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FSI study on finger placement and ready positions

While there are those who disagree with the FSI on some issues, this study seems to be well done, with the factors well accounted for.

This study is mostly in keeping with our real-world and training experience. While it is not gospel, and we do not follow this as a methodology, it is good that there are studies being performed and techniques analyzed on this understudied subject.


12 year old boy fatally shot by police holding replica firearm

There has been much buzz surrounding this tragic incident in Cleveland, OH, and frankly most of it ignores either the facts of the case or the realities of the situation. Let’s take a look at what happened.

According to the AP, as found at Police One, the boy was waving around a gun and scaring people at a playground. The 911 caller said he did not know if it was real or not. The caller said he told dispatch he thought it was probably fake. Now considering how realistic many of these items are, SEE PHOTO HERE  it makes me wonder on what basis the caller, who was at a distance, decided that this was “probably fake” other than his disbelief that a 12 year old boy could possibly be threatening people with a real gun.

Most major cities are grappling with youth violence. Minneapolis started to deal with this as a “public health threat” when they realized that over 50% of their violent crime was committed by juveniles. See here and here.  I recall an incident this spring where a 13 year old stabbed someone in the neck at a bus stop and nearly killed his robbery victim. In major cities, this is just the way things are.

Now to address the officer’s response. As a firearms and permit to carry instructor, and court-approved expert witness I am quite aware of the realities of situations like these. As both a civilian and a Protective Agent, I have been in them myself. For those who are not familiar, the rules are rather basic. If you are confronted or confront someone, regardless of age, who has been threatening people with what is reported to be a firearm you had best be doing so with a firearm if one is available to you and you can get to it in time.

When a command is given to someone at gunpoint to raise their hands, and they reach for a gun they are very likely to be shot. People are pointing out that the boy never pointed it at the officer. I do not know of any professional level training that tells you to wait until you are being shot at to defend yourself, and the difference between being shot at and pointing the gun is a matter of a fraction of a second.

Another consideration that needs to be taken into account is the rather anemic performance of handguns when it comes to the time required to incapacitate a suspect. The magic one shot stops where the suspect instantly falls down incapable of action is strictly a creature of hollywood. This is why, with handguns, shot placement and volume are the keys to survival.

So when the officer responded, saw a gun on a table or bench, saw the suspect put it in his waistband and then confronted him there was no reason to believe this was anything other than a real firearm. Not only had the orange tip been altered or removed that would identify it as a replica, criminals have been known to paint real firearms to look like toys. He had also not been informed of the caller’s belief that he thought it fake.

There are more things that we do not know about what happened in this case, but on the information available this sounds like a case of legitimate self-defense.

CA 10 day waiting period ruled un-Constitutional

Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, a Bill Clinton appointee, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, ruled the 10-day waiting period violated the rights of those having already met the other standards of the laws of that state. “The 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment” as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and “burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs”, Said Judge Ishii.

Those that have passed a background check and hold a license to carry a handgun, or who hold a “certificate of eligibility” and possess at least one other gun known to the state are no longer subject to the waiting period.

The case was brought by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation. As one can expect, all plaintiffs are happy as can be. ““This is a great win for Second Amendment civil rights and common sense,” said Jeff Silvester, “I couldn’t be happier with how this case turned out.”

While this is one small step in what is becoming a increasingly heated debate over the right to bear arms in this country, considering the state and the judge, one can look at this as a very positive sign that the rights of the people will not be as readily stripped as some would like to see.

You can read the decision here.



Justice system fails, 6 of family of 7 executed in TX

In another horrifying incident, a man with a violent background executes 6 of a family of 7, the seventh being wounded and playing dead. Four young children, and the parents died, leaving only a 15 year old girl as the survivor.

The suspect was looking for  his estranged wife, and apparently bound and questioned each victim about her location and then executed them. This was not limited to this incident, as he was charged with assaulting his own mother last week in San Diego County in a similar fashion, according to KPRC court documents allege he duct taped her, questioned her about his estranged wife’s location and then assaulted her.

Minnesota crime statistics are clear, the VAST majority of homicide victims knew their attacker. We can infer that is it likely similar in other states. The failure of the system to protect is evident here. While is is lunacy to expect police to protect you from any particular random incident of violence, this was the one year anniversary of the restraining order that his wife had granted against him.

He was incarcerated in the Cache County jail in 2008 per KSTU for “domestic assault and domestic violence in the presence of a child. Those charges were eventually dropped after a plea deal was reached.”

So, there was a violent criminal offense in 2008 which the justice system ignored, a restraining order a year ago, and he assaulted his OWN MOTHER last week, but no one saw fit to keep this (suspected) clearly violent person off the streets? Yes, this is clearly a gun issue as we know it will be made out to be.

And this terrible tragedy was not worse thanks to the survivor who managed to inform police that her attacker was headed to another relatives house in time to get a plainclothes officer there to evacuate the targets and arrest the suspect after a several hour standoff. After being shot in the head. We firmly believe the term hero is far overused. This, on the other hand is what one is. Despite likely fearing her own death, her only actions were in defense of others.

We rarely if ever post about fund raising efforts, as we prefer to remain neutral on most issues, but if you are so inclined, the links to do so are on the news sites we linked.

As always, our hearts go out to the countless people affected by this act. May God have mercy on their souls.

-The staff at Pistolcraft


On the Target debate, its effects and compromise

So over the last week or so, the Liberty loving staff at Pistolcraft have been involved in a rather heated debate with the local “gun-rights” group here in the once great state of Minnesota.

