Saturday, May 27, 2006

School zone

Another question came up during a carry class about carrying onto school property.

There is a specific exception for those dropping someone off to school - OK to carry as long as you don't get out of the car.

Ohioans for Concealed Carry tries to tackle this issue, though the law isn't very clear.

Basically, it's OK to carry if you're dropping your kid off at school. But if you're going into his/her school, leave the gun at home.

Carrying on a boat

Had a question in the last concealed carry class that I didn't have a good answer for, so here it is.

Yes, you can carry on a boat. In fact, it appears that you do not have to follow "motor vehicle" carry laws in Ohio while carrying.

See the Ohio Boat Operator's Guide and Ohioans for Concealed Carry for more.

Excellent tactical light

Check out the FL-214 LED lights - they're bright, small, take AAA batteries, and are perfect for tactical use. Plus they're only $10 (less if you buy several).

We've bought a half-dozen for tactical classes. Very nice, and LED flashlights last a LOT LONGER than a normal flashlight.

Fighting anti-gun gov't for your right to carry

A case is moving forward that is challenging a city's ability to ban carry in parks, where the law says it's OK but local gov't doesn't.

Anti-gunners want to ban carry in particular places to either prove a point or inconvenience carry license holders, hopefully dissuading people from getting a license in the first place.

This kind of brazen opposition to a law that was passed by the state of Ohio can't be tolerated. And it underscores the need for an Ohio law forbidding local laws to override state laws.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Two who robbed seinors behind bars

If you're older, get a carry permit to defend yourself from such thugs.

HB 347 - stalled? Some politicans are fighting for you....

The fix to Ohio's carry law is up for vote next week. Looks like it might not make it before the recess this summer.

An Ohio gun-lobby group is encouraging letters to reps in Ohio's congress:

I'd suggest sending one.

Do note, however, that one of the recipients is definitely on your side. Joe Uecker is a Ohio House Rep. He's also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and the father of an Air Force pilot that is a close friend.

Not every politician is anti-CHL. In fact many, like Joe Uecker, are fighting the bureaucracy to help law-abiding gun owners.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Aggrevated robbery on "gun-free" UC campus

From: Assistant Police Chief
University of Cincinnati

On Friday, May 19, at 10:15 PM University of Cincinnati Police took a report of an aggravated robbery of a student. The incident occurred at 9:10 PM at the steps between Calhoun and Siddall Halls. There are two suspects and both displayed automatic handguns. Both suspects are described as male black, 17-19 years of age, approximately six feet tall and weighing 150 pounds. Both had on blue jeans and a black t-shirt with an unknown picture on the front. The suspects took the victim's wallet, money, jewelry and cell phones and fled in an unknown direction.

The incident is still under investigation at this time. If you have any information concerning this offense, or if you see someone matching the descriptions, please notify the UC Police at 556-1111.

We continue to remind everyone to remain alert while walking both on and off campus. You can receive additional personal safety tips by subscribing to a list server established by the UC Department of Public Safety:

Goes to show - when guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns.

Update: Another shooting near UC's campus today.

*hat tip to SW for the info

Road rage shooting in Cincinnati

Very doubful the shooter was a CHL holder (less than 1/10 of 1 percent nationwide are ever involved in a firerams related offense).

This situation makes you remember the first rule of the use of lethal force: You cannot have caused or esclated the situation. Also encourages me to make sure my wife, mother, etc. are protected from crazy drivers with bad intentions.

Man shot in chest during drug deal

I've been told by Cincinnati cops that you're pretty safe downtown unless you are doing two things:

1) Trying to buy or sell drugs
2) Happen to be near someone trying to buy or sell drugs

Scary stuff. Yet another reason that law-abiding citizens need to arm themselves to protect from the crossfire or possibly seeing something that some drug dealer doesn't think they should.

And I guarantee the drug dealers/buyers aren't putting their fingerprints and other info on file with the sheriff to get a carry license...

2006 NRA National Matches

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Handling Handgun Recoil

.:.This article is part of Advanced Shooting's Locked & Loaded series.:.

Without any doubt, one of the biggest challenges for shooters is handling recoil. This is especially true for new shooters, who haven’t yet allowed their minds to accept a big, loud bang isn’t going to hurt.

Stance and grip tend to be the big culprits in those who can’t seem to handle the recoil when shooting a handgun. Those are the topics we’re going to tackle today.

