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I need a new Every Day Carry knife

I just got used to always having a knife in my pocket. Last night I noticed that it was missing and I couldn’t find it in my car. I think it must have gotten knocked out of my pocket at the dog park.

I need a replacement pocketknife. I had a Spyderco Delica 4. It was great, and I used it all the time to open boxes, cut stuff, even cut apples. Now I feel handicapped without it. I am considering buying this knife as a replacement.

DelicaIt’s the same exact knife, but with a purple handle instead of the weird tactical green, and it doesn’t have the serrations. I never really got much use from the serrations.

On the Book of Face people have recommended several other knives. I need to keep costs down (Unless some manufacturer wants to give me the knife). The other limiting factor is North Carolina law. I can legally carry an “ordinary pocketknife.” That is defined as

“small knife, designed for carrying in a pocket or purse, that has its cutting edge and point entirely enclosed by its handle, and that may not be opened by a throwing, explosive, or spring action.”

So, no automatic or “ballistic” knives. I can own them, but I can’t carry them concealed. I can carry an “ordinary pocketknife” in my pocket.

What I liked about the Delica.

  • It was a good size. I could go a bit bigger, but I wouldn’t want it to be smaller
  • It was easy to open one handed.
  • I could pick how to carry it. I carried it in my left front pocket, with the tip upwards. I could just pull it out, flick my thumb, and start using my knife.
  • It was pretty sharp

Some of the knives recommended so far

Any other suggestions? Anyone want to send me some knives to try out?

Dear Rings Manufacturing, Are you serious?

Rings Manufacturing makes Blueguns. Wonderful blue colored cast plastic firearm mockups useful for holster makers and for safe(er) force on force training.

I bought their Springfield XD45 because my wife wanted to work on desensitizing herself to handguns. She actually brought it up all on her own.

This is what it looks like in the catalog.

Bluegun1XD45

There was one thing I wondered about. They had actually cast the grip safety into the mold. “That’s pretty strange,” I thought. “Does it move, like on my real XD45?”

Apparently not.

Seriously, Rings? You cast a training gun that no one could actually hold during training?

I took my brand new Rings Bluegun to the Wylie E. Coyote School of Gunsmithing and used a Dremel sander to sand it down flat.

Bluegun3XD45

A better view of the sanding job.

Bluegun2XD45

 I guess no one’s going to be hiring me to work on their firearm grips any time soon.

Other than that, I’m pleased with the Bluegun. I can practice draws in the hallway, which is nice. I taught my wife proper grip on it after I modded it. She still thinks the grip feels a bit unnatural, but she’s doing pretty well for someone who’s honestly terrified of handguns. She even has problems with cops being near her.

I’m pretty proud of her for trying so hard. Most people wouldn’t bother to face their fears.

Thank you SureFire!

Five days a week, 50 weeks a year, for six solid years. That’s how long it took me to break my SureFire flashlight. You have your “every day carry” flashlight, I have my work flashlight. I’m an inspector for a large insurance company. I make my living going into places and inspecting things. Dark places. Many of them in basements and crawl spaces, construction sites, and industrial locations. Some are really not what you would call “hospitable” places.

When I started this job, and coincidentally got married at the same time, my brother sent me a SureFire E2L Outdoorsman (this link is to the new, dual output version) flashlight as a wedding gift. He said I’d probably need it. He was right. It’s been my constant companion on the job since the day I started.

I’ve changed company cars 3 times, computers twice, and ran through more pens than I can possibly count, but I’m still carrying the same flashlight. I’ve dropped it so often that the strike bezel had extra crenelations. I’ve stepped on it and kicked it across the floor. And when I go into prisons and they take away my pepper spray and pocket knife, I still get to carry my flashlight. Until one day two weeks ago when I finally did something to it that it couldn’t take. 

So what did SureFire say when I told them my $130+ (at that time!)  flashlight had finally broken? They said “send it back.” Today, magically in my mail, here it is.

SureFireE2LOutdoorsman

The tailcap and bezel are new. The light is new. The batteries are new. In fact, the only thing not new on this flashlight is the metal body and the clip. They included a free sticker too.

My next firearm related purchase will be a weapon light for my AR. I’m thinking that I should check out what SureFire has. I’ll bet that it will be tough enough to deal with my Shleprock attitude towards equipment. I was also considering getting an E1L flashlight for my wife to tuck in her purse. It’s nice to have a portable searchlight handy. And if you need something to signal passing satellites, my father has one of these monstrosities. I want one!

Thanks, SureFire. And thanks, Brian. It’s been a great wedding present.

FTC Disclaimer: I didn’t tell SureFire I was a blogger when I sent in my flashlight for warranty repair. They didn’t charge me for repairs because that’s their standard policy.

