Women are the next big thing!

Even CNN.com admits that when it comes to guns, it’s all about women these days.  I have a feeling that in 30 years, guns may be like college, more women will own and practice with them than men.

But gun manufacturers need to shape up their image. Too often the marketing is “shiny guns, big boobs”.  This = BAD MARKETING.

You want to hit it out of the park…I’d do an add campaign showing a “soccer mom” in various stages of life. Serving lunch to her kids, picking the kids up from soccer, etc, etc. All while wearing a concealed carry firearm, and photoshopping the image with translucency to show it beneath her garments. Don’t go super hot, go for chic mom appearance. I think that will hit it out of the park.

Also, start modifying your inventory. More adjustable rifles. Ruger…WHY THE HECK have you not released an adjustable stock 20 gauge shotgun? You think the LCP sold like hotcakes. What one gun can you hunt everything from pheasant to deer, and use for self defense. Put in the arms of a 6ft tall man or a 10 year old girl.  Seriously, this is the gun that DOES NOT EXIST – BUT SHOULD!!!
Stats

  • 80% of firearm retailers reported increase in female customers in 2012
  • 22%/28% of Florida/Texas carry permits are held by women. (The latter up seven fold in the last decade.)

http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/07/news/companies/guns-women/index.html?source=cnn_bin

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Published in: on February 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#nraam Methods of Concealed Carry

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Tom Marx

Discussing range of motion. Demonstrating issues with small of the back carry.

How TV influences perception. 1950’s, Dirty Harry, Miami Vice, and more modern shows like NYPD and Law & Order, NCIS.

Issues of realism and reality. Characters placing holsters too far forward with forward cants. Paddle holsters through belts.

Other outside influences. Friends and co-workers, what works for them does not necessarily work for you. Opinionated sales people. Web & blogs.

List of names of good sources of information.

Sight lines. Avoid breaking them and printing (outline of gun).

If you change your gun, your holster, clothes, or even your vehicle – than you need to re-evaluate your equipment and training.

Activity – what are you going to be doing often defines your clothes and your carry. So does the climate.

Often the more deeply and harder concealed the harder it is to draw and engage the weapon.

Other issues: gender, range of motion, injuries, weight, age, fitness. Cannot “train away”, must work around.

Most of the time you will be the “responder” and not the initiator. Always behind the curve as a responder.

Must have a mindset. Practice. Practice. Practice.

Time is NOT on your side.

Critically evaluate yourself.

Develop the skills ahead of time.

You have to WANT to survive.

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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If you carry, Always carry!

Today, I found myself in an uncomfortable situation.  I found myself NAKED.

My father-in-law and I road into Philly to pick up a van he had purchased. (His old one being burned in a rash of serial arson.)  This morning to I commented to myself that I need to remember to carry, and should probably take the .45 instead of the LCP.

But I forgot and went out naked. The pick-up location was not the worst part of Philadelphia but it sure wasn’t far up the totem-pole.  I sat parked on side street for about 20-30 minutes with the ever present thought that if something happened I had set myself up to be a victim.

Mind you, I did not really expect anything to happen, it was just that such an area has a higher probability of something happening than areas I usually hang out in.

Before you rag on me too hard. Let me share that it’d been an interesting past few days. First we were buried alive in snow. Then I fell prey to the stomach bug circulating the area. So essentially I was homebound for a few days. Breaking habits that I usually follow, but that are still not ingrained with years of ritual. Furthermore, I had a nuts crazy morning juggling kids, cars and more.

So I put this question out to all my readers. What have you done to help you solidify the ritual of arming yourself?  Do you still find yourself occasionally walking out naked inadvertantly?

If not, what have you done to perfect your habits?

Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 6:33 am  Comments (11)  
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National Parks full of snipers…

CNN.com reports on an increasing trend of pot farms being planted in our National Parks.

“Most pot farms are cultivated by low-level cartel workers, many who are working to pay off smugglers who helped them cross the border, officials have said. Campsites are sophisticated and well hidden, with foxholes and sniper nests, Arthur told CNN”

Good thing we just got the right to carry in National Parks passed.  It’s ironic that newsmedia such as CNN could deride concealed carry in parks and express there is no need for such. And then have the cajones to publish this article. Which talks about the dangers of stumbling upon the numerous pot farms, referencing a couple of deputies who were shot when they stumbled upon one such farm.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/03/us.marijuana.cartels/index.html

And yet, according to the liberal media,  we are supposed to enter such places unarmed and defenseless.

“Last week, a portion of Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada was closed to visitors while rangers dropped from helicopters into a marijuana farm a half-mile away from Crystal Cave, popular among tourists.”

Okay, so the next time some anti-gunner asks you “Why would you need a gun in a national park.”  Simply reply, the same reason that the National Park system closes down an entire section of a park and drop armed rangers in by helicopter.

A single sting operation in Fresno California resulted in over 420,000 plants worth approx. $1.6 billion being captured.

But supposedly there is no good reason why a law-abiding citizen would need to be armed in one of our National Parks.

