Posts Tagged ‘handgun’

Old School Fun – Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22LR, 5.5 inch heavy barrel

Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22LR, 5.5 inch heavy barrel

With the price and availability of ammunition at ridiculous levels, it falls to the lowly .22 caliber Long Rifle to satisfy the practice demands of a frustrated sporting public.  Pistol shooters have never had such a good selection of polymer framed revolvers and autoloaders in .22 to choose from.  But I like my pistols in steel and walnut, with hand-fitted parts and craftsmanship that companies can’t offer with today’s labor cost.  Let’s take a look at one of the best .22 handguns that Americahad to offer from the 2nd Golden Age of Firearms. I found this blued beauty sitting in Read More

Motorcycle Trip and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou

Motorcycle Trip and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou

A 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. In getting ready for the trip (as any gun tote’n citizen would do) I thought it would be important to know where I could carry my handgun and where they frowned on such things. So, where did I turn, my 2012 Edition of Gun Laws By State by Bryan Ciyou. You might ask yourself, “Well why is she talking about a book in her blog?” I don’t have a good reason other than I want to share what I thought and what happened. Starting off in Indiana, I have my life time carry permit from Read More

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Dear GW, I think I should carry my gun all the time, at home and out and about. My husband thinks I’m deluded to carry at home, that we have good locks and an alarm, who needs a gun on their hip? Can you weigh in on this? Armed and Ready Dear Armed and Ready, I’m with you, carry wherever you legally can. Most of us recognize the dangers lurking outside our homes and understand that concern. However, the recent attack in NJ that was captured on a nanny-cam illustrates that danger can come to us, anywhere, anytime and without warning. The horrifying video showing the 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

I Want a Revolver for Personal Protection, but Which One?

Loaded Revolver Gun on white background

Many people are drawn to revolvers because of their ease of function.  If this is really what you want, there are a few suggestions.  The keys for selecting any firearm are Fit, Control and Intended Use. Fit – Does it fit your hand?  Can you grip it securely? Control – Can you shoot it accurately and quickly?  This relates to the trigger pull, the caliber, and the size/weight of the gun.  Since a gun is not a good luck charm and you should never draw it unless you intend to shoot it, you need to be able to get on target, pull the trigger, hit your target, and then pull the Read More

Women Only Versus Mixed Gender Classes?

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I have taught single gender classes, all men, but only because no women signed up for that class. I haven’t taught a Women Only class yet, but they are in the plan. However, why are women only classes becoming a trend? More women are coming into shooting, and taking initial training toward Self-Defense. That is obvious, and a good thing; women should know how to defend themselves and their families. I think there is fear of coming to a “Gun Class” and being surrounded by a bunch of good ole boys who will look down on, or snicker at, a woman in the class. Having taught a lot of classes Read More

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 9 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 9 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 9 in a 9 Part Series: The National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 A topic of intense interest is H.R. 822. This is titled the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” This bill was introduced on February 18, 2011. The bill proposes to amend 18 U.S.C. 926C, which is where the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 was codified. You may remember from its brief mention in the prior blog post that this law allows qualified off duty and retired police officers to carry a concealed handgun in other states so long as they follow Read More

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 3 of a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 3 in a 9 Part Series

Reciprocity and Reciprocal Carry, Part 3 of a 9 Part Series: Resident and Non-Resident Licenses (To Carry a Handgun) Reciprocity is academic consideration if you do not have a license to carry issued by your state or your license is not recognized in the foreign state in which you intend or need to carry a handgun. This is the third installment of my blog and covers material familiar to many readers, resident and non-resident licenses. A. Resident Licenses, “Shall Issue” or “May Issue”. Many states (probably because it is a revenue source) require residents to have their own Read More