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Black Wolf Knives Neck/Belt Blade

Today we have another Knife from the excellent custom knife maker, Black Wolf Knives.  This time it’s a smaller neck knife.  These have become common for people to use while in the woods because it can be worn around the neck where it is less likely to be lost.    Of course this also makes a handy way to conceal carry the blade for  self defense. 

The knife comes with  a cord for neck wear and a kydex sheath with an option to run it through your belt. The cord has a clasp that allows it to break away should it get caught on something that is about to break your neck or drag you to some other death.


Above you can see how the  knife closely hugs the belt. This allows for a draw that is amazingly fast. The neck lanyard can be removed or wrapped around the belt to secure it.


The knife itself is the usual outstanding quality and comes suicidally  sharp for a nitwit like me to handle so of course I cut myself with it first thing.  The blade has a durable finish that mimics parkerizing but if you don’t like that you can get a range of style. even mirror polished.   The length keeps it under most states legal limit making it safe to CCW if you aren’t in a free state.  The knife is small but still the same  excellent quality as the rest of the hand made custom blades from the maker.

And of course thanks to the rivets you can lash the sheath to most gear.

A Self Defense Story

A member of AR15.com recently took the time to write up  his experience of having to use lethal force to save at least two people not counting himself. He  has graciously allowed us to share it here.

I’ve been debating posting this for a while. I got a call from the prosecutor last week telling me that the ‘official’ investigation is finished, and that he was definitely not pursuing any charges. He also said to my wife that I was a good man, and a brave man, and that my actions were heroic. Me? I’m doing okay… as long as I don’t start thinking about anything too much. My wife is having a hard time with it, considering the fact that she witnessed everything from approximately 10-15 feet away. She already sees a counselor, I’m debating going to one, but I would need to find one that is not an uberliberal, which is a problem around here.

OK, here goes.

It was a normal Tuesday night, I was in the process of making tacos, as we had invited the older two kids over for dinner. I had just got a text from my wife that she was on the way home from the YMCA and that the youngest had gone home with his sister. This was a VERY good thing, as he didn’t witness anything…. I don’t even want to think how traumatic it would have been for him.

8PM rolls around, I hear someone screaming bloody murder. I figured it was kids playing outside. I saw my wife’s car sitting out front so I went outside to say hi. I walked outside to my wife screaming “My God, he’s gonna kill her!” as she’s on the phone with 911, and see my neighbor across the street striking his girlfriend in the face while she’s sitting on the ground, as the girlfriends 9 year old daughter hits the dude in the back with what looks like an aluminum T-ball bat. He grabbed the kid and threw her about six feet.

This occurred in seconds. At that point, when I saw the dude pick up the bat, I ran inside and grabbed my handgun off my desk and went back out. I did not want to see someone get their head caved in. When I came back, at this point, the daughter had run in the house, and he had the woman down on the ground and was trying to choke her with the bat on her neck. I crossed the street, came to the ready position, and told him to get his ass off of her or he would be shot. This distracted him enough that she got him off her and he stood up and looked at me. I ordered him to sit his ass down and wait for the police, he threw the bat toward me.. at this point, the woman ran inside with her daughter and locked the door and he sat on his porch.

At this point, I’m just waiting for the police to arrive… he had other ideas. At this point, he stood up, shouted “YOU DON’T KNOW ME MOTHERFUCKER”, and started rapidly moving toward me, I started retreating backward, around 10-15 feet but I knew that my wife was back there, along with one of the other witnesses, so I couldn’t just run home… this guy was going to hurt anyone he could get his hands on, or beat my ass and take my gun away if I let him get too close.. he was quite a bit bigger than me and definitely spent a good amount of time at the gym. When he was about 5 feet away he lunged at me, and I shot him four times in rapid succession. The whole time he was approaching me I was yelling “STOP, DON’T DO IT!, STOP!, STOP!” His legs just collapsed under him and I will never forget seeing the blood rushing out. At this point my wife told 911 that he had been shot and I was told to put the weapon down so I sat it on the back of my wife’s car and just stood there and shook, and waited. The cops got there 30 seconds after I had shot… 30 seconds. The whole situation lasted from 8:00PM to 8:03PM when the wife hung up with 911 after the police arrived.

