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1911’s Love ‘em or Hate ‘em

What am I referring to?  1911 pistols.  The 1911 was designed by Jim Browning in…you guessed it, 1911.  While there are multiple manufacturers and variations available now, they all have the distinctive shape and “tang”, as well as being a Single Action Semi-Automatic.  Often carried “Cocked and Locked”, meaning you have to rack the slide to chamber the first round, then set the safety to on to carry it.  You can’t decock the hammer to carry or it won’t fire. I’ve had the opportunity to shoot a few, and I’ve seen 1911s ranging from very basic to shiny chrome with Read More >>

Single Gender Shooting Classes

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 >>

Handguns and High Heels

As a woman who shoots, it is amazing to me how often I hear “you don’t look like the type”.  Those of us who shoot came to it for our own reasons, some from fear, some for fun.  We come from all different backgrounds, professions and age groups.  We are young, old, short, tall, skinny, full figured, …  What we share is a love of the sport and often a strong sense that we are valuable and empowered.  We are smart, we are strong, and we enjoy having fun.  Many of us are professional women, educated, productive, and caring.  We are sisters, wives, moms... I have heard it so Read More >>

Who’s in Your Safety Circle?

What is a safety circle? That is your personal perimeter, your “on guard” zone, no one should enter your safety circle without your awareness. The diameter of your circle may vary depending on your location, but a general rule of thumb is 21 feet, which is the distance an average person can close on you in about 2 seconds. For those of us who are challenged estimated feet, it is about two car lengths in any direction. You safety circle is especially important in public places like parking lots where so many bad things; robberies, car jacking, etc., can happen. Most people will pass Read More >>

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Dear Gun Whisperer I keep hearing about “Safe Direction”, need to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, etc. What is a safe direction, can’t I just point at the floor or a wall, or outside? Why do I need to worry about it anyway? Safe or Unsafe? Dear Safe or Unsafe Very simply stated, a Safe Direction is a direction which, if the gun were to be fired (and we know they don’t go off by themselves) no one would be injured or killed and property damage would be minimized. This is an important concept, number one, no one gets hurt, number two, minimize property damage as Read More >>

Spring is Here, Time to Run, Jog, Walk or Bike

If you have a Concealed Carry Permit, you probably want to be able to exercise armed, but how? There are several ways to do that effectively. A quick release Fanny Pack works well for biking and walking but not so much for running or jogging. 5.11 and others, make compression shirts, close fitting garments that have wicking properties so you can wear them under a running shirt, and they have Velcro close pockets integrated under the arms, similar to the position for a shoulder holster. Under Tech Under Cover also makes compression shirts, and for the ladies, compression shorts with a built in Read More >>

When is a Finger Just a Finger?

Apparently not when it is being pointed in a “threatening” manner, implying a gun, by a six-year old.  Once again, Zero Tolerance triumphs over Common Sense.  A Maryland First Grader was suspended for pointing his finger and saying “Pow”.  He was also forced to pay a visit to a counselor.  Gee, what is the penalty if instead of “Pow” you say “Pull”?  Would you be forced to visit a zoo and watch animals releasing noisy noxious fumes into the air?  Just to be clear, we are talking about the index finger here. How many of us grew up outside from dawn to dusk, running Read More >>

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Dear Gun Whisperer, I went to the range to practice last weekend and couldn’t hit my target for anything!  With ammo so expensive, I hate just throwing it away without seeing any value in my practice.  What can I do? May as well be Shooting in the Dark Dear Shooting in the Dark, We all have days when we go to the range and feel like we are wearing oven-mitts.  First, give yourself a break!  Next...take a deep breath and reset, just like re-booting your computer. Start with the fundamentals, where are your feet, are your knees flexed, is your body in the correct position, Read More >>

Shopping for a Gun in your PJs on ReadyAimBid.com

For a gun, yes! Can’t find what you want at your local dealer or gun show? That seems to be a common issue these days. Everything is sold out or, IAW the laws of Supply and Demand, EXPENSIVE! What is a harried gun shopper to do? Slip on the fuzzy pants and bunny slippers and let your fingers do the searching. There are a several websites that sell guns. Just like EBay, you see it, you bid, if you win, you pay! The difference is you will have to have it shipped to your local gun shop or FFL to complete the paperwork. Individuals and businesses list on these sites, and you can find things Read More >>

Training for the Way You Live

Instructors are always saying things about training for real life.  And we should.  However, it had never been brought home to me the way it was recently.  I took the Defensive Firearms Coach certification training from I.C.E. Training Services, the same folks who bring us Combat Focus Shooting courses among others. The training was tough, but that is another story.  The focus was on being able to train students, regardless of their skill level, to respond efficiently to an imminent home invasion with the possibility of a lethal threat.  Simply put, what do you do when someone is Read More >>

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