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.”

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.

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!

It’s time to Ruger!

The New Ruger LCR in .357-

This is the first of many great product reviews!

The Ruger LCR is a Revolver, if you want to learn more about revolvers, see the revolver article in types of firearms categories.  Do not worry if you are confused about model numbers or what .357 means, hopefully we can help make these things make sense to all of you who are just getting involved in self-defense or just wanting to learn more about the shooting sports. 

First off, the Ruger LCR is a double action revolver, a revolver is a type of handgun most notably seen in Westerns.  They have a cylinder that turns right or left based on the make of the firearm.  Double action refers to how many actions are performed when you pull the trigger of the firearm, for a double action weapon there are 2 actions, hence the word double.  Double actions firearms usually have a longer trigger pull and they are normally harder to pull back. This is because of the extra actions that need to be performed by the trigger that was referred to earlier. 

Ruger, however, has developed a whole new trigger mechanism that has revolutionized this trigger pull, meaning that even though this is a double action weapon, pulling the trigger is a lot easier and smoother than most other double action revolvers.  Ruger has really made this weapon a great choice for women as it is small, light and with this new smoother lighter trigger pull makes it easier for women and men feel comfortable with handling and marksmanship.

The Ruger LCR comes in .38 special or .357, which can also shoot .38 special.  These numbers refer to the cartridge, round or ammunition that can be shot out of the firearm. It is extremely important to know what ammunition goes to the gun you are purchasing or using.  The wrong type or caliber of ammunition can cause at best a malfunction of the firearm and at worst blow up causing damage to the firearm and potentially the shooter.

  The LCR in the caliber of .357 handles both .38 special and .357 very well.  A bit of warning for those not used to shooting a smaller gun like the LCR, the .357 round is much more powerful and a great round for self-defense but will be harder to control. That is one great thing about having a revolver in .357 though is that if you find that round to powerful for your comfort ability you can always shoot .38 specials.  If you get a .38 special though you cannot shoot .357’s out of it.  

The Ruger LCR has a polymer frame, which just means plastic but you pay more than $100 dollars for it so it is referred to as polymer.  This makes the weapon light and easy to carry.  Shooting the Ruger was very enjoyable and it was comfortable.  The only worry that is a concern is that this is a new product from Ruger, which means it is too new to know how reliable this weapon will be after shooting many rounds through it. Here is hoping that the Ruger LCR holds its own and sticks around for the long run.  For the money, it costs around $450, and the many features that the Ruger offers it is in my opinion a great gun for self-defense and for fun!

Revolver: is that some kind of door?

Your introduction to all the various aspect of self-defense and its tools would be incomplete without a description of different types of firearms.  If you think that a revolver is a type of door, do not worry this article will get you back on the right track and help you succeed with your self-defense goals.

 Have you ever been out with some guys when they started in on some gun talk, straining to understand what all the foreign words meant and wondering when you would be let in on the secrets of the gun world jargon?  It is frustrating but do not give up.

 The women’s self-defense network is here to help you not only understand the conversation but know more than the fella’s so you can have the right skills and equipment to conquer the streets and the conversation.  The first one that needs to be covered is the revolver. 

Most of us know what a revolver is even if we do not recognize the name.  In fact, if you have watched a movie in the last decade you know more about guns than you think you do.  However, not all and actually most of the information we get from movies is not accurate, that is why it is so important to read these articles and others like them so you can know what is true or false, whether that is in a movie, at the gun store or looking for a good instructor.

So back to the affirmation that I am pretty sure you know what a revolver is, well if you have ever watched a Western they are the handguns used by the cowboys.  Now in today’s world there have been a lot of upgrades and modifications to this simple gun and it now comes in many different sizes , styles, even colors (pink for us ladies) etc… However, there are some basics to this type of firearm that everyone should know that will help identify these firearms and how they might fit into your training and meet your needs as a self-defense tool.

Revolvers have a cylinder that turns right or left based on the make of the firearm, the cylinder is the round chamber that holds the cartridges (sometimes referred to as bullets but they are cartridges or rounds). The cylinder opens and closes to allow you to load and unload the firearm. 

