Archive for October, 2012:

Fact of Fiction…The Freedom Group

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Many of you may have seen this circulating. “Marlin Firearms bought out by Soros! Marlin Firearms is already closing its doors! They are doing it to us, America! Even if you do not own a gun you need to know this. This needs to be spread to all gun owners and sportsman. We cannot rely on the media to inform us of these types of matters. Something You May Not Know That Is Happening... Who is buying companies, manufacturing guns??? For the last several years a company called The Freedom Group has been buying up gun and ammunition manufacturers. Some of the companies are Bushmaster, Read More

I Want a Revolver for Personal Protection, but Which One?

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Many people are drawn to revolvers because of their ease of function.  If this is really what you want, there are a few suggestions.  The keys for selecting any firearm are Fit, Control and Intended Use. Fit – Does it fit your hand?  Can you grip it securely? Control – Can you shoot it accurately and quickly?  This relates to the trigger pull, the caliber, and the size/weight of the gun.  Since a gun is not a good luck charm and you should never draw it unless you intend to shoot it, you need to be able to get on target, pull the trigger, hit your target, and then pull the Read More

I Hate Republicans…

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Random Stranger, A man recently told me, out of the blue, “I hate Republicans!”  Now, I thought to myself at first, what brought that on?  And then, I have several questions come to mind.  Why would he say that to me, which by the way I am a registered Republican?  Why would someone in today’s society be so closed minded?  I just shook my head and went on about my business.  But, here is what I think about that statement… Let’s take a look at the definition of the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or maybe we need to look at just what defines a political party – a group Read More

To OC or Not to OC?

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Few discussions spark the debate that Open Carry, or OC, does. Many states allow open carry with restrictions that vary by state, and sometimes at lower municipal levels. Those who are in favor claim it can be a deterrent to crime, a reinforcement of our 2nd Amendment rights, and that it gives one quicker access to their firearm. Plus, if you have a really fancy gun or holster rig, it is your chance to show it off. On the other side, some believe it can cause a criminal act to escalate faster because they see the gun and are more likely to shoot first. Another argument is that it Read More

Crutches, Canes and Walking Sticks…Aids and Defensive Tools!

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Many of us have used one or all of these at some point due to an injury. Criminals may see you as more vulnerable if you are using an assistive device. In fact, you may be less vulnerable. Two things all three have in common are they extend your reach and they make great “whacking” tools, used defensively of course! If you find yourself on crutches or needing a cane for mobility assistance, take some time, at home, to practice swinging one without losing your balance, or your grip. Expect that if you aim high the aggressor will probably try to deflect and then grab it from you. Aim Read More

Being Armed, Responsible and Prepared

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Living your life armed is very different from living your life unarmed. Chances are good that if you are armed, you are more aware of the risks in your daily environment and understand that bad things happen to good people every day. If you are living armed you are in a state that allows concealed carry, and you have met the requirements of your state for a permit to carry (or you have a non-resident permit from another state and only care where it is lawful to do so). You have made the choice to let the little things fall away, the driver who cuts you off in traffic, the shopper with 20 Read More

Why Some People Believe that Guns Should Be Illegal

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I have researched this question, and interviewed several on the anti-gun side; from one who just didn’t want a gun in the house, to people who didn’t want anyone to have a gun in the house. I don’t care for cigarettes but I recognize that they are legal and I will not lobby to have them outlawed just because I don’t want anyone else to have them. According to the CDC in 2006, last up to date numbers, there were 30,896 total firearm related deaths, of which, 642 accidental, 16,883 were Suicide, 12,791 were Homicide, 220 were Undetermined and 360 by Legal intervention. In the same Read More

Training for Life (Marksmanship versus Self Defense)

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Can you skip marksmanship training and just train for Self Defense? Yes.  However, marksmanship training, done right, will help you with your self defense training.  The Winchester NRA Marksmanship Program offers progressive standards for increasing your skills.  It is a self-paced, honor system working your way to get to Distinguished Expert (the highest level, which must be witnessed in order to get the medal).  You can geek out with the patches and rockers if that is your thing.  However, the handgun training that you must work through to accomplish each level starts easy and gets Read More

What is National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day?

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Founded in 2012, NTYDTTRD is about educating kids, girls and boys, about gun safety and about getting families to bring their kids out to shoot together as a family.  NTYDTTRD, Inc. is a non-profit organization behind the event that is funded 100% by donations. The first annual event was held Jun 9 at 37 ranges in 15 states.  Over 1,000 kids got to shoot, most for the first time.  Hundreds of volunteers, instructors, RSOs and range members worked hard to ensure the kids were safe and had a great time.  Each club set their own structure, but to participate they all agreed to have a Read More

Improve Grip Strength and Improve Your Shooting Accuracy

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Many times I have heard people (gun store employees, instructors, shooters) say that women don’t have the hand strength to rack a slide, they should try a revolver. Really? A slide averages about 18 pounds of pull to rack it, that is with your whole hand. A Double Action revolver trigger is often around 12 pounds of pull, with the tip of one finger. I’ll take the slide, please! My hand gets tired pulling the trigger on a revolver. But what can you do? First, ensure you have the right position, gun in close to the chest, support hand cupped over the top of the slide, and use a push Read More