Three Things You Should Teach Your Children About Gun Rights: Guns for Beginners

DaMosquito Jimenez’s heart is in the right place. But the young man fumbles the firearms freedom football whilst trying to debunk “retarded” gun control. He simply doesn’t have a handle on the foundation upon which Americans’ right to keep and bear arms sit. In the interest of education, here are three basics principles that make it easy to refute the crusade for civilian disarmament . . .

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Jerry Miculek: Lose The Noodle When You Grip Your Pistol

Maybe you didn’t have the time or the spare change to attend the NSSF’s Shooting Sports Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas this weekend. Never fear, TTAG is there. Here’s a free lesson from the gunmeister himself on “losing the noodle” and getting a firm grip on your pistol. As you’ll see in the video, that doesn’t mean putting a death grip on your M&P, it means firming up your wrists to stay on target. We’ll let Jerry take it from here….


Firearms Terminology: Guns for Beginners

Reader Anner writes:

True Believers get all wrapped up in proper firearms terminology. Avoid that next lecture from the old coot behind the counter by studying this partial guide to proper firearms terminology:

Caliber – The diameter of the firearm’s bore, expressed as a fraction of an inch. “.30 caliber” is 3/10 of an inch wide.  Depending on manufacturer’s specifications, this may denote the diameter of the bullet, cartridge mouth, barrel lands, or barrel grooves. Europeans generally measure barrel lands, while American manufacturers use barrel grooves (which is usually the actual bullet diameter).  When ammo manufacturers create a new cartridge, they need it to sell. They will often choose a name that does not accurately describe its actual size. For example, .223 Remington is actually a .224” bullet; .300Blackout is actually a .308” bullet. Reference a reloading manual or the manufacturer’s website for accurate specifications . . .

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Three Most Common Firearms Stoppages And What To Do About Them: Guns for Beginners


The NRA writes [via]

Firearms, like any mechanical tool, are capable of malfunctioning. Whether it’s the result of user error or an unavoidable part failure, jams happen and while being a mere annoyance for plinker, they can have dire consequences for someone who owns a pistol for protection. Below we address the most common stoppages you can encounter when shooting a semi-automatic firearm and how to recognize and resolve them . . .

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How to Improve Your Shooting Without Really Trying: Guns for Beginners


There comes a point in every new handgun shooter’s life when their marksmanship hits a plateau. They can shoot so well and no more. The temptation: buy a better gun. If that means a more comfortable pistol, that can work. For a while. Truth be told, most modern guns are capable of far more accuracy than their shooters can produce. There are easy, simple ways to improve your shooting that don’t require much money, thought or effort. Here are my three faves . . .

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What to Tell the 911 Operator in a Defensive Gun Use: Guns for Beginners


Calling 911 during or after a defensive gun use is a necessary practice fraught with danger. If you call the cops during an attack (e.g., a home invasion), the operator will try to keep you on the line. Not only will his or her questions distract you from the business of defending yourself and your loved ones, but anything you say — and the way you say it — can be used against you in a court of law. If you call after a defensive gun use, same thing, with bells on (as the Brits say). My advice: call 911, give important info as calmly as possible and hang up. Here’s what I think you should say and the one thing you MUST say . . .

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Concealed Carry Q&A: Guns for Beginners

Concealed Carry Questions & Answers

Michael W. Loos writes [via]

As concealed carry has come to the forefront in politics and state legislation fights, as the threat of terrorists on our home turf becomes a reality, as gang warfare expands, cutting a wider swath away from their urban haunts, I find more and more people who were anti-gun or sitting on the fence, asking more and more questions about the lifestyle. I find them to be truly interested in the whats and hows, and the dangers and the mindset of concealed carry. These are just a few of the concealed carry questions I get asked on a regular basis and the answers I give . . .

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The Three Bad Habits of Brand New Handgun Shooters: Guns for Beginners


Congratulations! You’ve joined millions of Americans who’ve exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Provided you observe The Four Rules of Gun Safety, you’re about to enjoy a lifetime of safe shooting. Assuming, that is, you go shooting. While there’s nothing to stop you from putting your handgun away and never touching it until you need it, that would be your first mistake, the first of three bad habits to avoid like the plague . . .

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Your First Carry Gun Made Easy: Guns for Beginners

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Ever heard of Stendhal syndrome? It’s a condition sparked by too much choice. You’ll find sufferers in front of the spaghetti sauce section of your local supermarket, standing there, staring. You’ll find them at gun stores too. No surprise there. An aspiring gun carrier must choose from dozens of potential guns; a bewildering selection of brands, calibers, barrel lengths, actions and trigger types. Gun store salesmen are notoriously bad at helping customers navigate this thicket. So let me make this really easy . . .

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