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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 >>

Shot Show 2019

Lynne Finch

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is hosting Shot Show next week in Las Vegas.  The first Shot Show was held in 1979, so this makes 40 years of fun!  Shot Show is akin to a Gun Show on steroids.  While they aren’t actually selling products on the floor there are 2,000 vendors and 60,000 attendees.  It is huge.  Attendees carefully plan what they want to see because you can’t see it all in 4 days.  Major Manufacturers showcase new products, many of which are touchable so you can see how they feel in your hands.  . You’ll find guns, knives, flashlights, 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 >>

Holiday Shopping

Lynne Finch

It is that time of year again, Holiday Shopping.  If you are like me, it is December and you aren’t even close to being ready.  Hate the Mall?  Me too!  What to do?  Gun Show.  Come on, you know you are going anyway, they are a great source for gifts!  You can find something for almost anyone, young, old, pro or anti-gun. I never advise buying a firearm for someone else, between individual preference, background check, registration, etc.  However, there are more gifts at the gun show than guns!  For the teenager in your life, a personal alarm they can hang on their backpack is a 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 >>

The Constitutional Paladin – In defense of the past, for the future

As I contemplate the challenges facing Americans today and as I listen daily to interpretations thereof, both on the streets and in the media, I am continually stunned to realize how the foundations of this Nation are in jeopardy of nearing complete destruction. How have we come so far and not retained the wisdom to “hasten and retrace our steps, and to regain the road which alone leads us to peace, liberty and safety”? -Thomas Jefferson The American spirit was conceived in defiance of the chains of oppression; born out of tyranny and anguish; a spirit of free, unyielding, faithful, 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 >>

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 >>