1911’s are like suits

1911’s are like suits.  For some, an off the rack Sears special will fit fine and serve you well.  Others will settle for nothing less than a hand crafted specimen from the finest Savile Row tailor.  Most of us buy our suits and firearms from reputable sources that provide us with well fitted, reliable and practical products at a fair price. 

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on Obama’s vision for America…

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Hundreds Of Sexual Predators Live Minutes From Florida College Campuses, Student Safety At Risk » Shark Tank

Hundreds Of Sexual Predators Live Minutes From Florida College Campuses, Student Safety At Risk » Shark Tank.

The grassroots and membership-driven pro-gun organization, Florida Carry, has been sticking its trigger finger into the eyes of the anti-gun lobby at every turn…

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Why I won’t buy a Springfield XD Mod.2


As I’ve said many times… “Aesthetics come in a distant third to function and reliability.”  But aesthetics are still a factor!

What’s next?



What would I buy???



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Suncoast Gun Shows snubs Florida Carry, Inc. | Gun Free Zone

Suncoast Gun Shows snubs Florida Carry, Inc. | Gun Free Zone.

Three other gun show promoters are now giving us free tables – Right out front where everyone will see us!

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KRG Bolt Lift SV – Simple Brilliant Design

Today the postman did not disappoint!  Nestled away in a tiny tin box was my new Kinetic Research Group (KRG) Bolt Lift SV.

The stock bolt knob on the Remington 700 leaves a lot to be desired.  It’s a bit small and thin for the simple job that it is supposed to do.  You’ll see no shortage of “Tactical” bolt knob replacement services that charge about $100 for you to send them your bolt for a week or two, plus shipping time, to remedy this.  Those services grind down the stock knob, thread the handle shaft, and screw on a replacement knob that usually looks like it came from the little ball chain hanging from Grandma’s ceiling fan.

There’s really nothing wrong with those replacements, when done properly, but the down time and costs just weren’t justifiable to me when KRG offers this little dandy for $35 – shipped.


Installation is a non-event.  It comes with two pairs of o-rings in two sizes to use as spacers.  For mine, I used one thick and one thin o-ring.  The Bolt Lift SV simply mates two halves together with a hex head screw to compression fit on the bolt. One o-ring and half on top of the stock bolt handle, one of each on the bottom.  It’s solid!  I added a drop of blue loctite to the screw just for some insurance and to satisfy my OCD.  There are instructions for epoxy setting it to your bolt but that really isn’t necessary and would make it essentially irreversible.


In contrast to the original Bolt Lift, the SV (small version) is… well…  slightly smaller. More importantly it has a stipple textured top and bottom surface instead of the ribbed/fluted finish of its predecessor. The new texture is a welcome upgrade.  Aesthetics come in a distant third to function and reliability, and the Bolt Lift SV delivers on all fronts.

Palming the stock bolt knob upward was sometimes less than positive.  I’d sometimes skip off the edge of it.  Occasionally this would cause me to instinctively put my thumb on top of the knob and proceed to smash my delicate little thumb in to my scope.  This was about as fun as smashing your thumb can be.

With the Bolt Lift attached, there’s no missing or slipping yet it remains unobtrusive.  There is still plenty of clearance for the Nightforce NXS scope even with the Butler Creek flip-open covers and my sometimes ham-fisted bolt operation.


KRG’s polymer is obviously made of win and the Bolt Lift SV is even infantry proof tough and well designed enough for this ageing grunt to love.

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Why Campus Carry? – Over 130 convicted sexual offenders and predators live in walking distance of FSU.

Why Campus Carry?  Because our campuses are surrounded by convicted sexual predators.

Over 130 Sexual Predators and Offenders live within walking distance of FSU.

Over 130 Sexual Predators and Offenders live within walking distance of FSU.

UF Sex Offenders

UF Sex Offenders

UCF Sex Offenders

UCF Sex Offenders

FAMU Sex Offenders

FAMU Sex Offenders

This no means NO.

This no means NO.

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Michael Moore, Rolling Stone, MSNBC, etc… We get it, you hate American Soldiers and Vets.

Dakota Meyer Blasts Moore’s Coward Remarks – Sniper’s Hide – Scout.

