Choosing The Right Gun for Women

20121104-150608.jpgI don’t know why I torture myself with the Internet gun forums. I really don’t, because the amount of misinformation and downright ignorance I find there is simply amazing. Take the discussion I read a couple of days ago, for example. Someone asked a question that seems to come up every other week or so: “What kind of gun should I buy for my girlfriend?”

Now, I have my own thoughts and issue with this question, but what provoked my ire wasn’t the question, but was one of the responses posted in the thread. “Buy her a .38 revolver,” the poster advised, “because with a semi-auto she might forget to chamber a round, and then what will she do? Throw the gun at the bad guy?”

In other words, in this individual’s view, women are simply too stupid to learn to shoot semi-automatic pistols.

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Children, Guns, and Tough Decisions

The blogosphere is abuzz with a news story out of Oklahoma about a twelve year old girl who was home alone when a bad guy – with a prior criminal conviction for abducting a 17-year-old – broke into the house. The young lady in question did everything right, in my opinion, calling her mom and then, on mom’s advice, barricading herself in the closet with the family pistol and calling 9-1-1.

When the intruder entered the bedroom where she was hiding, she fired at the suspect, wounding him. He was arrested outside and airlifted to a hospital in Texas.

I encourage you to read what Kathy at Cornered Cat and AGirl over at A Girl and Her Gun have written about the topic, and I wanted to add my own comment here because the issue of allowing kids the ability to gain access to firearms is one I’ve wrestled with for some time.

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Should You Modify Your Carry Gun?

If you frequent the internet gun forums, you’ll undoubtedly see this question being hotly debated: Should you modify your carry gun? If so, what kinds of modifications are “okay” and what kinds should be avoided?

The Interwebs offer vehement arguments on both sides of the issue. “Leave your carry gun bone stock,” some people will argue. “Make any modifications and you open yourself up for a world of legal hurt if you ever have to shoot someone.” Other people will argue just as stridently that any modification which improves the gun is fair game and the legal system be damned. “It’s obvious,” they cry. “I’m going to do what makes my gun work for me, and if a jury’s too stupid to understand why I did it, that’s their problem!”

Unfortunately, if you land in court following a deadly force encounter, that’s going to become your problem. And you can safely bet that the sort of people who read blogs like this one and know something about guns probably won’t be on your jury.

So where’s the happy medium? What modifications can you make to your carry gun? Which ones should you stay away from?

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Choosing a Firearm You Can Control

I was at the range yesterday, and I noticed something which puzzled me. There were only a handful of women actually on the (crowded) firing line, and I was the only one of them not shooting a short-barrelled revolver.

One lady was shooting a Ruger LCR, and the other two were shooting guns that looked like S&W Airweights (though I wasn’t close enough to tell for sure). These other women had something else in common, too: Every single one of them was struggling mightily to control the recoil of their little guns, and their shots were landing all over the place as a result.

I’m not intending to start a holy war about gun selection, but it seems to me there’s a problem with that.

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