Over the last 25 years, Bond Arms of Granbury, Texas has established a unique interpretation of the classic derringer platform. Their pistols feature a double shot barrel that flips up and over the top of the frame making for easy loading and unloading.
SWAP BARREL TO CHANGE CALIBER
One gun, four barrel assemblies, five cartridges, and that’s just a start. (Photo: Eve Flanigan/Guns.com)
Bond has 18 models of derringer pistols. One of their most popular is the Backup. It was a request of law enforcement officers and as such, it has a slightly different design from Bond’s other derringers. Most notably, it features a high-traction grip and gray matte steel finish.
The Backup comes in either 9mm or .45ACP. However, changing barrels on Bond Arms derringers is so easy and there are so many barrels to choose from, you can pretty much have this gun in in any caliber you choose.
Overall length of the Backup is 4.5-inches. Height is 3.8-inches. Width is 1.2-inches and the barrel is 2.5-inches long. The total weight of the package is 18.5-ounces.
The barrel flips backward making it easy to load and unload. (Photo: Eve Flanigan/Guns.com)
Bond Arms derringers fire in single action only and each barrel has its own firing pin. A brilliant design means the same pin can strike both center and rimfire cartridges. A prominent hammer spur makes the action easy to cock and there is also a crossbolt safety, clearly marked in red in “fire” position.
Crossbolt safety in fire position. (Photo: Eve Flanigan/Guns.com)
We found that firing the Backup in .45 ACP had a considerable amount of recoil. Firing in 9mm was much more manageable. The trigger does take some getting used to but once you got it, you can get some very decent accuracy results from this small package.
GREAT BACKUP GUN
Trigger press takes practice — it moves down more than back. (Photo: Eve Flanigan/Guns.com)
The Bond Arms Backup has an MSRP of $540. That’s not necessarily cheap but with a plethora of barrels to choose from costing around $140 each, you can have a gun that fires a multitude of calibers, that is small enough to fit it in your pocket, and is guaranteed to go bang.
U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “One of the country’s leading gun-control groups took a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan worth up to $1 million even as its PAC pledged to spend millions in the 2020 elections,” Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon reported Friday. “The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence received between $350,000 and $1 million on April 10 to support 41 employees, according to the Small Business Administration.”
They’re doing it, an organization flack says, because they’re losing money due to COVID-19, and have had to cancel fundraising events. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence has also had its hand out, and “accepted a loan worth between $150,000 and $350,000.”
The reason they can do this is that they have different IRS-assigned tax statuses for their “educational” arms and their “advocacy” arms. Gun owner rights groups split functions, too, but the difference here is they’re not applying for relief on the taxpayer’s dime. Gutowski cites Alan Gottlieb, who “said no part of his organization took PPP loans [and] called on the gun-control groups to return the money they received from the program.”
This is not the only way gun-grab groups that take advantage of IRS rules to undermine the right to keep and bear arms. As this column reported in May, Everytown for Gun Safety is “partnering” with “faith partners” to help spread the “gospel” of citizen disarmament, and by playing fast and loose with tax exemption rules, these groups are de facto opposing Republicans and supporting Democrats, all while claiming donations are tax-deductible.
As this column also documented in January, Everytown’s founder, Mike Bloomberg, took advantage of Federal Election rules. to obtain Superbowl ad time as a candidate. Per a report at The Federalist, “[T]he billionaire mayor gets a lot more for his money as a candidate than he ever could as a donor or even as the operator of a super PAC. “Then, there’s something campaigns have that no PAC has — and that’s access to the best rates the market has to offer.”
In essence, the gun-grabbers not only have the billionaire patrons and all the “free” publicity they want from the DSM (“Duranty/Streicher Media”) parroting their talking points and masking their press releases as “news,” but they also get the tax breaks. While looking into abuses would definitely be in the interest of Americans struggling to preserve their rights from constant assaults, don’t look for anything but more of the same – and targeting of “conservative” groups – with Democrats controlling the House, and who knows what after November?
The government has no money that does not come from the private sector. Forcing gun owners through taxation to in any way help finance groups working to take away their rights is reminiscent of nothing so much as an added insult to injury practiced by totalitarian regimes, the “bullet fee.”
Many public executions have been held in football stadiums so traditional execution methods are no secret. The condemned criminal is taken by open truck to the execution ground and made to kneel with hands cuffed and head bowed, before being shot in the head. Families who want to reclaim the body are charged for the bullet.
On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection in downtown Tehran …Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee” — a fee for the bullet used by security forces — before taking the body back, relatives said.
Those who demand a monopoly of violence demand nothing less than total submission from those they would control. Ultimately, our resistance to their aims is not about guns, but about nothing less than freedom. We would do well to remember that not just the right to arms, but taxation without representation for their concerns, was also a driving issue prompting Americans to rebel against the Crown.
Galco’s Ankle Trauma Medical Kit is available now.
