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A South Philadelphia homeowner opened fire early this morning on two men who broke into his home, leaving one of the would-be burglars dead.
The two men broke in through a second floor bathroom window of a home on the 1400 block of S 6th Street just before 1 a.m., according to Philadelphia Police.
The 63-year-old homeowner, who wasn’t identified, says he confronted the men in the bathroom and a struggle ensued with the intruders, according to investigators.
During the struggle the homeowner opened fire and the men left house through the window and onto the rear roof, according to police.
When officers arrived they were met by the homeowner who told them that he shot at the intruders.
Police found one of the men on the back roof dead. The other intruder got away.
No charges were filed as the investigation continued.
In Pennsylvania, a person can be found justified to use force against some who has broken into their home under the so-called “Castle Doctrine” that was amended in 2011.
The Legendary Model 1 .45 Colt/.410.
Length: 4.82 inches
Barrel: 3 inches
Height: 3.35 inches
Frame width: .9 inch
Grip width: 1.2 inches
Weight: 15 oz.
2-shots with automatic barrel selection
All American Derringers are equipped with a manually operated Hammer Block type safety. The safety automatically disengages when the hammer is cocked.
Unlike some cartridges, the .40 S&W’s origins are clear. Officially developed in 1990, the .40 S&W is relatively young.
Back in 1986, the F.B.I. was involved in a serious shootout. The agents, two of whom were killed, were out gunned — even though they outnumbered the assailants four to one. After, it was clear the F.B.I. needed something better, and they set to doing some tests. That’s an understatement — I know.
If you look at the report of the 1986 shootout, you will see a mix of .38 and .357 wheel guns. The shot count was limited by the available ammunition and the speed and complications of reloads.
So automatics seemed to be a good place to start. The 9mm was gaining in popularity, especially since Colt was about to loose their lucrative 1911 contract to Beretta and the M9 (a 9mm).
If the old 9mm was good enough for military service, shouldn’t it work for measly domestic concerns?
No. Bank robbers sometimes return fire from behind car doors.
Penetration, high capacity, manageable recoil
They ended up choosing something that didn’t even exist. The 10mm was just coming into vogue — Colt’s Delta Elite and the Glock 20 being two of the leaders in that market. But the 10mm is a hot round. The larger powder loads produce sharp recoil. And the length of the brass means larger magazines and larger handles.
But how do you get a projectile to pass the FBI’s ballistic qualifications without creating too much recoil for small framed shooters? After all, increased capacity is useless if the shooter can’t control the gun.
The typical 9mm JHP weighs in around 115 grains. That same bullet, in a standard load, would have a muzzle velocity around 1,250 feet per second. Fast. But the bullet was too light for most barrier penetration.
The typical .45 ACP JHP weigh around 230 grains. That same bullet, in a standard load, would have a muzzle velocity around 900 feet per second. Or slower. Heavy, yes. But too slow to penetrate many barriers.
The 10mm is, as anyone who has fired one knows, a beast. Too hot for most to handle. But if you back off on the powder load, and trim the extra brass from the case, you get the .40 S&W.
The typical .40 S&W JHP weighs anywhere from 135 to 200 grains (depending on how hollow the point is or isn’t). They are marginally faster–anywhere from 1,050 to close to 1,200 feet per second.
The smaller case size of the .40 means that the weapon itself can be built on a smaller frame–closer to the 9mm than the .45 ACP. So you can engineer an ergonomic service pistol, like the Glock 22. Otherwise, it seems like the benefits are marginal at best.
That marginal increase was enough to get the round past all of the ballistic challenges set up by the F.B.I. And that’s enough. It is worth noting that the 9mm and the .45 ACP are both capable of passing these tests, though their powder loads have to be ramped up accordingly (which translates into more recoil).
But how many of us need that level of penetration? I’d rather have a round that dumps its energy sooner.
All of this is open to a lot of debate. Do you believe in the knockdown power of the .45 ACP? Do you want the hydrostatic shock potential of faster rounds? Are you a proponent of shot placement?
I think the .40 is a fine round. They have made some dents in some bad guys.
Several different pro-gun websites have reported a scam that seeks to take advantage of unsuspecting shooting instructors.
