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Single Gender Training, Good or Bad?

Lynne Finch

BOTH!  There has been a lot of discussion in some of the instructor groups I’m involved with recently about training, and providing women only training.  Mostly by men.  I have taken mixed gender and one on one lessons, and have taught many men only classes, mixed and some women only classes.  My opinion, it is whatever you are comfortable with.  The important part of to get as much quality training as you can.  The forum is up to you.    I’ve taken lots of firearms classes.  And I’ve taken one on one training in hand to hand personal defense.  I would like to take a 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 >>

to Tell or Not to Tell

Lynne Finch

There comes a time for every shooter to decide do I tell someone that I like to shoot or that I carry a concealed firearm.  This is a very personal choice and can have profound consequences.  Just look to media over the past year.  Some very outspoken gun rights advocates have received death threats against themselves and their families.  Some have been forced to move after their addresses were published on social media.  Some kids in New Jersey faced suspension from school for going to a range with experienced parents for a day of fun shooting, and posting non-threatening photos on Read More >>

Why I Carry

Lynne Finch

Years ago a man I was dating threatened my life, I believed him. I called the police, they contacted him to schedule an appointment for him to come in and interview, several days later. Because of that a judge expedited my carry permit from what was then 30-45 days to 3. Of course, I had to quickly take a basic course. As soon as I could I took more advanced training on carry techniques, shooting and carry law. He got off with probation and a warning I learned a valuable lesson about being responsible for my personal safety. That was 25 years ago. Who knew it would turn into a love of the Read More >>

What is the best carry gun for me?

Lynne Finch

This is a common question from students.  Unfortunately, with one exception, the answer is not easy.  The simple answer is the gun you will carry and practice with.  Other than that…well, it gets more complex.  Most of us started at the range, trying different calibers, models.  What fits my hand may not fit your hand.  Some like revolvers, some like semi-0 auto, some like 1911.  I’ve seen slim women effectively conceal a full size .40  and other struggle with a mini. First step is what you are comfortable shooting.  Once you have your firearm, then look at your attire, and Read More >>

Where do you get your advice?

Lynne Finch

Got a question about shooting?  Looking for a suggestion on a new gun?  Looking for advice on how to respond in a particular situation?  Who do you ask?  Well, it depends.  I’ve been involved in several Facebook groups that are firearms and shooting centered.  There are a lot of great people out there who are happy to help and provide sound advice.  There are also a multitude of, presumably well intended, people who are keyboard warriors with lots of opinions based on, well, I can’t tell what.  It can be challenging, as an instructor, not to comment on every post, jump on each Read More >>

Check Out Hi-Viz Sights…

The Outdoor Channel’s  The Best Defense is hosted by Mike Seeklander, Michael Bane and Michael Janich.  I record this show and watch it multiple times because I found that watching an episode once isn’t enough, I catch something new each time. Great Program, Great Folks, and Great Training! Is your Front Sight Dull? Check out Hi-Viz sights!  I just had one put on my Glock 19, and I love the contrast and brightness.  You might be able to do it yourself, but I had a Glock Armorer do it for me.  I love the green, but there are other colors and I can swap out the green for orange Read More >>

It’s A Whole New World

I grew up in an age of courtesy, men opened doors for women, I wore hats and gloves on Sunday, I didn’t eat dinner in front of the TV with my fingers.   It wasn’t all Donna Reed (if you don’t get the reference, you  are under 45).  No one had heard of the Sober Friend or Designated Driver, we didn’t wear helmets to ride bikes and sexist behavior was accepted and common. Recently I attended Shot Show in Las Vegas.  I was shocked that men stepped aside for me to get on the escalator, held doors, stood to one side…I commented on it and was reminded it wasn’t Vegas, it was that Read More >>

Signing Books at Shot Show 2014 – Lynne Finch

It was my honor to meet and talk with 100s of attendees at Shot Show.  One of the ways I did that was by doing two book signings at Rumpf’s and Anglers Book Sellers. It was so much fun, shooters are some of the nicest people in the world.  My book, Taking Your First Shot, is doing very well and I had fun promoting it at Shot Show with instructors, gun shop owners and a lot of men who had me autograph it for their wives. Lynne Finch Peritus Holdings, Inc., the owner of the Firearms Network, encourages a free and open exchange of ideas by guest blog posts to provided various Read More >>

Shot Show 2014 Media Day at the Range – Shooting Clays

At Shot Show 2014 Media Day at the Range the vendors bring out lots of guns, mostly new models, and provide ammunition to allow us the chance to shoot.  Think of it as Disneyland for shooters. Remington gave me a chance to use a 12 gauge and try shooting clays.  I’m a pistol shooter, slowly getting into the long guns.  Bottom line, the clays had nothing to fear.  They flew, I fired and watched each of them sail quietly to the ground, fully intact.  I watched other, more experienced shooters, take on the clays.  I could see the appeal, watching the clay shatter in mid-air.  I think Read More >>