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The 4 Universal Gun Safety Rules, Plus 13 More You Should Follow

Protecting myself and those I care about is what first interested me about firearms. Given my goal of being more safe in more situations, it'd be ironic—and even stupid—of me to not take gun safety incredibly seriously. Regardless of what led to your involvement with firearms, whether you came from a similar place as me or not, following gun safety rules is a necessity. In this guide, I'll be covering the 4 universal gun safety rule and explaining the importance of each. I'll then go on to add a number of additional rules I've picked up in my life that I think everyone else can Read More >>

Teach Your Children Well

Lynne Finch

Teach Your Children Well Shooting is a great family activity.  Children can learn firearm safety at a young age, I usually advocate for six, but it depends on the child.   If you have firearms in the home, teaching gun safety at an early age is imperative. There are many products designed for smaller bodies.  Children, like adults, need safety equipment.  Even shooting outdoors, hearing protection is very important for young ears.   Eye protection is also so important.  Many .22 rifles are available in scaled down sizes.  Pellet rifles are also good for smaller hands.  Scan the Read More >>

Happy New Year!

Lynne Finch

Many of us are making New Year’s Resolutions, mine include more range time, and no falling (it was a rough year). But while I’m at it I’m looking at one of the sweet presents I got. A Gen 5 GLOCK 19! I love GLOCKs, they fit my hand perfectly. I can’t wait to take it to the range. If you got a new firearm, and haven’t yet made it to the range, do you know the two must do activities before shooting? 1, Read the Owner’s Manual. But I have lots of GLOCKS, why would I do that? I don’t know if there are any changes I’m not aware of, anything special about this one. Plus, there Read More >>

What widget will fix my shooting problem?

Lynne Finch

I confess that I’m addicted to Social Media.  As such I’m in a couple firearms / shooting related groups.  I’m constantly amazed when people post questions about what accessory to get for their gun looking to fix an accuracy or handling issue.  For example, a recent post about someone who had too much muzzle rise with a GLOCK 17 and was looking at adding weights to the magazine plates or getting a new trigger.  Um, save your money, spend 5 minutes with a GOOD instructor who will probably address grip issues and you will be a lot happier.  The other way you have a more expensive Read More >>

Single Gender Training, Good or Bad?

Lynne Finch

BOTH!  There has been a lot of discussion in some of the instructor groups I’m involved with recently about training, and providing women only training.  Mostly by men.  I have taken mixed gender and one on one lessons, and have taught many men only classes, mixed and some women only classes.  My opinion, it is whatever you are comfortable with.  The important part of to get as much quality training as you can.  The forum is up to you.    I’ve taken lots of firearms classes.  And I’ve taken one on one training in hand to hand personal defense.  I would like to take a 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 >>

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 >>