Now that I have a license to carry concealed or open. by Gene Pearcey aka Evil Roy


What firearm is best?  There are many things to consider.  In general, you want to carry the largest firearm in the most effective caliber you can carry comfortably and shoot competently.  The compromise of weight, physical size, and caliber will all factor in.  The most important consideration is what will you carry with you at all times?

Most people will tell you to carry the smallest handgun possible.  A larger firearm is usually easier to shoot well than a small pistol in the same caliber.  For open carry, the controlling issue is how much weight are you willing to carry.  You can look at law enforcement for good examples since they are carrying open all the time.  They usually pick an effective caliber, full size weapon with a high capacity magazine.  The modern trend is a lighter polymer type firearm which gives them a large easy to shoot and easy to carry platform.  Semi- auto pistols are all the rage now, but open carry makes many revolvers acceptable.  A good belt and holster is important for comfort.  A spare magazine or revolver rounds should always be carried.  Open carry is limited to belt and shoulder holsters.

Concealed carry is far more common than open carry for civilians.  There are the same considerations for handgun size and caliber as the open carry requirements, but now you have to consider concealing the handgun. Caliber becomes an issue as smaller caliber guns can be less effective.  If you choose a large caliber small gun then recoil, muzzle blast, and accuracy may become more important.  Ideally, you want the smallest, most effective handgun you can shoot well or the largest most effective, handgun which can be concealed easily.  The most important consideration is picking something you will always have with you.  A small caliber sub compact which is always in your pocket is a better choice than a full size .45 you rarely carry.  A compromise is best.  For Instance, a compact 9mm Glock Model 19 has a 15 round magazine, is lightweight and conceals well.  The minimum effective caliber is considered by most to be a .380 semi-auto or a snub nose revolver in .38 special   Small semi autos are easier to conceal.  A revolver takes less time to master but is more difficult to shoot well.  You can make a case for .22, .22mags, .32 and others, but the goal of a good self-defense strategy is to make the threat cease being a threat as soon as possible.  Bigger is usually better.  9mm is a good caliber and it and .380 caliber guns come in pretty small packages.  Bullet placement is the most important consideration when defending yourself with a handgun.  It generally takes between 2 and 3 hits with any caliber to stop one person.  Three solid hits with a .22 pistol are usually better than one poorly placed .45.  Many assaults take place in the dark and many involve more than one assailant.  Everyone is moving around and things happen quickly.

I’ve taught lots of people to shoot including quite a few cops. None of them ever had the time or need to reload. However, all I have personally talked to cannot even imagine having too much ammo but not having enough scared them all.  Carry an extra magazine or extra rounds for a revolver. Mags can malfunction or be ejected accidently. Revolvers might need to be topped off.  One of my cop students had been in 3 gunfights.  I believe he fired a total of 3 rounds. Another had been in 7 gunfights where he was the sole survivor.   His weapon was a .357, six-shot revolver.  He never did a reload.  I cannot find one example of a reload by a civilian defending himself but…you do not want to be the exception.  Carry extra ammo.
The best defense always is being aware of your situation and any possible threat.

Carried in The Dublin Citizen by Gene Pearcey

Protecting  yourself from potential mass murder.

I’m not a security expert so these are just my thoughts on the matter. Mass murder is nothing new.  You can be harmed by explosives, chemical or biological weapons, firearms, aircraft, trucks, and more.   The most obvious thing is to avoid all concentrations of people.  This is not practical as we have to try to lead as normal a life as possible, so we want to at least avoid known high risk areas.  Number one for me is any area which is marked “No Firearms Allowed” as this tells me it is a first choice for certain types of attacks. I don’t want to be in an area which advertises that everyone is defenseless.

Realize that certain groups of people and certain topics are hyped as radical, evil or extreme by the media or very vocal groups.  It’s pretty obvious that violence could happen at events featuring any controversial topic or persons.  Avoid them if possible.  Train yourself to be more observant and conscious of your surroundings and environment.  Cops and combat veterans never get past seeing and evaluating their surroundings.  It’s a habit, a good habit that could keep you safe.  I think law enforcement should offer classes to citizens on observation.  You can research the subject and get all the information you need off the Internet but face to face with an experienced person would be even better.  We all realize the need to support causes we believe in and we want to be able to live our life as we chose. We realize even driving to the grocery store involves some risk but we can reduce that risk by not driving impaired or driving too fast.  You can also reduce risks when you go to a restaurant or movie.   Where are the exits? Anything that stands out as a potential danger should be noted and evaluated.  A person makes you uncomfortable?  Leave.  Packages or briefcases seem out of place? Leave and report it.  You get the idea.  The best defense is avoidance but always have the means and a plan to defend you and your family if needed.  That means an available firearm you are proficient with.  Have it quickly accessible wherever you are. You must realize that law enforcement may not be on scene in time to help.  They usually arrive after an attack not during one.

