Guns, Not Shoes

Sunday, July 26, 2009
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I posted this on LewRockwell.com earlier today because it was requested that I do so, if I was interested. Here’s the post.

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I was asked to start what we hope will become a sequence of blog posts from LRC bloggers talking about what guns they prefer for purposes of self-preservation in a defensive mode (yep, The Boss had something to do with this). The question is – What do you prefer to own or carry? Before I answer my own question, that question brings me to this video interview with Ted Nugent (thanks to Richard Nikoley for the tip). Indeed, make fun of my linking to Ted if it amuses you, but there is virtually no one, especially of celebrity status, who so consistently gets it so right and so clear on guns and self-defense. I am so unforgiving of anyone – especially the allegedly pro-gun yet pro-permit Republican types – who thinks that we need, or should have, a series of licenses and permits (permissions from self-serving authorities) in order to stand prepared to defend ourselves. Anyone who thinks I should have to grovel at the feet of local establishment officials to be granted government licenses in order to exercise my natural rights to defend myself and my property is on par with Satan. Elected officials cannot and will not defend me, so I will do it myself, whether or not their authoritarian-tainted paper with my name on it gets their stamp of government approval. And how dare they, the citizen tyrants who lecture me on the necessity of official government licenses, operating with their minuscule knowledge of the Constitution, the Second Amendment, the traditions of our American roots, and natural rights. And these wretched people believe they are acting favorable to the self-defense view by telling the rest of us they support gun rights if and when our privileges are fully in line with all state permissions and enforced by the jack boots of arbitrary government laws.

As Nugent says, the Second Amendment, along with the understanding of natural rights, is so obvious that it is insane that this issue is an argument. My view: no one should ever declare statements, or issue passes, licenses, or whatnot, that tell another individual where, when, and how (or if!) they can defend themselves (obeying private property rules, of course). How politically incorrect has it become, even among the “pro-gun” Republican-conservative types, to insist, as I do, that there should never be any limitation whatsoever on the ownership and carry habits of firearms, and that anything else is undeniably totalitarian. The NRA has long been limp on this issue; thank goodness Nugent remains on its board. GOA (Gun Owners of America) is better, and JPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership) is unyielding.

For me, asking me what I prefer to use for personal protection doesn’t get a clear-cut answer. In fact it’s complicated because of the many things I do, and each situation demands a unique approach. It’s like shoes, only I say, Gee, what gun do I carry today? Except that unlike most women, I like guns better than shoes. My choice of choices is the 1911 .45 ACP, with mine being the Taurus in the duotone model. When I told Mr. Rockwell why I like the .45, he asked that I please not spell it out. I like it because it stops s _ _ _. My Ruger LCP .380 makes a nice backup piece, but also, due to its size and weight, it is my choice of weapon when I am rollerblading or cycling (mountain biking and road), or when I am working outside on the property and wearing shorts and summer clothing. It’s a great pocket gun, even for someone as small as me. I’ll use a Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point or a Buffalo Bore +P. I also carry a Smith & Wesson .38 Model 642 Airweight. I am also adding a Springfield Armory sub-compact 3″ 9mm to the concealed carry closet.

One of my favorite rifles, as my friend Michael Gaddy knows, is the Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM. At home, my Remington 870 Express 20-gauge shotgun, an all-American workhorse, makes a fine home defense weapon, and the youth model is especially great for smaller shooters. This past weekend I shot a Barrett .50 BMG Model 99, and what a treat that was! At $6k for the gun, scope, mount, etc., and about $5-6 per round, I won’t be buying one of those soon.

LRC bloggers, please do reply to this post and chime in with your preferences. LRC writers who don’t/won’t blog: email me (click on my name above for my address) and I will blog yours for you if you’d like. Update: Dear gentlemen, PLEASE REFRAIN from writing me to “give a woman advice.”

