I'm a vocal advocate for Concealed Carry, but I believe more in Responsible Carry. What is responsible carry? It means you regularly go to the range and practice your skills, not just plinking, but drawing and firing, assessing the threat, firing again if needed. It means you understand that the annual range trip is not enough. Shooting is a perishable skill that needs to be kept up. Responsible Carry means you train, beyond whatever the minimum was to get a permit, you take defensive training, you work on supportive skills as the gun is not always the first choice. You choose not Read More >>
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5. Recreational Shooting. Have you ever just taken a day to go to the range? My family has a place that we can go to shoot, have a little friendly competition and simply enjoy the day with friends and family. A typical day at the range starts out around 7 AM. Hubby and I start gathering what we want to shoot and that can be a lot. Ranging from handguns to rifle to shotguns – really all of it. Gathering firearms and ammunition, we pack the SUV. This takes about an hour….. Once we get there, to a private range for family, we start the process of unpacking and staging. Again, that Read More >>
The history of the firearm is definitely intriguing, although it is highly overlooked by most people nowadays who are only interested in the implications of the Second Amendment. Nonetheless, in this article, we would like to go back to the first firearm invented. Interestingly enough, the first record of a firearm in Europe goes as far as the year 1364. It goes without saying that the very first pieces of weaponry had little in common with the guns used today for shooting at maximum range. Essentially, over the decades that followed, handguns became widely used around Europe. To that end, Read More >>
I remember the day well. I was cleaning out a storage unit that I had rented when I sold my last house, with the last of the lightweight gear loaded in the truck, tied together and down by strands of paracord. Like baling twine to a farmer, it's the thread of life for someone bent on surviving. Shelter building, gear repair, snares, and traps, securing gear either to yourself or your truck so if you and thick brush do the tango it doesn't come loose. The inside strands can make a fishing net. Hanging food out of reach of animals, makeshift clothesline, a sling, multiple uses for something Read More >>
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". There have been multiple interpretations, but I tend to focus on “…shall not be infringed.” In the last few years there has been a lot of calls for “gun control” in various forms, ranging from complete disarming to banning specific types of firearms. These calls get louder after an atrocity like a school shooting, church shooting, etc. Why am I so resistant to the call for my gun rights? For one, history shows that disarming the Read More >>
And from New York! Avitable v. Beach (N.D.N.Y., 2019). Important points: Second Amendment protects possession of stun guns and Tasers. New York State argued that Tasers are not in "common use," by comparing the number in private hands "to the relatively small number of civilian-owned machine guns that were sold prior to the 1986 federal ban on those weapons." “Avitable argued that he preferred one of these electric weapons over using his rifles or shotguns because he would prefer not to kill in self-defense, (A good argument--it shows Read More >>
6. Family heirlooms. For some, that would include me, history is fascinating. Imagine if you will, walking the ground where George Washington stood to ponder the future of this great nation. Visualize exploring the ground where George Armstrong Custer confronted Sioux and Cheyenne warriors on June 25, 1976 at the Little Big Horn River. What would it be like to see and walk around the Alamo where roughly 200 Texans were killed by Santa Anna’s Mexican army? History can teach us about who we are as a person and as a culture. So, when your grandfather hands down his first rifle Read More >>