Anti-American or Racist?

This is an interesting perspective on the gun control issue.  Whether or not you believe that this gun control, black people control correlation still exists. We can see the truth in the idea that people use gun control to suppress and oppress others.  Human history is full of examples just like these, there may be different colors involved or different ideologies but it certainly helps us acknowledge how fragile of a right self-defense can be.  We have the right to defend ourselves and women you will be the enforcers of those rights, if not, than we will repeat history.

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Declare

Declaration of Independence- “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

Your Rights

A great video on the gun control debate.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2138468100001/

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The Tragic Aurora Shooting

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FIRE!!!

A common term you hear out on the shooting range “Fire” is usually a word we like to hear on the range.  When said as a range command, it is synonymous with a whole bunch of lead being sent down range, and for us shooters that is a good thing.  For newer shooters  a range command is an order given by an instructor or range safety officer on the range that instructs you to perform a certain act.  In the case of “fire” it means to shoot.  On a standard indoor or outdoor range this command is heard quite often.

Out here in the West, where I live, we have many shooting areas that are not organized indoor or outdoor ranges.  We western cowboys and cowgirls like are open ranges, literally.  Open land against a good back drop, like a hill or a mountain, is a great place to shoot.  Shooters head to open spaces to avoid crowds, prices or they just want some fresh air.  Even though these open lands are a bit of a drive it allows more freedom to shooters.  Sometimes, ranges put restrictions on caliber, targets and a variety of other items, so shooters truck it out to the bad lands to enjoy those shooting platforms. These areas usually reside on BLM (Bureau of Land Management or State/Federal land.

Out there on the ‘open range’ you won’t hear a lot of range commands, it is left up to the shooters to be safe and watch out for each other.  However, you might on occasion during the summer months hear someone scream “fire” unfortunately it will probably mean you should run instead of shoot. During the summer months the dry grasses only need a spark to cause large and extensive wildfires.  Many of these fires are blamed on shooters.  Many of these fires can be prevented if shooters would take some precautions out there in the dry grass. When it is hot shooters should stay away from shooting steel core or jacketed bullets, tracer rounds or incendiary rounds.  Choose areas to shoot that are away from grassy areas or clean the grass away from the area you are shooting. Use extreme caution with explosive targets like tannerite. We have to be responsible shooters in order for us to keep our rights and privileges.  Owning weapons won’t mean much if we can’t shoot and practice. 150,000 Acres have already been burned in Utah alone this year by wildfires.

However, we as shooter and citizens need to be watchful and concerned that these fires are not pinned on shooters for political reasons.  While the things I have mentioned earlier might cause fires, most shooters are not shooting these types of rounds they are shooting lead or copper jacketed rounds that do not cause sparks. BLM as of late, wrote up a report that rounds are so hot because of friction when leaving the barrel of a gun that they will just start fires on their own. This is not true and can not be reproduced.  News programs perpetuate that shooters are the cause of most of these fires, which is also not true.  It is important for us to be responsible shooters but we also must be vigilant community organizers and some times public relations specialists, so that we are not unrightfully blamed for these fires.  It is hard to fight false perceptions, but it is important.

Safe Shooting…ready and fire.

Get your ammo here!

We haven’t discussed long guns very much, however, adding a good carbine to your self- defense repertoire is not a bad idea.  It allows you to add more tools and training to your tool box, which always gives you an advantage when dealing with criminals and low lifes.

Recently, bulk ammo. com gave me a chance to shoot some of the high quality .223 rounds that they stock.  They shipped me out a box so that I could try it out and see for myself.  They sent me a box of Hornady Match .223 Rem.   Now, I know that most of this sounds like a foreign language but it won’t soon, so keep reading.  The round is shot through rifles of many different shapes and sizes but is most commonly used with an AR-15 type rifle, similar to what the army uses but produced for civilians.

These are the types of rifles I refer to as carbines.  The caliber refers to the width of the bullet measured in inches across.  The bullet is .223 of an inch and is how it gets its name.  Hornady is the name of the manufacturer and Match refers to the quality of the components that go into making the round.  This round was also a 75 gr round.  This refers to the weight of the bullet.  The most common weight for a .223 is around 55 gr, so this round would be considered quite a bit heavier than most of the target rounds that you would shoot for practice.

http://www.bulkammo.com/bulk-223-ammo-223rem75bthpmatchhornady8026-20

Check out the link to bulk ammo’s website and se the actual round.

I enjoyed shooting this round and would definitely recommend it for the serious shooter.  It cycled well in my firearm without any problems and was a proficient round at 50yards to 200yards.  It also worked great with self defense training.

Thanks bulk ammo for letting me give it a try!!

Find What Fits!

Three is the lucky number of the day. We are talking, Glocks, S&W M&P’s and Springfield XD’s.  If this doesn’t mean anything to you now, don’t worry it will.  We are continuing our conversation about choosing the right gun for you.  It can be a lengthy, expensive and intimidating process but hopefully with some help from these articles and some perseverance, you will be able to find the gun or guns that fit. I promise though, all the hard work will be worth it.

Last time we talked about making sure that you find a firearm that works for your individual needs.  This requires you to ask some questions; What your intended use for the firearm is, what size of firearm suits you best, is it comfortable, caliber, etc.   Make sure you find the gun that fits your requirements.  For more about this, check out my last article. https://womensselfdefensenetwork.wordpress.com/

So why, Glocks, S&W M&P’s, and Springfield XD’s?, well I have shot many different firearms and done my own research on firearms that work better for women and these are the three that I believe work best for women.  I have chosen these three types of firearms for several reasons, not only for their features that work better women, but for their reliability, better function and all around good quality.

