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Armed Citizen in TX Stops Shooting Spree and Saves Cop by Making 50+ Yard Shot With a Pistol

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This is from Guns Save Lives.

The title of this post says it best.

 

 

 

This is a pretty amazing story. An armed private citizen assisted a police officer who was pinned down by the gunfire of a madman who had just killed 3 people and could have killed many more. Amazingly the concerned citizen, Vic Stacy, did so by taking a shot of 50+ yards using only a pistol.

The caliber and gun are unknown, but Stacy mentions a “magnum bullet” which could mean a .357 or .44. Stacy landed multiple shots on the shooter and this allowed the police officer to also land shots with his AR-15 while the suspect was distracted.

According to Guns.com,

Stacy raised his gun, fired, and landed one hell of a shot – by his estimate “a good 165 yards” – with a pistol (we do not know the make or caliber at this time). Stacy wasn’t even sure if he could make the shot at that distance: “I hope this magnum bullet’ll hold up, you know, this distance. And sure enough it did and I hit him in the thigh.”

At that point, Conner returned fire against Stacy with his AR-15. He missed his shot, luckily, but that gave dead-eye Stacy another opportunity to pull the trigger. Stacy “hit him again and put three more in him The patrolman got two shots in him with that AR-15. And it seems like he’s all over with, then.”

Conner died on the scene, but if it wasn’t for the aid of Vic Stacy, the body count might have been a lot higher.

According to follow up reports, the distance was corrected to around 50 yards.

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting: The Cup and Saucer Grip

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This is from The OutDoorHub.

I am guilty of using this method when I first shot a semiautomatic.

I was also limp wristing and got a jam and a lecture.

I was shooting with a former Navy man.

While the lecture was not harsh it stuck with me through the years.

 

Cup and saucer handgun grip

Using a cup and saucer handgun grip is just about this effective.

We’re starting a new weekly column here at OutdoorHub.com and we’ll be covering a variety of shooting-related topics including how-tos, industry observations, and some occasional commentary about shooting and Second Amendment issues. I thought it might be fun to start with a how-to series on what I consider the Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting.

One of my very favorite things is to take new shooters to the range. My second favorite thing is simply seeing new shooters at the range. My least favorite thing is to see folks launch into their shooting career without any instruction, thereby developing a bunch of bad, and sometimes unsafe, habits. To help them along, I’ve put together some tips that will help improve anyone’s handgun shooting skills. After all, it’s much cooler to look like a pro on the range, even when you’re brand new to the sport.

I have scientific proof that the “cup and saucer” handgun grip is bad and bordering on evil. Check this out. If you rearrange the letters in “cup and saucer” you get the following secret phrases:

Arcane Cud Pus

Uncaused Crap

Rude Caca Puns

Freaky isn’t it? Who knew that “cup and saucer” was some type of satanic code?

Now that we can agree that a cup and saucer grip is bad form and just plain spooky, what exactly is it? More importantly, how does one go about exorcising that demon?

Cup and saucer golf club grip

Here’s a cup and saucer grip being used for golf. Don’t see this much on the PGA tour do you?

The cup and saucer grip

The cup and saucer grip simply refers to a handgun grip style where your support hand acts more like a tea set saucer than a support. The butt of your handgun simply rests on top of your open support hand palm.

Let’s face it, if you’re having tea with Prince Harry, you’ve got a tea cup on one hand and a saucer in the other. The cup holds the tea, so what purpose does the saucer underneath serve? Obviously it drives up the stock price for Royal Doulton China and adds complexity to the job description of footmen. Other than that, the saucer only serves to catch things that spill. It’s a waste of a perfectly good hand that could be used to eat scones.

It’s exactly the same with shooting. While your dominant shooting hand will be a little stronger, why waste all those nearly-as-strong muscles in the non-dominant hand? If you’re simply resting your dominant hand and gun on top of a wimpy-looking hand-saucer, you’re not getting any benefit from the support hand, are you?

Other sports figured this out a long time ago. Ever see a golfer use a cup and saucer grip? Or a designated hitter in Major League Baseball? Even fishermen figured out the value of using two hands. Apparently we shooters can be a little slow on the uptake.

Performing the exorcism

Well, for starters, we can blame the guy who invented the term “handgun.” After all, if the best way to shoot them is with two hands, so shouldn’t they be called “hands-guns?” If the name were more intuitive, that would certainly help people think about using both hands effectively. Just saying.

