Posts Tagged ‘holster’

Do you carry?

1911 Handgun Style

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

Firearm Ownership – A Right AND a Responsibility

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There have been some amusing commercials lately about the difference between “and” and “or”, and in Sweet and Sour Chicken versus Sweet or Sour Chicken. Ms. Magazine’s Ms. Blog contributor Heidi Yewman just started a series, “My Month with a Gun”. She is very upfront about her previous anti-gun stance, and reading the post, I find her “four rules” frightening. She writes that for 30 days she will “Carry it with me at all times, follow the laws of my state, only do what is minimally required for permits, licensing, purchasing and carrying, and finally be prepared to use t Read More

Single Gender Shooting Classes

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There was a time not so long ago that I thought, this is silly.  That was before I taught one.  I had always done mixed gender classes, and frankly was lucky enough to teach with some highly evolved guys.  However, for new women shooters, there is an ease that you get in a women only class that you don’t get in a mixed gender class.  It is more comfortable to ask the questions that might be embarrassing, like how to use a public restroom when you are armed or how the bra holster works. Since more and more women are coming to shooting, and many are coming because of a fear, either Read More

Shopping for the Perfect Holiday Gun

Christmas Tree

So, you want to buy a new baby for your significant other? Great idea, right? Ask yourself, does your SO (significant other) shoot? Do you know what he or she likes? Have they expressed an interest? So often, people come to a beginner class with a gun their SO (usually Husband) bought for them. I’ve seen women come in with a Desert Eagle, a Judge, and a Ruger LCP. These are women who have never shot before! I’m sure there are a few men in this category, but I haven’t had one admit it (although I did buy my husband a shotgun for home defense without talking to him first). What Read More

Being Armed, Responsible and Prepared

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Living your life armed is very different from living your life unarmed. Chances are good that if you are armed, you are more aware of the risks in your daily environment and understand that bad things happen to good people every day. If you are living armed you are in a state that allows concealed carry, and you have met the requirements of your state for a permit to carry (or you have a non-resident permit from another state and only care where it is lawful to do so). You have made the choice to let the little things fall away, the driver who cuts you off in traffic, the shopper with 20 Read More