Saturday, December 26, 2009

A great carry revolver? Look for a bit of weight and a descent grip.

We often get the question: what are the best carry guns? Depends on who you ask, how you carry, and your tolerance for recoil, but it's hard to go wrong with snub-nose revolver. Utterly reliable and easy to use, a 357 magnum gives you the option of shooting 38sp or 357's, and it'll work every time you pull the trigger. Just watch out for the ultra-lights or guns with very short grips--this makes it harder to hit what you're aiming at and uncomfortable for many to shoot.

The Taurus 617 is an example of a near-perfect snubby. It's not too light, the grips let you get all your fingers on it, it's a 6-shot (most snubs are 5), and it's got a lifetime warranty. There's also a very similar gun made by Rossi, which is owned by Taurus, that one of our instructors carries and loves.

Reasonably priced just under $400 down at Bud's in Lexington. You can order via internet and have it shipped up to an FFL. Send us an email if you don't know how to get this done.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Gift Certificates delivered immediately via email!

Still looking for that last-minute gift? You can pre-pay for an Advanced Shooting class--no premium or expiration date, and your loved one can choose from any class on the schedule. Visit to order today!

A birthday gift for myself: A new 22LR revolver

Ok, it's really more of a gift to new shooters in our classes, but I still get to shoot it. Nice new Taurus 22LR revolver (model 94 4"). Come try it free at one of our classes!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

They're going to BS us to get an assault weapons ban

A recent article in USA Today proclaimed "Criminals are packing more heat," leading you to believe that lax gun laws are allowing criminals to use more "assault weapons" and bigger calibers.

BS. Total BS. You can see it just by reading the stats they point out.

First, they talk about Chicago, and police claiming more assault weapons are being used. Guns of every type, especially assault weapons and handguns, are illegal in Chicago. So the ban there isn't working.

Second, they talk about the "quality of weapons" are getting better. Criminals are using 9mm and 40 S&W's instead of, I don't know, maybe 22's. In the last two decades these two calibers have been standardized, and the guns have gotten smaller (thanks to a mag-capacity limit law that has since gone away). So of course guns will tend to go to these calibers--that's like saying the number of Camry's stolen has gone up since sales of Camry's have increased. It's simple logic.

Finally, they point out that a lot of "automatic weapons" are being seized. Automatic weapons are illegal without an extreme amount of paperwork, so banning machine guns hasn't worked either.

In summary, this whole article is meant to scare people into thinking that criminals are walking around with machine guns, and if we don't do something about it (like pass an Assault Weapons Ban) we're all going to be gunned down in the streets. What they ignore is the fact that in all the cases they list there's either a law already on the books being violated (that's not stopping the criminal) or simple, unfixable via law logic as to why the increase exists.

Keep an eye out for efforts like this to increase into 2010, as Congress will try to push another ineffective and restrictive ban on gun owners.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Give us feedback on the new site--get a sticker!

Let us know what you like, what you don't like, what doesn't work, whatever! Send us an email with your feedback and home address and we'll send you a sticker for your gun case, car, wherever. Email and thank you!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Lots of pistol ammo at Dick's Fields Ertel

Nice, big safe at Dicks for $399

New site is up, email is working!

If you sent an email in the last 24 hours it's possible we didn't receive, due to our site change-out. Please re-send.

We now have a new site we can quickly edit, so that means more content faster!

Please let us know if you see problems, as well be de-bugging for the next few days. We know of some current issues with Google Checkout on weekday classes--being repaired later today!

Thanks, and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

New site is up!

Tell us what you think, what you'd like to see added, and what bugs you see.

Getting ready to launch a new site!

If you see our site down in spurts today, it's because we're getting ready to launch a new site and are testing everything. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the new setup should allow us to make updates, keep up with class schedules, and make changes on the fly much more easily.

Thanks for your patience, and give us a call at 513-549-4045 if you need anything!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Nice locking case for car or home handgun

Target for $25. Digital combo + cable to secure to a bed frame, car seat, etc.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Desantis Ankle Rig rocks

After a full week of wearing a new Desantis Ankle Rig, purchased at the Ft Worth, TX Cabelas (or the Disney Land for Shooters as I call it), I can easily say this holster rocks. It's easy to wear, comfortable, and stays put. I highly recommend for anyone who needs to tuck their shirt in, needs to carry seriously concealed, and wears long pants.

Sure, access to your gun suffers in any ankle rig, but I would argue that if you have to tuck your shirt in this is the easiest, most comfortable way to have a carry gun close at hand. And if you drive a lot or sit at a desk all day, this is much more comfortable than waist-band carry and allows you to actually access your gun faster (IWB holsters tend to be hard to access when sitting).

Buy it at here for $38. Worth every penny.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Finger off the trigger!

Some unlucky shooter at the Bass Pro shops in Dallas, TX managed to shoot the roof of their indoor gun range, blowing through the range's sprinkler system. I happened to walk in while a fire engine was waiting outside to disable the sprinkler system, and the Bass Pro maintenance crew was busy cleaning up all the water.

In fact, the box of the gun I purchased, which was stored in the basement of Bass Pro, was wet due to the flooding that ensued.

Remember your rules, folks. 1) Safe direction, 2) Finger off the trigger (this is where he broke the rule), and 3) Keep the gun unloaded until you're ready to use it.

Follow these three rules and no one, including any harmless sprinklers at Bass Pro, gets hurt.

New gun for classes: Taurus PT1911

We love 1911's, as most gun guys do. Taurus has been a descent discount-firearms brand for us, especially descent for their revolvers, so we decided to give their 1911 a try for class use.

We've shot them before, and they live up to modern 1911's wonderful-ness. We'll see how this gun holds up and report back.

As always, our guns are free for any student attending a class to try. We'd rather you try with our guns than buy something on your own and regret the decision.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New ankle holster

Got a Desantis Apache Ankle Rig from Cabelas while in Dallas--it's AWESOME. Much more comfortable than my normal Bianchi, though doesn't hold as tight (we'll see if this becomes a problem). Highly recommend!

Friday, November 06, 2009

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tragic shooting is another example of a "gun-free" zone incident

Believe it or not, most soldiers are not allowed to carry on base. It appears MPs acted quickly and stopped the shooter, but still, a dozen soldiers lost their lives and many more were injured.

No idea if allowing soldiers/civilians to carry on base could have reduced the carnage, but it is clear that many were left defenseless against a crazed attacker.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

You don't need to carry, you're in a public place, right? WRONG.

There's a debate brewing over whether witnesses to a serious crime must report the crime to police. What's stirring this up is a gang-rape of 15-yr old girl at a school function, where 20+ people saw what was happening and didn't report it.

The lesson to media? We should question whether you have to call the police in such a situation. The lesson for us? Protect yourself-- you can't rely on others to help. Even when it's obvious that a serious, even violent crime is being committed.

Monday, October 26, 2009

CNN last place, newspaper circ down again (one-sided coverage'll do that)

Just because you shoot back doesn't mean you'll live

Two things about this story. First, both teens were illegally carrying (bad guys don't care about the law). Second, just because you're armed doesn't mean you will survive a confrontation, so never put yourself at additional risk just because you're carrying.

Investigators say it appeared each had opened fire on the other during a confrontation.

Man, Woman Found Shot to Death at Day Care

At Gun-free zone day care: Bodies found in parking lot of Jellybean Junction in Fairfield

Saturday, October 24, 2009

For Sale: 20" iMac 2Ghz, 250GB HD, excellent condition

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Police: 70 year-old woman with concealed handgun license saved lives by shooting robbery suspect

By Chad D. Baus

Columbus news media are quoting police as saying a woman who shot an armed robber when he entered her hotel room with a gun may have saved the lives of her friends.


