With the warm summer months upon us, I recently decided to put away my Sig Sauer 9mm P239 for a more compact, and lighter pistol for conceal carry. There have been numerous subcompact pistols released that are lightweight, and can be concealed easily. I opted for the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield in 9mm.
I personally prefer all steel pistols over polymer frame pistols because I enjoy the feel steel pistols have when shooting them in comparison to polymer pistols. But when searching for a new everyday carry gun for the summertime, the Smith and Wesson Shield fit my requirements. The Shield is a thin handgun. It has a 3.1-inch barrel, with an overall length of 6.1 inches and an unloaded weight of 19 ounces.
The Shield can be equipped with a seven or an eight round magazine. I have a few seven round magazines and one eight round magazine. I usually carry one or two spare magazines in my pocket. When wearing it with a belt clip holster, I hardly can tell it’s on and it is barely visible with a t-shirt on. Of all the handguns I have carried, it is the best concealable handgun I have owned, that does not sacrifice stopping power for concealment. I have owned a Smith and Wesson M&P Bodyguard in 380acp and although it fit perfectly in my custom ostrich pocket holster an it was barely noticeable, I did not like the snappiness when firing and I wanted a 9mm instead of 380acp caliber pistol.
This summer, the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield will be on my hip wherever I go. I’ll still be able to wear a t-shirt and shorts without compromising my dress when carrying a pistol. After taking this firearm to the range and having multiple range sessions with it, I feel comfortable carrying this pistol on me. In your comments let me know what you’re carrying in right now and your thoughts on the Smith and Wesson Shield.
My eight year old daughter saw me cleaning my Ruger SP101 Wiley Clapp and said “Dad that’s a nice cowboy gun.” I never looked at this revolver as a cowboy gun but after she said that I smiled and thought yes it is a nice cowboy gun. This isn’t a six shooter that the likes of Billy the Kid would use nor is it trying to be that. My first handgun I carried concealed was a revolver. I liked carrying it but at the time I want a firearm with more ammo capacity that I traded in my revolver for a high capacity polymer pistol. I didn’t realize until a year ago, that revolvers are not outdated and with proper training can save your life in a self defense situation. After firing and carrying this revolver, it makes for a great conceal carry weapon for personal defense.
This all-steel, 25 ounce 5-shot snub nose revolver has a lot going for it. This is similar to the standard 2.25-inch model, but in place of the fixed sights, the Wiley Clapp SP101 has a drift-adjustable Novak rear sight and brass bead front sight. It also has a nice set of textured wood inlays on the grips, and a tapered cylinder. I have fired a Ruger SP101 before and the one thing I wanted to change on the firearm were the sights. The sights on the original were hard to acquire the target and I did not shoot that firearm accurately. The Ruger SP101 Wiley Clapp edition aids in acquiring the target faster by adding a brass bead front sight. From my experience shooting the revolver, it makes getting on target faster. When shooting this firearm from twenty yards away, I found it very accurate and and recoil light. I shoot 300 rounds of Winchester 38 special ammo and the revolver was precise and the recoil was hardly noticeable. Other than the aesthetic additions, this is the same Ruger SP101.
Shooting the Ruger was a pleasure. As mentioned before, the recoil was light and very easy to get back on target. The sights make it very easy to shoot. It is not a heavy firearm but neither a lightweight revolver. I like the weight and feel. It has a very good balance. It is also capable of shooting 357 Magnum loads, but during my outings I have not experimented with shooting 357 rounds out of this firearm yet.The grips are comfortable in the hands. The wood inlays add a unique look to the revolver. The double action trigger pull is smooth. I found that I shoot this firearm better than some of my other automatic pistols.
The Ruger SP101 is comfortable to carry. I carry it in a IWB holster and it is barely noticeable to me. I brought Corbon 38 special +P 110-gr self defense ammo and a few speed loaders to carry extra ammo. If you are lucky and can find one of these you will not be disappointed. I brought mine used for a reasonable price but new this firearm can be found around the mid $600 range. Aesthetically this is a beautiful firearm, but with the addition of the Novak brass bead sight, this is more than capable at being a great self defense revolver that I would recommend.
