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CONTENTS

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COLUMNS 38 42 50

IT'S THE LAW

Making Judges BY K.L. JAMISON

REAL WORLD CARRY GEAR

BY DUANE DAIKER

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STREET TACTICS

ARMED SENIOR CITIZEN

A Study Of Fighting In Your Home BY GABE SUAREZ

See It Coming: Survival Of The Smartest BY BRUCE N. EIMER, Ph.D.

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SIG SAUER ACADEMY

34 THE TARGETS OF THE PROS

BY TODD BURGREEN

How To Be A Good Student BY GEORGE HARRIS

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22 MYDUANE DAIKERINTO RELOADING JOURNEY BY 24 RECYCLE YOUR BRASS BY CHRISTOPHER PILON 28 ANJOHN HIGGSOF PREVENTION OUNCE BY 30 AIM FOR SUCCESS BY TOM GIVENS 46 LED TACTICAL FLASHLIGHTS BY TIM THORSTENSON

THE ORDINARY GUY

On A Cold February Night, It All Came To An End BY MARK WALTERS

JPFO LIBERTY CREW

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Making Change Happen BY L. NEIL SMITH

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PROFILE

Russ White

DEPARTMENTS

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR TRUE STORIES

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FORCEON-FORCE NOTEBOOK

Carjacked! BY JACK RUMBAUGH

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CONCEALED CARRY MAGAZINE

Volume 5 - Nov./Dec. 2008

Publisher & Editor Timothy J. Schmidt Managing Editor Kathy Jackson Art Director Betty Shonts Circulation Manager Laura Otto Copy Editor John Higgs Column Editors Duane A. Daiker Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D George Harris K.L. Jamison Jack Rumbaugh L. Neil Smith - JPFO Liberty Crew Gabriel Suarez Mark A. Walters Contributing Writers Todd Burgreen Tom Givens John Higgs Christopher Pilon Tim Thorstenson Advertising Sales Bob Cole 360-665-0542 E-mail: [email protected]

TIM'S THOUGHTS

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I AM A LUCKY MAN!

y the time this issue has made it into your hands, you're probably starting to reflect on the past year. At least that's

what I always do in December. Here's a quick peek into my reflections... Kathy Jackson and Betty Shonts have done a fantastic job of taking Concealed Carry Magazine to the next level. The USCCA website staff have been working feverishly on building a world class website portal. My kids are all doing well at their new school. And most important, my wife and I are getting ready to celebrate 15 years of marriage. Yes, I am a lucky man. As you reflect back on YOUR year, I challenge you to focus on the blessings and look at the challenges as opportunities in disguise. Take care and God Bless,

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NOV/DEC 2008 COVER

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kathy Jackson MODEL: Don Stahlnecker, programmer for CCM, shows off his wilderness rig, a Glock 20 (10mm) in a Blade Tech Kydex holster. He's standing next to his 1981 Jeep Wagoneer on a logging road deep in the heart of Washington state, with beautiful Mt. Ranier in the background. A tiny Photon MicroLight dangles from his belt loop. "When I'm not out in the woods, I usually carry a Glock 26 (9mm) in a Kydex IWB holster that I've heavily modified to suit my own needs," Don reports. He recently purchased a sturdy leather belt from Ted Blocker Holsters to replace the battered and stretched noname belt seen in the cover photo, a change that he notes made a world of difference in improving both comfort and concealability.

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RELIABILITY. FIRST TIME, EVERY TIME.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Editor, In the Oct. `08 issue, Diane Walls states of the FNH Five-sevenN's AP capability, "Another myth has been busted." To be fair, that is true of the current civilian-only offerings. The original SS190 and possibly the SS192 was capable of penetrating soft body armor. The other question I have, as someone interested in buying a Five-SeveN, where does it say that is not drop safe? I, unfortunately, live in CA and it is my understanding that all handguns sold here must be drop safe. TB (via the web) My testing of FN FiveSeven ammunition was limited to what is available on the commercial market, since the anecdotal reputation I was working to "bust" was that the FiveSeven, with its rifle-type round, could cut through body armor with any of the rounds sold to the public for it. There are cartridges specifically for the purpose of piercing body armor, sold to military and law enforcement only. My police contact, who instructed at our state police academy, shared his test results with me; they had not had any penetration with this pistol as they were using it, either. This leads me to believe that there are very few police departments in our area willing to buy the specialized armorpiercing round, probably for liability reasons. This is not to say that some of these military-type rounds couldn't make it illegally onto the streets. We hope they don't. The owner's manual for the FiveSeven states that they don't recommend carry with a live round in the chamber. The reason, they said, was that there could be an inertial detonation should the pistol be dropped. I was a bit amazed that they would not put a firing pin block safety in but it was right there in print. Diane Walls Editor, In reference to your October 2008 issue and the article "Appendix Carry" by Gabe Suarez: In the five years I served as a Federal Air Marshal in one of the north east field offices, this is the only method of carry that I used. Only when going to the range to qualify on the standard qualification course did I ever wear the issue side holster that came with our weapon. All other times both on and off duty I carried my duty weapon appendix carry style. I found that the appendix method of carry was both comfortable and easily concealed my full size Sig Sauer P229. It also allows for ease of draw from a seated position, be it on and airplane at 35,000 feet or at your favorite local restaurant. Never once in five years was my weapon in jeopardy of being exposed inadvertently while we conducted our missions in Americas skies. Even today as a former Federal Air Marshal, I carry every day and my method of carry the appendix carry. Francis L. (via the web) Editor, In the "True Stories" section of the Oct. `08 issue, you quoted an incident where a robber held an "elderly couple" at gunpoint. I had to laugh when I saw that the "elderly" male victim was 61 years of age. I am 61. Last year I completed the 250 course at Gunsite Academy and am planning to attend either the 260 or 350 course when I am 62 (and even more elderly). I can draw my XD from my Blackhawk SERPA holster and place a head shot in a target at a short distance in less than one second. Elderly? John Steinbeck once said, "Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you." Indeed. Maybe we should change that to "elderly." Tim Hall Lakewood, Colorado

Due to volume received, not all letters can be answered. Letters may be edited for space and clarity. Send your letters to: Concealed Carry Magazine Attn: Editor 4466 Hwy P - Suite 204 Jackson, WI 53037 Or email: [email protected]