If you regularly attend church or other events which could be a risk, security should be in place for foreseeable threats.  If no plan exists, suggest one be formed.  In most congregations, there are active or retired cops or military members who have experience in dangerous situations as well as qualified civilians, all of whom could provide help.  Churches are thought of as safe areas but many prohibit firearms which is inviting to someone planning mayhem. The recent Texas church shooting raised the question.  Could a few armed members of the congregation have saved lives?  A couple of members with readily available rifles might have prevented  the shooter from entering the building. Four or five worshipers with handguns could have put many shots on the shooter and could have disabled or killed him even with his bulletproof vest. Some bullets might have hit areas not protected by a vest.

Threats could and will include fire, bombs or other destructive devices including firearms.   Security plans should consider all possibilities..  Attacks on groups of people will continue to happen.  Prepare.

Comancheria Days /Texas State Championship

Karen and I shot the Wild Bunch match today at the Texas State Cowboy Championships. Great fun. Pretty boring place to be if you don’t enjoy shooting 1911, single action revolvers, lever action rifles, Derringers, pocket pstols, bolt action military rifles, long range 45/70s and shotguns. Of course the scenery around Fredericksburg, TX. Isn’t too bad either. Tomorrow the Cowboy Action match begins.

Lone Star Frontier Shooting Club and Comanche Valley Vigilanties

Evil Roy & Wicked Felina had a great time shooting a Wild Bunch Match with Comanche Valley Vigilanties and a Cowboy Match with Lone Star Frontier Shooting Club near Cleburne Texas this weekend. 



Barrel Length for Revolvers by Evil Roy

By far the most popular barrel length for revolvers is the 4 3/4 (or 4 5/8 on Rugers).  They have a long enough sight radius to be accurate and are short enough to be fast into or out of the holster.  There is not much difference in either speed or accuracy with the 5 1/2 inch guns.  Very few use a 7 1/2 inch handgun for the same two reasons. Evil Roy

Cimarron Evil Roy No. ER4104 357 Magnum, $770

By Contributing Editor Austin Miller – original article at

We tested three single-action revolvers suitable for Cowboy Action shooting in an August 2012 showdown. All chambered in the most common CAS competition caliber, 357 Magnum, the choices were the Ruger New Vaquero NV-34 No. 5107, $719; the Heritage Manufacturing Big Bore Rough Rider RR357CH4, $500; and Cimarron’s Evil Roy No. ER4104, $770.

The Heritage and the Cimarron revolvers stayed true to the look of the Colt single action, with case-hardened frames and wood grips. The Ruger had a few modern innovations under the skin, as well as modern-looking black plastic grips and stainless screws. The overall sizes and weights were similar, with the major difference being the 5.5-inch barrel on the Cimarron Evil Roy, compared to the 4.6-inch-long barrel on the Ruger and the Heritage Rough Rider’s 4.75-inch barrel.

Shooters tested all three for function and accuracy, shooting bench groups at 10 yards using a sandbag rest and two modern loads and one cowboy-action load. The modern selections were Winchester USA’s WinClean 357 Magnum 125-grain load and the company’s 38 Special +P 125-grain choice. The cowboy action load was Black Hills Ammunition 38 Special Cowboy Action choice, with a 158-grain cast lead bullet.

Cimarron Evil Roy No. ER4104 357 Magnum, $770

Cimarron’s Evil Roy No. ER4104, $770, was the top vote-getter in this match-up of 357 Magnum single-action wheelguns.

Cimarron’s Evil Roy No. ER4104, $770, was the top vote-getter in this match-up of 357 Magnum single-action wheelguns.

Cimarron Firearms’ Evil Roy is made by Uberti, the Italian maker of many replica brands of revolvers from the percussion age of the 1830s as well as cartridge guns from Colt, Marlin, Sharps, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, and into the early 20th Century. Out of the box, Uberti’s spaghetti wheelguns are popular among Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) competitors. But some shooters are willing to pay for a better product over the counter, and the Cimarron Evil Roy is the SASS-tuned version of the Uberti-made standard Model P single-action revolver, which is based on the 1873 single-action Colt Peacemaker.

It’s made to the specifications of world champion “Evil Roy” Gene Pearcey, who notes in his classes (, that SASS competition boils down to speed — hit all the metal plates as fast as possible. Among the speed improvements, the front and rear sights are slightly wider than normal, thus faster to acquire. Roy’s front sight measured 0.096 inch wide compared to the 0.090-inch-wide front sight on the Ruger and 0.1-inch-wide blade on the Heritage. Evil’s rear notch measured 0.142 inch wide compared to the Vaquero’s 0.138-inch width and the Heritage’s 0.115-inch notch width.

Internal tuning by the Cimarron gunsmiths became obvious when we started to shoot. The trigger was lightened to just 2 pounds, and the cylinder rotation was especially smooth for firing, loading and unloading. Our testers praised the smooth 0.125-inch-wide, lightened trigger, and they found that the Evil Roy shot to point of aim without adjusting the sights.

The slim checkered European walnut grips, case-hardened-color frame, and blued barrel give the Evil Roy an authentic look, while the tuning has it weighted well for a good feel. We had no functional issues with the Evil Roy: the hammer did not hit the webs of our hands, cylinder rotation was smooth, and the ejection rod swiveled away from the barrel like the Heritage, protecting our fingers from barrel burn. The fit and finish on this gun was excellent. The ejector rod lines up precisely with the loading trough for quick and easy loading, and the chambers easily released empty cases without sticking, even when firing hot magnum cartridges. There were no failures to fire with any load tested.