Firearms usage and medical preparedness go hand in hand. Whether you’re enjoying a casual range day, hunting, shooting competitively, or carrying a concealed handgun in your everyday life, unfortunately mishaps can and do happen from time to time. Many shooting organizations and competitive bodies are increasingly encouraging or requiring their members and participants to include some form of trauma medical kit in their gear lists. Plenty of quality defensive shooting instructors are championing the practice of including medical gear in your EDC as well. Galco Gunleather has shared a carry method that you may find useful. Meet the Galco Ankle Trauma Medical Kit, available now. The release reads:
The ankle rig’s contents can be customized to meet your medical EDC needs.
July 9th, 2020
Stay Safer with Galco’s Ankle Trauma Medical Kit –PHOENIX –
In today’s turbulent times, it’s not enough to carry just a firearm. Most self-defense experts now also recommend carrying an individual first aid kit, should you or someone else become injured, whether in a natural disaster or a defensive situation.
Galco’s Ankle Trauma Medical Kit (ATM-KIT™) carrier is designed for convenient everyday carry of medical tools and supplies for first responders, gun carriers, or anyone who wishes to be prepared in an increasingly dangerous world.
The ATM-KIT’s comfortable, high-grade neoprene band offers secure hook-and-loop closure with five neoprene pockets of various widths, each with a retention strap for security. It accommodates tools and equipment like tourniquets, strap cutters, knives, multitools, bandages, clotting agents or other emergency rescue and first-aid gear.
The ATM-KIT fits ankle/boot circumferences up to 16″. For those who wear boots or have larger legs, a Boot Extender is available which increases circumference up to 21″. The ATM-KIT does not include tools or supplies (shown here for illustration purposes). Emergency rescue tools and first aid supplies are sold separately by other sources.
The ATM-KIT is ambidextrous and available in black with an MSRP of $73. Don’t leave home without it!
Galco International, LTD is the designer and manufacturer of the Galco holster brand, the premier American-made line of superb-quality holsters, belts and accessories. Encompassing law enforcement, military, defensive and sporting use, the Galco brand utilizes leather, nylon, injection-molded plastic and Kydex® to meet the demands of today’s consumers. The award-winning Matrix™ line of holsters and accessories, women’s holster handbags, tactical slings and hunting accessories round out the line. All Galco products are proudly made in the USA since 1969.
The consequences of not having medical gear available when you need it could be devastating.
While this is not the only ankle medkit option out there on the market, and it’s not a new product for Galco, their press release is as relevant today as ever. Have you gotten any medical training? Do you include medical gear as part of your EDC loadout? If not, might this ankle rig help you change that? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Stay safe out there! See you at the range.
Welcome back to another edition of the TFB Round Table sponsored by Ammunition To Go! For those who are first joining us, this is a multi-part series where TFB discusses the characteristics of great ammunition for specific applications. This could vary from big game hunting, plinking, precision rifle matches, small game hunting, or even pistol competitions. Chances are there is someone here at TFB who can offer you advice on buying the right round for your task at hand. This week I return on TFB Round Table to take a look at the thunderous yet mysterious 450 Bushmaster cartridge to see why it even exists and how it could be beneficial to adding one to your personal arsenal. Many of us understand that it is a large round, but why another big-bore cartridge when there are so many already? Let’s dive in and see how this cartridge came to be and if you might want to join the drove of people who are already tremendous fans!
TFB Round Table: 450 Bushmaster… Why?
For anyone who does not already own a 450 Bushmaster, your first question that comes to mind might be why? And that is a very fair question to ask. While it does not have the “cool kid” popularity of some rounds like 6.5 Creedmoor (which we discussed last week), 450 Bushmaster has been out for over a decade so it likely is not going anywhere.
While multiple manufacturers make bolt-action rifles chambered in 450 Bushmaster, its true home is meant to be in modern sporting rifles or AR-15s. Through a joint effort by Bushmaster and Hornady, they took the lesser-known .45 Professional cartridge (aka .45 Pro) and shrunk the dimensions down to fit the AR-15 platform as opposed to the AR-10 platform. This opened the door to a bevy of benefits including more universal parts compatibility for builds and being able to single-stack the rounds inside of a 5.56mm NATO/.223 Rem magazine.
Photo Credit: AmmoToGo.com – Winchester Deer Season XP .450 Bushmaster 250 Grain Extreme Point
The goal being chased by Hornady and Bushmaster was one proposed by the famous hunter and firearm aficionado, Jeff Cooper. While many people have been very pleased with the performance of 5.56mm NATO/.223 Rem out of the AR-15 platform, Jeff Cooper was not one of those folks. He envisioned a round comparable to the .444 Marlin yet in a light, fast-handling platform like a modern sporting rifle. Basically, his vision or dream was something not invented or conjured up yet. This is summarized in the “Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading 10th Edition” below:
Jeff Cooper conceptualized the ‘Thumper’ in his writing, a semi-automatic rifle larger than 44 Caliber capable of taking large game at ranges up to 250 yards. The 450 Bushmaster is a realization of this concept.