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I hesitated starting this blog thread, and why? Because my past experiences allow me to be very good at predicting things. When I post on this issue, I immediately get tons of emails from macho, insecure men offering their definitive opinions on the matter to a total stranger who they know nothing about. But they are know-it-alls, and in spite of the fact that my post tends to show people I know a little bit about the topic at hand, those people never disappoint. One fella “corrected” all of my gun choices which are very individualized to me, my skills, my experience, my needs, my desired financial outlay, my likes and dislikes, etc. His email was completely arrogant and condescending (as always there’s some “dumb female” that needs his glorious advice), and when I replied – nicely – that I did not seek or need his very forceful advice, I received a nasty hate mail in return. Alas, that was to be expected. My fault for not ignoring a guy who I immediately determined was a jerk.

I received several emails that weren’t quite nasty like that, but very macho-opinionated on a subject that is extremely subjective to the individual. It’s very strange how a gal knowledgeable about guns – and I am just a light hobbyist – can make men insecure enough to reach out to a total stranger and  act like arrogant, know-it-all, rude fools. Now I know most of you guys aren’t like that, but I do receive an awful lot of ‘arrogant advice’ emails on this topic. And yes, it is rude and arrogant to boldly offer up advice to others, treating them as if they are idiots, without them first soliciting your advice.

 

