The Weekender for 9/25/15: new SCCY pistol; a unique training opportunity; and support Forgotten Weapons!

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I’m initiating a new feature here on every Friday (or as close to every Friday as I can get) I’ll be bringing you the Weekender: a wrap-up of stories and links that I’ve found during the week, items that I believe you’ll find informative, inspiring, and sometimes even entertaining — all of them, of course, related in some way to the topics on my site!

For Friday, September 25, 2015:

A NEW ENTRY IN THE .380 ACP PISTOL MARKET: the .380ACP isn’t dead, and hasn’t been replaced by the super-compact 9mm pistols. There is still a viable use for the .380 as a defensive tool, and it’s for the person who wants a smaller gun but doesn’t want (or can’t handle) the recoil of the same size gun in 9mm. I wrote an article for the Personal Defense Network on this very topic, and it’s worth reading for the specifics of my argument. This week Richard Johnson at Guns, Holsters & Gear has a preview of a new .380 pistol from the folks at Sccy (which I’m told is pronounced “sky”), and it looks very intriguing. Now it’s worth remembering that this is a pre-production sample that he shot, under controlled conditions, but the feature set will make it somewhat unique when it comes to market. (It’s also worth noting that Richard’s preview is a superb example of what firearms journalism should be: honest, transparent, and factual. There aren’t many writers like him in this business – and there haven’t been, either – and it’s worth your time to follow his site.)

THE “UNTHINKABLE” TRAINING CLASS: Greg Ellifritz, one of the few people in the training business who isn’t afraid to rock the boat with independent thought, is teaming up with the legendary criminal psychologist William Aprill to present what is one of the most unusual courses offered in the self defense community: “Unthinkable”, a class all about worst-case scenarios. It combines a range of topics that haven’t been available in one class, and covers such things as the psychology of violent criminals; what to do if you’re ever taken hostage; common conceptual errors people make when preparing for self defense; what to do during a bombing; and even weapon retention and disarming. This two-day class is being offered for the first time in Virginia on Oct. 24th & 25th, and since I know the reputations of the two guys involved I can confidently predict that it will be superb!

SUPPORT FORGOTTEN WEAPONS: I’ve said this many times, but if you’re a “gun person” the Forgotten Weapons website, run by my friend Ian McCollum, is an absolute must-read. If it’s old, odd, or just rare he’s got information on it that no one else on the ‘net will. His site is truly a treasure in the firearms world, and he’s got a new way to help support the ever-increasing costs of getting this level of information to you. He’s opened a Patreon account, and for a measly buck a month you can keep his incredible information trove growing! I’ve signed up, and I hope you can see your way clear to doing so as well!

Have a great weekend, and be sure to check in next week!


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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