EDITOR'S DESK

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Corrections, Oct. 2008 CCM:

In "Botched ATM Robbery" (page 7), the town of Gladstone and the Kansas City Star were incorrectly located in Kansas. Both are in Missouri. The picnic shown in the photos on pages 14-16 was organized and promoted by Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). Visit their website at www.vcdl. org

ith the coming holiday season, the end of the year is fast approaching. We at CCM have many changes in the works for 2009. One you'll notice right away: beginning with this issue, the ALL-NEW USCCA website is taking shape! It's been in the works for many months, and we hope you'll enjoy the new features and ease of use. If you haven't stopped by the website in awhile, come check it out at www.USConcealedCarry.com. We think you'll like what you see. Dear Anonymous: For an upcoming issue of the magazine, I would like to hear from people who haven't "come out" as gun owners to family and friends. If you are interested in participating in this project, please send an email to [email protected] USConcealedCarry.com. I'll have some basic questions for you to answer, and I promise to keep your name and all identifying details private. Stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday season.

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TRUE STORIES

CARRY A GUN...

TEEN ROBBER SHOT

Joshua Eastman, 28, was unloading groceries in an East Stroudsburg, PA, Wal-Mart parking lot when 17 year-old Reneau Jean Jacques approached him, wearing a bandana over his face and carrying a handgun. Eastman told Jacques he had no cash, but Jacques became threatening and demanding. Eastman then pulled out his wallet and dropped it on purpose, hoping his delay tactics would attract attention. As Eastman ducked to pick up the wallet, Jacques fired a shot through the passenger window. Eastman dropped to the ground, drew his licensed .32-caliber handgun, and shot Jacques in the legs from under the car door. Police say Jacques fired several more times at his intended victim before fleeing. He was later found hiding in a landscaped area of the parking lot. Jacques was treated for three gunshot wounds to the legs, and has been charged with a long list of offenses, including attempted homicide. Eastman received minor injuries from broken glass. www.mcall.com

IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE.

distraction allowed Abdefattah to hand the baby to his wife and draw his gun. "Five, six times, I don't know. I've never shot someone," 29-year-old Abdelfattah said. Martin died on the scene. Neither Nagi or Abdelfattah are strangers to violence; both have been victims to previous store robberies. Abdelfattah bought his gun a year ago and said the only thing he'd ever shot at before this incident was a target. When someone asked why he fired so many shots at Martin, Abdelfattah said, "How

man was murdered at the same store the permit holder works for. The Buffalo News · NY

AND ANOTHER...

Police have determined it was selfdefense when two men fired at two robbers who approached them in the street. No names have been released, but one robber, a man in his 20s, died after being shot twice. His 17 year-old accomplice was shot twice in the left arm. Police spokeswoman Christine O'Brien said the shooting was justifiable homicide and no charges would be filed against the victims. The Philadelphia Inquirer · PA

THIS ONE WAS SHOT DEAD

An unnamed victim went to his relative's house in Pleasant Grove, AL, and was confronted by two armed men who demanded money. The victim responded by drawing his own gun and shooting one of the robbers, 18 year-old Marquis Ledelle Strange, who was pronounced dead on the scene. Police are still looking for other robber. The Birmingham News · AL

"HOW MANY SHOTS DOES IT TAKE TO KILL SOMEONE? I DON'T KNOW. IT'S FAMILY FIRST."

many shots does it take to kill someone? I don't know." He added, "It's family first." PalmBeachPost.com · FL

ANOTHER TEEN ROBBER SHOT

A pizza delivery man was confronted by three robbers while out making a delivery. At least one of the robbers was armed with a gun. The delivery man drew his handgun and shot one of the robbers, an unidentified 15 year-old, in the back. The robber is recovering in stable condition, and the other two remain at large. Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said, "He has a permit for the gun, and he apparently used it lawfully to defend himself." Sixteen years ago, a pizza delivery-

HE THREATENED A BABY

Robert C. Martin, 35, walked into A1A Discount Beverage and pretended to be a friendly customer. He then pulled out a gun and threatened Yamen Abdelfattah, who was visiting family and was sitting was his 7 month-old son on his knee. Noel Nagi, the store owner and grandfather of the baby, told the robber to take the cash. "Just don't do anything crazy. There's a baby," he said. Martin leveled the gun at the baby and replied, "I don't give a --." Just then, a customer entered the store, and the

BROTHER DEFENDS SISTER

Donald Robert Tomlinson, 29, of Lee County was found guilty of violating a protective order for the third time when he waited at his estranged wife's house for her to return from a family outing. Once she arrived, Tomlinson attacked her, knocking her to the ground and choking her. Her brother pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg. www.timesnews.net · TN

How would you have handled situations like these? Discuss scenarios and more online in the usconcealedcarry.com forums. Familiarize yourself with your local and state laws regarding self-defense.

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STREET TACTICS

Since most of these events are likely to happen after dark, the ability to integrate a light into the fight may be an important skill.

A STUDY OF

FIGHTING IN

Fighting in houses--or fighting in your house--can take on many forms depending on your mission.

aving clarity of mission is essential so you know how to comport yourself in each event. I want to be very clear that this is one of the most dangerous activities that a homeowner may encounter. Sadly, most training out there is limited to the police application, which I call "hunt the burglar." This has very little in common with much of what you may need to do as the occupant of a home, rather than as a police officer who is responding to an emergency call. Basing our focus on the armed civilian CCW operator we can identify several possible mission profiles and tactical skills needed for fighting in houses.

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HOLDING GROUND

This is the most common type of home defense situation. Think of the

classic scenario where a homeowner is awakened by a strange sound indicating a break in. They barricade themselves in the bedroom with the old double barreled shotgun, issue the classic warning, "I have a gun" and then call the police. We hear stories like this all the time. The homeowner has no pressing need to enter the fight or go in search of the threat, so he simply takes up a position of advantage, using as much cover and concealment as a bedroom will allow. He points his muzzle at the bedroom door chanelizing the avenue of approach of the bad guy, and waits in ambush. When the bad guy forces his way into the bedroom, a "warning" may or may not be given depending on the tactical situation and the region of the country in which the home is situated. For this very elementary event there

is little need for any skills at all other than pointing the weapon and having the will to fire it at the home invader. The homeowner does, however, need to have a weapon in the first place. While many CCW folks advise this as what you always need to do, it is a very limited application. Will you do this if the rest of your family is still out there at the mercy of the home invader? Of course not.