David Kramer, an LRC blogger who also posted on this topic, has reported that he has received quite a few emails from know-it-alls, as well.I was asked to start what we hope will become a sequence of blog posts from LRC bloggers talking about what guns they prefer for purposes of self-preservation in a defensive mode (yep, The Boss had something to do with this). The question is – What do you prefer to own or carry? Before I answer my own question, that question brings me to this video interview with Ted Nugent (thanks to Richard Nikoley for the tip). Indeed, make fun of my linking to Ted if it amuses you, but there is virtually no one, especially of celebrity status, who so consistently gets it so right and so clear on guns and self-defense. I am so unforgiving of anyone – especially the allegedly pro-gun yet pro-permit Republican types – who thinks that we need, or should have, a series of licenses and permits (permissions from self-serving authorities) in order to stand prepared to defend ourselves. Anyone who thinks I should have to grovel at the feet of local establishment officials to be granted government licenses in order to exercise my natural rights to defend myself and my property is on par with Satan. Elected officials cannot and will not defend me, so I will do it myself, whether or not their authoritarian-tainted paper with my name on it gets their stamp of government approval. And how dare they, the citizen tyrants who lecture me on the necessity of official government licenses, operating with their minuscule knowledge of the Constitution, the Second Amendment, the traditions of our American roots, and natural rights. And these wretched people believe they are acting favorable to the self-defense view by telling the rest of us they support gun rights if and when our privileges are fully in line with all state permissions and enforced by the jack boots of arbitrary government laws.
As Nugent says, the Second Amendment, along with the understanding of natural rights, is so obvious that it is insane that this issue is an argument. My view: no one should ever declare statements, or issue passes, licenses, or whatnot, that tell another individual where, when, and how (or if!) they can defend themselves (obeying private property rules, of course). How politically incorrect has it become, even among the “pro-gun” Republican-conservative types, to insist, as I do, that there should never be any limitation whatsoever on the ownership and carry habits of firearms, and that anything else is undeniably totalitarian. The NRA has long been limp on this issue; thank goodness Nugent remains on its board. GOA (Gun Owners of America) is better, and JPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership) is unyielding.
For me, asking me what I prefer to use for personal protection doesn’t get a clear-cut answer. In fact it’s complicated because of the many things I do, and each situation demands a unique approach. It’s like shoes, only I say, Gee, what gun do I carry today? Except that unlike most women, I like guns better than shoes. My choice of choices is the 1911 .45 ACP, with mine being the Taurus in the duotone model. When I told Mr. Rockwell why I like the .45, he asked that I please not spell it out. I like it because it stops s _ _ _. My Ruger LCP .380 makes a nice backup piece, but also, due to its size and weight, it is my choice of weapon when I am rollerblading or cycling (mountain biking and road), or when I am working outside on the property and wearing shorts and summer clothing. It’s a great pocket gun, even for someone as small as me. I’ll use a Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point or a Buffalo Bore +P. I also carry a Smith & Wesson .38 Model 642 Airweight. I am also adding a Springfield Armory sub-compact 3″ 9mm to the concealed carry closet.
One of my favorite rifles, as my friend Michael Gaddy knows, is the Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM. At home, my Remington 870 Express 20-gauge shotgun, an all-American workhorse, makes a fine home defense weapon, and the youth model is especially great for smaller shooters. This past weekend I shot a Barrett .50 BMG Model 99, and what a treat that was! At $6k for the gun, scope, mount, etc., and about $5-6 per round, I won’t be buying one of those soon.
LRC bloggers, please do reply to this post and chime in with your preferences. LRC writers who don’t/won’t blog: email me (click on my name above for my address) and I will blog yours for you if you’d like. Update: Dear gentlemen, PLEASE REFRAIN from writing me to “give a woman advice.”I was asked to start what we hope will become a sequence of blog posts from LRC bloggers talking about what guns they prefer for purposes of self-preservation in a defensive mode (yep, The Boss had something to do with this). The question is – What do you prefer to own or carry? Before I answer my own question, that question brings me to this video interview with Ted Nugent (thanks to Richard Nikoley for the tip). Indeed, make fun of my linking to Ted if it amuses you, but there is virtually no one, especially of celebrity status, who so consistently gets it so right and so clear on guns and self-defense. I am so unforgiving of anyone – especially the allegedly pro-gun yet pro-permit Republican types – who thinks that we need, or should have, a series of licenses and permits (permissions from self-serving authorities) in order to stand prepared to defend ourselves. Anyone who thinks I should have to grovel at the feet of local establishment officials to be granted government licenses in order to exercise my natural rights to defend myself and my property is on par with Satan. Elected officials cannot and will not defend me, so I will do it myself, whether or not their authoritarian-tainted paper with my name on it gets their stamp of government approval. And how dare they, the citizen tyrants who lecture me on the necessity of official government licenses, operating with their minuscule knowledge of the Constitution, the Second Amendment, the traditions of our American roots, and natural rights. And these wretched people believe they are acting favorable to the self-defense view by telling the rest of us they support gun rights if and when our privileges are fully in line with all state permissions and enforced by the jack boots of arbitrary government laws.As Nugent says, the Second Amendment, along with the understanding of natural rights, is so obvious that it is insane that this issue is an argument. My view: no one should ever declare statements, or issue passes, licenses, or whatnot, that tell another individual where, when, and how (or if!) they can defend themselves (obeying private property rules, of course). How politically incorrect has it become, even among the “pro-gun” Republican-conservative types, to insist, as I do, that there should never be any limitation whatsoever on the ownership and carry habits of firearms, and that anything else is undeniably totalitarian. The NRA has long been limp on this issue; thank goodness Nugent remains on its board. GOA (Gun Owners of America) is better, and JPFO (Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership) is unyielding.For me, asking me what I prefer to use for personal protection doesn’t get a clear-cut answer. In fact it’s complicated because of the many things I do, and each situation demands a unique approach. It’s like shoes, only I say, Gee, what gun do I carry today? Except that unlike most women, I like guns better than shoes. My choice of choices is the 1911 .45 ACP, with mine being the Taurus in the duotone model. When I told Mr. Rockwell why I like the .45, he asked that I please not spell it out. I like it because it stops s _ _ _. My Ruger LCP .380 makes a nice backup piece, but also, due to its size and weight, it is my choice of weapon when I am rollerblading or cycling (mountain biking and road), or when I am working outside on the property and wearing shorts and summer clothing. It’s a great pocket gun, even for someone as small as me. I’ll use a Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point or a Buffalo Bore +P. I also carry a Smith & Wesson .38 Model 642 Airweight. I am also adding a Springfield Armory sub-compact 3″ 9mm to the concealed carry closet. of my favorite rifles, as my friend Michael Gaddy knows, is the Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM. At home, my Remington 870 Express 20-gauge shotgun, an all-American workhorse, makes a fine home defense weapon, and the youth model is especially great for smaller shooters. This past weekend I shot a Barrett .50 BMG Model 99, and what a treat that was! At $6k for the gun, scope, mount, etc., and about $5-6 per round, I won’t be buying one of those soon.LRC bloggers, please do reply to this post and chime in with your preferences. LRC writers who don’t/won’t blog: email me (click on my name above for my address) and I will blog yours for you if you’d like. Update: Dear gentlemen, PLEASE REFRAIN from writing me to “give a woman advice.”
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16 Responses to Guns, Not Shoes

