The Knockout Game is an increasingly popular game played mostly by African American teens. In this “game”, they select a random person, who will henceforth be referred to as the “victim”. The player of this game, henceforth known as the “criminal,” approaches their victim and attempts to knock them out in a single blow. It may be noteworthy that the preponderance of these victims are Caucasian looking, which if memory serves, would be criteria for categorizing these violent assaults as “hate crimes.” It may also be worthy to note that if Obama had a son, he would look nothing like the violent criminals playing The Knockout Game. His son would only look like the violent criminal St Trayvon Martin, patron saint of misinformed idiots and low information voters. But I digress…
The Knockout Game has reinforced a few ideas those of us in the self defense community take for granted. Among those is the idea that the police cannot protect you from violent criminals bent on doing evil. They are not psychic, and cannot be everywhere that a violent crime will take place. Under the majority of circumstances, they cannot arrest people for things they haven’t done yet. For a fairly sobering look at what the police are NOT required to do, go look up the Supreme Court case Warren v DC. If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will. All this boils down to the fact that you are responsible for your own safety.
Another point brought to the forefront by this spate of random, senseless violence is that you should arm yourself with what you are legally allowed to have where you are. We’re not advocating you illegally carry a weapon. We are advocating that you find a self defense tool that you ARE legally allowed to carry, and become proficient in it’s deployment and use. Learning how to defend yourself with out immediately resorting to lethal force is a good idea, too. Depending on where you are and what the circumstances are, “disparity of force” may land you in jail because you shot somebody you could have reasonably been expected to defend yourself from with your fists.
The most important point that has been drilled into our heads over and over and over and over and over that still doesn’t ever seem to sink in is SITUATIONAL AWARENESS. Take the earbuds out, put the phone back in your pocket and look the Hell around. Be aware of your surroundings. People that look up and are situationally aware make themselves less attractive during the target selection phase of most criminal activity. The key to knocking someone out with a sucker punch is that a sucker punch isn’t seen coming. Being at least mildly alert and cognizant of the world around you will help reduce the chance of being sucker punched. If you are selected anyway, you have a better chance of seeing the attack coming and therefore have more time to defend yourself. All the training in the world, the best high capacity 1911 in the world(which is available at Predator Tactical, by the way) won’t do a damn bit of good if you’re staring at your phone or zoned out listening to music. Facebook will still be there when you get home. That song will still be there when you’re someplace safer.
Get training, even if it’s empty handed martial arts training. Get equipped if you’re legally able. Open your eyes, lift up your head, and make yourself a hard target by being observant. You don’t have to be a bug eyed paranoid Condition Black stress monger. Just pay attention. Does training take time, effort, money, and sweat? Yep. Make your safety and the safety of the people you love important enough to you to invest in some kind of training. Make the people you are responsible for important enough to you to keep the phone in your pocket and pay attention to the world around you when everyone else is Twittering or whatever it is these kids do with these newfangled internet machines.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
By now, most of you have read or at least heard about Dick Metcalf’s editorial in the December issue of Guns & Ammo. The article caused quite and uproar, and consequently got Dick fired. Read the linked letter from the editor in the previous sentence, and think about it for a second. Now granted, Dick should have lost his job over such idiocy. Should Jim Bequette also lose his job for letting Dick Metcalf put that bilge to print? He admittedly did it to stir up controversy, or “generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights.”
Mr. Bequette, we get Dick’s point of view from the libtarded holphobes that run Hollywood, way too much of our government on far too many levels, and far too many “educational” institutions. Publications like Guns and Ammo should not echo their lunacy in a crass attempt to drive up readership and news stand purchases.
Generating a healthy debate is good, and it’s something we should definitely foster. Debate means that we get a voice too. You took our voice away when you printed Dick’s editorial. You went to bat for the other team. You didn’t generate a healthy debate by presenting a different point of view and getting your readers to think. You went to bat for the other team. You took an opportunity to give readers more intellectual ammo for our side, provide respite from the onslaught of anti-gun fascism, and instead gave those who would disarm us a foothold in one of the most venerated magazines in the firearms world.