The incident happened at about 9:15 p.m. at the Continent Inn Motel at 6225 Zumstein Dr.

The door was standing open on a motel room. The suspect walked into the room, showed a firearm and started to rob several people who were in town for the Quarter Horse Congress, CPD said.

A 70-year-old woman pulled out a handgun and shot the robbery suspect, investigators said.

The suspect fled to the parking lot.

Columbus police arrived on the scene at about 9:20 and found the suspect in the lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the woman might have saved the lives of the people with her in the room.

The heroic robbery victim, who the Columbus Dispatch is reporting is an Ohio concealed handgun license-holder, was interviewed and released from custody, Police say she won't face charges, because the shooting is being considered an act of self-defense.

Under the Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters an occupied home or temporary habitation (such as this woman's hotel room), or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

Click here for many other examples of concealed handgun license-holders acting in defense of their lives in Ohio.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Classes scheduled: Point Shooting, Youth, Personal Protection, Pistol Marksmanship!

Just added several more class dates on our schedule. What we have coming up (besides CCW classes):

Oct 24 - Pistol Point Shooting - learn how to point-shoot, draw from a holster! 2 hrs at the range plus online classroom at your leisure.

Nov 1 - Pistol Marksmanship - 2 hrs at the range with an instructor helping you get on target!

Nov 14 - Youth First Steps - teach your 7+ year old how to shoot a 22 rifle!

Nov 14 - Assault Rifle Basics - learn to shoot an AR-15 and AK-47! 3 hrs at the range with an instructor plus online classroom at your leisure.

Dec 12 - Basic Shotgun - learn to shoot trap with our shotgun instructor! 3 hrs at the range with an instructor plus online classroom at your leisure.

Feb 20 - Personal Protection - learn what to do if someone breaks in your house, point shooting, 3-shot groups, drawing from a holster, and much more! Total of 8 hours including range time and classroom.

Sign up today at for any of our classes! Hurry, all have limited spots available!

If there's a bump in the night...

We often get the question--what do you have in case you think someone's in your house at night?

I have a locking box by the bed that has a Springfield XD 40 S&W and a Surefire LED flashlight. Plus my wife's purse is in the bedroom, which has her car and housekey in it, and both our cell phones are charging on the dresser.

Here's why:
- the Springfield is a high-capacity, easy to shoot handgun that I'm very comfortable with. I'm usually a 45-guy, but my wife isn't. Which means if she'd have to use it I want the gun to be a caliber she can shoot. Plus I don't feel under-armed with a 40--it's a great bullet, especially when you put good hollow-points in it. Plus there's a second 9mm locked in our closet in case I need to go investigate and leave her in the bedroom or with the kids.

- the Surefire, while very expensive ($90-ish), is the brightest, toughest, easiest to use and most compact tactical flashlight I've ever seen. It's an LED, which means the batteries last a long time, and it's built for the worst of situations. It's instant-on button is made for sweeping hostile environments--turn it on with just a bit of pressure of your thumb (with it in your hand like a baton, flashlight side down) and you can easily search a space without giving away where you are. Just let go and the light goes off. Plus it's bright as hell and light-weight.

- keys for two reasons. First, using the 'panic' button on the car keys is a great way to scare the be-Jesus out of someone in the house, and second because if we're trapped upstairs with a bad guy downstairs and cops outside I want to be able to throw my keys down so the Police don't have to kick in a door.

- cell phones because you can't cut a cell line and it's a portable connection to 911, which is always the first step if you know someone's broken in.

So there you go. Not too complex. If you want to learn more about how you can prepare yourself and your family for a potential break-in and learn what to do if you're confronted with an intruder, check out our Personal Protection class. Visit for more info.

Two weeks with an ankle holster--and I'm a convert

I'm a convert. While disparaging ankle holsters for nearly 6 years, I never really tried one for any length of time. Access, comfort, I had a lot of excuses. But my only exposure had been 15 minutes of ankle-holster time.

Now that I've put a Bianchi ankle holster through the paces, I can easily say that this is a viable option for carry, especially for those who tuck in their shirts.

Yes, it'll take a while to get a hold of your gun. Longer than some situations might allow, but when there's no other easy way to carry or you're dressed in a way where inside-the-pants or belt holsters just don't work, an ankle holster is a great option.

I especially like the ability to drive in comfort (and with easy access to the gun).

Some tips:
  • Get a holster that fits your gun. Strapping a big chunk of steel and material to your leg isn't comfortable unless everything works well together.
  • Experiment with which gun fits best in the holster. I found small revolvers worked much better than autos, mostly because the grips were shorter and didn't stick out.
  • Having an ankle holster on takes some getting used to. Don't give up quickly--I made that mistake years ago. Give it a couple of days. Maybe start by just wearing the holster by itself for a few days. Get used to the feel before you go full-out and carry.
  • Adjustments make a huge difference. Sometimes you'll have to scoot the holster up, down, and around your leg to find the perfect fit.
  • Tight is good--the more snug I have the holster the less it feels like it's there. Not saying you should tourniquet yourself, but make sure the holster allows for a tight fit. Any looseness can cause the gun to flop around, which is very uncomfortable.
  • When necessary, go to the bathroom and make any adjustments. Once in a while, like any holster, things get out of whack. A trip to the restroom gives you an opportunity for a fix. Don't let something nag you or look weird--fix it.
I'll be regularly carrying in this fashion from now out. Let us know your experiences with your ankle holster (or any other holster) and we'll share them.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pistol Point Shooting Class scheduled for Oct 24 10am-noon. $50.

Want to get the most popular part of our Personal Protection class--the range time where we teach point shooting and holster draw--without killing a whole Saturday? What if we told you it was only $50?

The first Pistol Point Shooting class of the season will be Oct 24 10am-noon. You take the classroom on the web and spend two hours at the range learning the techniques! Sign up today at

Monday, October 12, 2009

Video of bullets in super-slow-mo

Very cool video. Watch about 2/3 through for the hollow-points expanding in ballistics gel.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Military M4's failing in battle?

Every shooter needs to go once: Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot

If there were seven wonders of the shooting world, Knob Creek's machine gun shoot would definitely make the list. We decided to head down this year and check it out. Very, very cool. Especially the night shoot (about 1/4 through the clip).

Thursday, October 01, 2009

DUMBASS shows gun at Kenwood Towne Center

Once in a while, a dumbass slips through the cracks. 99.9% of CHL holders are good folks (that's an actual stat - less than 0.1% of CHL holders are convicted of a crime with a gun, that's 30x better than the average citizen). Here we appear to have a moron.

Let's hope people learn from this. You CANNOT brandish a firearm. Not as a joke, not as a threat, not for ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. You have a concealed weapon to protect yourself if you're attacked. No other reason. Ever.

One note, however. In the 5+ years since Ohio passed concealed carry this is the FIRST incident we've ever heard of where a CHL holder brandished a firearm. And it appears it was not in violence, probably a stupid (very stupid) joke from a guy with too much testosterone.

Given the rarity of this situation, let's hope the anti-gunners, always looking for a reason to over-react, don't take this as fodder to do things that hurt us all.

Typical for an anti-gunner: something is evil (but I'll gladly profit from it)

Moore hates capitalism--the system that's made him filthy rich (though he claims a few hundred million bucks isn't much).

He also hates guns, but has armed body guards... Ugh.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

History channel calls gun sales a sign of Nazism coming back

Has the History Channel decided to throw in the towel with facts, and instead pander to BS and frenzy?

In tonight's episode of "Nostradamus Effect" (clearly not the most intelligent programming choice for the channel), the History Channel's narrator said the following:

"Wide-spread extremest beliefs, both in America and off its shores, growing sales of guns and other weapons, and hate crimes increasing every year around the world, all suggest the prophesy of a new Reich is becoming fulfilled."

