Category: Guns for Beginners

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!

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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