I remember, after the shooting, feeling like the world is coming crashing in on me. The first officer put me in cuffs and had me sit in the back of the car while they did the preliminary investigation. He was extremely kind. I remember sitting in the back of the car praying for the soul of the man I had been forced to shoot, praying for the mom and daughter, praying for the well being of my family. While I was in the car, I noticed that my left hand and arm was covered in blood spatter. The evidence tech took pictures of this, and then the officer helped wipe me off. During this time also, one of the lady officers on scene sat in the vehicle to use the computer, and said to me,”You know that you’re a hero to that woman and little girl.” That remark helped to calm me down a lot. About 2-3 hours later, the officer came back to the car and told me that the county prosecutor, who was on scene, had told him to uncuff me. He told me to just stick around but don’t touch anything, I would have to go to the station and make a statement. I asked if I could go into my apartment and see my family and he graciously allowed that, I just wasn’t allowed to talk to my wife about anything regarding the situation, as we had not made our statements. I went back outside and was approached by the Chief of Police for our town and he said,’What you did was heroic, you saved them.’ He told me that they had had prior dealings with the man and that he was a dangerous individual.

Fast forward another hour, and I’m sitting in the office area of the police station waiting to make my statement, watching the officers check in the evidence… I saw them check in my gun and they confirmed that I had fired four times, I wasn’t sure if it was four or five, and that there was blood on the slide, they checked in the bat, and they checked in a chunk of hair and scalp that had come from the mother. And a few other miscellaneous things.

While I was sitting there, finally in some kind of light, I noticed blood stains all over my shirt and pants. He was REALLY close when I shot him. Anyway, gave my statement, kept it simple and to the point. Had my wife bring me new clothes so they could put mine in evidence and I walked out and got in the car, and cried… a lot… probably the most I’ve cried since my mother died in 2000. My wife said to me,”I used to say that my father was my hero, but no, you’re now my hero”. My wife had gone through a similar domestic violence situation with her first husband and barely escaped alive, I couldn’t be there to protect her from him, but I could be there for this. The officers thanked me repeatedly for being cooperative and they were completely awesome, I have nothing but love for them.

I’ve gotten a few more details as time has passed. Apparently he had told her that one way or another that he was going to die that night and was going to take her with him. I know that they had had some rough spots, they lost a baby back in January. My son works with his brother in law, and he was described as a mean drunk.

I picked up my firearm (Sig M11-A1) a month after everything had happened, and the PD had cleaned the blood off of it and oiled it to prevent rust, thank you again to them.

The call I got from the prosecutor this last Monday was illuminating. I asked about the toxicology screen, and his BAC was .228, and he had THC and anti-depressants in his system. The prosecutor was not sure about steroids as he said that they generally do not test for that. All I know is that he charged someone that had a loaded weapon pointed at him, so something broke inside his head.

I went shooting for the first time since the event this last Saturday.. and it just felt good… this is the hobby that got me through the deaths of both parents, and countless other stressful life events.

I’ve heard the word hero used multiple times… I’m not a hero, I only did what I had to do so that I can face myself in the mirror every day. The heroes are the guys that do stuff like this every day, The police, fire departments, the armed forces. They keep walking back into the mouth of hell repeatedly to save others. They are heroes.. I’m just a regular guy trying to keep my little corner of the world safe.

Also, one thing I’ll never forget, a male neighbor screaming ‘My God, won’t somebody help her!’ while he stood there and watched…. I don’t know how to feel about that, it just saddens me at the end of the day.

And a big thank you to my daughter for being there for her mother and I, and my son in law for watching his brother in law so that he did not have to see the scene.