HUH? Talk about playing fast-and-loose with the facts. Gun sales are up and violent crime is DOWN. In fact, gun sales have been increasing for 30+ years in the U.S. What about the "growing hate crimes" overseas, where guns are illegal? Again, no mention. It seems as though some zealous producer just wanted to tie guns to Nazism for the heck of it...

How does fascism tie to gun sales? No connection is given, but they do show a clip of a gun shop and gun range.

And finally, racism is growing? Ever heard of the 40s, 50s and 60s? Jim Crow laws? Lynchings? A Ku Klux Klan that used to be a dominant force in the US? Maybe "hate crimes" (what the hell kind of violent crime isn't "hateful"?) increase year-over-year for a few in a row, but they're seriously saying things are worse than they were?

Let's not let the History Channel, once a bastion of serious programming (often about the history of firearms) slide down this slippery slope...

Report 1: 2 days into the ankle holster

Using a standard strap-style ankle holster and my Rossi 357-magnum, I'm finding the ankle holster much easier than I first suspected. It took a bit of playing-around to figure out the alignment on my leg, especially figuring out where the pointy-parts can go and not cause pain.

On top of rotating the holster to find placement, the other major question is what gun fits well. A long handle doesn't work well--it pokes out and is clearly visible. A snub revlover seems to fit the bill nicely, and I have two that seem to fit the best. My first try was with a Glock 36-- an excellent inside-the-waistband gun. But it's longer grip (though still short) didn't jive well with the ankle configuration.

First, a 38-special Taurus snubbie. It's a 5-shot, wood-handled guy. Not one of the ultra-light-weights, as those tend to be uncomfortable to shoot, but a standard M85-style gun (a bit older, though). It works well, and I carried it Tuesday without issue.

On Wednesday I decided to try my Rossi 357-magnum. It's a bit bigger, a bit-heavier, and holds an extra shot. This also fits well, and with some additional adjusting, was very comfortable.

While I'm finding it does take some getting-used-to to have the extra weight on your leg, and access doesn't appear to be flawless (you'll have to pull your pants leg up to access the gun), cocealablity with boot-cut jeans is excellent. And it's kind of nice to not have the inside-the-waistband style holster when driving.

Will report back more later. To my surprise, I'm liking the ankle holster...

Coverage of AZ's bar-carry rule has been slanted

Are you shocked? 3/4 of this article is dedicated to bar owners scared they'll get hurt.

I can't tell you how many students come through our class that have to work near/in bars, and wish they had the right to self defense. Does more violence happen in bars than elsewhere? Yes. Why? Because people get drunk and stupid. Does that mean someone NOT drinking should be left defenseless against drunk attackers? Heck no.

The logic is seriously flawed of bar owners in Arizona who post anti-gun signs. If someone's going to get drunk and shoot someone, they aren't going to pay attention to a sign (how often do we hear about violence in/just outside of bars in states where guns are forbidden?).

I'd rather have the band member, wrapping his gig at 2am and loading thousands of dollars of equipment in his car, able to defend himself. Or the waitress, getting off in the middle of the night after being heckled by drunk customers, able to defend herself from being attacked.

Silly me...

Monday, September 28, 2009

Obscene gang violence in gun-free Chicago (civilans, students left defenseless)

Ok Ok Ok - I'll try an ankle hoster and report back

I've had a lot of people lately asking about ankle holsters. They seem an easy way to carry -- but I've also been told by many that they're uncomfortable and hard to access.

Given these concerns, I'll be your faithful Guinea pig. I'll wear an ankle holster for the next week and report back my findings.

Stay tuned!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Acoustic weapons used in Pittsburg for G20

Trusting your enemies to disarm is a good way to get shot

Our president wants to get rid of nukes and talk to terrorists. Great. The big problem is the idea that when you disarm, your enemies will be overcome with your gesture and do the same. We're seeing this play out on a world stage with Iran today. 

This is especially true when it comes to guns. Taking away guns from law-abiding people doesn't rid criminals of them. In fact, it makes criminals more powerful, because they're now facing a defenseless victim. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Weapons Disablity, a real story

My age is 48, and I have only owned one gun, an old Stevens double barrel 12 gauge that my dad gave me. In late march I completed a conceal and carry class. Next step is to purchase a hand gun. I went to the recommended store since they seemed to have the best prices for the one I wanted. After going through the demonstration and what comes with it, I filled out my background check. After a few minutes the store owner came back and said I was denied the purchase by the NICS check and gave me some information if I wanted to file an appeal. He didn’t seem to be too alarmed by this and informed me that he had seen Policemen and people with conceal and carry permits get denied. If you call NICS, they will not tell you why you were denied or anything about your record. I had a couple of small misdemeanors in the distant past so I figured there was something there that I did wrong. So, I filed my appeal, which required me to send my fingerprints so they can compare with the FBI records. In the mean time, I started doing research on this issue. It turns out that I had a “weapons disability” according to Ohio revised code 2923.13 -

In short, if you have a conviction of a felony violence offense, mentally ill, drug dependent, or have ANY conviction of a “drug of abuse”, then it is a third degree felony to “knowingly acquire, have, carry, or use any firearm or dangerous ordnance” In other words, you can’t touch a gun.

26 years prior, I had a misdemeanor drug conviction in the state of Kentucky. So, time to get it expunged. I sent for my record in Kentucky and it came back clean. After more research, I found that Kentucky passed a law to get rid of old misdemeanors on the books and also got rid of the electronic records. So it turns out that even though I didn’t have a record in Kentucky anymore, the FBI still knew about it. So I contacted a lawyer in Kentucky and he said he would do the expungment for $500. Bummer, that is the cost of the gun I wanted. So I sat and pondered all of this. A little over 4 months go by and I get my appeal back from NICS. It stated that I was indeed the person with the record, but after further research, I was approved to purchase one firearm from the exact dealer where I was denied. Apparently they must have run my record again in Kentucky and saw it was now clean. Also, when I received my appeal back, it had a copy of my FBI record. I figured the only way to keep this denial thing from happening again was to get this expunged because NICS keeps no records. They are required to destroy records of a background check within 24 hours. This is a good thing; otherwise it would be gun registration by the federal government. I contacted the county courthouse where I was convicted in Kentucky and they said I could file for expungment for $100 and it didn’t require a lawyer, but I had to provide them with the FBI record that was less than 30 days old so they knew what to send to the state police. The FBI will only expunge a record when told to by the state police. So, now I got that done. Went to get the gun and the shop owner had only seen an appeal approval certificate one other time. I guess not too many people win their appeal. He re-ran my check and my “appeal recheck” came back “Delayed”. I called the NICS the next day to see what was up and told them I am getting tired of the embarrassment of being turned down, and the woman said to hold tight for a few more days. But, after two days it was finally approved. So, if I didn’t get my expungement done, I would most likely have to go through this every time I wanted to purchase a firearm from a dealer. So my next move is to get a CCW license. More on that if there is a problem.

Why am I writing this story? Because I want to share my experience with others that have questions when and if they get denied. Ohio’s weapons disability law is pretty crappy. There is no room for a second chance and I have seen on the web that some states don’t allow expungement at all. So those people only have one other option. There is a provision in the Ohio law where you can get relief from the disability, but it appears that it could be expensive. I wrote my local Ohio congressman, he called me back when I wasn’t home and I haven’t tried to get in touch with him again. I want to know why isn’t there some kind of statute of limitations on how long ago the drug offense was. In the end, I only have myself to blame for my past mistakes. This is something everyone should stress to their children. The FBI never forgets, so stay out of trouble so you can keep your rights of freedom and to bear arms.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gun ownership, concealed carry at highest levels in history. And violent crime drops. Again.

