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P-Mags – Questions for my Readers 

I recently got to spend some time with an experienced Army sergeant, who has spent his share of time in harm’s way. When we were visiting, he noticed my P-Mag supply, and asked if they were all I used.

Naturally I was concerned that a professional would question this, in much the same way if my doctor were over, and questioned my brand of first aid products; they must have a good reason.

As it turns out, he did. He told me that, in fact, he had used them quite a bit, exclusively in fact, for quite a while. He liked a lot of things about them – grip and texture, weight, durability – but he eventually stopped, due to one reason. After a long time carrying them, they started misfeeding, and the followers got hung. He found out they had gotten full of sand, and that was causing the problems. So, since he could, he just switched over to the Army issued metal mags, and had no problems thereafter.

So, that got me thinking: should I get rid of mine and switch?

But before I tell about that I thought I would ask you, O Reader: what is your experience with P-Mags? Please share, and I will continue next week.

Groovin . . . Not

Bob Mayne’s video on the modifications to his Glock 19 reminded me of changes I made to my Glock 19 Liberty shortly after I got it a few years ago.

For me the impetus was the design of the grip on the Glock 19. Understand, I have no disagreement with finger grooves per se, but Glock decided that the 19 was going to be designed for people with smaller hands than those who bought the 17, it seems, because the grooves are closer together on the 19. For someone like me with wide hands, this can be an issue.

Add to that the fact that my Glock 17 Bruce is a Gen2, and doesn’t even have finger grooves. But I’ve used a slip-on Hogue grip since about the second week I’ve owned it, and to be honest it completes the feel of the gun for me.

So, the answer, for me, was to take off the grooves on Liberty altogether, and add a Hogue grip.

Then over the space of a few months, I relieved the trigger guard, too.

I also did some relief work on the edges of the mag release and the inside of the mag well.

The result is that the grips on Liberty and Bruce match very closely, and the feel is much closer than before. While they’re not identical, to me they’re as close as they can be.

Please Stop Making Terrorists Famous

Terrorist

As I have spoken of many times before, one of the most compelling reason for nutjobs to become mass shooter terrorists is to become famous.

So, I am asking, again

  • Stop using the names of mass shooters
  • Stop showing their faces

You can ask on Twitter; those are 2 quick ways to get me to stop following you.

Yes, they are dead. But this will also serve to embolden their followers and those who also want to be famous.

So, please. Stop making them famous.

Concealed Carry Evolution – Making it My Life

I have been carrying a concealed pistol over 20 years now, and I was recently thinking about how different my technique and attitude is today, versus when I first started carrying. It occurred to me that those changes did not happen all at once, but have evolved over time.

I first got a carry permit in Alabama in 1993. In those days, to me, not only was concealed carry a novelty to me, so were guns in general. In those days, I admit I carried when I thought I needed to – to “bad areas,” late at night, or when I felt threatened. I was always aware that I was carrying, and I’m sure it showed. I was always apprehensive.

I also had not done much practice drawing from concealment, and a lot of times I carried in the small of my back. Now I know, for sure, that this is about the worst place I could carry, as I’m not able to draw smoothly there. In retrospect, it’s possible I carried there so I wouldn’t be always fondling the grip or holding my arm out.

Slowly, though, I started to change. I bought some new holsters, and I started practicing. By the time I moved to Arkansas, I was carrying more often, now at 4 o’clock usually. But I know I was still apprehensive when I carried, and I certainly didn’t carry all the time.

At this time, what I wore was dictated by whether I was carrying or not. Generally I would wear some kind of jacket and my shirts may or may not be tucked in, depending on my mood.

But now, I can tell things have changed. Because I’ve made it my life.

Now, just about all my wardrobe has shirts that don’t get tucked in. I also have a lot of vests that I wear when the weather allows, whether I am carrying or not.

The biggest difference is that I almost always carry, unless there will be enforced prohibition against it. That means I don’t carry into an area that prohibits it, where they are checking me for it, like sports events, government buildings, and the like. Other than that, I’m carrying, even at home, or at friends houses. I’m carrying now.

But what about other locations that prohibit carry? Well, since Georgia law means that if I do carry there, all they can do is ask me to leave, let’s just say, I may or may not be carrying – you guess.

And why do you have to guess? Because, over these 20 plus years, I have gotten to where I can carry without you being able to tell.

I now carry almost always at 3 o’clock, and I use a belt holster with cover, unless that’s too obvious, and then I use an IWB holster.

Sometimes I carry openly, but, as my readers know, I reserve that for certain times, such as gun rights group meetings, or when I’m working in the yard.

And I’ve also gotten a lot more comfortable with carrying, to the point that I don’t touch it, or play with it, at all. A lot of this is because of my holster, and because my belt fits.

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So, how did I get to where I am? The best way I can describe it is that I learned to live with carry. I stopped thinking it was Something Special, that it was Something Different.

My advice – learn to live with concealed carry. Get a gun that fits you, and a holster that fits you, and carry. Make it your life, because it could save your life.

 

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