Since that’s not likely to happen, let’s focus on some things we can do. Here’s how to achieve a solid and proper handgun grip.

Proper handgun grip

With your primary shooting hand, open your thumb and index finger. Push the web of your hand as high as it will comfortably go on the handgun grip, making sure that the barrel of the gun lines up with the bones in your forearm. Wrap your fingers around the front of the grip, making sure to keep your index finger out of the trigger.

 

 

 

 

Proper handgun grip (1)

 

Do you see some free space on the inside grip panel of your handgun? Good, that’s where the bottom part of your support hand palm is going to go. Smack it on there and don’t worry if there’s not enough room to get your whole palm on the inside grip panel. There won’t be and that’s OK.

 

 

 

 

Proper handgun grip (3)

 

Now wrap your support hand fingers around the front of your dominant hand fingers. Your support hand fingers should be high–to the point of pressing against the bottom of the trigger guard.

You’ll know you’ve got it right if both of your thumbs are somewhere near parallel to each other and touching.

Next time you shoot, notice how much less your muzzle jumps. Your support hand can do wonders to help control recoil when you actually put it to work! Plus, a proper handgun grip looks really cool–you’ll be a hit at the range. And those forward-facing thumbs? They naturally help you aim. Things tend to go where you point.

If you have trouble shaking the cup and saucer grip habit, try these emergency counter measures:

  • Bag the tea and drink coffee.
  • Next time you go fishing with a buddy, use a cup and saucer grip with your fishing rod. The tsunami of taunting and hazing will break your cup and saucer habit almost instantly.
  • Smear a dab of crazy glue on the bottom of your handgun butt. You’ll only make the cup and saucer mistake once! On second thought, using Crazy Glue may not be the wisest idea. Perhaps some lard?

Happy (and safe) shooting folks! See you next week!

Images by Tom McHale

 

It hit me like a ton of bricks!!!!!

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I thought you could use a laugh.

 

 HA!  Good one..

I Just Realized Something

It just hit me!
My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.

He has his food prepared for him.
His meals are provided at no cost to him.
He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year, if any medical needs arise.
For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.
He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep.
If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.
He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep.
He receives these accommodations absolutely free.
He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of his costs are picked up by others who earn a living.
I was just thinking about all this and suddenly it hit me like a ton of bricks ~
My dog is a CONGRESSMAN!!!

 

Update On The Walking Wounded

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Thank-you for your prayers and Well wishes.

I am getting more strength as time progresses.

My Doctor had to fixed some muscles that he was not

counting on needing fixed.

The muscle on the inside of my right knee that should

have been long and narrow was short and wide.

So he had to over lap it the muscle then stretch it.

It means 3 weeks in a straight leg brace.

The 3-6 weeks in a hinged brace.

There will not need to be any  physical therapy.

 

For Want of A Knife — What We Don’t Know Can Kill Us

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This is from Girls Just Wanna Have Guns.

Here is a real radical idea let legal gun owners carry on airplanes.

The there will be no need to worry about pocket knives.

The legally armed citizens could stop any possible hijackers.

 

TSA&ArmyKnife

 

When TSA announced that knives with two inch blades would now be allowed on flights, I was giddy.  I am a life-long knife carrier.  My love affair with knives likely began with my grandfather, who was a truck-driver and amateur horse wrangler.  He always had a new knife, and one of my favorite childhood activities was pulling out the cedar box where he kept his treasures, then looking through each one, opening and closing blades under his watchful eye.  I still have the cedar box and many of the knives, worn with the years and colored by my grandfather’s sweaty, hard-working hands; may he rest in peace.

Of course, like me, he didn’t treat them to special safes or untouched, satin-lined cases.  He carried them.  They weren’t intimidating; they were tools.  And so they are to me.  A knife is useful for opening the assorted, insane plastic packaging in which everything is now sealed.  A can cut pieces of food, and help open plastic sealed drink bottles.  A knife can be used to trim fingernails or cut tangled thread.  In dire circumstances, a knife can be used in rescue, by cutting seat-belts or other restraints; it can also help remove restricting clothes around injuries.  A knife is a wonder of utility, whether the blade is tiny or large.  And for most purposes, I find a small knife to be especially useful.

But then, I’m a Southern male.  I’m not afraid of knives.  My sons, and daughter, have carried small pocket knives since they were small.  (My daughter’s pink knife lives in her assorted purses as the seasons change.)  Ever since TSA shut down knife carry I’ve felt just a little naked while traveling.  Packages still need to be opened, mind you.  Things still need to be cut.