Six pack or a revolver? That was an easy choice for me. When I turned 21, the last thing I wanted to do was spend my day at a bar. I wanted to spend my day at my local firearms dealer. My father accompanied me when I purchased my first gun, the same place he purchased his first gun. Together we spent months looking at all the handguns. I saved my hard earned cash up and couldn’t wait until I was able to purchase my first handgun. I have been around handguns since I could remember and been shooting since I was 12. I was even on the high school rifle team, but this was my own gun. With it not only came great responsibility but also great fear. I brought my concealed carry permit that same day, but was I ready to carry?
Life changes when you carry a live gun on your hip and you’re out in public. It’s different from getting your first car. You get your first car and drive off the lot. You can’t wait for your friends to see you in your new car. Your excitement is running through your body but you buy your car and forget about what it is capable of doing. You forget that your new car can instantly become a weapon and can take you or someone else’s life. When I carried my gun for the first time I felt it on me. It was awkward and heavy.
I reminisce at times when I recall my first time carrying a firearm. It felt weird and wrong because I was the first person my age who I knew that carried a gun and in the beginning I felt like I was breaking a law. As a minority, I felt even more cautious. I never saw stories of black concealed carry people defending themselves in the newspaper or television but I saw black people committing crimes with firearms. It also illustrated a stereotype that black people who had a gun were criminals. I knew that wasn’t true but most people see a young black male carrying a gun as trouble.
Most firearms related crimes committed in my city involve minorities killing other minorities (black on black violence.) Other than my father my godfather, and a few minority policemen, I didn’t know any black people who carried a firearm in my city. I live in a city with a population of about 14,000 people and an increasing amount of violent crimes and a drug epidemic.
As a young boy, I rarely saw anyone except police, military, or criminals with guns and was taught in school guns kill people. It wasn’t until I became a teenage and my father started to educate and teach me about firearm education, safety, and marksmanship, I knew that school was spinning me an incorrect narrative. In high school, I joined the rifle team and continued learning marksmanship. The rifle team furthered my firearm training but I also learned that there was a lot about shooting I still didn’t know. I found out that in the urban high school I attended, the vast majority of the team never shot a rifle in their life. The suburban teams we played against the majority of the team had been exposed to firearms before joining the team. I realized that minority families were less likely to expose their children to firearms. My school and my community were not educating young minorities about gun safety.
I carry a firearm daily and educate myself on laws. I train consistently and love exploring the firearm culture. I recently brought a precision rifle to start training long range shooting and I plan on going deer hunting for the first time. Since carrying my first handgun, I don’t feel awkward anymore. I just wake up, take a shower, get dressed, put my gun on and head out the door. My conceal handgun has become an extension of me. With the increase in violence and the backwards politics in my city, I fear that people will restrict firearms from law abiding citizens but not restrict the criminals from obtaining firearms. I plan on being a firearm activist and to be a positive influence in the firearm community. I plan on trying to bring gun education to the inter city schools and working with pro gun groups to get young minorities.
When I wake up and begin my day, the last thing that crosses my mind is worrying if I have to use my firearm. I do not live in a very high crime area of town nor do I venture to more high crime areas. I occasionally frequent bars or lounges but since carrying a firearm, I try not to venture to areas where there is a higher probability of confrontation. As gun owners, when the time arises when we are out and things go from casual to downhill, we must determine when to use our firearm and when not to and at times this can be hard to determine. It’s not always a black and white situation as I myself have had to make quick thought out decisions when it came to using my firearm.
I recently went to Ohio with my girlfriend for her cousin’s birthday party. I live in Pennsylvania, and before leaving for Ohio I researched and studied the firearm laws for conceal carry in Ohio. In 2015, any out-of-state concealed carry permit holder became recognized in Ohio. So before venturing to the Buckeye state, I happily included my handgun and a couple speed loaders with me on my trip.
We attended the party and everyone was drinking and having a good time. There were approximately seventy people at the birthday party. It was located in a quiet suburban area. I was an outsider but conversed with my girlfriend’s family and friends. As the party dipped into the evening hours I noticed two drunk men at the party start to argue with each other. One of the guys shovel the other into a fridge and soon people started to separate the individuals. The argument continued out into the street of the suburban neighborhood. The guy who was shoveled pulled a knife out and made a threat to stab the individual who pushed him. My girlfriend and I are about 200 yards away from the altercation and she suggested that I go over there and try to deescalate the situation. I replied that I’m not getting involved because my life nor her life was not in immediate danger. I told her to call the police and it is their job to get involved and keep the peace. As we walked back to the car to leave, I heard someone cock back the slide of a gun and saw some more people head over to the conflict.
