1. Mas,

    You’re doing just fine with it from where I stand er, sit. Wouldn’t mind seeing a bit on the care and feeding of firearms for us noobs out here, though.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Mas, I see that your 686 does NOT have the internal trigger lock mechanism. Would you be willing to use these newer Smiths with the lock for either home defense or CCW? I just have a queasy feeling about it. I would rather go to a Ruger 101 just because of that.

  3. I’m going to quibble with you a bit, Mas, with respect to your comment about Brogan’s post, but I feel it is an important distinction that is usually not made:

    In their OFFICIAL capacity, police and other civil authorities have “duty”, certainly, but no “rights”. Instead of “rights”, government officials (in their OFFICIAL capacity) rely on “authority”.

    The difference is important: a citizen need not be able to offer justification to exercise his “rights”, and may do so at his sole discretion, yet a governmental official always has to be able to justify his actions based on a governmental interest or public need founded on a constitutional, common-law or statutory basis.

    Courts can and usually do overturn the actions and decisions of public officials if they cannot offer some legitimate justification for their deeds derived from at least one of the above sources .

    Stay Safe!

  4. I’m very glad that you did not encounter rights violations where you were and truly commend fire, police, EMS and countless others for getting out there and keeping people safe. Thank you one and all for what you do!! I also agree in life-threatening disasters, emergency service workers – including police – have not only the right but the duty to check apparently abandoned dwellings to make sure there are no injured or infirm people inside who need to be rescued.

    My problem was what happened in areas that were relatively undamaged by the flood. Flood waters in a lot of cases only reached a few feet into the main floor of the house and receded after a day or two. Aside from flooded basements and other water damage to valuables, the structural integrity of houses were intact.

    The video I posted clearly shows the water to be gone and even verified by a statement of one of the crews patrolling the streets. We then see doors being broken open on houses that were locked and otherwise intact, not abandoned.

    One incident was caught on camera where a home owner was angry that his front door was broken down with out so much as a knock to see if anyone was home. It was followed by a heated exchange with the officer who told him that if he didn’t go back inside his house and stop harassing the team, he would be escorted out of the area.

    I know it in disaster situations things are not always cut and dry. I also know that that it is sometimes necessary to enter houses by force. In scenarios like this where houses were locked and intact forced entry should be questioned.

    The broken doors on once secured houses are now open to looters; home owners that were there when their homes were invaded could have mistaken the intrusion as a looting attempt and fired upon the crews. There is also the cost of replacing the doors and windows the crews broke to gain entry.

    The danger of utilities can be addressed out side of buildings. Gas can be shut off at the mains and electricity to the area from sub stations. A knock to check and see if there was some one home would have been a good start. If it was locked and otherwise undamaged braking down the door should have been questioned. It would have been an easy thing to do rather then a blanket braking in of doors and could have prevented a lot of ill feeling between rescue workers and home owners.

    Forgive me for being a bit uneasy about this. I still have a bad taste in my mouth after seeing illegal door to door gun confiscations from residents of homes which were in the high and dry areas and completely unaffected by hurricane Katrina.


    Once again here is the video I mentioned:

    And The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation after Katrina

  5. Mas,

    Years ago I used to follow the writings of you and Evan Marshall in regards to guns and ammo, and based my choices on your writings and studies.

    With all the different caliber/bullet choices out there I was wondering if you would do something similar online. I’m “corn-fuzzled” about what to select for my 9mm. I’m stuck between the 115 Grain CorBon DPX load and the old 9BPLE. The BPLE is easier for me to get. I’m also wondering how it compares to the Gold Dot 124 Grain +P load that NYPD uses?

    Thanks Mas, and for all you’ve done in regards to self defense and gun rights. Take care and stay safe.


  6. Long Island Mike: I’m not a big fan of internal locks on powerful revolvers.

    Norm from Alaska: Your terminology is better than mine. Thanks. I think we’re all on the same wavelength.

    BikerRN: The 9BPLE load proved itself thoroughly over the years with Illinois State Police and Border Patrol, and to this day, with DeKalb County in the Atlanta area. I’m on tour in the Pacific Northwest at the moment, and Federal 9BPLE is what I have in the Glock 17 I’m carrying. The 124 grain Gold Dot +P and 127 grain Winchester Ranger +P+ at 1250 foot-seconds might have a slight edge on it in terms of the FBI protocol testing, but a 115 grain hollow point at 1300 can be expected to get you home at night.

    Best to all,

  7. Thanks Mas.

    I guess I’m looking for that “magic bullet” when their really isn’t one. I’ve been carry the 125 Grain Magnum loads off duty for so long that I think it’s a “Death Ray” when I know it’s not.

    I Guess I just bought in to the marketing “hype”, but still, it’s a dang good round, the old 125 Grain JHP in .357 Magnum.