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What is the best carry gun for me?

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?

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 >>

Carry Options for Women

The times are changing, and a few companies are stepping up.  More and more women are coming to shooting and need options that work with dresses and other feminine garments.  And while my kydex-leather hybrid is fine for jeans or 5.11s, it doesn’t work as well with fitted business clothes.  Plus, sometimes, I just want to be feminine. Looper Law Enforcement  brought us the Flashbang, and a series of holsters that are designed specifically for women.  They work great, give us options, but still have a utilitarian feel. Femme Fatale Holsters just broke the model with beautiful lace Read More >>

Do you carry?

Not like asking “are you a turtle?”, but a very serious question.  If you carry a firearm for self-defense, have you ever taken a handgun retention course?  There are several out there, some are more aggressive than others.  I had the opportunity to train with Kathy (The Cornered Cat) Jackson recently.  I came away convinced that if you carry you MUST have retention training. If you know a few basic moves you can significantly increase your odds of keeping your gun in a self-defense situation.  This isn’t training you can read and understand easily, this is physical, hands on, Read More >>

The Law of the Jungle = Survival of the Fittest

It is sad to read of a recent court decision in NYC where a man was brutally stabbed by an assailant who had already killed four and injured three during the previous 28 hours. The victim, turned hero, was attacked in a subway car while two transit police officers barricaded themselves in the conductors car and stayed there until the victim was able to subdue his attacker, get the knife away and hold him down. Only then did the hero receive aid from the police. When he sued, the case was dismissed because “the NYPD had no "special duty" to intervene at the time”. While I have a Read More >>

Response to Violence – Citizens Are Pushing Back

Across the country, we have seen instances of random acts of violence, assaults on our homes, neighborhoods and communities.  They are frightening and remind us of our vulnerability to fall prey to selfish thugs who only care about themselves and what they can get with minimal effort.  They aren't interested in working for what they want, they want you to work for it so they can take it from you. There is a growing trend coast to coast.  Citizens are pushing back.  There are events such as Light the Night, Neighborhood Watch groups, and neighbors looking out of their windows in response Read More >>