A sniper’s primary goal is to eliminate ground threats for U.S. guys on the ground. Is that what a coward is? A person whose goal is to save the lives of his warrior brothers?
– Medal of Honor Recipient, Dakota Meyer

My message is more succinct.

– Infantry Vet., Sean Caranna

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Dr. Gary Kleck on Florida’s Campus Carry Bill

Major Points About Gun Carrying on Campus

Dr. Gary Kleck

1. Defensive carrying of firearms in the general noncriminal U.S. population is extremely common. One national survey estimated that over 16.8 million American adults carried a gun outside their home for self-protection at some time during 1992, that the average carrier carries a gun about every other day, and that there were over a billion instances of gun carrying that year (where one person carrying on one day counts as one “instance”) (Kleck and Gertz 1998).

2. Less than 1 in a 1,000 instances of gun carrying, whether by carry permit holders or by others, are done for the purpose of committing a violent crime with the gun. That is, over 99.9% of gun carrying is done for purposes of self-defense (Kleck and Gertz 1998, p. 210).

3. Criminal gun violence among persons with licenses authorizing them to carry guns in public places is virtually nonexistent. Data from Florida covering 24 years when the state’s “shall-issue” carry law was in operation indicate that the state issued 2,047,928 concealed weapon licenses between October 1, 1987 (when the new “shall issue” carry law went into effect) and August 31, 2011, and that there were 853,272 active licenses as August 31, 2011. Yet, over this entire period, the state revoked a grand total of just 168 carry licenses due to licensees committing a crime in which a firearm was utilized – an average of just seven gun crime convictions per year (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2011), in a state in which there 113,641 violent crimes known to the police in 2009 (U.S. FBI 2010). Even if there were five gun crimes actually committed by permit holders for every one that resulted in a criminal conviction and permit revocation, it would still be safe to say that less than 1/100th of 1% of Florida carry permit holders committed a violent gun crime. Further, I am not aware that any of these instances of permit holder gun violence occurred on a college campus.

These figures imply that carry permit holders probably committed no more than 1/100th of one percent of the violent crimes in Florida. Indeed, the rate of criminal violence is far lower among carry permit holders than in the rest of the population. In sum, there is no empirical support for the concern that allowing Florida carry permit holders to carry guns on college campuses would cause a significant increase in gun violence on campus, since violent gun crime is virtually nonexistent among permit holders.

4. Defensive gun uses (DGUs) linked with gun carrying are extremely common.
For example, in 1992, there were an estimated 2.5 million total DGUs, 63% of which occurred in locations other than the victim’s home, implying that there were c. 1.6 million DGUs that required carrying a gun outside the crime victim’s home in order for the defensive use to occur.

Since crime rates today are only about half what they were in 1992, a reasonable estimate of annual DGUs in the U.S. involving gun carrying outside the home for 2015 would be a little over 1 million once adjusted for population growth.

On the other hand, the number of valid carry permit holders in Florida increased from 74,259 at the end of fiscal year 1992 to 1,290,362 (Florida 2015). This could tend to increase DGUs in Florida linked with gun carrying. I cannot say what the net effect of declining crime rates combined with increasing carry permit rates would be.

5. Defensive gun use by crime victims is effective in preventing victim injury or property loss, and is more effective in preventing serious injury than any other method of self-protection, including nonresistance (Kleck 1988; Kleck and DeLone 1993; Tark and Kleck 2004). Likewise, rape attempts are less likely to be completed when victims use weapons for self-protection (Kleck and Sayles 1990). Thus, denying gun possession to persons victimized in public places would increase the rate of injury and property loss among the victims affected. I am not aware of any evidence or logical reason to believe that defensive use of guns is any less effective if they happen to occur on a college campus than at other locations.

6. In sum, there is sound reason to expect that defensive benefits to crime victims would result from licensed gun carriers being allowed to carry guns on college campuses, and no empirical foundation for expecting that this would result in any nonnegligible number of permit holders committing violent crimes with their guns.


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2011. “Concealed Weapon or Firearm License Summary Report, October 1, 1987 – August 31, 2011.” Tallahassee, Florida: Florida Department of State, Division of Licensing.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 2015. “Number of Valid Florida Concealed Weapon Licenses as Reported at the End of Each Fiscal Year (June 30) Since Program Inception in October 1987.” Available online at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/7504/118881/NumberOfValidCWLicenses_FiscalYearEndSince1987-1988.pdf.

