If one wants to be an owner of firearms for self defense, whether just at home or also carrying while out and about, there is a moral responsibility charged to you from within the firearms community to get training and continue to practice. It is not enough to know where the safety is; understanding how your chosen tool mechanically functions, and things you can do to make you a better owner are critical. For example: carrying a spare magazine. It is there to serve as a source of ammunition should your first magazine fail or you find yourself the target of multiple assailants. On sights: if you can’t see them clearly, speak to a certified firearms instructor or do some google research. XS Big Dot would be a foot set in that instance, but for most of us, 2 or 3 dot sights will be fine.
Day or night sights? I prefer night sights but know this: if you can’t clearly identify your target, don’t shoot.

On firearm mods: again, consult with some instructors and do some google research to see what others are doing. Be cautioned: you should run at least a few hundred rounds through before you decide to change anything. The problem, like a stiff or heavy trigger, may work itself out during the break in process.

Mods I recommend:

1. Sights-if you don’t like the factory sights, find another set

2. Grips-if the gun slips out of your hand or is uncomfortable, find a set of grips that work or apply grip tape (most polymer pistols don’t have removable grips)

3. Action enhancement package-a smoothing of the “action”.  Includes trigger, trigger bar, hammer, and sear (hammer and sear if hammer fired)

4. Extra magazines and extra magazine springs-Magazine bodies and followers generally don’t wear out that often, but the springs sure as heck do.  Have extra springs for your magazines, they are much cheaper than you buying another magazine.

5. Extra parts for your firearm-extra springs, guiderod, bushing (1911 style pistols), action parts

My personal favorite is the Beretta 92FS.  After spending a butt load of time and thousands of rounds on one in the Corps (technically an M9, barely different) I decided to buy one.  A quick list of the things around it, from the top right running clockwise are: add-on SGS-type Compensator, Surefire rail adapter, Surefire X200 Flashlight, and a spare 9mm magazine.  I’ve got about 15 magazines somewhere in my house, only 4 are loaded with 9mm ammo right now.  The rail adapter clamps on to the trigger guard and the light clamps on to that, so you have a flashlight on your pistol.  Useful at night INSIDE your house.  Don’t go outside your house after someone, and don’t use this like a “flashlight” inside your house or you might find yourself pointing a pistol at a loved one just to make sure they’re a loved one.


So in summary: be a responsible owner by getting training, keep practicing, modify your firearm for your needs.  If you need mental health help, go get some.

What do laws do?


A law tells you what conduct is unacceptable, and the consequences for violating that law. This does not prevent someone from breaking the law, otherwise we wouldn’t have murders, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex slavery, or theft. So, what stops those from happening? Security measures. You lock your house up and valuables so they dont get stolen; you dont take drinks from people you don’t know at bars and clubs so you don’t end up raped, or a victim of the sex trafficking industry. In order to counter someone who means to be violent with you, you either have to not be present, or generate more violence atba faster rate than they can. Being killed and leaving your children father or motherless is not morally superior to having to explain to your children that you killed a person trying to hurt you. If you feel that your death is morally superior to theirs, you’ve made your own choice to not survive. Don’t think that you can decide for me whether or not I can survive. Consider that the three most firearm restrictive states, California, Illinois and New York, have the highest murder rates with firearms; in those states most citizens aren’t even legally allowed to carry them.

Quick Comment on recent mass shootings

Listen guys and gals,

Firearms aren’t responsible for mass shootings and restricting them isn’t going to stop mass shootings, or reduce their frequency.  The occurrence of mass shootings is a MORAL problem with the person.  They feel that they have lost control of some, or all, aspect of their life and that the only way to re-establish that control is to violently attack whatever it is they believe has robbed them of their control.  It seems illogical and impossible for you to understand because you haven’t been pushed to that point of action yet.

Your understanding of that concept is based on your ability to OBJECTIVELY view someone else’s perception separate from the constraints of your own existence.  It doesn’t matter if I say the Kindergartners aren’t responsible for the loss of control he feels in his life; he will still feel that way.  People are going to be able to obtain things they shouldn’t have and use them in ways they shouldn’t, and we shouldn’t stick our head in the sand and say “if we legislate those things away, they won’t be able to get them anymore!” and be done with it.  Punishing the law abiding because of people who choose not to abide by the law is not the answer.  Realize that these locations are targeted for mass shootings because there is little to no chance that the intended targets will be able to escape or mount an effective resistance.  This isn’t political, this isn’t capitalizing on a tragedy, this is reality.  Virginia Tech, Columbine, Mumbai, Sandy Hall, the Holocaust.  All places where the targets were not allowed to be armed in the places where they were killed.