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Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 20, 2020

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Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.


Battle of the Nines: 9mm Luger vs. 9×19 vs. Parabellum

Everything you could ever want to know about the differing 9mm cartridges available on the market.



I Guess I Should Buy a Gun

A good article from my friend Kjell directed towards first time gun buyers.  If you are in the Ft. Wayne Indiana area, Condition Red Response is a great place to get quality training.



Drunk Dude Pulls A Shotgun On Russian Bouncers

Some weapon disarming tips.



National Ammo Crisis! Where is the Ammo & When Will Prices be ‘Normal’ Again

“If you adjust ammunition costs from 2013 up 84.4% based on demand, it is safe to say that ammo pricing increases at least for the next couple months could continue to rise to as much as an average of $1.25 for .223 and an average of .99 for 9mm
Our forecast is that ammo prices will rise an additional 12-25%”



How to Shoot Better at 25 Yards

Learn how to shoot better at long range with a single box of ammo.



Massad Ayoob: 5 Cases Where You Should Settle or Plea Bargain


A few things that the average gun owner never considers.  Taking a case to trial is risky, even if you did nothing wrong.  It takes forever, will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you may lose anyway.  It sucks, but that’s they way the world works.  If you don’t like it, spend extra time and effort on the avoidance side of things so that you never have to take the shot.  If you haven’t read it, you need to read Massad Ayoob’s latest book.



Bullet Setback Fears

Why you want to avoid rechambering the same round too many times.



Glass Tabletops More Dangerous For Kids Than Guns

Some perspective here.



Book Review: Serious Mistakes Gunowners Make

Claude’s book is a valuable addition to your library.  See my review of it HERE.



Belly Band Bonanza: The TFB Belly Band Holster Review Roundup

Some of the belly band options on the market.  PHLster will have a product on the market soon that will likely make all of these obsolete.  I will have an Enigma in my hands next week and will provide a full report.



My Father’s Gun

Michael’s style in this article is stunningly similar to the writing of the late, great Skeeter Skelton.



Five reasons to shoot your Every-Day-Carry Self-Defense ammunition

Shoot your Every Day Carry ammunition 500pxDann shares some good information here.  Most people don’t rotate their carry ammo with nearly enough frequency.  Over time, those rounds get shaken around and exposed to gun solvents, making them less reliable.  If you can’t afford to replace your “meat” ammo every six months, then at least do it annually.



Who’s there?

Important advice from Claude.

You should be less worried about “giving away your position” than you should about killing a family member.



How to Clean A Revolver

Caleb provides good revolver cleaning advice.

Speaking of revolvers, did you know that there was a revolver speed loader on that market way back in 1893?



Defensive Gun Uses where people legally carrying concealed guns have stopped crime

I think it’s useful to read news stories like this in order to learn about criminal attack trends, see how victims responded, and learn what works and what doesn’t.



I Used To Hate Shotguns But Now I Don’t


Can a small woman shoot a shotgun well?  Read Melody’s article and decide for yourself.  I agree that the shotgun is an under-appreciated weapon.  Shot for shot, nothing drops a criminal faster than a load of buckshot.  I have a whole bunch of AR-15 and AK-47 carbines.  Do you know what’s under my bed for home defense?  A Benelli 12-gauge shotgun.


Unmasking Antifa: Five Perspectives on a Growing Threat

What I’m reading…

I think ANTIFA will be a continuing future threat and I’m trying to learn more about the group and how it operates.



Hilton Yam 1911 Duty Tune: Fitting & Tuning

More excellent information for my readers who carry 1911 pistols.



New Gun Owners and Firearm Purchasing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Interesting research about people who have purchased a firearm since the pandemic began.  You may also be interested in the author’s collection of research on new gun owners.



John’s 6 Rules for Strength & Muscle

“The structure and physique of athletes that consistently lift weights over 85% is dramatically different than those that do not.

When I was in the NFL I could tell you with almost certainty, regardless of position and bodyfat, if he lifted heavy weights or just did enough to keep the strength coach off his ass. I am not saying those individuals I observed were not talented players and amazing athletes, there is a remarkable difference in the structure of an athlete that lifts heavy weights consistently compared to one that does not. This is not something that can faked or fibbed – you either have it because you built it or you don’t.”





Your Brain On Music, Or Finding A Beat You Can Fight To

Marcus Wynne discusses how music can enhance your training efforts.



Red Dot vs Laser: A Veteran Lawman’s Take on the Pros and Cons of Both

Mike Boyle’s thoughts on red dots and lasers.



How to Date your Marlin Model 60 Rifle

The Marlin model 60 is one of the world’s most popular .22 rifle.  Here’s how to determine when yours was originally made.



Abnormal Breathing Recognition for Law Enforcement

Important concepts for my police friends to understand.



Commentary: Play the Hand You’ve Been Dealt

“Your opinions on Trump or Biden, on COVID’s seriousness, on social issues and social media will do little to help your family in the coming months.  What will help your family is taking steps to deal with the problems we will be facing right now.

We have all been dealt a hand: 

a card for politics and social issues, 
a card for food security, 
a card for our respective economic positions, 
a card for the potential threats to our personal safety and well being, and 
a card for our close family and friends.  

Play that hand, rather than getting bogged down in the debates of the day.  Make sure you are preparing for what’s happening, irrespective of your opinion on other issues. Take care of your personal business.  Don’t get distracted by the noise of the day.

Stay healthy.  Stay safe.  Help others.”




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