Guns for Beginners: Practice Shooting One-Handed. A Lot.

It’s a handgun. Not a “hands gun.” As anyone who’s tried to get a two-handed grip on a small revolver will tell you, a pistol is designed to be used with one hand. Yes, there are any number of handguns that can be shot comfortably and more accurately with two hands. Well, more accurately more easily by more people, certainly. Provided you have two hands available with which to shoot your pistol. And therein lies the tale . . .

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Guns for Beginners: If You’re a Lefty, Learn to Shoot Right-Handed

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Reader Curtis in IL writes:

If you’re left-handed like me, you know the burden we bear. Besides the burden of being smarter and better looking than everyone else, you’re constantly struggling to use tools designed for the other 90% of the population, from measuring cups to musical instruments, everything is built backwards. My mother, also a southpaw, was wise enough to teach me that it’s easier to learn to use right-handed tools than rely on specialty products designed for lefties. For example, she knew that left-handed scissors wouldn’t always be available when I needed them, so she taught me to use right-handed scissors, among other things. I’m forever grateful to her for that . . .

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Question of the Day: Why’d You Join the Gun Ownership Club?

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“I want to protect two things: my job and my gun. That’s why I’m supporting Barack Obama.” That quote appeared on a labor union election promo featured in RF’s “Friday Flashback” post, and boy does it seem naive now. In response, commenter Chris pointed out that Obama has been a massive boon for gun ownership. His comment was immediately followed by three “yep, he’s precisely why I bought my first gun” replies. Are you a new or new-ish gun owner? What made you pull the trigger (so to speak) on your first gun? Tell us in the comments below. Oh, and regarding that union president’s quote. . .Read More

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Guns for Beginners: Draw and Shoot?

It’s generally accepted that most defensive gun uses (DGU’s) end without a shot fired. The defender shows the bad guy or guys their gun, the perps think better of their attack and scarper. Result! A non-ballistic DGU means less paperwork, less psychological trauma, less money spent on lawyers and a lower chance of subsequent retribution. As the independent counsel to Texas Law Shield above points out, you have no legal obligation to fire your weapon when you clear leather. But giving yourself the option not to shoot raises a thorny question: how do you know whether to shoot or not? That depends on . . .

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Ask Foghorn: How To Build an AR-15 Upper Receiver

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Daniel writes:

I was reading (Nick’s) post on assembling an AR lower assembly. It was awesome and the associated video answered all my questions and was done very well. All fan boy aside, I was wondering if he could do one for putting together an upper.

I’ve been avoiding doing this one since putting together an upper receiver can be a real pain in the butt. It requires some tools which I don’t have readily available (and probably wouldn’t work in my apartment), but thankfully Tyler Kee offered to give me a hand and show me how it’s done over a few beers in his garage.

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Guns for Beginners: Don’t Off-Body Carry [VIDEO]

I’m sure there’s a situation where off-body carry is safer than on-body carry. I can’t think of one, given that carrying your gun in a bag/case/backpack opens the possibility that you’ll leave your firearm somewhere you shouldn’t, someone will gain access to your firearm who shouldn’t, or someone will steal your gun-schlepping bag/case/backpack (who shouldn’t). Gun guru Kevin Michalowski understands the dangers, but reckons carrying a concealed carry bag with the strap over your shoulder makes it OK. Ish. In fact . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Weaver vs. Isosceles Stance

A previous post talked about stance, suggesting that new shooters consider the pros and cons of the bladed or Weaver Stance and the isosceles or triangular stance before choosing one or the other. Just a quick reminder: the isosceles stance is not a bad (i.e. inherently unstable) stance (remembering that ANY stance is acceptable in a gunfight, where you might have to shoot from an awkward position). In the demo above, the instructor knocks TheRykerDane off-balance when he adopts the isosceles stance. That doesn’t have to be the case . . .

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Fallout 4 Tip: Don’t Over-Scope Your Gun

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing a lot of Fallout 4. Like, a lot. An unhealthy amount, even. Despite the random crashes and glitches (seriously, how do you get the mayor’s elevator back down?) it’s still a fantastic game. One of the really cool features is the ability to customize your weapons, and for those wandering in the Commonwealth as well, I want to give you one word of advice about that: don’t bite off more scope than you can chew . . .

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Gun for Beginners: The Totality of Circumstances, Reasonable Person Standard

One of the most vexing questions facing a concealed carrier: when should I pull my gun? Too early and you’re looking at a brandishing charge. Too late and you’re dead. Same goes for firing your firearm – except the penalty for early withdrawal would be jail time. Generally speaking, you can threaten or use lethal force when you or other innocent life face an imminent, credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm. “Death” is death. “Grievous bodily harm” means serious injury; not a slap in the face. But what do the words “imminent” and “credible” mean? This you need to know . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Move THEN Shoot

This video illustrates an important indeed life-or-death point we’ve made in this series numerous times: moving is your first priority in a self-defense situation. If you don’t “get off the X” (as the gun gurus like to say), X marks the spot. The place where you, the target, can be taken out. Stay on the X and the bad guys will thank you – in their own special way – for not forcing them to have to work so damn hard to kill you dead.  To move instinctively – which is the fastest way to do anything – you have to overcome . . .

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