Take aways from this.
1> I need formal training.. I’m ok, but I could be a lot better. My wife is also offering to go, which is a first, she needs to be able to defend herself when I’m not around. I think she understands that now.

2> CCW insurance? Is it worth it? I know that I was lucky in that I live in a gun friendly state with good politicians, it could have gone far worse legally.


My Firearms: Glock 30, a forgotten glock.

Years ago I would buy used ACOG scopes cheap, use them for 6 months to a year, then sell them for a small profit in order to repeat the process with a different ACOG.  One of these times I was offered a Glock G30 with a large number of accessories in trade for an ACOG I had hardly any money in.  It was such a good deal for me I was going to get the G30, shoot it for a bit, then flip it for a profit when I got tired of it.

I still have it.

Long ago evil prevailed and an assault weapons ban (AWB) was passed in the United States.  Part of this limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds.  Many consumers felt that if they could only have 10 rounds, they would rather have the largest rounds they could practically use.  This helped bolster the already ever popular .45ACP.

Glock had made a full sized pistol in .45 ACP, that is the G21.  Many people, including my self, find that the G21 feels especially awful in the hand, very brick like.  Even more so than a standard Glock.  While still very accurate and reliable, the 13 round capacity large G21 never seemed to be that popular from what I could tell.  Still sold more than enough to be a commercial success.  During AWB, guns built around a 10 round capacity became popular.  Glock designed a compact pistol in 10mm that held a 10 round mag, that is the Glock 29.  Soon after, they made a version of that in .45 ACP, the Glock 30.  The mags had to be a little longer to allow for the larger diameter of the cartridge.  That is why the G30 mags have a larger base plate on them.

It would be reasonable to expect the G30 to have the same awkward feeling grip of the G21, but much to my surprise it feels comfortable in the hand.  I’d had several other people who hated the G21 and had to be coerced into firing my G30 comment similarly.  I don’t know why this pistol feels better in the hand than the G21, but for me, it just does.

Accuracy and Reliability all fall right in line with Glock “Perfection”.

An annoying thing is that Glock doesn’t make the G30 any more.  They have 3 models replacing it!  The G30S, the G30SF, G30Gen4.

Glock took the generation 3 Glock 30 and made the grip a little smaller to make the G30SF.

There is the Glock G36, which is a single stack .45 ACP that is thinner.  The G36 had some teething issues early on and developed a reputation for being finicky.  But people found that you could put the thinner lighter G36 slide on a G30 frame.  After that started to become popular, the G30S came out which is a G36 thinner slide on the G30SF shorter frame.  The G30S is often said to be the best choice of the bunch for CCW as it is slimmer and lighter than the others.

The Generation 4 G30 is the same as the G30SF with the option to change the backstrap.  With out any of these inserts installed it has the shorter grip like the G30SF, and you install back straps to give it the standard sized grip or larger.

As of when this article is written, there is no Gen4 G30SF and no Gen5 G30 models.

 

I think the G30 and the variants are overlooked.  That is a real shame as this is compact great shooting .45 with a greater capacity than a standard 1911.

COLT COBRA PART 2 ACCURACY REVIEW

 

Last time in part 1 we took a look at the gun.

COLT COBRA REVIEW PART 1

Now we are going to take a look at how accurate it is.  I won’t bother saying anything about reliability, it is a double action revolver after all and one made by Colt so it obviously will work.

I shot a variety of  commercial factory loads  for accuracy at 25 yards.  The Buffalo Bore plus P load being one of the best.  It was also one of the hottest.  While it shot great it was not a pleasure to shoot out of a small compact revolver.

I tried this 90 grain lighter load in anticipating that a lot of users of a gun this size would buy loads that may mitigate recoil.   It wasn’t a tack driving load but it is certainly  pretty decent.   I would carry it and use it inside the ranges I expected  I could make a hit under pressure with a snub nose.

 

The next was the Hornady critical defense flex tip, 110 grain bullet. Another lighter load.  Again, it shot pretty good.

