Aug 242017

mouse gun for concealed carryOne of my students recently came to the range wanting to learn to shoot her mouse gun for concealed carry. A mouse gun is most often considered a category of small revolvers, or semi-automatic handgun sometimes called a pocket pistol. I’m not going to call out any particular brand every manufacturer has one they say that is intended for concealed carry (CCW) self-defense. Remember these guns need to be holstered even in a pocket or purse. Typically such small pistols are of .380 ACP (9mm Short) caliber or less, with .32 ACP, .25 ACP, .22 Long Rifle and .22 Short calibers also being common.



One of the things she figured out quickly was that the recoil was hard to manage. Anytime you shoot a short barreled gun recoil is going to be significant and velocity suffers. It’s harder to get a good solid grip on small guns even with smaller hands.


Then came the bad sights. Most of these small guns have terrible sights and many are not changeable. The sight radius is short on these guns. When referring to iron sights, the sight radius is the distance between the rear sight and the front sight. The longer the sight radius is, the more accurate the shooter is able to be (as the front sight post will appear to be smaller, covering less of the target. A trick I have learned on these mouse guns for concealed carry is to paint the front sight with bright color fingernail polish.

Ease of Operation and Safety

Then the ease of operation and safety come into play.  Some have a manual safety some do not. The ones that have a safety many times are not easy to operate. It very easy to point the muzzle somewhere it’s not supposed to be, and many shooters have put their hand in front of the muzzle trying to operate their mouse gun efficiently. Many of these guns in my experience are not easy to lock open properly and some do not even have the ability to be locked open  (slide stop) for inspection and safe handling. Then there is the finger on the trigger problem. It’s easy to get your finger where it doesn’t belong on these little guns.  It has been said that these guns are for seasoned gun handlers, not beginners or those just learning.


Then finally the ballistics. Most of these guns shoot a small caliber round that is less likely to stop an attacker when necessary. As you can read in one of my recent postings on Facebook, tests show that these calibers underperform. Remember velocity is lower because of the short barrel and when the bullet has no velocity it does not expand as it should. So the bottom line is that you have to be an expert shot with your mouse gun to really be able to defend yourself properly.

Ease of Concealment

While it is true that the mouse gun for concealed carry is easy to conceal many of the compact guns are just as easy to conceal and they have much better features to ensure that you can take care of the task you are carrying the gun for in the first place.

Articles of Interest:

Jun 262016

Firearm Cleaning

Safely Unload Your Handgun
1. Make sure to remove all ammunition from the area, ideally to another room, while cleaning your handgun.
2. Handle your firearm safely. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, treat the firearm as if it is loaded. Keep your fingers off the trigger.
3. Eject the magazine.
4. Empty the chamber. Pull the slide back. Visually and physically inspect for any remaining cartridges. Remember to feel with your finger, not just look.

glock field stripField Strip the Handgun

1. Dismantle the firearm safely. Most modern handguns make this a relatively simple process. The actual process may vary greatly depending on the model of handgun. Check your owners manual.





hoppecleaningClean the Handgun
1. Assemble your equipment. (solvent,patches,cleaning rods,toothbrush,oils and lubricants and rags, and qtips)
2. Wipe down all components using clean soft rag. Precision is not required during this step.
a) Wipe quickly, removing as much of the debris, old oil, grease, unburned gunpowder and carbon buildup created from the use of the handgun as you can.
b) Include the inside of the magazine well, the injector, guide rails, and the area around the chamber.
c) You will find certain areas turn the rag black, clean as well as you can.
3. Appling solvent.
a) Most handgun manufacturers design components, even the polymer, to be safe when using solvent. Check for manufacturer warnings.
b) Apply a modest amount of solvent to all parts twice.
c) Make sure to apply solvent to any area with dirt, carbon buildup, or unburned powder.
d) Let the solvent sit for a couple of minutes and soak.
e) Scrub the areas on the handgun with solvent with a toothbrush. This works in the solvent and loosens the build up on the gun.
f) You can use the dental pick to remove any pieces of carbon and gunpowder build-up remaining in the tight parts of the handgun.
g) Use a bore brush to break up any buildup free from the barrel. Run the brush the full range of the barrel at least five times. Be sure not to reverse directions with a brush in the barrel instead push it all the way through, letting the bristles change direction outside the barrel. Then bring the brush back in the opposite direction.
h) Swab the barrel with a patch soaked with solvent. Repeat until the patch remains relatively clean.
i) Wipe the gun with a clean lint free cloth. Continue to wipe until you remove all of the solvent.
j) Wipe down the whole gun inside and out with a lint free lightly solvent soaked cloth. Look for any areas that turn the cloth dark. Clean these areas again.
The next step in the process is properly lubrication the handgun. Lubrication is essential to keep your handgun from malfunctioning. The main goals are the prevention of wear and corrosion.
1. Oil all metal components requiring lubrication. Often the gun’s manual specifies areas to oil. Look for areas of wear; this will indicates the need for oil.
a) You can you can use a small paintbrush with a couple of drops of oil on the bristles to apply a minimum amount of oil.
b) Use a clean patch with a couple drops of oil, to swab the barrel inside with oil.
c) Apply oil just thick enough to leave a distinctive fingerprint when a part is touched.
d) Be sure to oil the areas around all rotating parts, such as the base of the hammer or trigger assembly.
e) Try to keep oil away from the openings into the firing pin housing. Oil is a collector of dirt and powder buildup, which can cause your firing pin not to fire.
2. Lightly grease all sliding parts. Well-known gunsmiths are recommending the use of grease, especially on the frame rails of automatic handgun. Grease is better on sliding parts since these parts tend to shed oil quickly.
a) Using a cotton swab, grease the guide rails on the frame.
b) You can use the same cotton swab to apply grease to the grooves on the slide.

Reassemble the Handgun
1. Reassemble the handgun.
2. Make sure all parts are functioning properly.
a) A quick test for proper functioning is to rack the slide; make sure the slide returns complete into the battery (all the way forward). If the slide does not return properly the recoils spring may not be set properly.
b) Making sure the handgun is unloaded (see the safety section). Pull the trigger. You should hear a click. Rack the gun again.
c) If the gun is not functioning properly, field strip the handgun again and reassemble until it functions properly.
3. Wipe down the entire handgun and remove any excess oil.
4. Immediately before you intend to start shooting, swab the barrel with a dry cloth to remove any residue.



Jun 292011

Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course

Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course

Ron Noakes, NRA Training Counselor will be holding two evening class sessions in the month of July for the Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course. Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course participants need to be certified in at least one discipline to attend this course. There will be no Basic Instructor Training done with the Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course. Courses will be held Friday July 22 and Friday July 29 at 5:00pm. This Course is approximately 4 hours plus exam time.

NRA Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course

In this four hour course students will get the NRA’s Home Firearm Safety handbook, pamphlets on safety and terminology and lessons on the rules of safe gun handling, identifying and unloading various firearms, ammunition, cleaning, and storage. Students will also get hands-on experience with the most common types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.

Course Goal

“To teach the basic knowledge and skills and to explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of guns in the home.”

The Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course

Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course is normally not offered at this low price….take advantage of the offering for these two classes.

Sign up today for the Home Firearm Safety Instructors Course. There will be approximately 6 spaces in each class.