Voluntaryist Philosophy Simplified

A friend of a friend on Facebook didn’t think I seriously thought that taxes were theft. To prevent retorts and going on bit-by-bit, I simplified the entire philosophy so there would be no confusion.

I wanted to save that post for posterity–and for reposting in case I need it in another conversation.

How is any government supposed to operate without taxes–that’s certainly the question. They can’t, because as soon as their funding is voluntary, they’re not a government, they’re a private service provider. Which would be GREAT! Then they’d actually have to provide quality services and wouldn’t be able to dig their tendrils into your property, your business, your earnings, your marriage… I could go on.

Taxes are collected by force, and therefore it is theft. I sure wouldn’t pay them voluntarily, but I fear the gun and the cage of the government, so I pay up. It’s extortion, basically a mafia racket, and government is at its core an immoral institution because it functions ENTIRELY on initiating force against you.

Either you were going to do things the way they want you to anyway, and government is unnecessary, or you weren’t, and they have to threaten you with kidnapping you and locking you in jail to get you to do things their way. If you were to defend yourself like you should against any kidnapper, they will kill you, so in essence, you are threatened with death if you don’t give up your money to this mafia.

The only time anybody should use force against another is in defense of property. (I use property in a very broad sense, including your life, body, and freedom as well as land, home, and belongings.)

Comp-Tac MTAC – The First Date

Comp-Tac MTACI received the much-awaited Comp-Tac MTAC holster in the mail yesterday. As I spent the evening at my weekly writers group, I wasn’t able to test it with the gun in it until much later, but I wore the holster all night, partly because I’m weird and partly because I just didn’t feel like taking it off in the Zaxby’s parking lot. This isn’t a good test of the holster’s comfort, but it was never uncomfortable, so take that for what it’s worth.

My main gripe with my old holster was that when sitting down, the gun jabbed into my side. I thought it was the rear of the slide, and the MTAC’s leather backing covers the back end of the slide – perfect, I thought. Then I got home, slipped the Glock into the holster, and sat down, only to be disappointed to find it rammed right into my ribs. It was the grip all along, and the Minotaur holster doesn’t really do anything to stop that. I toyed with positioning and adjusting the cant for some time, and while it did get a bit better, it’s still very, very noticeable while sitting.

Keep in mind that I’m 6 feet tall and weigh roughly 135 pounds. I have NO meat on my ribs, so what I’m thinking is actually that my body shape pretty much makes it impossible to overcome my problem. I have a sort of dip between my hip bone and my rib cage (not quite as gross as it sounds – I don’t look anorexic, I’m just unusually thin) that any holster naturally wants to pull itself into.

I could reduce the holster to a more neutral cant, but this would cause the butt of the Glock to print, or if I moved the holster farther forward (3:00 position) the rear of the slide will start to poke out my shirt, so I’m at an impasse right now. On the bright side, I’ve found the position that, when standing, hides the gun perfectly and is very comfortable. It’s only sitting that I have a problem with, but I’ll keep fiddling with it and update if I come up with anything better.

How I Defeated a Shooting Flinch

Pistol ShootingI’ve, of course, been shooting all my life, but I’m really not that good at it. My rifle shooting is mediocre, but I don’t flinch. That just comes down to my accuracy.

Pistols are another story entirely. I only started getting heavily into handguns within the past few years, and with how little I shoot, I haven’t been able to experiment and work on getting rid of a nasty flinch I had. I couldn’t hit jack with a pistol unless I was lucky enough to flinch AFTER the bullet left the barrel.

Everybody says that all you have to do to cure a flinch is lots of dry firing and squeeze the trigger slowly, so the break surprises you, instead of slapping it. Well, I did both.

Didn’t work.

Dry firing is a different beast. I never flinched while dry firing, so I really don’t think that carries over into actual shooting (unless you do it thousands of times, maybe), and squeezing the trigger slowly didn’t make a difference because I would stand there flinching repeatedly throughout the trigger pull, anticipating the break. So you know how I got over it?

I stopped holding onto the gun.

