Crimson Trace Lasergrips For Revolvers

In the run-up to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Southern California police agencies were busy getting ready for an invasion of tourists . . . and possibly, an invasion of well-armed terrorists. The cops in the Golden State were determined that the failures of the 1972 Munich Olympics would not be repeated on their turf, so they were eager to upgrade their counterterrorism capabilities. Continue reading “Crimson Trace Lasergrips For Revolvers”

Celebrating The 3” S&W 629 Deluxe

I grew up in the 1980s and it very much shaped who I am today.  America’s crime tolerance pendulum was swinging very hard against thugism on the silver screen.  Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris were cleaning up the streets and the world; respectively.  Clint Eastwood governed a real-life police department.  Several times a week, good guys and gals kept television safe for prime time with Smith & Wesson wheelguns.   Continue reading “Celebrating The 3” S&W 629 Deluxe”

Is The Snubby “Enough Gun?”

A series of conversations and events has left me thinking a lot about snubby revolvers as primary carry guns, lately. If you subscribed to the “conventional wisdom” of the gun culture, the lowly snubby wouldn’t be enough for daily carry. Its low capacity, slow reloading characteristics, and perceived lack of power make it an unsuitable choice. Plus, everyone knows that snubbies are “phone booth guns,” and useless beyond arms length, eh? Continue reading “Is The Snubby “Enough Gun?””

Ruger 9mm LCR Field Report

I was late to the LCR party. As I mentioned in my previous article, the gun’s radical looks were a turnoff to my conservative tastes, and I didn’t get excited about it until I started getting some trigger time on them. Then, the performance caught my immediate attention, and I realized I’d been missing out on a helluva gun. Continue reading “Ruger 9mm LCR Field Report”

The Average Gun Owner

I recently had the opportunity to attend a CCW refresher class.  This class is mandated by my Sheriff for all permit holders, as a prerequisite to renewing a permit. It was really interesting to get a refresher on what the “average CCW applicant” looked like.  I’ve spent so much time around dedicated, highly trained, and well practiced shooters that I’ve become accustomed to people with a high level of proficiency and knowledge.  Seeing “John Q. Public” up close was a good reminder that it’s not always this way. Continue reading “The Average Gun Owner”