It's crazy to think that not only has that much time passed since I wrote that, but also that this blog is 12 years old!
Anyhow, a couple items in it are worth another look to see how well they held up. Here's one:
However, one of the more interesting trends in recent years has been the evolution of the American gun culture. Increasingly, firearms are becoming the province of non-traditional shooters.
Women, for example, are taking an increasing interest in guns as a means of self-defense.
True, and that trend has actually accelerated. In fact, though the bullet bubble is pretty much gone (I can get 9mm retail for almost as cheap as it was 15 years ago), the calibers that remain expensive and scarce are the light ones that are favored by women. Both 22LR and .380 are nowhere near as cheap as they theoretically ought to be. Several gun store owners have said it's because these calibers are hugely popular with women.
Speaking of women, here's an example where I was dead wrong:
The unwitting agent of part of this is feminism. Many female shooters fully buy into the notion that they are equal to men and should not have to rely on someone else to defend them.
Yeah, maybe that was true in 2005, but it certainly isn't true now. Contemporary feminism now teaches that women are helpless, fearful, and generally useless creatures that need a big strong man to protect them. Even a stray word can reduce them to tears. They are so pathetic that even the slightest amount of alcohol destroys their sense of judgement and self control, which is why society needs to rewrite the criminal code to give these delicate flowers special protection. In a moment of stress, they collapse into a weepy heap.
Think I exaggerate? Read R.S. McCain's ongoing project on feminism and be horrified.
Of course most women no longer want anything to do with feminism - even the ones who were once pillars of the movement.
Despite the fact that modern feminism has a near constant case of hot flashes mixed with hysteria, modern women are still keenly interested in defending themselves. In that earlier post I linked to the Second Amendment Sisters, but their site seems to be abandoned. I suspect one factor may have been the success of their project - women no longer feel the need for a special organization to represent them in the firearms-using community.
The firearms industry has not been slow to recognize this trend. The aforementioned ammo.com guys asked me to link to their women's guide to concealed carry and I'm happy to do so (despite the fact that they didn't pay me).
Overall it seems solid advice. They do mention comfort in several areas (which is key) but I would maybe add some extra emphasis that caliber is less important than control. There is a very vocal community that insists on big bore guns for every use (particularly .45 ACP) and while I get what they are driving at, shot placement is more important than making a big boom.
In my younger years I was all about using the biggest caliber I could control and I still deeply enjoy blasting away with a hand cannon, but the fact of the matter is that large calibers often turn women against using guns. My wife loves firing the .357 Magnum, but she practically grew up with a gun in her hand. Our daughters much prefer using a .380. With time and experience they may choose something more powerful, but for now that what they are comfortable with and that's fine.
But that is a minor quibble. On the whole, if you know a woman who is interested in concealed carry, the ammo.com page is a good place to start.