This Week in Bad Ideas

Sigh.

I’m not sure what’s going on with gun manufacturers and accessory companies this week.

First, the folks at DeSantis (who make fine leather holsters) came out with this monstrosity this week:

What were they thinking? A “holster” that attaches to the gun, but other than holding the gun onto your belt, doesn’t do anything that a holster is supposed to do (like cover the trigger guard, have a means for retaining the gun in a struggle, etc.) Furthermore, I’ve shown that when you add in the size of the pistol, you really aren’t saving any size over a regular holster, and you get nothing but drawbacks.

Next we have the Ruger LC9s, the new striker fired Ruger LC9. On the surface this looks like a great pistol. Its a great size, nicely rounded off edges, 7+1 capacity, and it’s supposed to have a decent trigger with a pull weight around 5lbs, and half the travel distance of the hammer fired LC9.

Unfortunately, it appears that Rugers lawyers got their hands on the LC9s before it left the factory and messed everything up. The pistol still sports the thumb safety that the hammer fired version has, and it sports the Glock-like trigger safety, AND it has a magazine disconnect. I guess the up-side is that they didn’t add an internal lock as well.

As we’ve seen with the Springfield XDs recall, adding unnecessary safety devices to these micro pistols adds unneeded complexity and makes more room for things to go wrong. I think gun companies are going to need to start making some changes to their micro pistols pretty soon to get rid of these ridiculous “safety” devices. S&W listened to their customers and is now making the Shield without a safety (It’s fantastic, by the way) and in order to stay relevant, these other companies are going to need to make some changes to keep up.

I’d carry an LC9s minus the thumb safety and mag disconnect, but those two things make it a no-go for me.

Palmer vs. DC

The Palmer vs. DC case has been the giant news piece from the past week, and the decision only came out on Saturday. Ben and I dive deep into the decision and talk about what lead up to it, what it all means (We’re not lawyers though…) and where we think the decision will take us in the future. As mentioned in the episode, you should follow @EmilyMiller on twitter, and Alan Gura’s blog where he’s posting updates as well.

The News:

A Pennsylvania doctor used his concealed handgun to save his life this week. A crazed madman entered the office where the doctor was working and murdered a woman before being engaged in gunfire from the doctor who had a concealed handgun. Both the doctor and the scumbag were shot, with the scumbag eventually being wrestled to the ground and detained until police could arrive. It appears as though the doctor may keep his job, even though he violated hospital policy by carrying on the property.

A group of misguided moms counter-protested an Open Carry Texas event last week, and they did it topless. We’re not sure why.

Remington announced that they will be taking back every R51 pistol made, re-tooling and re-working the design, and replacing all of them with new pistols.

An Iowa resident with a CCW permit took over a police chase after an officer was injured, and held 5 suspects at gunpoint until other police could get there to take over. His name? Eastwood. Someone please tell me he carries a .44mag!

A man found his brother wrestling with an armed home invader in the middle of the night. He retrieved his gun, and confronted the 15 year old home invader, who dropped his gun, and started crying. It’s a good lesson that not all threats are crazed madmen, sometimes they are stupid kids being stupid.

Listener Feedback:

Mark from Ohio wrote into the show to tell us about shooting his first competitive shooting match. Sounds like he had a great time!

“So I had an awesome time at the match! I thought I did ok considering it was my first one, at least I stayed competitive. I think it’s safe to assume I’m hooked. Thanks to you guys for planting the seed!”

Tip of the Week:

When planning a stage at a match, keep track of the number of rounds, not the number of targets, especially of it’s a game where different targets get a different number of rounds.

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Gastonia, NC Looking To Build “Shooting Park”

According to the Gastonia Gazette, Gastonia, NC has set aside $150,000 to use in acquiring land for building a “shooting park” that would contain skeet fields, and could host tournaments.

Councilwoman Brenda Craig, a leading proponent of the idea, said it emerged last year. It resulted from complaints about the sounds of gunfire at the newly renovated Rankin Lake Park.
Rankin Lake has been a popular recreation destination since the park’s 2012 refurbishment. But visitors have to cope with noise seven days a week from the nearby Gastonia Skeet and Trap Range off Tulip Drive. An adjacent rifle and pistol range adds to the discontent of people seeking a relaxing environment.
City Council members considered reducing the hours of the skeet and trap range but voted against that a year ago.
Craig said she and others began considering alternatives at that point.
“It did not look like those two recreation facilities were going to be able to coexist long term,” she said.

tl/dr; The current shooting range is too popular, and its bothering people at another park. Instead of reducing hours or closing the shooting range, the city is planning to build a new shooting range for citizens.

I like it.

BREAKING: Washing DC Grants FULL Concealed Carry Reciprocity!

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