  1. Brad Bolz says:

    July 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I thank you for your writing. Words have power and are long lasting and your ability to use them is wonderful.

    Guns, you’re very much on the right track, your choices show a high level of knowledge, an amazing level given your statement that you’re not an expert.

    There are laser additions available for handguns that make excellent training aids and in some situations, aid real life defense also. For the lowest cost, shop sites like the NRA endorsed http://www.AuctionArms.com

    The 380 acp Ruger LCP and Keltec are wonderful and fit in the pocket of a pair of blue jeans. They can essentially, go anywhere you can go.

    The S&W model 642 and its variants work well in coat pockets or cargo short pockets. Weighing 14 oz and shooting up to 357 magnum caliber….they’re enough.

    The Baby Glocks or Kahr PM series….they’re flat, fairly lightweight and hold more rounds than likely needed. The flatness makes up for the weight differential of the 642s. Preference points here generally go to the thickness of the cloth your clothes are made of….thick cloth can hold up more weight.

    Fitting the gun to your hand size is generally more important than choosing a caliber or manufacturer. Today’s Computer Numerically Controlled machining has given all manufacturer’s the ability to produce excellent off the shelf guns that exceed what could be produced in a custom shop only 15 years ago. Springfield Armory’s made a huge effort on ergonomics the last few years. Being of small size, they’re offerings should be something you try before you buy.

    However, Smith & Wesson’s M&P series has multiple backstraps that make for a grip size fittable to more than 95% of our population. Again, a gun that fits is more pleasant to shoot and is more easily shot accurately.

    More than half our population is too small for the standardized length of long gun stocks. The bantam sized shotguns are excellent choices as someone too large can still use them but it is nearly impossible for someone small to get a proper sight picture with a stock that is 2 inches too long. Your wisdom in 20 gauge versus 12 gauge is brilliance in action. The difference in ability to knock birds out of the air is only 6 or 7 yards at the far end and the difference in felt recoil is immediate.

    The best all around rifles are bolt actions and the best of the best was designed by Jeff Cooper and produced by Steyr. It was known as the Scout and featured forward mounted optics, built in bi-pod, a hammer forged barrel, and was light weight.

    Surprisingly, once they’ve fired one, most women seem to adore AR-15 variants. The rifles are light weight, short in length and the 223 caliber bullet produces very low felt recoil because the rifles generally have a compensator.

    Anyone wanting to improve their skill at arms should involve themselves with either http://www.IDPA.com or http://www.USPSA.com. These groups put on pistol matches with less emphasis on shotgun and long guns. If one attends a local club match, generally a 4 hour affair, their gun handling skills will improve by one third and this improvement will continue for several sessions. It’s rather amazing what the edge of human performance is with a handgun.

    I’ll be glad to expand anything I mentioned.

    Take care,
    Brad

  2. Owen says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Karen,
    Thank you for the advice, based on your real world experience. I’m new to your blog, but learn something BIG each visit.
    Stirring stuff!
    Many, many thanks.

