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The Glock 42

Glock introduced their single stack .380 compact pistol. I had to opportunity to see it at Shot Show in Las Vegas recently. I also had the chance to shoot it. Slightly larger than a Ruger LCP, it fit reasonably well in the hand, it is a small, but not tiny, gun. It shot smoothly, in true Glock fashion. While many expressed the wish that Glock would introduce a single stack 9mm, it appears that they felt the need to introduce a “pocket pistol” to meet the perceived market demand. While not my first choice for a carry gun, this was much easier to shoot than the Ruger LCP, and slightly Read More >>

New Version of the Kris Vector

The new version of the Kriss Vector has an adjustable stock, making it easier to control.  At Shot Show, those of us fortunate enough to get to Media Day on the Range got to shoot it, and I got to shoot it on Fully Automatic.  If you’ve never had the chance, the gun does tend to drive to the right slightly as the brass is coming out in a steady stream.  But the smile that comes with shooting on full auto lasted about 6 hours.  It was the most fun I had the entire trip! Not inexpensive, it is an unusual design, in the action comes back and down, vice straight back, which minimizes the Read More >>

Sitting Ducks

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Straight from the headlines, school shootings, mall shootings, grocery store shootings…  These often occur in places that ban firearms.  Like a restraining order against an abusive spouse, gun bans are just paper to the bad guys.  Many of us take for granted the right to defend ourselves against random acts of violence but it isn’t that easy.  Many states make it almost impossible to get a carry permit, and even if you have one, local businesses can ban carry. Most recently a gunman opened fire at the Columbia Mall in Maryland, killing at least 2, the police are still sorting things Read More >>

Carry Options for Women

The times are changing, and a few companies are stepping up.  More and more women are coming to shooting and need options that work with dresses and other feminine garments.  And while my kydex-leather hybrid is fine for jeans or 5.11s, it doesn’t work as well with fitted business clothes.  Plus, sometimes, I just want to be feminine. Looper Law Enforcement  brought us the Flashbang, and a series of holsters that are designed specifically for women.  They work great, give us options, but still have a utilitarian feel. Femme Fatale Holsters just broke the model with beautiful lace Read More >>

Motorcycle Trip with Kitty Austin and “Gun Laws by State” by Bryan Ciyou (Part II)

The last time I talked about the first two states of my 21 day trip on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic, again it is as much fun as anything else to do in the summer time. I do want to briefly update on Illinois – just as I finished submitting the blog Illinois’ Legislators overrode the veto by Governor Pat Quinn on the Federal appellate court order mandating that Illinois uphold the Second Amendment. Even though Illinois has this new legislation Chicago’s police superintendent still suggests that guns are the cause of the city’s violence. Has he ever heard of knives? What about just a Read More >>

Response to Violence – Citizens Are Pushing Back

Across the country, we have seen instances of random acts of violence, assaults on our homes, neighborhoods and communities.  They are frightening and remind us of our vulnerability to fall prey to selfish thugs who only care about themselves and what they can get with minimal effort.  They aren't interested in working for what they want, they want you to work for it so they can take it from you. There is a growing trend coast to coast.  Citizens are pushing back.  There are events such as Light the Night, Neighborhood Watch groups, and neighbors looking out of their windows in response Read More >>

Response to Violence

Across the country, we have seen instances of random acts of violence, assaults on our homes, neighborhoods and communities. They are frightening and remind us of our vulnerability to fall prey to selfish thugs who only care about themselves and what they can get with minimal effort. They aren’t interested in working for what they want, they want you to work for it so they can take it from you. There is a growing trend coast to coast. Citizens are pushing back. There are events such as Light the Night, Neighborhood Watch groups, and neighbors looking out of their windows in response to a Read More >>

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Dear Gun Whisperer, I live in a large apartment complex and I don’t want to call attention to myself going to the range, but all the range bags look so, well, gun-like. What a girl to do? Looking for Discretion... Dear Looking for Discretion, This is an easy question for me. I don’t always like to advertise to my neighbors, either. You can use almost anything as a range bag. A Beach Tote works well, a gym bag, a diaper bag (assuming you are no longer using it for a little one, babies and lead do not mix). 5.11 Tactical makes some great backpacks that are discrete and very 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 >>

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Hey GW I’ve never shot before and I’m looking to buy a pistol for self defense, what should I get? Signed, Newbie Dear Newbie, First, I would suggest training, with a qualified instructor.  Firearms are not like Point and Shoot cameras, and one size doesn’t fit all.  Check your local ranges for recommendations on instructors, they are a pretty good source.  An instructor will often have one or two guns you can try, and many ranges rent firearms.  The idea is to get a feel for what fits your hand the best. For personal defense, especially if you are going to carry Read More >>

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