Kleck, Gary. 1988. “Crime control through the private use of armed force.” Social Problems 35(1):1-21.

Kleck, Gary, and Susan Sayles. 1990. “Rape and resistance.” Social Problems 37(2):149-162.

Kleck, Gary, and Miriam DeLone. 1993. “Victim resistance and offender weapon effects in robbery.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 9(1):55-82.

Kleck, Gary, and Marc Gertz. 1995. “Armed resistance to crime: the prevalence and nature of self-defense with a gun.” Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 86(1):150-187.

Kleck, Gary, and Marc Gertz. 1998. “Carrying guns for protection: results from the National Self-Defense Survey.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 35(2):193-224.

Tark, Jongyeon, and Gary Kleck 2004. “Resisting crime: the effects of victim action on the outcomes of crimes.” Criminology 42(4):861-909.

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2010. Crime in the United States – Uniform Crime Reports 2009. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Dr. Gary Kleck

David J. Bordua Professor of Criminology – Florida State University

Gary Kleck, College of Criminology.

In 1993, Dr. Kleck won the Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology for his book Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America (Aldine de Gruyter, 1991). He has testified before Congress and state legislatures on gun control proposals. His research was cited in the Supreme Court’s landmark District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which struck down the D.C. handgun ban and held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.

Dr. Kleck’s recent research has found that higher general gun ownership rates reduce homicide rates, probably because the violence-reducing effects of guns among non-criminal victims and prospective victims outweigh the violence-increasing effects of guns among criminals. Other research found that adding more officers to a city’s police force will not produce increased deterrence of crime.  Another recent study found that victims who resist rape attempts, including those who resist forcibly, are more likely to avoid completion of the rape and no more likely to suffer additional injuries than victims who do not resist.

Jongyeon Tark, Gary Kleck. 2014. “Resisting Rape: The Effects of Victim Self-Protection on Rape Completion and Injury” Violence Against Women.
Gary Kleck, James C. Barnes. 2014. “Do More Police Generate More Crime Deterrence?” Crime and Delinquency.
Gary Kleck. 2013. “An Overview of Gun Control Policy in the United States” The Criminal Justice System (10th Edition).
Tomislav Kovandzic, Mark E. Schaffer, Gary Kleck. 2013. “Estimating the Causal Effect of Gun Prevalence on Homicide Rates: A Local Average Treatment Effect Approach” Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
Gary Kleck. 2013. “Deterrence: Actual vs. Perceived Risk of Punishment” Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Kleck, Gary, Brion Sever, Spencer Li, and Marc Gertz. 2005. “The Missing Link in General Deterrence Research.” Criminology 43(3):623-659.
Kleck, Gary and Jongyeon Tark. 2005. “Resisting Crime: The Effects of Victim Action on the Outcomes of Crimes.” Criminology 42(4):861-909.
Kleck, Gary. 1997. Targeting Guns: Firearms and their Control. Hawthorne, N.Y.: Aldine de Gryter,
Kleck, Gary and Marc Gertz. 1995. “Armed Resistance to Crime: the Prevalence and Nature of Self-defense with a Gun.” Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 86(1):150-187.
Kleck, Gary. 1991. Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America. Hawthorne, N.Y.:Aldine de Gruyter. Winner of the Michael J. Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology.


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Every time you call something “Tactical” without cause, an Infantryman wants to choke you.

Why is it that so much gear is called “Tactical” now?  It’s idiotic!

In the military, at least in the combat arms disciplines, we always strived to achieve, better, and maintain our technical and tactical proficiency.

  1. of, relating to, or constituting actions carefully planned to gain a specific military end.
  2. (of a person or their actions) showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action.
  1. of or relating to a particular subject, art, or craft, or its techniques.
  2. of, involving, or concerned with applied and industrial sciences.

Technical skills are things like knowing the proper operation of your rifle, how to emplace a mine, using a bayonet, throwing a hand grenade, physically breaching a door, using a radio, calling for artillery fire, etc…

Tactical skills encompass planning, improvisation, and decision-making.  Where technical skills could be described as encompassing the science of doing something, tactical skills are truly the art of it.