TFB Round Table: Pros of 450 Bushmaster
Like any cartridge you might toy with purchasing, there will be positives and negatives to potentially adding one to your personal inventory of arms. If you are hunting for a larger cartridge in a more modern firearm platform then you might want to entertain the 450 Bushmaster, but we will let you decide that for yourself. These would be the Top 3 Pros to diving in on the 450 Bushmaster round:
Utilizing the AR-15 Platform
Supported by Numerous Firearm Manufacturers/Component Makers
The near-universal nature of the AR-15 platform almost speaks for itself. Thousands of companies make components for you to customize and trade out parts as you please like it is an adult Lego set. The fact that the 450 Bushmaster round is a straight-wall cartridge is also a huge plus. Many states have nonsensical laws that hunters can only use a straight-wall cartridge to hunt game. This leaves hunters with very little creative options outside the .30-30 Win cartridge and definitely nothing in a modern platform – except when it comes to 450 Bushmaster in an AR-15! Finally, as stated earlier, this round has been out for over a decade. You will not get hoodwinked by it vanishing off the face of the Earth in the next 6 months. There is backing by reloading companies, gun makers, and component manufacturers as well.
Now, as far as the negatives go, there are absolutely some, but if you are dedicated and fully-invested in this cartridge they can be navigated with a bit of ease. You essentially are looking at more expensive ammunition than common AR-15 rounds, a more cumbersome round to reload if you go that route, and it being a little less likely to be present on typical store shelves.
Expensive Ammunition Compared to 5.56mm NATO/.223 Rem
Difficult to Reload
Not Common Enough to Always Find at your Local Gun Shop (LGS)
While 450 Bushmaster is more expensive than 5.56mm NATO, that really is not a very fair comparison. Is it cheaper than .45-70 Gov’t? You betcha! Cheaper than .444 Marlin? Absolutely! So, it is all about perspective and what you are comparing it to. Another word of caution given by Hornady in reloading manuals is to NOT use too heavy of a roll crimp when loading bullets with cannelures. This can mess with the headspace and create extremely unsafe shooting conditions. Finally, while the 450 Bushmaster does not share the commonality of 9mm when it comes to being available everywhere, the 450 Bushmaster cartridge might say in the famous words of Monty Python: “I ain’t dead yet!” This cartridge has a strong following, but the downside is it may not be readily available at all gun stores.
As always, thank you for reading TFB! Be safe out there, have fun while shooting, and we will see you next time for the TFB Round Table brought to you by Ammunition to Go! Also, let us know what you think in the comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.
This 450 Bushmaster cartridge from Hornady’s BLACK line of ammunition is crowned with a 250 grain FTX projectile. The FTX features a soft Flex Tip, which serves both to streamline its overall profile as well as initiate rapid expansion even at lower velocities. Its aerodynamics are further improved by its secant ogive shape. The FTX’s high antimony lead core and heavy jacket are mechanically bound together via an InterLock ring, so you can count on great weight retention while firing this round. The end result is a bullet that is wonderfully suited for a variety of tough game, as well as self-defense should it ever come to that.
The Nebraskan ammunition manufacturer wouldn’t pair one of their patented bullets with substandard components. As such these 20 rounds’ brass casings are all remarkably identical to one another in terms of their dimensions, and their propellant loads are evenly matched as well so that you can count on a reliable 2,200 fps muzzle velocity.
This 450 Bushmaster cartridge by Hornady features the InterLock projectile. It’s a soft point bullet, with a jacket that’s expertly tapered to control expansion no matter the velocity at which it strikes its target. The jacket’s inner grooves weaken it to ensure consistent expansion as well, even at long range.
The InterLock has a secant ogive profile, so its ballistic coefficient is high enough to make some pretty impressively long distance shots. It’s able to penetrate deeply because its one-piece core won’t come apart during penetration, and it’s secured tightly to its jacket via both a cannelure and the raised ring from which the bullet takes its name. Accuracy, deep penetration, massive expansion, and great affordability — these are the hallmarks of a great hunting bullet.
Hornady’s American Whitetail label gives deer hunters precisely the stuff they need to hunt deer. It’s not just this round’s bullet that’s so impressive — it’s also its carefully standardized propellant load, its top tier brass casing, and its non-corrosive primer that won’t let you down in the heat of the moment!
The idea behind Winchester’s Extreme Point (XP) projectile is so simple that it works perfectly. This 450 Bushmaster hunting round features a bullet with a colossal polymer tip. It covers nearly half of the XP’s available surface area, about 25 percent more than a conventional polymer tip. When the XP hits a target, its tip’s huge base smashes into its alloyed lead core to create much faster expansion than usual. In effect you have a 250 grain bullet that delivers four digits of impact energy up to 250 yards, and distributes that energy within its target fast as lightning.
The XP boasts good accuracy as well. Its big polymer tip provides a highly uniform and aerodynamic meplat, and its jacket profile is streamlined. Winchester seats their XP on their highest quality brass, and gives it a primer and propellant that you can trust in the woods. Try this round out on a buck — or a hog, if one volunteers itself — and see why big polymer tips are the next big thing.
This is 450 Bushmaster Hornady 250gr. FTX Ammo. The 450 Bushmaster (nicknamed “The Thumper”) brings big bore performance to production model AR-15’s. The engineers at Hornady created the 450 Bushmaster to maximize performance without sacrificing strength or reliability. The Bushmaster fires Hornady’s .452″ 250 grain SST-ML featuring Hornady’s Flex Tip technology. The SST’s sleek profile makes for suprisingly flat trajectories and tremendous downrange energy. This ammo comes packed in 20rd. boxes.
