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  1. History of the Second Amendment – Part 4 – States Rights

    State’s Rights In this brief but last article on the history of the Second Amendment, we will be looking at State’s view of that amendment and how it affects us. We saw in the previous article, The State vs. the Feds, that various states had laws governing the right to self-defense and the defense of the state in place prior to the ratification of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. State governments, as we have seen, are another source of affirmation of self-defense whose idea has...
  2. The Glock 42 & 43: A Comparison to Other Sub-Compacts

    I have used sub –compacts (Micros) as my preferred everyday carry since first picking up a Walther PPKS due to the need for concealment in a business casual dress in my everyday life. Over the years I have used different .380s, most recently a Glock 42 and even more recently have moved to 9mm sub-compacts including the Glock 43 and Kimber Micro 9. For me, I prefer the 9mm; however, the .380 still seems to have a place in the market for those wanting a slightly lighter and subjectively...
  3. The History of the Second Amendment Part 3 – The States vs. The Feds

    The State vs. the Feds April 15th. To borrow a line from Charles Dickens, “It is the best of times and the worst of times.” I got married, just a few short years ago, on that date so it is the best of times. But, like most of us, I too must pay taxes on that very same date so it is also the worst of times! To continue with our series looking at the history of the Second Amendment we need to understand that the independent states of the union did not want the federal government to make...
  4. History of the Second – Part 2 – Possession Protection

    “Fee-fi-fo-fum; I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread.” Joseph Jacobs, Jack and the Beanstalk (1890) In the first article, I quoted Zephaniah Swift’s “A System of Laws of the State of Connecticut”. Book Fourth, pg. 2, which was the first law book written in the United States and from this we see that self-defense was of grave concern. Here I will restate the second-half of his writing in which he mentions ‘property’: “This...
  5. The Best Inexpensive 9mm 115gr FMJ

    As a core part of my self-directed training, I spend a decent amount of time in the range (carefully) slinging bullets downrange; as a result, I work through a lot of ammo, especially 9mm. This comes from a few factors: 1) I strongly believe in the need for regular training (both supervised and not) for anyone who carries, 2) I am always working on improving my skills and am often training for the next competition (a fairly newer passion), and 3) I just really enjoy collecting and...
  6. The Case for Compatible Gun Ownership

    My twins’ birthday just passed last week. My twins are not identical; in fact, they are a boy and a girl (I just love when I tell people that I have boy/girl twins, and then they ask me if they are identical! Duh!). Not being identical twins, I cannot use the old mantra of “two is one and one is none”. Of course, even if identical, I doubt they would appreciate such statements. In the area of firearms ownership, however, I am a big proponent of that philosophy. A recent thread here on...
  7. TMT’s Limited Edition Ted Nugent G40 Gen 4 MOS:Putting this 10mm to the Test

    Basic Information: What: Limited Edition NUGE/TMT Tactical G40 10mm Hunting Handgun [URL]http://tmttactical.com/handguns/limited-edition-nugetmt-tactical-g40-10mm-hunting-handgun/[/URL] Features: Stippled grip, two finger pads, and under trigger guard Trijicon co-witnessed sights Dehorned front trigger guard and recessed rear trigger guard Custom front serrations Extra and deeper rear serrations Engraved U.S flag and Ted Nugent stick man logo NUGE 10MM, TMT Tactical logo, Glock Logo and serial...
  8. The Glock Pistol - Perfecting Perfection

    The Glock pistol has been around for over 30 years now and has taken the world by storm in that time. I remember when the Glock first arrived and I thought “that is an ugly pistol”. Well it still isn’t the prettiest but there is no doubt about the reliability of the pistol, it’s ugly but it works. Glock has long touted that the perfection of their pistol and for the most part I agree. With that being said there is always room for improvement. After its introduction in the 1980’s slight...
  9. Origins of the 2nd Amendment

    I have a wonderful job. I get to work with my hands repairing furniture. I also get to work with people in my job as a property manager. I enjoy getting to visit my tenants, talking with them and making sure that they are maintaining their homes according to our contractual agreement. On my trips to the tenant’s homes, I also inspect it for any maintenance problems, cleanliness, and mechanical issues – HVAC, water tank, etc. One area which I don’t really pay much attention to is the...
  10. 25 Cent Glock Trigger Job

    Since purchasing a Glock 19 Gen 3 back in 2008, I've read articles and watched videos on modifications and accessories but none intrigued me more than the 25 Cent Trigger Job. It was only last year that I finally did it because I had almost everything needed to perform it and because it doesn't require any special skills beyond patience and desire. I'm not a gunsmith, only a Glock enthusiast so what follows is what was common among all the resources I found on the procedure. Special...
  11. Review: Meprolight FT Bullseye Green Dot

    The Meprolight FT Bullseye easily replaces the rear sights on standard size Glock and uses 2 points within the sight tube to aim; the circle at the back of the sight and the dot at the front. The result is you are still lining up the ‘rear’ circle with the ‘front’ dot to aim. I mounted the FT Bullseye with minimal difficulty on my G17 Gen 4. The sight does take getting used to and I found myself trying to find the front sight at first. As I continued working with the sights I found that...
  12. The Glock Influence

    Standing in his small garage workshop nearly four decades ago, could Gaston Glock have imagined the impact of what he was about to embark on? A revolutionary type of new sidearm. The brainchild of an Austrian native who at the time was doing well for himself in the manufacturing industry, holding a lucrative government contract with the Austrian Ministry of Defense where he supplied field knives and bayonets to the Austrian Army.
  13. Make your Glock trigger feel like a 1911!

    Ever wonder why there are so many aftermarket Glock triggers? Do a simple search for “Glock triggers” and watch the number of hits and each promise the very best experience. Now that doesn’t mean that the stock Glock trigger is the worst experience but it does indicate that dissatisfaction with Gaston’s trigger is significant.
  14. Blacklist Match Grade Barrel Test and Review

    I’ve been thinking of an aftermarket match grade barrel for some time now, but never really knew the advantages or disadvantages of owning one, until now. The past few years I have been heavily involved in competition shooting (IDPA, USPSA, and GSSF), and I’m at the point where a little edge here and there is starting to matter, so I looked into match grade barrels and what they have to offer. After an extensive online search and review of the various barrels available, I decided on a barrel...
  15. Semi-auto vs Revolver, Especially as a Carry Gun Choice

    I like revolvers as much as I like semi-autos. Just yesterday, with a late spring snowfall still on the ground, I went out to my backyard range with my S&W 686 that has a 2.5” barrel. I have an IWB holster for it and was practicing quick draw and rapid shooting at 7 yards. There was no brass flying into my face or onto the snow. For training fun, it was easy to stagger rounds by leaving a couple cylinder chambers empty. When the handgun goes “click” instead of “BOOM” I want to see if my hold...
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