Nov 302013
 

Choosing a defensive firearmChoosing a Defensive Firearm for a Carry Gun
By: Jeff Belanger, Instructor,Gunsmith
Doubletapweapons.com

Choosing a Defensive Firearm

As an instructor I’m not a big fan of the snub nosed .38 special revolver as a defensive firearm for new shooters. A few people have written back asking what I do think a good choice would be. Since it’s never as simple as saying “Gun X” is the must have carry gun. I’ll explain my criteria when shopping for a new defensive firearm and hopefully something I write will help you when you’re making your next selection. The first question I ask myself is “What is the firearm’s primary purpose?”. If I’m shopping for a gun to always have with me at all times (the gun I carry when I don’t want to carry a gun), size and concealability will be more important to me than caliber. Once I know what I’m looking for, I’ll do some research and figure out who is making something which meets my criteria. Honestly, I do a lot of my weeding out right here. Just like lots of people who wouldn’t ever drive a certain make of car, there are firearms manufacturers out there whose products have always seemed substandard to me or caused me nothing but grief. As a gunsmith, if a certain gun is something I see in the shop quite a bit I guarantee you I wouldn’t bet my life on  I’ll read internet reviews and see what people have to say about something, and then I’ll head off to the gun stores so I can actually hold the firearms I’m considering.

No More Than 5 Defensive Firearm Choices

Typically, my list of prospective choices is no more than 5 guns at this point. Keeping with my pocket pistol example, maybe I’ll find one that’s single action only. Since I know I’m not comfortable carrying a cocked gun in my pants pocket- I’ll take that off the list right now. Maybe the next one I look at is too small (or too large) for my needs- that’ll come off my list too. After familiarizing myself with the remaining defensive firearms and their controls, I’ll evaluate my two most important criteria next. “Does it point naturally?” and “Can I work it?” Holding the gun in my shooting grasp I’ll look at something (remember your safety rules here!) and bring the gun up as if to shoot. I then check to see if the sights have naturally aligned on the target or if I need to make an adjustment. I’II do this a few times to see if the gun is pointing where my brain thinks it should be. My goal here is not to find a gun that I can aim, but to find the gun that aims itself for the ones that do stay very high on my diminishing list of choices. “Can I work it?” is probably the most important aspect to consider- especially for women. You need to make sure you can manipulate the defensive firearm in every way possible. Ask yourself- Am I strong enough to rack the slide, lock the slide back? Can I release the magazine easily? If a revolver- am I strong enough to pull the trigger? etc. The answers will be different for each individual, and only the actual shooter can answer them. You’ll need to do all these things to load/unload your firearm, clear malfunctions, and operate it competently. If you’re lucky enough to have more than one choice left at this point, I would next consider accessories and caliber. It does you no good to have a carry pistol nobody makes a holster for or a semi-auto with magazines that are impossible to find. As to caliber, remember that smaller/lighter guns will always recoil more than a larger heavier gun in the same caliber. Generally, I always want the largest caliber I can comfortably handle when shooting, but this is never a deal breaker for me. The .380 I actually have with me when I need it will always be more effective than the .45 I left at home. Lastly, I try not to let price become a determining factor in choosing a defensive firearm.

Defensive Firearm at a Discount

If you wouldn’t buy a discount parachute at a garage sale, you shouldn’t treat your defensive firearm purchase any differently. I don’t know anyone who would consent to being maimed or killed for a couple hundred dollars, but people constantly take that risk when they stand at the gun counter and choose the discount budget brand gun which may not work when they need it most. This is something you are literally going to bet your life on if the time ever comes, treat your purchase with the seriousness it warrants. Be safe shoot straight and have fun out there!!

Dec 192012
 

assault rifle AK-47

Assault Rifle Definition

If anyone is interested here are some standard definitions for Assault Rifles. I think some people are calling our sporting weapons Assault Rifles
and maybe there is a definition problem?
definition of assault rifle at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle

It must be an individual weapon with provision to fire from the shoulder(i.e. a buttstock);
It must be capable of selective fire;
It must have an intermediate-power cartridge: more power than a pistol butless than a standard rifle or battle rifle;
Its ammunition must be supplied from a detachable magazine rather than a feed-belt.
And it should at least have a firing range of 300 meters (1000 feet)
Rifles that meet most of these criteria, but not all, are technically not assault rifles despite frequently being considered as such. For example, semi-automatic-only rifles like the AR-15 (which the M16 rifle is based on) that share designs with assault rifles are not assault rifles, as they are not capable of switching to automatic fire and thus are not selective fire capable. Belt-fed weapons or rifles with fixed magazines are likewise not assault rifles because they do not have detachable box magazines.The term “assault rifle” is often more loosely used for commercial or political reasons to include other types of arms, particularly arms that fall under a strict definition of the battle rifle, or semi-automatic variant of military rifles such as AR-15s.The US Army defines assault rifles as “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridgeintermediate in power between submachine gun and rifle cartridges.”

Another definition of assault rifle at merriam-webster

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assault%20rifle

Military firearm that is chambered for ammunition of reduced size or propellant charge and has the capacity to switch between semiautomatic andfully automatic fire. Light and portable, yet able to deliver a high volume of fire with reasonable accuracy at modern combat ranges of 1,000–1,600 ft (300–500 m), assault rifles have become the standard infantry weapon of modern armies. Their ease of handling makes them ideal for mobile assault troops crowded into personnel carriers or helicopters,as well as for guerrilla fighters engaged in jungle or urban warfare. Widely used assault rifles are the U.S. M16, the Soviet Kalashnikov (the AK-47 and modernized versions), the Belgian FAL and FNC, and the German G3.

