"He who dies with the most toys
still dies."

"...like a fire extinguisher or a first-aid kit, unlikely to be needed but stupid to be without."

Mechanical Fascination

I enjoy collecting various intricate items. One kind is guns. They are elegant machines which are an enjoyable challenge to master.

Meditation and Physical Challenge

I consider target shooting a wonderful form of meditation. The best I've shot was a 3" group of 6 rounds at 25 yards with my Kimber 1911 Compact. I've heard people describe specific things about how to stand and hold a gun to shoot accurately, but I think this is the wrong way to look at it. To shoot accurately, I believe all you need to do is pay attention to your body and get comfortable.

Relax. This will cause you to shake less, and be more accurate.

Get comfortable. Support your body and firearm as much as possible with bone structure. Use your muscles in a way that will make them all as comfortable as possible. This will make you more structurally sound, and more accurate.

Clear your mind and focus on your front sight and your target.

Participating in My Own Fate

No one is personally accountable for my own safety but myself. It has been held in the highest courts of the United States that no police officer is obligated to protect the individual. I hope, and am optomistic, that no-one will ever seriously threaten my physical safety. But it can happen to anyone. And you cannot know when.

"Laws are not the answer. We have laws against murder. We have laws against kidnapping. We have laws against extortion. And murder, kidnapping, and extortion are on the rise. The answer, it seems to me, is wrath. Let the thug take his chances with an alert, prepared, and angry citizenry. It may very well spoil his whole career." - Jeff Cooper

"The defence of one's self, justly called the primary law of nature, is not, nor can it be abrogated by any regulation of municipal law." --- James Wilson, Wilson, Of the Natural Rights of Individuals, in 2 The Works of James Wilson 335 (J.D. Andrews ed. 1896).

Self defense is a natural law, more important than any law penned by mankind. Owning and carrying the means to defend yourself, with lethal force, if necessary, follows.

Now this is the Law of the Jungle,
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
- Rudyard Kipling
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