Many tactical skills are taught by somewhat formulaic methods. For example; things like planning a linear ambush, movement to contact, actions on contact, clearing a building, etc… all have a number of methods that are taught and developed so that they can be properly employed given the actual situation you are faced with. We take into account factors such as METT-T (Mission, Enemy, Terrain, Troops, – Time), in the decision making process (see” OODA Loop) used to determine the tactics to be utilized in accomplishing a mission or task.

Tactical skills are all plans and techniques.  The don’t usually describe “things”.

There are some valid exceptions where clarification is needed and the word “Tactical” is used in a name solely for disambiguation purposes.

The Tactical Nuclear Weapon comes to mind.  These are nuclear devices designed to have a low yield and to be used on the authority of a local commander to achieve a tactical advantage or end.  They are not called “tactical” to make them sound cooler (it’s a nuke, how much cooler could it be?). The “Tactical Nuke” is called that solely to distinguish it from the far better known “Strategic Nuclear Weapon”.  Then you have things like Tactical Radios, this again is to distinguish these little, man portable, low powered, military radios from their bigger megawatt cousins installed in the communications centers of higher commands.

This seem to be where everyone is getting hung up.  The want to distinguish their rifle from grandpa’s hunting rifle (even if both are .308 caliber Remington 700’s), their pocketknife from their other pocketknife, their wristwatch from…  MAKE it STOP!

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ATF Firearm Classifications Made Easy!


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Calling “gun control” “gun safety” is like calling Forced Castration a “family planning” initiative.

As the gun ban lobby scrambles to re-brand themselves as being something other than the “gun control” groups that they are, the term “gun safety” has been swapped in to play.  Obviously calling the anti-Second Amendment groups “gun safety advocates” sounds far less confrontational and oppressive.  After all, I’m a huge “gun safety advocate”.  I teach people to safely carry and use firearms all the time.

I can’t find any “gun safety” training that these organizations conduct, but I can find where they lobby for bans on the carry, possession, transportation, purchase, transfer, and civil ownership of guns.

It’s all bullshit, folks and it’s bad for ya.’ — George Carlin


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Florida Carry Giveaway H&K VP9, a Florida Carry Custom EDC Kit, and Training.

Florida Carry New Gear for a New Year Giveaway
Ready for some new gear for your new year?

Win a H&K VP9, a Florida Carry Custom EDC Kit, and Training.


Included in the EDC Kit:

  • H&K VP9 Striker fired pistol w/ factory night sights and 3 standard capacity (15 round) mags.
  • FourSevens Quark Pro QPLC Flashlight.
  • Panther Concealment Holster.
  • SOG Trident Elite assisted opening knife.
  • Certificate for a One Day Introduction to Defensive Pistol Course from South Florida Gun School.

This new H&K VP9, EDC kit, and Defensive Pistol Training could be yours!

Just register as a Florida Carry Member at: https://www.floridacarry.org/join
or just sign up for our email alerts on the same page.

No purchase or donation is necessary. (However, we do appreciate your membership or donation to support Florida Carry’s gun rights work.)
All current members and registered supporters as of April 1st, 2015 will be entered to win.

When you win, you’ll just have to pay whatever fees your local Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer (or FFL) charges to lawfully transfer the firearm to you. ($25 to $30 at most Florida FFLs.) Rules and details at: https://www.floridacarry.org/flcinews/111-win-a-h-k-vp9-and-full-edc-kit

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Why Campus Carry? “Guns in the hands of non-criminals… reduce violence.” – FSU Professor, Dr. Gary Kleck

“Guns in the hands of non-criminals… reduce violence.” – FSU Professor, Dr. Gary Kleck
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When government must be conducted in the sunshine; Gun control runs for the shade.

From: Heather Fagan
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:42 AM
To: Frank Billingsley
Cc: Chief Paul Rooney
Subject: Re: TIME SENSITIVE – Gun Violence Survivors and Faith Leaders


No, Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns decided to change the model of housing people within the City governments. So Linda is no longer employed by the City.

Heather (Allebaugh) Fagan

Deputy Chief of Staff
City of Orlando, Office of the Mayor
400 S. Orange Ave, 3rd Floor
Orlando, FL 32802
P: 407-246-****

Florida has a very broad public records law.  As a result, any written communication created or received by City of Orlando officials and employees will be made available to the public and media, upon request, unless otherwise exempt.  Under Florida law, email addresses are public records.  If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this office.  Instead, contact our office by phone or in writing.