Young woman found murdered in "highly secure" Yale campus (gun-free zone)

The myth that thick walls and security cameras will protect you is one often put forth by large institutions wishing to ignore a person's request to have a weapon for personal defense.

This has been illustrated, yet again, on the gun-free campus of Yale. This is an affluent, "highly secured" area. Yet a young woman, days before her wedding, was apparently brutally killed and her body hidden, only to be found several days later.

She was worried about her safety before she died, even taking the typical, recommended precautions (travel in groups, take public transportation, etc.). They didn't save her.

Thick walls and cameras may help deter an attack, but as it's happening, they do nothing. When a bad guy attacks, sometimes the only defense is a weapon. When will universities and corporations who forbid carry learn this?

The networks will only cover what's convienent, fits the agenda

Remember this when you don't hear anything about gun/ammo legislation. If they think it'll hurt their agenda, you'll have to have other outlets (like to learn about it.

They were for it before they were against it: Cleveland Plain Dealer editors call for repeal of statewide preemption

Newspaper once editorialized in favor of preempting local gun laws

By Chad D. Baus

Last week, upon the occasion of the injury of two Columbus officers by a marijuana-growing suspect who fired on them with a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle, gun ban extremists quickly ran out to dance in the officers' blood.

These groups, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Freedom States Alliance, and the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, sought to sell the line that the incident had occurred because the Ohio General Assembly acted in late 2006 (via HB347) to preempt local gun control laws, including so-called "assault weapons" bans in Columbus and Cleveland.

Over the weekend, the gun banners' accomplices on the Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board dutifully took the gun control groups' ball and ran with it, in an editorial entitled "Ohio should get its cities to make and enforce anti-gun laws."

In doing so, the newspaper failed to acknowledge that it editorialized in favor of the law on August 7, 2007, or provide any change that would explain its new position, offered now in two subsequent opposition editorials.

From the editorial:

Remember these names: Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party; state Sen. Tim Grendell, Republican from Geauga County; state Sen. Tom Patton, Republican from Strongsville; and state Rep. Kenny Yuko, Democrat from Richmond Heights.

These area politicians have aided and abetted the gun lobby in putting the bang back in gang.

They did so by supporting legislation two years ago that nullified local gun laws.

Patton was in the House at the time, as was Redfern. Gov. Bob Taft's veto of House Bill 347 was overridden with the help of Grendell, Patton and Yuko; Redfern did not vote to override the veto.

At the time, Cleveland had enacted laws that required, among other things, that handguns be registered; that prohibited the possession of firearms by minors; and that forbade the sale and possession of assault weapons.

All of those laws are in limbo now, unenforced while the city challenges the state law in the courts.

As of Friday, the city has seen 72 homicides this year, 49 of which involved handguns. Last year at this time, there had been 73 homicides, 52 of which involved handguns.

The truth, of which the Plain Dealer has been informed by Buckeye Firearms Association on multiple occasions, is that the gang never had lost its "bang", and no other of these homicides would have been prevented had the city's gun ban remained in effect.

During the fight to pass statewide preemption, Buckeye Firearms Association was able to verify through public records requests that in all of 2006 there was not one single person charged with a violation of Cleveland's assault weapons ban. That's right, not even one.

Our investigation also found that, in 2007 (before HB347 took effect), one person was prosecuted for a violation of Cleveland's bans. But the case never made it to trial because the Grand Jury returned a "no bill," meaning they couldn't even find the enough evidence of a crime for the case to move forward to a trial.

So not only did the City of Cleveland not convict a single person under their so-called assault weapons ban in 2006 or 2007; they never even took one case to trial!

We conducted our investigation after months of calling on the Plain Dealer and other media to ask these questions themselves, and when we were done, we provided the Plain Dealer with the facts, which they have yet to publish.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer history on covering the debate over statewide preemption of local gun control laws is an interesting one indeed.

On August 7, 2007, the Plain Dealer actually editorialized in FAVOR of preemption:

This page continues to look skeptically on concealed carry, but consistency in the form of statewide, uniform standards makes more sense than a confusing patchwork of local contradictions.

Less than four months later, Plain Dealer editors reversed themselves, without noting or explaining the reversal:

By taking away local governments' ability to regulate the sale and possession of guns, the legislature tramples the principle of home rule more egregiously than ever.

When I contacted Plain Dealer Deputy Editorial Director Kevin O'Brien about the discrepancy, he admitted that the same person - Phillip Morris - had written both editorials, and repeatedly attempted to explain that the change of opinion was because "Mr. Morris detected some changes" in the language of the bill.

The problem was, the language in the bill related to preemption - the language which both editorials were specifically directed at - had not changed during the course of those four months. (Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise, given that in 2005 Plain Dealer editorial page editor Brent Larkin admitted to me that they don't read legislation before editorializing. Ironically, this admission came during a conversation about another inaccurate Plain Dealer editorial about a different provision in the exact same legislation - HB347.)

Despite being confronted with the facts on the preemption language having been unchanged, O'Brien and the editorial board refused to issue a correction, or any acknowledgement whatsoever that it had reversed itself in editorials just months apart.

Nor did they make such an acknowledgement in the current editorial, which goes on to present an example of a case the editorial board infers would have turned out differently had HB347 not become law:

Together with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Cleveland police have executed 189 gun-suppression initiatives so far this year, made 604 arrests and seized 124 firearms.

But all that is cold comfort to De'Ajah Campbell, a 22-month-old toddler who was shot in the back Tuesday night after her mother got into an argument with 20-year-old Darrin Harsley.

Harsley, who police say confessed to the shooting, is a convicted felon who just two weeks ago was released on bond after his arrest on a weapons charge.

Back on the street, police say, Harsley had no trouble obtaining a handgun. He was also armed with two other weapons, including an assault rifle. Police are now trying to trace those firearms.

How is a thug like Harsley able to rearm so quickly and easily?

In part because misguided politicians such as Redfern, Grendell, Patton and Yuko seem to think that gun sellers have more rights than gun victims.

The state law must be overturned. It not only violates the state's constitutional cornerstone of home rule, it also keeps cities from using the lever of the law to reduce the number of easy-to-get, cheap guns.

Did you catch that? Even though laws which make it illegal for felons to buy guns or for felons to be in possession of guns or to sell guns to felons (not to mention laws which prevented this perp from carrying the gun concealed, or laws prohibiting murder) failed to protect this child, the geniuses on the Plain Dealer editorial board want you to believe that one more law would have made all the difference.

The newspaper claims statewide preemption "keeps cities from using the lever of the law to reduce the number of easy-to-get, cheap guns." But given the case of Edward Lesure, which we covered (and the Plain Dealer ignored) in 2008, it is highly possible that the city of Cleveland once again failed to use the laws currently in effect to keep Mr. Harsely behind bars where he belongs.

The Lesure case involved a perp committing gun crimes while under several felony disabilities. Despite having pending felony charges, he was charged instead by the City of Cleveland with misdemeanors, nearly all of which were eventually dismissed. You read that right - not only did the city not pursue the sitting duck felony charges for firearm under disability, they dismissed most all the misdemeanor charges from Lesure's assault case. Lesure wound up pleading to only a resisting arrest charge. No domestic violence, no assault, no aggravated menacing, no violation of the Cleveland assault weapons ban, no violation of the safe storage law - all of which the circumstances of his case suggest he could have been prosecuted for.

Col. Jeff Cooper once said that "The media insist that crime is the major concern of the American public today. In this connection they generally push the point that a disarmed society would be a crime-free society. They will not accept the truth that if you take all the guns off the street you still will have a crime problem, whereas if you take the criminals off the street you cannot have a gun problem."