According to Shall Not Be Questioned, the Pennsylvania-based firearm blog, the scam involves an email from a person claiming to be from Japan (or another foreign country) who is looking for firearms classes for his family or a group of people during an upcoming trip to the United States.
Here is a version of the email:
I want to book for 2 weeks firearm training, 1 or 2 hours each day Monday to Friday (morning or evening hours) for a group of 10. We will be coming to your country for one month vacation/holiday from 28th Sept. 2012 and in line with our plans we will require 2 weeks firearm/safety training in your place just for the experience as we require no certificate at the end of the session and also to make our stay fun. We have been working for months without vacation so would want to add some fun to our upcoming vacation as this training will also help us in overcoming the fear of gun generally as most members have not touched a gun before.
The sessions should basically be a fun training experience for my group, please let me know if you can organize the training for us from your field of profession so i can finalize arrangements with my group and get back to you with more clear and specific details. Also confirm if you can arrange one on one exercise for us each day or if its better in group.
Awaits your email.
The con artist then attempts to dupe the firearms instructor into giving him personal information, such as the instructor’s bank account info for a “wire transfer” or, in the case of Joshua Wander, a NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator in Pittsburgh, the con artist negotiated a price for the training – $450 – and then sent Wander four different money orders for $875.21 each, totally more than $3,500.
The goal was to trick Mr. Wander into depositing the faux money orders into his bank account and then having him send back the difference in real money to the con artist. It’s an old scam, but one that – for one reason or another – continues to work.
Fortunately, Mr. Wander caught on right after he received the money orders.
The National Skeet Shooting Association and the National Sporting Clays Association warned people of similar scam in the past:
A few months ago, NSCA (National Sporting Clay Association) informed instructors and clubs of fraudulent activities targeting NSCA Certified Instructors around the country. This week, we have learned of other instructors and clubs who have been targeted with similar schemes.
The instructors and clubs tell us they are being contacted through email by someone who is supposedly setting up a shooting event for a corporate group. Some of the reports say the person claims to be from England.
The person inquires about booking instruction for the group, including guns, ammunition, and other equipment, adding up to thousands of dollars. Some of the emails ask for the instructor’s bank account information so he can wire the payment to the bank, while others ask the instructor to handle some US payments on behalf of the group, with a promise to send a money order.
So, please spread the word about this scam. Be sure to tell those trainers and instructors who have their names and contact information published to be wary of emails from foreigners looking to book range time for groups or families.
Don’t Mess With Maternal Instinct: Don’t try to pet a dog growling over her pups, don’t mess with a mama bear protecting her cubs, and don’t threaten a mother pointing a gun at you.
Martha Lewis of Dora, Alabama, told WVTM-TV that she awoke at around 3 a.m. to the crash of somebody breaking down the front door. Lewis quickly phoned police, grabbed her gun and went to her daughters’ room. She told both of the girls to arm themselves. The older girl grabbed an axe and the younger one grabbed a butcher knife. It’s a bit odd that this family would keep an axe and a butcher knife on the second floor of their house, but clearly Lewis keeps her family well prepared. Don’t let her southern belle twang fool you: this lady means business.
With all three ladies armed to the teeth, Lewis went to the top of the stairs to confront the intruder. It was there that she spotted the 25-year-old man, Michael Jacobs, standing at the foot of the staircase. The two had a brief, tense conversation that sounds like something that you’d hear out of a movie. According to Lewis, the man began walking up the stairs and asked, “Would you shoot me?”
Lewis honestly answered, “I don’t want to have to, but I will.”
That sounds like a pretty sensible warning. Of all the terrible situations to be in as a bad guy, you’d think that standing down a resolute, armed mother protecting her children would be right up there with surrounded by a SWAT team. To be honest, we’d probably prefer to try our luck with the SWAT team.
With the front door right behind him and a gun-wielding mother of two at the top of the stairs in front of him, Jacobs made a stupid decision. He continued to climb the stairs, forcing Lewis to pull the trigger.
Lewis recalled the moment, “It wasn’t like, oh can I pull the trigger? It was like when should I shoot? When will he be close enough that I know I won’t miss him? That’s one of the things that was going through my mind.”
