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by Middle Age Russ
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What knife do you carry?
Replies: 82
Views: 2365

Re: What knife do you carry?

In single shot muzzle loader days, the bayonet was often considered the primary weapon and the firearm the secondary (limited use) weapon. These days, with metallic cartridge magazine-fed arms, and now most of the military small arms being semi and even fully automatic, the roles have been reversed.
by Middle Age Russ
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What knife do you carry?
Replies: 82
Views: 2365

Re: What knife do you carry?

I carry one of several folding knives every day. I also sometimes carry a small (~2.25" blade) belt knife in a horizontal sheath near mid0line up front. The draw stroke is toward the mid-line with either hand. For strong hand it comes out with the blade forward (down on the belt) at the heel of...
by Middle Age Russ
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Self-Defense Reports
Topic: Mother of dead Popeyes robber: ‘Why did he shoot him five times'
Replies: 37
Views: 1502

Re: Mother of dead Popeyes robber: ‘Why did he shoot him five times'

... and if we find out that the first of the five rounds was actually the shot that effectively ended this person's life (just moments later due to exsanguination) the whole why did he have to shoot five times is really a moot point. Like most others here, I hope to never have to fire shots in a tim...
by Middle Age Russ
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: The Crime Blotter
Topic: Snatch and Grab at Church Tonight
Replies: 21
Views: 743

Re: Snatch and Grab at Church Tonight

Well done all around by your team. The prime focus for your team is lives, and it sounds like good decisions are being made all around. Property can be replaced. In the case of this particular property belonging to a member, the member did not secure it so it shouldn't be your team's responsibility....
by Middle Age Russ
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: 10/22 Optics Recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 314

Re: 10/22 Optics Recommendations

Sights for your 10/22 depend on a lot of things, not the least of which is what you intend to use it for. I have one set up with upgraded irons (NODAK SPUD - similar to the Tech Sights but a bit more robust and with a rail) that I can mount a red dot to (Bushnell TRS-80 in a QD mount). For a handy g...
by Middle Age Russ
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Tritium Sights - How Effective?
Replies: 20
Views: 760

Re: Tritium Sights - How Effective?

The Tru-Glo TFO sights my wife and I have had for seven years are still plenty bright to help with sight picture verification when regular irons couldn't easily be seen -- and in good light the fiber optics pop. They'll likely be replaced by their TFX Pro sights in a few years when the tritium no lo...
by Middle Age Russ
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Tritium Sights - How Effective?
Replies: 20
Views: 760

Re: Tritium Sights - How Effective?

The Tru-Glo TFO sights my wife and I have had for seven years are still plenty bright to help with sight picture verification when regular irons couldn't easily be seen -- and in good light the fiber optics pop. They'll likely be replaced by their TFX Pro sights in a few years when the tritium no lo...
by Middle Age Russ
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Holsters & Accessories
Topic: Purse Carry
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Purse Carry

One thing the OP might propose to his wife is going to some ladies' only classes or join a ladies' shooting club. I know in most of the metropolitan areas there are such easily available. The club my wife facilitates discusses all sorts of things in addition to their regular range sessions. A couple...
by Middle Age Russ
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Holsters & Accessories
Topic: Purse Carry
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Purse Carry

Since off-the-body carry seems the option chosen, the recommendations I have heard for purse carry are pretty simple. 1. Dedicate an entire pocket/compartment in the purse to the firearm. Put nothing else in this compartment beyond the firearm/holster. 2. Place firearm in a holster that covers the t...
by Middle Age Russ
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Never Again!!
Topic: Man killed at Hot Wells in Cypress
Replies: 28
Views: 1316

Re: Man killed at Hot Wells in Cypress

This was indeed a preventable tragedy. It has been said that if you are a shooter there is a strong likelihood that you have had or will at some point have a negligent discharge. We follow the Firearms Safety RULES and their corollaries to 1) minimize the chances of having a negligent discharge, and...
by Middle Age Russ
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Gun and/or Self-Defense Related Political Issues
Topic: Safer in Britain?
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Safer in Britain?

Britain and the US have distinctly different cultural influences that extend into any arguments regarding personal safety. If you see ownership and responsibility of your personal safety as a continuum with "It's Personal and therefore MY responsibility" on one end and "Professionals ...
by Middle Age Russ
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Lehigh defense?
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Lehigh defense?

FBI protocols for terminal ballistics call for a specific range of penetration (12-18", IIRC), the thought being that penetration to and through vital organs and deeply set blood vessels in the trunk of the body is a better indication of potential performance to stop an aggressor than anything ...
by Middle Age Russ
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: How Effective are Target Wadcutters as a Self-Defense Load?
Replies: 9
Views: 553

Re: How Effective are Target Wadcutters as a Self-Defense Load?

I believe that practical accuracy (which depends more on me) and sufficient penetration are the most important factors in a self-defense situation. :iagree: With handgun rounds, I'll happily take expansion if it occurs so long as said expansion doesn't inhibit penetration too much. At the end of th...
by Middle Age Russ
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: How Effective are Target Wadcutters as a Self-Defense Load?
Replies: 9
Views: 553

Re: How Effective are Target Wadcutters as a Self-Defense Load?

Wad-cutters are almost always made of very soft lead and have a hollow base. Being very soft lead, velocities and energy of wad-cutter loads must be modest to prevent severe lead fouling. The deform but don't really expand and penetrate reasonably well. Before the advent of jacketed hollow point pis...
by Middle Age Russ
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Never Again!!
Topic: Man accidentally shoots himself, wife at church
Replies: 16
Views: 1022

Re: Man accidentally shoots himself, wife at church

One simply does not pull one's pop gun for show and tell any more than one removes one's foundation garments in public to show off how they complement the figure. It just isn't done.

:iagree:

Etiquette sometimes it less about niceties and more about good sense and risk management.

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