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A Brit describes fighting off an intruder in his home, with a very British weapon.

In a country with no right to bear arms, and no right to defense, it can get sticky sometimes.

From the Guardian

It is unusual for burglars to break into a property knowing there’s someone inside who has seen them. I ran downstairs, grabbed the phone and took it into the kitchen, dialing 999 while watching the guy through the little glass panel as he struggled to force the door. I was on the point of giving my address when one powerful blow caused the door frame to splinter, and I knew he’d be in with the next one. I said, “Too late!” and dropped the phone.

I didn’t know he’d be armed, but thought he might be, so I dashed to the cupboard under the stairs – there were a lot of garden tools in there that could have been handy. But, as it happens, I used to collect old British swords and I still had a 1796 British light cavalry sabre. It’s a fearsome-looking thing, and I hoped that the sight of it would be enough.

It has a very British outcome. More here

Also, if you are curious about the Pattern 1796 light cavalry sabre, here is Matt Easton of Schola Gladiatoria:

What’s in the DPRK’s nuke bin?

Really interesting info from Stratfor about coping with the Nork’s missile arsenal. (More here)

It sucks to be held hostage by Somali pirates

Humans At Sea’s Save Our Seafarers organization interviews a mariner who, as an Indian Naval cadet, was held hostage for eight months (!) by a pirate action group armed with RPGs off the coast of Somalia in 2010. The guy seems really sedate, but make no mistake, what he went through was pretty rough and went past getting just a little roughed up.

The video also features an interview with the EU naval force patrolling the area, who seems like he is trying to walk a dozen beats with one cop. Pretty sobering if you are a seafarer in that part of the world.

You hear that? It’s the sound of the black rifle bubble bursting…

Over the past eight years, there has been a mad rush for gun makers to crank out ARs and AK variants as well as import exotic counterparts in from overseas (Tavor, anyone?). Well, now, with the change in the political wind so to speak, no one is buying as they already have a closet full and the market is flush. This means it is defiantly a bargain shopper’s dream these days when it comes to black rifles.

Take this recent screengrab from my email box yesterday. Now Ruger AR-556s generally MSRP for $799~ meaning you can expect the price at your local FFL to be about 10-15 percent less, or roughly $675-$700.

How about this:

Give it six months and see where the prices are then…and who is still in business or not.

Some 1972 vintage crossdraw action

I have often talked about the use of cross draw holsters (see here and here) and they had a special place in 20th-century law enforcement use, especially when it came to female officers.

Female officers for generations were instructed to carry in this method as it assisted in retention while it forces the butt of the gun into the body and it was incorrectly thought the female body shape (hips) worked against drawing from the strong side.

March is Women’s History Month, and in honor of that, here is a 1972 image via the Miami-Dade Police Department Archives of deputies Pam Stevens, Lucette Fortier, and Madeline Pearson–  the first women promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the Dade County Sheriffs Department.

Glock holster basics


Fundamental in the carry and use of a modern handgun is an effective holster and we are here to cut through the gimmicks to bring you a few tips on what will work best.

Why a holster?

In the days of the first effective pistols, the single-shot handguns were still too large for practical carry, being relegated to saddle-mounted leather holders on the horses of the cavilers of the day. Bulky and slow to reload, the gunfighter of yesteryear would carry a brace of such guns to ensure a rapid follow-up shot against multiple adversaries. By the 19th Century and the introduction of the revolver, the first recognizable holsters became widespread and the leather-sheathed wheel gun replaced the sword of yesteryear on the belts of gentlemen.

Today, the holster remains a solid standby for the armed citizen and the use of one separates the professional and responsible gun owner from the Hollywood thug. One of the most unsafe things a handgun user can do is carry their pistol or revolver sans holster. Simple carry methods such as stuffing a smaller gun– such as a Glock 43– in a pants pocket, or a larger framed pistol such as a Glock 17 in a waistband, allows the handgun to rotate as the carrier walks and moves.

This “floating” firearm can twist and move away from its original position, making quick deployment harder. Worse, with the trigger exposed, a potentially deadly negligent discharge can result if a foreign object as simple as a shirt tail or jacket pull string works its way into the trigger well. Finally, an unsecured handgun is prone to skitter away at the worst of times, causing embarrassment at the least, and potential criminal charges in some jurisdictions.

More on carry options in my column at

And you thought Godzilla was bad…

The “most adaptable animals that you’ll ever find” are running rampant across parts of rural Japan in the wake of the 2011 nuclear catastrophe and strict gun laws aren’t helping.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, in which a boiling water reactor nuclear power plant largely went Chernobyl after a tsunami knocked it offline has left Japan with a host of problems to include radiation-induced health impacts, some 200,000 displaced locals and possible exposure of groundwater to melted down nuclear fuel for decades to come.

Oh yeah, and the wild hogs.

Wild, radioactive boars? Check! 0.6 guns per every 100 Japanese? Check! (Photo: Kyodo/AP via Outside online)

Thousands of wild, radioactive boars? Check! 0.6 guns per every 100 Japanese? Check! (Photo: Kyodo/AP via Outside online)

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