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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.

The Pledge, Revisited

I haven’t made a big deal of it, but some time back I published The Pledge, my effort to bring civility to discussion about guns and gear. Specifically, the whole issue of Clips versus Magazines makes me laugh, as if it really matters.

Really.

Most recently comes this celebration of ignorance from California State Senator Kevin De Leon:


Okay, yes, what he says is ludicrous and totally wrong. But I believe that’s out of ignorance. What irks me is the way gun people make fun of what he says, as if that will change anyone’s opinion of what he is trying to do.

Yes, there is a difference between a clip and a magazine. Yes, that gun cannot shoot 30 rounds in half a second. But making fun of that does nothing to change the Senator’s mind about gun control, and, more importantly, it doesn’t change the minds of his voters, who are likely just as ignorant and just as determined to do away with the Second Amendment.

In fact, let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine that I am trying to sell rattlesnakes to school children. Imagine there is no law against that. So, you make an impassioned plea to change the law so that no one can sell poisonous animals to school children. You get up in front of the city council and make your case. It gets noticed on the news, and on YouTube.

Only, now I come in, and I make a rebuttal YouTube video that points out how stupid you are, how monstrously dumb, because, stupid, rattlesnakes aren’t poisonous at all. Stupid.

And, of course, I’m right. They aren’t poisonous at all. Yes, they are venomous. But does my pointing out how stupidly wrong you are change your mind about rattlesnakes? No. In fact, I am guessing (providing you are still reading this) that you are now more disposed to ban rattlesnakes of all sizes, and probably thinking about banning every snake and narrow animal down to earthworms as well.

Why? Because ridicule is a very poor tool for convincing someone to change their minds, and, in fact, more likely leads to the opposite.

So, this brings me to Pledge Item Number 1. Let’s stop ridiculing people who use incorrect gun terms like clip and magazine, especially pro-gun new gun owners. But let’s also extend this to the anti-gun side.

Now, don’t get me wrong. If the terminology they are using is inherently wrong, yes, let’s gently correct them, to the extent that we show how the use of the wrong terminology is dangerous or actually makes their proposals more onerous.

If we don’t, in my opinion we risk making the clash with those who want to take away our rights a lot worse, which would have unknown consequences at best.

So, I restate The Pledge:

When posting on-line, I will never:

1. criticize anyone for using “clip” instead of “magazine”

2. get in a discussion about which caliber is acceptable in a gunfight*

3. get in a discussion about whether you should use a Glock grip plug

4. criticize anyone about how often they clean their gun

5. criticize anyone for what cleaner or lubricant they use

6. call a shotgun a shottie

7. call a revolver a wheelgun

8. call Walmart “wally world “

9. post simply “+1”, “well said,” or some similar agreement, except as part of a retweet, thereby showing my endorsement and agreement

10. accuse anyone of kool-aid drinking

11. tell you that your gun or ammo is unsafe** or junk

12. change your words and say I “fixed it for ya”

13. tell you to move to a gun friendly state

14. use profanity frivolously

15. have a contest that is announced on one or more sites but only available to members of another site.  I.e. no “Facebook only” contests that are announced on Twitter.

* because of this.

** unless I think it is unsafe in my opinion as a Certified Glock Armorer, in which case I will tell you why I think so, and what I think you should do about it.

Addressing Hoplophobia

Hoplophobia is an irrational fear of weapons, and most often, of guns. The word itself was coined by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper in the 1960’s.

Following the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in August, the media has become so sensitive, and so eager to report on shootings, that any shooting involving more than one person becomes a “mass shooting,” As with any irrational fear, all this does is make hoplophobes’s conditions worse.This, naturally, leads them to seek relief for their fears.

Now, my wife is an arachnophobe – she has an irrational fear of spiders. I can tell you, from years of living with her, and rational discussion in times when she is lucid on the subject, that no amount of rational talk will ever be able to change her. She knows full well the facts – that she is much larger than spiders, that the vast majority of spiders, beyond brown recluses and black widows, do not present the slightest danger to her. Yet – and this is the key point – she wishes to see the complete extinction of every spider from the face of the earth. End of discussion.

So it is, then, with hoplophobes. No amount of discussion of “common sense gun safety” will change them in any way. And we, as rational people, must understand this: that, for them, the final answer is the complete outlawing and confiscation of all guns. End of discussion.

Understand, we can point out, rightly, that criminals will still have guns, as they do in all countries where guns have been outlawed. That doesn’t matter. They don’t, or can’t, understand. That is why they talk about “gun control,” not criminal control. For them, the source of the problem is the guns themselves.

Perhaps the best way to tell it comes from the words of Col. Cooper himself:

We find it perplexing that there are people who do not realize that a right may be neither granted nor withdrawn by the State. If the Bill of Rights were repealed, the right to keep and bear arms would still exist, since it was to defend that right that the Constitution was established. (See the Declaration of Independence.) Thus the state may destroy me, but it may not rescind my right to self-defense. This all seems pretty clear, but frequently I find people who do not understand it.
. . . Regardless of the best efforts of our enemies in Congress, the United States remains the last best hope of Earth. Those other people are going to do their very best to destroy us in the months between now and the next election. We must remember that this is the most serious trouble that our liberties have been threatened with since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They are going to work very hard. We must work even harder. Regardless of how senseless hoplophobia may be, it exists, and, being a true phobia, it does not respond to reasoned argument. We must defeat it by exposing it as a psychopathic threat to our cultural liberties. When we force our adversaries to the wall and make them admit that they do not care about crime or child welfare or “animal rights,” but just hate us because we are morally better off than they are, we can pick up votes, and votes are what we must have.

Emphasis mine.

I can think of little to add.

So, realize that we are never going to change the hoplophobe with discussion. But, in doing so we expose their irrational ways to the rest of the public, on whose votes we will ultimately depend if we are to retain at least our innumerated rights as they are today. So, don’t give up.

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Of course, if one wants to see someone really good at this in action, I refer you to Linoge, of the walls of the city blog. Follow him on Twitter, and enjoy.

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