  3. Frank says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 3:21 am

    If all these groups are so good, why do they not fight to return gun control laws to before 1934?

  4. lisamarie says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I love the article. I have a little knowledge about guns, all my experience is with a 30-30 winchester, 12 gauge and a 22 rifle. Very little hand-gun experience. About two years ago I did start carrying a .38 taurus revolver, and as time went by I started to get such a feeling of security while carrying it that now I dont leave home without it. I love my gun. I need to go get a permit. I just hide it. My brother says, “whats gonna happen when the government decides you can’t have it anymore and takes your gun away because you went and got a permit?” I know that sounds crazy even as I write it. I want to ask you wh you dont feel a .38 is the best weapon of choice to carry for protection. Why the .45? Thanks, Lisa

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Lisa, there is no “best choice.” Every person has different needs, likes, dislikes, situations, body size, skilles, experience, taste, etc. The worst thing anyone can do is determine what others ‘need’ to carry when they know nothing about that person’s means, needs, skills, or preferences. The 1911 .45 is MY choice, based on its caliber size and my ability to use and maintain the gun. This style has been around for 100 years – for a reason.

  6. Karen De Coster says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Frank — Who said they were “so good?”

  7. upsdriver says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    If you ask me (and you didn’t :) ) you have great taste in guns and seem quite knowledgable. But as with any tool it is the user that makes the difference . my choices are Glock 36 .45 , NAA .32 Guardian for backup and a Larocca Remington 1100 20 gauge shotgun for homedefense

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Brad, ditto on pistol matches. Some guys I train with at a members-only outdoor range do the IDPA matches at that same range, and they have been telling me I need to do some matches. I have committed to doing some matches next year , when time allows. Also, the Applessed program is great rifleman training. Everyone serious about freedom and gun ownership should do that program.

  9. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I can’t imagine why anyone would want to take you to task for your firearms choices. I mean, it seems to me that you’ve got a nice solid stable of ironmongery there….you know……for a girl…..

    JUST KIDDING!!!! I WAS ONLY KIDDING!!!!!!

    You nailed it nicely on the “insecure” part. What I’ve found with a lot of gun owners is that the choices other people make in firearms somehow becomes a critique of their own selection…and that the only way I can be comfortable and confident with my Glock 17 is if I deride your Taurus as a yuck-poo-poo gun, unworthy of consideration. Never could understand that.

    Which is not to say that there isn’t room for honest questioning and discussion betwixt the different calibers and platforms. But if you’re really comfortable with your 4.7 Velodog, and can shoot it well, then more power to you.

    On a different note, let me suggest something for your consideration in regard to licenses. Why do I carry a 1911? To deter the free-lance thugs. Why do I carry a little piece of plastic? To deter the professional political thugs. Do I like living in a world where I have to be ready to defend myself against thugs? Not particularly – but until somebody designs the MKII Human Being, I’m stuck here with the need for self defense, and whatever tool it takes to get the job done, that’s the one I’ll use.

    Even if it’s a 4.7 Velodog.

  10. Nikki (jesus_iscomin) says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I just got my CCW. I carry a Lorcin .380 and have a Bersa Thunder UC 9mm on order, which unfortunately has been almost 5 months. Apparently our government is not allowing them into the country or at only a trickle rate. I can’t wait to get it. The Lorcin is a little heavier than I like to carry, but I just absolutely loathe my husband’s Keltek 9 mil. Too light and has too much kick for me to be anywhere near accurate with it, unless the threat were only about 5 feet away.

    My absolute favorite gun that we own is an ancient Ruger .22 longbarrel. I am an accurate shot with this weapon at even 75 feet, but unfortunately it is only practical for carry in the bottom of my bag, not for concealed carry, due to the barrel length. I shoot only hollowpoints in it due to the small caliber.