Furthermore, when I fly, I want a knife for the same reason I wear solid shoes.  I don’t want to climb out of wreckage or over twisted metal in flip-flops.  And I don’t want to try to cut someone loose from some entanglement with my stubby fingernails and aging teeth.  Finally, knives can be used as weapons in a pinch. (I’ll take my .38 over my knife any day, but we use what we have at hand.)

The problem with the whole knife kerfuffle is that men, and some women, have carried knives for ages.  Whether stone, bone, shell or steel, we’ve been packing sharp things.  And now that TSA has recovered just a whiff of sanity, the progressives, flight attendants, airlines, progressive politicians and assorted anxiety-laden moderns have instantly freaked out over pointy, edgy tools.  But what they fail to realize is this:  before the monsters of 9-11, people carried knives on airplanes with impunity. Furthermore, before the modern era of terrorism, I’d bet (though it was probably never studied) that businessmen, military personal, fathers, mothers and traveling (off-duty) police officers even carried firearms onto airplanes with a fair amount of regularity.

But nothing happened.  No disasters caused by knives.  Relatively rare incidents caused by guns, mostly motivated by larger political or religious affiliations.  The number of weapons carried on airlines in the past is impossible to know.  While I can’t say it was high, nobody can say it was negligible either.

So let’s re-wind to the horrors of 9-11.  What if a bunch of burly guys on those airplanes had each had knives with 2, 3 or even (gasp!) 4 inch blades.  What if an Army Ranger on leave (heck, even a civic-minded Mafioso on his way to see the grand-kids) had been packing his 9mm in his carry-on?  What if both airplanes hadn’t been filled with people forced to travel like sheep with no shepherd?

Here’s what.  Maybe one, or all, of the terrorists would have been stopped from the get-go.  It’s one thing to butcher a flight attendant.  It’s quite another to do the same to armed men who are fighting for their lives.  We saw evidence when we learned the story of the heroic resistance of the unarmed passengers on Flight 93.

Maybe thousands of lives on the ground would have been saved.  Perhaps the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wouldn’t have begun, with their attendant loss of life on both sides.  We would have seen that citizens can do the right thing without agents of the government to guide them.  And unimaginable amounts of tax money wouldn’t have been spent on onerous and ridiculous security rules and an entirely new federal agency.  As a bonus, we’d have less groping and radiation for our traveling citizens.

All I’m saying is this.  Let lawful citizens carry our little knives. You never know what benefits might accrue.  After all, for want of a knife, we might save a life.  And in the words of the left, ‘if it saves just one life, it’s worth it,’ right?

 

 

 

Innocents Betrayed JPFO

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The video below is from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.

Give up your guns they said.

Get on the trains they said.

We could be the next people boarding their trains.

Where will the new Auschwitz be located?

Will it contain this sign above the gate?

Arbeit macht frei

 

 

How do ‘anti-stab’ knives work?

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This is from The BBC News Magazine.

Do the British really expect this to work?

It seems to me the blunt tip would make a nasty wound.

How soon will these knives be available?

How does the British plan on removing all pointed kitchen knives?

 

Kitchen knives are the most common weapon used in fatal stabbings, say police. Now a new “anti-stab” knife has been developed, but how does it work?

 

Graphic of anti-stab knife tip

The knife has a new tip

Knife crime is hardly out of the headlines these days and it makes grim reading.

Stabbing deaths hit a record high of 322 in the UK last year, according to the government. Most knives used in such attacks are from the kitchen, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair suggested.

The first “anti-stab” knife will soon go on sale in Britain and has been designed to work as normal in the kitchen, but be ineffective as a weapon.

THE ANSWER
Knife has unique “combination tip”
Tip has rounded edge instead of a point
Blade for cutting is underneath
Ergonomic handle reduces aggressiveness of the knife

The knife has a unique “combination tip” that reduces the risk of injury. The tip has a rounded edge instead of a point and the blade for cutting is underneath. While it can chop vegetables, the tip makes penetration more difficult. It also snags on clothing and skin, making it very unlikely to inflict a fatal wound.

Doctors have lobbied in the past for kitchen knives to be redesigned. They argue that while a redesign is not a complete solution to the complex problem of knife crime, it could help to save lives.

