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The phrase “.357” has a certain connotation that goes along with it. Many people thing of it (as in “.357 Magnum”) as a tough guy gun, something only rough and ready guys would carry. And there may be some truth to that, but, if you love innovations in pistols, then you may want to check out the Chiappa Rhino whether you think of yourself as a tough guy or not.

Emilio Ghisoni apparently likes to put a twist on the weapons that he designs, and the Chiappa Rhino is no different. Andy C gives us some details:

The Rhino isn’t cheap, retailing for an MSRP between $1500 and $1100 depending on the model. Sold in a variety of barrel lengths, finishes, and calibers (including rimless cartridges like 9mm) [and including .357], the Rhino is a double-action revolver that mounts it’s firing chamber at the six o’clock position in the cylinder, and places the barrel low on the gun. This, coupled with a futuristic styling, makes it stand out in aesthetic and function.

Andy also notes that the gun weighs less than two pounds due to being made mostly of aluminum and that, unlike many pistols, this may not be a gun that you want to take apart yourself for cleaning purposes due to the complexity of parts inside. Aesthetically, the Rhino is it’s own weapon, and you’re not likely to confuse it with any other gun. You’ll likely either love it or hate it.

But, what you’ll really want to know is how it shoots. Andy tells us more:

Obviously, the low-slung barrel makes a difference compared to most revolvers. The first time I fired my Rhino I started laughing because the recoil impulse is so strange I didn’t know what to think. Does it diminish recoil? No. The gun’s low barrel axis and very light frame mean you just feel it differently (it doesn’t make a .38 Special feel like a .22 LR). It pushes the gun back straight into your strong hand.

Does it allow for some fast splits? Absolutely. Is hot .357 ammo punishing? Very much so, especially given the trigger and trigger guard’s shape, which are prone to biting your hand a bit.

But the low barrel axis isn’t the most notable thing about the Rhino when shooting it; it’s the trigger. The trigger is horrible in double action. It’s heavy and inconsistent, the worst of both worlds. Sometimes I find myself staging the trigger because the pressure required to advance it gets so heavy. I’ve measured the trigger requiring 18 pounds of pressure to drop the hammer. Make no bones about it—the double action trigger is horrible.

So, there you have it: an unusual looking revolver with a recoil that will feel different than probably any other weapon out there, but which you may not be able to use (even if you like everything else) because the trigger is so uncomfortable.

Still, if you’re one for something out of the ordinary, the Rhino may be a revolver for you to get. Especially if you want to look tough by buying .357 ammunition.

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I can’t begin to tell you how sick I am of hearing how “we have to get guns off the streets to protect the children.” It apparently never crosses the mind of a gun-grabber that crazy people are targeting schools precisely because those schools are “gun free zones” where not even faculty are allowed to carry in order to protect those children.

Then gun grabbers want to expand this faulty logic to entire cities, states, and countries. And the result where they succeed with these plans is that innocent people get hurt because criminals don’t follow the law. Criminals know where and how to get guns and will use them whether it is legal or not. Jenn Jacques writes about another tragic incident,

Reports are coming in from Chicago that at least two children have been shot outside of an elementary school on city’s Far South Side.

According to police dispatch reports, the shooting reportedly happened at Warren Elementary School, 9239 S. Jeffrey, in the Calumet Heights neighborhood, at 1:45 p.m. CST this afternoon [June 16, 2017].

The two students were outside on the playground when they heard gunshots in the street, and ran into the school for cover.

Before they could get into the school, the students both sustained non-life threatening injuries. A 7-year-old girl was shot in the thigh and a 13-year-old girl was shot in the hand.

Police scanner traffic said “numerous casings” were found at the scene with at least one witness describing the shooting as a “drive-by”.

A ‘person of ‘ is in custody and being questioned by investigators.

The wounded students were taken in serious condition to Comer Children’s Hospital and are expected to survive.

So, in case any gun control supporter is reading this, let’s be completely clear about this: this shooting happened at an elementary school (a gun free zone) in Chicago (which has some of the strictest gun control measures in the country), and innocent children were still hurt. What makes you think banning guns anywhere else in the country will prevent this kind of insanity from happening?