    My grandmother, a small (5′ even and less than 100#), Native American woman, carried and used a Smith & Wesson .38. I used to shoot it for practice, in my late teens and early 20s. Wish I knew what went with it when she died.

    In TN where I live, one is not required to register sidearms. One advantage of living in a volunteer militia state.

    Go Ted Nugent (loved him in high school and still). Thank you for the excellent article. And, I agree with you on the arrogancy of most men when it comes to giving us “advice” on which weapon we “should” carry.

  11. nailheadtom says:

    July 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    The second amendment specification of the right to keep and bear arms doesn’t have the word “fire” in it. When the Constitution was adopted technology and combat techniques were somewhat different than they are now. Knives, swords and other weapons were part of the arsenal and considered arms. It’s truly a travesty that efforts to restrict the ownership and possession of long knives, automatic knives and other edged weapons have been successful. Unfortunately, the matter is not discussed as much as firearms laws.

  12. Craig says:

    July 28th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Lisa-

    I also carry a 1911, .45 ACP. The .45 was developed by John Moses Browning after the .38 would not take down the philippines warriors around the turn of the century. It is a bigger bullet, but significantly slower than others. If you have a range or gun store, ask to see the bullet. Compare it to a 9mm, .38, .40. I perfer it, because of the same basic reasons Karen said. My mentor told me, “the 9mm doesn’t grow and the .45 doesn’t shrink”. He was implying use the biggest, best gun you can handle.
    You should be very careful if you are caring without a permit. If you use the gun outside of your home, you can end up in jail. It doesn’t matter if you are legally defending your life, if you conceal carry without, and are found, you will more than likely be taken to jail. They do not care if you are saving your life. The little trip to jail could mean a felony, meaning no more guns for you. If your state uses pistol purchase permits, they already know who has guns. A permit simply allows for easier purchase, and the ability to get out of jail card if found on you.
    I don’t agree with the idea of a CCW, but I have one so that I can conceal carry, and If i need to use it, I do not need the extra problem of illegally carrying on top of the use of the firearm. I weighed the risks of the two and choose the paper. The state of Michigan already knows I own x amount of guns. At least now, I can carry my guns legally without having to fight with the cop who is having a bad day over the legality of it.

  13. Craig says:

    July 28th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I forgot to ad to my above reply, if you do own guns, you should be practing with them. Try and go to the range at least once a month. It’s not going help you if you can’t hit a target since you havent practiced with said firearm in months.

  14. Brad Bolz says:

    July 28th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    About the right to concealed carry…..there hasn’t been one since Chief Justice Holmes, in 1895, ruled that there was no right to carry concealed. It’s amazing to me that nobody ever brings that up….

    Get your permit. Technology allows our alphabet agencies to know whom owns and whom doesn’t own guns. Simple things, like raiding Visa / Mcard records to find out who purchases ammunition….they know.

    Get your permit. Enough of us now have permits that taking away the permits would be difficult.

    Ted Nugent is right, the concept that the 2nd amendment can be regulated is ridiculous but it’s not time to shoot the bastards yet either, in my opinion.

    The trend is for states to “not” recognize non-resident permits. So, if your state allows you to get a permit, get your 1st permit from your state. Then, figure out which state’s permit gives you the most “other” places you can legally carry.

    Florida and Utah offer non-resident permits and are recognized by many states. Say you live in Illinois, you can’t carry in Illinois but you can still acquire a permit from Florida, Utah, Idaho, etc., and then let your vacation money travel to the states where you can carry.

    We can now carry in the National Parks….get outside and go hike somewhere.

    I use: http://www.nraila.org/recmap/recguide.pdf to figure out whose permits offer the biggest “bang” for your buck.

    Take care,
    Brad

  15. Craig says:

    July 29th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Brad- the FFLs also show who owns what. there are no secrets.

  16. firearms says:

    October 27th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    With this current congress and president you better get all your gun licenses ASAP before they take all our rights away.

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