james yeager, helping the "gun control" extremists

Considering that my posts documenting how James Yeager is a coward and how he violated the Tennessee constitution are getting an unusual amount of traffic in recent days, I thought I would take a brief moment to comment on Yeager’s most recent bout of mind-numbing stupidity wherein he stated, "If it goes one inch further, I’m going to start killing people!".

First, just like the Sandy Hook Elementary School murderer, James Yeager is not representative of the average firearm owner, nor is he representative of the average pro-rights activist*. Using those two disgusting (for differing reasons) individuals to paint all firearm owners or pro-rights activists as murderous whackjobs looking for any and all excuses to fly off the handle is nothing more than a hasty generalization logical fallacy – a specious stereotype, in other words – and should be ridiculed and discarded as such.

Second, I refuse to allow my rights to be limited simply because one person who happens to own similar pieces of machined metal as I do cannot keep his temper in check. Or, to put it another way, one nutcase losing his gos-se on an internet video is a wholly insufficient reason to limit everyone else’s rights. You and I both may not like what Yeager says, and, speaking personally, I would very much prefer if he were to crawl in a deep, dark hole and pull it in after him, but so far as I can tell, he is operating within the bounds of the right protected by the First Amendment, and damned if I will not defend that right as much as the one protected by the Second Amendment.

Third, if you have ever received any training from James Yeager in regards to firearms, deadly force, or other related topics, I would strongly recommend that you seek out additional training from other sources such as Mas Ayoob, Larry Vickers, Todd Green, Front Sight, Gunsite, and countless other sources I do not know or cannot remember at the moment (note: I have no affiliation with the places or people named and have received no training from any of them). Why? The training Yeager provided you may have been technically and functionally accurate, but do you really want the prosecution of your self-defense hearing/trial holding up the video of Yeager claiming he is going to "start killing people" as an example of the person who trained you to shoot down that poor choir boy who was only trying to collect money for the Salvation Army mugger/rapist/murder/etc.? Being able to counter with examples of significantly-more-up-standing individuals in the self-defense training community might prove useful.

Fourth, do not even get me started on the cowardice of yanking the above video, claiming he does not retract any of his statements, and then whinging about people re-uploading the original video. If he had pulled the original clip and put up some kind of apology or somesuch in its place, I might consider giving him some credit… but this kind of response screams "hand caught in the cookie jar". Poor baby.

Fifth and finally, James Yeager and his company "Tactical Response" thankfully do not appear to be qualified to provide Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit instruction/training, but Yeager has been lying about his "certifications". I particularly enjoy how his site now says "TN Department of Safety Certified Firearms Instructor (formerly)", when the TN DOS representative TPM quotes states "there is no such certification offered".

[Update] On a related note to Yeager lying about his non-existent "certification" from TN DOS, it would appear as though his handgun carry permit has been revoked by the state of Tennessee "based on a ‘material likelihood of risk of harm to the public’". I cannot say as though I agree with that reasoning being acceptable to revoke a permit, and I have to wonder why that reasoning did not come into play during Yeager’s childish "duel" challenges, but there it is. [/Update]

In closing, like I said on Twitter, I would like to take a moment and thank James Yeager for providing the "gun control" extremists all the ammunition they will need to paint all firearm owners as equally deranged, murderous, and psychotic as he is… as if we did not have enough of that going on with the Sandy Hook murderer as it was. There are a fair number of people I sincerely wish were not "on my side", but this guy is pretty much at the top at the moment…

Of course, while I say that, rumor has it that James Yeager will be on the Ed Show (whatever the hell that is) on MSNBC tonight. Frakking awesome. We could have calm, cool, collected folks like Mr. Colion Noir represent us on national television, but instead we get flaming nutbags like Yeager. Good to see yellow journalism is still alive and well…

(* – I imagine James Yeager would get along with the woefully self-destructive "threeper" community just fine , what with his above-quoted line and absolute lack of any actual action on his part, but even I would not force this over-steroided gas-bag on even that community.)

caracal quick sights – a retrospective

Judging from the search traffic and keywords that are directed at my sites, people are once again interested in that still-somewhat-hard-to-get/find pistol, the UAE’s Caracal. Undoubtedly, this interest is spurred by the Caracal’s rather good (from what I hear) showing at SHOT Show, but the vast majority of that traffic seems to center around the pistol’s arguably “revolutionary” “Quick Sight Acquisition System”.

And, what do you know, I have some experience with that.

