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!!

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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.

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