Many new shooters begin to slowly lean back as they shoot, arching their backs away from the noise and movement of the gun. Perhaps it’s just a reaction to the activity when firing. Or perhaps its nature’s way of moving your face away from something that seems dangerous. Regardless, this tendency does nothing to improve a shooter’s ability to handle recoil. In fact, leaning back puts your weight behind you, exactly where you don’t want it when trying to control a gun that is in front of you.

Force yourself to lean forward, into the gun. This will go a long way to redistributing the recoil to the parts of your body that will absorb it, not rock you backwards after each shot. Beyond just leaning forward, check your feet. Pushing your feet too close together won’t allow for a solid base to shoot from. Spread your feet out shoulder-width apart, relax your knees, and allow your stance to provide you with a strong foundation.

Another part of the stance that is often overlooked is how tense you are. The gun isn’t going to jerk back and bust your nose if you have a good grip on it and are holding it out in front of your body, so loosen up! Relax your back muscles, relax your arms. Having your body calm while shooting will allow the gun to recoil naturally, improving your shooting and allowing you to shoot much longer without feeling exhausted or stressed out.

The whole idea behind a proper stance is to give your body the ability to absorb as much of the recoil as possible so it doesn’t effect your shot as much. So when you’re out on the range, remember to always lean forward, spread your feet out, and relax.

Before you grip
Too often, people hold a gun the way they pick it up, without much thought to how much their grip impacts the way they shoot. An improper grip almost always leads to not handling recoil well.

Think about it like this – you wouldn’t hold a baseball bat loosely, carelessly placing your fingers in danger when about to hit a fastball. If you do this, the impact of the ball on the bat will cause the bat to vibrate, hurting your hands and completely goofing your hit. It’s much the same with a handgun.

Before examining your grip, take a look at your handgun. Many modern guns have grooves in the grip specifically designed for certain parts of your hand. Gun manufacturers aren’t stupid – they know if you hold the gun right it will be more pleasant to shoot, and therefore you’ll shoot it more, buy another, or recommend the gun to others. Take note of this in your gun – is there a raised part where your palm should sit or a bump where your thumb should rest. Try using these features as you grip the gun. Most often this will force your grip to where it should be.

Beyond the grips themselves, remember that not all guns fit everyone’s hand. A 1911-style handgun, for instance, has a thin grip thanks to its single-stack magazine. A Glock 21, on the other hand, has a really thick grip due to the 45 ACP double-stack magazine. Don’t buy a gun because it looks cool – buy it because it fits your needs. And one primary need is being able to handle the gun’s recoil. So buy a gun that fits snugly in your hand.

Getting a grip
First a foremost, check to make sure you gun is unloaded. Don’t assume it’s unloaded – guns assumed to be unloaded have put many people in the hospital. Is it clear? OK, continue…

OK, now to how to actually hold the gun. The first thing we must note is what kind of gun you’re holding, a revolver or an auto-loader (semi-auto).

Wheel-guns don’t allow your hand to get very high on the frame of the gun, so the goal when you first pick up a revolver is to make sure your strong-hand wraps around the grip tightly, as high on the grip as is comfortable.

For an auto-loader, make sure the web of your strong hand is high into the back of the gun. Most auto-loaders have a “beavertail,” or a back portion designed for the web of your hand to go up into comfortably. After griping the gun, make sure your hand is high enough so you don’t see any gun between your hand and the top of the beavertail of the grip. On an auto-loader you can get your hand up on the gun much higher than a revolver. Grip as high as is comfortable, noting that you need to stay clear of the slide which moves rearward as the gun is fired.

No matter which type of handgun you have, make sure to wrap all but your trigger finger under the trigger guard for your strong hand – leaving fingers dangling with no place to sit will cause your grip to be too loose.

Also note the angle of the gun. The barrel of the gun should align with your forearm, not be cocked to one side. Aligning the gun with your forearm will allow the force of the recoil to travel through your entire forearm, not just your wrist. One of the most common symptoms of someone not gripping a gun correctly is a sore wrist. Correcting the angle should fix this.

Once you’ve got your strong hand well placed on the gun, fingers wrapped tightly under the trigger guard and your trigger finger pointed straight, sitting on the frame of the gun (remember – don’t put your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to shoot), push the gun out in front of you like you would at the firing line.

Now we’re going to focus on the weak-hand. Bring up your week hand to meet your strong hand. The palm of your weak hand should sit against the grip of the gun tightly, covering up any space not covered up by your strong hand. After your palm is in place, wrap ALL your fingers under the trigger guard, on top of your strong hand’s fingers. If you leave any fingers from your weak hand either above the base of the trigger guard or under your strong hand, you’re not gripping the gun tightly enough.

