The Truth About Armed Self-Defense for Women

Samantha Farago (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

Every human being, by virtue of being born a human being, has a God-given, unalienable right to preserve their life. Life is, in fact, God’s greatest gift. To fail, or worse, to refuse to protect it is a sin. Surely, some think terms like “sin” to be quaint and old-fashioned, but they remain useful because morality and equally old-fashioned terms like “honor” and “personal responsibility” remain useful, and hopefully, always will. Whether one believes the right is bestowed by the Creator, or simply by virtue of being born human, if there is no unalienable right to life and to defend that life, what other right matters? So, my advice to women . . .

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Gun Review: Ruger American Rimfire

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I’m starting to feel like a real old timer with my endless rambling about the good old days of cheap and plentiful .22 LR. While some parts of the country are seeing the most popular rimfire cartridge back in stock, our brethren in other areas are more likely to find hen’s teeth than affordable .22 LR. But I’m an optimist, and given the long term traffic our gun reviews get, my hope is that years from now, someone will read this review and laugh about those dark days of short supply for .22LR. If you’re reading this in the future, and looking for an affordable, flexible bolt gun in .22 LR, you very well could have found it in the Ruger American Rimfire . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Location, Location, Location

A Jonesboro store that has been robbed several times in the past hired a security guard to keep the store safe,” liveleak.com reports. “While on watch, the security guard noticed a man approaching the store wearing a mask. When the masked-man opened the door, the guard saw the robber had a weapon, and drew his own gun in defense.  However, the security guard’s weapon was on safe, but luckily, the robber was a bad aim and shot the door instead.” GLOCK Fan Boyz unite! Your blog post is at hand! Anyway,  that could have turned out nasty. My most important takeaway . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Neglect Your Gear

“One of the biggest no-nos when it comes to holster care is leaving your holster in a hot car,’ Randi Rogers blogs at comp-tac.com. “Your average car, left unattended, closed up and not running, will reach an interior temperature of roughly 140° Fahrenheit after just 90 minutes. This is not only dangerous for anyone who may be in your car, but this amount of heat can severely damage your holster or magazine pouch if left out.” Randi’s talking about Kydex holsters, specifically, that can warp in the heat. She recommends wrapping them in a towel or suchlike and stashing them as low in the car as possible. But let’s face it, there are lots of ways your guns and gear can go bad . . .

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Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Clumsy Rifle! Edition

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As usual, we start with the headline: Wise County teen shot when rifle bumped a wall, sheriff reports. Clumsy rifle! “Several children spotted a snake while playing outside along County Road 4764 and ran inside to get a gun to shoot it,” star-telegram.com reports. “As they were pulling a rifle from the gun cabinet, it bumped a wall and discharged, hitting the teen. Wise County EMS flew the victim to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.” Was the gun locked in a gun safe . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Don’t Let Anyone Muzzle You. Ever.

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“At 11:43 am the Bloomsburg Police Department responded to the Eagle Arms Gun Show being held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for the victim of an accidental shooting,” bloomutoday.com reports. “Upon arrival police spoke with the victim Krista Gearhart, age 25, from Orangeville, PA. Gearhart reported she had been shot in the right leg by a vendor demonstrating a concealed wallet holster [not shown]. Vendor and owner of [the ironically-named] ‘In Case of Emergency’ Geoffrey Hawk, age 44, from Warminster, PA reported while demonstrating a product holster he accidentally shot Gearhart in the leg. Gearhart was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where she was treated and released.” [h/t MC]

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OMG! A GLOCK Fails to Fire! OMG!

Jarhead6 proves that even a GLOCK – yes a GLOCK! – might be ammo sensitive. Or prone to limp wristing. Or, God forbid, fail to function for some unknown reason. All I’ve got to say about that: all mechanical devices can fail. Anyone who believes that his GLOCK brand GLOCK will never, ever let him down is setting themselves up for catastrophic failure – of their abilities during a defensive gun use. Double-feed! Tap, rack, it still doesn’t fire! What will you do? Seriously, what will you do? A gun is a tool. Don’t be one and stake your life on the Austrian brand’s rep for perfection. Nothing’s perfect. Except this post, obviously.

