Why Do People Own Firearms in the United States Today?
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Why Do People Own Firearms in the United States Today?

Following my last post about how many guns there are in America today, here I address the third of James Wright’s “Ten Essential Observations on Gun in America: Most of those (now 285 million or more) guns are owned for “socially innocuous sport and recreational purposes.” On this point, Wright’s observation in 1995 is not … Continue reading

Concealed Carry Factors: Quantifying the Choice of a Concealed Carry Handgun
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Concealed Carry Factors: Quantifying the Choice of a Concealed Carry Handgun

I am working hard these days on a paper I will be presenting at a symposium on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns” at Amherst College this March. The title of the paper is: “‘The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun‘: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0.” The first part … Continue reading

The Pocket Pistol
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

The Pocket Pistol

Mark Keefe, Editor in Chief of The American Rifleman, has an excellent article in the December 2016 issue on “The Pocket Pistol’s Progression,” in conjunction with a review by Joseph Kurtenbach of the second version of the landmark Ruger LCP pocket pistol. Keefe provides some interesting quotes from the English gun writer Hugh B.C. Pollard … Continue reading

NRA Personal Protection Expo, August 25-27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

NRA Personal Protection Expo, August 25-27, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Not sure how I missed this announcement from mid-December, but news that the National Rifle Association is going to be producing a “Personal Protection Expo” on August 25-27, 2017 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee finally reached me somehow. The event makes perfect sense for the NRA as self-defense is the core of the current … Continue reading

Tom Givens: “Where is the gun in your car?”
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Tom Givens: “Where is the gun in your car?”

I don’t know why I haven’t written more about my experience attending the Rangemaster Tactical Conference back in 2014 because it was quite an experience, indeed. I learned alot, especially from Tom Givens’ presentation on “Defining the Threat, Designing Training Programs for Reality.” Although it was not one of his major points, I remember Givens … Continue reading