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Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Civil Disobedience – A follow Up You may have read my recent post about Adam Kokesh’s plan to do an armed march on Washington DC on July 4th as a protest. Recent reports indicate that he has called it off. No reasons given, but gee…could it possibly be that the risk of jail, serious injury or loss of the right to own a firearm ever could have been a part of that? As with everything in life, there are choices, and we weigh the risks against the benefits. In this case, the risks to public safety were high. Somehow, I don’t think that is why this event was called off, but 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 >>

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 >>

“Civil Disobedience” to meet Local Law Enforcement

July 4, 2013 Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran and self-proclaimed activist, is organizing an armed march on Washington DC.  He is calling for supporters to carry loaded rifles “slung over their backs” as they cross the Potomac River into DC.  On a FaceBook page for the event, he candidly admits that there is a risk of arrest, and while he discourages resistance, he has acknowledged the risks, encouraging participants to submit to arrest peacefully. Mr Kokesh acknowledges this is not a permitted event, which gives authorities one more basis for arresting participants.  Frankly, living Read More >>

HK USP 40S&W– the Most Boring Handgun in the World

I starting out shooting International Defensive Pistol Association competitions some 13 years ago with a highly customized Colt 1911 .45 that was a hoot to shoot.  That big .45 semi-wadcutter slug left perfect .452 inch holes in targets that you could see from 20 yards away.  It was soft shooting and had a crisp trigger.  Of course I dropped some $600 in upgrades to that basic model Colt, with all new trigger parts, sights, grips, barrel, and a crisp gunsmith trigger job from our friend Ray Saltzman.  The best thing about that Colt was I got to learn as I shot.  I got to learn about Read More >>

Trip to the Gun Show is like Disneyland from Grownups

If you’ve never been to a gun show you are in for a treat!  Be prepared for a plethora of sights, sounds and smells.  At a large show you will likely hear a symphony of duck, turkey and deer calls.  The smells include cleaners, jerky, the intoxicating scent of gun oil on a shiny new firearm…and the people!  Young, old, in-between, camo, khaki, jeans, and often a few interesting alternative forms of dress.  Antique firearms and swords, exotic wood rifle stocks, amazing selections of pistols, shotguns, rifles…modern, old west style…holsters, sights, leather, magazines, ammo, safes, Read More >>

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Dear Gun Whisper, I’m interested in trying competition shooting but don’t know how where to find information.  What can I do? Signed, wanting to show off Dear Show Off, Competition can be a lot of fun, and gives you a chance to see how you stand next to your peers.  There are multiple types of competition, USPSA, IPSC, Cowboy Action… You can look on the web for a club hosting a competition near you.  One reference that explains competitions and may help you to choose a style is the book by International Shooting Champion Julie Golob SHOOT.  You can find it on Amazon and 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 >>

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