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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    The .45 will always be a better bad guy stopper. I read that a lot the GIs in Afghanistan bring their own .45s because they do not like the Beretta 9mm. They would rather stop a bad guy with one shot rather than requiring 3 or 4.
    USMC is going back to the 1911 in .45acp. Apparently concluded anything worth shooting needed to stay down.

    Made in America Colt .45 back in the hands of U.S. Marines - National Military Community | Examiner.com
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    Cool. Finally a decision is made that makes perfect sense.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


  3. #13
    Hey, I know movies are just that, movies and not real life.
    And that John Wayne and others did not have six shooters that shot 38 times before reloading.
    That one can not jump in the air and shoot a pistol backwards and hit 6 men in a row.

    But damn, would it not be good to be able to do some of those stunts in real life?

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by iowadawg View Post
    But damn, would it not be good to be able to do some of those stunts in real life?
    Three words of advice, or in the case of Joe Biden, two words: practice, practice, practice.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Luckily, where I live, the only form of self defense I need is to get on well with people, and I can always fall back on my Kyokushin karate training if I need to punch and kick my way out of trouble.

    I fired 1 round of a pistol in Thailand and didn't like it (thinking - this is how to kill people) so handed the gun back and went for an elephant ride. Kind a weird since my favorite movies involve lots of killing.

  6. #16
    Andy, from my experiences working in Japan for several years, you live in one of the safest countries in the world, provided that you do not piss off the local Yakuza.

    It is hard to believe that the Japanese people committed the atrocities that they did during World War II.

    One time one of our guys lost his wallet on the Tokyo subway. When he got back to his hotel, it was waiting for him at the front desk, complete with his cash and credit cards. That would never happen in Washington DC or London.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


  7. #17
    The marines always made the worst riflemen operate the machine guns.

    Well, anyone that thinks they live where they have no need for protection, no need for a weapon, are just delusional.
    Or a bleeding heart liberal.
    One or the other.

    As the saying goes, I carry a pistol because a cop is too damn heavy!

  8. #18
    My Japanese friend lost his wallet and got a call from a Yakuza boss who had it handed in to him. My friend was scared to go, but went anyway since he badly needed the wallet back since it contained business cards etc.

    It all went smoothly, but he was recommended to visit a club and take some friends. Of course, he did that.

    When I was at an airport I found a wallet on a seat, and handed it in to a ticket desk. Hopefully most people would do the same kind of thing. Another time I found a coin holder in an airport and left it alone. Later it was gone.

    Japan is pretty safe, but the guys are trained from junior high in the use of baseball bats and judo, so it's best to stay friendly with them.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy101 View Post
    Japan is pretty safe, but the guys are trained from junior high in the use of baseball bats and judo, so it's best to stay friendly with them.
    Every place gets safer when the bad guys don't know if the guy they want to confront is capable of mangling them. We have the same issue here in the sates with hand guns. Every state that has made it easier to buy and carry concealed firearms has seen a drop in the crime rate.

    Arizona is one of the few states where any legal citizen can carry a concealed and loaded handgun without any type of permit. Prior to that, the crime rate was skyrocketing due to a huge influx of illegals from Mexico. The crime has dropped steadily since the new law took effect a couple of years ago.

    A lot of people in other countries do not understand the American fascination with guns, but we live in country where guns were required for survival as the country expanded, and few Americans trust law enforcement or the legal system (especially the legal system) to prevent crime and protect them from criminals. The only way to do it is to out-gun the criminals.

    When I was in Japan I never really considered the fact that widespread training in martial arts could be a factor, but I can now see that as having a strong socializing effect. Domo arigato.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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