The events of 2020 have many Americans rethinking their stance on guns. Read on to find out why. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
The narrative on guns in the U.S. has taken a dramatic shift in 2020 amid a global pandemic and civil unrest that led thousands into the streets in protest.
While the future remains unclear, leaving many Americans wondering what the remaining months of 2020, an election year, have in store, there is one thing that seems rather certain — the argument in favor of gun control just got a little murkier. With the National Shooting Sports Foundation reporting 40 percent of gun purchases coming from new gun owners, this year has seen previously anti-gun supporters jumping the party line to grab a gun of their own.
Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb told Guns.com that COVID-19, coupled with rioting, led many Americans to reevaluate their stance on the Second Amendment.
“The pandemic as well as the rioting and looting have been a driving force in the record number of first-time gun buyers. Many of which were on the fence when it came to gun rights,” Gottlieb said.
Chris Gayler was one such gun buyer. Previously identifying as anti-gun, Gayler said that he was a staunch supporter of talking points like bans and limitations on the types of firearms and accessories gun owners could own. Now, he says, he better understands why guns are vital.
“Before 2020, I supported a ban on assault rifles. I wanted magazine capacities reduced, red flag laws, comprehensive background checks, things like that,” Gayler told Guns.com. “I don’t think I really did my full due diligence in doing my research.”
Gayler said the riots, looting, and increased tensions between civilians and law enforcement lead him to purchase his first AR-15, a Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport II, online. “Now, I fully support the Second Amendment,” he explained. “I think it’s become abundantly clear to me that I’m the only person that I can rely on for my own self-defense and personal protection.”
AR-15s, like the M&P15 Sport II, flew off gun store shelves. (Photo: Guns.com)
Mark Oliva, NSSF’s Public Affairs Director, previously told Guns.com that more and more Americans are coming to the same realization as Gayler, which is pushing more first-timers into the welcoming arms of gun retailers.
“Civil unrest, rioting, looting, and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing,” Oliva said. “Americans are right to be concerned for their personal safety. It’s entirely reasonable that law-abiding citizens are exercising their Constitutional right to purchase a firearm to protect themselves.”
Raven Primm’s family fell into the above subset, looking to buy a gun after supplies dwindled as a result of COVID-19 panic buying. Primm told Guns.com that, while her family stocked up prior, the fear that desperation might drive others to break into their home lead the family to purchase a handgun. Primm said before COVID-19, she favored gun control measures, going so far as to say no gun would live inside her home.
“I have always been what people would call a ‘bleeding heart liberal,’ and I normally take that as a compliment,” Primm said with a laugh. “Having a gun in the house has never been something that I would allow. They’ve always scared me.”
As the pandemic unfolded in the early months of 2020, though, Primm said her opinion on guns changed as she saw supplies in stores dwindling and news reports of desperation rising.
“My husband watches a lot of news, from both sides, and he was saying how people were scared and that there might be a lot of break-ins, so there’s the fear that someone’s going to break into our house…I wished at that point that we had a gun, so if someone was going to break in, my husband could at least protect the house.”
Semi-automatic handguns, like the Springfield Armory XD-S, have also been a popular choice for new gun owners. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Primm said she still has her fears regarding guns but hopes to get to a range soon to work through those nerves. Lacey A, who chose to withhold her last name, told Guns.com that, as a single mother, uncertainty led her to grab a Springfield XD-S from a local gun store.
“Being a single mother at this time with current events, and just the uncertainty, pushed me into making that decision [to buy a gun] as protection for my own home, for myself and my children,” she explained.
While anti-gun groups, such as Everytown, maintain that the reason for the surge in gun sales is “difficult to pinpoint,” it’s obvious that many Americans, regardless of previous political affiliations, now see value in exercising their right to keep and bear arms. With gun sales breaking traditional demographics and shattering stereotypes — women reportedly account for 40-percent of new gun buyers — it’s clear that the gun narrative saw a radical transformation in 2020. One that just might make a difference come November.
Aside from a gun, holster and gun belt, one of the most popular accessories for concealed carry are magazine carriers. Being able to carry additional magazines can be invaluable, should the need arise for more bullets.
Some choose not to carry spare ammunition, some carry every round that they possibly can.
In this guide, we’ll go over just about everything you’ll need to know about magazine carriers, magazine holsters, magazine pouches and any other implement of carrying more rounds upon your person, how it’s done and the reasons why you want to.
Types Of Magazine Carriers
Magazine carriers tend to come in several formats, just as holsters do. Each has their own features, benefits and drawbacks. It’s up to the individual to decide which is to their liking.
Just like with holsters, some people have dedicated mag carriers for certain purposes – some are for the range only and some are for daily carry.
OWB and IWB Magazine Holster Designs
There are OWB and IWB magazine holster models out there, not dissimilar to gun holsters and share many things in common regarding the design.
A number of holster companies also make magazine carriers a part or optional component of a holster. These can range from custom-molded holsters that precisely fit the firearm and magazine to simply an extra compartment sewn on a generic pouch holster. These are available on IWB and OWB holsters alike.
Many magazine holsters are designed for wear on or about the waist, and are designed to be worn inside or outside the waistband.
