San Berdoo and the 2A

I guess it is only natural after a horrific event like the Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino last week that people gather in their enclaves and prattle back and forth over every nuance they can imagine about the event. While I am no psychiatrist—or even pretend to be—I’m sure th
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Get a Grip II: Support

Last week I sort of got into the weeds on properly gripping a handgun. When I realized my bloviating had swelled to more than 1,100 words I sort of cut it off at the primary hand. Today I’ll look at the support hand more thoroughly. As we saw last week, the purpose of gripping a handg
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Get a Grip—Part I

Those of us who have been shooting, even for a relatively short time, (should) have discovered that good shooting is entirely dependent upon consistency. One reason why the military is so inextricably wedded to regimentation is that it enforces the notion of consistency—dependable res
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Chevys and Fords

Back during the Pleistocene era—when I was young—we guys used to tout our allegiance to certain makes of cars, usually Chevys and Fords, though a few rebels clung to Dodge. Taunts like, “I’d rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy,” or, “Ford: Fix or Repair Daily,” were tossed to and fr
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Decisions, Decisions…

As most of you know I recently lucked my way into a 1979-vintage Colt Commander that has not been subjected to the customizer’s knife. Of course, I will change that. I plan to give it a full treatment to enhance the good points of the 1911 platform while minimizing any less-than-stell
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Found Me a Nugget

Back in May I bloviated about several guns I let get by me, one being the Colt Commander. The Commander debuted in 1950 after the government requested a lightweight 9 mm pistol to consider replacing the all-steel 1911 .45 ACP. Then, as now, bureaucrats with some psychological malady t
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The Weaver Stance

Everything old is new again. And, as always, there are those who viciously fight for what is old and new. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that many people just enjoy being contrary, and the anonymity of the Internet makes that unfortunate characteristic even more prevalent tha
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Initial Thoughts on Ruger’s Lightweight SR1911

First, let me be perfectly clear: These are my first rather random thought on Ruger’s new lightweight SR1911 in the Commander style. I reserve the right to revise, abridge or reverse myself later. In addition to all the other bovine residue I have been inundated with recently—take a l
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Couldas, Shoudas…

One of the things old flatulents like me love to do is bore the hell out of younger folks with what they should—and sometimes shouldn’t—do. The reason we like to do this is because we want to help those younger folks not make the same mistakes we have made. As I look back on my life,
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A Good Way to Blow Your Balls…or Tweeter Off

As most of you who read this stuff know, I am an anachronistic old coot. My alma mater is an old school with the motto, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So I find it a bit amusing to see so many new tactical “experts” extolling things like the isosceles stance and appendix carry, as
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