The guy with the knife fled but eventually he called the police. The police eventually arrested him and ended the party. No one was injured. On our way back to the hotel that night, I explained to my girlfriend that if I would have pulled my gun out, I could have been arrested and been in legal trouble trying to deescalate the situation. I told her that carrying a firearm isn’t about saving the day, it’s a responsibility. Often times you have to make a judgment call. The situation might have been different if he had someone at knife point, went on a stabbing rampage, or was threatening my or her immediate safety. But I was in no way in danger. I was always taught to use your firearm as a last resort when you cannot escape. I had an out and I took it. I got away from the danger. As a gun owner, I hope I never have to pull my firearm out for a self defense situation. In the case I have to, I want to be justified in my decision to use it.
I have been fortunate enough to have been trained in marksmanship by my father. My father has been one of the most influential people in my life. He has purchased many firearms through the years, but the handgun he cherishes the most are his 9mm Browning High Powers. He has always enjoyed the Browning High Power because how accurate and concealable the pistol is. They are also one of the most beautiful firearms. They have become more than firearms; his three Browning High Powers are memories of him and the time we spent together shooting.
The Browning High Power is one of the very first handguns I have ever fired. My father has had a variety of Browning High Powers in the past. He now has three, which are his favorite handguns. I remember the many range trips we have gone on together with the Browning High Power. My father taught me marksmanship skills and safety fundamentals with the Browning High Power. Time spent at the range, he would show me how to line up the sights on the target, the importance of trigger pull, and other skills. After the range, we would go home and clean the firearms and he would show me how to disassemble the gun. The Browning High Power is the very first pistol I remember my father conceal carrying. I remember my father always carrying it in a custom leather holster, with his double magazine pouch. My father taught me that a good holster and belt are essential for conceal carry and it’s just as important as the pistol you are carrying.
My father currently has three Browning High Powers in his collection. He has a T series High Power that was made in Belgium. He has a Browning High Power that was sent to Novak’s custom gunsmithing shop. The last one he acquired was a limited production two tone High Power with a gold trigger. He occasionally carries his High Powers and shoots them at the range. With a great holster and belt, the Browning High Power makes for a great ccw pistol. It is a narrow pistol that conceals easily.
After shooting many compact and sub compact 9mm pistols, it is a pleasure to shoot a full size pistol, especially the Browning High Power. When I look at the Browning High Power, I look at its legacy and the legacy it has left for me. It is not only the first handgun I learned how to shoot, but it’s the countless memories my father and I have shared together. The Browning High Power is my family’s heirloom and the gift of marksmanship and memories from father to son.
Greetings from California to all you Black Man With A Gun faithfuls. It’s no secret that the state of California is not friendly to the 2nd Amendment (nor any civil rights apart from those that are dear to left wing politicos). However, this past week, the CA legislature, dominated by the Democrats, has openly declared war on all law abiding gun owners in our state. It would take an essay or a novelette to document the entire slew of proposed legislation that we face, so for brevity’s sake, I’ll link a call to action from one of our newest 2nd Amendment advocacy groups in CA so you can see what we’re facing:
I’m sure none of you are surprised by what you’ve seen here and you’re wondering why state the obvious. It is my hope that with the help of Gunmovement and other grass roots, gun rights activity, we can educate and inform all Californians as well as those fortunate enough to live in free America, just what these politicians purport to be doing in our name. Far too many of our citizens, gun owners and non gun owners alike, have very little knowledge of the activity that takes place in our state capital. Others don’t consider the long term ramifications of apathy or an every man for himself attitude.
I know many will just advise that we abandon ship and move to a place that actually respects the Bill of Rights. I find that piece of advice unacceptable. First, I love this state that I live in despite the twisted and corrupt politics. I lived here long before these would be rulers infected us with their insanity, so I’m not inclined to just hand them my home on a silver platter. Second, we are not completely lost. Many gun owners are waking up and many new groups have risen up to the challenge of defending our 2nd Amendment heritage.
So why tell you all this when it’s clear we’re facing an uphill battle? To let you know that we’re on the frontlines of this cultural, ideological and political war and the like any good fighting force, we’re only as strong as the support we receive back home. It is my hope that you’d support us in spirit, morale and, for those of you so inclined, financially by lending your support to the organizations that are fighting for us, and in the long term, for all of you as well. I’d like to introduce you to two organizations which have been working diligently against these civil rights crushing efforts:
The NRA-ILA has also made the commitment to keep all funds donated by Californians in California, to fight the never ending onslaught of our would-be rulers.