Common materials include leather as well as modern materials like Kydex or injection-molded polymers, and even some hybrid designs with a hard-molded magazine holster shell and a soft backer for more comfortable IWB carry. There are also pancake-style magazine holsters made of alternate materials such as hard neoprene fabric.
Quality magazine carriers are made to fit a specificmagazine size, rather than being a general “mag carrier” that purports to be one-size-fits-all. Just as with pistol holsters, the more precise the fit, the better the retention and function.
There are also a number of magazine pouches that are made from a “sticky” fabric, which adhere to clothing via a high friction surface. Essentially, one sticks the magazine into the holder and tuck it into the waistband. Tension from one’s body, waistband and gun belt help hold it in place. A number of gun holsters use a similar design, though they don’t provide the best retention, nor the best fit and re-holstering is basically impossible. The same will be true for such magazine carriers.
Some are better suited to open carry than concealment.
Soft-Sided Vs Hard-Sided Magazine Carriers
You might wonder if you should get a hard-sided or soft-sided magazine carrier. Both have their uses and purposes, of course, and like choosing between any products that perform a similar function – albeit differently – there are pros and cons to each.
A hard-sided mag carrier, like our Cloak Mag Carriers, is durable and secure, so there’s no question about retention. However, it’s also the case that they are less comfortable to carry inside the waistband, even if a protective pad is added to the magazine bucket. While you can carry them everyday, and plenty of people do, they’re perfect for range use and competition and that’s how some people prefer to use them.
A soft-sided mag carrier, like our Grip Tuck Mag Carriers, are certainly more comfortable for daily carry. The Grip Tuck Mag Carrier slips inside the waistband, and can be used with or without the included IWB clip to secure it on the belt. Some people use belt tension alone to hold the magazine and carrier in place, and some people use one Grip Tuck carrier on the belt and put another one in a pocket. If you don’t want to have your spare magazine riding outside the belt, and prefer the utmost in comfort, they’re perfect.
Again, it really depends on you and your intended use. Plenty of our customers have purchased both, using the Grip Tuck for daily carry and keeping their Cloak Mag Carrier for range days and competition.
Right or Left-Handed, Vertical, Horizontal, or Customizable
As the materials used and overall designs vary for magazine carriers, so does their orientation. Just as with holsters, one can select right-handed or left-handed orientation for the preferred draw.
Most magazine holsters, pouches or carriers are vertically oriented, though there are also a number of horizontally-oriented magazine carriers. Horizontal orientation can be useful in deep concealment, as it barely prints and can be undetectable under an untucked shirt.
Some magazine holsters can be had with adjustable cant, for those who prefer a spare magazine to sit at a forward or rearward leading angle. Some magazine holsters are adjustable for multiple carrying configurations.
There are also magazine pouches, which aren’t necessarily the best suited to concealment…though there are some improvised magazine pouches that conceal the contents quite well.
Many magazine pouches are pouches made of some sort of cloth. This can range from canvas web, leather and other cloth materials, which are often enough equipped with a flap and snap enclosure, so it can be closed.
Unlike magazine holsters that are designed to carry a specific make and model of magazine, magazine pouches aren’t designed for that custom fit. Basically, you put a magazine or two in, close it up and carry on.
Some are suited for concealment but some aren’t, though an untucked shirt easily covers anything worn on the beltline. A good number of magazine pouches are more suited to open carry and in truth are really more for tactical use by law enforcement or military personnel – though that isn’t to say that civvies can’t make use of them!
A number of clever persons have also come up with some improvised magazine carriers. One very popular method of carrying a backup magazine is to obtain a belt pouch for a knife or multitool (such as a Leatherman) and conceal a magazine inside. These can be leather, nylon or some other type of cloth, but so long as the the pouch can be sealed – many have a snap closure – no one will be the wiser.
Why Carry A Spare Magazine?
Why carry a spare magazine? Many people reckon that most defensive encounters are going to over very quickly and with very few shots fired, and there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that has an element of truth to it. Thus, many feel the magazine in their gun is likely going to be all they’ll need.
However, there is also a lot of evidence to suggest otherwise. Many shooting incidents over the years, including both gun battles between criminals and police and private citizens defending themselves, have resulted in entire magazines emptied into assailants with little discernible effect. What happens if for some reason one’s magazine drops? Some holsters have been known to trigger the magazine release. That leaves a person with a single shot, and potentially no time to reload.
Granted, the odds that a person will ever have to draw a gun in self-defense is very low, much less that a person will have to fire it in self-defense. FBI data indicates only a few hundred justifiable homicides per year, contrasted with the number of annual defensive gun uses, estimated to number in the mid-tens of the thousands to several million per year.
It isn’t known what figures are accurate – and in truth may be impossible to know to a certainty. After all, many studies are based on results from surveys and the fact is that people lie.
It’s also difficult to know how many rounds is likely to fire if a mortal contest is necessary. Many defensive shootings have been over with only a few rounds expended, but plenty have not.
As for police, some data exists.
