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True gun control

Gun control is as follows finger out of the trigger until you’re ready to shoot, all guns are considered loaded, do not point it any gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy, know what’s behind on the sides in front of your Target before you shoot. Shoot until the threat is destroyed or gone. Focus on your front sight press trigger to the rear, push towards your target. That is the basis of gun control

14things to know

1. DEFENSIVE HANDGUN CARRY — OBEY THE RULES

“Learn and follow the four safety rules established by Colonel Jeff Cooper. Burn them into your consciousness.” Safety with a handgun may be more important than with any other firearm. This is primarily because of how compact and wieldy a handgun is. Every year, shooters negligently shoot themselves with a handgun, most often while holstering the firearm, because it is easy to point a handgun at yourself.

  • First Rule: All guns are always loaded.
  • Second Rule: Never let the firearm’s muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
  • Third Rule: Keep your finger off of the trigger until your sights are on target.
  • Fourth Rule: Always be sure of your target.

2. GET SERIOUS

“Seek out good training.” Verify that the trainers are experienced and have a good reputation. And confirm the program of instruction that they are offering. If you are new to a handgun, it takes at least a week to get a solid grasp on the basics of running the platform; you want a fundamentals school, not a handgun adventure camp. Also, make sure don’t solely rely on DVDs or books. You need quality feedback to get better and improve. And make sure you avoid the fools and fakers on the Internet.

3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

“Research what gun you need and know the difference between a concealed-carry gun, a range gun, a competition gun and a hunting gun.” Caliber/cartridge considerations should be part of this process. A good rule of thumb is to select the largest-caliber handgun you can comfortably carry and shoot with speed and precision.

4. TEST SOME GUNS

“Try the various guns after your do your research.” Maybe even find a firearms training school or commercial range that will let you rent a gun and related equipment so you can discover if you interface well with the pistol. (This is an ideal thing to do before you take a weeklong course with a handgun you’re unfamiliar with.) Make sure the gun fits your hand, too. A good instructor can explain this and why it is crucial when it comes to quick and accurate shooting.

5. BUY ONCE, CRY ONCE

“Be prepared to spend a fair amount of money on a good gun.” You get what you pay for, and you’re only betting your (or your loved one’s) life on it. Pinch pennies and save a little longer if need be. Don’t settle for a defensive handgun.

6. GEAR UP

“Don’t scrimp on spare magazines, holsters, magazine pouches and gun belts.” These items are an essential part of the personal protection package. They keep your pistol running, allow you to carry comfortably and prevent delays in training because you purchased crap that does not work or has broken after half a day on the range.

7. AMMO TALK

“Ammunition is important for both practice and carry.” Make common-sense decisions, avoid the latest “wonder” bullets and try to find similarities between the lifesaving and range training ammunition you use. In other words, if you carry a 115-grain load, practice with a 115-grain load.

8. TEST & TEST AGAIN

“Verify that your carry ammo works in your handgun.” Ideally, you should be able to shoot 100 rounds of your carry ammo without a single stoppage, jam or hiccup. Make sure it works every time you pull the trigger. Yes, good carry ammo is expensive, but how much is your life worth? If you really need to shoot this ammo, your life will truly depend upon it. Also, rotate your carry ammo at least once per year. Ammo has a long life and can still work perfectly after many years. But there is no reason to risk an issue with ammo that has become corroded or damaged through extensive carry.

9. PROBLEM PRONE?

“How reliable is ‘reliable’ for your concealed-carry gun? You don’t need to be like the military and shoot tens of thousands of rounds.” If you ever have an issue with your ammo, switch brands or loads until you find one that always works. Keep in mind that every stoppage is not an ammo-related stoppage. Bad magazines can cause a failure to feed, and improper hand positioning can cause a failure to eject. When you experience a problem, take the time to discover the cause before you blame the ammunition.

10. TRULY COMMIT

“Even if you do pay the money and attend a reputable defensive handgun training course, and even if you graduated as the Top Gun, understand that was just the beginning.” Defensive pistolcraft is a perishable skill. You need to practice and you should—at least annually—seek further evaluation and training to stay in top form. The best basketball player in the world, regardless of who you might think that is, did not learn to shoot a foul shot properly and then stopped practicing. Practice and learning are two things that should never stop.