When the head of Target issued a letter under pressure from an anti-gun group to ban guns in its stores, Target took what may (from a corporate perspective) have been the best path it could under the conditions. It issued a letter requesting no firearms be brought onto its property. Considering that the gun rights crowd has not been putting together the necessary social and financial pressure to combat the opposition’s current strategy, they took the middle of the road approach hoping to appease both sides enough to not damage the bottom line, which is the job of a business.

It is up to us to take the requisite action to convince them of the wisdom (or lack thereof) of such policies. The traditional methods are still the best. Phone calls beat emails hands down. Boycotting and stripping them of revenue to show them that this policy WILL effect the bottom line is now necessary in our opinion, as the letter has been made public.

And, as expected by many of those following this issue, much like Jack in the Box, the armed robberies of customers have begun. A story published yesterday details several armed robberies in Georiga. There will be others. We had the same experiences in many states with smaller businesses that posted signs and got robbed. When the signs came down, most of the robberies stopped.

We here at Pistolcraft see the damage that incrementalism has done in the world of civil rights over the course of American history, and this is no different. If we allow even an inch, they will eventually take that mile. Bloomberg and his crowd are trumpeting these victories far and wide, and the media is proud to aid them. Make no mistake about it, when they get enough of these ‘requests’ granted, they will move for outright bans in private establishments, and then for other restrictions on carry in public venues.

What does GOCRA, the local “gun rights” group have to say about Target issuing this letter? They call it a “win”.


We see this as anything but a win. It is long past time for those who love Liberty to stop compromising, and not give any more ground in what is a multi-faceted battle for the rights so many fought and died to ensure to us (many other freedoms are also under constant attack). We have written previously about this happening with other major chains, and the trend is increasing. Now Target is added to the list of Starbucks, Chilis, Jack-In-The-Box, Chipotle, and likely others that do not want the business of law abiding armed citizens.

We say abide by their private property rights, and boycott them. Let them know you are doing it. We will soon be creating a series of pages on our site detailing those that stand opposed to your choice to be armed, and contact info along with form letters to use in contacting them detailing your respect for their private property rights.

To those who oppose our rights to self-protection, we stand fast against you. We will fight you to the last.

To those who cower alongside them, seek not our business or our support.


-The staff at Pistolcraft



TX robberies, shootings where guns not welcome

In all places, Texas has now joined the growing conflict between open carry demonstrators and the anti-gun pressure brought to bear on major restaurant chains. In mid-May there were two demonstrators with rifles in a Dallas Chipotle. There was also a demonstration by Open Carry Texas on May 5 at a Fort Worth Jack in the Box where, having received no notice from the group, police were called and responded to the event as an armed robbery. Since that time both Chipotle and Jack in the Box have requested that guns not be brought into their stores. On Friday it was announced that Sonic and Chili’s followed suit.

This raises the kind of questions in the pro-gun crowd that have many various opinions. Do private property rights trump the right to bear arms? Are these kind of protests doing more harm than good to the Second Amendment movement?Are these demonstrations causing fear or creating support?

It would seem, at least at first blush that the anti-gun crowd has much more influence on corporate policy. However, the outcome predicted by many in the pro-gun crowd is that banning guns increases crime. At least at Jack in the Box, this does seem to be the case.

In the ten days or so since this policy was announced, they have been the victim of 3 armed robberies. One involved both the restaurant and the customers being robbed by 4 men who donned masks and gloves. One of the four was caught when a customer followed the suspect’s vehicle according to this story.

Apparently they did not follow the story from last August where 6 armed men were holding up a Denny’s in SE Houston when one of the customers came out of the restroom, saw her brother on the floor at gunpont, and proceeded to draw her legally carried weapon and open fire.  No customers were hurt, and the robbers fled. STORY HERE.

This is a situation that is heating up all over the country for the last months, and will likely continue to do so as the rights of the people are hotly contested.

SAF court victory in Arkansas

“a federal judge ruled the state’s concealed carry licensing law that bans legal resident aliens from obtaining permits is unconstitutional”

Another small victory, but each step towards the liberty of the people being restored is a good one. Keep in mind it’s the smaller groups like the Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership that do not believe in compromise like so many state groups and larger political machines such as the NRA.



Breaking news – MN neighbor dispute turns deadly

Few details are available other than this was an ongoing dispute, that ended in one dead, one wounded and the shooter turning themselves in after the incident.

The statistics have long proven that the vast majority of homicide victims in some way knew their attacker. This case is no different. The sad reality is most of these incidents would likely in some way have been preventable had things been handled differently.

This is why we teach many things that others do not. How to stay alive and out of prison is a much different matter than merely meeting a minimum standard for a permit to carry.

As always, we extend our sympathies to any innocents harmed and their loved ones.



Good samaritan slain chasing robbery suspect

This tragic event outlines why attempting to stop a criminal is often a bad idea. Would this have turned out differently if he had a firearm? Perhaps, perhaps not. Once you enter into a situation where violence is present or likely, all bets are off. You may or may not see the attack coming in time to deploy a weapon. There are potential legal issues as well, and then of course Murphy’s law.



Gun Control on the march

The DOJ and the Obama administration are seeking funds to further the gun control agenda.

We at Pistolcraft choose to support only no-compromise gun rights groups, and encourage you to examine the record of any group before you make a choice to financially support them.