Dec 082012
 

colored circle gun training target

Don’t Put Off That Gun Training

You may have thought about getting some gun training this year because you feel that you need to have some education in the do’s and don’ts of concealed carry. Maybe you thought about getting some gun training about firearm safety because you feel uneasy about your gun and your ability to handle it safely. Sometimes what you need is just to take a local advanced gun training skills class and  get some new gun training ideas so that you have some new ideas about how to train.

Gun Training Can Be Serious Fun

Changing the way you train with new gun training ideas is one way you keep interested in your training routine. Be creative, take someone with you so you can have a training partner. One easy routine you and your partner can do is the “colored circle target”. Any version of this target works.  Load 5 rounds, start at the ready position, and have your partner call out the colors in random order. One shot at each color or letter. You can mix it up any way you want. You can also use different shapes i.e. (triangle,box,circle,numbers) and different size circles. Try running a shot timer.  Remember to keep your target low enough so that you are not shooting at the ceiling ( your RANGE SAFETY OFFICER will appreciate that). You can have a lot of serious gun training fun with these ideas.

Sep 162012
 

Gun Control SkillsAiming your handgun is one of the gun control skills you must acquire to be able to hit the target and of course protect yourself in a self protection encounter. Aiming your handgun is a basic part of gun control skills and its use,  also a very important safety aspect of handling a firearm i.e.,muzzle direction. The sights are located on top of the barrel of your handgun. The front sight needs to be level with the top of the rear sight. Many types of sights are available on firearms today but the all serve the same purpose, to align the barrel of your firearm with your target so you can hit what you are aiming at. No matter which variety of sights your firearm has, the key skill is to keep your eyes focused on the front sight while aligned with the rear sight. The target should be slightly blurred and you should be focused on your front sight.

Gun Control Skills-Trigger Control

No one, not even the very best shots can hold a gun perfectly still. Trigger control and sight alignment go hand in hand and are the shooters best gun control skills. Most misplaced shots are due to poor trigger control. Learn to take the slack out of your trigger and then press the trigger in a smooth action to break the shot. You will have more enjoyment from your shooting time when you are hitting the target.

Gun Control Skills

Remember the FBI report that says shot placement is more important when selecting a gun than caliber size.

Gun control skills will make you a better shot and give you greater self  protection.

Aug 282011
 

Women on Target Shooting Event

Women on Target Shooting Event

When :  Saturday, September 10, 8:30am – 6:00pm
Where: Cactus Flats Shooting Range
Directions: Women on Target Shooting Event
http://www.puebloshooters.org/ calendar Sept 10th

The NRA Foundation and Women on Target™ Presents A Women Only Firearm Shooting Instructional Clinic
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 — 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
At Cactus Flats Shooting Range 4612 County Rd. 123, Penrose, CO From Pueblo go west on US 50, turn North (right) on Phantom Canyon Rd., go 1 ½ miles, turn right,
and drive ½ mile and turn right and go in under the iron gate of Cactus Flats Range, go to Range office.

Haven’t shot before?? There’s no time like the present … Learn from experienced instructors in a safe, non-competitive atmosphere. Women of all ages are invited to participate, regardless of skill level or experience. We will cover Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, and Archery. Please come join us for some learning, fun and meet some new friends!

At the

Women on Target  Shooting Event

You will learn:

  •   Safe Gun Handling Skills
  •   Ammunition Basics
  •   Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  •   Proper Gun Storage

A variety of each type of firearm will be available for your use at the shooting event. Ammunition, targets, and ear and eye protection will be provided.
Lunch and beverages will also be provided. Please dress for the weather and active participation!
Class size at the shooting event is limited to 50.
A Fee of $60 is required by September 2 to confirm your reservation.
For more info: Linda Hill @ 719-547-1934 or 719-568-2491
Chris Lytle @ 719-647-1908 or 719-338-3930
Leonard Jimenez @ 719-561-3224.
Mail your application with $60 fee to: Linda Hill, P.O. Box 7200, Pueblo West, CO 81007

I will be participating in this shooting event again this time by helping with the Shotgun Instruction and Safety. Hope to see all of you there, it was a lot of fun at the last Women on Target shooting event.

 

Mar 062011
 

 

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NRA Basic Pistol class is one the most popular NRA Courses.

 

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and using a
pistol safely.”

 

 

 

 

Description

This course is at least 8-hours long
and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers
and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe
gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting
fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position,
and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and
continued opportunities for skill development. Students
will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting
handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA
Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol
Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate.


Prerequisites

You must be legal in the state of Colorado to be in
possession of a handgun.It is recommended that you
bring your own handgun. We will also have guns available
for your use.

Course Completion

Students will receive feedback on the live-fire
exercise and a course certificate upon successful
completion of the lessons. Students will receive a
“Basic Practical” rocker upon successful demonstration
of firing a qualifying “group”. There is a short written
test on the lesson material at the end of the
course.

Concealed Carry Colorado

Students will receive a certificate qualifying
them to apply for a concealed carry permit in the
state of Colorado.

******Check the training schedule for dates of these
classes. Saturday March 19th will be the next class.