The simple, unpleasant truth is that gun control won’t stop these kinds of horrible things from happening, but a gun owner on the scene can prevent these types of shootings from becoming mass shootings by stopping the nutcase from firing any more rounds.

Gun control doesn’t stop shootings; responsible gun owners do.

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Many people these days are scared about the idea of traveling. Especially air travel. And with the TSA having a failure rate of over 90% when trying to catch weapons that people are trying to sneak onto planes, people obviously aren’t feeling any safer.

But, if something happens and there is the threat of gunfire in an airport or on a flight that you are on, you can have an increased sense of safety because, now, there is a carry on bag which is bulletproof.

To be fair, it’s actually a backpack, but, hey, it’s small and can be easily thrown over the shoulder while boarding, and it has a TSA approved back opening. And, if you’re a technology junkie, you’ll be happy to know that it has a built in charger, too, so that you charge your phone. Jack Billings writes,

The bag offers 20 pockets and compartments for organization, including a compartment for large laptops and tablets that meets TSA guidelines for back opening. This permits users to keep the tech devices inside the bag when traveling. In addition to a dedicated laptop area, the ProShield Smart also boasts a RFID protected compartment.

The bulletproof backpack has been tested and certified by the National Institute of Justice and according to the company “weighs on ounces more than a non-armored backpack.”

It doesn’t take much imagination to think of how this handy “bag” could be used. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being in the middle of the highjacking of the plane that you are on, how could you use this to protect yourself as you try to prevent another 9/11 situation? Of, if you are just having a regular day and an active shooter situation happens near you, this could give you a better chance of survival.

Whatever the situation which you are concerned about, this may be the next bag that you wish to buy.

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For anyone with any awareness of how the world works, it doesn’t take long to realize that, too often, the media twists the truth of a situation for their own purposes. Sometimes it’s just sensationalism so they can sell more advertising by attracting more eyeballs. Sometimes, though, it’s intentional misrepresentation for the purpose of pushing an agenda.

A recent story about an incident in Jackson, Mississippi might have you thinking that law-abiding gun owners are careless people who cause other people to be injured through that carelessness. Bob Irwin gives us details:

USA Today reports on 05-26-2017 in Jackson, Mississippi, Story Headline “She’s in jail after dropping purse — because gun inside it went off”

A 58 year old woman from Philadelphia, Mississippi was in Lakeland Family Medicine Center on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus Thursday when she had a mishap.

The woman dropped her purse and the gun inside it discharged. Another woman waiting in a doctor’s office was wounded by the bullet. An ambulance transported the victim, whose name was not released, to the nearby hospital’s emergency room. Her wound to the leg is not believed to be life threatening.

Mississippi has one of the most permissive gun laws across the USA, allowing a person “constitutional carry” privileges of having a concealed firearm without a state-issued permit. However, the building where the incident occurred had signs outside forbidding firearms on the premises.

She was charged with three misdemeanors – possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and simple assault according to the jail website. Campus police arrested the “shooter” and booked her into the Hinds County Detention Center.

Now, if you’re like many people who only read the first two or three paragraphs, you would think that it’s just that gun owners are careless and shootings like this probably happen all the time. And, hey, if gun owners are so careless, then they shouldn’t have guns, right?

But you finally get a few more details in the last two paragraphs: This wasn’t a legal gun owner (the gun was stolen). Beyond that, what the article doesn’t tell you is that the lady who was arrested was a convicted felon who isn’t legally allowed to have a gun. Oh, and she was in a building designated a gun-free zone (that obviously stopper her from carrying, didn’t it?).

In other words, this lady broke three laws that didn’t have anything to do with legal and responsible gun use.

So, USA Today implies that gun owners are the problem.

Unfortunately, I’m not surprised, and neither should you be surprised. This is why we all must remain vigilant to be responsible gun owners, to help other people become well trained responsible gun owners, and to also keep telling other people the truth about gun ownership: criminals are the problem. Not legal gun owners.