The evidence is in, and it is indisputable. Cleveland's "assault weapons" ban did nothing to prevent crime, it went largely unused as a tool for city prosecutors, and Plain Dealer editors are long past any legitimate claim of being unaware of these facts. As such, the only logical conclusion is that the newspaper is intentionally ignoring the facts in the pursuit of an anti-gun agenda.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified concealed carry instructor.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

We need this in Ohio!

In Michigan, any are pushing for laws that make it illegal for companies to fire employees who keep their legally owned and carried guns in their cars. We need this in Ohio!

NRA-ILA--In an effort to strengthen worker's rights in Michigan, a number of pro-gun bills (HB5302, HB5303, SB792, and SB793) were introduced that would protect workers' rights to lawfully store firearms in their vehicles, while prohibiting an employer from retaliating against an employee who exercises his or her rights.

Also introduced this past week was Senate Bill 747. This legislation would permit holders who are at least 21 years old to carry a concealed firearm on college and university campuses by removing them from the "safe zone" list of prohibited places. At this time no action is required.
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Don't get a Utah and think you're set in Ohio

Some are telling Ohio residents to shorten their training requirements and get a Utah permit to carry in Ohio.

Our opinion--bad idea. If you're an Ohio resident, get an Ohio permit. If you want to get another state's permit as well, such as Florida, New Hampshire or Utah, fine, but have the Ohio as well.

The cop in our group tells us that when an Ohio cop pulls you over and you have an Ohio driver's license, he expects to see an Ohio CCW.

And to add to this, some states are beginning to drop Utah, due to the lack of live-fire training for certification there:

NRA-ILA--As we reported in July, the Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS) dropped Utah from the list of states whose Right-to-Carry permits are recognized by Nevada because Utah state law does not mandate live-fire range training as a part of its course requirement for the issuance of a permit.
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

When you see propaganda on TV, movies, don't think it's accidential

A lot of anti-gun stuff shows up on TV and in the movies. Only the cops and bad guys have guns, a gun is an accident waiting to happen, kid-gets-gun and does X bad thing, etc. 

Don't think this isn't by design. The aligning of media/arts and liberal causes runs deeper than just shared beliefs, and proof of this is surfacing

Always know your target and what's beyond (especially when firing a canon)

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Shotgun and Assault Rifle classes prices decreased to $50!

Our shotgun and assault rifle courses just got cheaper - now $50. How did we do this? Classroom will now be conducted via the web, on your schedule.

Plus we bumped up the time for the fun part. Range time will now be three hours.

This means you don't have to give up a whole day to attend, you save some cash, and you get to shoot more! All while covering the same content.

Visit for details and stay tuned for more developments!
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Mass killers are cowards, kill themselves at first sign of armed resistance

A great quote from John Benner of the Tactical Defense Institute (a great place to go for tactical courses, by the way): "these men are literally cowards, killing themselves at the first sign of armed resistance," illustrated again in Louisiana.

The spineless jerk even killed a toddler and a pregnant woman. To keep up the quote theme, one from the rocker Ted Nugent: "I'd rather see the woman [being attacked] pull out a 38 and shoot him in the head. I'd rather have the bad guys be dead. I guess I'm weird that way."

Friday, September 04, 2009

Keeping a church safe with concealed carry

We've had dozens of preachers come through our classes, typically with a parishioner or two with them, to make sure that someone is armed and ready should a coward attempt an attack during services.

If you think about it, church is an easy time for bad guys to strike. Let's say you're a divorced woman with a restraining order against your husband who attends church, synagogue or mosque services regularly. Where are you at every week, where the ex-with-an-attitude can easily find you, often with your guard down?

We've even held classes in a few churches in Ohio. So if you're a preacher, or a parishoner, and you're not sure if it's a good idea to leave your flock/fellow worshipers vulnerable, give us a call. We'd love to help you to be armed and faithful.

A great article that reminded us why many church-goers and preachers feel it's the right move to allow carry in church (or carry themselves).

Gun registration, bashing gun shows point of latest "study"

We've changed our URL! We're now

Thanks to the THOUSANDS of students we've had over the last 6+ years, we've been forced to upgrade our servers to handle the traffic. In the process, we decided to switch our official URL to It's a bit easier to remember.

We're still Advanced Shooting, and will hold onto, but it'll forward to the new URL.

Thanks to all our students for the amazing support and years of fun at the range! Let's keep putting that brass on the floor!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The pre-teen logic of anti-gunners

When you don't get your way, it's because the other guy is a jerk. Great pre-teen logic from the other side. Warning - contains explicit language.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Sometimes the system just fails, so be armed to stop bad guys

A convicted rapist kept a woman locked up for nearly two decades, with a parole officer visiting regularly and not noticing a thing. And the step-father saw the kidnapping, unable to do anything about it.

Maybe if he was armed he could have saved his step-daughter from 18 years of hell...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

FL couple tried to fight back, but were unarmed

We often see news reports of innocent people killed violently by attackers, wishing that the victim would have taken their protection seriously and acquired and been trained in the use of a firearm.

This is how we feel in the case of the Florida couple who had adopted several children and were killed by attackers. They tried to defend themselves, even had a surveillance camera in their home, but cameras don't stop killers. And you can't defend yourself against an attacker who is bigger or who has a weapon unless you have a weapon yourself.

When a pediatrician asks a parent "Is there a gun in the home?" I hope others answer as we do--"Of course there is, what kind of parent would I be if there wasn't."

Keep your guns locked up, but accessible to authorized people. In this case, like in thousands others, a gun may have given these parents a chance.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Anti-gun signs don't work (Channel 9 video)

Had a request for a video we talk about in class. Channel 9 did a piece talking about stopping active shooters, with Blue Ash's Chief of Police stating that anti-gun signs may make places a target for mass shootings. We've heard the same thing from dozens of law enforcement officials, and this can't be argued if you look at where mass shootings happen (almost exclusively at places that are designated "gun-free" zones by signs or law).

Here's the clip from Channel 9's site.

Monday, August 24, 2009

But are the guns really the problem?

Some guns are going to Mexico through straw buyers in the U.S., according to this USA Today story. Straw purchases are illegal, and those who commit this illegal act should be arrested and prosecuted.

But in the end, why is it that a gun in Mexico is so much more deadly than a gun in the U.S.? These same weapons can be legally purchased in the U.S. by anyone with a clean background check. Once it crosses the boarder, for some reason, the gun goes from a relatively harmless inanimate object to a blood-thirsty killing machine...

Why? Because the gun isn't the problem. The lawlessness in Mexico is the problem. The issue of gun trafficing in Mexico is a WONDERFUL example of how guns don't kill people, bad people do.

Enforce the law in Mexico, route out the corruption, and we don't have to hear about bloody drug-cartel wars anymore and lots of innocent civilians are saved. Obviously making guns illegal in Mexico, like every other country who has gone to that, hasn't made anyone safer. You can't deal with a disease by making its symptoms illegal...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A fun day at Elk Creek killing clays!

Dustin, our shotgun instructor, teaching sporting clays at Elk Creek today.

Sign up for our shotgun class Oct. 10 and learn yourself! for details.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Carry while walking - who knows what's out there

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Shotgun class scheduled for Oct 10

Sign up at if you'd like to spend the day with our shotgun instructor, learning how to knock some clay birds from the sky! Lots of fun to shoot at something moving, even if you haven't shot before!

The media doesn't understand the law (duh)

Arizona is an "open-carry" state, the article reads, then proceeds to quote the Brady Campaign. Do these guys even try to report evenly? Not saying it's a great idea to bring a gun to an event the president's at, but seriously, at least try and balance the coverage.