An NC Gun Blog recommended vendor – Name Tags

With a blog named “An NC Gun Blog,” it only made sense to have a name tag shaped like North Carolina. I did a quick Google search for “State Name Tags” and picked a place that seemed reasonable. They made me my original name tag, with the blogspot.com URL. It even has a little magnet to hold it on rather than pins. I’ve had the tag for about 18 months now.

With the move to self hosting came a new URL, and thus a new name tag. I’ve been very satisfied with my old tag, and so I didn’t see any reason to change suppliers. I dug out the old email, including the invoice number, and sent them a request for a new one with the new URL but otherwise identical. I sent the email on Sunday evening. They made and after verifying my shipping address shipped the tag on Monday. It arrived in my mailbox today, less than 72 hours after I sent in the order.

So if you’re in the market for a name tag for that next blogger get together, political event or gun club meeting, I highly recommend All American Trophy of Missoula, Montana. They have standard, custom, and state name tags in many different colors.

FCC Disclaimer: I paid my own hard-earned cash for my name tag. The price was pretty low, but it was not discounted just because I’m famous on the interwebs.

Fifty rounds through a Ruger LCR

Now that the Citizen’s Police Academy is over, I am back to spending Tuesday evenings at the range with Knightbane, Mrs. Knightbane, and Arms are the Mark of a Free Man. We meet up at Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center in Raleigh and shoot until 7pm when they close the range.
A couple of weeks ago, Mrs. Knightbane let me shoot her LCR. I put about 10 rounds through it, just enough to get learn how the sights on a snubbie work. Bury the front post! Last night I brought my own box of .38 SPC to the range and ran all 50 rounds through the LCR.
Typically we use the right hand range, with standard paper targets. Last night was crowded, so Knightbane and Mrs. Knightbane were sent to the left hand, open bay, range. When I finished up shooting my .45, I wandered over to see how they were doing. They were using a .22LR to shoot at the plate racks. The plates didn’t want to fall over. I had no such problem with Mrs. Knightbane’s LCR. So long as I remembered to bury the front post, the plate would disappear.
I need a lot more practice with it. I am slow, and I am getting about 4 plates for each 5 shots. I think I wouldn’t mind having my own LCR, though it did get quite hot after 50 rounds.
The good – didn’t beat up my hands. Recoil on par with my XD .45ACP
The bad – years of shooting a semi-auto make double action triggers difficult for me to deal with
The ugly – that damn front sight post. It was accurate, but I felt like I was shooting down hill.
I need to practice rapid reloads, and get some speed strips for it.


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Proclaiming Liberty – Theme 5

In his book Proclaiming Liberty, Philip Mulivor has given us a series of “themes” that pretty much all anti-gun arguments must fall into. I’m a big believer in breaking things down into easy to understand elements. Philip has managed to give us an easy reference framework to anti-gun argument. All we need to do is determine which “theme” the gun grabbers are working in and we know how to proceed.

This week I’ll be taking a different theme each day and talking about it. Today, Theme #5

5.       Gun prohibitionists expect new laws to mitigate criminal behavior

We all know this one. The gun grabbers are always trying to pass one more law. Paradise is just around the corner, we just need to pass one last law that will ensure that we get there.

We see it every time. We need to put up “No Guns Allowed” signs in parks, because the guy carrying a gun illegally, attacking someone illegally, shooting someone illegally is going to be put off by a sign that says “No Guns Allowed.

Laws are not intended to keep criminals in line. They are intended to keep the law abiding in line. They are like locks. They are just there to keep honest people honest. Perhaps the greatest discussion of how stupid the “one more law” crowd is can be seen in this video.



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Proclaiming Liberty – Theme 4

In his book Proclaiming Liberty, Philip Mulivor has given us a series of “themes” that pretty much all anti-gun arguments must fall into. I’m a big believer in breaking things down into easy to understand elements. Philip has managed to give us an easy reference framework to anti-gun argument. All we need to do is determine which “theme” the gun grabbers are working in and we know how to proceed.
This week I’ll be taking a different theme each day and talking about it. Today, Theme #4
4.       Gun prohibitionists see their own hostility in innocent fellow citizens
Imagine yourself a woman at a singles bar. You meet some nice young man who chats you up. At some point in the conversation he tells you “all men cheat.” What conclusion about him should you draw from that statement?
Obviously  you should quickly conclude that HE will cheat. He’s already given himself permission because in his mind, all men do it.
Same goes for the gun grabbers. They tell you that if anyone could have a gun, people will get murdered over parking spots, irate diners will murder their waitress because they were served sweet tea instead of unsweet (this is a big issue in the South!). Yet every time they make these dire predictions, nothing happens. How could that be?
The gun grabbers aren’t looking at objective reality when they make these predictions. If they were, they would have stopped making the predictions a long time ago. These things haven’t happened, and they are unlikely to happen in the future, so anyone who actually looked at reality would not predict these things to happen in the future. The gun grabbers are merely telling you what THEY would do if they had access to deadly force. They are projecting their anger and violence on you. They are telling you that they would lose their cool, whip out a gun and blast the next person who cut them off in traffic.
Keep that in mind when discussing gun rights, or when dating. When someone makes a blanket statement about what “everyone” would do, they are really telling you what they would do.
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Proclaiming Liberty – Theme 3

