How to test self-defense ammo

There is some great work being done to advance the state of the art in self-defense-specific handgun ammunition. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the price: It’s always expensive. Yet in using it you are trusting your life to it. So, how to you test it for function and reliability without breaking the bank? It doesn’t matter how many new features your ammunition has if it won’t cycle through your gun.

I have a quick test for new ammunition, and it requires only three rounds. Better yet, only two of those rounds have to be the expensive stuff. For the other round, you use your normal ball ammunition.

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New research on mass shootings shows no increase in frequency, assault weapon use rare

A recently completed study at Northeastern University finds that many of the ‘facts’ circulated by gun control groups about mass shootings in the US are far from it. In fact, the study contends that mass murders rarely use ‘assault weapons,’ cannot be prevented with background checks and gun bans, and that the rates of these shootings as well as their toll is not increasing.

The 22-page study, entitled Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown was compiled by criminology professor James Alan Fox and Monica J. DeLateur. In the study, the two smash a number of gun myths through hard statistical work. Without taking funds from either side in the argument, the work is impartial.

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Texas senator proposes bill for nationwide concealed carry reciprocity

On Friday, a Texas senator introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014 which would treat concealed carry permits similar to drivers’ licenses, allowing permit holders to legally carry a concealed firearm between states without requiring a different permit for each state.

“This bill strengthens two of our nation’s most fundamental rights, ensuring law-abiding gun owners can lawfully carry their weapons into like-minded states, while respecting the rights of states to adopt laws that are best-suited for the people of that state. This is an important affirmation of the Second Amendment and one that has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for some time. It is time to get this done,” Senator John Cornyn, who sponsored the bill, stated in a news release.

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CO lawmaker: Arapahoe school shooting ‘validated’ the need for armed staff

Colorado State Sen. Ted Harvey introduced a bill which would allow teachers and other staff to carry concealed guns on school property and, although the bill was introduced before the Arapahoe High School shooting in Centennial, Colorado, last month, Harvey claims that the introduction of yet another tragedy only reiterates the need for armed staff in our schools.


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