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Fun Friday: How Generation X Already Changed the Gun Industry (Not That You Noticed)
by Wendy LaFever – Friday, September 29, 2017
Did you know that there’s a whole generation of people who were born between 1965 and 1980? (Surprise!) We’re called Generation X, and we’re used to being ignored. When we were growing up, all we ever heard about were the Baby Boomers; now that we’re adults, all we ever hear about are the Millennials. We feel like Jan Brady sometimes: “Millennials, Millennials, Millennials!” (Allow me to Generation-Xplain this reference to our Millennial readers: There used to be a TV show called The Brady Bunch, which aired on one of the three or four channels we had, that featured a middle sister who was eternally envious of her older sister’s success.) Unlike the other famous generations of the 20th and 21st centuries, we didn’t even get a name of our own until a writer named Douglas Coupland published a novel entitled Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture in 1991…and even then, all we were (or are, come to think of it) known for is a certain brand of passive-aggressive cynicism, set to a grungy, garage-band soundtrack. We were never the focus of thousands of breathless Internet articles about what industries we were or were not destroying; in part, that’s because the Internet was in its infancy at the time, and in part because mostly nobody but us notices we’re even here. Thing is, while everyone was busy paying attention to some other generation, we already changed the gun industry. You’re welcome.
You Know You’re Right Most of us were in our early adulthood in 1994, when the Federal “Assault Weapon Ban” was signed into law. At the time, there were very few non-mainstream sources of news, and the mainstream media loved this law. Problem was, the law had absolutely no effect whatsoever on crime; its only achievement was to infringe on our Second Amendment rights until it sunsetted 10 years later. (Of course, had anybody asked Generation X, we could have told them that. But they didn’t. Typical.) That said, whether or not we already knew laws of this type would have zero positive effects or whether we had to learn it the hard way, we never forgot that lesson. As we became eligible to vote and run for office, we set about ensuring that particular mistake wouldn’t be repeated. You’re welcome.
In Bloom Generation X didn’t invent the concept of tattoos, piercings or dyeing one’s hair eye-watering colors only found on poisonous Amazonian frogs…but we did make it mainstream. We were the first generation to look at ourselves in the mirror and think, This would be better with iridium. We then took that concept and translated it to our guns. Let’s paint a flaming heart on this rifle; let’s festoon it with accessories. As Coupland summarized in Generation X, We Are Not a Target Market, so if we want something to be different and unique to us—and we do—we’re ready to do it ourselves. These days, particularly with those modern sporting rifles we mentioned in the paragraph above, those customization options are much easier and cheaper for the consumer. That’s because, eventually, the industry noticed that people enjoy being able to customize things…although that might have had something to do with Generation Xers finally getting into the industry themselves. (After a minimum of a decade working McJobs elsewhere, natch.) You’re welcome.
Nevermind Before anybody knew us as Generation X, we were known as the Latchkey Generation. That’s because we were the first generation in which it was normal, even expected, for both parents to work outside the home. That meant that when we came home from school, we let ourselves in with a key we kept on our persons and more or less looked after ourselves until Mom and Dad got home. From a very young age, we expected to be responsible for our own safety (if only for a few hours at a time). It’s probably not a coincidence that the year the oldest of Generation Xers hit legal age to purchase a handgun was pretty much the same year that the national wave of shall-issue concealed-carry laws began passing in the states (1987, Florida). You would have thought that the Angel Gabriel had blown his horn and announced the advent of the Apocalypse from the mainstream media’s reaction to Florida’s passage…but, shortly thereafter, crime dropped. And then it kept dropping. (Guess who wasn’t surprised? Us.) Over the next three decades, state after state has passed shall-issue concealed-carry laws, some even passing Constitutional carry laws that don’t require a permit to carry concealed. You’re welcome.
Do we expect a trophy and a ticker-tape parade? Not at all. We’ll leave that to some other generation. At this point, being recognized for anything other than being snarky and passive-aggressive would probably just scare us into a heart attack. But, you know, you’re welcome.
At 5150Vegas we are proud to be part of Generation X.
I personally purse carry. I do this because I am more comfortable with my EDC in my purse verses on me. I have not found a holster that fits me, my gun and my clothing. This is a common problem for a lot of ladies. A Girl and A Gun has posted some great information on purse carry. The picture highlights some information to always follow.
Your purse is under your direct control at all times. This also means that you don’t put it over the back of a chair at a restaurant easy for anyone to access.
Make sure the purse you are using is specifically designs for firearm carry and that it has a separate dedicated pocket for your firearm.
Make sure you are using the correct holster for the purse you are using to ensure that the trigger is covered.
Practice accessing your firearm from your purse so that you can obtain the proper grip each and every time. And with practice you increase your draw speed and confidence.
Always follow the 4 Rules of Gun Safety.
To become proficient and confident with your concealed carry purse takes regular practice, no different from the regular practice you would do with an on body hoIster. Often we get busy in our daily lives and sρending a few minutes 3 days a week with our preferred self defense tool of choice gets neglected. Just like how the professionals suggest exercising 3 times a week for a healthy body, to maintain a safe and efficient draw of your gυn in a crisis is exercise too…. exercise for your memory motor response.