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Federal Judge GUTS Mississippi’s guns in parking lots law.

Parker v. LEAF RIVER CELLULOSE, LLC, Dist. Court, SD Mississippi 2014 – Google Scholar.

The judge here took the section of the law that is intended to shield employers from civil actions if an employee uses their gun and turned the entire statute on its head.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (2) of this section, a public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce any policy or rule that has the effect of prohibiting a person from transporting or storing a firearm in a locked vehicle in any parking lot, parking garage, or other designated parking area.

(5) A public or private employer shall not be liable in a civil action for damages resulting from or arising out of an occurrence involving the transportation, storage, possession or use of a firearm covered by this section.

The court reasoned that the employer’s violation of (1) by firing someone for lawfully having a gun in their car is an “occurrence” under (5). Therefore, an employer can not be held liable for breaking the law.

Clearly an absurd result, but given the pervasive defiance of any law or right allowing for the possession and use of arms by so many lower courts, it’s not surprising that another Judge has chosen to bent over backwards to rule against a gun owner.

Lets analyze that last sentence the same way Judge Starrett construed the law in this case…

Clearly an absurd result, but given the pervasive defiance of any law or right allowing for the possession and use of arms by so many lower courts, it’s not surprising that another Judge has chosen to bent over backwards to rule against a gun owner.

Using the court’s logic in this case, that statement would be read strictly to mean:

An absurd result has been reached by the defiance of laws and rights that allow lower courts to possess and use arms;
Therefore it’s not surprising that another court’s Judge has diligently interpreted the statute and constitution to necessarily rule against another court that owns a gun.

Given the common and ordinary meaning of the words and phrases contained in the interpreted sentence, no other construction could be considered!

Sometimes I’m convinced that law school beats reason and common sense out of lawyers.

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Response to FSU Professor Diane Roberts’ Unprofessional, Name-Calling, Rant Against Gun Owners

Diane Roberts: Mixing guns and college kids is a really dangerous idea – Context Florida | Context Florida.


Professor Roberts,

Your article proposes no solutions to enhance campus safety.  Instead you choose to resort to juvenile name calling, unsupported hyperbole, false statements of the actual positions of the groups that you are opposed to, and the wholesale dismissal of any view that is not in line with your own. Floridians should expect more of the educators who are entrusted to carry out the laudable mission of our institutions of higher education and teach in an environment where the free flow of ideas and healthy debate serve as cornerstones of learning processes that are designed to promote critical thinking and objective reasoning skills.

Such obvious attempts to marginalize and degrade anyone who holds views that oppose your own are unprofessional and have no place on our campuses.  I implore you to conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the position you hold and with the dignity that we all should expect of a university professor.


Sean Caranna
Executive Director
Florida Carry, Inc.

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Campus Carry point/counter-point in Orlando Sentinel Today

The “YES” article is from Students for Concealed Carry
Yes: Bans favor criminals, make students sitting ducks: Front Burner
“Criminals know their potential victims are limited in their ability to fight back during late-night walks home from the library through dimly lit, sparsely populated areas, and they capitalize on it. Consequently, statistics indicate many off-campus housing areas experience crime at a rate two to three times that of bordering neighborhoods.”

The “NO” counterpoint article is from the anti-self-defense, League of Women Voters of Florida…
No: Arming students could create pathway to disaster: Front Burner
“In the end, it’s not about protecting “good guys” from “bad guys with guns.” It’s about protecting us all.” (from private gun ownership)
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Quote of the day from @gregsteube

Quote of the day from Rep. Steube who filed the Florida Campus Carry bill:
“I think that’s some of the frustration that people have, if God forbid that something were to occur and you’re a military veteran who’s served honorably and have gone through all this training and have a concealed carry permit, and you can’t carry on school grounds, there’s nothing that you can do but wait on law enforcement to get there. And, sometimes, two to five minutes is a very long time when there’s an active shooter scenario.”

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Support for 2A at its highest in 20 years

Rights aren’t subject to public opinion for their existence, but also having public opinion the side of your rights sure doesn’t hurt!


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