Monthly Archives: October 2014
When choosing a gun, ladies, size and width do matter.
Well at least length and width, anyway. Are you going shopping for a new pistol? If you are, you might first want to establish its purpose. Is it going to be used as a home self-defense gun or a concealed carry permit gun? Is it going to be used for competition or maybe a target practice? If you’ve watched the movies lately you’ve probably seen the glamorization of big guns. In real life, you may be better off, depending on the purpose, with a smaller gun. Women especially might consider the thickness and width of the grip as a major thing. Will it fit your hand comfortably? Will your finger reach the trigger without having to change your grip? How you grip the gun is going to affect your aim considerably. When faced with a potential life and death situation, you will want to make sure you have a firm grip and hold, ready for fast body movement. Now, the size of the gun may or may not correlate with a small or large caliber. There are target pistols whose barrel is much longer than a carry pistol, but are a smaller caliber. If you want a pistol for competition, you may want one with a long barrel. The longer the barrel, the more accurate you’ll be at long distances. If you have a concealed carry permit, you might want one with a shorter length and width to prevent printing. You may also be surprised at how large of caliber you can shoot out of a stout barrel.
So in short (no pun intended), when it comes to choosing a gun, size does matter.
It’s ridiculous that we keep having these incidents . . .
Why are people being killed by someone using someone else’s gun? Seriously, why was this gun available to be used by this kid in the first place? I believe this gun belongs to the kids father, so why has the kid got it during school hours unsupervised by anyone? I am a strong believer in gun owner responsibility. If you own a gun and it is not in your physical possession, then it should be secured from use by others. Not that big a task for any responsible person.
In the event that your child owns guns, he need not have ready access to any of them. What reason is there for a teenager to have access to a firearm during school hours? Why would the teenager need access…
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I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would touch a gun much less shoot one. As it happened, one day I reached an age where I decided not to be afraid of the unknown. After all, guns were on the news every day, in every prime time show on television, in every major movie. I don’t think they can make a blockbuster movie that doesn’t have at least one woman and one gun in it. It was one of those movies that got me thinking seriously about getting a gun. No, it wasn’t a cops and robbers movie, or an international spy movie that did it, it was a movie about a world event leading to chaos in the streets and the human response.
That day, I decided to buy a gun for home defense. Seriously, me a so called liberal. I, who in college chose my debate subject on gun ownership and why I was against it! I felt like a different person with a different perspective on life. The innocence and naive thinking of my youth had changed. Sadly, I realized that we no longer live in a country where we can feel safe in our own homes. The increase in poverty and crime and the decrease in education coupled with diminished resources for law enforcement, make for dangerous times.
I used to think the media was sensationalizing crime and exaggerating it for the purpose of ratings. Now I feel that it’s the complete opposite. I think for every one story they report on TV there are at least ten others they never get to. You hear about home invasions, but only the ones in neighborhoods where there were none before. I subscribe to a crime statistics and reports website, called Spotcrime and my local City’s Patch site, where I get the real local news. This is how I know there are many more crimes than are ever reported by the nightly news.
So there I was picking up my beautiful new gun, a small semi auto. I had taken the required, written test for a Handgun Safety Certificate in California. Then, I waited the required ten days after my background check cleared. I was so excited, but at the same time nervous. The feel of steel and protection in my hands felt strangely comforting. Although, I now had a means to protect myself and loved ones, I in no way felt confident enough to use my new firearm. I still needed to learn how to safely use, transport, store and maintain it. I wanted to be able to properly protect myself and prevent a tragic accident. Otherwise, if the time ever came when I needed to use it, I might not have the skills to preserve my life and my loved ones lives.
So, I scheduled a private lesson with a shooting instructor, I knew it was the only way I would feel safe handling my new firearm. Yes, firearm, not weapon. I quickly learned that safe gun handling begins with the right attitude. The National Rifle Association’s safe gun handling rules, are comprised of knowledge, skills and attitude. I totally agree, you need all three to be a safe gun owner. Whether you remain ignorant or become negligent is up to you. The result is the same for both of those, in that it may result in a tragedy. And so began my journey to becoming an NRA Certified Instructor.
Excellent tips on safety awareness.
I started this yesterday. If you missed it, all you need to do is click on previous up on the right hand side and it will take you to yesterdays post which was Tip #s 1 & 2.
Tips for Today:
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
Again, our Sock it to Me Tool is a good thing to have hidden in your trunk as well as in your pocket or purse. It would make it easier to knock out the tail lights! And attack your attacker if he decides to open the trunk again.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping…
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Next Monday I’ll be presenting a review of the firearm pictured here, but today I want to devote this blog to one of the most iconic and historically important handguns ever produced — John Moses Browning’s superlatively designed, stunningly beautiful achievement the Colt Model 1911 designed for the potent .45 ACP cartridge.
You’ve seen the 1911 before, by the way. In fact, whether you know it or not, you’ve seen it literally thousands of times over the years. And, as a purveyor of fiction, I simply must note that you’ve seen it mentioned in countless novels as well — Even agent 007 used it in Ian Fleming‘s novel Moonraker and in the short story From a View to a Kill in the For Your Eyes Only collection of works. You simply cannot escape it’s ubiquitous presence in television, movies…
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I’m not so sure about the empirical reality of the Farnham [sic] idea: “The person most likely to shoot you is YOU. Why? Because you’re always there.” It just seems incorrect to say, so I am wondering what the broader idea he is conveying is supposed to be.
Since John’s statement generated some incredulity, I will elaborate on it. His comment referred to the often atrocious gunhandling he sees, not people committing suicide. Improper and dangerous gunhandling regularly results in gunowners turning themselves into casualties, although not necessarily fatalities.
The reason I included John’s quote began with a statement he made in the first DTI class I took. The statement was “Eighty percent of police officers who are shot shoot themselves.” Once again, he was not referring to suicide but rather negligent shootings where the officer injured himself or herself. Whether that is still true, I don’t know. I do…
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