While all appears bleak, we are hardly finished or done in California and I hope that, rather than being depressed by our seemingly desperate plight, you are encouraged to be more involved so that your home state will never become infected by this disease hopolophobic fascism. Remember, once a plague of locusts has finished ravaging an area it moves on. We’ll do our best here to stop them, but I don’t think anyone has the luxury of sitting back and watching from the sidelines.
“The position of the Americans is therefore quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one. Their strictly Puritanical origin, their exclusively commercial habits, even the country they inhabit, which seems to divert their minds from the pursuit of science, literature, and the arts, the proximity of Europe, which allows them to neglect these pursuits without relapsing into barbarism, a thousand special causes, of which I have only been able to point out the most important, have singularly concurred to fix the mind of the American upon purely practical objects. His passions, his wants, his education, and everything about him seem to unite in drawing the native of the United States earthward; his religion alone bids him turn, from time to time, a transient and distracted glance to heaven. Let us cease, then, to view all democratic nations under the example of the American people.” — Alexis de Tocqueville
Long before French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, birthed the concept of American exceptionalism by name with these famous words in 1831, our nation had been busy fleshing out the inspirational phenomenon of “The Great Experiment” on practical, measurable, and meaningful terms. From the willingness of the Founding Fathers to sign their own death warrants by placing their names boldly on the Declaration of Independence to the courage and resolve found in the common American family, prepared to risk everything they had in an all-or-nothing bid to stake their personal claim on the uncertain future of the great and intimidating Western frontier that was Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase to the gargantuan national effort that was required to build the Transcontinental Railroad to the steadfast endeavors of the Wright brothers, who risked life and limb in their nearly endless attempts to invent the first flying airplane to the persevering dedication of Thomas Edison, whose never-give-up attitude led him to remain ever vigilant through 6,000 failed attempts to create the first working version of the commercially-practical incandescent light bulb, Americans have exuded the confidence and exhibited the can-do attitude to succeed in the face of almost certain defeat.
It is with this singular, roll-up-your-sleeves brand of American grit that has inspired our country’s scientists, inventors, businessmen, and cultural leaders to consistently accomplish that which, at the time, appeared seemingly impossible. For instance, one of the most critical American scientific breakthroughs in the history of mankind that resulted in profoundly positive worldwide implications was the advent of the Green Revolution, where American agronomist, humanitarian, and Nobel laureate, Norman Borlaug, overcame the Malthusian projections of worldwide famine by developing high-yield, disease-resistant crops that saved at least a billion lives all over the planet.
And the legacy of American exceptionalism has continued through to modern history. Naming a select-few, game-changing inventions that society now takes for granted, the world was introduced to refrigeration, the telegraph, assembly-line production, extra-galactic astronomy, the liquid-fueled rocket, EEG brain topography, the digital computer, nylon, the transistor, the video game, cable television, radio carbon dating, the credit card, the nuclear submarine, the laser, carbon fiber, the integrated circuit, the weather satellite, the birth control pill, kevlar, the compact disc, the space shuttle, the graphical user interface (GUI), and the global positioning system (GPS) through American ingenuity, creativity, innovation, desire, and sheer effort.
However, despite all of the evidence to demonstrate the validity of this inspirational phenomenon, the concept of American exceptionalism is, in modern times, almost as hotly-debated a topic as the 2nd Amendment, especially amongst academics. Many have questioned whether or not American contributions towards the forward progress of mankind have truly stood head-and-shoulders above those achievements that have come from other parts of the world. While the liberal professoriate in this country decries the very notion of this unique hallmark of American distinction, reality and history clearly prove otherwise.
Even when one moves beyond the inventions and innovations listed above and leans towards the loftier ideals that help define the human condition with moral fiber and dignity, American exceptionalism can be very clearly demonstrated through the common desire to see fairness and equality extended to all citizens of this country, a powerful and defining notion that speaks to the very character of our national identity. Time and again, civil rights activists have tapped into the American consciousness in their plea to end slavery, in their bid for women’s suffrage, and in their attempts to gain racial equality. Famous historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Susan Brownell Anthony dedicated their lives towards causes and political movements that served the greater good. Their victories in promoting social progress were always earned through great personal sacrifice and, in some instances, their struggle for equality eventually cost them their lives.
