Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
*Courtesy of Vernon, CHL student in 2005
My old grandpa said to me son,' there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin'.
I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating
myself for failing to be prepared.
I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing an armed thug, I am inadequate.
I don't carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police Protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves. Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We're moving to a private range for most classes for the rest of the Spring/Summer, due in part to our constant pushing for students to hit Spring Valley-- it's just getting too busy when the weather is nice.
Use the nice weather while it lasts!
ENFORCEMENT. That's right. Put the bad guys in jail. If they commit a crime with a gun, put them in jail for even longer. Like we're starting to do here in Cincinnati. There are many programs beginning to form like this, and the NRA and gun owners all over encourage law enforcement to focus on criminals and not guns.
Criminal control works. Gun control does not.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Gun control does not reduce crime. It's been proven over and over...
We have an experienced re-loader who has agreed to allow us to carry a limited stock of bullets for purchase during our classes. That means that we don't have to rely on local stocks to shoot! Once he's up and running, let us know if you want to purchase cartridges in popular handgun calibers. He's pricing them the same as Dicks Sporting Goods published prices (found in the Sunday paper)-- so a better deal can't be had!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Beware the Ultra-Light Revolver
When you consider carrying a compact, relatively light-weight revolver be warned--really light guns pack an awful kick at at the range. This is especially true among magnum calibers, like one of the most popular revolver cartridges, 357 magnum. Even the mild 38 special is a handful when you get into the popular "air-weight," titanium, scandium, or ultra-light models offered by Smith & Wesson or Taurus.
Why does the same caliber kick more?
If you fired one of our full-size 357 magnums during range-time, you're saying to yourself right now that I'm nuts. That thing didn't kick at all! Well, the little guns don't feel anything like their big brothers. Think of it this way--if you run into a brick wall in a semi-truck it's a lot different than hitting it in a mo-pad. The weight and structure of the semi eat much of the impact. On the mo-pad, your head does that. The heavier and more solid the gun, the less you typically feel recoil in the same caliber.
When we say kick, we don't just mean barrel-chested recoil. Some of these little guys actually hurt your hand, snapping back violently every shot. This doesn't mean you shouldn't consider a snub-nose 38 or 357 revolver. We love 357 revolvers. Mainly because they're cheap (usually less than $500), easy for new shooters (no dis-assembly required, few buttons or levers to operate), and last forever (less moving parts = a reliable gun). You also have the added bonus of two-guns-in-one. Use mild-mannered 38 specials, but when you're ready, pick up the big 357 magnums and drop a deer.
What to buy?
So what's a wheel-gun loving carry-license holder to do? We suggest looking at revolvers that are compact but have two features: 1) a full-size grip and 2) some weight. I know, this is counter-intuitive to the mantra of the super-small carry gun, "keep it small and keep it light." But the fact is a gun you're not comfortable shooting isn't a gun you should be carrying.
We suggest looking at stainless-steel revolvers with a short two-inch barrel and a full-size, molded grip. You can find little air-weight Smith's and Ultra-Light Taurus's all day long at your local gun shop, but the kind of snub-nose revolver we're talking about isn't easy to come by. One example of a near-perfect gun we just picked up is the Rossi R46202 . It's actually made by Taurus, even covered by Taurus' lifetime warranty and with the built-in Taurus locking mechanism on the hammer.
Sure, it's not the sexiest gun or name you've ever seen. But it does the trick and meets the two main requirements. The grip is big, molded perfectly to the hand, and allows a shooter to hang onto every square-inch while shooting. This goes a long way to reducing felt recoil. Plus it's made of stainless steel. The weight absorbs a lot of the recoil. And as an added bonus, it's a six-shot, not the traditional five. "Never met a person in a gun fight that wishes they had less bullets," is the saying.
There are many different models out there, but the archetype is the same. Look for something that you are not only comfortable carrying, but comfortable shooting as well.
Yet the response from Europe? Even tighter laws.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 06, 2009
1) Wear shoes/pants appropriate for outdoor shooting. May get a little muddy/wet, depending on the weather.
2) If you have a holster for your gun, bring it. At the range you can holster your gun instead of leaving it on the bench. If you don't own a gun yet, don't worry about this one.
3) If you want to bring some fruit to shoot, go for it. An apple explodes nicely with a well-placed shot! Any non-paper targets must be bio-degradable, such as fruit or clays that will break-down (this will be clearly marked on the box).
4) If you have a big SUV or a mini-van, bring it. We'll car pool to the range in 3-4 cars. If you're one of the 2-3 people who drive, your $5 range fee is waived.
5) You DO NOT need to pick up a range pass. We'll collect a $5 range fee before heading to the range.
One other note--ammo is hard to come by lately. We ask that you bring 150 rounds, but if all else fails, just bring more 22LR. We have had reports that Meijer stores are stocking descent quantities, along with Bass Pro shops.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
A lesson can be extracted from this. If you're in an area where you're always having to fight for survival, as this guy experienced, perhaps it's best to find a new area to do business.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Our pistol instructor just picked up a new toy for the class from the Cabela's in Ft. Worth, Texas. A Rossi .357 magnum snub-nose revolver. This will be a good example of a carry-style revolver we recommend. It is has a stainless steel frame (nice and heavy), a full-size grip (easy to hold at the range), and because it's a .357 you can fire the big bullets or little, easy-shooting 38 specials.
As always, our class guns are there for students' use free of charge, including this newbie.