Green Ops Defensive Carbine II — a high-value training experience

Most of us have been told that firearms training is important and valuable. Maybe even .

But my own early experiences with formal training were disappointing.

In fact, I found that there was a significant disconnect between the ostensible value of firearms training and what I actually experienced in those classes. I’m sure that’s been the case for many of you. Unfortunately, poor training experiences can dissuade students from seeking training of real value: if your first class was disappointing, another class that’s twice as expensive and twice as far away isn’t going to be very appealing.

That’s a shame…


🎵 Hello darkness my old friend 🎵


Public domain graphics FTW

I recently extended an offer to my Facebook friends — they could submit anonymous questions about guns or gun policy here, and I’d do my best to answer. I’ll repeat what I said in my original Facebook post:

There are no stupid questions — we all start from zero. I’m aware that the information asymmetry on this topic is huge, and if you’re on the short end of it, that likely has more to do with circumstance than anything else. Ask away.

Over the next few…


Advanced Armament Corporation Aviator 2 Silencer on an M&P 22 Compact

I’m not a gear review guy, but I felt compelled to write this because I’m certain many of you are in the same place I was a few months ago: You want to buy a suppressor, but you haven’t pulled the trigger yet. You, quite fairly, find the legal process confusing, intimidating, invasive, or, at the very least, annoying.

Setting all that aside, you’re also unsure about which suppressor you want —…


Even diminutive automatic knives like this Microtech are subject to a mess of federal, state, and local policies. However, many excellent state-level reforms have been achieved in recent years. Federal policy should move to keep up.

The New York Times editorial board probably doesn’t strike you as a champion of Second Amendment rights. Sometimes, though, a law is so obviously ridiculous that surprising voices rise against it.

In 2016, the Times shed light on an archaic New York law that banned “gravity knives,” knives with an opening mechanism that functions with — you guessed it — the force of gravity. To be clear, there’s nothing particularly menacing about gravity knives, and banning them is stupid: The mechanism by which a knife opens is not a serious matter of public safety concern.

But the enforcement of the…


Dressed for success

Last year, I resolved to produce more writing on firearms policy and the right to bear arms. In addition to posting pieces here on Medium, I had several published with The Truth About Guns, the Foundation for Economic Education, and, most recently, the Washington Examiner.

The Examiner op-ed, which I co-wrote with Matthew Larosiere, offers a historical perspective on the NFA’s the minimum-size rules. If you’ve wondered why — and thought it ludicrous — that you could go to prison for owning a rifle with a 15" barrel, you need to read this op-ed.

Here’s a short excerpt:


Dear Acting Director Lombardo,

As a firearms policy researcher and certified firearms instructor, I wish to offer my thoughts on “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’” (85 FR 82516, Docket No. 2020R-10).

The…


Marlin 1895 Trapper — half an inch away from being an SBR under the NFA

The gun community was inflamed by the ATF‘s recent notice, “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces.’” Matt Larosiere provides a thoughtful, levelheaded analysis of the document in this video. (I encourage you to subscribe to his channel to keep up with his excellent gun policy content.)

There’s an additional point I would like to add to the conversation. In our attempts to parse what exactly the ATF’s actions will mean for gun owners, let’s not lose sight of what the ATF has revealed itself to be.

Consider the following excerpt from the notice:


I could hunt with this rifle, but my right to own it exists independently of its utility as a hunting tool.

In a recent opinion piece titled Guns and the Rural Vote, Ryan Davis offers his thoughts on what people fail to understand about American gun culture. Unfortunately, Davis himself overlooks the essential and distinguishing features of Americans’ attitudes towards firearms and the right to bear arms. In doing so, Davis misunderstands why American “gun people” (for lack of a better term) find gun control so utterly unpalatable.

Davis makes some good points — I particularly like what he had to say about the shared practice of hunting being able to bridge social divides. However, Davis’s core thesis is completely wrong…

Mark Houser

Writing on the right to bear arms, gun policy, gun culture, and related issues

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