TAKING GROUND

This is a bit more involved and far more physically and mentally demanding. This basically involves attacking the attackers. An example may be, as we mentioned earlier, the rescue of family members about to be victimized. The police parallel is a hostage rescue. Think of the previous scenario except the homeowner is awakened by the

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below: Learning to fight in a house is a mental exercise more than a physical one. However, a good shoothouse type structure can provide hours of great training.

right: Skills should be learned as individuals and then augmented with a partner.

YOUR HOUSE

sound of glass breaking, their child's terrified screams in a bedroom across the house are suddenly muffled, and they hear a stranger's voice telling the child to shut up. This is hardly the time to hide under the bed with a shotgun, is it? This situation requires moving rapidly and stealthily, directly to the threat. The mission is not to stay safe, it is to go to the fight. The mission is to close on the bad guys and shoot them to the ground with surgical close range gunfire. The urgency of the situation probably proscribes any negotiation, warnings, or attempts to deescalate the situation. The bad guys are located, closed upon, and shot down in order to save the innocents they are victimizing. A similar situation is presented in an active shooter event where you have elected to stay and fight rather than run away. And before you discount this, there are plenty of reasons to do just that if family members or others for whom you are responsible are still in the danger area. You are not going to abandon your kids at Trolley Square or the Tacoma Mall and run for your life, are you? where there are multiple shooters, but their immediate whereabouts are not certain. All you know is that the current place is not safe and that remaining there is not a good idea. You need to escape, but running into one or more of them on the way out is a very real possibility. There is no time to clear or search. You move quickly as before, giving cursory attention to danger areas with eyes and muzzles on the approach and egress, but no attempt would be made to "clear them" or search them. As soon as a danger area is passed, it is abandoned as new danger areas appear. The goal is to escape--but in a strong and controlled manner ready to convert escape into attack if necessary.

[ BY GABE SUAREZ ]

TRAVERSING THROUGH

Traversing involves traveling through a contested or conflict area where there may be active armed bad guys. The mission is not to engage them, but rather to escape them. But understand, getting shot in the back is no way to escape. The operator(s) and their protectees move rapidly through and out, free of the threat area, but ready to engage any threats that may appear or impede their exit. Think of the active shooter event

SEARCH AND CLEAR

This is an area of study that is often the basis of many "shoothouse" training

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events. It involves moving cautiously and deliberately through an area in direct search for an adversary who, presumably, is hidden or unaware of the good guy's presence. It is basically an indoor manhunt. Most people have no idea how strenuous this is both physically and mentally, nor how dangerous it is when done alone. A typical 3000 square foot house might take the better part of an hour to search correctly by a team of three. And by search I mean doing it right, not simply turning the lights on and peeking into a room and then declaring it is clear. All of these require a thorough understanding of the nature of architectural features commonly found in modern buildings such as corners, hallways, doors, stairs, and so on, and a solid knowledge of how to negotiate them at various speeds. You would also need the ability to identify danger areas and potential threats, and the ability to mold your fighting platform to the environment at hand. As well, you need a clear

understanding of what your mission is at any given moment as well as the fact that things can change quickly from one mission profile to another. A lot of the choices you make will depend on how much information you have. This is not the time to be thinking about liability and stuff like that. If you do, you'll lose.

CONSIDER THESE SITUATIONS

· You wake up at 3 AM because you heard something. You are not certain enough to go back to sleep, but not certain enough to call 911. · The noise that wakes you up is much more pronounced than in the previous situation. Still not confirmed "human" but definitely something is not right. · You wake up to the sound of glass breaking, followed by swearing. You live alone. · You wake up at 3 AM because you heard your kid scream across the house. Their scream was followed by a male voice telling them to shut up.

· You are at church and your kids are on the other side of the church at youth ministry. You hear gunshots coming from that direction, people screaming and running away from the sound. · You and your protectees are inside a building where bad things are happening. Your current location is untenable and you must leave, but expect to encounter resistance as part of the escape. While each event is similar, the dynamics of the fight are different and each one requires different tactics. Now think about this and how you might handle each one of these problems. Think also about what skills you might need to make your time in the fight safer for you and more dangerous for the bad guys. n To Contact Gabe Suarez: www.suarezinternational.com www.onesourcetactical.com www.warriortalk.com Office 928-776-4492

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ou have come to the realization that you are not as good as you want to be, so a training class to elevate your performance level is on the horizon. After an intensive search of the many training institutions available to aid in your improvement, you have selected one that seems to meet your needs and promises to help you excel to the next level of proficiency. You enroll and wait with eager anticipation until the first day of training comes. When you arrive at the training site, you find that the class is being held at another location. By the time you get directions and travel to the correct location, the class has started without you. Once you get settled in and oriented to the class, you start to realize that the course you are attending isn't what you thought it was going to be. What started out to be an exciting, performance-enhancing training session is now a big disappointment. You can blame the school or the instructor, but more often than not you can look in the mirror to find the correct place to lay the blame for your disappointment. In the next few paragraphs I will list some guidelines as to how a student can get the most out of a training experience. What you are about to read

is not all-encompassing, but is drawn from my many years as a student and a professional in the field of firearms training and education. Since the focus of this publication is primarily related to concealed carry issues, I will restrict my comments to that line of training. That said, however, most of my suggestions can be directly

Nothing is worse than arriving at a training event only to find out that you are not equipped or prepared to participate in the course.

applied to most any class that you might want to attend. As a student, you have to establish some objectives that you want to achieve before doing anything else. An objective, simply put, is what you will know and be able to do upon completion of the class. Once the objectives are on paper (write them down) the search begins for who can best meet those objectives. Carefully read the course description from each provider as you search for

the best class to meet your needs. Any reputable training organization will state the specifics of what you will experience when attending their classes. Don't read more or less into the description. When you are not totally clear as to what you will receive, e-mail or call to clarify the question. Pay close attention to the equipment list in the course description as well. It is there for a reason. Nothing is worse than arriving at a training event only to find out that you are not equipped or prepared to participate in the course. The title Concealed Carry Course has more meanings than a centipede has legs. They range from four hours to four days and longer. There is no way that you can get the same information and practical range time in a four hour class that you would get in a multiple day class. If you want to qualify for your state's concealed carry permit, make sure that the course you select states specifically that it meets the standard required to obtain the desired certification. Don't be fooled by high round counts, free gifts, or other gimmicks to get your business. Read the course description to understand what you are getting for the tuition fee. Prior to making travel arrangements,