The Police Policy Studies Council (PDF) reports the NYPD, between 1990 and 2000, averaged 5.2 shots per officer in actual gun fights (where someone shot at them) with a low of 3.6 shots and high of 6.9 shots, and average hit rate of 15 percent. Shooting incidents – where an officer discharged a weapon, which includes officer suicides, shooting dangerous animals and accidental discharges – between 1988 and 2001 showed an average of 2.86 shots per officer. This includes incidents where multiple police fired during the incident;
The Miami-Dade Police Department (formerly Metro-Dade PD) averaged a mean of 2.5 shots fired from revolvers and 3.2 shots fired with semi-automatics during the period of 1988 to 1994. During that time, they fired 1300 rounds – without differentiating between the type of shootings – of which around 1100 missed, for a hit rate of 15.4 percent.
Los Angeles County police reported an average of 3.59 shots fired in officer-involved shootings involving one officer, 4.98 shots in incidents involving 2 officers and 6.48 shots per incident involving more than 2 officers. Their hit rates were 51%, 23% and 9%, respectively.
Granted, the NYPD appears to have improved. According to the New York Times, the hit ratio has gone up from an average of 15 percent for 1990 to 2000 to 36 percent for 1996 to 2006.
As you can see, these examples show that on average, a gunfight involving police is resolved in fairly few shots. However, that doesn’t mean that it will necessarily happen that way. For every incident resolved with one or two shots, there are outliers that required many more shots to be fired to conclude the encounter. For instance, agents involved in the FBI Miami shootout of 1986 fired more than 80 rounds. The North Hollywood shootout of 1997 resulted in officers firing 650 or more rounds.
Granted, these are some of the worst criminal incidents in American history, and the likelihood the average citizen will be anywhere close to such an incident…is so remote that it’s pointless to try to quantify it. Also, police HAVE to brave the line of fire – it’s their duty. We have the option to seek egress or otherwise flee.
One can safely assume that while the odds are that a few shots is likely to resolve the matter…that might not be enough. One magazine might not be enough. An entire gun store might not be enough. You might not be enough; the North Hollywood and Miami perpetrators engaged dozens of officers – including a SWAT team – in the former instance and almost ten officers in the latter. In this case it may not be a bad idea to carry a double magazine carrier.
How To Carry A Magazine Holster
Most people carry their magazine holster, pouch or spare magazine stored in a pocket (which some do) on their weak side. The gun goes on the dominant side. This way, spare ammunition can be retrieved with the weak hand and brought to the gun, which is the most efficient method to reload.
Some holsters have a spare magazine compartment – whether an IWB or OWB holster – and are thus carried in the same location as one’s pistol. This requires one to switch one’s pistol to the non-dominant hand to reload or retrieve the spare magazine by means of a crossdraw. While not impossible to achieve with proficiency, it is more awkward than drawing from one’s weak side and bringing the spare magazine to one’s pistol.
Concealing a spare magazine (or spare magazines) is not difficult; IWB magazine carriers merely need a shirt be pulled over them. OWB carriers, depending on the design, may require as little concealment as IWB carriers. In the case of improvised magazine carriers, such as a multi-tool pouch repurposed into a magazine carrier, no concealment may be needed – the spare magazine is hiding in plain sight.
Additionally, some magazine carriers feature a clip not dissimilar to that of a pen or a pocket knife. These are normally quite slim, making for easy concealment.
However, pocket carrying a spare magazine is in many respects like pocket carrying a pistol – it shouldn’t be done unless the proper parts of the magazine (or gun, in case of pocket carried pistols) are covered by a holster or pouch of some sort. Should the top be uncovered, pocket carrying can easily result in the top-most round snagging in the pocket and coming out of the magazine. Likewise, pocket carrying a pistol can result in the trigger being snagged and an accidental discharge can follow.
In either case, pocket carry should be avoided unless it isn’t possible to carry in any other fashion.
Then again, some people prefer to carry a backup magazine inside a backup pistol.
What You Should Look For In A Magazine Carrier
What a person should look for in a magazine carrier is firstly and foremostly that it’s made for the specific make and model of magazine one intends to carry. This is to ensure adequate retention.
Just like with a gun holster, the magazine carrier should securely hold the magazine once holstered. Likewise, the carrier should be able to easily draw the magazine if need be, though the latter can be more affected by practicing defensive shooting at the range, especially any drills involving a tactical reload.
Also, just like a gun holster, a person should consider what the purpose of the magazine carrier is going to be. Is this for the range only? Is it for everyday carry? Both? Magazine carriers taking on multiple roles have to be able to excel in all roles, which may be a large task and one will only know after testing to see if a mag holster is up to the task.
If one is wearing an IWB magazine holster, it should be comfortable enough to wear daily. It is also good if the magazine holster is adjustable, so that it can be made more comfortable and/or concealable if need be. An OWB magazine holster should likewise be concealable – if one is aiming to conceal the spare magazine or magazines – comfortable enough to wear daily for extended periods and offer adequate retention.
If one desires to carry vertically or horizontally – or both if one likes variety – the magazine carrier should be able to accommodate both, or one should purchase magazine carriers for each orientation.
If a person wants to be able to convert between OWB and IWB, a magazine carrier should have that capability.
If nothing else, if a magazine carrier does the job it’s tasked with, that’s a good magazine carrier.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in 2011 from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.
