Monday, May 20, 2019

I Almost had to Draw my Firearm

Concealed carrying a firearm is like having a fire extinguisher in your home: you hope you never have to use it, but you better have it when you need it. This was the case for me recently. 

As some of you may know, I co-own a paint and body shop. Go check out the Badass Body Shop YouTube channel. Yes, shameless self promotion. Anyway... I was there late one night doing something. 

I backed in front of our bay door. To the left of my car was a pickup, and to the right were trees and bushes. In front was some pavement before the parking spots continue on the other side. I can’t carry at my “day jobs,” so I keep my SCCY CPX2 in my pocket. My first choice is my Smith and Wesson M&P9 carried inside the waistband on my hip, but I have to have my shirt tucked in for work, so that’s not doable. 

The SCCY is a good pistol, regardless of what some my say. I have done plenty of video on it torturing it, neglecting it, and so on. 

I did break two of the Rules of Stupid. “The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things.” Courtesy of the Active Self Protection site. I was at a stupid place at a stupid time. 

I did what I had to do in the shop, so I turned off the lights and exited out the the single door (next to the bay door) locking it behind me. Right in front of me was my car, and I was walking toward it when headlights came into the parking lot off the main road. 

The car was speeding in, and the first thing that went through my head was that something was off. There was no reason for another car to be here this late. He pulled right in front of my car and stopped. At this point, my hand was on the handle of the door to my car. 

I watch a lot of Active Self Protection on YouTube. If you are unfamiliar with the channel, go check it out. It shows security camera footage, dash cam footage, body cam footage, and so on giving you a play by play about what happens in potentially deadly situations. The evidence based tips really helped me with my next moves. 

Everything started flying through my head. I put my left hand up in front of me to show some sort of compliance. My right hand rested near my right pocket (where my SCCY was). I knew I couldn’t draw because with the headlights, I couldn’t see who was in the car, and if they had a firearm out, I would be dead trying to “draw from the drop” (when the other person has a firearm already out). 

I could not enter my car because I was blocked in on all sides, and it would have been a coffin. I couldn’t go back into the shop, because I would have to turn my back and try to unlock the door. My best bet was the run to my left, use the pickup as cover and concealment, and keep going. Not point in drawing my firearm: just run and escape. 

I stepped back and the car inched forward. That was a mistake. I gave a hint at what I wanted to do. I should have just run, but there was so much going through my mind. 

I heard the car door open, and then laughing. It turns out it was someone I knew: a tow truck driver that we use frequently. He was meeting his friend to check out another car in the parking lot, but when I has I was there, he decided to mess with me. Instantly I yelled out that he was almost shot. 

Thankfully nothing happened. I say that for two reasons: one, I didn’t shoot someone I know or get shot by an actual bad guy. Two: it was some of the best training I could have gotten. Without knowing what would happen, I assumed the worst and reacted accordingly. I recognized what I did wrong, what I did right, and what I could have done faster. All the way down to where I park my car so I’m not boxed in. 

What I did Right:
  • Didn’t draw from the drop
  • Didn’t attempt to enter my car
  • Didn’t attempt to re-enter the locked shop (turning my back)
  • Developed a quick escape plan
  • Backed my car in, and didn’t pull in (didn’t help too much in this situation though)
What I could have done Better:
  • Comply fully, or resist fully. With only one had up and inching back, I gave too many hints that I wasn’t ready to comply.
  • Boxed my car in
  • Broke two Rules of Stupid
  • Did not flee fast enough (even though this was only a matter of seconds). Each place you go, you should have at least one escape plan.
All in all, I would say I did a good job overall based off the situation. I mean, I’m here to tell you about it. That could have been my last moment had that been real. 

I would encourage you ALL to be as aware of your surroundings as much as possible, carry all the time and know how to use your firearm, don’t break the Rules of Stupid, and at least watch a few videos such as the ones from Active Self Protection so that you will be more prepared should you ever need to be. I didn’t think I would be put in that situation, and depending on where you live, most people don’t. It can always happen. Be ready. Be prepared. Stay safe. 

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sharpens Best Knife Sharpener Review

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When I was a kid, I was obviously too young to collect firearms. So, I collected knives and swords. I managed to amass quite the collection. The only problem with knives is that using them makes them dull. I got away with a cheap sharpener for a bit, but it started to wear out. When looking online for a new one, I came across a site called Sharpens Best.