Two niceties we appreciated on the Evil Roy were (above) no hammer bite, and (below) an ejector rod tab that rotated down and away from a hot barrel.

Two niceties we appreciated on the Evil Roy were (above) no hammer bite, and (below) an ejector rod tab that rotated down and away from a hot barrel.

The Cimarron keeps the original Colt design with the firing pin on the hammer, which has been proven to fire if dropped directly on the hammer down on a loaded chamber. Like the Heritage, the Cimarron also employs a hammer block safety. To load, pull the hammer back halfway, which locks the hammer and trigger. The cylinder is locked, so open the loading gate and insert shells. To fire, pull the hammer all the way back to lock.

The Cimarron proved to be the most precise revolver in the test, showing both accuracy on target and consistent groups. With this gun, we shot the smallest single group and average group size with the Winchester .38 Special +P at 1.6 inches, and 1.9 inches respectively. The Evil Roy also shot the highest average velocity with all three types of ammunition.

Our Team Said: Each of the revolvers has its good points and its faults. The Ruger Vaquero has some modern innovations that make it less traditional, but potentially safer to keep around the house. Heritage’s Big Bore Rough Rider is a good value at 70% the price of the Ruger, but needs some smoothing. The Cimarron Evil Roy was our favorite because of the smooth function of the action and accuracy. But it is the most expensive of the three, and it lacks a transfer-bar safety, which is only a problem if the loaded pistol is dropped directly on the hammer over a live round.

Michael Bane’s Blog – Ken Griner – Griner GUNWORKS, What a compliment!

I Can’t Believe It’s Almost Monday Again!

How do these things happen?

At least yesterday I sucked it up and shot a cowboy match, my first match of any kind in almost 7 months. We chose a 4-stage local cowboy match because I figured I could survive 4 stages without falling down and wailing like a clubbed baby harp seal. Plus, as I mentioned on FB, cowboy has less movement than any of the options.

It was a perfect day for a match! Also a perfect day to see old friends I haven’t seen in a year. Picking up the cowboy guns after a long period of ARs, semiauto pistols and shotguns was really really fun…I guess you can call them old friends, too. I did change rifles…when the Mirouku 1873 Winchesters came out a couple of years back, I ordered on immediately, because I wanted 1873 Winchester roll-marked “Winchester,” even if it was made in Japan. Nothing against the Ubertis…I’ve shot the crap out of them over a decade or so, and they are fine rifles.

When I got the rifle I sent it to Ken Griner at Griner GunWorks, who has done all my long gun work on the cowboy guns for years now. I told Ken not to completely “cowboy competition” it out, which was definitely the right decision. The Griner Winchester is smooth, smooth smooth and was a dream to shoot. Heck, a color-case hardened Winchester Short Rifle may well be in my future. Well, really I’d love to have a Mirouku Winchester 1892 in .44 Magnum after a little slicking up. Well, if it started raining money, I would go for one of my friend Val Forgett’s Navy Arms Winchester 1873 factory customs — Turnbull color-case hardened, factory short-stroked, excellent wood, and a flat shotgun-styled buttplate. It is a damn nice rifle!

Anyway, I had a wonderful match, hobbling to 12th place out of 32 shooters. Luckily, one of the stages was “stand and shoot,” and it gave me a chance to smoke. I have to mention that my Sweetie, who hasn’t touched a cowboy gun in almost a year, finished 5th overall and first woman. And she looked cool doing it!

I am profoundly glad there were only 4 stages. The leg held up, but after a couple of hours it hurt like hell…not a big surprise to me! LOL! Iced it a lot, but last night was kinda a loooooooooooong night, to be sure.  I did a bicycle and stretching workout today, plus upper body, plus a walk with Newt, so it feels okay. Spent some time today researching the PK/PKM machine guns, since it as on the verge of raining all day, then cooked up some honey glazed salmon (heavy on New Mexico Red chii powder, light on honey…add dijon mustard to taste).

And yes, I am watching the beginning of the new season of OUTLANDER tonght, sipping a snifter of The Balvenie Double Wood, aged 12 years. It is the color of liquid gold. BTW, the battle of Culloden Moor was took place on 16 April 1746. Lotta McBane blood in the swamp!

– Michael Bane

Henry Frontier Carbine Evil Roy Edition


You ever pull the trigger on a gun that just can’t miss? It has a way of making any day better. It is an even better experience when you aren’t expecting it. I’m a rimfire fanatic, but I lean toward the modern autos–Henry’s lever action evokes a nostalgia that I don’t typically cotton to. But I can review a nostalgic gun with the best of them, so I wasn’t going to turn down the experience.

But like I was saying…. then I pulled the trigger. This little gun can flat-out-shoot. If rimfire rounds ever come back into full scale production, these Frontier Carbines are going to fly off of the shelves…

Click to read the full, original article by Dave Higgenbotham at