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verify the location of the class. The Sig Sauer Academy is located five miles west of the Sig Sauer Factory. It is a regular occurrence for Academy students to show up at the Factory to take a class because they assumed that the Factory and the Academy are one and the same. Five miles is no big deal when you consider that a few of the firearms manufacturers have their training facilities in completely different states, some over five hundred miles away. Finally the day comes and you are seated and ready to learn new techniques and information to upgrade your skill level. Your mindset is all important as to how much you will gain in the class. As the old saying goes, "The mind is like a parachute; it is of little use unless it is open." Listen to what the instructor says and try the techniques recommended rather than refusing to try something new because it takes you out of your comfort zone. Clarify any questions that you might have at the appropriate time but other than that, your total attention should

be devoted to soaking up all that you can see, hear, and feel. Outside of safety (which should never be compromised), even if you disagree with the way things are being taught, give it a try anyway. If nothing else, you will know that meth-

Don't be fooled by high round counts, free gifts, or other gimmicks to get your business. Read the course description to understand what you are getting for the tuition fee.

od doesn't work for you today but it will be in your memory banks for future use should circumstances change for you. Observe the class as a whole. It is amazing what you can learn from other students both good and not so good. Through the whole class, be positive.

You came to learn, not to criticize. If you aren't getting the material stated in the course description, don't wait until the end of the class to ask about what you think is missing. Make sure that your questions are relevant to the class when you ask them but don't leave with questions unanswered. Get to know the other students during the class. You can never have too many friends, particularly those that have a common interest with you. Get a class roster at the end of the class including contact information if possible. Learning can continue after the class is over by maintaining contact with other students. Finally, ask what class should be next for you in the ongoing process of self improvement. Factor the answer into your personal objectives and start the process again by taking a close look at the course description. There is always something around us to be learned on a perpetual basis. You can maximize your options by learning how to be a good student. n

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THE ORDINARY GUY

"He kicked in the door and took about two to three steps and shot me in the neck while I slept."

Bloodstain marks the spot where home invader David Brown fell at the hands of Jim Butler.

"ON A COLD FEBRUARY NIGHT IT ALL CAME TO AN EN

"I agree 100% having been through a stalking situation ourselves; my wife and I [ B Y M A R K W A LT E R S ] learned some very valuable lessons."

e sought and received a full order of protection from the courts. In my opinion, the paper was completely useless. Our attacker violated this order numerous times and yet the local Sheriff Department couldn't find this freak. He lived about a half mile from our house and despite my seeing him twice a day and doing as the Phelps County Sheriff Department suggested. (do not approach/confront...let us do our jobs.) He never was apprehended. He continued to stalk, peek in our windows and threaten us. Each time we reported....same result...nothing! After pleading with law enforcement to do something...anything, on a cold February night it all came to an end!" The above post appeared in the USCCA discussion forum on 8/20/2008. The thread was titled: "What do you do about a stalker?" I placed a call to the writer, USCCA member Jim Butler. My

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interview with Mr. Butler sent chills up my back. The Butlers' account of terror is something no human beings should have to go through. Jim and his wife, Suzanne, have allowed me to pass their story on to you. Read it carefully and more importantly, learn from it.

FEBRUARY, 2003: THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS

"We started having problems with a neighbor. My wife didn't notify me at first. She caught him peeking in windows and she didn't want me to have too bad a reaction to that, I suppose," Jim told me as our discussion began. "When I first became aware of what was happening, I was on a business trip in California when I got a phone call around 2 am. My wife had caught him peeking in a window again and called the Phelps County Sheriff. They didn't see him at first and when they came back they were able to spot him. That's

the night that it started. That was in February of 2003." The neighbor was 44 year old David Brown. Jim told me, "He lived in a trailer on his sister's property about a half a mile from us. He didn't have any electricity or running water and lived kind of like a hermit. We took a little bit of pity on him because he obviously didn't have any money or anything. We offered him small odd jobs around our place, cutting grass, feeding our horses when we were out of town, things like that." After being spotted by deputies that evening while Jim was in California, David Brown barricaded himself in his trailer. This resulted in a SWAT response from local authorities. During the standoff Brown armed himself, threatened deputies, and refused to exit his residence alive. After nearly two hours, a county sheriff hostage negotiator persuaded him to come out without violence. He was taken for psychiatric

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evaluation and found to be mentally fit. Brown was later charged with first degree trespassing and resisting arrest. Little did the Butlers know what had really begun for them on that February night in 2003.

SUMMER OF HARASSMENT

As the harassment began after Jim returned home from California, the Butlers' lives were never "normal" again. "We're doing everything we can legally, to keep him away from the house," Jim said. Suzanne applied for a protective injunction within 24 hours of the first incident, which the courts granted immediately. "Occurrences of him coming around, though, did not stop. In fact I confronted him one time in front of the house," Jim told me. "Apparently he was coming into the house when we weren't there, and he would take a handful of change, grab a couple of beers out of the refrigerator," Jim said. "He would never take anything like a stereo or TV and I really had no proof he was there other

than the little stuff like that. I suspect he gained access by the garage door opener. He must have had the code and I have no idea how many times he may have entered the house." Throughout the spring and summer and into the fall, the harassment of the Butlers became regular and frequent. Each time it happened, the Butlers made a report to law enforcement. Jim told me that the county sheriff was called to his property at least every two to three weeks to make another report about Brown's activities. The Butlers would hear loud cars pass by with the occupants shouting obscenities, as well as occasional gunfire from passing vehicles. Their frustration levels rose as they spent many months trying to get this man arrested while it seemed as if nothing was being done by local law enforcement to prevent David Brown from repeatedly violating the injunctions against him.

