Why Do People Hate the 1911?

Recently I saw the general discussion come up on why someone doesn’t trust the 1911 for self defense. I found it interesting in that it seems many people trust guns based on manufacturer or model reputation rather than individual firearm itself. ┬áNonetheless, hate for the 1911 has seemed to be growing.

First, the 1911 type handgun has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success for the last 25-30 years or so. I’m sure many can remember when it was unusual Continue reading “Why Do People Hate the 1911?”

What Have You Made Recently?

Mirko's knife made of O1 tool steel and G10 composite. Photo courtesy of Mirko
Mirko’s knife made of O1 tool steel and G10 composite. Photo courtesy of Mirko

My friend and fellow shooter, Mirko, just finished showing off a knife he made. He’s computer guy for a living but wanted to make something of his own. Despite being his first attempt, he succeeded in making a very nice knife. The materials used were O1 tool steel for the blade and G10 composite for the handles scales. It’s pretty neat. Seeing this unfold got me to thinking.

WHERE’S HE GOING WITH THIS?

I don’t see home craftsman made items as frequently as in days past. It’s Continue reading “What Have You Made Recently?”

Knives and Terror Attacks

There was some online discussion over who made the knives that were used in the London Bridge attack. Some seemed to think they were ceramic. Someone point out that they were just cheap painted steel blades made by Ernesto under their Lidl line. While I was researching this, I discovered a website making a huge deal out of the fact that “these deadly knives are still available”.

Holy crap folks. News flash, even a knife made with crappy steel can be deadly if used improperly (or properly depending on your point of view). That said, generally knives with cheap steel blades aren’t worth a damn in the kitchen.

So what are we going to do? Continue to try to “save society” by outlawing stuff and making everything safety oriented? Are we going to force people to buy knives with blunted tips? UK, that last one was a joke. Don’t get any ideas.

WHY MORE REGULATION ISN’T THE ANSWER

Why wouldn’t requiring knives have blunted tips work? Because with a half ounce of metallurgy knowledge, a grinder, some water, and a little diligence, a blunt tip can be made sharp.

Even if we completely outlawed knives (which would make cooking damn miserable by the way), there would still be problems. Afterall, they still find shivs in prison and it’s not likely they’re legally for sale there.

In the U.S.A. we have been fortunate that the “nanny government” has largely remained in a handful of large cities and a few states, though it is slowly spreading. Make no mistake though, those governments would absolutely restrict knives if they thought they could at this point. You know because look busy.

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?

Who really knows. But we could try a couple of things. Stop instigating unncessary fear. Also, for countries like UK we even knives are pretty strictly regulated, maybe they could allow their citizens the tools they need to fight back instead of telling them step three is to call the police. Let law abiding citizens have knives. Let them have guns. And give them permission to fight back. To do otherwise is to basically say “go ahead and attack us. We won’t fight back so you can inflict maximum casualties.”

But what do I know, I’m just gunwriter.

Misguided Efforts

Splitting off from yesterday’s discussion on Universal Background Checks, we come to the issue of the numbers. The number of firearms deaths in the US has been right about 30,000 per year give or take a few. This number was tossed out in the interview I shared yesterday. Problem is, about 20,000 are suicides. When you start talking about mental health being a hurdle and being added to the background check, you start running into issues with HIPAA. Until that is sorted out, we may not see much improvement there. Also, we would need to look at the numbers to find out how many of those guns were purchased within say 72 hours of the suicide and how many were guns that Continue reading “Misguided Efforts”