When John “Skinny” Clarke isn’t shooting a Single Action Shooting Society match, he functions as the editor-in-chief of The Cowboy Chronicle, a quarterly publication dedicated to the craft of cowboy action shooting, which he describes as “the most fun you can have at a match.” We sat down with him to get some tips on what it takes to be a speed shooter in the world of skinning smoke wagons, working levers, and blasting scatterguns.
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1. Ditch the Production Parts
One of the first things to do to become a faster SASS Shooter is to ditch the production parts in favor of third-party options. Similar to other styles of competitive shooting, a variety of third-party companies create specific parts to help competitors achieve their goals and shave off some time. Clarke listed Wolff Gunsprings and Lee Springs as some of the best offering drop-in kits.
Clarke also advises familiarizing yourself with the gun’s internals and recognizing when parts need replacing. Replacing production springs and removing small imperfections often make you faster.
2. Get it “Slicked Up” Professionally
If the do-it-yourself treatment isn’t sufficient, the next step is to “slick it up.” This involves sending the gun to a reputable and trustworthy gunsmith, typically skilled in single-action revolvers. The gunsmith short strokes the gun hones the chambers and polishes everything to perfection. Clarke described Bob James, a well-recognized SASS gunsmith, and his ability to make a Colt SAA “feel just like glass, it’s that smooth.”
3. Dry Fire Practice
* Make Sure All Guns Are Unloaded and All Live Ammunition is Out of the Room Before Dry-Fire Practice*
SASS is no different than USPSA or IDPA in terms of preparation through practice. Clarke’s favorite dry-fire drills are simple and easy to accomplish at home.
He suggests taping pie plates to a wall to practice drawing the handgun, aiming it at the plates, and pulling the trigger. Keep doing this, and you’ll get faster and faster on target. Clarke also suggests working on smooth draws and reholstering to cut down on time.
His second dry fire drill centers on loading and unloading shotguns. Shotguns always start empty during the competition, so practicing speedy loading will up your game. Milliseconds here and there pay big dividends.
AN ACT TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHO HAS A CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN PERMIT MAY CARRY A HANDGUN ON EDUCATIONAL PROPERTY THAT IS THE LOCATION OF BOTH A SCHOOL AND A PLACE OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP AND TO ENACT THE 2ND AMENDMENT PROTECTION ACT OF 2020.
The bill originally had plenty of votes to override Governor Cooper’s veto.
Three other mild and sensible gun law reforms were included in the bill:
A person who allowed their permit to lapse would have 60 days to renew it. After that, they could take a refresher course, then renew, up to 120 days after the permit lapsed.
The head of law enforcement agencies could allow non-sworn officers, who have a concealed carry permit, to carry in law enforcement facilities.
Emergency medical personnel would be allowed to carry defensive firearms if they have a concealed carry permit and have completed an approved course for that purpose.
Bill H652 passed with veto-proof majorities: Yes 77, No 38 in the House.
To uphold the veto, nine Democrats and five Republicans changed their vote.
It was a finely calibrated show, to minimize the downside and maximize the upside for the members of the House. Clearly, the Governor and House leadership know how to count votes.
The 67 number is from ballotpedia. The North Carolina legislative site shows two votes, with one member changing their vote a minute later, with 66 votes to override the veto. Further research may be necessary to find the one vote difference.
Five Republicans changed their vote by not showing up for the vote.
Five Democrats changed their vote by showing up and voting against the override.
Four Democrats changed their vote for the bill to a vote against the Bill, by voting against the veto override.
One Democrat, Rep. Alexander, District 107, changed their vote against the bill to absent.
The five Republicans who refused to support the veto override were:
Rep. Davis, District 4.
Rep. Elmore, District 94
Rep. Lambeth, District 75
Rep. Rogers, District 112
Rep. Yarborough, District 2
The four Democrats who changed their vote from for to against the bill were:
Rep. Beasly, District 92
Rep. Farmer-Butterfield, District 24
Rep. John Sr., District 40
Rep. Pierce, District 48
These sorts of carefully calibrated shenanigans are not uncommon. In Wisconsin, Republicans had a veto-proof majority to pass a shall issue law. It happened at least twice and was extremely close the third time.
Wisconsin Governor Doyle twisted arms and almost certainly offered rewards to keep his veto from being overridden. In an especially memorable case, a Democrat who vote for the Shall issue law changed his vote to make the difference. Later, he was appointed to a judgeship.
Governors frequently offer rewards and twist arms to have legislators change their vote in veto override attempts.
In these votes, the progressive media favors those in favor of infringing on Second Amendment rights, which gives cover for those who change their votes.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
Legacy Sports International is the parent company for several firearms brands, including Howa and Citadel. Seeking to expand their distribution channels, Legacy has partnered with MGE Wholesale and Orion Wholesale, who will be adding Citadel shotguns to their product lines. Some of the available shotguns will include the BOSS-25, an AR-style semi-auto 12 gauge, and the VEPR-style RSS1. The press release announcing this distribution addition reads as follows.
The BOSS-25 is Citadel’s AR-style shotgun.