After all, these guys weren't breaking any laws, no one got hurt or even arrested (that was carrying), and by all indications, the protest was completely legit. Whether they had guns or not is somewhat inconsequential... Unless you just want to play into the fears people unaware of the law have, which is maybe what reports like this are all about.

What makes people more conservative? A liberal in power.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Price bump for CHL licenses in OHio

From Clermont County Sheriff's website:

Recently the Ohio Attorney General raised processing fees they charge Sheriffs’ Offices for criminal history record checks and firearm concealed carry licenses.

New Concealed Carry Fees

$67.00 - 5 consecutive years as an Ohio resident
$91.00 –Less than 5 consecutive years as an Ohio resident

$50.00 – 5 consecutive years as an Ohio resident
$74.00 – Less than 5 consecutive years as an Ohio resident

$37.00 – Emergency/Temporary License
$61.00 – Less than 5 consecutive years as an Ohio resident

$15.00 – Replacement fee for lost license

(Processed at the Jail for other than an Ohio Concealed Carry License)
$10.00 - EACH CARD

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't watching you

Let's hope this is BS...

Choosing a choke for Sporting Clays

We love a day at the sporting clays range. Elk Creek makes us happy. Given that, we often get questions about chokes, a common issue, especially at sporting clays ranges. This is complicated by the fact that most manufacturers ignore sporting clays when they talk about their chokes--they focus on the hunting application they're designed for. What if you're hunting orange discs, not birds? Hopefully this article will help you out.

Most shotguns have 5 basic chokes, in order of how much restriction/choke they give you: Cylinder (no choke at all), Improved Cylinder, Modified, Improved Modified and Full (very tight choke). Often they're marked by the acronym -- C, IC, M, IM, F, or sometimes based on hashes or cut-outs on the top of the choke. Usually the fewer the cut-outs, the tighter the choke, but this varies by manufacturer.

Basically, the further you get down the list the more "choke" you have. The more choke, the tighter the shot pattern at longer distances. So if you're shooting close targets, you want a more open pattern like a cylinder or improved cylinder (better chance of hitting the clay since you're spreading your shot over a wider pattern). The farther shots, or shots where you can't see the whole clay (like it's on its side), may require a tighter pattern, like improved modified or full.

So if you're shooting clays at less than 25 yards, may want to go with a cylinder, which has a really wide pattern (about 75% of pellets are at the point of aim at 2o yards). Every 5 additional yards bumps you up another choke. So you get to about 40 yards and you're about about 75% with a full choke.

For sporting clays, improved cylinder is usually a good all-around choke, or even cylinder on an easier course (like Elk Creek's Woods course). It lets you hit the majority of the clays. Changing chokes every stand tends to make it harder, not easier, to hit the birds. Shooting the gun is most of the battle. Changing chokes mid-course can make a great shooter excellent, but it'll never make a beginner or even good shooter great. Learn to shoot the gun, focus on your technique, and stick with a choke that will let you get more birds than less.

Add ammo selection to the list and you've got a big variety of outcomes. We typically shoot 8 or 7 1/2 shells--Remington or Federals from Walmart/Dicks-- with an improved cylinder in the botom barrel and a modified in the top. Since we typically set our over/under to shoot bottom barrel first, this lets us get the hard shot first with a bit tighter pattern, then a forgiving choke for the second shot, when you're all jazzed up from shooting the first bird. We also tend to shoot the farther shot first when hitting doubles, but this really depends on how the course is set up. On some courses where most of the birds are close we use a cylinder on top and an improved cylinder on bottom. If we're shooting an auto-loader, an improved cylinder does the trick more than not, maybe a modified if the birds seem to be far out there. But every shooter's different, every course is different, and in reality, it's more up to the shooter than the choke.

So if you're headed to Elk Creek, throw a IC in your gun (typically the one with 4 cut-outs on the top) and you should be OK to go. If you're going to shoot at longer clays while there, or try the 5-stand, bring a few others with you and play around a bit. Every bird's different, every shooter's different, and make sure to bring plenty of bullets!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

What happens when you shoot an iPhone?

I'm a mac guy, but not an iphone user. Basically because you're locked into using AT&T and restricted too much in app usage. Regardless, this is a shooting blog, and I thought some might get a kick out of this video.

Reciprocity update

Had a question about where you could carry under an Ohio license, and what FL would give you. We go over during class, but here are some maps as reminders:

Ohio CHL

Florida CDWL + Ohio CHL

You can apply for a Florida non-resident license with our class, and we suggest Ohio residents get both (not just the FL). Questions? Give us a call at 513-549-4045 of send us an email (

Your representives care, listen to your concerns

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Guns for sale on gunbroker!

We have some of our class guns up for sale, including one of our Kimber TLE's! Bid away!

Para CCW 45ACP

Taurus 357 Magnum

Kimber TLE II 45ACP

Wal-Mart and Dicks on Fields Ertel have pistol ammo!

Lots of 38-special, 9mm Luger, 45ACP, even a handful of double-boxes (valuepacks)!

Get there TODAY if you need some bullets!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Shooting in PA -- with a CCW you're not a sitting duck

People go nuts once in a while. Whether it's with a hacksaw, a car, or a gun, anyone who gets in the way is in trouble. Unless you can defend yourself. Keep that in mind when you hear the gun control cries when situations like this happen.

Mass shootings happen even in places where guns are illegal (Chicago, DC, England, Australia, etc.). The difference is whether the victims have the right to protect themselves.

1/2 of ER nurses have been assaulted on the job

Yet most hospitals ban carry... Those who are supposed to help us are getting hurt.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More weekday CCW classes added!

Still $70. Check it out at

National CCW reciprocity- don't listen to the anti-gun hype

You'll hear the Violence Policy Center (anti-gunners of the first degree) complain how MASS shootings have been perpetrated by CCW permit holders. That allowing national reciprocity will increase crime, make blood flow in the streets, etc. Just like they do when states pass concealed carry legislation.

They point out a few instances, no stats. Why no stats? Because if you compare CCW permit holders to anyone else in the population you find they're the most law-abiding citizens on the planet. Less than 5-hundredths of one percent (yes that's 0.05%) of permit holders are convicted of a violent crime. That's 30x more law-abiding then the average citizen.

Compare this to the tens of millions of Americans who have carry permits, along with the thousands of incidents every year of a permit-holder saving his/her life of his/her family's life, and it's obvious VPC is blowing smoke.

There will always be outliers in any situation, where someone does something stupid. The fact is, CCW permit holders are some of the most law abiding people anywhere. And don't let anti-gunners, hell-bent on keeping you from protecting yourself and your family, tell you any different.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Two more videos posted: stance and trigger squeeze (pistol)

Go to and click "LEARN" to see 'em. More to come! Let us know if you have any suggestions!

US Senate to consier national reciprocity for concealed carry

While we'd love to see it, I'm not sure this has a great chance of passing. The laws vary greatly state-to-state. Indiana, for instance, doesn't require any training, that's why Ohio doesn't recognize their permit.

Let's hope, but not hold our breath.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

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Former students-- fill out this survey or give us a call at (513) 549-4045 and leave your feedback about our class and we'll give you a free sticker for your car, gun case, whatever! If you call, make sure to leave your mailing address.

