target. The reason for this is that the most missed shot in shooting is the very first shot. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, commented about this in his book The Wilderness Hunter, published in 1893.

No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.

To TR’s comment, I would add ‘and mashing the trigger’ after “carelessness of aim.”

The second most missed shot in shooting is the shot immediately after clearing a stoppage. Stoppage refers to either a malfunction or a reload. As put in the military, “any unintentional interruption in the cycle of operation.”

Both of these shots are missed so often because they represent a transition point from using a complex motor skill (combination of gross…

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2016 General Social Survey Data on Gun Ownership

Gun Culture 2.0

Although I have already written more about gun ownership statistics than I care to (here and here and here and here), the questions of who owns how many guns and how we know are important. So I took note when sociologist Dan Hirschman posted today on the scatterplot blog that the data for the 2016 edition of the biennial General Social Survey is now publicly available. Hirschman also linked to the GSS Data Explorer trends page which allows users to quickly look at basic trends on issues of interest.

If you go to the page, you can find the question “Does respondent have gun in home” under the broader “Civil Liberties” category (it’s in the Bill of Rights after all!), and within that under the “Crime” category (oh, well, can’t win ’em all!)

Using your mouse as a magic wand, you can quickly generate the trend line…

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Covert Actions And The Humble Revolver

9mm ammo will require moon clips for use in a revolver, as does the .45 acp. I had a S&W Model-1952, with a 5″ pencil barrel, an N-frame. It was okay, but I did not like the moon clips, the half-moon clips, or the 2×2 clip sections. 1911 was the way to go. N-frame is much better in .44 Magnum or .44 Special. I would say as guessing, that a J-frame S&W would be best in .38 Special, a proven commodity, and a K-frame is better in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum, over a 9mm, because moon clips are involved. Maybe competition, but for street fighting, I personally would not care for the 9mm.

The Armed Christian

I stumbled across an article on The Loadout Room website last week and I thought I would share.

According to the article (read it in full here), it is an excerpt from the notebook an intelligence asset with a great track record in super-secret, Ninja squirrel types of endeavors. I don’t know enough about the website, it’s authors or super-secret, ninja squirrel stuff to know how factual it is…

But, since it deals with revolvers and more specifically snub-nosed revolvers it caught my attention and I thought I would share it with you.  For those too busy or devoted to check out the original, here is a synopsis:

Super-secret, Ninja squirrel operative received extensive training on the preferred handgun for “embedded human intel assets,” the snub-nosed revolver chambered in 9mm.

The reasons (paraphrased):

9mm is the most common handgun round in the world

9mm is effective

A revolver is extremely reliable…

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