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There were repeated violations during

the ten months following the February incident, but still no arrest. The couple lived in a constant state of alert when home, cautiously waiting and listening, and remaining armed at all times both inside and outside. Jim and his wife began spending more time training with their firearms. Both purchased new guns: Jim a Glock 21, and Suzanne a Glock 19. Having grown up in St. Louis, Suzanne was not familiar with firearms, but she now spent a significant amount of time training with her husband. Jim told me that part of this was by design, so that the neighbors would hear the gunfire coming from the Butler property as a form of deterrence. It didn't work. On Christmas Eve, 2003, Jim was heading towards the house when Suzanne called. She had beaten him home by just a few minutes. As she exited her vehicle she noticed flashlight beams inside the house. A moment later, she was confronted by David Brown as he exited her home. A scuffle ensued and Suzanne was injured. Brown es-

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left: Jim Butler regularly trains on his property, as does his wife Suzanne. below: Entrance to the bedroom used by home invader David Brown to gain access to the Butlers as they slept.

caped into the darkness. Phelps County Sheriff's officers responded in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and charges were drafted against Brown. The home was dusted for prints, and the Butlers gave statements. Brown was not apprehended that evening, but now had four warrants for his arrest. Angered and enraged by the apparent ability of David Brown to elude capture, and frustrated by what appeared to be a lack of effort by the sheriff's department, the Butlers were prepared to handle Brown themselves if necessary. The authorities would later determine that David Brown's sister had been using a police scanner to warn her brother of attempts to find him.

FEBRUARY, 2004 - THE END

David Brown seemingly disappeared for a while. "He knew he was in trouble now," Jim said. "His court dates were coming up and we didn't see him for a while. As my frustration grew, I made repeated trips to the sheriff's department to tell the captain that this had to stop, that this was going somewhere I don't want it to go. I don't want to get hurt, I definitely don't want to hurt any-

one, but this has to stop. I'm worried for my safety. I don't know if someone is going to take a shot at me from the woods or someplace." Jim was informed that he had the right to defend himself in his home and "all that nonsense." "Now I start seeing him (David Brown) again and each time I see him I call and report him," Jim said, "yet he was still never picked up." It's now February 4, one full year from the initial encounter. Upon arriving home from work, Jim and Suzanne see what appears to be a large party at David Brown's sister's house. Arming themselves, they watch intently throughout the evening, but the Butlers have no idea what is about to happen. Jim later told me, "It's a very bitter, cold night. It gets to be about 11 o'clock. I said, `Honey, I don't think anything is going to happen. I'm going to bed.'" Jim went to bed and fell asleep while Suzanne worked in the kitchen on the computer. He continues, "I was asleep and Suzanne had just came to bed. He [Brown] was obviously watching for that moment we both went to bed so he could catch us both in bed. He kicked in the door and took about two to three

steps and shot me in the neck while I slept." The bullet wound to Jim's neck grazed near his artery but didn't sever it. Jim told me, "As I sat up then he shot me with a rifle in the chest." Jim rolled toward the nightstand to grab his gun while Suzanne, unaware of whether her husband was alive or dead, in an act of total heroism sprung forward and grabbed the rifle barrel from the madman standing at the foot of her bed. She was subsequently shot in the hand and in the wrist, with the shot to her wrist exiting near her elbow. "Despite being shot twice, she doesn't let go of the rifle. She doesn't know my condition, and they are struggling over the gun. I began screaming and fired four times above them to get them to separate. As soon as I got enough separation and I could shoot, I did. I unloaded the rest of the magazine at him." Jim recalls, "I emptied the first magazine, reloaded and fired two more shots." David Brown hit the floor and died within seconds. "HE SHOT ME, HE SHOT ME," Suzanne was screaming. Jim then sprang from the bed to his wife. "Honestly, I

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didn't even know I was shot. I can't really describe it. I wasn't sure if he was going to spring up so I kept going back to make sure he was still down. I don't know how many times I went back to the room to check on him, maybe three or four times. I go into the rest of the house and turn on all the lights." After the gunfight Suzanne left the room immediately to call 911. Emergency 911: "Emergency 911." Suzanne Butler: "I've been shot!" Emergency 911: "You've been shot?" Suzanne Butler: "Yes, me and my husband!" Emergency 911: "How many people have been shot?" Jim Butler: "My wife, myself and him, he's laying on the floor!" Emergency 911: "Where is she hit?" Jim Butler: "She is hit in the arm!" Emergency 911: "What about the guy lying on the floor?" Jim Butler: "I think he's dead!" The couple, now hysterical, waited for authorities to arrive. Not knowing who may show up from the party down the street, Jim refused to put his gun

down when he heard someone come up to him from behind. "Drop the weapon!" commanded the first responding officer. Jim refused out of fear and shock, but eventually he set the gun down. The officer never drew his weapon on Jim. "At this point you don't know who's on your side," Jim said later. As the house filled with emergency personnel and law enforcement, the dead man's sister, Jane Helgersen, made an attempt to rush into the home. She was immediately tackled by authorities and charged with hindering prosecution and resisting arrest. The Butlers were taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center and released within 24 hours. In addition to the two gunshot wounds he received, Jim also suffered a broken ankle during the gunfight. The bullet fired into his chest resides there to this day. David W. Brown received four shots to the upper body including right shoulder, upper chest, right chest, and right lower chest. According to the autopsy report, all four shots produced mortal wounds.

In addition to the Ruger 10-22 rifle with which he shot the Butlers, Brown was carrying 75 rounds of ammunition in his pockets, a .22 handgun, and a fanny pack which contained latex gloves and additional ammunition. Police would later surmise that he intended to murder the Butlers and then commit suicide. Jim and Suzanne Butler stayed with relatives for the next month, going home daily to retrieve the mail and check on the property. They have since moved back into their home with a certain feeling of cautious relief as the stalker and home invader's family still reside down the street. Other than some hard stares and occasional horn blaring, the couple has been free of harassment. n [ Mark Walters is a NRA Certified Instructor in three disciplines, a member of NSSF and a vocal Second Amendment activist. He is a member of GeorgiaCarry. org and encourages readers to write him at [email protected] ]

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CCM PROFILE

Russ with his daughters.

