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S&W Shield No Thumb Safety

So, I found this on Facebook tonight… I don’t know if it’s real, or where it was originally published, but I really hope it’s  real. The safety was the thing that made the S&W Shield not as good as it could have been, and hopefully S&W has been listening. I went so far as to work on prototyping an extended safety for the Shield (here and here) but if I can get a Shield without …

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Another Reason to Repeal the NC Pistol Purchase Permit: It’s Confusing

Tonight I had a long conversation with a good friend who is a police officer in the Durham area. We were talking about the possibility of getting the laws allowing the Durham County Gun Registry repealed, and he brought up a really good point about why we need the the NC Pistol Purchase Permit repealed. Now, I seem to remember there being some fine print on my old PPP’s (haven’t seen one in years) about …

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“I don’t have to! I’ve got a concealed carry permit!”

I was told a story recently about an incident that took place in the Triangle involving a concealed carry permit holder, some local police officers, and huge amounts of derp. I’m sharing the story with you because its humorous, and there’s a lesson. I was told the story 4th or 5th hand, so I can’t vouch for the complete accuracy of it, but here goes: Police officers were called to respond to a home alarm …

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Looking Down on Those who Don’t Shoot Much

I found myself reading a Reddit /r/CCW thread this afternoon that brought up a great question regarding concealed carry for those who don’t have the budget to shoot and train a lot. The thread creator was asking about living paycheck to paycheck as it relates to concealed carry, and specifically this question: 2: do you experienced gun enthusiasts look down on people who carry in my current situation? Would you see me as a liability …

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CHP Holder Shoots Hostage Taker

A man entered a Dollar General store and began waving a gun around, and eventually attempted to usher his hostages into the breakroom of the store. I’ve been told that once a person begins to move hostages into a different location, people die. During a simple robbery, the robber usually wants to get out of the scene pretty quickly in order to get away, and the situation doesn’t involve rounding people up at gunpoint. It …

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Concealed Carry Classes Aren’t Training, and that’s Okay

There was a recent discussion online where someone mentioned that after completing their state mandated concealed carry class, they still felt undertrained to carry. The fact is that concealed carry classes are meant to ensure that applicants leave the class with a minimum amount of gun safety, use of force law, and gun handling skills. That’s it, and that’s okay. Let’s face it, here in NC you can be a downright awful shooter and still …

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CCW Confessions: I’ve Been Made Twice

In about 4 years of carrying concealed daily, I’ve been made twice: If I’m carrying behind the hip I generally try to avoid bending over or squatting down in public as much as possible, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. I was carrying my Glock 19 in an IWB holster behind my hip. It was a hot Carolina summer afternoon, and I had to run to the store to get dog food. For the longest …

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Saturday Night Hustle

The wife and I are night owls on the weekends. Saturday nights for us generally entail going out somewhat late at night and gassing up the cars for the week, grocery shopping, and whatever else we decide to go do. Before I get into tonight’s story, let me say that I know the old addage “nothing good happens after midnight”, but I tend not to abide by it very often. Tonight we set out late …

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From my Hometown: Should Firefighters Be Able to Carry?

The Cadillac News brings up an interesting article this week about Lake County, Michigan making a decision on whether or not firefighters who have a valid CCW permit should be allowed to carry when responding to a scene. Jeff Broddle who wrote the article brings up some great points: The situation begs a number of questions: Should an armed firefighter, who is basically a volunteer, take the extra time to drop a gun off at …

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