Sep 9 2019

Why Shotgun Training is Critical

While people still snicker at Joe Biden’s famous “self-defense” advice (“Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!… If there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony and fire two blasts outside the house…”), I’m still disappointed by the widespread belief that the shotgun requires less skill at arms than other guns used for defense.  And by people who should know better! It’s not just what people like Joe Biden have said—though he certainly did us no favors. Misinformation about all firearms continues daily, simply through osmosis—what people see on TV and in the movies, what they hear others say. But the myth seems to be the worst for shotguns.

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Aug 22 2019

Squib Loads and Hangfires – How to Handle Them


Your handgun just went bang – sort of.

Something didn’t quite sound or feel right. You heard a not-as-loud-as-usual “bang” and/or felt a lighter-than-normal recoil. It’s entirely possible that a “squib load” found it’s way into your ammo supply.

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Nov 30 2018

Gear Review: Safety On the Range with SSP Eyewear

SSP Tactical eyewear provides excellent coverage and side protection. (Mario Marchman photo) I’d lost the battle. It was a valiant effort (if squinty eyes and cocked head are valiant), but Mother Nature won; I needed reading glasses. I probably owe legions of students an apology too, because for years, when someone would bemoan a “fuzzy front sight” or show up to shoot with upside-down cheaters perched on nose (yes, really), I’d scoff. “You’re not going to have your shooting glasses on when you have that defensive encounter,” I’d bark…

Now I get it. And in addition to the blurry-front sight issue, I also had trouble seeing screw-heads, reading scope turrets and perhaps most offensive, my practice sessions were getting shorter because of eye fatigue. I needed help.

Enter SSP Eyewear. I almost literally stumbled upon these safety glasses at a recent shooting event. As I was squinting to get a better look, the sympathetic SSP representative pushed a pair toward me. “Try these,” he said … and my world was changed.

 

Read the rest of this post at Women’s Outdoor News.