On the wider scale of human progress, it is that unique brand of American exceptionalism that engendered our nation’s history of promoting and protecting civil rights which inspires even those citizens of the world who live beyond our borders. The people of Iran, Egypt, Syria, and all over the Middle East have risen up against their tyrannical regimes in recent times as a direct result of American exceptionalism, both motivated on principle by our country’s freedoms and because of the timely efforts of our nation’s pioneering innovators, whose vision and legacy became Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter, and revolutionized the social media space that was necessary to make a home-grown and instantly unified national uprising possible.
Utilizing this same social media technology that is driving societal progress in the Middle East, a living and breathing example of modern American exceptionalism is now being clearly demonstrated in California, where common, law-abiding citizens, demonized by the mainstream press, politicians, and the gun control lobby establishment over the past three decades for doing nothing more than exercising a basic, fundamental, and enumerated civil right to self-defense, have found each other online to simultaneously stand up en masse and shoulder-to-shoulder in ending the gun control lobby’s ceaseless advance against the 2nd Amendment in the Golden State by stopping every single gun control bill introduced in the State Legislature cold in 2010.
Once attacked and vilified to the point of nearly-forced silence, law-abiding California gun owners now draw upon that uniquely-muscular brand of American courage that inspires them to hold their heads high and stand tall in defense of the time-honored traditions and principles that helped to forge and shape this country into being. They do so against great adversity, and like their forefathers and fellow civil rights trailblazers did before them, exhibit the courage of conviction to rise up in the face of deliberate injustice and societal oppression. Gun ownership, once spoken of in almost hushed tones for fear of being marked by an immense anti-gun social stigma, is now being publicly proclaimed with a proud and patriotic defiance, as common, every-day Californians are staking their names, faces, and professional reputations in defense of their basic, fundamental, and enumerated civil right to self defense.
And the courageous efforts of these living and breathing examples of modern American exceptionalism have netted all common, law-abiding Californians a growing number of significant victories in their collective bid to re-secure their 2nd Amendment Rights in the Golden State.
For instance, when the nation’s most recognizable gun control organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, teamed up with their legal affiliate, the Legal Community Against Violence, to try and bully tax-paying and law-abiding firearms retailers out of the local San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Pleasant Hill by conspiring with high-ranking City Council members behind closed doors in an effort to force those small businesses out of the city, a contingent of 109 Second Amendment supporters from Responsible Citizens of California, Contra Costa Open Carry, Nor Cal Open Carry, Calguns, the East Bay Tea Party, and other local concerned residents converged on City Hall on a nondescript Tuesday night in April to express their strong opposition to such proposals. These 2nd Amendment supporters’ collective efforts paid off. Not only were these unconstitutional proposals stopped cold, but the owner of one of these Pleasant Hill firearms retailers, City Arms, was also presented with an award by the mayor in the city’s 4th of July parade less than three months later.
Another shining beacon of American exceptionalism at work in California is clearly demonstrated by the People’s victory over San Francisco County Sheriff Michael Hennessey’s blatant disregard for State law mandating that he have a written policy for concealed carry handgun permit (CCW) applications in place. Being that California is a “may-issue” concealed carry State, many County Sheriffs have abused their authority by effectively hiding behind the “may-issue” statute to impose a “will-not-issue-under-any-circumstances” reality. The only exceptions to this rule would be if the applicant is a friend of the Sheriff or was a significant political contributor. This was clearly the case in San Francisco County. After more than a decade of flaunting the very law that he is duty bound to uphold, the Calguns Foundation, at great cost through their own exhaustive legal efforts, was able to force the 32-year career law enforcement official to comply with State law.
And Calguns’ efforts in forcing the San Francisco County Sheriff to obey State CCW laws do not stand alone. Recently, the California 2nd Amendment advocacy organization scored another victory in Ventura County when Superior Court Judge Henry Walsh ruled that the county must release information about concealed carry permit applications that are pertinent in helping Calguns determine whether or not CCW permits are being issued in a lawful and uniform manner. This information is critical in helping future CCW applicants in establishing “good cause” before a CCW permit can be issued by Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. This ruling also establishes a clear-cut court precedent for other counties inside California to comply that have, thus far, been reluctant to produce their own corresponding documents under Freedom of Information Act requests.