The New Point knife has been developed by industrial designer John Cornock, who was inspired to create the product after watching a documentary on knife crime. It has taken four years to develop.

‘Intelligent design’

The knife has a blunt “upper protrusion” with a rounded edge which acts as a guard for the sharp point underneath. It has an undercut that snags on clothes, skin or tissue.

A sharp point underneath is used in the usual way as a standard knife point but with limited penetration. An ergonomic handle also reduces the aggressiveness of the product.

Knife and new design

The new knife is a ‘more intelligent’ design

“The common kitchen knife has remained unchanged for centuries so now we’re hoping to introduce a safer, more intelligent design for the modern home,” says Mr Cornock.

He says a knife can never be totally safe, but the idea is it can’t inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just “grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone”.

The knife, which is expected to be launched in late autumn, has been tested with “very favourable” results by the Home Office’s Design and Technology Alliance – set up to research products that can deter crime. It has also been welcomed by those in the medical profession and the police.

Dr Mike Beckett, clinical tutor at West Middlesex Hospital, has previously called for knives to be redesigned. He says all products should combine efficiency in their intended purpose with the greatest possible degree of safety.

“This is especially true of household products which are freely available to the very young and very old, and used by people who may be clumsy, short tempered, drunk or mentally or physically unwell. Most people fit into one or more of these categories at some time in their lives.”

Det Insp Mark Clarkson from the Metropolitan Police’s Anti-Knife Crime Unit says he has tested the new knives and believes the design can reduce both accidental harm within the kitchen and stab-like injuries in general.

Designs for another “safe” kitchen knife were unveiled by Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards officers in April this year. The council is looking to work with manufacturers and retailers to introduce it nationally.

 

 

 

“Holsters 4 Heros”

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I found this on the Bayou Renaissance Man‘s blog.

I think we should do as much as possible for our troops.

Please help spread the word about this project.

That’s the name of a project begun by Evyl Robot, otherwise known as Michael of Michael’s Custom Holsters.  A few weeks ago, he wrote on his blog:

More and more often, I have our men and women overseas contacting me to inquire about a custom holster for their issued M9 pistol. I hear the issued holsters are pretty crappy. Anyway, I would really like to be able to not charge these brave people who are serving – I’d like to make them a holster and ship it.

. . .

I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to have to do legally, but my plan is to offer the custom M9 holsters for sale, but treat the troops like their money is useless. I’ll accept donations from anyone who cares to sponsor an M9 holster, and I’ll keep a list of those who are serving that have expressed interest in a holster, and basically have a random draw for the next recipient if the list of interested gets too long. Is that too vague, or too specific? Is there anything I should be thinking of differently about this? Any of you law savvy people know of anything that I need to be careful about with this thing? I want your input. So, bring on the flames. And the advice. And start donating.

There’s more at the link, as well as a number of responses from readers.

I think this is a nifty idea!  I’d like to encourage my readers to consider participating in this project.  I know Michael makes great holsters – witness the reviews of them available on his Web site, and endorsements by many bloggers too.

If you’d like to get involved, please click on the link to the article and leave a comment for Michael.  I think our men and women in the sandbox will thank you for it.

 

Cooper advocated four basic rules of gun safety

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These are four basic gun safety rules spelled out by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper.
  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
  4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

 

Man Electrocuted While Working on Christmas Lights Display

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This is from NBC Dallas/Ft.Worth.
This proves you need to be careful at all times.
If you are using a ladder close to power lines one mistake can be fatal.

Man’s ladder fell into power lines.

A 51-year-old man was electrocuted while working on a Christmas lights display Friday morning.
Jens Gardner, of Grand Prairie, was making some final adjustments to the Christmas lights hanging at the Historic Anderson Building when he was electrocuted.
Gardner was moving the 40-foot metal ladder from one location to another when the ladder fell backward into the power lines, according to Juan Dellapiane, building manager.
Larry Layman was across the street when he heard the loud pop of the ladder touching the wires.
“I looked over here and there was a puff of smoke and I saw the ladder as it was still falling … and I ran as quick as I could to get to him,” Layman said. “I just wanted to cry, there was nothing I could do for the man.”
Gardner was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital where he later died of injuries associated with the electric shock, officials said.
Dellapiane said they nicknamed Gardner “Grenade” because he had such an explosive personality.
“He was just a good old guy, ‘Oh no, I gotta finish, I gotta finish,'” Dellapiane said.

 

 

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