To begin with, I will repost what I wrote almost a year ago: 

Before we get into the performance of the firearm, I have to touch on the quick-sights… in this comprehensive review, Walt Rauch took a really good picture of the overall concept, but the basic concept is that the “rear” sights are actually forward of the ejection port on the slide. This obviously reduces your sight radius, which will reduce your overall accuracy at longer ranges, but from testing out the arrangement at their demonstration bay, it does seem like sight and target acquisition is significantly faster… it probably has something to do with indexing off the back part of the slide, much like skeet shooters index off their shotgun’s dorsal rail.


caracalquicksightAnd here is my own personal take on the quick-sight system… not the best shot, I will grant, but all of these pictures here are taken with my phone, so I absolve myself of any responsibility. As you can see, they use a fiber optic front post (which really helps in acquisition), and then the strange, in-front-of-the-ejection-port “rear” sights. The word is that these sights will be available on all of the sizes, but time will tell whether or not that holds true.

And then let me hit you with the marketing hype from the guys at Caracal (I would link to it directly, but their site uses some crazy frame/Flash tomfoolery): 

The unique Caracal Quick Sight system (QS) allows for extremely quick target acquisition under pressure. Unlike conventional pistol sights BOTH the front and rear sights are seen in the same focal plane. This offers previously unseen speed in target acquisition.

And now for the promised retrospective…  For those of the TL;DR community amongst my readership, the short version is “they are right”. 

Alright, I know what you are thinking – firearm accuracy is affected directly by the sight radius, i.e. the distance between the front sight and the back sight.  This only makes sense if you stop to think about your high school geometry and how lines behave.  Think of your back sight as one defining point of a line, and the front sight as the other.  Now think about how that distance compares to the distance between the front sight and the target.  A slight deviation of either the front sight or the back one from the “ideal” will be multiplied many times as the bullet travels between the barrel and the target; however, most of the time, you can notice those slight deviations (even if some of us cannot do anything about them).  Now, shorten the distance between the two points – and the same deviation off “ideal” will be significantly larger at the target, just by the math involved.  Kind of like this: 


The distances are obviously not to scale, but the premise is that the two solid black dots indicate your sights as they should ideally be lined up.  The back-most grey dot indicates some deflection off this, and the front-most grey dot indicates the same deflection but with a shorter sight radius.  As you can see, the round goes much farther off track in that case. 

In other words, longer sight radiuses are generally thought to be “more accurate” (with the same shooter doing the shooting, of course), which is why you see ungainly contraptions like this with the back sight pushed as far back as the rules let them get away with. 

That is all good and well when you are trying to drill out a bullseye or engage targets at a thousand yards or whatnot, but at “conversational” distances (the <25 yards most people practice handguns for, and most DGUs take place at), quicker is sometimes better… And that is where crazy ideas like the “Quick Sight” system comes into effect. 

I am not a professional shooter, or even a competitive one, so everything I say should probably be taken with a relatively substantial grain of salt, however, I will say this much: I ended my day at the Caracal shoot marveling at how stupid-easy the Quick Sights made plinking 6” diameter steel plates at 10 yards; I almost had to try to miss.  And this was after spending somewhere around six hours in the sun and heat, shooting who-knows-how-many rounds downrange, running around, engaging targets, standing around, and generally being tired and wore out.  My hands were probably shaking, and my concentration had taken leave of me after I shot the very last match of the day clean, but the quick sights… well, worked. 

This may be a combination of how the Caracal’s grip angle fit my hands pretty much perfectly, the large back sight notch, and the fiber optic front sight, but I brought the firearm up, it dropped pretty much on target when I felt like my hands were “pointing” at it, and that was that.  As I wrote above, with my extremely limited experience shooting skeet, it feels kind of like lining up that gold dot with the rib of the shotgun. 

Would I want to use something like that for long-distance target shooting?  No, not at all – that large notch in the back and somewhat standard-sized front sight let a lot of light through the sights (which could be why they were so easy to drop on-target), which makes it hard to determine that your front post is actually centered in that notch (especially with no dots or other indicators on the back sight).  But for “minute of bad guy” purposes at distances I am likely to be shooting at them?  It did the job just fine, despite my best efforts to screw it up. 

For lack of a better description, it really does boil down to pointing the firearm, rather than worrying about lining up front and back sights / dots / fiddly bits. 

A lot of this is dependent on personal taste, and I would imagine that if the grip angle does not suit you (which it may not, given how people fight about 1911 vs. Glock grip angles) it probably will not work nearly as well, but I could still see myself owning a Caracal with this particular sight set up at some point in the future… if they ever reach the mass market here in the States. 

Speaking of, and given my recent success in this field, if Caracal would like an objective, comprehensive, and picture-filled review of one of their handguns (preferably with the Quick Sight system), I would be more than willing to oblige.  I missed my window last time around (apparently the American distributors – Waffen Werks – went out of business?), but might as well try again, right? 

(Note: appearances aside, the “Quick Sight” system is not a resurrection of the Guttersnipe Sight, and more the shame for it.  You still have front sights and rear sights, rather than the three triangles.)