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In the Harry Potter series, a squib is a child born to a magical family who somehow grows up without having any trace of magical ability herself. This is a child who didn’t become what her parents expected her to … Continue reading

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Safe direction

One thing that often surprises me about firearms instructors is how much we take for granted. This little business of a “safe direction,” for example. We often teach our students to chant the rule (“Always keep the gun pointed in … Continue reading

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From my email box

Dear Cornered Cat: This morning I put on a delightful cream colored baby-doll top which I have previously found particularly flattering on my figure. After looking in the mirror, I quickly changed into a black T-shirt. Why? My gun and … Continue reading

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Mom Voice

One of the most significant challenges I have faced as an instructor: making my voice work well enough for every student on the range to easily hear it. The problem – to the extent that it is a problem – … Continue reading

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Are we clear?

To “clear” a gun means to check to see if it is unloaded, and (if necessary) to unload it. It is always polite to clear the gun immediately before you hand it to someone else. It is equally polite — … Continue reading

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Why isn’t a revolver a semi-automatic?

Both revolvers and semi-automatic firearms fire only one shot each time the trigger is pressed. Neither type is a “machine gun,” and neither allows the shooter to fire more than one shot with each press of the trigger. Neither one … Continue reading

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The speed-up drill

“Most people have only one shooting speed, which is too slow up close and too fast for precision work at distance.” ~ Tom Givens Want to hear about one of my favorite little practice drills? It’s designed to help you … Continue reading

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Easy way to fill magazines

This time of year, a lot of us have fresh new magazines with super-stiff springs. If you’re having trouble filling your new magazine, try an Uplula loader. These things are like magic! This type of loader is very easy to … Continue reading

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