I didn't get to Greg Ellfritz's most recent Weekend Knowledge Dump until today. A few of the linked articles and videos that especially caught my attention:
- Greg links to an article from Pew Pew Tactical on the topic of using a restroom while carrying a concealed handgun. I try to link to these types of articles when I come across them and its for the very important reason that while it is a common issue, it really doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves. And you don't want to be that person that leaves a handgun behind in the restroom. Anyway, this is a pretty good article on the topic discussing not only the selection of a restroom or stall to make it less likely that someone will see you with the firearm, but on how to manage the firearm when dropping your pants.
- Another article linked has to do with police firearms from the past to the present. While the majority of the article concerns itself with the history of the types of firearms used by law enforcement, it also included some interesting data about current firearm purchases by law enforcement agencies:
When a Police Executive Research Forum survey—part of the National Gun Violence Research Center project—examined service weapon policies and practices at more than 50 of the largest police departments, it found that:
- Officers at 73 percent of the departments carried only semi-automatic weapons, with the remainder carrying either semis or revolvers.
- Nearly 70 percent of the departments—69 percent, to be exact—acquire and provide all weapons for their sworn officers to carry. However, that also means that nearly a third don’t.
- More than half had service weapon providers bid competitively while not quite a quarter relied on sole-source agreements.
- Of the handguns purchased in the previous 5 years, nearly 60 percent of responding agencies had purchased Glocks, 20 percent S&Ws, about 12 percent Sig Sauers and about 6 percent Berettas.
- Sixty-five percent purchased .40-caliber weapons.
- Sixty-three percent purchased 15-round magazines.
With 65% still using .40-caliber weapons, perhaps the death of the .40 S&W has been overstated.
- Greg also links to a couple articles that draw heavily on past gun fighters and expert shooters. The first of these is by Dave Spaulding writing the tactical wire on the subject of deliberate shooting. I think Spaulding's long quote from Wyatt Earp sums of the subject pretty well:
... Dodge City Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp was quoted as saying “the secret to winning a gunfight is taking your time in a hurry” and “the most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the winner of gun play usually was the man who took his time.” Could not “taking your time” be viewed as a deliberate act, something one has to make happen? Earp went on to clarify his statement, saying “Perhaps I can best describe such taking time as going into action with the greatest speed of which a man’s muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge to hurry or the need for complicated nervous muscular actions which trick-shooting involves. Mentally deliberate, but muscularly faster than thought is what I mean”.
- The second article that references the great shooters of the past is from Sheriff Jim Wilson at Shooting Illustrated. The bulk of the article is a list of some books, still in print, by some of the great past masters as well as a point or two that Wilson appreciated from each book. I would also like to point out some excellent advice on carrying reloads for a revolver that Wilson slips in at the end of this article:
The defensive-revolver shooter is well advised to carry at least one speed loader for loading when all the cartridges in the gun have been fired, and one strip loader for reloading when only a few cartridges are spent. A belt pouch instead of a strip loader may also be a good idea.
- Greg also included an article from Mountain Man Tactical on the difference between applying a tourniquet(s) to the leg over an arm, including that you might (probably) will have to use two tourniquets on the leg. Since a leg injury is more likely to kill you, this is an important article for anyone that who carries a tourniquet.
- Since the first rule of a gunfight is to have a gun--a gun that you can shoot well--it behooves us to consider that we or someone we love may carry or use a firearm in .22 LR for self-defense. Not an ideal situation, but as Kevin Creighton at AmmoMan discusses, the .22 LR can be effectively used. He goes over ballistics and reviews three popular .22 LR cartridges produced for self-defense--CCI Minimag 40 grain Copper Plated Round Nose; Federal 22 Punch; and Winchester Silvertip--out of four popular .22 firearms: the Ruger LCP Lite Rack pistol, the S&W Model 43C revolver, the Glock 44 pistol, and the Ruger 10/22 rifle.
- Greg also links to a video from Active Self Protection showing a criminal stealing a handgun from an open carrier (a security guard). Greg comments: "Yet another negative outcome for all of you in the 'open carry deters crime' crowd." The gist of this is that under current laws and the current low level of open carry, open carry advertises your gun rather than deters crime. I've noted incidents before described by Massad Ayoob or that I found myself where a criminal has simply shot an open carrier first rather than just perform a hold-up where a concealed carrier probably would not have been shot or might have had an opportunity to later draw his/her weapon. I think that open carry could deter crime, but it would have to be much more widespread and it would require our returning to the self-defense law of the 19th Century that would have permitted someone to shoot a thief simply for the thief brandishing a weapon.