Learning to draw or fire your gυn from your concealed carry purse can only be learned through practice. There is no avoiding it and if you neglect this piece of your decision to carry a concealed carry purse, you are being irresponsible. As with any hoIster, your ability to remove the gυn safely and get into a strong firing position is critical. You are giving up potentially precious time choosing to carry in your purse, as the time it takes to locate it and draw it is naturally longer than if you had the gυn hoIstered on your hip. Sρend some time with your UNLOADED GUΝ moving and drawing your gυn following the 4 Rules of Gυn Safety. You will be surprised how awkward it is and when you add in anxιety, fear and stress, it only gets worse. Carry your concealed carry purse the same way all the time, with the zippers and/or compartment in the same location and practice this way. Τrain yourself to always pick it up and put it in the same position on your shoulder.
You also will want to attach the hoIster (typically with Velcro) in the same position in the compartment all the time. You want it in the right position and angle for you to easily grasp the grip once you open the compartment.
When we are under great stress, we are not thinking about our training tips, we default to what we have practiced and what has become habit. The more systematic your motions in training the better your body will be at just naturally following the same motions. Unzip or open the hoIster compartment the same way every time. Turn the purse to safely point the gυn in the right direction – the muzzle of the gυn should never be covering your body. Turn slightly and point the muzzle corner of the purse away from you and in a safe direction. Grasp the grip of the gυn with your strong hand, keeping your trιgger finger straight along the side of the gυn and not in the trιgger guard, and pull firmly to remove it from the hoIster while simultaneously pulling the purse away from the gυn with your weak hand. This will clear the gυn and allow you to get into firing position.
It is very important to keep your guns and ammo in tip top condition especially if you are using them for self defense. You don’t want to take it for granted and then have them fail on you when you need them the most. Julianna has some tips to rotating your ammunitions and magazines.
Another tip it to make sure you are grabbing the right magazine with the right ammo. In our house we have several Glocks. Some 9mm and some 40. We have our guns and magazines wrapped so we can quickly identify which belong together. And we have “Defense” on our magazine base pad so we know which magazine has our more expense defense rounds. And numbers on the other magazines so we can rotate them as we shoot at our matches or plinking in the desert.
Here is a picture of Kim’s magazine setup for her multigun matches. What does yours look like?
As this article states there are way more than 10 things you should never do but it is always a good reminder. What else would you add to the list?
There are WAY more than 10 things you should never do as a concealed carrier or as a firearms owner in general. But we’ve decided to pick 10 extremely important ones. We’re not judging you if you do these things – we’re just saying it’s the opposite of responsible.
10. Firing Warning Shots
There are a lot of tense, ambiguous situations out there. Like, maybe you’re debating whether or not you should take a defensive posture and remove your concealed carry firearm or not. Let’s skip to the chase – if you feel threatened, act accordingly. That’s all it comes down to. But DO NOT – repeat, DO NOT – fire warning shots. If someone doesn’t believe your concealed carry firearm is loaded, they’re welcome to find out the hard way. Heck, if you have it out already, you can even tell them to chill out on the ground while you wait for police to arrive. There’s a whole lot of options (A LOT). Firing a warning shot isn’t one of them.
And in most cases, discharging a firearm within most municipalities or while out in town is an actual crime. As in, if you discharged that round and police arrive and find that you weren’t actively using that round to defend yourself from an imminent, deadly threat – you’re in hot water. So, if it’s come to rounds being exchanged – make sure the first one counts.
9. Pants Tuck Your Concealed Carry Pistol Without A Holster
Can’t afford gender reassignment surgery? Having a hard time hitting those high soprano notes? Sticking a loaded pistol down the front of your pants isn’t really a good alternative – but it will work!
Holsterless concealed carry isn’t effective. There’s nothing protecting your trigger guard and even with a tight belt, you’re not really providing good, even retention across the firearm. It’s asking for a disaster to happen.
Holsters are just like ammunition – a required investment in order to protect yourself. And there are plenty that are affordable and effective.
8. Instinctive Shooting Without Practice
If you don’t practice instinctive shooting, don’t expect it to suddenly appear when you pull out your concealed carry pistol. More importantly, if you don’t practice dry firing, holstering and re-holstering, and do some actual range time once in awhile, those skills are virtually non-existent in your reactive mind – the part of your brain you need to actually respond to an emergency.
7. Not Paying Attention To What’s Around Your Target
In an actual active shooter environment, you have to stay on top of what is in front and behind the shooter. Reflexively spraying rounds in the general direction of an attacker is a great way to injure or kill others – with absolutely no guarantee of taking out your target. So before you fire, look around the target area. It only takes a few milliseconds and you could save someone’s life. It’s also a fundamental of firearm safety. Which brings us to…
6. Ignoring The Fundamentals Of Firearm Safety
There’s a serious misconception with some concealed carriers that the fundamentals of firearm safety suddenly evaporate if they’re stuck in an active shooting environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every single round that exits your gun will be investigated when the police arrive. And if they find you’ve negligently responded to a threat, you’re not going to be the “hero that saved the day” – you’re going to be taken up on criminal or civil charges.
