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I agree.

Long before we met, Suzi frightened away some would-be burglars one night, with a .22 rifle.
She was alone in a house with several small children when it went down.
I heard the story years after the fact, but I cringe anyway at the thought of all the "what ifs".
I'm gald to hear stories like this one.

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Local and World News, NOT political / Re: NRA Meetings
« Last post by oldranger53 on Today at 06:47:02 PM »
You should go there Wade. Somebody said (think it was Roger Miller) that there are 1352 guitar pickers there. You would make it 1353. Give or take.  8)


Thanks! That made my day!

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Local and World News, NOT political / Re: NRA Meetings
« Last post by LEJoe on Today at 05:06:58 PM »
You should go there Wade. Somebody said (think it was Roger Miller) that there are 1352 guitar pickers there. You would make it 1353. Give or take.  8)
Good story, good deed, good cop.

I've been mentored, so I try to mentor new shooters whenever I can, even unasked.
Not everyone is receptive, though.

I once taught a friend of Jean's how to shoot our M1911s, from "never handled a gun" to reliable seven-yard center hits, within about one hour.
by Greg Ellifritz      7:00am Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interesting experience at the shooting range this afternoon ...
The range is packed. Everyone got new guns for X-mas and wants to shoot them. There was about an hour wait for a stall. I sit down and start reading as I wait my turn. In a few minutes, a young girl sits down to wait in the chair next to mine. She's by herself and appears to be in her early 20s. She's the only black person in the room and one of the only women. She seems nervous as she fiddles with the gun case in her lap. She's obviously uncomfortable.
Uncomfortable people with guns in their hands shooting in the stall next to me isn't what I like to see. I decide to talk to her. Keep in mind that no one at this range knows me or knows what I do for a living. That's why I like shooting there; I have complete anonymity and can focus on my own training rather than teaching others. I rarely talk to anyone, but something told me that I needed to talk to this girl.
"It's a long wait, huh?" "What kind of gun did you bring to shoot?"
She smiles and seems visibly relieved that someone was being nice to her. She says "It's just a 9mm. Nothing special, but it's the only thing I could afford."
We keep talking. I find out she's a single mom with two kids. Her house has been broken into three times in the last two months. The last burglary attempt occurred while she was in the house with her kids. She has never shot a gun, but she recognized that she had a duty to protect her family. She went to a gun show and bought a Jimenez Arms JA-9. She asked all her male friends and family members to go to the range with her, but all of them turned her down.
She tells me that she has a bad feeling that the robbers are coming back tonight to get the x-mas presents she bought for her kids. She doesn't know anything about guns and doesn't know anyone who can teach her. She's signed up for a CCW class, but no one teaches classes on the week of Christmas and she can't find an opening until January. The problem is that she thinks the robbers are coming TONIGHT. A January class isn't going to help.
She told me that even though she didn't know what she was going to do, she knew she better figure out how to shoot the gun before she has to shoot the robbers tonight. That's why she was there by herself at the shooting range. It didn't matter that she was by herself, that she was the only woman in the room, or that she knew nothing about guns. She had babies to protect and was going to figure out how to do it, come hell or high water.
It got me thinking about the courage and commitment that this woman was displaying. How many people would intentionally place themselves into a situation where they know they will be the outsider and probably look stupid and inept to all the other "experts" at the range? Not many. The woman had guts.
"I think I can help you. Let's share a stall. I'll show you how to shoot your gun."
Helping her seemed like the right thing to do. No problem there. The problem was that the range was closing in an hour and she could only afford one box of bullets. How's that for a dilemma for you instructors out there? You have less than an hour and one box of bullets to take a woman who has never held a gun before and prepare her for a gunfight that she thinks will happen TONIGHT. Game on. Challenge accepted.
Gun function, loading, stance and grip and sight alignment in 15 minutes. On to live fire. Slow fire two handed at first until she got used to the gun, then some faster shots, a few shots right hand only/left hand only so that she had the confidence she could do it if she had to. Finished up with a few reps of malfunction drills. I'm pleased to say that she kept all of her shots in the chest area of a silhouette target at 10-15 feet. The gun puked a couple times, but it gave her a chance to practice her tap/rack. She sucked up the information I provided like a sponge. She was a better student than any of the thousands of cops I've taught.
The range closed. I wished her luck She packed up her new gun and left. I told her that I was a cop, but not that I teach people to shoot for a living. For all she knows, I'm just some friendly dude at the range. I like it that way.
The whole experience gives me pause. How many times have you been at the range and looked down your nose at somebody shooting a HiPoint or Jennings? How many times have you silently thought "idiot" when someone fumbles with their gun? How many times have you looked askance at shooters using the "wrong" grip? I know I do all of those things almost every time I'm at a public shooting range ... but I won't do it anymore. What if those "idiots" are really just people like this woman ... inexperienced, poor, and without anyone to teach them how to do things right? By the luck of the draw, this woman pulled up a chair next to a professional firearms instructor at the range. She could have just as easily sat next to "Bubba" who will tell her that her gun is a piece of _____ and that there's no way she could ever learn to defend herself in an hour.
We shooters need to do better. It doesn't matter if someone has a ______ blaster or if they don't know how to hold it correctly. They might be in a situation like this woman was in. We need to help these people the best that we can. Who knows what an impact we will have?
Save a life or sneer at an "idiot." It's your choice.


