Archive for August, 2018:

I am the Second Amendment

"Most civilization is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame." -The Stolen Journals - God Emperor of DUNE My Dad's a fighter, and I try and remember to tell him I'm proud of him. For the life he lead after the war, not just during. A Golden Glove boxer, a career soldier and military police officer, he Read More >>

Mass Murder: Something New?

There is a tendency to see mass murder, such as happened in Jacksonville last night, as a modern problem of American Society. First of all, it is by no means peculiarly American.  The U.S. is not even at the top of the list in mass murders by shooting.  And that's only mass murders by firearms.  In countries with more restrictive gun control laws, mass murderers demonstrate the ability to improvise, but I am sure that you don't know about these other tragedies.  In 2013, Matthew de Grood was invited to a party in Calgary, Alberta.  He retrieved a butcher knife from the kitchen and Read More >>

Staying Safe in an Unsafe World

Lynne Finch

So much is happening these days.  Roads being blocked by protestors, random violence, protests, recently a man pulled a gun and started shooting while in a checkout line at a discount retailer.  Short of never leaving your home, what can you do? Avoidance is your best defense.  In other words, no need a defense.  Instructors talk a lot about situational awareness.  Basically it is processing information quickly, almost on a sub-conscious level, about your surroundings.  I think of the space around me in concentric circles.  8-10 feet is really close, I need to know who is in that Read More >>

You Want to Buy a Gun for the Woman in Your Life?

Lynne Finch

It is a world gone crazy, you think a gun would be a good way to keep the woman in your life safe, and you want to gift her a gun to get her started.  Common response, but not a great way to start.  Men tend to buy one of two types of guns when shopping for a woman.  Small and pink or something they secretly want hoping she’ll hate it, win-win.  Experienced shooters know that the selection of a firearm is very individual, one size does not fit all.  My GLOCK 19 fits my hand perfectly, but may not be ideal for you.  It could be too long to the trigger, the back strap may be too wide or Read More >>

Negligent Discharge

Lynne Finch

Negligent:  failing to take proper care in doing something.  We in shooting talk about Negligent Discharge (ND) when a gun is fired without intent.  Accidental Discharge (AD) used to be another common term that has fallen out of favor as safety has been built in to modern firearms making the AD nearly obsolete. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot as a friend recently shared an experience of teaching a non-firearms related class where a student ignored the safety precautions and slightly injured herself.  This was a situation that could have been much more serious Read More >>

Cowboy Shooting

Cowboy shooting, what a great sport for someone who wants to shoot guns, have a great time, create some bragging rights and make great friends.  Today, it might be a challenge to find a place to shoot and make new friends.  I shoot SASS, not the only type of “cowboy” shootin’ but the type I started with years ago.  Saturday, July 21st was my dad’s birthday and I wanted to do something special with him and yes, it was spending the day shooting and having fun with friends. At a small place off the beaten path, Pine Ridge Regulators is just north of Brazil, Indiana.  When you Read More >>