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“Gun Free Zones” are the bane of lawful gun owners and the gleeful dream of terrorists and criminals. Where else can crazy people and psychopaths have such easy pickings when it comes to hurting other people?

Of course, the reason these “safe places” are so beloved by those prone to violence is because they are the only ones disobeying the law by carrying guns there.

But a recent news story gives you the idea that one massive gun free zone may be opening up to allow lawful carriers to have their weapons with them. Congressman Thomas Massie, Chairman of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, introduced H.R. 2909, titled the “D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act.” Congressman Massie said,

“After the horrific shooting at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice, there will likely be calls for special privileges to protect politicians. Our reaction should instead be to protect the right of all citizens guaranteed in the Constitution: the right to self-defense. I do not want to extend a special privilege to politicians, because the right to keep and bear arms is not a privilege, it is a God-given right protected by our Constitution.

“If not for the heroic efforts of the United States Capitol Police at the ball field yesterday, things could have been much worse.

“What’s always evident in these situations is this: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“To ensure public safety, we need to repeal laws that keep good guys from carrying guns, since not everyone has a personal police detail. The right to keep and bear arms is the common person’s first line of defense in these situations, and it should never be denied.”

Congressman Massie nailed it with this one, and, if Congress has any sense, they’ll pass this bill.

Unfortunately, however, Congressman Massie also was right that some are calling for special privileges for carrying in D.C. Mark Walters quotes Representative Barry Loudermilk:

“I think we need to look at some kind of reciprocity for members here,” Loudermilk said. “But also we need to look at security detail. If Scalise hadn’t been on our team, it would have been really bad.”

“We aren’t any more special than anybody else, but we’re targets,” Loudermilk said. “This is exactly why there’s a lot of fear of doing town halls at this point.”

Unfortunately, unlike Congressman Massie, Loudermilk thinks reciprocity should only be for members of Congress. Why? He seems to imply that it’s because they are in D.C. and not back home in Georgia (which Loudermilk represents).

This is utter nonsense. Members of Congress may be targets (maybe), but everyday Americans are targeted every day and use their weapons in self-defense, often without having to fire a single shot.

What needs to pass is Congressman Massie’s bill. Frankly, it should simply be put down to Constitutional carry. Why? Because their lives are no more valuable than ours, but they are more likely to get protection by Federal agents. For our own safety, we need it to be able to carry anywhere.

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We all want some basic things in our everyday carry weapon. We want accuracy and dependability. We want it to be small enough to hide but also carry enough rounds. We want it to be a little bit of everything good in a small pistol.

But, even if you buy the “perfect” pistol, you may want to consider modifying a few things. Here are four things suggested by that you may want to consider when you’re ready to modify your weapon:

1. Trigger

The first and most important thing to consider modifying on your gun is the trigger. Most pistol triggers are set for a five- to six-pound pull. That’s okay, but there’s a reason why competitive pistols have light trigger pulls. That’s because a lighter trigger is less likely to cause you to jerk or pull your gun off target.

Not all guns give you the capability of changing out the trigger or of lightening the trigger pull. But if you can, it’s well worth it.

2. Controls

Your two other main controls on any semi-automatic pistol are the slide lock and the magazine lock. Typically, these are designed to be as non-obtrusive as possible so that they don’t hang up when drawing the pistol. But those minimalist designs also may be harder to find and operate when you need to do a quick magazine change.

Extended slide and magazine release controls can speed up your mag changes, shaving as much as a second off your time. That second is critical in competition, but it’s even more critical in the only competition that really counts — when someone is shooting at you.

Speaking of easing magazine changes, adding a flared magazine well also can speed your mag changes. There are several manufacturers who supply these, in both polymer and aluminum. They help eliminate any fumbling that can happen while trying to find the mag well with your magazine.

The only other real control that most pistols have is the safety. Once again, this can be worth changing out to make the gun easier to use.

3. Sights

One of the most customizable areas of any firearm is the sights. The plain iron sights that come on most handguns are fine for short-range shooting in the daylight. The ones with white dots on them are a bit better. But neither will do you much good in a low-light situation. For that, you need something else. Besides, iron sights become harder to use the farther you’re trying to shoot.