Curiosity Killed the Cat--or did it?

hey say that curiosity killed the cat. Of course, the part we tend to forget is that satisfaction brought him back. Curiosity is pretty much the story of my life. I've studied and worked in a wide variety of fields, from illustration and web page design to repairing radar systems. I was born in Atlanta and grew up in Morrow, Georgia. I can still remember the first traffic signal ever installed in Morrow, at the end of my street, to provide a crossing point for the elementary school. I split my time between school, the outdoors, and amateur radio, earning a Novice class license at 11 years old (WB4YRV). We

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spent our weekends on Boy Scout campouts or at my grandfather's house in Winder where he was a County Agent for the U.S. Forestry Service, or at Lake Hartwell, camping, swimming, and sailing around the lake in our canoe or twenty-foot boat. I attended two years of college, first majoring in art, then music. Later I joined the U.S. Air Force, where I worked as an electronic engineer on meteorological and navigational aids equipment. I worked in this field for seven years, then moved into the Small Computer Support Center at McGuire Air Force Base, and finally into Tech Control. This led to an interest in computers, specifically computer networks, and when I left the Air Force, I took a job at a small system integrator. I switched jobs two other times in three years, married, and moved to North Carolina, where I started working for Cisco Systems. Currently, I work as an Internetwork Engineer in the Routing Deployment and Architecture Team at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. My job is as varied as my background, with a lot of different aspects: designing and building web sites; writing articles, books, and Internet standards; and working on the design and implementation of some of the world's largest networks. My job today takes me into the cutting edge of

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"A crisis is not the time to be breaking in a carry routine."

above: Russ shoots a stage during an action shoot at the Holly Springs Range. below: Russ' current carry handgun, a Caspian Arms .38 Super.

the networking industry. I've co-authored six books and I am currently working on another one. I've edited several more, and have had several articles published in industry magazines including Business Communications Review, the Internet Protocol Journal, and Packet. My job takes me around the world. That might sound glamorous to someone who doesn't travel a lot, but the reality is far different. Almost all airports and hotels look the same after the first 25 or 30 that you've been in. I spend as much time as possible at home, pursuing my still widely divergent interests including Bible study, shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, and general house work (electrical, plumbing, and carpentry). My wife and I enjoy frequent trips to one of two lakes, spending time with our two

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left: Russ shoots through a barrel during an action shoot at the Holly Springs Range. below: Russ' older daughter, Bekah, enjoys a day at the range with her dad.

daughters out on the lake and in the pool, around the water, the same way I grew up. Was there a specific incident that caused you to carry a gun? Many little incidents in the past, including a near mugging many years

ago. The hurricane that came through Raleigh a few years ago spurred me to get my concealed carry permit, and I've always believed that if you have a permit, you should carry as much as possible. The first time you carry, you feel very conspicuous. It's better to practice as much as possible.

Have you ever had to use your firearm in a defensive situation? No. What training methods do you employ? Do you have any recommendations? I attend occasional classes, the most recent being from Yavapai Firearms

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Academy with Louis Awerbuck. Beyond this, I practice at least once every two weeks. I generally run myself through several drills, including double taps on multiple targets, boarding house rules on multiple targets, at least one draw and one reload every ten rounds. I shoot TATTOO PARLOR OWNER SHOOTS ROBBER at least 100 rounds of .38 Super through my ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- The shotgun carry gun every two weeks, and I hangs on the wall of the Tattoo Doctor for shoot at least 100 rounds of other things a two weeks as well, say. It's meant to everyreason, its employeesincluding some convey a message to anyone walking in: bullseye mess with us. Don't style at 50 yards with a Kimber Super Match, 100 the insinuation worked Until now, yard rifle work, and a good bit of .22 through a Ruger Mark fine. But when a would-be robber tried to hold up the southwest Atlanta tattoo III or one of the single action revolvers. and piercing parlor Thursday the key Structured variety seems to be night, he learned the hard way what happens for me. when you disobey. I shoot at least one competition a The store owner shot the man at least month because I think working under three times, sending him scurrying out of the the shop with into a nearby apartment clock, and multiple targets and movement mixed in, is really useful. complex--where he was promptly

arrested. "Stop trying to rob, that's not the How long have you carried a concealed avenue weapon? they need to take," said the owner's brother, who goes by the name I carry at least three times a week, "Zok" Patrick. "But if you do," he added, unless I'm traveling. I've been carrying "be ready for the repercussions." for at least five years now. About seven people, including patrons and employees, were at the

What weapons do you carry? A four inch [barrel] Caspian .38 Super that I put together. My wife also carries a custom built Caspian .38 Super which is almost identical to mine. The "house gun," which stays locked in a GunVault, is a Kimber Pro Carry thatRoadcustomized shop on Campbellton I've when two inmen came in aboutworking on a third various ways. I'm 8 p.m. asking to get tattooed. four inch Caspian .38 Super with a light rail toAs one of this one, called in for his replace them was at some point, appointment, the second man pulled out so the Kimber will become the backup. a gun, ordered everyone to get down My alternate backup is a Walthermoney, on the ground and demanded PPK/S, and I also have a Beretta Tomcat in .32 Patrick said. ACP if things get really sticky! , "He pointed to the [shotgun] and

put type of curtail exactly do you Whatit up there toammunition this type of behavior." carry? As the patrons hit the ground, the Generally, Georgia Ammunition store owner--whose business license lists .38 Super in 130 gr. but who goes by I him as Ikeno Patrick, Gold Dot, and occasionally alternate withdifferent gun "Nomadic"--pulled out a Cor-Bon. said nobody touch it," Patrick said. "We

Do you have any advice for our readers? Practice, practice, and practice some more. Practice shooting and practice carrying. You won't feel comfortable about carrying a concealed weapon until you doran out, firing you get used to The man it a lot, and back over his shoulder as he made his escape through A how it feels and how people react to it. the parking lot. time to be breaking in a crisis is not the "The whole carry routine. neighborhood must have n

called police. There were so many shots fired," Patrick said. Contacts: is in a shopping center The store that houses, among other businesses, a barber shop and a pizza place. Caspian Arms As the shots flew, the www.caspianarms.com second man cowered in a corner, saying, "Please don't kill me. I didn't have nothing to do Georgia Ammunition with it," Patrick recalled. www.georgia-arms.com Eric Schwartz Atlanta police Officer said the would-be robber, whose name GunVault was not released, was arrested and taken to a hospital in stable condition. www.gunvault.com "Nomadic" Patrick was taken to a police station to give his version of Wild Bill's Concealment Holsters events. The other employees spent late www.wildbillsconcealment.com Thursday night picking up glass shards and sweeping out the debris. Yavapai Firearms Academy Atlanta Journal-Constitution August 16, 2007 www.yfainc.com

What "Zok" Patrick says his do you concealment holsters brother returned fire only after the would-be use? robber fired some shots of his own. A variation on Wild Bill's Concealment Police had not sorted through the Covert Carry, attempted robbery by late with a belt loop instead details of the ofThursday and hard finish ratherseen, a clip, night. "From what I than suede.brother] hit him on the mouth, the [my

shoulder, the side," Patrick said.