July 9th, 2020 – Reno, NV –
Legacy Sports International is excited to announce the addition of the CITADEL Home Defense pumps and semi auto shotguns to the MGE Wholesale and ORION Wholesale distribution channels. These additions the Distribution pipeline will surely compliment an already extensive list of great Distributors across the USA that are carrying the CITADEL brand as well as HOWA rifles, POINTER shotguns and NIKKO STIRLING optics at an amazing value to the market.
We are living in truly unprecedented times where product fulfillment is of the highest importance while huge demands are placed upon the firearms industry as a whole. Expanding our Distribution channel allows us to continue to provide excellent service and Dealer Support throughout the country with our multiple Distributors and the Legacy Sports Int’l brands. We are in communication with our factories DAILY during these challenging times especially and are continuing to take measures that assure a steady flow of products and value to the industry.
The Legacy Sports International Complete USA Distribution Lineup –
Davidson’s, Inc. Sports South LLC Bill Hicks & Co Lipsey’s MGE Wholesale Kinsey’s RSR Zanders Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc Orion Wholesale Grice Wholesale
For more information on all of the CITADEL Home Defense offerings and the rest of the LSI product line or to request a FREE 2020 catalog please call 775 828 0555 or visit: www.legacysports.com
About LEGACY SPORTS INTERNATIONAL,
Legacy Sports International is a leading importer and exporter of firearms and optics based out of Reno, Nevada. For over 20 years, Legacy Sports has supplied distribution, independent dealers and shooting enthusiasts with quality rifles, shotguns, handguns and optics at a superior value. Some of the top brands that Legacy Sports imports are the renowned HOWA rifles from Japan, POINTER shotguns from Turkey, CITADEL brands from the Philippines, Turkey and Brazil, HARDY rifles from New Zealand and NIKKO STIRLING Optics from China. Today, Legacy Sports provides over a dozen of the TOP distributors and thousands of dealer across the USA with quality firearms products, value pricing and strong fulfilment which has made it the importer of choice. For more information about the company and product line and to request a new FREE 2020 catalog please call 775 828 0555 or visit: www.legacysports.com
If you’re a fan of VEPR-style shotguns, the RSS1 may be worth a look.What do you think, shotgunners? Will you be ordering one of these semi-auto or pump scatterguns? Do you already have one, or might you be adding to your existing arsenal? If you have experience with a Citadel gun, please feel free to share your experience with it in the comments below. See you at the range!
Bentonville, AR – New for 2020 is another airgun innovation from Hatsan. The Blitz is a select-fire semi-/full-auto, Pre-Charged Pneumatic, .30 caliber air rifle that produces upwards of 50 ft-lbs of energy. Users can easily switch between either firing mode with just the flick of a switch. The gas-operated cycling mechanism does not rely on battery power and is capable of firing at a high rate of speed. This new rifle features a large 580cc carbon fiber air tank that can provide over 100 shots of semi- or full-auto excitement. Two 16-round spring rotary magazines are included with the rifle, and the loading key has its own unique storage space on the stock.
The tactical all-weather synthetic stock not only looks great but boasts excellent ergonomic features, as well. The integrated pistol grip has rubberized panels to help facilitate a secure grip in any environment. An elevation adjustable cheek rest ensures proper sight alignment, and the buttpad is both elevation and angle adjustable so it can be customized to fit just right.
Equipped from the factory is a 1-piece carry handle with adjustable open sights that can be removed to make way for lighted and/or magnified optics of choice. Hatsan’s standard combination optics rail is integrated into the top of the receiver, allowing for the use of either 11mm dovetail or 22mm Weaver mounts. Three Picatinny accessory rails surround the air cylinder for ultimate flexibility in accessory mounting options. The Blitz also features a built-in manometer that is color-coded for easy reference.
Select fire, semi-/full-auto, Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) air rifle
Currently available in .30 caliber
Detachable spring rotary magazine holds 16 pellets
2 Magazines included
Gas-operated cycling mechanism does not rely on batteries
580cc carbon fiber air tank fills to 250 BAR (3625 PSI)
Tactical all-weather synthetic stock with integrated pistol grip
Rubber pistol grip panels for enhanced control and feel
Elevation adjustable cheek rest
Elevation and angle adjustable rubber butt pad
Combination 22mm Weaver and 11mm Dovetail optics rail
Included 1-piece carry handle with open sights
Built-in pressure gauge to monitor tank pressure
Black anodized aluminum receiver and barrel shroud
Manual safety switch
Fitted/integrated sling mounts
Max Velocity: 730 FPS
Max Energy: 53 Ft-lbs
Magazine Capacity: 16 pellets
Air Cylinder Volume: 580cc
Fill Pressure: 250 BAR (3625 PSI)
Number of Shots: 100
Tactical synthetic pistol grip stock with adjustable cheek rest and butt pad
Overall Length: 45.2″
Barrel Length: 23″
Weight: 8.9 lbs “
Hatsan employs an interesting drum magazine design.
Squirrels in your yard driving you crazy? Do you have a gopher problem as serious as Bill Murray’s Carl Spackler, Bushwood Country Club’s unhinged groundskeeper? Need to take down a herd of rabbits for a backwoods stew recipe? Then this high-speed airgun may be just your solution. Happy plinking! See you at the range.