Once your weak hand is in place, look at your grip. How much of the gun do you see under your hands? The less gun you see, the better. You should be holding onto every inch of the gun you can, keeping in mind that you don’t want your hands on top of any part that will move when the gun fires.

A quick test is to have someone stand next to you while you’re gripping your unloaded gun, pointed as if you’re at the firing line. Now have the person take their index finger and hit the bottom of your barrel hard from the bottom. This simulates recoil, and will allow you to see if the gun is jiggling around in your hand. If you have the urge to re-align your grip after this, you may want to go over the procedure again, as this probably means your hands aren’t comfortable and something’s wrong.

A few other things to note:

  • When gripping an auto-loader, make sure both thumbs are on the same side of the gun. Crossing a thumb over your wrist won’t help you control recoil and will often end up being hit by the moving slide, which could cause serious injury.
  • Keep in mind the moving parts of the gun. It’s OK to rest your fingers against the frame, but not against any part that will move as the gun is fired.
  • Make sure your trigger finger is loose. Every other part of your hand should be tight against the gun, but your trigger finger must be allowed to move freely to fire the gun. A big reason why you want a solid grip is so you can work the trigger without the rest of the gun moving.
  • Grip is slightly different for everyone. This is because no two guns are gripped the same way and no two people’s hands are exactly the same. You should do what works for you, keeping in mind that you need to hold that gun securely to control the recoil.
  • Once you get it right grip it the same way every time. Experimentation is fine, but remember that changing your grip will effect your accuracy, so once you have it right stick with it so you can work on the other variables of shooting.
  • Finally, the way you grip the gun should be comfortable. If something doesn’t feel right, readjust until it does. Being relaxed is important to control recoil, and a good grip will allow you to relax, knowing you aren’t going to drop the gun.

Grip, stance, and getting over the big bang
In summary, a solid stance and a good grip can do wonders for those having trouble handling the recoil on a handgun. Remember that you need a good base to shoot from and the confidence that the gun isn’t going to jump out of your hands to shoot well.

Also, keep in mind that practice goes a long way to breaking the mental barrier of recoil. Many instructors say that recoil is 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. Getting over the loud bang and allowing the recoil to work naturally with your body instead of freaking you out is a big part of the equation.

So stand solid, grab that gun tightly, and keep shooting until the noise and movement is ignored, and you’ll have a handle on the recoil of your handgun.

Fighting the Flinch

.:.This article is part of Advanced Shooting's Locked & Loaded series.:.

Even experienced shooters have done it – you’re out of bullets, but you squeeze anyway, thinking there’s one more in there. And what happens? The gun flinches, pointing towards the ground. The first thing you do is look around to make sure no one saw you “duck the barrel.”

Yes, even instructors do it. I catch myself doing it sometimes after shooting for a while, if I’m not careful. So how do you know if you’re flinching or “ducking the barrel,” and what can you do it stop it?

Finding the flinch
The first step to fixing a flinch is figuring out if you’re doing it or not. The way most instructors tell if someone’s flinching is by looking at their target. If you’re often shooting low, though you feel like your sites are pointing dead-on (and your sites are aligned correctly), this is a common symptom of a flinch.

To make sure that you’re flinching and that you’re just not lining up your sites incorrectly, grab a revolver. Load all but two or three of the chambers and start shooting. If on the empty chambers the gun drops, you’re flinching.

Why am I flinching?
There’s a big noise and a lot of movement when that gun goes off which causes many people to tense up as they pull the trigger. The anticipation of the recoil makes many people try to compensate for the recoil – forcing the gun down to counteract the gun’s natural tendency to kick up as it is fired.

What supports this for me, as an instructor, is most people don’t tend to flinch with an air-gun or a 22 LR. These guns have very little felt-recoil, so people don’t compensate. But you move up to a 9mm or larger and shooters know they’re going to feel it. And if they don’t know they’re going to be on the receiving end of some recoil, often their first shot is well placed and the rest are low, or flinched.

There’s probably nothing conscious about flinching. More likely it’s a reaction the body has to fight anticipated movement. Sort of like when you move your foot out of the way when you drop the soap in the shower (no prison pun intended). You don’t think about moving your foot, you just do. Just like you don’t think about flinching, it just sort of happens.

How do I fix it?
The quickest way we’ve found to fix flinching once it’s identified is to slow down the trigger pull. And I mean really slow – to the point that it takes 10 seconds or more for the gun to go off.
Squeezing the trigger slow doesn’t allow the shooter to know when the gun is going to go off. Because the gun will surprise you, your body doesn’t have a chance to react by flinching.