While most defensive shooting is done at a range of five yards or less, there is a small percentage that happens at about 50 feet. Shooting with iron sights at that range is difficult at best. Doing so if you don’t have perfect vision is even worse.

4. Tactical light

The last thing you might consider is a tactical light. You’ve probably seen this in movies, where the cops have a tactical light mounted to a short rail under the barrel. Not all guns have this rail, but for those that do, having the light readily available is convenient.

Now, when you are considering upgrades to the internal components, such as the trigger, we recommend using a competent firearms repair shop. This is not something that you want to give you a problem when you are in a dangerous situation.

Also, while you can consider things like laser sights and a tactical light, you will want to be careful using these items because, when they are on, they, in essence, broadcast your location. If you do use them, term them on only briefly and immediately change positions as soon as you turn them off.

What modifications do you recommend? Tell us below.

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If you’ve bought a gun (and you’re reading this, so I’ll assume that means that you have), you know that a $300 price point is typically only going to buy you a very entry level pistol. If that’s your budget, you are not likely to be going in expecting beautiful inlays and engraving on the weapon, and you may be expecting some aspects that make the pistol a bit “rough around the edges.”

But, sometimes things pleasantly surprise you.

Take the Canik TP9 SA. Eve Flanigan tells us about this pistol:

The TP9 SA, [Canik’s] first striker-fired 9mm semiauto that I’m aware of in the U.S. market, became my choice of range gun four years ago. More than 6,000 rounds and with a few other Canik product experiences later, it remains my favorite handgun.

The TP9 SA emerged with apparent design influence from the Walther P99, but with an American magazine release. Canik wisely kept a low bore axis (hence low recoil) design, simple disassembly, and modular grip panels which are included with each gun. Other handy features include an accessory rail, lanyard hole in the grip, a highly visible three-dot sight system with a subtle vertical highlight on the rear sight, and a Serpa-style Kydex holster that can be used as a paddle or belt-borne. Color choices include black and desert tan. Magazines, now readily available for a reasonable price, hold an impressive 18 rounds in the same space a Glock mag holds 17.

Now, to be fair, there is a warning to be made if you are buying one of these pistols used. Again, from Flanigan:

It was after the repair experience that I learned that premature striker failures are common among TP9s made earlier than 2016. A gunsmith who knows the TP9 SA well showed me the seemingly minor difference in construction between the trigger on my repaired handgun and the original.

Canik has had time to learn from early mistakes in the TP9 series. From my own experience and conversations with people in the industry, it seems those issues have been resolved.

So, with a price point for a new pistol as low as $310 and with some nice features, this may be the pistol to consider for your next gun purchase.

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File this under the: “How does this make any sense to anyone?” file.

A proposed bill has the specific purpose of preventing residents from one Western state from being able to purchase more than one gun per month. Yes, we’re talking gun rationing.

Now, we’re not talking about concerns that there will be enough food or other resources for everyone like was used to justify rationing during World War II. We’re just talking rationing because, apparently, State Senator Antony Portantino (D-Pasadena) thinks it’s a good idea. Never mind that it, even if it passes, it won’t apply to him. Daniel Jennings gives us more details about this lunacy in California:

The California bill, sponsored by State Senator Antony Portantino (D-Pasadena), was labeled “firearms rationing” by the Firearms Policy Coalition.

“A person shall not make an application to purchase more than one firearm within any 30-day period,” SB 497 states.

The bill applies not only to pistols but also to rifles and shotguns.

It specifically exempts law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, licensed firearms dealers, motion picture and television production companies, and licensed collectors.

Current California law makes it illegal for private citizens to purchase more than one handgun a month. SB 497 extends that restriction to rifles and shotguns.

“This bill would make the 30-day prohibition and the dealer delivery prohibition described above applicable to all types of firearms,” the legislative counsel’s digest of SB 497 states. Dealers who violate SB 497 can be prosecuted as criminals.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 25-13. To become law, it must pass the state Assembly and then be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed a similar bill in 2016.