While their site was cool, what really got me was their YouTube channel. Millions of views, over 30,000 subscribers, and lots of cool things being done with sharp knives. I was sold. I decided to reach out to them and ask them about their sharpeners. Long story short, they hooked me up with some stuff and I agreed to review their “Poker Chip” sharpener. They also wanted me to torture test it, but we’ll get to that in a little bit.

Their Poker Chip is their smallest sharpener, but all of them function the same way: they all have a piece of tungsten carbide in them. This piece of metal I was told would never wear out, and it leads these sharpeners to having a lifetime warranty.

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sharpens best knife sharpener review the random firearm

I first took the sharpener to my day jobs and stole every co-worker’s knife or multitool that I could the sharpen. Every one of them was super dull and most had chunks taken out of the blade. For my on camera review, I picked an old, no-name brand hunting knife I have had in my collection for a very long time. It’s nothing special, but it’s one of my favorite knives. I’ve kept it somewhat sharp over the years, but I figured I’d sharpen it even more.

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For a control test, I cut some paper with it as it was. The cuts were a little jagged, but not too bad. I sharpened the blade for a bit, and after I was done, it made the absolute worst cuts I have ever seen. It was worse! How could this be? I remembered one of the videos that Sharpens Best released. The man on camera said he was only using three to four ounces of pressure. I was using much more. I tried much lighter touches. I pretty much just let the weight of the sharpener and gravity do the work. The result? Super clean cuts.

Now, the videos they have on YouTube have knives that are much sharper. This was just a quick test. With only 60 seconds or so, the knife was doing very well. With a little more dedication (and perhaps a better quality blade), I’m sure I could be doing what they do in the videos.

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sharpens best knife sharpener review the random firearm

All in all, I am very happy with the quality of the Sharpens Best products. Good size, work well, and lifetime warranty. What more could you ask for? Wait. What’s what you say? How durable are they? I’m glad you asked.

I guess Sharpens Best saw some of my other videos, because they asked if I could torture test the sharpener, including shooting it to see if the tungsten carbide would break! If you’ve seen my SCCY CPX-2 torture test, you know I started out by burying the gun for two weeks. Well, the same fate has happened for this sharpener! Stick around to see what happens when it gets dug up.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

YouTube Gun Policies

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In the wake of another unfortunate event, YouTube takes to the side it normally does and continues to crack down on firearm content on YouTube. Just yesterday (3-21-18), YouTube stated that come mid April, new policies regarding firearm and firearm related content will be flagged. To cut right to it, here are the new polices: 

YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms. Specifically, we don’t allow content that:
  • Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).
  • Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.
  • Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications. 

First off, let me just cut to the part that I really don’t understand. In most cases, anyone showing you how to convert a semi-auto weapon to full-auto, or dropping in auto sears, is generally doing something illegal anyway! Also, what I find funny, is that YouTube says that high capacity magazines are anything over 30 rounds. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE in the media says 30 rounds is high capacity. YouTube says it’s over 30. That’s interesting.

What will potentially affect me the most is the part about the links. I have had quite a few companies assist me with making some of my videos. It could be anything from reviewing a product, using their range, and so on. What I do to say thanks is put a link to that product or their store in the description. 

There was that one time I reviewed that compensated 1911 Roto barrel. I linked to that in the description. What if that website sells 32 round magazines. Is my video to be removed? Well, I have entered self-censorship. Any video of mine that had a link, I removed and replaced with: 

“Due to YouTube's updated firearm's policy, I can no longer link to this company's website. A Google search will lead you to them.” 
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Out of fear of my videos, I censored myself before YouTube did. However, these videos of mine are generally demonotized by YouTube already. Many YouTubers who feature firearm related content have received channel strikes, or even had their videos deleted. I have been hit with the “Limited or No Ads” feature.  
Basically, an algorithm scans the video meta data, title, description, and tags to determine what the video is, and if it’s “suitable” or not. If it’s deemed “unsuitable”, there will be limited or no ads in front of the video. You can request a manual review, but they are only able to do about 1000 videos per seven days. I’ve had reviews requested for about a year now. The flags are not even accurate. 

I did a series a while back called “Craigslist Car Crap” where I picked a random city and put in a very low amount of money to see what cars I could find. The descriptions were generally hysterical. One ad described that the car might have had a cracked head, but they wrote “crack head”. So I put that in the title of the video, and it was flagged. 