Lets talk about why these firearms work better for women. First, they come in a varied range of calibers and frame sizes.  This is important because it allows you to find which configuration of the two works best for you, and that you can handle comfortably. For example: if you need a smaller framed weapon for concealed carry you may choose a smaller caliber to reduce recoil.  These types of firearms almost have endless combinations to help you find what fits.

My favorite aspect of these weapons is the shorter trigger reach.  Trigger reach is the distance from the back strap of the firearm to the trigger.  This shorter trigger reach helps with those of us that have smaller hands.  The smaller grip helps you control recoil and allows better weapons retention.  The most important aspect that this feature helps with is trigger control.  If the distance to the trigger of your firearm is too long for the length of your finger then your accuracy will suffer.  The trigger of your firearm should comfortably sit in the middle of the pad on your finger above the first knuckle.

These firearms are reliable, great for training and have created a firearm that gives women a chance to enjoy the shooting sports.

Hopefully this information can help you find a firearm that fits.  Good luck!

Just Cuz it’s Pink, Doesn’t Mean it Works.

 

One of the biggest questions I get, as a firearms instructor, from guys and gals, is what type of firearm is best for a women.  To put this in perspective, that is like asking a women what pair of shoes is better.  Inevitably, the answer to this question will be hugely varied.  Most of these answers will also lead with a question in return, well it depends… where am I going, what am I doing, and what am I wearing?

Funny enough, these are the same type of questions you should be asking yourself when you look for a firearm as well, whether you are a guy or a gal.

Girls, firearms shopping is truly a lot  like shoe shopping,  just with a bigger price tag and less complaints from the men folk about the bill.  It’s a win, win.  Just think, it is a form of shopping that your guy will actually enjoy coming along for and best yet, you can find a weapon or a couple of weapons that meet your needs for several different occasions; just like those new heels you bought to go with your new dress and the tennies you bought for kicking around the town, you can never have too many shoes or guns!

Ok, enough with the shoe analogy but they are very similar.  Buying a firearm does take research and time.  Firearms are not a one size fits all, different firearms meet different needs.  There are small guns and small calibers that are great for concealing but you give up power; how many rounds you can carry; and they are more difficult to shoot.  Revolvers, are easier to operate but again you don’t have as many rounds and they are not as easily reloaded in an emergency.  Larger frame guns are great for training, are more comfortable to shoot but are hard to conceal.

So, the best thing you can do is ask the same questions as you would when shopping for shoes, where am I going, what do I need it for, Does it fit, and what am I wearing (can I conceal it)?  Then you find a gun that meets the majority of these needs.  This is why I said before, that you might find yourself with more than one firearm, it is likely that you will not find a single firearm that meets all your needs.  That is ok, just make sure you get the gun that works for you or guns.

Also, just like anything else you might find a gun that fits most of your needs and then you will have to adapt to some things to fit the guns requirements.  Like wearing a longer shirt to cover it  while you’re carrying.  It is better that you get a gun that feels comfortable and that you can work with, that might be a little more difficult to conceal (you can always change what you wear), then to buy a firearm that you are completely uncomfortable with.

A final word to the wise, just because it’s pink, shiny or cute looking doesn’t mean that it will work well for you.  The gun industry hasn’t caught up to women and firearms yet and their solution to a more interested women’s market is to paint a guns, made for a guy,  pink.  I carry a glock 26 most of the time, not the prettiest gun out there but it is black and accessories with everything I wear, but more importantly it fits my needs.

So don’t get lulled into buying what the guy behind the counter is selling or what the guy next to you is putting in your hand.  Make sure you listen to what they have to say and then try out several firearms; pick them up, try to manipulate all the moving parts, and find the gun that fits you and your needs.

Stay tuned in and the next couple articles we will go over some of the guns I have found that work better for women in general.

A Sherriff who gets it!

Back in the Sattle

After running a city council race for three months, I am back in the sattle.  Rip roaring and ready to be insightful.

We have talked about situational awareness on this blog, being physically prepared and psychologically prepared for a criminal event. But today, I would like to talk about all those things in a different context.  Disaster and Emergency preparedness.  It is great to be prepared for those little or more individual events, like a criminal act,  but what about big life altering events like earthquakes, storms or even economic melt down?  Are you prepared for those?  I know I’m am not as prepared for these things as well as I would like to be.  So what does this have to do with self defense??

A lot actually,  in an emergency your likely hood of needing your self defense skills, your good physical fitness and a strong emotional and psychological resistance to panic, goes way up.  This is the time when you can let your colors fly and be the hero to you and your family.  Vindication for all those times they call you crazy for giving up a Friday night to train in weapons, martial arts, or fitness.  In a time of emergency if you have a plan and the resources to execute it, then you are going to be better off then 95% of the other people out there.  (Ok, I just made that statistic up, but I would wager a large amount that it is pretty close.)

So what do you have to do to prepare?  Well the great thing about training for self-defense is that most of those skills transfer over to emergency preparedness.  Look at you…killing 2 birds with one stone, that is how you get it done ladies.  You use your skills of emotional preparation, by running through scenarios of events that might happen and how you will react to them.  You have strength and endurance from your workouts and a walk back to your house from your office, even with a pack on, is a piece of cake.  Plus, you have defensive skills that will protect you and your families lives and resources (which are the same as your life) in an emergency.

The other aspect of emergency preparedness is getting supplies and resources.  This is the hard part but don’t stress it too much, there are great websites and blogs out there like  http://survivalcache.com that can help you with all the cool stuff you need to survive. Plus, if you watch a little Man vs Wild with your man and can make a comment on Bear’s gear, your bound to win points.

Stay Safe!

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