More Guns

So apparently Americans are still buying guns in record numbers:

The FBI just reported that the number of gun sales background checks for May was the highest ever for that month, 1,942,677, a trend that will make 2017 the first or second highest year for gun sales.

Why? Well, duh:

“People are nervous about their safety, and rightly so. It’s a dangerous world we live in and American citizens know that we’re not immune to terrorist attacks. They’re taking the necessary steps to defend themselves. Frankly, the most recent terrorist attack in London underscores the importance of an armed populace. Remember that when seconds count the police are only minutes away.”

There was a time when even I would sometimes go out without a gun (quick trip to the store to buy lottery tickets, gassing up the car, daily walks, etc.), but now I never leave the house unarmed. Never.

And I carry more than one backup magazine for the 1911, because I might just need them (warning: annoying autoplay):

Armed officers responding to the London Bridge terror attack fired an “unprecedented” number of rounds at the three attackers because they were wearing what appeared to be suicide belts, police said. Eight officers fired 50 shots at three attackers to ensure they were neutralized.

When all I might worry about was being mugged or whatever, I’d always said that one mag, or two at most, would suffice.  Now that there’s the possibility of confronting a greater threat, I carry three extra mags. Granted, I doubt that I’d need thirty-two rounds of .45 ACP (never mind fifty) to put down three terrorist assholes, but who says there’d be only three? And you can be sure that I won’t “run, hide and call the police” as the British cops told people to do, unless by “hide” you mean “take cover prior to opening fire”.

And yes, I could be accused of having some kind of “Rambo fantasy”. I’d still rather be prepared to do something, as opposed to looking like this:

 

Fuck that bullshit.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the range to make sure that I don’t need more than four 8-round mags to end a bad situation in my favor.

23 comments

  1. Better to have a gun and not need it than need it and not have it.
    You are not alone. I and many others never leave home without their “best friend”, in
    my case a Sig 229. At least one spare mag with 15 rds and on some occasions, a New York reload
    in the form of a Smith 640.
    Paranoid? You aren’t paranoid if they really are out to get you.

  2. The biggest headache is concealment. Texas is civilized, other areas….not so much. Even with a carry permit, detection can have unpleasant consequences.

  3. Colt Defender 1911 .45 ACP – 3″ barrel – 3 Wilson Combat Mags and a real fine trigger job. Never ever want to use it but hope it would be enough in this part of Texas where the most dangerous thing we usually have is deer running out in front of us.

  4. I think a fair amount of those sales are just that – sales.

    A lot of manufacturers have had some nice discounts lately – I picked up an S&W Shield in 9mm (cute little concealable thing that shoots pretty darned good) for under $294 after rebate. With a nice holster, an extra mag (total of three), and some extras, it’s still well under $400.

    There’s a gun show in town the first week of July, and my bank account’s already showing signs of fear – I’ve been leaning toward one of those 6.5 Creedmoor AR clones, and if I find one for a decent price…

  5. I ran into a guy at the grocery store the other day whose mini-Glock was quite obviously printing. I subtly notified him of this, for which he thanked me. I should point out this was in North Jersey, where a CCW is largely impossible. I made a subtle, quiet comment about that, and he replied: “Rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.”

    In NJ, for chrissakes. I think it’s safe to say attitudes are changing.

  6. They kept showing the interview from London of the guy talking about “hiding in the basement for a half an hour”, and my fury kept getting worse. I made sure my wife knew that if she ever heard that I was hiding in a basement for half an hour, I’m sheltering from ordinance or a nuke, not a damned knife.

  7. Had a guy in the store ask me what was under my shirt.
    Told him it was a ‘life saving device’.
    As I am an old geezer, he bought it.

  8. Something I’ve never understood is the propensity for people who should know better to carry, not just “mouse guns” but a single mouse gun with no spare magazines. I can only assume the laws of physics, and perhaps much of biology as well, are different in their neighborhoods.

    I’ve lived decades in hot, humid places (FL, GA) and never ventured forth without a major caliber; my reluctant concession to portability is a Ruger SR9c in a pocket holster at the gym with one spare mag because I can’t figure out how to carry my G20 and 2 spare mags.

      1. Understood, but when compliance with the Florida Standard Issue Uniform (shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops) conflicts with Keeping My Ass In One Piece, I’ll willingly trade some physical comfort for the ability to serve up projectiles in major calibers. Sweat washes off, bullet holes and knife slashes don’t.

        And, speaking of flip-flops, many, if not most, of those I’ve encountered carrying mouse guns also self-equip with F-Fs, which is another thing I don’t understand. F-Fs prevent running, so threat avoidance is compromised, and the mouse gun precludes stopping the threat, making “die in place” the #1 option. Kind of a double whammy of stupidity.

        Fortunately, I’ve learned to use idiots like that as cover when I return fire.

  9. Back in the free world, and have put 100 rounds through my Berettas in the past few days.

    As far as the number of rounds fired, I’d probably keep shooting a dood with a suicide vest till the slide locks back too.

    1. Saw a piece a couple of months back noting that we may be at the point the Israelis are: shoot the attacker to stop them, then shoot them in the head because they may have a suicide bomb.

        1. Try as I may, I cannot find fault with Mike’s suggestion. For all sorts of reasons.

  10. Without going into ‘where/when’ details, man who works in a store was asked why he carried all the time even in what was probably a fairly safe location; answer was “This fat boy doesn’t lay down on a stockroom floor.”

  11. I like that you have discovered The Red Pill sites and quote them occasionally. This is a case of Society taking The Red Pill.

    The common person fighting the Islamic invasion in Europe is fighting the invaders AND their cuck governments who are protecting the invaders. Americans see this same trend here, plus the increased, brazen lawlessness of other native populations and the SJW brigade.

    Draw your own conclusions as to where this is headed.

    1. SKB, I hate to say it, but my various online incarnations are probably the original Red Pill websites. I wrote Pussification of the Western Male when most of these so-called “red-pill” writers were in grade school.

      1. True. If anyone writes a history of the counter-feminist movement, you’ll be in the first chapters.

  12. Barely mentioned by the press are those civilians who ran towards the trouble to help.

  13. On a semi-related note, GST/ATI is now making a semi-auto MP-40 “Schmeisser” pistol in 9mm. For not a ton of money either.

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