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Overwhelmed

…to do everything at once, decide to do one thing. Only one. When that one thing is done and you feel good about it, do the next thing. Where to start? It does not matter. Start where you are. Start where you want to be. Just start. Start by finding out what groups and classes are offered at your local range. Pick one and go. Start by finding a gun store that rents firearms. Then dedicate yourself to finding a gun you like to shoot by renting… Continue reading

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The Other Three Rules

…s online. These are not news stories, but first-person accounts written by people who are at least involved enough in the firearms world to be regular contributors to one or more gunboards. These people all have one thing in common: they made a mistake and shot something or someone they did not intend to shoot. “I reassembled my pistol, locked the slide back, and while distracted, inserted an ’empty’ magazine (which was of… Continue reading

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Shotguns and Rifles for Children and Petite Adults

…ts . Model 700 ML Youth 50 7.25 lbs. 21″ . Rogue Rifle Co. Chipmunk .22 2.5 lbs. 16″ . Savage Arms Model 10GY, 110GY .223, .243, .308, .270 6.2 lbs. 22″ 4 shots . Model Mark I-GY .22 5 lbs. 19″ single shot Shotguns Manufacturer Model Gauge Weight Barrel Length Capacity Benelli USA Montefeltro Short Stock 20 5.3 lbs 24″ 4+1 shots Beretta AL391 Urika Youth 20 5.7 lbs. 24-26″ 2-3 shots Browning BPS Micro… Continue reading

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Building Good Habits

…me he was injured, this man blamed his injury on a single lapse (failing to check the gun’s loaded status). But in fact there were several, separate safety lapses that led to his injury. The non-existent chamber check simply completed the cycle of bad safety behavior. Let’s start off with a refresher on the Four Universal Rules of firearms safety: All guns are ALWAYS loaded. (Treat them so!) Do not point the gun at anything you are not willing… Continue reading

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Myths About Self-Defense

…and very permanent, things can happen during those five minutes. Defending yourself with a handgun isn’t like the movies. Your attacker won’t be blown backwards when he is hit. He may not realize he’s been shot even if the hit is a solid one. Even if he takes a bullet right through his heart, it may take 30 seconds or more for his brain and body to stop working. Thirty seconds may not sound like much, but it is enough time for… Continue reading

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Dry Fire Safety

…ritual should never dry fire at all. But those who are willing to learn and carefully follow the rules can dry fire in perfect safety. Ideally, you will do both of these things. Dry fire and the Four Rules Too many people become complacent and chuck the Four Rules out the window simply because they need to get some dry fire practice in. Foolish! The purpose of dry firing is to engrain certain physical habits into your memory — so deeply engrain… Continue reading

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How to Become a Firearms Instructor

…the words “civilian” and “self-defense” here. Many firearms instructors start with either military or law enforcement experience, and build that experience into a teaching business with non-military, non-LEO students. Others start as competitive shooters, and parlay their wins into opportunities to teach. However, when they enter the civilian self-defense world, many of these people also follow either the apprenticeship or certification models… Continue reading

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Break it in

…the words “civilian” and “self-defense” here. Many firearms instructors start with either military or law enforcement experience, and build that experience into a teaching business with non-military, non-LEO students. Others start as competitive shooters, and parlay their wins into opportunities to teach. However, when they enter the civilian self-defense world, many of these people also follow either the apprenticeship or certification models… Continue reading

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