Published in: on September 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Alan Gura files “Palmer vs DC” (Heller II)

Having already fought for the “Right to keep” arms at SCOTUS in the DC vs Heller. Alan Gura is now beginning the fight for the “Right to bear” arms.

The new lawsuit challenges Washington D.C.’s policy of requiring a permit to carry but not providing any means for obtaining said permit.

More at Of Arms and the Law Blog

After the DC vs Heller win, I’ve felt the next step was to push for a SCOTUS case on the right to bear arms ; along with the push for incorporation of the 2nd Amendment. So I am rather excited about this case.  That said, we’re probably have to wait 5-10 years to see it’s resolution.

Published in: on August 13, 2009 at 8:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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80% of populace support concealed carry…

But you’d never guess it from the way the media reports things….

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Second_Amendment/Supreme_Court/prweb2706544.htm

(Even I was pleasantly surprised)

H/T to Michael Bane

Published in: on August 6, 2009 at 1:59 am  Comments (1)  
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In the News (Blogosphere)

The past several weeks have been quite busy for me. From having a newborn son, to being out-of-state for a week, to a returning home and having family down for my daughter’s two year birthday.  And many other events that just consumed a lot of my time. All of which resulted in me being a bit behind on events in the news.

While I have been posting intermittently through the past few weeks I’ve only managed to post about 1/2 of what I intended to. So here’s a few items to make up for things:

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Pin & Weld – Snowflakes In Hell discusses that fact that the “pin and weld” option for short rifle barrels does not appear in the new ATF handbook.  For those not familiar with the pin and weld technique. Short barrelled rifles and shotguns are regulated by the BATFE. One option that had been considered acceptable in the past was to take a short barrel and  pin and weld onto it a flash suppressor.  The resulting combined length no longer being considered to fall under short barrel regulation.  If this is being changed, it poses the risk of making thousands of rifle owners “felons” awaiting conviction.

CCWs vs LEOs – Security cameras prove once again that permit holders are safer than police officers. Two permit holders get into a fender bender. No big deal. Minor damage. All is well…until the father of the man who rear ended the car in front of him gets involved.  He goes into the Lukoil store where the passengers of the front car were.  He comes in, grabs the girl (Ms. Lawless) and puts a gun in her face. (By the way, did I mention the dad is a Philly cop.) Originally, the officer claimed that Lawless assaulted her.  And she would be have probably have been convicted of that charge if not for this security video showing a thug wearing a badge.

Interesting Reads:

How free is your state?
(Seen this one before, may have even posted it – but it’s always fun to revisit!)

CNN talks about the ammo shortage
(I know, this one’s already made it’s rounds through a lot of the blogosphere. I actually saw it when it was on CNN’s homepage and meant to post it then. Sorry)

Do more guns equal more death?

Some interesting insights can be drawn from this chart.

  • U.S. population is increasing.
  • U.S. firearm ownership is increasing (faster than the population rate in fact)
  • Deaths / Population is decreasing, in fact, deaths per handgun are also dropping.
    (Thus defeating the “More guns equal more death!”)
  • States that allow legal personal carry of firearms either as “shall issue” or “free carry” has greatly increased.

Some additional causations can be implied. There is a fair drop that at first glance seems to begin when the Brady Act and AWB went into effect.  But look closely – the drop actually began before the Act went into effect. And there is absolutely zero difference when the AWB was passed.

Walls of the City (creator of the chart) hypothesizes that the drop may correspond inversely to the increase in right to carry.

I’ll wager another hypothesis, because I remember that era.  In the late 80’s and early 90’s gang crime was intense.  In the early 90’s there was a nationwide crackdown on gangs. The crackdown involved numerous large and medium cities, state and Federal law enforcement agencies.  Many of those arrested in those crackdowns faced 10 yr, and 20 yr sentences.  The first batch to be released would be the early 2000’s.  Right around when we see an increase in deaths.  However, we are still seeing a decrease in deaths per capita.

H/T  Walls of the City

Published in: on August 2, 2009 at 3:40 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cabela’s – Nightmare Shopping Experience

For the past several days I have been out-of-state visiting friends and family. Hence, the shortage of blogging. It’s been nice seeing old friends, and showing off Jericho to my family.

One event this week I feel compelled to blog about. My mother recently received her CCW permit (a requirement for purchase of a handgun where she lives).  When I was very young we lived in San Diego, and at that time we owned a .22 rifle and .357 Ruger Security-Six. However, we ceased being a gun owning family when we moved to Connecticut.

About a year ago my mother had an incident in which she rented an apartment to a convicted Federal felon.  We dealt with three different law enforcement branches (local police, post master, and parole officer).  My mom decided it was time to once again become a firearm owner.  So having received her CCW permit, it was time to purchase a firearm (or two).  Knowing I was coming up she waited for me so that she’d have some guidance in purchasing.