11. ALWAYS LISTEN

“If you pay the money to take a defensive handgun course, don’t go there to teach—go there to learn.” In other words, this isn’t the place to say, “But I think this way is better.” Listen to the instructors; after all, what are you paying them for? At the same time, if you see unsafe practices or stupid stuff being done on the range, take your toys and go home. It has become en vogue for some trainers to ask students to stand downrange during live fire so that they “know what it’s like” for bullets to whiz by them. If you are asked to do that, pack your pistol and walk/run off the range.

12. MENTAL PREP

“Find a course on mindset and awareness.” The pistol is not the only tool available to you. Read Jeff Cooper’s excellent book Principles of Personal Defense every year. Make sure your loved ones read it, too. As Steinbeck once wrote, “The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.”

13. KNOW YOUR LAWS

“Find a good lawyer and visit with them about the laws in your jurisdiction.” No, we are not talking about a divorce or tax lawyer. You need to talk with a lawyer familiar with criminal prosecution and defense. Put their card in your wallet; it might end up being one of the most important calls you ever make.

14. ON THE EDGE

“Never stop learning.” That includes following the news to see what methods the miscreants are using to harm us. It means staying in contact with your firearms instructor to discover new techniques or receive simple reminders. And it means keeping up with the tools of the trade that can keep you alive. Not just guns, but other less-lethal or security devices, too.

This article is from the winter 2018 issue of Ballistic Magazine. For subscriptions or individual copies, please visit OutdoorGroupStore.com.

Guns stolen at Tahoe by a fellon

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit in El Dorado County and Sacramento in May was indicted by a federal grand jury today on two counts.

Christopher Louis Wadstein, 31, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced Thursday. If convicted he faces up to 50 years in prison and $5,250,000 fine.

Wadstein had been in the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe since his arrest on May 21. He was transported to Sacramento County earlier this week by detectives from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD).

In May of 2018, burglars stole several firearms from a car parked outside a hotel in the 3600 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Officers from SLTPD learned the firearms were in Wadstein’s possession and were able to locate a car he had rented. Inside they found a backpack with five handguns and ammunition in it which were all confirmed to have been among those stolen from the car outside the hotel.

Wadstein was arrested and admitted to having received the guns and ammunition and stashing them in his car, according to court documents.

Wadstein had two prior state felony convictions for endangering public safety while fleeing from the police, and one felony conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Because of these convictions, Wadstein is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Wadstein was charged in El Dorado County Superior Court on the firearms charges but fled before his preliminary hearing. The court issued a bench warrant for his failure to appear.

“He bounced between North Dakota and Douglas County,” said SLTPD Lt. Shannon Laney in May 2019. “We got word from North Dakota he was on his way to Sacramento to buy drugs and guns.”

On May 21, 2019, SLTPD detectives were watching for Wadstein in the Sacramento area and when spotted on Highway 50 in El Dorado County the sheriff’s office attempted to pull him over. Wadstein was heading back to South Lake Tahoe according to police. A high-speed pursuit ensued but law enforcement backed off when the chase became unsafe for the public. Wadstein was then spotted in Sacramento on Highway 50 where law enforcement tried to once again pull him over. Another high-speed pursuit began this time during rush hour traffic. Wadstein hit other cars during the chase and at times drove in the wrong direction at speeds up to 100 mph. The chase ended with his truck catching fire on a levee road.

Wadstein was forced to abandon the truck and flee on foot, all caught on film by KCRA-TV. As he ran, he scattered a bag of methamphetamine he was carrying. Ultimately, he was unable to escape police on foot and surrendered. Officers later recovered approximately 335 grams of methamphetamine from the ground where Wadstein had discarded it.

This case is the product of an investigation by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the Bismarck Police Department, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the California Highway Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James R. Conolly will be prosecuting the case.

If convicted of the count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Wadstein faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of the possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute count, he faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

    Other than guns kill in mass

    TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

    Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate — and futile — attempt to escape what proved to be Japan’s deadliest fire in nearly two decades. Others emerged bleeding, blackened and barefoot.