Another way to fix a flinch is to try a gun with a different trigger pull than you’re used to. One reason so many people like to shoot single-action guns is because the short, light trigger pull doesn’t allow much time for a flinch.

So now that I’m not flinching, why can’t I hit dead-center every time?
That’d be a matter of practice, grasshopper. And don’t worry about hitting the center every time, almost no one can do that.

Worry more about the fundamentals and consistency. If you can keep your shots within a few inches at 21+ feet, you’re doing great. If not, get out to the range more!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Review: Taurus 627 Tracker 357 Magnum

.:.This article is part of Advanced Shooting's Locked & Loaded series.:.

Editor’s note: Advanced Shooting isn’t paid to review anything, so when we tell you what we think, it’s exactly that. Usually a review is just one guy’s take on a gun, a place, or a situation. And as our opinions change, products improve, and places make strides to better their situations, we’ll update our opinions.

The Taurus 627 Tracker in 357 Magnum is a seven-shot, matte stainless revolver with Taurus’s “ribber” grips (more on those later). It comes with a plastic box, a cleaning rod, and a manual that goes along with the Tracker series. Like all Taurus products made recently, it has a built-in key-lock (more like an allen-wrench lock, but it does the same thing), and it comes with Taurus’ Lifetime Repair Policy(1).

I’ve owned this gun for about two years now, and it’s had thousands of rounds put through it by both experienced and first-time shooters.

When people ask what the first gun they should buy, I generally recommend a full-size 357 magnum. Why? Because it’s reliable, easy to clean, and with 38 specials the recoil is very light. The Taurus 627 Tracker is a good example of a “starter” gun I’d recommend.

Most new shooters like the fact that the recoil is especially light in this gun with 38 specials, due to the heavy bull barrel(2) and fact that the barrel is ported(3). Having that extra seventh-shot is nice, too, if you’re shooting hundreds of rounds trying to qualify for a carry permit, etc. (though Taurus does offer an eight-shot 357 now). As an added bonus, the grips are thin enough for even small hands to get a good hold.

Experienced shooters like the “ribber” grip, which has little rings of rubber all the way around to allow a tight grip. The grip feels like it’s stuck in your hands, not like you’re fumbling to figure out how to hold it. Experienced shooters also like the clean, bright sights. The rear sight is big and outlined in white, and the front site is also large and has a bright red marker on it.

The gun is pleasant to shoot, even with 357 magnums, and easy to load and unload. We did find that as fouling built up the cartridges would stick. This is characteristic with many modern revolvers, though, and a good hit of the ejector rod pops out the empty brass.

As far as accuracy is concerned, it’ll hit where you’re pointing at defensive-ranges. We can consistently keep holes under an inch at 21 feet and further with decent ammo. And it eats any bullet you feed it without problems or errors.

After two years of shooting this gun on a regular basis our review is quite good. There are permanent burns above the porting from heavy use, and the cylinder is starting to stain from the heavier loads. Beyond this, it looks and shoots as when new.

Score Card

  • Accuracy: Excellent
  • Grips: Excellent, especially for smaller hands.
  • Reliability: Flawless after two years of heavy use
  • Carry-ability: No, it’s pretty big. Maybe with an outside holster, but this is a target/hunting gun.
  • Sites: big and easy to see. They’re adjustable and would break off easily if beaten on, so not ideal for carry.
  • Trigger: It’s a standard DA/SA revolver trigger(4), that’s pretty heavy but smooth when shooting DA. Single action it’s light, crisp and smooth.
  • Overall: Great range gun for new and experienced shooters.

(1) If your gun ever breaks, Taurus will repair or replace it for free. We’ve had a few guns break on us, and having this policy is very nice. All you have to pay is shipping to their shop in Florida. Visit for more info.

(2) A bull barrel is when the area under the barrel is solid metal – making the barrel look much thicker. This allows more weight to be distributed to the front of the gun, which decreases felt recoil.

(3) Porting is when there are small holes cut into the top of the barrel of a gun. This allows gas to escape as the gun is being fired, acting as little “rockets” that push the barrel down, counteracting some of the felt recoil. They also look really cool when fired at dusk/night. Sort of like the exhaust pipes on a motorcycle spitting out fire.

(4) DA/SA – double action/single action. In other words, the gun can be fired double action (where it cocks & releases the hammer), or you can cock the hammer and fire it single action.

The new Nazi

Looks like a modern day scenario that is very similar is unfolding in Iran. All Christians and Jews may be required to wear badges to identify their non-Muslim status... sound familiar?

