A View From the Range: Gun Safety – Attitude is Everything

I have long believed that all law abiding Americans should own guns, period. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that there are some people who, for the safety of themselves and others, should NOT own a gun. Now before you get all snarky on me, I am not coming out in favor of gun control nor am I saying those people don’t have the right to own a firearm, I simply suggesting that they shouldn’t.

The NRA correctly states that there are two primary causes of firearm accidents: ignorance and carelessness. The direct cause of most firearm accidents are ignorance of
the rules for safe gun handling and proper operation or the careless disregard of those rules. You hear stories of people shooting themselves accidentally while cleaning a gun – how on earth do you do that? Ever see a contractor who has cut off a couple of fingers with a saw; do you think he didn’t know how to operate the saw safely or did he just get careless?

Don’t be this guy:

Recently we had a group of four 20-somethings come into the gun store/range whose appearance alone had us reaching for our guns. They all scattered in different directions, actions typical of shoplifters, but our real concern was the revolver sticking out of the tall tattooed fellow’s pants. Long story short, they just came to use the range, but their attitude towards firearms was casual at best. We repeatedly had to correct their actions on the range (thankfully there were no there shooters at the time), but carrying a firearm without a holster is just foolish. This guy was just begging to lose a body part.

Or this guy:

Attitude really is everything. Attitude can be the difference between a good day and a bad day and in this case a good day at the range vs. a potentially life altering accident. A gun is a tool; nothing more, nothing less. Understanding how to use any tool properly and safely is critical to successfully completing your task whether that is cutting 2x4s or defending yourself against an intruder. Gun owners get enough bad press these days, so please, if you’re going to own one, learn how to handle and operate it safely.


Sig Sauer P938 Stand: A Swipe at Anthem Kneelers?

Sig has released what it calls a 1911 inspired ‘Micro-Compact’ 9mm. No, that in itself isn’t big news as the market is flooded with good quality 9mm semi-auto pistols; the choices are nearly endless. However, this particular model has the Stars and Stripes engraved on the slide along with the name ‘Stand.’

Sig states this on its website:

“STAND AND SUPPORT: Introducing the special edition P938 STAND. Show your unwavering support for the flag and for America’s National Anthem with this special commemorative edition. With its stars and stripes engraved slide and custom grips with embedded flag medallion, you’ll proudly share in our support for America’s troops and first responders.” 

Sure sounds to me like a swipe at those NFL players who are disrespecting our flag over their perceived ‘injustice.’ I find their protest against our law enforcement community to be offense and without merit and apparently so does Sig Sauer. Unfortunately, if I buy yet another gun this month I’m quite sure my dear wife would probably shoot me with it. On second thought, this one just might be worth it!

Attached video from Sig Sauer:

Happy prepping!

A View From the Range: Check Your Ego at the Door

In an increasingly violent society where even churches are no longer safe, people are more and more turning to firearms for self defense and I applaud them for it. Many Americans are making the decision to no longer be an easy target, refusing to allow themselves to become a victim. I am seeing families coming to the range together, fathers and daughters, boyfriends and girlfriends, and lots of women – and that’s a good thing!

Working in the range, it’s my job to enforce all firearms safety rules, range rules and provide assistance where needed. I love to teach, so I jump at the chance to coach new or struggling shooters – if they’re open to it. A common scenario is a husband or boyfriend brings their female companion to the range and he’s going to teach her how to shoot; best intentions but not always the most productive. Reality check guys; we weren’t born Clint Eastwood and asking for some instruction should not be a blow to the ego. Come on fellas, we’ve all been guilty at times of assuming the role; the same way many of us don’t read owners manuals or ask for directions – it’s just how we’re wired. However, when it comes to firearms, pretending to know what you don’t can be not only detrimental, but downright dangerous. Women on the other hand seem more receptive to instruction and tend to learn and improve faster because of it – no ego to protect. I can’t count the number of times the guy didn’t want any ‘help’ until he witnessed his significant other (who asked for some instruction) out shooting him.

Come on guys, if you want to get better then ask for help, she won’t think any less of you and maybe, just maybe, she won’t out shoot you next time!

A View From the Range: Don’t Go Cheap

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you probably know that I work part time at an indoor range/gun store, and I have to say that at times it’s an eye opening experience. As such, I’ve decided to start a little segment on some of the things I observe; good and bad, in an effort to help us all be better prepared to defend ourselves and our families.

Recently during the range qualification segment of a concealed carry class, one individual kept having issues with his firearm. It would either misfeed the first round or successfully fire one round only to misfeed the next. He went to the front desk and purchased better quality ammunition apparently thinking that was the problem, only to Continue reading “A View From the Range: Don’t Go Cheap”