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YouTube is a private company, and it can legally do what it wants, but things like this are getting to be a bit much. I worry about the future of my channel, and for many of the other channels that I watch. I have my fingers crossed that I’ve taken the correct steps to make sure my channel is unaffected, but time will tell. Wish us all luck. 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wall Around Jose

We support our President, but this is pretty funny.  This isn't like one of our normal posts at all, but it's worth a chuckle.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

How To Fly with a Gun

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So, you want to fly with a gun? Well, get the idea of strolling past first class with your handgun tucked in your waistband out of your head, because if you guessed you can just walk on a plane with a gun, that’s just impossible.

The only way to fly with your firearm is to check it in, and here’s how to do it. First off, please consult your airline or the TSA for any questions or clarifications. This is current as of August of 2017, and I’m not responsible if you get busted.

First off, know the laws and regulations of the state you are traveling to regarding your firearm. Next, prep your gun before you get to the airport. Your firearm and all magazines must be unloaded. No ammunition can be in the magazines, even if they are out of the firearm.

Next, make sure your firearm is in a lockable hard case. The lock doesn’t need to be a TSA lock, but it can’t be easily pried open.

If you’re shipping ammunition, it must be in that case, or another case that follows the same guidelines as above. Ammunition must be in its original box, or a box specifically designed to carry ammunition. It can’t be thrown in the case, or even loose in a plastic bag.

Got that? To recap… Unloaded, and in a hard locked case.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s go over what to do once you actually get to the airport.

The first thing you have to do is check that bag. When you get to the counter, you MUST declare that you have a firearm. Once you say that, the person behind the counter will give you a small firearms declaration card to fill out. It varies from airline to airline, but it usually will have you fill out your basic flight and personal information, and it also makes you sign a disclaimer stating you followed what I just told you to do. You’re welcome.

The card will be placed on to, or taped to your case. Depending on the airline, they may do a visual inspection of the case, or firearm right there. After, or sometimes only, your luggage, or you and your luggage, will be escorted to the oversized baggage area.

There they will either x-ray your luggage and say you’re fine, or some places (like Atlanta) will perform a visual and manual inspection. It could take some time, so make sure you get there early.

If TSA discovers a problem, they may ask you to unlock the case, or if it’s not a TSA lock, they may cut it open, ask questions later, and your firearm won’t be able to fly because your case isn’t locked anymore.

If you followed the steps above, you should be fine. Your bag will be checked in from there, and you’re ready to get on your flight. When you land, just pick up your luggage like normal.

There you have it. Just follow those steps, and you’ll be set. Again, call your airline or the TSA if you are unsure. I’m just a hobbyist. Safe travels, everyone!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Quick and Dirty Review: Smith and Wesson M&P9 M2.0

In terms of striker fired handguns, there are quite a bit on the market. The ones that come to mind first are Glock, XD, and M&P. Smith and Wesson’s has been out for a while, and it seems every other manufacturer is on at least their second generation. Well, Smith and Wesson finally introduced the M&P M2.0.

While the name is pretty boring, the pistol is not. I have, carry, and love the first generation M&P. Needless to say, when I heard about the second generation, I called up Southern Guns, LLC and asked them to hook me up with one to test, because I needed it to happen. No surprise, it’s a pretty damn good firearm.

Let’s cover some of the basics of it: 

Model: M&P9 M2.0 (No thumb safety)
Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 17+1
Barrel Length: 4.25”
Overall Length: 7.4”
Weight: 24.7oz
Action: Striker fired
Materials: Polymer frame, stainless steel slide
Sights: Fixed three dot
MSRP: $599 

Ships With: 
  • Plastic hard case
  • Two, seventeen round magazines
  • Trigger lock 
  • Four backstraps (S, M, ML, Large)
  • Manual 
  • Lifetime warranty (for the original owner) 

It’s the same M&P that we all know and love, but with some good improvements. The slide has forward serrations for press checks. I don’t see the need for them, and I think they are kind of gimmicky since there is a witness hole in the barrel like the previous generation. There is more metal added to the polymer frame, a trigger with an audible reset, and improved grips. Let’s go into some more detail, shall we? 

Size and Carrying

This is a full sized firearm. However, when I carry my first gen, I can easily conceal it in my Tread Softly Concealment inside-the-waistband holster. This second generation one DOES FIT in the holster for the old one. Now, since this holster does have a leather backing, and it is dependent on your body for retention of the firearm, I can’t say the M&P9 M2.0 will fit in ALL holsters, but it should. Not much dimension wise has changed. If you are used to full sized weight and size, this one is no problem. I originally carried a full sized 1911, so while this is wider, it’s still very manageable. 

Looks and Feel

When I did my review on the Springfield XD Mod2, I got a lot a crap from you guys because I said it was ugly. Well, it was/is. “Grip Zone” is plastered on the side. Well, the M&P9 M2.0 is sexy. The best part is the feel. The textured grip is insanely awesome.