These 2nd Amendment victories in California come on the heels of other successful efforts to re-secure the basic, fundamental, and enumerated civil right to self defense in the Golden State. If there is a living and breathing example of the anti-gun establishment’s hostility towards Right-to-Carry laws, then it was very aptly demonstrated in February of 2010 when East Palo Alto Police Detective Rod Tuason, threatened to shoot law-abiding Open Carry advocates for doing nothing more than exercising their fundamental civil rights. When Calguns posted Tuason’s threatening and discriminatory Facebook comments online, State and nationwide outrage ensued. Hoping that this controversy would completely disappear over time without threatening the anti-gun status quo, the East Palo Alto Police Department took no corrective action on the hot-button topic, despite multiple attempts by concerned citizens to follow up over the next several months. However, the non-profit, Right-to-Carry advocacy organization, Responsible Citizens of California (RCC), would not let the matter die without a fair and just resolution. After more than five months of stonewalling, the East Palo Alto Police Department finally issued a public statement condemning Tuason’s Facebook comments on the same day that RCC staged a protest in front of the East Palo Alto City Hall to speak out against this months-long injustice.
However, like all progress involving civil rights in America, individuals within this Movement who have stood up to defend the 2nd Amendment in California have, at times, paid a very high and personal price. It is their character and integrity that has set them apart as shining examples of modern American exceptionalism. For instance, when Responsible Citizens of California Chairman of the Board Sam Wolanyk was improperly arrested by the San Diego Police Department for exercising his Open Carry rights, he decided to stand up for the entire Movement in California by enlisting the Calguns Foundation’s legal expertise to not only seek damages but also, more importantly, to secure his petition for a Finding of Factual Innocence from the City of San Diego, thus forcing the city to admit that no reasonable cause for his arrest existed and therefore, effectively set a precedent for all Open Carry advocates in California facing similar circumstances in the future.
It is against this type of open, anti-gun hostility that 2nd Amendment activism in California has not only survived, but also thrived in that pressure cooker of all civil rights endeavors, forged by the fires of American exceptionalism. For instance, when South Bay Open Carry decided to attend the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair in September of 2010, they thoughtfully showed the etiquette of setting up a meeting to set at ease any fears that the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association may have in regards to their attendance. However, instead of accepting this extension of courtesy and diplomacy as an act of good faith, the anti-gun Manhattan Beach Fair Association Board and local police officers attempted to circumvent the law by enacting a weapons ban to bar the Open Carry advocates’ attendance. However, then-South Bay Open Carry President, Harley Green, was very well-versed in the law and pointed out that such a weapons ban would be a direct violation of Article 11 of the California Constitution and through extensive back-and-forth legal wrangling, where the local government realized that they could not act unilaterally to pass a weapons ban on public property without due process, was able to achieve yet another meaningful victory against the gun control lobby’s illegal efforts to curb every law-abiding Californian’s 2nd Amendment Rights in the Golden State. As with all Open Carry events across the State and the country, gun control advocates’ fears about public safety were met with the facts–the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair went off without a hitch and no threats to public safety ever materialized. Furthermore, it is because of the scores of highly-publicized Open Carry events such as the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair being covered in the print, radio, and television media without the slightest hint of a threat to public safety that the non-gun-owning general public is now becoming increasingly aware of the fact that the gun control lobby’s arguments against the Open Carry Movement in California simply hold no water.
And these clear-cut examples of American exceptionalism being demonstrated by 2nd Amendment activists in California show no signs of letting up any time soon. For instance, in a concerted bid to coalesce the efforts of all gun rights groups in the Golden State into an even more focused force multiplier on the political and legal stage, Calguns has organized a Second Amendment Weekend starting on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 1 PM at the Murphys Historic Hotel in Murphys, California to review the remarkable progress that has been made over the past two years as well as discuss future plans that all 2nd Amendment activists can contribute to in re-securing their basic, fundamental, and enumerated civil right to self defense on the West Coast. With discounted hotel rates already negotiated beforehand for all event participants, most of the local hotels have already been booked to capacity, as more than 100 guests have already pre-registered for the event. However, there are local bed and breakfasts as well as campgrounds nearby for those wishing to exercise that option. For others still wishing to attend the event, organizer Kevin Thomason has recommended that those who have yet to register are welcome to bring sleeping bags and overnight accomodations will be made for any 2nd Amendment activists wishing to participate. As one of the largest 2nd Amendment advocacy gatherings in the history of the Golden State, there will be many prominent faces within the gun rights community in California speaking at this engagement, including several Calguns Foundation Board Members and at least one prominent civil rights attorney.
