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I have a new goal for the next gun show!

Lynne Finch

I didn’t grow up hunting, but have been interested for several years.  I recently completed my state Hunter Safety Course.  I actually learned a lot more than I thought I would given how long I’ve been shooting, and that I was an instructor for about 10 years.  However, my focus was always defensive.  Now…I’m looking at enjoying nature, and filling my freezer.  I’m not optimistic that the first year will be more than a learning experience but …should still be fun.   I have almost all the firearms I could need, but I’m looking to stock up on accessories, ammunition, 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 >>

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 >>

Meet Julie Golob by Lynne Finch

Julie has a long list of accomplishments; Veteran, Mom, Wife, Author, Hunter, Pro Shooter, TV personality, Captain of the Smith & Wesson shooting team, and IPSC World Champion Ladies Classic Division (probably the nicest shooter on the circuit), and newly elected member of the NRA Board of Directors!   I have been honored to meet Julie on several occasions and follow her on FaceBook, Twitter, www.juliegolob.com, and YouTube, JulieG.TV.  If this woman has the ability to frown, I’ve never seen it.  She is upbeat, generous of spirit and inspiring.  I learn so much watching her, but 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 >>

Gun Free Zones

Lynne Finch

Gun Free Zones. Words that chill my heart, because we all know, in a Gun Free Zone, only honest law abiding citizens don’t have guns. However, not having a firearm doesn’t make up defenseless. I once told someone that in trained hands a knitting needle was an “Assault Weapon”. Think about it, long, strong, pointy…but no, I’m not advocating that you carry knitting needles everywhere you go. What I am suggesting is that you think about what you do have, or could easily add, and practice how to use them. Because if where I work I cannot carry my firearm to and from work. Read More >>