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—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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Failure

About a month ago my friend and fellow writer Jim Wilson wrote a piece for AmericanRifleman.org entitled “Failure Drill.” Jim recounted the origins of what is known variously as the Failure or Mozambique Drill. There is no need for me to repeat what Jim wrote; he did a fine job of des
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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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Summer Carry

Recently I did an “A Look Back” retrospective on the Smith & Wesson J-frame series of revolvers for AmericanRifleman.org (http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/8/10/a-look-back-at-the-smith-wesson-j-frames/), and it sort of got me wool gathering. I bought my first J-frame,
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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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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Were I more disciplined like Jim Wilson or Richard Mann, this little admonition would not be necessary. But I have learned that I am not all that unique, so if I screw up like I’m about to divulge, maybe you do too. Oh hell, let’s just get it out: Sometimes I get a bit lackadaisical w
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A Conversation I’d Enjoy Having

During the Independence Day weekend 52 people were injured; 10 killed, including a 7-year-old boy in the oh-so-progressive—read regressive—city of Chicago. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said, “We need to repair a broken system.” Well thank you Captain Obvious. McCarthy is the s
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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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