Surviving restrictive firearms legislation

Posted on June 4th, by Carlito in Advice, Liberty, Second Amendment. No Comments

For those of you who don’t remember the Clinton-era “assault weapons ban” or weren’t part of the shooting community at that time, this article is for your benefit.  Let’s turn back the clock a few years… 1993 sees Arkansas democrat Bill Clinton elected to the presidency of the USA,  he quickly appoints staunchly anti-Second Amendment Janet Reno as the first female Attorney General.  Thus began one of the bleakest periods in US history for firearms enthusiasts.


Soon after being appointed,  Attorney General Reno initiated a reign of terror on firearms dealers, gun-show promoters, gun collectors and anyone else the government considered “undesirables.”    Keep in mind, several Federal Law Enforcement agencies were already heading down this road, after all, they had just made an example of Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge, Idaho for being an accused “white separatist.”  Federal agents entrapped Weaver … Read More »

“Competent” Firearms Instruction

Posted on November 1st, by Carlito in Advice. 1 Comment

Once people pass that difficult mental threshold of “possession-equates-to-competence,” and realize that they would benefit from some formal, professional firearms training, the difficult task of selecting good instruction begins.  Being somewhat of a connoisseur of firearms training,  here is my $.02 on the matter:


 The Perception

It is true, over the past 200 years the U.S. military has been the premier firearms training school and has turned out generations of excellent shooters, but having received some military firearms training myself during my years as a competitive shooter, and having spent ample time on the firing line with military shooters, my take on pretty much all military training is that it doesn’t really teach new skills as much as help someone bring to the surface skills that they already have deep down inside, usually by repeated applications of something called “suck.”  While … Read More »

Only the “LEOnely”

Posted on August 12th, by Carlito in Advice. No Comments

“Violent crimes, shootings, are not ever prevented by the presence of a police officer, no matter how many thousands of police officers you have,”

~Carty Finkbeiner, Mayor – Toledo, Ohio. May 2009


Recently, a firearms-based publication caused quite a stir and wound up alienating a portion of of its audience and advertisers because the editor made a foolish statement along the lines of “civilians have no need of an HK MP-7 because it serves no sporting purpose, etc…”  The shooting community was not amused.  Fact is… Americans just don’t like being told “no” and it’s dangerous to do so.  Let me elucidate:


When the 18th amendment outlawed the legitimate use of alcohol in this country, any use, even reasonable use, was granted an official government endorsement as “bad” therefore “abuse.” Drinking became indulging and recognized as a petty rebellion that everyone did, despite … Read More »

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