What I want to know is what in the world that State Senator Portantino (and the other Senators that voted for the bill) hopes to accomplish with this bill. So, they stop someone from buying a second gun this month. The bill doesn’t stop someone from buying a gun right now (whch is all some nutcase needs to go commit a horrible crime), and the bill doesn’t stop a criminal from stealing or obtaining a gun by some other illegal manner.

All this bill will accomplish is that it will allow these State Senators to say that they helped to protect the children (without actually making any difference) and to place an unnecessary burden on law-abiding gun shops to have to to through the process of making sure a customer hasn’t already (legally) bought a gun of any kind this month before selling them a gun.

It’s ridiculous and a waste of time and money.

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I don’t know that I ever honestly thought that I would see this: a government which actually understands and supports the use of guns for one of their proper uses. No, I’m not talking about hunting (which is absolutely a proper use). I’m talking about self-defense.

Yes, there is a government that, in so many words, admitted what we have always known to be true: governments can’t stop evil people from doing things, so people one the scene need to be able to stop evil people from doing things. (In case you’re wondering, governments don’t prevent crime; they clean up the mess afterwards and attempt to punish the people who committed the crime. By that time, though, the damage has already been done.) Amanda Erickson gives us more information:

A couple of months ago, Czech President Milos Zeman made an unusual request: He urged citizens to arm themselves against […] terrorists.

[G]un purchases spiked.

Now the country’s interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists. Proponents say this could save lives if an attack occurs and police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene. To become law, Parliament must approve the proposal; they’ll vote in the coming months.

The Czech Republic already has some of the most lenient gun policies in Europe. It’s home to about 800,000 registered firearms and 300,000 people with gun licenses. Obtaining a weapon is relatively easy: Residents must be 21, pass a gun knowledge check and have no criminal record. By law, Czechs can use their weapons to protect their property or when in danger, although they need to prove they faced a real threat.

Now, to be fair, there are two points to be made about this. First: the Czech President singled out a specific group that he labeled potential terrorists when, frankly, people should be arming themselves against all terrorists, not just a specific group which may not be active in that country at all. Second: Czechoslovakia is a member of the European Union which just voted to put into place stricter gun control measures. Because they are a member of the EU, the current administration in Czechoslovakia may not be able to keep their more lenient stand on gun control.

Still, it’s nice to hear government officials acknowledging that people need to be able to defend themselves even if it is only for appearances.

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If you meet someone who tells you that you need to act one way because everyone needs to act that way but, then, they act completely opposite to their statement to you, what would you call that person? Yes, you would call them a hypocrite (and you’d be right).

And we have a perfect example of people being hypocrites. The specific problem that we’re talking about is that legislators in anti-gun strongholds are hypocrites when it comes to gun control. Don’t believe me? We’ll let Scott Osborn tell you the details:

The California State Senate agrees with Charlie Rangel that they “deserve” to own guns but the citizens do not! Every year they pass more and more gun control laws and NONE of them apply to themselves!

They voted 28-8 to exempt themselves from the gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the California.

You think maybe this will cause Californians to rise up? NOPE! It happened 5 years ago and since then, California has passed a plethora of other gun laws…that only apply to citizens.

Yes, you heard me right! The exemption was created in 2011 and the California legislature has passed a number of gun laws since. Pretty easy when you are passing bills that do not apply to you!

It is not the only special privileges California legislators provide themselves!

They do not pay red light camera bills or for gasoline!

So, just to repeat: the California State Senate overwhelming voted to let themselves have guns while restricting gun ownership in that state. Oh, and the don’t pay for gasoline or tickets when they run red lights.

It’s utterly ridiculous. And then you have anti-gunners wondering why people like us who are pro 2nd Amendment distrust politicians. If these anti-gunners did any research for themselves instead of buying into propaganda from the mainstream media and from politicians that lie to them to get their votes, then we’d have a lot less opposition about the 2nd Amendment.

The fact of the matter is: If it’s good enough for Senators to have guns, then it’s good enough for you and me to have guns, too.


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The phrase ".357" has a certain connotation that goes along with it. Many people thing of it (as in ".357 Magnum") as a tough...