Category Archives: Firearms

Next Carry Permit Class, 3/24/2013

I’ll be teaching a Carry Permit class on Sunday, March 24th in Burnsville, MN.  Details of the class and a registration form are here.  If you are interested in getting your permit or will be renewing soon, come sign up… Continue reading

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Pistol Magazine Loader That Sells Itself

Having trouble loading your handgun magazines? Try this loader that many people have discovered makes the task a breeze, the UpLULA.

The UpLULA Universal Pistol Mag Loader

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M&P Front Site Repair

The day after a range trip a couple months ago, while doing some dry fire training at home, I discovered the white dot had fallen out of the front sight of my M&P. The geek that I am, I hopped on google and discovered that I’m not the only one who’s had this sort of problem.  In fact, it seems like a rather common occurrence.

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While helping locate our many nerf-style projectiles from several places they had been dumped by various children, an idea for a better way to store them came to mind:

It’s a tray for .45acp ammo. Okay, so the heads on the suction cups are more like .50 caliber. But, alas, I don’t have any .50ae or .50gi trays to test this. The n-strike darts fit quite well, though.

I suppose delusional in thinking the kids will actually use this to keep their darts organized… Continue reading

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My first new shooters

Before today, I had never introduced a non-shooter to shooting. I’ve been shooting for a number of years, but had been reasonably content with working on my own skills. I had had numerous opportunities to introduce others to shooting sports in the past, but wasn’t confident in my coaching skills, and lost the opportunities. So recently I decided to bone up on my skills, both shooting and coaching.

Yesterday, I finally, got my first chance to introduce two non-shooters to the sport. These two, a married couple, were clearly supporters of our Second Amendment rights, staunch ones at that. But it was principle that drove their support, not first hand experience. Bob had only shot carbines during Air Force basic training over 40 years ago. Other than that, neither had firearms experience of any sort.

I opted to ease them into the experience of learning to shoot a pistol over three separate sessions, the first being “classroom-style” at my home, covering the basics of firearm safety, and fundamentals of shooting such as sight picture, stance, grip and trigger control, hold, etc. I used actual firearms in this session to demonstrate various things and it was clear that Eva was a bit apprehensive being around the handguns right at the start. Continue reading

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Getting a grip

For the past several years, my firearms interests have centered mainly around defensive handgun shooting, using calibers common for self defense such as .38 special, 9mm, .45ACP, etc.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve picked up my .22 caliber plinker. But I have a good reason to now.

I have an opportunity coming up to help some others learn a little about shooting handguns (more on that later).  It’s always good to start new shooters out with a small caliber and not-too light or small gun in order to ease the uninitiated into the experience with little shock from noise or recoil.

Looking through my collection, I found my only reliable .22 caliber handgun happens to be a Sig Trailside competition model.

Sig Trailside Competition with adjustable grips, Left side Sig Trailside Competition with adjustable grips, Right side

This model has adjustable right-handed grips that work well for me shooting one handed.  You can shoot them two handed, but it’s not an ideal setup to do that.  In the picture below you can see how the thumb-rest and flat left side might interfere with a good two-handed grip and make left-handed use impractical.… Continue reading

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