Jacobs, then plus one bullet wound and minus a few ounces of blood, stumbled out into the front yard. Police arrived and hauled him off to a hospital, where he was placed in stable condition. The police plan to charge Jacobs with burglary, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Some reports indicate that Jacobs has been kept under heavy sedation because he became combative at the hospital. What a nice guy.
Lewis, on the other hand, will not face any charges. If anything, the police seemed to be relieved that Lewis had pulled the trigger. Lewis, who has owned the gun for three years, added, “One of them said we would be writing up a different report if she had not had that gun.”
“There‘s so much talk about banning guns and gun control, but they’re for protection,” she said. “There’s no way that I could have fought him off.”
Even with her well-armed daughters backing her up, one adult male versus a woman and two young girls in hand-to-hand combat is not a recipe for a happy ending.
Lewis said following the event that her daughters have both been able to sleep well because they feel safe in their home. And they should — with a resolute mother like that watching over them, what do they have to fear?
This is a classic case of ‘when seconds count, the police are minutes away’; and yet again, the 2nd Amendment allowed the innocent folks to walk away unharmed, while the perpetrator was carried away in a body bag. And rightly so, as the individual that attempted to rob the Las Vegas Dairy Queen was wielding a samurai sword …which isn’t exactly a pocket carry Swiss Army Knife. The KLAS-TV Las Vegas website has the story:
A masked man attempting to rob a Dairy Queen with a samurai sword was shot in the chest and killed, according to Metro Police.
The incident happened around 12:19 p.m. Sunday at the Dairy Queen on South Maryland Parkway near Karen Avenue. Police say they believe the clerk fired at the man a total of two times.”
Perhaps the most amusing part about this report is that the robber apparently figured he was armed well enough to get away with it. It turns out that even if you bring a sword to a gunfight, you will still lose to a concealed carry permit holder.
However, it seems that because there was a responsible gun owner behind the counter, nobody was hurt (except for the robber, but he doesn’t exactly count at this point). Of course, the report has to say,
Police say the shooting appears to have been in self-defense. No charges have been filed against the clerk at this time.”
That police statement must have been issued by Captain Obvious, especially given the nature of the blade. There is little debate that a responsible gun owner saved the day …however, what the report seemed to leave out is what caliber was used in the shooting. Dropping the threat with only 2 shots is quite the task, and many 2nd Amendment patriots may wish to settle the 9mm-.40S&W-.45ACP debate once and for all.
Police say that a concealed carry permit holder and his girlfriend went out to eat at the Applebee’s restaurant located on the 4700 block of 4th St North, but found the parking lot was full, forcing them to park just North of the restaurant in a dark area. Upon getting out of the vehicle, a masked and armed robber reportedly rushed towards the woman, at which point her boyfriend yelled for her to duck, according to news reports. Acing in defense of his girlfriend and himself, the concealed carry permit holder drew and fired his .380 pistol, striking the robber and ending the attack, police say. The permit holder is said to have flagged down a passing police officerwho apprehended a wounded suspect – who reportedly had a loaded .25 caliber pistol in his possession. Neither the permit holder nor his girlfriend were harmed, and the suspect faces attempted armed robbery charges, police say.
In 1929, the Soviet Union established Gun Control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 Million
dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
In 1911, Turkey established Gun Control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable
to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
Germany established Gun Control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 Million
Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
China established Gun Control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents,
unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Guatemala established Gun Control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable
to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Uganda established Gun Control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to
defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
Cambodia established Gun Control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, 1 Million educated people,
unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
DEFENSELESS PEOPLE ROUNDED UP AND EXTERMINATED IN THE 20TH CENTURY BECAUSE OF GUN CONTROL:
The Founding Fathers on the 2nd Amendment
“I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best
and most effectual way to enslave them”…George Mason-Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788.
“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s
liberty teeth and keystone under independence…from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the
present day, events, occurences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and
happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable…the very atmosphere of firearms
anywhere restrains evil interference-they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good”
George Washington-First President of the United States.
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess
arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them”
Richard Henry Lee-American Statesman, 1788.