As soon as I stopped squeezing it in a death grip like it was a fish trying to escape, the flinch was gone. With a Weaver stance, I apply the most grip with my support hand, but still don’t give it a death grip, and only apply minimal force with my dominant hand. You only need enough force to keep the gun from slipping through your hands, holding onto it harder doesn’t reduce recoil, that’s in the wrists and arms.

The tension in my hands seemed to worsen the feeling of recoil, making me anticipate it more, and therefore I would flinch and throw the muzzle down just before every shot, totally wrecking my aim.

I’m still a pretty bad shot, but I can at least hit within a couple inches of where I’m aiming instead of going a foot or two low every time. 😀

Wilderness Tactical Frequent Flyer Gun Belt

After shopping around for a holster for a while, I eventually narrowed my decision down to either the Crossbreed SuperTuck or the Comp-Tac MTAC, both hybrid IWB holsters with a leather backing and a Kydex holster body. Ultimately, the MTAC’s higher level of finish as well as modularity won out, despite a higher price tag. So I ordered it and a Wilderness Tactical Frequent Flyer belt (1.5″, 5-stitch version) to carry it on.

I mostly chose the Frequent Flyer over the more popular Original Instructor Belt because I won’t be attaching any emergency lines to my belt any time soon, it’s cheaper by about six bucks (nine if you go for the 1.25″ version), and I liked the look of the rings better than the Instructor buckle.

Why did I need a new belt? Because people on gun forums told me so, that’s why! The added stiffness of a “gun belt” supposedly helps a lot when carrying for an extended period of time. I received the belt today and wore my Glock around the house for a while, and I might have noticed a bit of difference, but it wasn’t exactly life-altering. It did make a difference when I tried on my brother’s USP in his paddle holster and was able to cinch the belt down on it to the perfect tightness. With a standard belt buckle, I would have needed a hole in between to get it to exactly the right tightness, but with the Wilderness belt I was able to adjust it down to where it took off a lot of that lopsided feeling without squeezing my guts in. The Glock in the Don Hume IWB holster didn’t seem much different, but I also don’t care for the holster that much, so we’ll see what happens when I try a new holster on my old and new belts.

Unfortunately, my Comp-Tac is still in the production phase. They advertised an 8-day production time when I ordered (though it’s down to 7 now) and it’s been 5 business days since I ordered, so hopefully it’ll ship by the end of the week. I intend to post a review and my further thoughts on the belt when I get the new holster in my hands.

Update: Their advertised production time is down to 6 days now. Today is day 6 for me and still no word. Dang!

Choosing An IWB Holster

Lately, I’ve been looking at carry options for my Glock 19. I currently have a Don Hume leather clip-on IWB holster, the model of which I don’t know; I bought it at a gun show because it looked decent and the price was right, without knowing a thing about Don Hume beforehand.

The Don Hume holster works enough for the two locations at which I can and do carry, but it leaves quite a bit to be desired. The small clip will allow the gun to cant whichever way physics wants it to, particularly since the weight of the gun tugs at and bends my jeans waistband.

As of yesterday, I went on the market for a new holster. I had started hearing a lot about Raven Concealment Systems recently, particularly because ARFCOM Hero Chris Costa and His Manly Beard rock the Raven Phantom (with special Magpul Dynamics cut!) as their holster of choice. And certainly, it looks like a fantastic option. The modular design allows OWB, IWB, overhooks, underhooks, soft hooks, and tuckable mounting options, all with a single holster.

And who wouldn’t be impressed by customer service like this or OWB carry this close to the body?

However, I’ve also only just discovered that there’s a wait on just about any good holster. Raven is currently advertising 60 day lead times; I guess that’s what happens when ARFCOM Hero Chris Costa and His Manly Beard are Raven’s proponents. Another current trend, the Crossbreed SuperTuck, is apparently still ringing in under three weeks, while long time IWB staple Milt-Sparks only takes a limited number of orders each month, and Comp-Tac advertises an 8 day production time.

The worst part about it all is I’m a six foot tall beanpole trying to wear a Glock 19. There’s no way to know what will work for me, having what seems a rather uncommon body type, without just trying it; and each of these holsters runs in the vicinity of $70.

On the bright side, I’ve still got about a year and a half to find the right one.