5. One Magazine And Done
If you have a concealed carry pistol – where’s your number two magazine? If it’s not on you or nearby, you’re putting yourself unnecessarily at risk. Like the botched robbery we reported on earlier in Los Angeles and plenty of other places – once the shooting starts, it doesn’t stop until the police arrive, the threat is gone or someone is dead. If it’s not a direct hit that does it, it certainly will be the first person who runs out of ammunition. That doesn’t mean you need to walk around with an ammo can. Just having a spare magazine that’s accessible is (probably) good enough.
4. Inserting Yourself Into Conflicts
“Equal and opposite reaction”
There is nothing wrong with self-defense. There’s nothing wrong with helping out someone who is being brutally attacked, robbed, or victimized. But do understand the legal quandary you’ll be placing yourself in. We recently reported on a story involving a man who tried to intervene in a domestic assault. Unfortunately everyone involved, the attacker turned his attention from the woman to him and the man defended himself with one well placed shot from his concealed carry pistol. Did he do the right thing? Morally and ethically, he certainly stopped a woman from being assaulted. He also protected himself from being the victim of an assault. But law enforcement and county prosecution will ultimately determine the full consequences for his actions. Make sure – whatever you do – you’re willing to accept the consequences. And there will always be consequences.
We’ve also covered news stories about children whom have gotten into their mother’s purses and either shot themselves or their parents. This is important! A firearm is a tool. It can be used by anyone who picks it up. And if it is not secured, you are giving them invitation to do so.
2. Choosing Convenience Over Safety
There are a lot of fads out there in regards to “new” ways to holster a firearm. Everything from using a holster system that doesn’t protect the trigger guard to storing it at an angle where it may be easily taken from you – your concealed carry firearm is your life line. Do not take chances with it. Do not put it on your body in such a way that it may harm you or others. If that means wearing clothes that break your status as a fashion icon – so be it.
1. Overestimating Your Abilities And Underestimating Your Opponent’s
The most dangerous habit a concealed carrier can get himself into is assuming he knows more than his opponent. Most people in the United States will be able to live their lives without being the undue victim of gun violence or gun crimes. For the very few who will deal with it – siding on the side of caution is always the right move.
If you can read minds, great. For everyone who can’t – never assume anything about your opponent or the situation you find yourself in. Judge it critically, quickly, and always move towards the option that promises safety first. Prepare and train for uncertainty and never assume an enemy will act like a paper target – these are good steps towards avoiding overconfidence as a concealed carrier.
Concealed Nation posted some great information on Handgun Malfunctions. This may be information we already know but reminders never hurt. Thanks Concealed Nation (http://concealednation.org)
We all love going to the range and firing our handguns, but with any piece of machinery comes the occasional problem. Knowing how to address different types of handgun malfunctions is crucial to your safety, the safety of those around you, and will minimize any potential damage to your handgun.
In this article, we are going to go with the standard method of clearing your firearm. There are different methods of clearing in a self-defense situation, but for the purposes of this article, we will be clearing in a range environment.
We’re going to outline the 4 most common types of malfunctions. Before you handle any firearm, make sure that you are aware with how that particular firearm operates.
1. Hang Fire
If you pull the trigger and it doesn’t go “Boom”, you may have a Hang Fire situation going on. A hang fire is a delay in the propellant being ignited. If this malfunction is suspected, the procedure is to keep the firearm pointed down range for at least 30-60 seconds. This will ensure that the propellant won’t be ignited. After that time has passed, you should clear the firearm of the dud and drop it in some water as a precaution.
In modern firearms, the round is more likely a dud (a round that will never fire), however the above precautions should always be followed.
2. Squib Load
A Squib Load is an extremely dangerous type of malfunction. This occurs when a bullet does not have enough force to exit the barrel, instead getting lodged inside the barrel. If this happens and you were to fire a second round, the second round would run directly into the first round inside of the barrel, causing the barrel to either bulge or break apart. This can lead to serious injury and even death. The dead giveaway of a squib load is this: It doesn’t sound like a normal shot being fired and may be much quieter or muffled in sound. If something doesn’t sound right, clear your firearm and check your barrel for any obstructions. *Note: DO NOT look down your barrel. Find something that won’t scratch your barrel, such as a pencil, to place inside the barrel to ensure that is indeed clear.
A Squib Load is usually caused by a round having a primer, but no (or very little) powder. Reloaded ammunition usually the culprit of this type of malfunction.
3. Failure To Feed
A Failure to Feed (FTF) is when a firearm fails to feed the next round into the firing chamber. This can happen due to many reasons. To identify a FTF, your slide will not be all the way forward (not in full battery), because the cartridge has not traveled the distance needed to become chambered. To correct this, clear your firearm by removing the magazine first, and then the round (which will likely drop down the magazine well once the slide is locked back).
A Stovepipe occurs when the spent cartridge fails to be ejected properly, causing it to get trapped vertically in the ejection port. This malfunction typically occurs by not holding the firearm correctly, or “limp wristing”. If you experience this type of malfunction, clear your firearm by first removing the magazine, and then locking your slide back to expel the cartridge.