With these historic developments in mind, the future of the 2nd Amendment advocacy in California is looking brighter with each passing day. Characteristic of the fellow countrymen who came before them, those wishing to uphold and defend their basic, fundamental, and enumerated civil right to self defense have embraced the ideals of American exceptionalism wholeheartedly and the quickened pace of forward social progress that is a hallmark of the American identity is now very clearly coming into focus in the Golden State.
I have always enjoyed CZ-USA firearms. In the past I had two pistols and my dad had many throughout the years. Through trading, we both had parted with our CZ-USA firearms, but we have had overall great experiences with them. Then I found out about a fairly new firearm from CZ-USA: the CZ-USA Scorpion EVO. Ever since hearing about this firearm I knew I wanted one and since owning one for about a year now, I can say that I won’t be parting with this firearm.
The CZ-USA Scorpion EVO was introduced to the American marketplace as a pistol but the original design was a sub machine gun. It is chambered in 9mm. The CZ-USA Scorpion EVO pistol is a light weight pistol, made with several polymer features to reduce weight. The overall length is 16 inches and it came with two 20 round magazines, but you can buy 30 round magazines. The MSRP of the CZ-USA Scorpion EVO pistol is $849 but I was able to acquire mine for a little less than that. I’m not going to go into all the features and the specifications of the pistol as I want to give you my impressions and experience with it.
Before taking the firearm out to the range, I attached a Sig Sauer red dot sight, buffer tube and Shockwave Technologies’ stabilizing pistol blade to add stability making firing the firearm easier. The blade rests on your forearm as you operate the firearm. I shot the firearm from 15 yards to 50 yards and it was a joy to shoot. Out to 15 yards I was shooting a steel tree target and I was ringing the target. Even out to 50 yards, the pistol still performed great. With the red dot, the pistol is very accurate. Not taking anything away from the iron sights as they are very good and the sight radius can be adjusted. I shot my father’s CZ-USA Scorpion EVO at 20 yards with just the iron sights and I was very accurate and able to acquire the target fast. The firearm did not have any failures since I have owned it. I have put at least 500 rounds through it.
I do want to mention that this firearm would be an excellent short barrel rifle. My father loved my CZ-USA Scorpion EVO pistol so much he brought one himself and was able to turn the pistol into a short barrel rifle by going through the proper ATF registration. If you are interested in this firearm, you will enjoy it. I shot different types of 9mm ammo and it functioned flawlessly through the firearm. Because of the light weight versatility, light recoil, and ability to accessorize it, the CZ-USA Scorpion EVO is my home defense pistol. This is a great firearm for close quarters. Leave a comment if you have any questions about the firearm
So when did I become a “gun” advocate? That’s a funny question because I think I’ve always been an advocate I just didn’t have the training and knowledge that I have now to actually be in a position to share that information.
When I was younger, I was an eager enthusiast, watching passionately as my revered icons shot up the silver screen. I idolized those camera cannons as if they were characters themselves. As much as I dreamed about what I would do with my gold plated Desert Eagle. I knew I’d probably never own one.
In my youth, I lived a transient lifestyle, moving often as a musician and post break-up artist which wasn’t very “safe” for owning a firearm. Although, still enthusiastic, most of what I’d learned about firearms was from movies or non-legal carriers. The problem is everything thing I’d assumed and learned up to that point was wrong. I actually believed that there was such a thing as an accidental discharge.
9/11, I awoke that morning to what I that was a movie trailer for a new action movie. As I watched the news footage of an airplane crashing into one of the twin towers, I look over at my pregnant girlfriend and tears welled up in my eyes. My thought was that before my son was going to be born things were going to change drastically. Even though I was afraid, I buried my fear and continued on.
A few years later my mother moved out to the “country” and I decided to try out “the simple life”. A friend of hers decided to give me a crash course in deer hunting. I, clad, in my bright yellow parka (hunters orange was not in the wardrobe) and an aged 20ga shotgun. He handed me the long zipped pouch and walked towards the hunting shack laughing at my jacket and lack of vest. After the second shot, I rested the button against my shoulder. D’oh!!!