Thursday, July 09, 2009


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#HKM730903A5 $757.00

Para Ordnance P14 · 45acp · Limited Edition · 5" Barrel · Blackened
Stainless · Fiber Optic Adjustable Sights · Ambidextrous Safety · 
Polished Slide · 2-14rd Mags · New
#PARSX1445S $789.99

PTR91F · 308 · 18" Barrel · Aluminum Fore End · 1-20rd Mag · New
#PTR915110 $999.99

PTR91 KFM4 · 308 · 16" Carbine · M4 Style Retractable Stock · Aluminum
Forend w/Forearm Rails · 1-20rd Mag · New
#PTR915180 $999.99

Smith & Wesson 460ES · 460/454/45LC · 2-3/4" Barrel · Red Ramp/White Outline ·
Lanyard Ring · New
#SMI150125FC $699.99

Smith & Wesson 460ES · 460/454/45LC · 2-3/4" Barrel · Red Ramp/White Outline · 
#SMI150152 $699.99

Smith & Wesson 460V · 460s&w · 5" Ported Barrel · Stainless · Red Ramp · OD Green
Grip & Case · Digital Camo Holster & Shell Carrier · New
#SMI150237 $799.99

Smith & Wesson 500 · 500s&w · 4" Ported Barrel · Red Ramp/White Outline · OD Green
Grip & Case · Digital Camo Holster & Shell Carrier · New
#SMI150238 $799.99

Smith & Wesson 629 · 44Mag · 3" Barrel · Red Ramp/White Outline · Lanyard Ring · 
Bear Kit (Accessory Case) · New
#SMI163417 $799.99

Smith & Wesson M&P15 · .223 · 16" Barrel · Removable Carry Handle · 6-Position Stock ·
#SMI811000 $999.99

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

New phone number

We've changed our phone number to a new service that gives us a lot more flexibility in how we answer calls, get messages, and make calls. The new number is also easy to remember-- (513) 549-4045.

Give us a call if you'd like to sign up for a class, like our recently scheduled rifle, shotgun, youth or pistol marksmanship classes!

Lots of guns in this months Bass Pro flyer

Wow--dozen or so! Descent prices on Smith M&P's, 22A's, and others. Also good price on a Redhead safe on the back cover.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Woman calls police, watches sister die in Colerain

Can't count on police to save you when moments count, as this woman in Colerain learned.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Another reminder you can't rely on 911. Get a gun.

If someone tells you that you don't need to be armed--that the police will come and save you if you're being attacked--you should remind them that 911 isn't a perfect system. A great example here. It took 20 minutes for a first-responder to get to the scene of an accident, and those calling got BUSY SIGNALS for a long time before actually connecting.

911 is great. But there's a reason you should know CPR, get smoke detectors, and have a gun. They can't help everyone immediately, and sometimes, don't even answer the phone...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Great price on AR's at CDNN

CMMG M4LEP · .223 · M4 16" Barrel · Piston Driven · Double Liner M4 Fore End ·
Retractable Stock ·Picatinny Gas Block · NO LUG · 1-30rd Mag ·
NO SIGHTS · Optic Ready · New
#CMMGM4LEP $999.99

CMMG M4LE · .223 · M4 16" Barrel · Battle/
Competition Custom Grip w/Storage · UTG Quad Rail · Fixed Front Sight
Removable Carry Handle · 6 Position Retractable Stock · New
#CMM4LEQ $899.99

CMMG A3 · .223 · 16.5" Bull Barrel · NO Carry Handle · 6-Postition
Collapsible Stock · Mid-Length Quad Rail · Semi-Auto · New

CALL 800-588-9500 TO ORDER

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Congrats, Brad!

We're happy to host a range-time bachelor party for Brad, a student who's taken our Basic Pistol and Assault Rifle class, this morning at our private range.

If you know a buddy who is getting married skip the golf and do some shooting instead! We provide the range, the guns, an instructor and the fun!

Looks like the weather held out today, too. God loves shooters!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Student has 2 boxes of Wimchester 357 Sig

Wants $27 per box. Let us know if u want it!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Next gun we want: Taurus 905

If you have one (double/single), and want to part with it for less than $300, let us know. email

Should you carry while hiking in Ohio? Two blackbear sightings say might not be a bad idea...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

CDNN Weekly Specials

Good specials on ARs, others!

Bushmaster M4A1 · 223 · 16" Carbine · 1-30rd Mag ·
Collapsible Stock · Bayo Lug · Fixed Carry Handle
#BUSBCWA1F16M4 $899.99

CMMG 4SA · .223 · 16" Heavy Barrel w/Bird Cage · Mid-Length Fore End · Retractable Stock ·
Removable Carry Handle · 1-30rd Mag · Muzzle Brake · New
#CMMG1605LE $899.99

CMMG M4LEP · .223 · M4 16" Barrel · Piston Driven · Double Liner M4 Fore End ·
Retractable Stock ·Picatinny Gas Block · NO LUG · 1-30rd Mag ·
NO SIGHTS · Optic Ready · New
#CMMGM4LEP $1099.99

CMMG M4 · .223 · M4 16" Barrel · Removable Carry Handle · Double Liner M4 Fore End · Battle/
Competition Custom Grip w/Storage · 1-30rd Mag · New
#CMMM4S $929.99

CMMG M4LE · .223 · M4 16" Barrel · Battle/
Competition Custom Grip w/Storage · UTG Quad Rail · Fixed Front Sight
Removable Carry Handle · 6 Position Retractable Stock · New
#CMM4LEQ $949.99

D-Technik VZ61 · 32acp · Pistol Version of VZ61 Scorpion · Blue · 1-10 Mag & 2-30 Mags ·
Holster · Belt · Mag Pouch · Case · New
#VZ61 $539.99

D-Technik VZ61 · 32acp · Pistol Version of VZ61 Scorpion · Nickel · 1-10 Mag & 2-30 Mags ·
Holster · Belt · Mag Pouch · Case · New
#DTECHVZ61 $589.99

HK P30 · 9mm · Variant 3 · 3.86" Barrel · Decocker ·
2-15rd Mags · New
#HKM730903A5 $757.00

HK P7PSP · 9mm · 4.13" Polygonal Barrel · Custom T25 Silver Slide · Squeeze Cock Action ·
German Markings · 1-8rd Mag · Like New Condition
#HKP7SIL $599.99

Ruger Blackhawk · 44Mag · Single Action Revolver · 6.5" Barrel · Polished Blue Finish · Ramp Front Sights ·
Micro-Style Adjustable Rear Sights · Checkered Black Grips w/Black Medallions ·
Gold Rollmark "50 YEARS OF .44 MAGNUM 1956 TO 2006" · New
#RUG00867 $369.99

Ruger Blackhawk · 357Mag · Single Action Revolver · 4-5/8" Barrel · Polished Blue Finish · Ramp Front Sights · Micro-Style Adjustable Rear Sights · Checkered Black Grips w/Black Medallions ·
Gold Rollmark "50 YEARS OF BLACKHAWK-1955 TO 2005" · New
#RUG05201 $349.99

SIG PRO 2022 · 9mm ·
Night Sights · Picatinny Rail · Polymer
Frame · Double Action/Single Action · Loaded Chamber Indicator ·
2-15rd High Cap Mags · 2 Grips · New ·
#SIGE20229BSS $469.99

Springfield Trophy Match · 45acp · Stainless · Adjustable Sights ·
Accessory Pack · 2-7rd Mags · New
#SPRPI9140LP $1199.99

Walther SP22M2 · 22lr · 6" Barrel · TuTone · Target · Adjustable
Sights · 2-10rd Mags · New
#WALWAP22202 $269.99

Browning Cynergy Feather · 20/28/410 · 3 Barrel Set · 28" · Vent Rib · Lightweight Receiver ·
Oil Finished Grade II/III · Top Tang Safety · Hammer Ejectors · Schnabel Forearm · New
#BRO013292604 $2999.99

Lanber 2087 · 12/28/2.75" · Auto Ejectors · Vent Rib · Open Center Rib · Silver Engraved Receiver ·
Hunter Model · Black Single Selective Trigger · 5-Chokes · Fiber Optic Front Sight · New
#LANT2087A99 $549.99

Mossberg 835 · 12/24/3.5" · Vent Rib · Synthetic Stock · Extra Full Choke · Ported Barrel ·
Matte Finish · Pump Shotgun · New
#MOS66126 $249.99

PTR91 KFM4 · 308 · 16" Carbine · M4 Style Retractable Stock · Aluminum
Forend w/Forearm Rails · 1-20rd Mag · New
#PTR915180 $1149.99


Winchester 1300 Ranger Deluxe · 12/28/3 · Vent Rib · 3-Chokes ·
Gloss Hardwood Stock · Rare U.S. Made · New
#WIN512912329 $269.99

Friday, June 05, 2009

Got us a 44-magnum

Just acquired a Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 magnum for class use. Go ahead, make our day...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

June 26 class changed to June 29 (Monday)

Our weekday 1-day Basic Pistol (Concealed Carry) class has been changed from June 26 to June 29 to accommodate an instructor's schedule. Let us know if you can make it!

