TCHA Weekly Shot
May. 19, 2014

Targeted? Gun sellers say 'high risk' label from feds cuts off banking options, restricts business
The Washington Times
Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales. Since 2011, regulators have increased scrutiny on banks’ customers. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2011 urged banks to better manage the risks of their merchant customers who employ payment processors, such as PayPal, for credit card transactions. The FDIC listed gun retailers as "high risk" along with porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops.More

Pediatricians take on the NRA over gun safety
The Daily Beast
For the past three decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics — some 62,000 members strong — has been an outspoken voice on the issue of gun control, a position that has landed it on the NRA's list of enemies. In 1992, the AAP issued its first policy statement supporting a handgun and assault weapons ban, making it the first public health organization to do so, and it has long recommended that doctors talk about gun safety with parents. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, the AAP has stepped up attempts to educate parents about gun safety around children.More

Poll shows why gun control looks impossible
The Wall Street Journal
When President Barack Obama made a push for stricter gun control laws the first major policy push of his second term, he repeatedly cited polling showing wide support for expanded background checks for gun purchases. But despite the December 2012 massacre at Newtown, Connecticut, there was never a true national outcry for new federal gun restrictions, just like little was accomplished after previous mass shootings that briefly drew national outrage.More

Study suggests red dot optics improve pistol accuracy
Gun Digest
There are few things shooters obsess over more than accuracy. Unfortunately, there are few shortcuts in developing tack-driving precision when behind the trigger. Or is there? A recent study by James E. Ryan and Robin Adler suggests there might be one accessory that will tighten up a handgun shooter's groups in a hurry — a red dot sight. The criminology professors at Vermont's Norwich University came to this conclusion after running a comparative study between the optic and iron sights.More

Man on the street: What's the best cartridge for self-defense?
Guns & Ammo
Opinions surrounding the best rounds for self-defense vary as widely as the guns that chamber them, and there's likely no definite answer in sight — but when the time comes to protect ourselves, a .22 in the pocket is better than a .45 in the safe. G&A wanted to find out which cartridges are most commonly carried these days, so we asked NRA Members what kind of firepower they prefer to pack.More

The long and the short of it
Guns Magazine
By Massad Ayoob: "Back in the 1960s, when I was a kid-shooting bull's-eye, I noticed most of the young and prime-of-life shooters used long-barreled pistols. The S&W Model 41 with 7-inch tube, the High Standard Supermatic series with fluted 7.25-inch barrel, and the 6-7/8-inch Ruger Mark I. The older guys, however, were much likelier to 'go short' with a 5.5-inch heavy barrel on their Smith, H-S or Ruger. When I asked why, in those days before optical sights on .22 target pistols, I always got the same answer: 'When my eyes got older, I could see the front sight better with a shorter sight radius.'"More

Take your 'X' with you and turn the tables on a violent attacker
Ammo Land
Bob Harvey, president/chief Instructor of South Florida Gun School writes: "We have heard time and time again, move now or get off the "X" in a gunfight. I don't believe you can get off the "X". I contend that you move the "X" to get the violent attacker off of his game or Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act Loop. I have been teaching this for over three decades. It increases your survivability 10 fold."More

Cheap reliable 1911 for CCW? Shooters Arms Scout
The 1911 is the M1 Garand of handguns. The classic and powerful handgun is an example of what a pistol should be. This classic .45 automatic is a perfect balance between function and form. It's complicated, but not needlessly so, like all Browning designs, it's very elegant. From its brilliant trigger design to the unobtrusive grip safety. Every shortcoming of John Moses Browning's magnum opus can be overcome with enough cash. The only real issue with the 1911 is price. This is doubly true when it comes to concealed carry appropriate models. More

Hybrid holsters for concealed carry
Gun Digest
Hybrid holsters have become hugely popular in the last few years. One such is Mark Craighead's Crossbreed brand, so popular the brand has become almost a generic term for this sort of rig. As the name implies, the hybrids comprise a mating of leather with Kydex or polymer. The portion that encompasses the gun on the outside is made of the hard synthetic, while the leather is used to form a broad backing between wearer and holster, separating and protecting one from the other. More

Diamondback DB FS Nine 9 mm Pistol
American Rifleman
Diamondback Firearms is still a relatively young manufacturer, having opened its doors in 2009. The company launched its product lines with diminutive striker-fired, polymer-frame pocket pistols, including the DB380 chambered in .380 ACP and the DB9 chambered for 9 mm. Diamondback then expanded its lineup to include AR-15 pattern rifles and pistols, available with proprietary fore-end configurations and unique color options. This year Diamondback is stepping up to the plate with its first full-size pistol, called the DB FS Nine chambered in 9 mm.More