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You’ve just sat down to a relaxing cold bottle of something. You’re ready for an hour’s R&R when—wham!—it hits you. And totally wrecks your peace of mind. The “it” I’m talking about is the weight of the world.

Maybe this sort of thing never happens to you. If so, good for you and go enjoy the rest of S.W.A.T. with my blessing. But if you’re a regular reader of this column, or a political activist, or even just a person…

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Can we just stop all this surviving for a minute or two? I’ve decided that the most overused word in the English language has changed from “tactical” then to “extreme” and now finally to “survival.”

As Exhibit A, take a look at the cable television schedule. Every program that isn’t about talentless wealthy people having lunch (see Keeping Up With the Kardashians) or inbred hillbillies doing wacky hillbilly things seems to be about outdoor survival. I’ve been in the woods…

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One issue I have intentionally avoided examining in this corner has been sighted vs non-sighted (“instinctive”) handgun fire. That’s because my experience has shown the debate has pretty clearly been decided in favor of utilizing those funny little bumps on the end of the barrel during close-range interpersonal deadly force conflicts.

But sometimes even the most obvious notions need to be pulled out of the cabinet and dusted off, so here goes.

I have a few friends and a significant…

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Guns are like politicians. You hope you get a straight shooter, but you never really know what’s going on inside.

It’s a coin toss as to which is worse—a rotten politician or an unreliable firearm, because either way you’re screwed. So while a gun is manmade and will therefore break sooner or later, until the actual moment of mechanical failure, a firearm has to work flawlessly every single time. If it doesn’t, it is unreliable—period.

If it malfunctions once out…

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