How does this relate to guns? Well, part of the reason the Jews in Germany were defenseless against the Nazis was due to all guns being confiscated by the fascist gov't before the terror began.

Keep this in mind every time someone argues that gun registration is OK because things like Nazi's Germany don't happen anymore. Evil is alive in our time, and we must be vigilant and ready.

Usurp Ohio's local gun laws with state laws?

Anyone with a CHL in Ohio knows that local laws are a pain in the butt. There's a bill being proposed that would make Ohio state law the only law when it comes to guns.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Robbed in Sawyer Point

This is why parks shouldn't be allowed to post anti-CHL signs. There's one in Miami Township with signs, though the Atty General has said they're not legit.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wisconsin's fight for carry supported by study

A similar article to the one posted the other day ("Concealed Carry Doesn't Affect Crime"), only this one is positioned to support carry in Wisconsin.

The Gov. there has vetoed carry bills a few times now, and it's getting tiresome for Wisconsinites who want the same ability to protect themselves that most of the country has.

Maybe his veto will be overridden, this time...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gun control doesn't work, won't prevent crime

The best anti-gunners can do is deny a POSITIVE affect

The article is titled "Concealed carry does not affect crime," yet there are a few tidbits to note.

First, if it doesn't INCREASE crime, why should it be illegal? Shouldn't Americans be afforded freedoms if they don't hurt anyone else?

Second, this debunks every anti-gunner who claims that concealed carry turns peaceful neighborhoods into the Wild-West. Crime does NOT go up. And there have been several other studies that say it goes down, including the biggest concealed carry study ever conducted by the Florida state gov't, which showed a significant decrease in crime in Flordia after carry passed while nationwide crime went up.

Finally, check out this quote from the article:

Study author David Dodenhoff he (sic) also found that if a crime is committed, the criminal is less likely to be successful if the victim produces a weapon.

He says a criminal is more likely to move on to another victim if he suspects someone is carrying a weapon.
So does it or doesn't it help people? From these findings, I'd say the author of the article needs to re-think his title. Perhaps "Concealed carry could protect you from being a victim."

UN gun ban - something to keep your eye on

Dear Fellow American,

This 4th of July, while you and your family celebrate the 230th Anniversary of the founding of our great nation, there's one party you won't be invited to...

...And that's the party that Kofi Annan is throwing at United Nations headquarters in New York -- using your tax dollars -- for nearly fifty dictatorships, six terrorist states, governments that endorse execution based on religious faith, and a multitude of other nations from around the globe.

You see, this party isn't to honor your freedoms -- but to conspire to take them away.

Over our July 4th holiday, on American soil, they are preparing to enact a legally-binding treaty that would give the U.N. unchallengeable power to ban civilian ownership of ALL firearms.

That means your rifles, your shotguns and your handguns. AND YOUR FREEDOM!

To learn what you can do to stop the U.N.'s global gun ban treaty-before it destroys our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms visit

Just as a handful of patriots fired the "shot heard 'round the world" at Concord Bridge, it's up to you and me and every patriot who cherishes our Bill of Rights to tell the world today that our nation will not be bullied by the U.N.

Thank you for acting today.

Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association of America

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Not even safe from attack in a church

Ohio's carry law is a little fuzzy when it comes to places of worship. It is forbidden unless the pastor says it's OK. If they have anti-carry signs, you definately can't carry.

Kind of odd, and obviously the need for self-protection does exist, even at church.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Why do I own a gun?

A 15-yr old girl is raped by her neighbor, only a few miles down the street from my home.

Bad people intent on hurting good people are EVERYWHERE. Maybe living next door. And that's why I own a gun - to even the odds, and maybe stop a bad guy from hurting someone I love (and anyone else, ever again).

Criminals are a big problem for women, university student article

So it becomes even more important to defend yourself with the most effective legal means available - concealed carry.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Bullet fired a mile away into the air hits maid-of-honor

This is why you know your target and what's beyond, as well as NEVER fire a gun into the air.

Be safe, shooters.

Carry in bars?

Arizona's senate has voted to follow the lead of many other states that allow people to carry into establishments that serve liquor - as long as the person that carries doesn't drink.

We need this in Ohio. Yes, critics will say that blood will run in the streets if you mix a room with beer and a room with a gun, but why should carrying be treated any different than driving?

Personally, I'd like to carry into a lot of restaurants that serve alcohol, knowing I can't drink myself.

And from a guy who knows a designated driver who was killed in a bar fight, it would be nice if the good guys could defend themselves from the drunk a-holes bent on destruction.