My first New Years celebration after turning 21. I was excited, I had planned on hanging out all night with my new “friends” across the street. I’d spent the the afternoon drinking vodka and lemonade which only led to a early evening nap. I awoke to a headache and the sounds of war from outside my window. Remembering an invitation to shoot anything that took brass, I ran (OK, I walked to the door and as I looked out all I saw was the fast flash, from a small automatic uzi being shot loosely into the air. I wasn’t afraid to go out and stand with my neighbors. I was terrified. The sounds coming from the back yard weren’t echoes, they were the other blocks responses.
Columbine 1999, Sandy Hook Elementary 2012 and San Bernardino 2015? We’re not getting better.
I, out of my own reasoning, started to wonder Why”. Is it because there are guns? Do assault rifles make people violent? What would happen if guns were banned? Would a ban stop violent deaths? I (who, is an expert by no means) have never seen a gun fire itself, nor have I found any cases of assault rifles bullying anyone into forced discharges (they’re kinda lazy that way, I guess). The current laws aren’t stopping criminals from getting their hands on even the most rare firearms so isn’t it safe to say the gun laws only disable law abiding citizens from protecting themselves their home and their families.
I’m not saying that I think firearms are for everyone (that’s not my decision to make), but statistically, these types of criminals seek out victims. How often do you hear about a 35 year old Marine or off duty L.E.O. getting attacked? Hardly, if ever. The examples are usually, a woman with children, the small guy with his hands full the unsuspecting employee, who are accosted. Shouldn’t a hardworking, taxpaying constituent have more rights and legal abilities than a recidivist felon who wants to challenge his/her God and state given rights?
If there were more trained (this isn’t a natural skill, it does requires training) advocates walking around then this type criminal would be forced to change his m.o. because the law of averages would start to catch up.
Isaiah 54:17, states that no weapon formed against me shall prosper,
well in my opinion neither will a family forced to accept the loss of a provider.
Btw, my first firearm purchase was a Magnum Research MR9 Eagle…my last name is Griffin and it seemed appropriate (cats have 9 lives and eagles, well they fly!!!).
Terrell Griffin aka. Hugh Izzey. As a musician and writer for over 20 years, I have always been inspired to write about my passions both musically and as a journalist. After years of “living in fear”, I finally decided to make a conscious effort to improve not only myself and others. In 2015, I received my F.O.I.D. card yet still procrastinated in my efforts to stop being a victim. In order to fulfill, my upcoming New Years resolution, I put my “Baby Desert Eagle” on online layaway. As an actual firearm owner, I got thirsty for more gun knowledge and turned to the internet. As I prepare to update my training and upgrade to CCW, I turn to advocates like Kenn Blanchard, the Black Man With A Gun. Now, no looking back (except to check my 6).
Recently my sister approached me and asked me what I thought about her getting her concealed carry permit. Naturally I told her it was a great idea and that she was among many people especially woman obtaining their permit recently. She then asked me the following questions as it pertains to a woman who wants to conceal carry.
“What would be advice they you would offer a woman who was interested in carrying a handgun for self defense?” I would first ask her why she has become interested in carrying a firearm? I would then want to know what experiences she has had with firearms and any training she has had. I would explain to her or anyone who was interested in carrying a handgun that they look into educating themselves on the laws and seek proper training.
“What firearm would you advise a woman to buy for conceal carry?” There are many options for conceal carry. It depends on her experience and what she feels comfortable with. I would advise any woman interested in owning a handgun to journey to their local firearms store and ask to handle the most popular handguns for conceal carry.
“What carry options are available for women?” The same carry options that men have available to them, women have, and more. There are manufacturers making clothing and holsters specifically for women to conceal carry. Conceal carry is about how well you can hide your firearm and it comes down to the holster and clothing; that goes for anyone.
“Would you consider carrying in a purse?” Well…I carry to work with me everyday a messenger bag. My dress attire for work is dress pants and a dress shirt tucked into my pants. When the weather is nice enough without having to wear a jacket, I sometimes off the body carry and place my handgun in a pocket in my bag easily accessible to me. I think there will be times that a woman will have to carry their handgun in a purse, but she should think this method of carry out to be able to quickly access her firearm when needed and also be mindful where she keeps her purse. If she doesn’t have her purse, then she doesn’t have her firearm. I do not like off the body carry but sometimes you might have too depending on the situation. Research other carry options to carry on the body if possible.