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Firearms Safe Storage Ads Are Breaking Out All Over

“According to a study by the RAND Corporation using statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.4 million homes have firearms stored in a way that makes them accessible to the wrong hands – children, at-risk youth, potential thieves, and those who intend to harm themselves or others.” Even if that’s true, 62 children under the age of 14 died from negligent discharges in 2010. How many of these involved unlocked guns? Not known. And as I’ve said before, there’s an implied message here: lock-up your guns and you’re done. The kids can’t get them. Tell that to Adam Lanza’s mom. Oh wait. Anyway . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Be Polite to Everybody You Meet

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“[DeAundre] Hamilton, who works at McDonald’s, didn’t have a key to his father’s condo at 10110 Forum West Drive, so he was waiting outside for his father to come home,” click2houston.com reports. “The 18-year-old says he was on the phone with his girlfriend and when he looked up, he says there was a man holding a gun and yelling at him.” Crucially, “Hamilton says [Daniel Edward] Andrews never pointed the gun directly at him, but he says he waved it in his direction.” Hmm. There is no “brandishing” law in Texas. Which is why Mr. Andrews was charged with . . .

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Jesus Would Ask Parents if They Kept Guns Before Allowing His Children to Play At Their House. Apparently.

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“ASK encourages parents to simply ask if there are guns in the homes where their children play (such as at friends’ or family members’ homes),” Rev. Susan Russell writes at huffingtonpost.com. “Just as it has become common to hear parents asking about nut allergies or how the children will be supervised, parents can take an important step to ensure the safety of their children simply by asking: ‘Is there an unlocked gun in your home?’” Personally, I’ve got no problem with that – unless its a ruse by an anti-gunner to find out if you’re a gun owner. And probably not even then. If that’s the way they roll, so be it. It’s the next bit that I wonder about . . .

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3 Reasons Why Outside-the-Waistband Holsters Are Better Than Inside-the-Waistband Holsters (And 3 Reasons Why They’re Not)

There are as many ways to carry a firearm as Israeli models worthy of linkage. But just as Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg stand apart from their comely colleagues, inside-the-waistband (IWB) and outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters are the go-to options for concealed carriers. Adherents of either method can choose from a wide range of holster designs and materials made by manufacturers chasing an elusive mix of comfort, reliability, efficiency of presentation and affordability. I’ve made my choice: outside-the-waistband. YMMV but here’s why I reckon OWB beats IWB . . .

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Gun Review: CZ 455 Varmint

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When I first started writing for TTAG I owned (and reviewed) a Zastava MP22R rifle. It was an excellent little gun for the price I paid and served me well, not only for teaching basic marksmanship to new shooters but also for keeping my own skills sharp. Then something tragic happened: I sold it. I knew it was a mistake the second the cash hit my hand. Ever since that moment I have been looking for a worthy replacement, and in the process I think I may have found the perfect .22lr bolt action rifle: the CZ 455 Varmint . . .

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THIS is What The NRA Should be Doing. Is Doing

As you may know I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the NRA Freestyle show Noir. Must…not…snark. That said, I really like Dom Raso’s Media+Lab Hollywood re-creation show. Although . . . his pro-police militarization video means he is not my friend and I’m not inviting him to my party. Anyway, here’s what NRA media does best of all (lobbying aside): teach shooting. Their entry into the newbies-guide-to-guns genre is way overdue, but most welcome. And perfectly produced. Not to put too fine a point on it, the NRA Firearm Science series is the bomb. The fact that Jessie Duff fronts the firearms instruction gives the program mega-bonus points. I can’t believe we missed all the other episodes. Time to catch up!

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Self-Defense Tip: Carry Enough Gun

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“Montana wildlife officials say a hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear over the weekend is hospitalized in serious condition but didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries,” foxnews.com reports. “The father of the 47-year-old Stevensville man reported hearing a gunshot just before finding his son with serious injuries Sunday afternoon. This is another one of those “be careful what you hunt for” stories.  “On Monday, his father led a bear specialist, state game wardens and U.S. Forest Service rangers into the area of extreme southwestern Montana where the attack occurred while the men were hunting black bear. Jones says the 10-year-old male grizzly died of a gunshot wound near where the hunter was mauled.” This isn’t a perfect example but I’d like to point out . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Three Life Saving Tips for New Shooters

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Over at americanrifleman.org Jim Wilson offers 4 Life-Saving Tips for New Shooters: Get Professional Training, Buy the Best Defensive Gear You Can Possibly Afford, Internet Gun Forums are a Waste of Time and Practice. OK, sure. But this writer – who’s never been in a gunfight or served in the military, but is an NRA Pistol Instructor (FWIW) – thinks that’s a bit advanced for new shooters who might, by the way, be well-advised to start his or her firearm education with a rifle. Anyway, here are my three life-saving tips for new shooters . . .

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