I’m glad you realize the foolishness and wrongness of your miscalculated attempt to increase revenue, and your “no excuses” apology sounded sincere. However, if Dick lost his job for writing that madness, I can’t help but think maybe you should too for reading his editorial and after thinking about it, decided to publish it anyway.
Here’s a little update from the 2013 3 Gun Nation Series.
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Kudos to the young gentlemen in the article below.
The short version: A broken lock and turned on lights made a convenience store look like it was open when it wasn’t. These young men walked in, got their stuff, saw there was no clerk, and… get this… PAID FOR IT ANYWAY. Yes, they left the correct change on the counter instead of walking out and stealing what they wanted. Our society has its issues, but hope remains.
Slow clap for the athletes on the William Patterson University football team.
The good folks at Comp-Tac take their work seriously. What is their work, you ask? I would think that as a reader of this blog you’d already be familiar with them, but if you don’t, take a gander at this link. Yes, a little shameless plug for another review. This is a review too, and I’m getting there. Hang on. Where was I? Right. Comp-Tac. They take their work seriously, and don’t seem to be the type of folks that rest on their laurels. They’ve come up with some new designs, one of which is a magazine pouch I shall review forthwith.
As you recall from the aforementioned link, the Comp-Tac single magazine pouch is an tension adjustable kydex magazine pouch that comes with a Tek-lok adjustable attach-to-your-belt-thing. Basically, you can tweak the pouch to hold the magazine as tight or as loosely as you want it, you can fiddle with the angle of the draw, and the draw itself is pretty smooth.
Now they’ve got a new, improved single magazine pouch with an “improved mold for a better draw.” They CLAIM the new shape of the mag pouch is more betterer than the old one. Color me skeptical, but I kinda doubt that some minor changes in shape are really going to make that much of a difference on what’s already a good piece of gear.
The new one is on the left, the “older” model is on the right. You’ll notice from my totally amazing photography skills that the new magazine pouch as that spiffy Comp-Tac logo on it. Take a look at the bottom edge. The newer one is flat across the bottom, while the older one has a slant. That’s because the new one is designed to be reversible. The new one is a little shorter than the older model, and has less surface of the magazine tube inside the kydex.
Both mag pouches have that little tensioning screw(see the picture) to adjust how tightly they hold on to the magazine. The mag pouches I got where both way too loose out of the box, so some adjustment was required. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just something to think about. Checking the tension on a brand new magazine pouch is probably a good idea before the first stage of a match, or using the magazine pouch as a CCW ammo storage device. Also, make sure you set up the tension on a loaded magazine. Not only is the weight different, but the new pouches grab onto a loaded magazine more tightly than an empty one. Trust me, I checked.
The “improved mold” really did improve my reload. I went from “glacially slow” to “slightly faster than molasses in January”. The feel of the magazine draw is a little different with the new model. The old version feels like the magazine “clicks” into place on the way in, and requires a little additional oomph on the way out. The new one does not, and draws with the same amount of force the whole way. As I mentioned earlier, the new model is not as tall as the older model, so more of the magazine is exposed. This makes the amount of movement required to clear the magazine pouch slightly less on the newer model, but I definitely felt the difference.
Trying the reversibleness of the magazine pouch was a little tricky, since I don’t generally draw magazines with my right hand. I gave it a shot anyway and it was awful, so I put the magazine pouch back on the left side of my belt where it belongs. In order to defeat my total inability to draw a magazine with my “strong” hand, I turned the magazine around with the pouch on the left side, so the primer faced forward. This positioned the magazine the same way it would be for a lefty, as far as orientation in the magazine pouch. The difference was remarkable. With the actual bullet facing the rear where the tensioning screw is, the draw was noticeably easier. I tried this with a couple different magazines, loaded and unloaded, in both magazine pouches, and the results were the same. It was a little bizarre. So lefties, you definitely got a good deal on this one.