I put Traction Grips on all of my firearms that I can, and I love them, but the texture on this new model from the factory is perfect. It’s what a “professional” would go to a gunsmith and pay extra for. Each backstrap has the same texture. I cannot say enough good things about the grip, and Smith and Wesson didn’t even have to say where you needed to hold it. I miss the beaver tail that is no longer on the rear of the frame, but it’s all good.


As I mentioned above, this comes with two 17 round magazines. The old ones will work in the M2.0. There is the option for a thumb safety. I opted to test one without, so I can’t give my comments on what one with a safety is like. The four backstraps are textured and easy to change out. The sights are basic, but work. 

The trigger is somewhat different. There is now an audible reset, but it seems stagey. My old M&P’s trigger was gritty, and had no audible reset. Honestly, I never cared, because I grew up shooting 1911s, and frequently shoot my SCCY CPX-2. To me, I just want it to go bang. This new one was right out of the box, so maybe the staginess will go away, but there was no grit like the original. The reset was nice, if you’re into that.


Firing this thing is a dream. It’s full sized, and only a 9mm. Recoil is very manageable, and the trigger pull is predictable. Again, the pull is stagey, but once it hits that last stage, you know when it will fire. 

The sights are your average three-dot style, but they work well. The magazines seemed quite challenging to get the first round in for each, but I don’t have that problem with my old ones, so I just assume it’s because they are new. 


Smith and Wesson does offer a lifetime warranty, but it is only for the original owner. There is a slight way around this. When you get your Smith and Wesson, you can register it online through their website, and that is how you can get a warranty claim started. If the original owner never fills it out, well, you look like the original owner when you do. Anyway, I used the warranty once when my slide rusted on my old M&P, and it was a good service. As expected, here is a full write up: Smith and Wesson Warranty


Taking this gun apart is very simple. It is just like the last model: remove the magazine, pull the slide back, rotate the takedown lever down, release the slide and pull the trigger, and after the slide comes off, take out the spring and barrel.


All in all, this gun is a winner. Feels fantastic, shoots well, and is a good continuation of the M&P lineup. I do miss the beavertail! 

Concealability: 9 out of 10
Capacity: 10 out of 10
Accuracy: 9 out of 10
Reliability: 9 out of 10 (only seen the M&P45 jam)
Warranty Service: 8 out of 10 (original owner only)
Price: 8 out of 10 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SCCY and Hornady Neglect Test

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A while back, I made a torture test series on the SCCY CPX-2. I put it through a bunch of extreme tests, and the SCCY functioned very well. Even though it functioned well, many viewers were complaining that the tests were not very realistic. So, here is a realistic test for you.

I carry my SCCY quite a bit. I normally clean my carry guns every other month or so, even if I don’t fire them, in order to get the dust and grime out. Recently, I have not. It has been months since I have cleaned my SCCY, and it shows. It looks pretty close to what the SCCY did in the Extreme Pocket Lint Test where I emptied a vacuum cleaner into a SCCY CPX-2.

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Another factor is the ammunition. I carry with Horandy Critical Defense 147 grain hollow points. This ammo has been in my SCCY for years. It has constantly been handled, loaded and unloaded from the SCCY, chambered and re-chambered, and so on. The oil and sweat on my hands kill metal. The rounds are very tarnished, the cases are worn, and some rounds even look like the cases may be slightly cracked.

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What did look great after all this were the Traction Grips I put on it years ago. I was not paid to say this. I really like these grips. They are only slightly peeling up on the bottom, but these things are holding up through almost daily carrying in my pocket in the Florida heat, and they are not even an expensive upgrade to your firearm.

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Back to the matter at hand: I decided to take the SCCY to the range, fire off all eleven rounds, and see what happened.

Disclaimer: SCCY recommends only firing limited amounts of +P ammunition through your CPX-2. If you have an older model, they don’t recommend it at all. SCCY, Hornady, and East Orange Shooting Sports (the range I went to) would not condone firing a firearm or ammunition in this condition. Make sure your firearm is in good working order, and your ammunition looks to be in good shape.

Not surprisingly, the SCCY and the ammo worked flawlessly. The first few shots did go left, but that could have been me since I don’t have much experience with +P in a SCCY. The first round did throw some dust in my face, but if that was the only thing, I can live with that.

So there you have it! It’s a real world and realistic test. It worked fine. Check out the video below for the shooting at the range to see all the dust that came out of it. 

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