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The Top 5 Things They Don't Tell You About Concealed Carry...

Keep Calm and Concealed Carry OnThere comes a certain turning point in the lives of most gun owners. You’ll probably face it yourself, if you haven’t already. At some point, you’re going to be looking at that gun in your dresser or lock box and you might say to yourself “I want to bring that with me when I leave today.”

Some will say “nah, too much trouble”. Statistically speaking, most will say that, actually. Others, however, will decide to take the plunge and get their carry permit. To those people who have decided to jump through the bureaucratic hoops, I say, “Bravo!” 

For those thinking about getting their permit, I say, “Come on in! The water’s fine!” 

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that this isn't an article on how to get your permit. I’m not a lawyer and concealed carry laws are so different from state to state that someone could dedicate huge websites to keeping track of them...and many already have. This is for those of you who have either decided to take the plunge or who have just gotten your permit. 

Now, here in Florida, they make you take a class as part of the permitting process. There are a lot of other states that do that as well. In this class, they go over the obvious stuff like where you can carry, when you can use force, and more. You can also read lots of guides online like “holster tips” and “What to look for in a carry gun”. There are some things, however, that no one seems to tell you and I wish someone had told me when I first started. 

These are the top 5 things they don’t tell you about concealed carry.

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Practicing Right...

Demotivators by Despair, IncThose “Demotivator” posters crack me up to no end. Oddly enough, they can still provide great guidelines to live by (oftentimes more so than the real "Motivational" posters). One of my favorites from a while back said “When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't do.” Harsh? A bit. They do have a point, however. The typical response to “how do I become a better shooter” is the same as the old “how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” joke.

The answer: Practice.

Oh is that it? All I have to do is practice and then I can be the next Jerry Miculek or Rob Leatham or Julie Golob? Well heck, lemme get some ammo and start!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there’s more to it than that. If I spent 8 hours a day for the next 2 months learning how to shoot a gun while holding it upside down and pulling the trigger with my toes, I will become good at that specific act and that’s it. What good will that do me? I’m not going to tell the home invader with the machete and hockey mask “hold on a sec, I have to take my shoes off so I can work this gun”.

If you spend all your time practicing the wrong thing, you’re going to learn the wrong thing. It’s a very logical statement but it’s missed by so many.

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Your New Gun is Broken. Now What?

WarrantySo you've got that shiny new gun you've been wanting for years now. You take it to the range and it stops working after a dozen rounds. It’s not your average bad ammo or bad technique type of thing either. Nope, you saw something important looking fly off. If it was a Nerf gun, you could just take it and the receipt back to Toys R Us and exchange it for a new one. Unfortunately, the store (and the law in some places) isn't too keen on taking guns on return. At least not according to the huge signs all over the store that says “No returns or exchanges”.

So have you just flushed a few hundred dollars down the toilet? What is a consumer supposed to do?

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Beginner Gun Review: Springfield XDs .45

Springfield XDsLove is a funny thing. True love can last forever. Sometimes, it’s love at first sight. Other times, sadly, lust is mistaken for love and that never ends well.

I’ve carried an LC9 for a long time now. It’s not a bad gun, by any stretch. It’s a great choice for a pocket 9mm pistol. I love that gun but I have never been “in love” with it. It’s never been a gun that I’ve gotten excited about. I don’t sit and talk about it with fellow gun nuts the way I talk about my Glock 19 or Taurus PT-92 or Cobray M-11/9. I don’t light up when I mention my LC9. 

Then, I saw it at a gun store. It was a Springfield Armory XDs .45 with a stainless steel slide

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NASGW Supports HAVA Mission

HAVAThe National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) recently donated $20,000 to the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and joins with other shooting sports companies and organizations that support the cause of helping disabled veterans and injured active duty military recover their confidence in the future through active participation in outdoor sports. 

 "It is NASGW’s privilege to join other industry partners in helping HAVA support our veterans who have sacrificed so much protecting all of our freedoms," said Kent Williams, NASGW Chairman of the Board. "We are so indebted to these brave men and women and feel honored to assist in this truly worthwhile cause. We encourage all of our members to become involved as well. HAVA has taken a lead role in helping disabled veterans, and we are proud to add our support." 

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NSSF Announces S.A.F.E Summer To Promote Firearms Safety

Project ChildSafeNEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is kicking off a "S.A.F.E. Summer" effort to focus attention on the importance of safe firearm storage--particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended--and has pledged an additional $1 million to provide half a million free firearm safety kits, including a gun lock, to firearms owners throughout the U.S. as part of the campaign.

NSSF is implementing S.A.F.E. Summer to further spread the message of Project ChildSafe and help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. With "SAFE" serving as an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage, the effort is focused on providing education and tools that helps gun owners take responsible action to keep their families and communities safer.

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Sight Radius?

Sight radiusI’ll be willing to admit that I have a tendency for long winded introductions to my articles. In fact, I’ve made fun of myself for it on more than one occasion. Case in point, the first draft of this article on sight radius was a shining example of that tendency. You know it’s bad when I was like “get to the freaking point” even before I was halfway through the opening text.

It was glorious.

I was going into geometric principles and pythagorean theorem. I was even able to fit in a relation to quantum physics. In hindsight, I probably would have lost some readers.

So let’s trim things a bit...

You might have heard someone say they prefer gun A over gun B because gun A has a longer sight radius. So why is that a good thing? How does sight radius affect your shooting? What is sight radius anyway? Are you sure you don’t want to see that opening with the quantum physics discussion?

 

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New Guide: Steel Media Tumbling on the Cheap!

Steel media tumbling is awesome. It really is. It's also a bit expensive. We found a way to save some money getting started and, not only that, but how to do it in the first place!

 

Check it out here.

 

What is "Trigger Weight"?

If you spend any time reading gun magazines or other websites, you’ve probably come across the term “trigger weight”, usually expressed in pounds. You’ll see something like “this gun has a strong, 8 lb trigger” and such. Does that mean that the trigger weighs 8 pounds? Not exactly. Let’s spend a few moments to talk about trigger weight and what it means for you.

Side note, did you know that the abbreviation of “lb” for pounds is an abbreviation for the Libra constellation which is depicted as scales?

Fun facts aside, the trigger weight has tremendous influence on the performance and accuracy of your gun. When you hear someone talking about that trigger weight, that’s ultimately referring to the amount of force you’re going to have to apply to that trigger in order to fire the gun. The weight is greatly influenced by not only the manufacturer of the gun but the style of gun as well.

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An Open Letter to People in the Ammo Aisles...

Don't Be A DoucheOk, while the ammo crisis may be winding down in some areas, it’s still scarce out there. If a store has ammo, chances are it’s only a box or two at the most. There’s something I’m noticing with an increasing frequency: thrashed boxes.

Let me recount an actual event what I witnessed just yesterday. In the Jacksonville area, no one has better ammo prices than Academy Sports be it before or during this shortage. Just a fact. The ONLY place you can find better pricing was online. This also means that their ammo shelves were often times completely bare. They started a thing where they kept the most popular ammo behind the customer service desk and only let you buy one box, per caliber, per customer. The shotgun ammo (of which there’s always been plenty) and more obscure sizes are still out on the shelves, unrestricted.

While I was browsing the shotgun ammo, a guy who, for the purposes of this story will be referred to as Douche McGee, walks up and starts looking at the .38 Super +P ammo on the shelf. 

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