The worst of the ammo I tried  was the Winchester super X.  Not gonna set the world on fire.

I’m not going to lie,  I have never been much of a wheel gun shooter and even less of a snub nosed revolver guy. The lighter guns surprised me how tiresome it can get shooting for groups with stiff loads.  I was happy try this reduced recoil self defense load from federal.  It shot great too.   The best group picture blurred and already tossed the target,  but here is the second best group.

 

I had a few rounds of this Fioocchi some one gave me a few months ago.  I fired all ten rounds  offhand at 25 yards at the head just to use them up.  I was dumbstuck at how well it shot and how well I shot on double action off hand.  May be because I was relaxed and did it just to goof.     But, surprises  do happen if you shoot enough long enough.  I wish I had  more of this ammo to   shoot another group from the bags.

 

 

Lastly, again because I aim to please, the 10 0 yard target.  I fired these from a rest, but not bags, at a man sized-ish  target to see what  all CCW guns could do if pressed into having to make a critical longer range shot.  Ammo was the stiff Buffalo Bore +P round.

 

A few notes.   I need more time to get uses to the revolver sights.  I am used to a back sight like a Novak  or BOMAR. The trench in the top strap with front sight is something I keep shooting too high with.   I would really have to work with revolvers with this sight set up for a while to get used to that if I intended to carry it.   Using +P ammo in a small frame revolver, even in 38spl  gets hard on the hands after a while, rubber grips are a must for me anyways.

The action of the Cobra is very slick  and smooth.  Lovers of the mythologized python would no doubt like the action of the Cobra. I have never shot a revolver on DA  as well as I have this one.  It is a nice  compact gun that I can find no fault with if you are looking for one to CCW or just to buy cause you like 6 shooters.  For a closer look at the gun, its finish and craftsmanship, refer back to part one in the link above.

WHEN GUNS ARE OUTLAWED ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE CARS

http://www.williamsondailynews.com/news/pedestrian-killed-in-crash-near-belfry/article_30f34cd9-02ef-57b3-90dc-e4e95a3e2bc3.html

“WILLIAMSON – Kentucky State Police are investigating a single-car collision that killed a woman walking along U.S. 119 near Belfry on Wednesday.”

Last night in my virtual back yard, a well known lady met her ends  while jogging down the  side of 119.   A mother driving her to kids  struck and killer d her.      Rumor mill says the driver turned back to hand a bottle to the baby and veered off the road killing the jogger, who is , or was a PE teacher at the local high school.  I have no idea that is what  happened, but  usually the local scuttlebutt is true more often than not in a rare exception to the rule.

The local  rag couldn’t help   but post the most grisly pictures it could come up with.

 

One car crashed in the southbound lanes, just after the intersection for Belfry High School, at approximately 10 a.m., according to a news release issued by Kentucky State Police

 

spokesman Trooper William Petry. The car drove off the highway and struck a woman walking along the median, Petry said.

Petry identified the woman as Robin Gail Porter, of Williamson. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner’s Office. The driver’s name has not been released.

The drive has as of yet not been charged indicating the po-po think it may indeed have been a freak accident.   Luckily quick acting citizens stopped to render aid and remove the children from the up ended car.

Events like this is why I personally keep a expanded first aid kit in my vehicle.   Not only in case I wreck my own fool self some where it is going to take a while for help to arrive, but also in case of coming upon wounded from an accident  who need help ASAP.

One life taken and another life probably shattered forever for being the operator of the car.   The mental impact on the kid later in life can not be predicted  and the family and friends of all involved will no doubt suffer.       It can all be taken in a split second if you let your attention lapse.      Not a gun insight to blame unless the driver of the car had a CCW.   It is possible the gun whispered into her ear and convinced her to kill the pedestrian.    These things can’t be ruled out.      It does make a compelling argument for me about  my correct decision to stay  inside and no eschew PE.   You can’t get hit by a car in your recliner.