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My jOuRNEy INTO RELOaDINg

[ BY DUANE DAIkER ]

I have always wanted to reload my own ammo.

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riginally I wanted to do it for all the usual reasons, including saving money and tailoring my own loads. But lately my motivation has changed a little. Now I want to learn reloading just for the sake of knowing how. I want to learn everything I can about firearms and how they operate, and learning to reload is the next logical step. The problem is that I am not the most mechanically inclined guy around. I don't own a lot of tools. Those I do own reside mostly in my shooting kit. I can field strip my guns, especially if I follow the instructions in the owner's manual, but I don't work on my own car. So, before I set off on this adventure, I had to ask myself, "Can I really do this?"

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I started out with the basics. First, I read what I could find on the Internet. There are lots of websites on reloading. Then I bought a reloading manual and read though the reloading process. I got the basic terminology down. So far, so good. Then I made some calls to gather together the equipment. My first call was to Lee Precision. I chose Lee because they have a wide selection of equipment and their prices are reasonable. I selected the Lee 50th Anniversary Kit. This kit features a simple single stage press and all the components you need, and then some! At the time of writing, this kit retails for only $128, and includes everything you need except a

set of dies in the appropriate caliber. While at some point I would like to work up to a more sophisticated progressive press, the Lee Breech Lock Challenger Press in the Anniversary Kit is a great place to start. Next, I went shopping for the components. Although there are great deals available online if you buy in bulk, I opted to visit a local reloading supply house. I was happy to support a local business, and even happier to get some much needed expert advice. Buying local also saves you on shipping and hazmat charges. I decided to start with .38 Special, and bought all the necessary components: some jacketed hollowpoint bullets, empty brass, gunpowder, and primers.

After a series of setbacks, I have yet to assemble my first completed round. It didn't help that I seem to have misplaced a critical part of my press. Not sure how that happened, but I bet I find it with all my mismatched socks that somehow escaped the dryer.

My jOuRNEy CONTINuEs

This series of setbacks made it impossible to load my first rounds before this article went to print. Also, I figured out that the story of this journey is going to take a lot more space than I realized. So, we have decided to continue this saga online. The rest of this story, as it develops, will be covered in the My Journey Into Reloading blog at www. USConcealedCarry.com/reloading/ journey.html. I hope you enjoy the rest of my account. Ultimately, I hope to answer the question: Is reloading really for anyone? Come follow my journey into reloading and find out! n [ Duane A. Daiker writes extensively on equipment, training, and concealed carry issues from a civilian perspective. He has been writing for CCM since its first issue, and writes regularly for Shooting Illustrated. Duane has been a lifelong shooter and goes about his life as an armed, responsible, and somewhat opinionated citizen. Duane can be contacted at [email protected] com, and welcomes your comments and suggestions for gear reviews. ]

TIME TO sTaRT LOaDINg?

Well...not exactly. I spent another day still trying to get ready. First, the press wouldn't mount easily to my bench. It wasn't the fault of the press, my bench didn't have a proper overhang. Back to the drawing board! It's also worth noting that actually assembling all the necessary equipment is not a piece of cake for someone like me. My first read through the instruction manuals left me looking for the English version. Little did I know it actually was in English! Again, this is not a knock on Lee, just an indication that reloading requires either some level of mechanical ability or a healthy dose of patience.

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With the price of ammunition skyrocketing, reloading makes more sense than ever to help stretch your ammo budget. hen combined with the opportunity to practice form and technique with consistent, low to medium power loads, reloading becomes an asset to your practice regimen. But when it comes to making ammunition for your daily carry weapon, maybe there are better alternatives.

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Several years ago on my birthday, my wife surprised me with a trip to the local sporting goods store to pick up a Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum that I'd been eyeing. I had them throw in a box of cheap, plinking ammo with the purchase, and proceeded out to the range. On the firing line, I was shocked first by the price on the ammo box, next by the heavy recoil of these supposed plinkers, and finally by how good I looked with, as one movie hero called it, "the world's most powerful handgun." After a half a box, my hand hurt enough to make me

Despite a successful handloading history, the author doesn't trust anything but high grade ammunition for this carry rig.

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Getting started with reloading is easy with a single stage press. Most kits come with the requisite tools. The digital scale in the background is a great add-on for doing extremely precise measurements for precision loads.

fOR thE BESt USE Of tIME, MONEY, AND PRACtICE

think about shooting .44 Special rounds instead. A quick price check on these showed that they were more expensive than their harder-kicking counterparts. I suppose that is why the ones I bought were sold as cheap plinkers. I started reloading because of the relative speed with which I could recover the initial investment given the cost of commercial .44 Magnum/Special ammunition. I fell in love with reloading when I found that I could manufacture cartridges that were cheap and truly soft shooting, yet still made me look good with the former heavyweight champion of handguns. I became a reloading advocate when I found how easy it is to make extremely accurate, top-grade hunting and match ammunition for the .44 Magnum and my various rifles. try to get to the pistol range for 90 minutes or so at least once a month. One of the drills that my instructors invariably include is also one that I always do at the range: misfires. Practicing the automatic response of gross muscle movements to complete the TAP-RACK is one thing, but watching for a flinch is probably the most valuable take away. I never flinch when I am doing dry fires because I know that there will be no recoil. I decided that if I could develop a soft shooting .40 S&W load that grouped well, I could effectively work on shooting technique and form without the inevitable flinch that comes with a 400-round workout. After a bit of trial and error, I found my load of choice. According to some load manuals, it's barely on the charts as acceptable. At an IDPA match, it would be ridiculed. Against heavy steel spinners, it's almost comical. But my handloads cycle every time and thanks to the soft recoiling rounds, I am curing my extended shoot flinch. For me, there is very little brand loyalty for training ammunition. I used to buy whatever was on sale regardless of brand, bullet, or weight. Although it all went bang, there were subtle differences in the recoil from one brand to another, and major differences in recoil when moving among bullet weights. By purchasing my bullets, powder, and primers in bulk, I know that the next 5000 training rounds will be almost identical and cost significantly less than if I bought five cases of factory loads. Practice makes perfect. "Practice until you can't get it wrong" is what my instructors drill into our heads at the monthly clinics. The method behind the madness is to instill so much muscle memory that you cannot help but do things a certain way. What's wrong with using ammunition that helps you reinforce the basics? In a gunfight, I'm going to have one shot to get it right and