In his book Proclaiming Liberty, Philip Mulivor has given us a series of “themes” that pretty much all anti-gun arguments must fall into. I’m a big believer in breaking things down into easy to understand elements. Philip has managed to give us an easy reference framework to anti-gun argument. All we need to do is determine which “theme” the gun grabbers are working in and we know how to proceed.
This week I’ll be taking a different theme each day and talking about it. Today, Theme #3
3.       Gun prohibitionists indict inanimate objects instead of human behavior
Here’s another gun grabber idea that just bends reality. Anti-gunners are always attacking the gun rather than the person behind the gun. It makes no sense, but they like to tell us that guns “have no purpose but to kill.” I always think “so, even if that was true, why is killing bad?” Some people should be killed. It’s considered immoral to go out looking for those people who deserve to be killed, but if they show up and demand to be killed, what’s wrong with killing them?
It’s always “Gun Death™” with these guys. They are always going on about the huge numbers of people getting “killed by guns.” They never bother to look at WHO those people are. More than 50% are suicides. People who choose to kill themselves with a gun are not going to be deterred by the lack of a gun. They will simply jump off a building or hang themselves. The ones that murder or get murdered are disproportionately prior criminals. Getting murdered is an ordinary hazard of being involved in the illegal drug trade. They always find sympathetic victims, whitewash the unsympathetic ones, and ignore the fact that most murderers are career criminals.
To them, it’s not the criminal’s fault, it’s the gun’s fault. This is just stupid.
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Proclaiming Liberty – Theme 2

In his book Proclaiming Liberty, Philip Mulivor has given us a series of “themes” that pretty much all anti-gun arguments must fall into. I’m a big believer in breaking things down into easy to understand elements. Philip has managed to give us an easy reference framework to anti-gun argument. All we need to do is determine which “theme” the gun grabbers are working in and we know how to proceed.
This week I’ll be taking a different theme each day and talking about it. Today, Theme #2
2.       Gun prohibitionists display moral confusion about self-defense
This theme is my personal favorite. The gun grabbers act as if you are a horrible person because you are considering your options and you have decided that there are some situations where it is preferable to kill someone else rather than suffer injury at their hands.
The religious anti-gunners (and those who want to attack you for failing to live up to your religion) hang their hat on “Thou Shalt not Kill.” They imagine that this obvious mistranslation of “You shall not murder” means that I am required to die or suffer crippling injury rather than kill my attacker. Like many others who seek to use the Scripture to lie, they never bother to read anything else.
In my honest opinion, the real reason for this argument is cowardice. Some people are just cowards. Rather than face up to their responsibility to protect themselves and the innocent, they refuse to think ahead. They steadfastly refuse to consider what they would have to do to survive. The problem is, when they see people like us consider the options and plan ahead, it points out how cowardly they are. The only thing a coward hates worse than himself is a brave man. Since they can’t honestly consider their own cowardice, they are left with no other option than to attack us as paranoid and violent.
Honestly, I haven’t the slightest care in the world for the opinion of a person who would cheerfully abandon his wife to a rapist rather than learn how to handle a gun. When “turn the other cheek” becomes “do whatever you want to me and my family” I think it’s gone too far. Self defense is a moral imperative.
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Proclaiming Liberty – Theme 1

In his book Proclaiming Liberty, Philip Mulivor has given us a series of “themes” that pretty much all anti-gun arguments must fall into. I’m a big believer in breaking things down into easy to understand elements. Philip has managed to give us an easy reference framework to anti-gun argument. All we need to do is determine which “theme” the gun grabbers are working in and we know how to proceed.
This week I’ll be taking a different theme each day and talking about it. Today, Theme #1
1.           Gun prohibitionists reject Constitutional Originalism
The only really honest way to look at law is generally referred to as “originalism.” The basic theory is that a law means what it meant when it was originally passed. In order to determine what that means, one has to look at the original public meaning. What did everyone think it meant at the time. That’s important because if you try to use the modern meaning of words when interpreting law that’s over 200 years old, you’re bound to have a few conflicts.
Well regulated
a.       in proper working order (then)
b.      strictly controlled by laws (now)
Militia
a.       The whole body of the people trained to arms (then)
b.      The National Guard (now, at least in the minds of the gun grabbers)
You can see the conflict.
It makes absolutely no sense to try to use the modern meanings of these words when trying to interpret what the Founders said when they wrote the Second Amendment, but that’s exactly what the gun grabbers do. They try to act like the Constitution’s meaning is different today than its meaning 200 years ago. They have to do that, otherwise they’ve lost the argument from the get-go.
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