I was going to complain and whine about the fact that this magazine pouch wasn’t available with a Tek-lok attachment. As it turns out, I was wrong. According to the website, it IS available in Tek-lok, so you can adjust the angle of the magazine to fit your needs. For those positions on your belt best suited for a vertical cant, the non-adjustable clip worked perfectly. The clip is designed for a specific belt width, and fit my 1.5″ belt with no wiggle room. The pouch stayed where I put it with no rattling or bouncing.
Overall, I really like this magazine pouch. The draw actually is better than the already very good draw from the older design. At 28 bones a piece, it’s really a great deal.
Open carry SHOULD not be a big deal. People SHOULD be able to strap a gun on their hip or sling a rifle and carry on with their day and cause narry a fuss. People SHOULD be able to rock their Predator Tactical Shrike and get no more attention from the police than maybe asking where they got that kickass 1911, and if they do law enforcement discounts. People SHOULD be able to sling their AR while grocery shopping, and it’s just not a big damn deal. How things SHOULD be and how they ARE, however, are not the same thing.
Before we even get to the social, political, and tactical aspects of concealed carry, there is a litany of legal issues to consider. Is open carry legal at every level where you are and where you plan on carrying? Do the laws explicitly say “You may carry an unconcealed firearm” or is there just no specific law that says you can’t? There’s a very big difference there, and one that could turn very expensive, time consuming, and send-you-to-jail-and-take-
Are the cops going to see your legally carried firearm and attempt to detain you until they figure it out, like this guy? Remember police officers don’t know every single law ever, and you may find yourself on the business of their guns until everything gets sussed out. Should the police detain you, be calm, be polite, be respectful, and be patient. Those four things are really good ways to not be an argumentative asshole and end up getting shot because you’re being hostile towards cops and you have a gun.
Are you in the legal right? Yes. Will everything eventually get figured out? Yes. Is the best time to make an impromptu speech about how you’re legally in the clear and they’re trying to oppress your rights when said cop is screaming at you to get on the ground? No. Do what they tell you to, avoid anything that could be interpreted as agression, and calmly explain everything once you’re able. Don’t be the guy that tries to get into a shouting match with an amped up cop that thinks he’s about to stop the next mass shooting.
The police encounter may be much more civil, and the cop may just walk up and ask you what you think you’re doing. THAT’s when you politely, calmly, and eloquently explain it just the way you rehearsed in the car on the way there. Having a printed copy of the laws that allow you to carry in that manner might not be a bad idea, either. Again, don’t be confrontational about it, but letting the officer know you have it and asking if they’d like to see it may not be a bad idea.
The police may ask you to leave where you are legally allowed to be. Wether or not you argue is up to you. I would recommend you evaluate the individual cop you’re talking to, how the encounter has gone thus far, and figure out if you can push it by POLITELY reminding them that what you’re doing is perfectly legal. At the end of the day, that police officer has the monopoly of force. You will be the one in the wrong until you can prove otherwise. Yes, that flies in the face of the most basic principles of our legal system, but unfortunately, that’s how it is. That doesn’t mean you can’t get their name and complain about him or her later, but at the time, it’s best to just do what you’re told. Pick your battles, as my dad always says.
Obviously, you’re going to go open carry somewhere for attention. You want to make a political point, and you hope somebody is going to approach you on the subject. Well, you’ve just made yourself an ambassador for every other gun owner in America. You have elected yourself the public face of the Second Amendment movement in the eyes of everyone that can tear themselves away from their phone long enough to notice you’re armed. Think about that when you decide what clothes you’ll wear, and how you’ll conduct yourself if anyone says anything to you.