We decided to go up to the brand new Cabela’s.  There are sadly a lot less firearm dealers in Connecticut than in Pennsylvania. A true shame as Connecticut’s firearm heritage is vastly rich. In fact, Connecticut could easily be called the “gun capital” of America from a historic perspective.

So after an hour drive we arrived at Cabela’s, with family in tow.  My mother and I went upstairs to the firearm racks while my wife took our two children through the store looking at all the fish, bears (“grrrrr” as my daughter would say), and other animals.

We grabbed a ticket from the counter and spent some time looking at the glass cases filled with handguns.  We made a mental list of a few prospective purchases. Finally, it was our turn with the service rep. We handled a variety of handguns (which I will be detailing in a follow up post).  We settled on two firearms we wanted to purchase.

We had decided to take advantage of a Cabela’s promotion to earn $25 in points. So we were instructed to go downstairs to sign-up for the credit card.  Upon going downstairs we were informed that they were have computer problems but they should be up shortly. 30 minutes later they were still down.  It was quickly beginning to be obvious that they were going to be down for a while.  They said we could fill out an application and they would process it later that evening.  We asked would we still receive the discount – and were told no. Not unless we came back and made another purchase.

My mother asked to speak to a manager.  He agreed to give us a $10 gift card in lieu of the loss of discount.  But it took nearly an hour before we finally received our gift card.  Okay, so we were now ready to purchase the firearms.  We went upstairs, only to be told that the computer system that was needed to conduct the firearm purchase was a part of the same system as the credit card processing system and was also down.

Now realize that during all of this time my wife is trying to manage a newborn and a two year old who is increasing getting more restless. We spent some time shopping for accessories in hope that the computer system would come back up.  No such luck…

So after an hour drive, and 3 hours at Cabela’s, we had an hour drive back home – empty handed. The feeble $10 gift certificate not even coming close to the cost of the gas wasted in traveling to Cabela’s.  We would have to take a second trip on Monday. An hour up, and an hour back down. This time we were able to get the credit card application processed and to purchase the firearms.  But we still ran into problems. Somehow my mom’s new Cabela’s credit card was issued with an expiration date of 2007.  Which delayed out purchase. Finally, we arrived home with all the goods in tow.

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This is by far the worst shopping experience I have ever had in the firearm purchase realm.  While many of the employees were apologetic.  One employee seemed on the virge of tears, frustrated that I was so dissatisfied and planning to call corporate headquarters.  Frustrated because the means to resolve my frustration was out of his hands.

This is a clear case of over-computerizing. Computers facilitate processes. But the failure of a computer system should not eliminate a store’s means to operate and conduct sales. Cabela’s corporate office should have provided it’s employee’s with a means of conducting such sales and processing. Even if it was nothing more than calling a central office and processing via phone. Cabela’s very nearly lost a $1,000 sale. Frankly, Cabela’s owes my wife an apology.

Rest assured I will be contacting Cabela’s corporate office.

Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm  Comments (4)  
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AZ restaurant carry just a governor away…

Arizona’s Senate has joined the house in passing a restaurant carry law. Though not as freedom (or beer) loving as our laws here in Pennsylvania –  AZ residents will be allowed to carry but not imbibe alcohol – it’s a big step in the right direction.

Here’s to hoping my friends in Arizona get to see this signed into law by the governor.

http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/NewsReleases.aspx?ID=12636

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Many of my readers will recall some of the experiences I had in Arizona while attending the NRA Annual Meeting. Most very good…but a few rather negative ones. Most of which revolved around this prohibition.  I’ll be glad to see it done away with…

Published in: on July 2, 2009 at 4:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Right to Carry in Nationarl Parks Re-Restored!

“President Obama signed a bill on Friday that makes it tougher for credit card issuers to raise fees and interest rates….The law also includes an unrelated measure allowing people to carry guns into national parks.”

http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/22/news/economy/credit_cards/index.htm?postversion=2009052215

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/20/credit-card-forces-dems-vote-gun-rights/?test=latestnews

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What is really nice is that the legislation has the potential to be better than the original executive policy change that President George W. Bush enacted.  So the gun control groups (ie: Brady and folk), may have actually lost yardage on this issue.  Some have noted that the new legislation simply applies the states laws to carry and not just conceal carry. So in places like Arizona and Pennsylvania we may have gained open carry as well.

However, I have heard that there are some differences in wording between the Senate and House versions. And we’ll have to see how those are hashed out.

I am not sure when it actually goes into effect, but it’s a nice win for us. For an area that was supposed to be politically dead. We’re sure doing well…

– DC vs Heller Win
– 9th Circuit (yes, those left coast folks) incorporate DC vs Heller
– Restoration of right to carry in National Parks

Hopefully we’ll see a national carry right win not too far down the road. And be able to keep them afraid enough NOT to bring back an AWB.

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Additional info from Senator Tom Coburn’s website

More details on the wording of the amendment.

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UPDATE:

Per Snowflakes in Hell it looks like we have to wait until February 22nd, 2010 to enjoy our rights.

NRA-ILA Statement here

Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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