Local and World News, NOT political / Re: NRA Meetings
« Last post by oldranger53 on Today at 05:33:53 AM »
I haven't been to Nashville in a long time!
The stories I could tell!

Uh, never mind.

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Everything Else / Re: Things to consider... but.
« Last post by CR Williams on Today at 05:19:44 AM »
If you can articulate that a given modification, done by gunsmith or not, increases your ability to hit what you aim at and thus reduces the danger to people and property around and beyond the attacker, I don't see an issue with it. Likewise, if the shooting is in all respects justifiable according to extant law, it likely won't matter if you do have that Punisher backplate on or not. Where the questionable accessories and modifications most often come into play is when a shooting is questionable from the get-go. They'll start looking at the rest of it then, especially if they intend to make a case against you.

Example: Ghost connector for Glocks that reduces the trigger pull by approximately 1 lb. I have that in some of the pistols. I don't have it because it reduces the trigger pull. I have it because it evens out the trigger action and reduces the sharpness of the break. This helps with my trigger pull in such a way as to increase my accuracy with the guns so modified. Increased accuracy reduces the risk to bystanders. I could have gone to a 3.5lb connector but for me that's too light and the further increase in accuracy with that trigger weight is not enough when balanced against other factors with that trigger set up. Others can justify the 3.5lb trigger for their own use and circumstances.

Articulation is the key: Can you and/or your attorney explain everything about the shooting event so that investigators and jury members understand you acted correctly and legally? If you can't review your preparations for such an event now and correct what you can.
Everything Else / Things to consider... but.
« Last post by Robert Harvey on Yesterday at 05:21:00 PM »
Things to consider but I do not think it is gospel nor should be your standard.
Kyle Sweet, co founder and General Counsel for CCW Safe, talks with Larry Vickers at the 2015 Shot Show.  Kyle talks about some things to think about as a concealed carry consumer.  There are many great products out there, but there are also some products that should not be considered when talking about primary concealed carry.  Any items for customizing a firearm, including magazine floor plates, slide cover plates, etc., or ammunition that is not designed for personal defense, should be really looked at closely on your primary concealed carry firearm.  ďThatís not to say that there is a place for that. If you want to have a punisher slide cover plate on your range gun, or use zombie killer ammunition, thatís fine on a range as a range gun, but not for a primary concealed carry firearmĒ Sweet said.  Here is a small list of things to think about when talking about primary concealed carry firearms, ammunition and modifications.
For the list and blurbs on the list go to
All the Rest of the Weapons / Re: If You Tried to Follow the Logic...
« Last post by pop pop on Yesterday at 04:25:14 PM »
Big + 1 on that one Taurian. A true craftsman with the words.
All the Rest of the Weapons / Re: If You Tried to Follow the Logic...
« Last post by SARGeek on Yesterday at 01:00:18 PM »
Fear not Taurian,

The light is not dim on your use of words. Having spent the last 6 months or so with technical study using up most of my free time I can attest that you are far and away better than the majority of those who document things for a living.

I saw that you are taking a break and well-deserved it is too! But never doubt that your craftsmanship with words is appreciated here.
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