If you get approached by anyone, police, not police, whoever, remember that you will influence that person’s thoughts on open carry and gun rights in general. Before I go further, I thought it worth pointing out that I did not use the term “civilians” when referring to people that aren’t police. That’s because police officers are civilians, too. Everyone that is not in the military is a civilian. That includes cops. But I digress…
If and or when you get the attention you have asked for by doing something controversial, don’t be mad at people for giving you the attention. Be a good ambassador. Be able to articulate your thoughts and the legal reinforcement to your arguments. The idea is not to publicly browbeat somebody who doesn’t agree with you. The Brady Campaign isn’t going to magically teleport there so you can trounce them in a public debate by waving a copy of the Constitution around. Show people that gun owners and gun carriers aren’t unhinged wackos waiting for the chance to shoot somebody.
If you don’t get the attention you’ve hoped for, don’t be upset. If you managed to walk around all day with a gun out there for the world to see, and nobody said a peep to you. If nobody did anything but give you a second look and carried on with their business, don’t be upset. You have succeeded! You’ve helped normalize firearms and their carry. You have helped make it a little bit less of a big deal to people.
There may or may not be a follow on article to this about the tactical considerations of open carry, depending on wether or not there’s any interest in it from the readership. That’s you. Send emails, leave comments, let us know what you think.
Hop on over to Trunk Monkey Union for a slightly different take on open carry.
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The National Sports Shooting Foundation made an app for your phone that is smart.
Android and iPhone users, head to your respective app stores and search for “Where To Shoot” to get the app. Shockingly, its an app that lets you search for ranges. It’s like the website
WhereToShoot.org, but it’s an app.
As for you BlackBerry and Windows phone users, NO APP FOR YOU!!
Don’t put apps on your phone from sources you don’t know and trust. It’s bad, m’kay?
The 53 names listed below are the men that stood up to the most powerful force the world had ever seen at that time, and demanded their independence. 237 years ago today, these men, and countless others, became traitors to the crown, and lit the fires of freedom that still burn in the hearts of Americans today. Honor these men today. Honor the risk they took, the sacrifices they and so many others have made in defense of liberty and justice. Happy Birthday, America!
- George Read
- Caesar Rodney
- Thomas McKean
- George Clymer
- Benjamin Franklin
- Robert Morris
- John Morton
- Benjamin Rush
- George Ross
- James Smith
- James Wilson
- George Taylor
- John Adams
- Samuel Adams
- John Hancock
- Robert Treat Paine
- Elbridge Gerry
- Josiah Bartlet
- William Whipple
- Matthew Thornton
- Stephen Hopkins
- William Ellery
- Lewis Morris
- Philip Livingston
- Francis Lewis
- William Floyd
- Button Gwinnett
- Lyman Hall
- George Walton
- Richard Henry Lee
- Francis Lightfoot Lee
- Carter Braxton
- Benjamin Harrison
- Thomas Jefferson
- George Wythe
- Thomas Nelson, Jr.
- William Hooper
- John Penn
- Joseph Hewes
- Edward Rutledge
- Arthur Middleton
- Thomas Lynch, Jr.
- Thomas Heyward, Jr.
- Abraham Clark
- John Hart
- Francis Hopkinson
- Richard Stockton
- John Witherspoon
- Samuel Huntington
- Roger Sherman
- William Williams
- Oliver Wolcott
- Charles Carroll
- Samuel Chase
- Thomas Stone
- William Paca
This is probably the shortest review type thingamabob you’ll see here on mattburkett.com. I recently had a malfunction with an AR-15 Skeletonized trigger group. It was 473% my fault, but the folks at Timney were polite, friendly, and helpful. The total turn around time from the time I took the trigger to the post office to the time I got the cleaned, new spring installed trigger back, was 7 days. That includes a weekend in the middle of all this.
Timney Triggers not only makes great triggers, but they stand by their lifetime warranty. Thanks Timney Triggers! You rock!