ISRPA Blog


Discussion of House Bill 444 on Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground 

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  mwfaulks       Feb 16, 2018         
Legislation


Iron Sights: What's the best fit for your CCW? 

There are a lot of options for iron sights out there. At $100+ for illuminated target sights, are they worth the money?  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Jan 11, 2018         


HR 38 and You: What does it mean? 

The National Concealed Reciprocity Bill  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Dec 21, 2017       Dec 21, 2017    


1911s at the CMP-- at last! 

The latest updates from the CMP regarding 1911s!  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Dec 4, 2017       Dec 5, 2017    


Carry options for older shooters 

New shooter? Don't just tell them '.357 magnum wheelgun'. Not all gun owners are created equal!  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Nov 29, 2017       Nov 29, 2017    


The Budget Gun 

Can a good defensive firearm be had on a budget?  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Nov 22, 2017       Nov 29, 2017    


The DA/SA Carry Pistol 

There's more to the gun world than Glocks and 1911s!  Read More

  Erik Nelson       Nov 17, 2017       Nov 29, 2017    


Dangers of Derringers 

In Today's segment of Erik Ruins Everything: Let's talk about Derringers. Classically designed derringers were pocket pistols for wealthy gentlemen. Remember, the advent of the modern concealed holster is only about 40-50 years ago; 'pocket guns' were all the rage because only cowboys and cops wore belt holsters. Classically, semiauto guns had reliability issues, but wheelguns were too bulky for discreet carry. Old derringers were designed for one to four shots, and chambered in something like .22 LR or .32 ACP. They were designed to be discreet guns for dealing with up-close assailants. Because they fit in a vest pocket and were very reliable they were preferred among people like bankers who might need to shoot someone through their bank teller bars without a lot of accuracy. The fundamental design of a derringer hasn't changed much in the last few decades. There are some interesting derringer ideas out there, such as the NAA Widowmaker (which, despite being a revolver, fits into the 'derringer' category in my mind). The danger of derringers is they are virtually impossible to aim effectively. Speaking personally, my knobby size-9 gunsmith hands can barely maintain a grip on the Widowmaker or other pocket derringers. Even starting from a low-ready position with the NAA, I was faster AND more accurate going from a pocket draw with a .380 Taurus, even at bad-breath distances. Modern derringer designs have, also, gotten kinda ludicrous. There are derringers chambered in .45 ACP, .410, even the ridiculous 7.62x39. You would have to pay me before I'd shoot any one of them. Think long and hard before purchasing a derringer as a self-defense gun over a pocket-sized .380 or even a .22 LR wheelgun. One of the great perks of living in America is the vast diversity of the gun world available to us. Make sure you're shopping for a gun to fill a specific purpose, instead of trying to adjust your tactics around your weapon.   Read More

  Erik Nelson       Aug 30, 2017       Nov 29, 2017    
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Policy Review -- Fee for Hunting and Game Tags Are Increasing (by Matt Faulks) 

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  Erik Nelson       Jun 13, 2017       Jun 19, 2017    


Policy Views -- Proposed Firearms Training in Schools (by Matt Faulks) 

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  Erik Nelson       Jun 13, 2017       Jun 19, 2017    



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