Talk about concealed carry on campus? Risk getting in trouble...

Monday, June 01, 2009

Weekday classes added to the schedule!

We're starting to hold weekday classes. See the schedule at for details--first class June 26 (Friday).

Gun-free Utopia (Chicago) has 7 shooting deaths in 24 hrs

Ohioans carry with no problems

A great article on concealed carry in Ohio and how the nay-sayers have been disproven.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Youth class added!

July 25 we'll hold a class where you can bring your 8+ year old and learn gun safety, what to do if they come across a gun, range rules, and how to shoot! Check out our site for details or to register to attend!

We'll be shooting the Boomer Esiason Pro-Am on June 3

If you'll be there, look for Brandon or shoot us an email so we know to look for you. You can text message from the range and we'll find you to say hi!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

What's the difference b/w 5.56 and .223?

Good question came in earlier today. If you're looking to pick up an AR-15, you'll notice that several brands call the cartridge they shoot a 5.56, others a .223, and most ammo you can find is .223. What's the difference? Is it just metric vs. standard?

5.56 NATO is the military round. It's a bit hotter than .223. But you can shoot .223 in a 5.56. You cannot, however, shoot 5.56 in a .223. So if your AR-15 says .223 on the side, only shoot .223. If it says 5.56, you can shoot either.

According to many ammo mfg's, you'll lose some accuracy shooting .223 in a 5.56 rifle. Honestly, we have found that most AR-15's outshoot the shooter (more accurate than most people can shoot, at least at less than 200yrds) by a long way, so I wouldn't even worry about this.

From Winchester:
  • The cartridge casings for both calibers have basically the same length and exterior dimensions.
  • The 5.56 round, loaded to Military Specification, typically has higher velocity and chamber pressure than the .223 Rem.
  • The 5.56 cartridge case may have thicker walls, and a thicker head, for extra strength. This better contains the higher chamber pressure. However, a thicker case reduces powder capacity, which is of concern to the reloader.
  • The 5.56mm and .223 Rem chambers are nearly identical. The difference is in the "Leade". Leade is defined as the portion of the barrel directly in front of the chamber where the rifling has been conically removed to allow room for the seated bullet. It is also more commonly known as the throat. Leade in a .223 Rem chamber is usually .085". In a 5.56mm chamber the leade is typically .162", or almost twice as much as in the 223 Rem chamber.
  • You can fire .223 Rem cartridges in 5.56mm chambers with this longer leade, but you will generally have a slight loss in accuracy and velocity over firing the .223 round in the chamber with the shorter leade it was designed for.
  • Problems may occur when firing the higher-pressure 5.56mm cartridge in a .223 chamber with its much shorter leade. It is generally known that shortening the leade can dramatically increase chamber pressure. In some cases, this higher pressure could result in primer pocket gas leaks, blown cartridge case heads and gun functioning issues.
  • The 5.56mm military cartridge fired in a .223 Rem chamber is considered by SAAMI (Small Arm and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) to be an unsafe ammunition combination.

Coming soon: Youth Class!

We're finishing up the curriculum for a youth class-- bring your son/daughter age 7+ to learn how to shoot! This class is designed for a kid + parent to attend.

This all-range-time class consists of 20 mins of safety, then supervised shooting of a 22LR rifle (Chipmunk and 10/22) at 25 yrds.

This is a great class to introduce kids to the shooting sports in a safe environment. Taught by an NRA Certified Instructor and held at Spring Valley.

We're still working on scheduling this class, so please let us know when works best for you! ( or call 513-672-9714).

Saturday, May 23, 2009

WKRC: More women getting carry permits

CDNN Deals-ARs, Sig and more!

CDNN Sports, Inc.
CALL 800-588-9500 TO ORDER

Bushmaster M4A1 · 223 · 16" Carbine · 1-30rd Mag ·
Retractable Stock · Fixed Carry Handle
#BUSBCWA1F16M4 $999.99

Bushmaster A3 Carbine · 16" Heavy Barrel · Retractable Stock ·
Detachable Carry Handle · New
#BUSBCWA3F16 $1099.99

CMMG 4SA · .223 · 16" Heavy Barrel · Mid-Length Fore End ·
Retractable Stock · Carry Handle · Muzzle Brake · New
#CMMG1605LE $899.99

CMMG A3 · .223 · 16.5" Bull Barrel · NO Carry Handle · 6-Postition
Collapsible Stock · Mid-Length Quad Rail · Semi-Auto · New

Colt 6920 M4A3 AR-15 · 223 · 16" M4 Barrel w/Bird Cage · 2-20rd Mags · LE
Marked on Receiver · 4-Position Collapsible Stock · Detachable
Carry Handle ·  Bayonet Lug · Bird Cage Muzzlebrake · New
#COLLE6920 1499.99

FN USG · 5.7x28 · Polymer Frame · Fixed No Snag C-More NON OPTIC Sights · Built-In Accessory Rail · Ambidextrous Safety · 3-20rd Mags · New
FN3868929122 $956.22

Les Baer · .223 · 16" M4 Barrel w/Bird Cage · Police Special · Quad Rail Fore Arm · Collapsible Stock · Removable Carry Handle · New
#LESARLB0019 $1699.99

Ruger Blackhawk · 44Mag · Single Action Revolver · 6.5" Barrel · Polished Blue Finish · Ramp Front Sights · Micro-Style Adjustable Rear Sights · Checkered Black Grips w/Black Medallions · Gold Rollmark "50 YEARS OF .44 MAGNUM 1956 TO 2006" · New
#RUG00867 $369.99

SIG PRO 2022 · 9mm · Night Sights · Picatinny Rail · Polymer
Frame · Double Action/Single Action · Loaded Chamber Indicator ·
2-15rd High Cap Mags · 2 Grips · New · FREE FACTORY SIG SP2022 PADDLE/BELT HOLSTER #SIG8500289 WITH PURCHASE!
#SIGE20229BSS $479.99

Smith & Wesson 629 · 44Mag · 3" Barrel · Red Ramp/White Outline · 
Lanyard Ring · Bear Kit (Accessory Case) · New
#SMI163417 $699.99

Springfield Armory Camp Perry Centennial 1911-A1 · Fullsize 45acp ·
Stainless · 5" Barrel · Adjustable Sights · Wood Grips · Canvas
Case · Engraved · Marked "1 of 500" · New
#SPRPB9100NRAC $1099.99

Springfield Trophy Match · 45acp · Stainless · Adjustable Sights · 
Accessory Pack · 2-7rd Mags · New
#SPRPI9140LP $1199.99

Walther SP22M2 · 22lr · 6" Barrel · TuTone · Target · Adjustable
Sights · 2-10rd Mags · New
#WALWAP22202 $329.99