Archive for August, 2012:

Two Most Common Mistakes for New and Experienced Shooters

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The two problem areas I see most, for both new and advanced students, are grip and trigger control. Granted they are more of a problem for some than others, and some people are amazing shooters even while not following through on some of the fundamentals but for most people, if you want to take your shooting to the next level, you need the right grip and good trigger control. The Semi-Auto grip starts with your strong hand. Lay your hand over the gun, index finger along the frame and the webbing between the thumb and index finger high on the backstrap.  Wrap the remaining fingers around Read More

Anti-Gun Sentiments in the Current Administration

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What is more frustrating than to read about yet another attempt to infringe on the 2nd Amendment?  I’ve come across a couple of news articles lately that all put together gave me pause. Ban on Assault Weapons! Apparently the Administration wants to ban “assault weapons”, but I can’t find a consistent definition of “assault weapon”, hereafter referred to as AW.  Some consider a semi-automatic pistol an AW, or a pistol with a capacity of more the 10 rounds.  Then there are the very popular AR-15 rifles.  Frankly, my ink pen is an AW in trained hands.  Where does it end?  Read More

A Tool of Last Resort

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My gun is a tool of last resort. I have a legal and ethical obligation to meet force with like force. I can’t justify shooting someone who is my size and attacking me with a rolled up newspaper, no matter how angry I might be. I carry lots of different tools to help defend myself. I have also taken personal defense training so I have some idea what to expect if I get hit and how to hit back. I encourage women to train for personal defense, armed and unarmed. Martial Arts are great exercise, but modern Martial Arts are more choreography than defense. Look for a program the focuses on Read More

Teach Your Children Young

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Do you have firearms in the home? Are they kept in locked containers at all times? Do you have children in the home? If you answered yes to the first and third question, this blog is for you. Kids are sneaky. When I was young, I could find every Christmas gift, unwrap it, look at it, and put it back without my parents knowing any better. If you keep a gun tucked in the back of the closet, don’t think they don’t know. There are two keys to keeping your kids safe. First, a gun safe. You can find reasonably priced small gun safes that you can keep near the bed that have a handprint embossed Read More

Finding the Right Firearms Instructor for You

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First, why do you need an instructor, what could be easier than pointing the gun and pulling the trigger? Ah, if only it were that simple, we would all be experts!  A good instructor can help you be comfortable and safe when you are starting out.  He, or she, can help tweak your technique if you are experienced and help you be a better shooter, or show you new drills and techniques to improve your practice time and ultimately, make you a better shooter. Anyone can call themselves an Instructor, however, you want to know if they truly know what they are doing.  NRA Certifications as the Read More

Introducing a New Guest Blogger

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Lynne Finch-Charlesworth is the author of the blog Female and Armed and the Face Book page Women Firearms Instructors. She is a NRA Certified Instructor for Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Refuse to be a Victim. She is also a certified NRA Range Safety Officer, as well as a SABRERed Civilian Safety Awareness Program (CSAP) Pepper Spray instructor. She has also earned the Winchester Marksmanship Distinguished Expert award for pistol and is currently working on the rifle program. Lynne is an adjunct instructor with Innovative Defensive Solutions, LLC in Northern Virginia. She Read More

Girls and Guns

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Girls and Guns – what makes a girl want to buy a gun? Why is gun ownership for females on the increase? Is it for safety? How about self-defense? Do women feel that threatened in today’s world? Well, when you have someone victimize you – it’s not about just one reason. It’s about the feeling of safety in your life. Gun store owners reported a 73% increase in female customers. 43% of women report household gun ownership. What are the top 5 firearms for ladies? As my thoughts regarding an increase in sales and ownership for women are – excited, overjoyed and just plain happy for Read More