Lawyer and reservist, upholding the right to life and self-defense. These are the tools that defend these rights.

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1. How to Choose a Defensive Handgun

2. Apocalypse Loadout

3. In Praise of Revolvers

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At what age have you ever fired a gun? And what was the gun? (Sorry If this question got answered already, I just started learning guns 1 year ago)
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

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Smith & Wesson Highway Patrolman by Lonelymachines

Your question brings back memories. It was at age 9, with a Smith & Wesson Highway Patrolman, .357 magnum revolver named “Clementine”. For my first firing sessions, we used .38 special ammo only, of course.

She was a trusty warhorse, old Clem, until we lost her in a big flood. Oh well…

I’ve grown up around guns. I only started training in earnest in the past 5 years, though, so I do not consider myself an expert by any means.

What do you think about the old school double barrel shotgun or "coach" shot gun?
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

Coach Guns.

Coach guns are double-barreled shotguns, so-called because of their use for defense of stagecoaches in the Old West.

You’d be surprised at how many people still use them today.  Coach guns have many merits, including the following:

1. Simplicity and reliability.

The design is so simple, it is extremely reliable and is easy to clean and maintain.  In a social collapse situation, this feature would become even more important.

2. Double hammers/firing pins.

The coach gun is essentially two separate guns linked together, with entirely separate firing systems. If an automatic or pump gun malfunctions, you cannot fire until the malfunction is cleared.  On the other hand, even if one barrel totally fails, you can fire the other barrel.

3.  Size.

The coach guns breaks down in seconds to an easily transportable size, and can be reassembled just as quickly.

4.  Double Shot Capability.

The ability to fire two near simultaneous rounds would be an instant fight-stopper.

5.  Ease of swapping ammo.

Changing over from buckshot to slug, or vice versa, can be done much more quickly than in a pump or semi-auto shotgun.  

6. Legal issues

Typically, coach guns have far less regulation than semi-auto or pump shotguns.  They’re legal even in socialist Britain!

Why do some triggers have holes in them?
gunsknivesgear gunsknivesgear Said:

Some believe that it lightens the trigger so that it will reset faster, though I think there’s no practical difference.

I am not a fan of the 1911 pistol.  I think it is outdated, a reproduction antique.  But it is still a goddamn beautiful pistol.  Shooting it gives me a thrill no plastic wonder-gun can duplicate.  That low boom of those hot and heavy rounds! Curse you John Browning, for this spell you cast on me…

Tomahawks.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller 

Blade Education:  Forging v. Machining.

A forged knife, all else being equal, will be stronger than a machined knife.

Forging means that the metal is hammered into the shape of a blade. Traditionally, a smith would manually hammer a blade upon an anvil.  Nowadays, forging can be done via a few powerful blows from large mechanical presses. 

The forging process deforms the metal’s internal grain, so that it follows the shape of the knife.  The continuous grain makes the blade stronger, similar to the way that shaping wood in the same direction as the grain makes the planks stronger. 

Machining and Stamping

On the other hand, machining a knife means that, out the metal stock, the knife is simply “shaved” into shape with a power grinder (also known as the “stock removal" method). Alternatively, the knife can be mechanically stamped out of a metal sheet, like a cookie cutter making cookies out of dough.

Grinding or cutting the shape of a knife out of the metal stock does not change the metal’s internal grain, which remains irregular. This makes the blade weaker, similar to the way that wood planks cut against the grain are more prone to breaking.  

Factory Knives

The majority of factory knives today are machined or stamped, not forged.  It is simply cheaper to machine or stamp a knife.  Forging is more laborious, expensive and time-consuming.  Also, steel quality and heat treatment methods have sufficiently advanced such that machined knives usually have adequate strength.   

The Upshot

Get a forged blade only if you will subject the blade to regular hard use (e.g., wood axes must certainly be forged), or if you are otherwise willing to pay a premium for the extra strength and durability.  Pictured above is a forged Bowie from Scott Roush.

Smith & Wesson has been trying to match the Glock for many years.  Its M&P series of pistols is its latest and best answer.

Olexey D-Guard.  A D-guard is an excellent feature on a close combat knife, not just for the hand protection, but for the shattering punches that can be delivered.

Neilson Sub-hilt Fighter.

Sweeping 12 1/4” blade forged from 5160 high carbon spring steel. The guard, spacer, sub-hilt and pommel are all stainless steel with a handle and spacers of African Blackwood. The skull-crusher is also forged from high carbon steel. The overall length of this Fighter is 19 1/4” and comes with a tooled leather sheath.