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Is the old lever action half-cock safety really all that safe?


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We’ve all been taught about the half-cock notch on lever action rifles. How safe is it, really?
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I have heard your complaints. Change is coming!


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Just a bit over a year ago I spun off all of the personal defense, home security, and training articles to a new blog over at my training site,
www.personalsecurity.us

After I did that I started getting complaints: following two blogs was too much work, people missed being able to get all of the information I put out in one place, and some people had trouble figuring out who I was when the site didn’t have my name on it.

At the same time I grew really enamored with the software which runs the PSI site. This site is done in an offline CMS called RapidWeaver; the PSI site is done in the ubiquitous Wordpress. Since Wordpress is pretty much “the” standard in website development these days, and RapidWeaver exists in its own little backwater, there are lots of things I can do on the PSI site that I can’t do here. Many of those things make for a better user experience, some make it easier on me, and others are just plain cool!

All of this together (along with some consulting work from friends of mine in the firearms and IT businesses) have convinced me to bring everything back under one roof. In the next few weeks this site will undergo a radical remodeling, the self defense articles will be back, and you’ll have some neat new features to play with (not all at once, of course, because time and money will dictate how quickly things happen.)

The PSI site will continue for our local students to find out about (and reserve places in) our Concealed Carry for Oregon classes. Everything else will be here!

This change will also make possible new video features (yes, I’ve paid attention to those requests) as well as some neat downloadable items. It will also make it possible to add far more illustrations to articles and the site itself, which I hope will make the site more interesting and informative.

So, when does all this happen? I’m working right now on the new site; it’s about one-third finished. At some point I’ll “flip the switch” and the new site will suddenly appear!

If there’s anything you think I should add to the remodeled site, or anything you think I could do without, please let me know in the comments!

-=[ Grant Cunningham ]=-


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Want to learn your revolver inside and out? I'll be teaching in Ohio next month!


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If you have a revolver, whether it’s for self defense “on the street” or home defense for your family, you need to sign up for this class!
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Got a new Glock 43? Looking for holsters and maybe sights??


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Photo courtesy of Richard Johnson/Guns, Holsters & Gear

The 9mm Glock 43 may be new on the market, but it’s already getting a lot of attention from both shooters and accessory makers. Here's how to find out what's available for this new "mini-9"!

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Are the Italians making Colt Python copies?


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I’ve had a bunch of inquiries about this picture since the NRA Show. Is a reproduction Colt Python coming to us via Italy?
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What were the best things I saw at the NRA Show? Tables and foam!


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As you may have heard, I attended the annual NRA Show & Meetings this last weekend (frankly, I only go for the show; the internal machinations of the NRA interest me not in the least) and I did see a couple of things that were pretty darned neat.
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Ogives: secant, tangent, and why the hell should I care? What's an ogive, anyhow??




There was a time when I was really into the 6.5/284 cartridge (back when it was still a wildcat.) It was a pain to load for, and I never really understood why until someone taught me about ogives.
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The marketplace determines what's best on its terms, not ours.




What makes one firearm design more successful than another? Probably not what you think.
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Friday Surprise: Visualizing math. No, really, it's fun!


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Math may be one of the most hated subjects in high school. What if there were a way to make it more fun through the magic of animated GIFs?
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My time as a Frenchman: the wonderful MAS 49/56.


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Ever shot one of these? If you haven’t, you don’t know what you’re missing!
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Friday Surprise: Who doesn't like state-shaped fried food?


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I’ll admit that I’ve brought you some odd stuff on the Friday Surprise over the years, but this is way up there in oddity factor!
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Do you collect any particular guns? How about these?


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Photo Courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company.

Believe it or not, I’m not a collector. There are times, however, that I’m sorely tempted!
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More women in the gun business is a Good Thing!


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You’ve probably heard that firearms manufacturers are marketing more towards women these days, and gun control groups point to that as the “cause” of women buying more guns. But which comes first — the chicken or the egg?
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Friday Surprise: Doom on you.


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Ya gotta love Hollywood. They've given us such wonderful villain names: Dr. No, Pussy Galore, Dr. Evil, Auric Goldfinger. But as it turns out, working on the atomic bomb during WWII was a Mr. Doom. No, really.
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The unifying power of the shooting sports. Pass it on.


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Maybe if we paid more attention to what we have in common and less to what separates us we’d be better off. Especially in the shooting world.
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Friday Surprise: Clark Terry, 1920-2015.


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An influential jazz master has died.
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Criminals don't obey gun laws. Not here, not in Europe. Surprised?


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We keep saying this, but the prohibitionists don’t get it — no matter where they’re from!
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Friday Surprise: "If it ain't a Boeing, I ain't going!"


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What airplane is still in front-line operational use 60 years after it first went into service? The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, of course! There's a reason for that, not the least of which is that we have a lot of spare parts...
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Here's a quiz: what guns do the police seize most often?


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Police evidence lockers are full of guns that have been seized; either they’ve been used in a crime or they were recovered as part of a related crime investigation. What are the most common guns found in these lockers?

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Flying with guns: some tips to make it a little less stressful


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Yes, you can fly with guns — but it can be an intimidating experience. Here’s how to make it a little smoother.
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Friday The 13th Surprise: Most people don't know what algorithms are, let alone what they do.


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al·go·rithm \ˈal-gə-ˌri-thəm\ (N) : a set of steps that are followed in order to solve a mathematical problem or to complete a computer process.

Sounds simple, right? You might be surprised what lurks behind that definition.
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Friday Surprise: The father of the laser beam shines no more.


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Believe it or not, the laser isn’t all that old - in fact, its co-inventor just recently passed away.
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While some states are losing, others are winning the RKBA battle!


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Washington State lost in the last Second Amendment skirmish — but in places like Virginia, thinks are going along quite nicely, thank you!
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Friday Surprise: Recent history is surprisingly hard to find.


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Believe it or not, this is what a web search looked like in 1994.

You’d think, in the modern world, that our history is covered from every angle and therefore hard to lose. You might be surprised where you have to look to unearth some of it.
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SHOT Show 2015: What about the revolvers?


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As you may have heard, I just got back from the 2015 SHOT Show. Pickings for revolver enthusiasts were slim, but there are a couple of things to talk about!
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