Don’t Worry About Your Division – 104

One of the most common questions that Ben and I get from people interested in competitive shooting is about what division they will shoot in with their particular pistol. It seems that there’s an abundance of concern placed on getting into the correct division for their first match, and when it comes down to it, it doesn’t really matter what division you shoot in for your first match, because the chances that you will be competitive in the match are very slim.


Andrew Branca is offering a coupon code for Triangle Tactical listeners for his new Law of Self Defense webinars. Use the code “TT” when signing up for the webinars and get $10 off. More here.

The News

A feminist video game critic cancelled her appearance at a Utah university after receiving massacre threats. That’s the headline we’ve seen all over the internet, and it’s not wrong, but it’s not telling the whole story either. She did apparently receive some baseless threats, but she really cancelled her appearance at the university after the campus police refused to ban concealed carry during the event. Utah law doesn’t allow the police to do so, and they decided to follow the law.

People in Chicago are opposing the opening of an indoor shooting range because it’s within a mile of a school – like bullets radiate out of indoor ranges in all directions creating unsafe conditions from people in all directions…




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Question of the Day: .30-30 Lever Action Rifle for Home Defense?

While surfing the web earlier this morning I came across a forum post (I’d link to it, but I can’t find it now) where someone asked about using a .30-30 lever action rifle for home defense.

I’ve always been a fan of the lever guns. My first gun that was actually mine was a Winchester 94 in .30-30, that my dad bought me for deer hunting. I’ve referred to it as the “poor man’s assault rifle” many times and I wouldn’t feel under-gunned with it in a home defense situation.

I was surprised while reading the forum thread this morning seeing so many people advocate against using the .30-30 lever gun for home defense. In my opinion, it’s a great cartridge (very similar to the 7.62×39 ballistically) and with some practice shooting it fast isn’t hard. The only real downside I see is reloading it is slow and cumbersome, but if it’s what you have, it certainly beats a sharp stick and harsh words.

What say you?

Andrew Branca Announces ‘Law of Self Defense’ Webinars (With Discount Code)

Andrew Branca announced earlier this week that he’s going to begin doing some of his Law of Self Defense seminars virtually, in a webinar format. He setup a special discount code just for Triangle Tactical readers, so if you’re interested, go here, and use the code TT to get $10 off the price of the webinar. The first webinar is Saturday, October 18, 2014, just a few days away…

If you’re not sure who Andrew Branca is, and what he does, have a listen to Episode 86 of the podcast where we scratch the surface of self defense law.

Being that Andrew doesn’t have to get on an airplane and fly halfway across the country to give the seminar, the cost is reduced, but you still get the same instruction. Here’s the details from the man himself:

Don’t Delay: Get Your “Legal Body Armor” Today!

The Law of Self Defense Webinar is a 4-hour in-depth online live event that instructs on the laws governing the use of force in defense of self, family, others, and property.

The webinars are customized for each participants’ state-specific self-defense statutes, jury instructions, and court decisions for the participants (see below for details).  Every participant is sent a printed customized copy of the ~250 slide presentation that includes the specific self-defense laws of YOUR state.

Build A Legally-Sound Self-Defense Strategy Customized for YOU

The value presented by the Law of Self Defense Webinar is considerable.  Over the course of 4 hours, and at a fraction of the cost of consulting one-on-one with a lawyer, you will learn how to build a legally-sound self-defense strategy by:

– Learning how to minimize your vulnerability to prosecution and civil suit.
– Preparing yourself to win BOTH the physical AND the legal battles.
– Learning not just the letter of the law but also how it’s actually applied actual courts and prosecutors to actual people.
– Knowing what a prosecutor MUST prove in order to defeat your self-defense claim.
– Learning key strategies for “armoring up” the most common legal vulnerabilities.
– Understanding the incredible legal risks of defending others, and the strict limits on defending property.
– Learning what “Stand-Your-Ground,” the “Castle Doctrine,” “Presumptions of Reasonableness” and “Self-defense Immunity” REALLY mean . . . and what they DO NOT mean.
– Knowing what to say to 911, to the first responders, and to the investigative officers (pro-tip: each interaction is VERY different).

Customized for the State-Specific Self-Defense Laws of the Participants

During the live webinar illustrative statutes, jury instructions, and court decisions are drawn from among the many states from which participants have registered.  That is, if participants have registered from 12 different states, as we proceed through the webinar we will randomly select from among those states’s laws to explain various points. Time does not allow every point to be illustrated with the full-text laws of every represented state.

However, the printed presentation YOU will receive is TOTALLY CUSTOMIZED to YOUR state, and includes all relevant self-defense statutes, jury instructions, and court decisions of your state placed in the context of the webinar.  When you receive your copy of the presentation you will find EVERY point illustrated with the relevant law from YOUR state.

Live Webinar Enables You to Ask Questions, Explore Hypothetical Self-Defense Scenarios

In addition, the webinar interface allows you to type in questions or ask about specific hypothetical self-defense scenarios addressed to Attorney Branca.  At regular intervals he will select from among these questions and scenarios to provide detailed law-based feedback.  (Keep in mind, however, that this webinar cannot and does not provide personal legal advice. If you are in need of legal advice consult a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction.)

Webinar Access

Shortly after registering here you will be sent a Webinar Access email from Law of Self Defense containing your personal password and other instructions to access the webinar on the scheduled date and time.  This password will only work for a single login, so you must not lose or share it.  (Note: This password confirmation is separate from the confirmation you will receive from Eventbrite.) If you find yourself unable to participate in this webinar email us at and we will gladly shift your password to another webinar date. (There are no refunds.)

If you’ve been waiting for Andrew to come back to the area for a seminar, this is another great option as long as you have an internet connection.

Quagmire of Stupidity – 103

After a lot of looking, we were finally able to get our hands on the actual text of the Washington DC “emergency” concealed carry bill (.pdf). This bill is basically the text that will allow citizens to start the process of obtaining a Washington DC concealed carry permit while they work on drafting the full legislation later. The bill has some absolutely nutty requirements for the 16 hour classes, and allows the Chief of police to basically make law at his whim.

The News

The Durham County, NC gun registry was shredded recently. The NC General Assembly revoked the 1935 law that allowed the county to operate the Jim Crow gun registry earlier this year, but there was some contention about what should happen to the registries that had been entered since 1935. With basically no warning the registry was shredded by the Sheriff and Clerk of Courts.

GRNC filed suit against the NC Department of Agriculture, and Ben was in the courtroom for the hearing to see whether or not the judge would issue a temporary injunction to stop Agriculture Commissioner Troxler from posting the state fair against concealed carry. Unfortunately the judge denied the injunction, and at least for the 2014 NC State Fair there will not be concealed carry.


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BREAKING: No Concealed Carry at NC State Fair

Here’s the audio of Judge Stephens decision on the matter:

From Ben on Twitter:

Judge Stephens “exception to the exception” comment is interesting, more on Episode 103 of the podcast.