Archive for May, 2013:

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

handgun with natural reflection

Hey GW I’ve never shot before and I’m looking to buy a pistol for self defense, what should I get? Signed, Newbie Dear Newbie, First, I would suggest training, with a qualified instructor.  Firearms are not like Point and Shoot cameras, and one size doesn’t fit all.  Check your local ranges for recommendations on instructors, they are a pretty good source.  An instructor will often have one or two guns you can try, and many ranges rent firearms.  The idea is to get a feel for what fits your hand the best. For personal defense, especially if you are going to carry Read More

1911’s Love ‘em or Hate ‘em

1911 Handgun Style

What am I referring to?  1911 pistols.  The 1911 was designed by Jim Browning in…you guessed it, 1911.  While there are multiple manufacturers and variations available now, they all have the distinctive shape and “tang”, as well as being a Single Action Semi-Automatic.  Often carried “Cocked and Locked”, meaning you have to rack the slide to chamber the first round, then set the safety to on to carry it.  You can’t decock the hammer to carry or it won’t fire. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot a few, and I’ve seen 1911s ranging from very basic to shiny chrome with Read More

Single Gender Shooting Classes

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There was a time not so long ago that I thought, this is silly.  That was before I taught one.  I had always done mixed gender classes, and frankly was lucky enough to teach with some highly evolved guys.  However, for new women shooters, there is an ease that you get in a women only class that you don’t get in a mixed gender class.  It is more comfortable to ask the questions that might be embarrassing, like how to use a public restroom when you are armed or how the bra holster works. Since more and more women are coming to shooting, and many are coming because of a fear, either Read More

“Civil Disobedience” to meet Local Law Enforcement

Washington DC

July 4, 2013 Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran and self-proclaimed activist, is organizing an armed march on Washington DC.  He is calling for supporters to carry loaded rifles “slung over their backs” as they cross the Potomac River into DC.  On a FaceBook page for the event, he candidly admits that there is a risk of arrest, and while he discourages resistance, he has acknowledged the risks, encouraging participants to submit to arrest peacefully. Mr Kokesh acknowledges this is not a permitted event, which gives authorities one more basis for arresting participants.  Frankly, living Read More

HK USP 40S&W– the Most Boring Handgun in the World

HK USP 40S&W

I starting out shooting International Defensive Pistol Association competitions some 13 years ago with a highly customized Colt 1911 .45 that was a hoot to shoot.  That big .45 semi-wadcutter slug left perfect .452 inch holes in targets that you could see from 20 yards away.  It was soft shooting and had a crisp trigger.  Of course I dropped some $600 in upgrades to that basic model Colt, with all new trigger parts, sights, grips, barrel, and a crisp gunsmith trigger job from our friend Ray Saltzman.  The best thing about that Colt was I got to learn as I shot.  I got to learn about Read More

Trip to the Gun Show is like Disneyland from Grownups

Disneyland castle

If you’ve never been to a gun show you are in for a treat!  Be prepared for a plethora of sights, sounds and smells.  At a large show you will likely hear a symphony of duck, turkey and deer calls.  The smells include cleaners, jerky, the intoxicating scent of gun oil on a shiny new firearm…and the people!  Young, old, in-between, camo, khaki, jeans, and often a few interesting alternative forms of dress.  Antique firearms and swords, exotic wood rifle stocks, amazing selections of pistols, shotguns, rifles…modern, old west style…holsters, sights, leather, magazines, ammo, safes, Read More

Run, Jog, Walk or Bike continued – what if I don’t have the option to carry a firearm?

fitness beautiful slim brunette sport woman jogging and running

Not all states allow concealed carry, and not everyone who lives in a state that does, has a permit.  So, how can you get your exercise and still protect yourself?  Following are some simple tips and ideas.  First, and perhaps most important, maintain your situational awareness.  If you need music, only use one ear bud, do not block out the world around you.  Pay attention to your safety circle, that 21 foot, 360 degree area around you.  Consider the buddy system, traveling in pairs.  Gives you someone to talk to and makes you less of a target. If a car stops to ask you a question, Read More

Schools and Guns

School Building

It was in my last blog, which was a while ago – so I apology for not getting this out at little earlier, that I talked about how our schools are “dumbing down” our children. I shared information about colleges changing their thoughts on education.  However, just after my last blog, I ran across a college publication with an article titled, Right to Bear Arms: Students for Concealed Carry.  After reading the article I had two thoughts. First Thought:  This is just too Cool! Well, I thought to myself, this is really incredible and just plain cool!  I know “cool” is an old Read More