Revolvers come in two types of actions.  A single action and a double action, a single action is the type of weapon that you see on the old westerns when they are using one hand to pull back the hammer, this is because single action refers to the number of actions the trigger performs when pulled.  In a single action revolver when the trigger is pulled only the hammer is released from its upward position and that is why the cowboys have to manually pull back the hammer.   Double action then is when the firearm performs two actions when the trigger is pulled, the actions when the trigger is pulled are to cock the hammer and then release the hammer.  Double actions then allow you to fire the weapon by just pulling the trigger, with no extra movements to cock (pull back) the hammer.

Now, you have the basics.  Sure there are more parts of a revolver and different styles we could talk about but the basics are all you need to know for now.   Once you get on the range, get some training and find out what your needs are in a weapon, then the rest will just come with time.

This is it, now that you know about the basics go watch a western or start up a conversation and use your new found knowledge to appreciate more of our firearms culture here in the USA.

Martial Arts the best way to get fit.

Ok, Lady’s this is a brief blog post to get you motivated about taking a hand to hand type class or martial arts.  This is usually a discipline that women over look when thinking about fitness because they see it as people beating each other up and that is unfair.  While it teaches you techniques about how to defend yourself, my experience with martial arts is more about discipline and respect.  So forget about all the movies you have seen and give martial arts a second look.  I am going to change your mind and these are the reasons you should take a martial arts class over going to the gym.

Number 1 why martial arts should be at the top of your list to get fit:

Support and Respect

It is not a place where guys gawk at you like your a piece of meat. In fact the men of martial arts are taught, actually ingrained to respect all people.  It is part of training and discipline.  I have never been in a place of more respect and courtesy then a martial arts school.

Number 2 reason:

Never bored and empowering

There are always more things to learn.  You never get board in your work out starring at the wall on a tredmill in martial arts.  Plus, you get to learn things and do things you never knew you could and it is empowering and a lot of fun.

Number 3 reason:

better work out then your spin class

Best work out I have ever had.  There is no better feeling than exhaustion after a session of martial arts.  The best part is you can go at your own pace but everyone is there to encourage you to push yourself, again respect and support. Best environment to be in when you want to get fit or loose weight.

Number 4 reason:

Your learning while you get fit

It is a great work out but you are also learning ways to protect yourself.  I know that pole dancing has become a new fad amongst women to get a work out and while I do not wish to disparage any business,  I wish that martial arts would become a fad, at least women would be learning a skill that could save their lives while getting thin.

Number 5 reason:

It’s beautiful and an art form

Especially in schools like Kung Fu, martial arts can be beautiful and almost dance like.  The forms are basically a dance but with blocks and punches.  If you have ever witnessed someone performing tai chi, well that is the slow version of these other forms.  It is art, mesmerizing to watch.  If fact, here is some to watch.

Number 5 reason:

It can be a family activity (I didn’t know how else to put that)

You may just get to spar with the chiseled, good looking guys also taking martial arts.  I know this is a little vain but hey, we are women its ok to take notice.  If you are married, get your husband to go with you and eventually he will be the chiseled guy you are sparing with.  Married or single, either way you women win.

Number 6 reason:

It will save your life.

Number 7 reason:

It is not expensive

It does not cost that much more than your gym membership and you get a better work out and a new family that will always take care of you.

Number 8 reason:

Have I convinced you yet?

Number 9 reason:

All ages can participate

Martial arts is not just for kids.  All ages participate and you are never to old to learn how to protect yourself.  In my class there are people from 7 years to over 70 years.

Number 10 reason:

Individual improvement

Most of the work you will do will be individual.  If you are not comfortable with the sparing, do not worry, a lot of your forms and learning like kicks and punches requires you to fight the air.  You can work your way up to the other stuff when you feel comfortable.

There, I hope that gives all of you Lady’s out there some motivation to take some martial arts classes.  I promise once you get into it you will never want to stop. Plus, when you can defend yourself and fit into a size___ dress, you will love martial arts even more.

Oh, and reason 11

You will finally appreciate the Jackie Chan, Steven Segal, Bruce Lee, etc…movies that your husband/boyfriend insists you watch with him.  You may even impress him by knowing the names of the moves!

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