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Web site and blog for Maria Langer, commercial helicopter pilot, freelance writer, beekeeper, and serious amateur photographer.

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Comment on Prepping and Planning for my Winter Migration by Maria Langer

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:41:50 +0000

Glad to hear it! I can't wait to finish writing it. :-)

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Sean C

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:53:00 +0000

I can't help but agree with you on the lack of situational awareness, and it's getting worse as people grow ever more obsessed with their cell phones. It seems like the default mode for the majority of the human race is heads down, eyes glued to the screen, completely unaware of what happens around them. And you are right about the diehard condition-one fanboys. Most of them fetishize the Colt 1911 type pistol (in.45 ACP of course) to the exclusion of all else. To them condition-one carry is a religious devotion, separating and elevating their exalted ranks from the rest of the unworthy. No amount of statistics or common sense can change their minds. For the rest of us, being aware of our surroundings gives us time to rack the slide and chamber a round if and when appropriate. In fact, drawing a pistol and clambering a round sends an unequivocal message that you are armed, aware, and prepared to defend yourself. I have personally used this to avoid having to actually fire a shot in an attempted robbery situation. As far as requiring weapon and ammunition to be kept separately under lock and key, why bother having a weapon at all? This completely negates the effectiveness of a firearm as a self-defense tool. I will however state that all responsible gun owners should store their weapons securely when not in their immediate possession. Leaving firearms lying around unsecured, whether loaded or not, is criminally irresponsible. Stolen guns are a big part of the crime problem in this country, and leaving a gun unlocked in your car or home is an invitation for theft and tragedy. If you can afford a firearm, you can absolutely afford a lockbox to secure it when you are away.

Comment on Prepping and Planning for my Winter Migration by Dany

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:47:34 +0000

Can't wait toread your book!!

Comment on Snowbirding 2017 Postcards: Arizona Hot Springs by Prepping and Planning for my Winter Migration | An Eclectic Mind

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:09:07 +0000

[…] at each stretch of the river between dams, all the way up to Hoover. I’ll definitely revisit Arizona Hot Springs — this time in my own boat — and tent camp for a day or two in the mouth of the canyon […]

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Maria Langer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:16:21 +0000

Situational awareness can definitely keep a person out of trouble. I can't tell you how many times my New York City street smarts has alerted me to a possible bad situation that I was able to avoid. I remember one payday in New York when I realized I was being followed away from the bank where I'd just cashed my paycheck. Before descending into the underground passageway back to my office building -- which is where he likely would have grabbed my purse or done worse -- I stopped in front of an open shop, turned to face him and give him a good look, and then stepped into the shop. When I came out five minutes later, he was gone. He knew he'd been made and left, possibly to find another victim. It's the people who wander around, not paying any attention to what's going on around them, who become victims. Thieves in big cities prey upon them. Likewise, it's the people dumb enough to put themselves into situations where danger is real who find themselves in need of self defense.

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Maria Langer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:06:46 +0000

The whole gun ownership thing is related to our Second Amendment rights here, which, of course, don't apply in the UK. Rules vary from state to state on how guns can be carried, although I'm not sure if there are any rules about how they're stored at home. I know that folks who are gun enthusiasts but don't necessarily have them for protection or shooting often keep ammo separate at home. Gun safes are also very popular here to protect guns from theft or being accessed by children. And yes, I do agree that the church situation is absurd. But it's a pretty good example of the state of things among Second Amendment yahoos who carry primarily because they CAN. The mass shootings we seem to experience on a weekly basis gives them justification for carrying. And life (and death) goes on here in the US.

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Domenico Suppappola

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:26:49 +0000

This is a debate I have been having with myself for a quite a while. There is a definite time lag to rack a slide. For home defense, generally you will be alerted before the threat is face to face. You have time to rack a pistol. For concealed carry, the only time you should pull out a gun is if you are certain to fire it. Racking will definitely put you at a disadvantage. My solution to this is to only purchase guns with safeties and even better, decockers. And you need to practice the safety OFF, fire sequence so it's automatic and you don't get burned by the safety ON. The safety feature in a pistol makes a huge decrease in the likelihood of negligent discharges. What is curious is that some manufacturers (one is in the top three brands) do not offer safeties on their pistols. Many others have few models in there lines with safeties. I don't know how the desirability of no safeties came to be, but it is Not for me. And one more thing, whether you won a gun or not - "situational awareness". It's hard to keep in mind, but it certainly could save you from some bad situations and is worth studying and practicing.

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Bob F.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:33:49 +0000

For a UK reader there are two extraordinary issues in the situation you describe. Firstly, firearms protocol. Unless in a condition of war or imminent threat to life, guns and ammunition here must be stored separately whilst not in use. It is the duty of the owner / user to remove magazines and to explicitly check that there is not "one up the spout" left by accident. Then the gun is stored and locked away and the ammunition put elsewhere. This simple rule stops these incidents here. Reading your post and Sean's comment makes me think that 'imminent danger' is a more pertinent consideration in the US. The second issue is that this handgun debacle played out among octogenarians in a Methodist church! This is so bizarre I confess to laughing at the mere possibility of followers of John Wesley, the 18th century preacher of 'perfect love', passing round loaded handguns at a group social. Wesley fought against slavery and for 'relative passivity'. Although he was not a pure pacifist, he would never have passed round a gun in church. That is pure 'Monty Python'. (I have no religion).

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Maria Langer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:20:43 +0000

I remember now that you told me the story about the guy in the truck. You know that a guy from the band Chicago was killed by shooting himself with a gun he thought was empty, right? Pulled out the magazine, but there was still a shot in the chamber. But you know, these Condition 1 carry guys will never agree, no matter how many people are shot and possibly killed by their carelessness.

Comment on Only an Idiot would Carry with a Live Round Chambered by Jeremy Lape

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:16:05 +0000

A few years back, I saved the life of a guy who thought he needed to keep a live round in the chamber. When he was driving his delivery truck around some corners, following me in a car ahead of him, he decided he would unload the S&W double-action .40 cal. He did. Right into his inner thigh, severing the femoral artery. Had I not gotten a tourniquet on him within 2 min of the negligent discharge, he would have bled out. Condition 1 carry is just a recipe for a disaster. Esp. if your automatic does not have a triple safety feature, like my Browning .380. I had some friends growing up that were playing with an automatic. Left one in the chamber and removed the magazine. One kid shot the other in the leg. The triple safety prevents discharges when the weapon's mag is removed, or if it is dropped with a live round in the chamber (grip squeeze safety). Plus the manual safety is on when a round is in the chamber. I know of soooooo many negligent discharges leading to serious injury or death. Why take the risk? I can't imagine a scenario where one can't draw and chamber a round if a threat is imminent.