PRaCTICE MaKEs PERFECT

I work with my carry weapon a lot. I attend monthly shooting clinics and I

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DEVELOPINg FaCTORy KNOCKOFFs

With a wide variety of components available, it is very easy to develop homeloads for use on the range that duplicate the ballistics of commercial ammunition. If you want to shoot the hard-hitting jacketed stuff, it still cheaper to reload: about 65 cents on the dollar when using purchased once-fired brass, and much less if you can use your brass a few times. I have a few loads that my Sig loves and that do very well for competitive shooting. They sport great velocities with reduced pressures to minimize recovery times and still pack the necessary punch to authoritatively flop a steel target to the other side of the dueling tree. For me, factory ammo has two things going for it. First, it does not nullify my handgun's warranty. But given the amount that I shoot, and the amount that I have saved, reloading my practice ammo allows me to buy a replacement pistol any time. Second, it uses new brass. There are some structural considerations in play here, but since I don't reload .40 S&W past three firings, these considerations mean very little to me. For me, it comes down to the fact that factory ammo comes in shinier brass.

Reloading is relatively simple with only four components. I want my brain to be thinking about soft shooting putt-putt rounds when my carry ammo is commercial, tactical grade, bonded core hollowpoints. processes. A malfunction in a gunfight means I shoot second in a contest where the first bullet can often be the last. Probably more important is public perception. My concealed carry instructor told us the best firearm for a bedroom is a shotgun loaded with magnum goose shells. It is commonplace; it is for hunting; it happened to be available when the bad guy broke into the house. Compare this to the guy who keeps his

LOaDINg FOR CaRRy?

You read right. When I belt up my Sig P226, it's always loaded with commercial ammo. When I carry the .44 Mag into the woods, it carries some extra special homeloads that will have no problem dropping a deer in its tracks at one hundred yards. Why the difference? While my loading techniques are good and have proven to be one hundred percent effective (knock on wood) there are a couple of factors that make handloads a less than perfect alternative for carry weapons. There is an old adage that critical activities are no place for on the job training. Gunfights have no margin for error, and the click of the firing pin slapping an improperly seated primer is probably the last thing I would get to hear in this lifetime. I reload as a hobby and I do it primarily for the cost effectiveness of shooting true training ammo. I could easily work up some high-powered hollowpoints that more than exceed commercial manufacturing performance and are well within the bounds of SAAMI specs, but for those critical moments I would rather rely on professionals. On the pistol range, a malfunction presents an opportunity to practice TAP-RACK and review the bullet for improvements to my reloading

I reload as a hobby and I do it primarily for the cost effectiveness of shooting true training ammo.

trusty AR-15 loaded with 30 rounds of M855/SS109 Steel Penetrators­he'll be hung out to dry by the anti-gun media as a crazy man waiting for the opportunity to legally kill. Lord willing, I will never be in the news for a defensive shooting. But why give the media the opportunity to paint you with the stigma of being a weapons freak who believed that commercial ammunition simply wasn't deadly enough? [Ed. Not to mention what a prosecuting attorney would make of your reloads if your case goes to court. It is wise to use only good quality commercial ammunition for self defense.]

gETTINg sTaRTED

Reloading is a pretty easy thing to start up with nominal costs. Used equipment is readily available in internet auctions. Here are a few considerations to mull over if you haven't already started down this addictive road: Match your loads to your handgun. Some pistol barrels do not fully support the case head and present the potential for explosions for improperly loaded ammunition. Some pistol barrels use polygonal rifling that does not work well with lead slugs. Both of these can be overcome with an aftermarket barrel. Find a buddy. This might be a friend, fellow shooter, or the local reloading supplies shop owner. It's important to have someone with reloading experience to serve as a sounding board for ideas that you want to work up. If nothing else, get online and use the many reloading sections in firearms

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related internet bulletin boards. Check out the new handloading and reloading area in the USCCA discussion forums at www.USConcealedCarry.com. Lots of people are willing to help a newcomer get started. Don't be macho. Almost every long time reloader has pet loads that are probably a little hotter than they should be. It's easy to think that more is better, but one bad load can really ruin your day. I have a personal rule to stay within the specs provided by at least one book, hopefully two, and I never load to full power. Every reloader should know their boundaries; these are my self-imposed restrictions designed to make sure that I avoid a kaBoom. Read the Manual. But don't stop there, get another and read it too. Then read them both again. Understanding what goes on when the gun goes bang is essential to staying safe. Start off slow. The idea of cranking out 600 rounds per hour sounds great, but the dirty little secret is that load development is a process of small batches and small changes. Start with a single stage press and learn to walk before you run. If you load for precision, individual operations at each stage are critical. You can write to thank me later when you pull out that old single-stage press that you learned to reload on, and realize that all things have a definite purpose.

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CONCLusION

Reloading offers a safe, easy way both to extend shooting dollars and to develop consistent, purposeful training ammo. These two factors provide an individual with two of the most important factors in firearms practice: more time on the range and a stable ammunition platform upon which one can focus on shooting fundamentals, or whatever your instructor may be teaching that day. n [ Christopher Pilon is a senior manager for a large international software company. He is an avid hunter and shooting sports enthusiast who has taken to writing as an opportunity to share his knowledge and experience with others. ]

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