STEEL CHALLENGE MOVED TO OCTOBER 29th
NOTICE: Effective Immediately:
There will be no placing of additional or personal steel targets on the hillside behind the rifle bay.
If any of our members wish to place a steel target on the hillside they are required to contact the Range Master for approval.
There will be no exception to this policy.
If you have questions please feel free to contact me at any time.
Jess Pilcher, PAS Range Master, 928-308-7732
Contragulation to Jon and Deann Lopas. Married Saturday, October 22, 2016
Skill Set: Long Distance Pistol Shooting : The Tactical Wire
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Ask someone what a long distance pistol shot is and you'll get a lot of different responses. Some will say twenty-five yards. Other people will say fifty yards. What may seem like a long shot for some is different for others. Regardless, it's a good idea to practice long distance shooting with your handgun.
Pistols are more accurate than most people think. I remember the first time shooting my 1911 at two hundred yards during a class with Scott Reitz. That seemed like a long distance. I was amazed at the number of times I was able to hit the target at that distance, and how long it took the bullet to get there.
We know that most defensive work with pistols takes place at close range, but there are enough documented situations to show us that sometimes it's necessary to make long distance hits with the handgun.
The key to shooting long distance is application of the fundamentals. Focus on the front sight, smoothly press the trigger, and you'll get good hits. Don't be surprised if have to change your point of aim as the distance increases to hit the center of the target. In class today I had two good shooters. We were shooting at seventy-five yards and each of them had to hold at the bottom right corner of the target to hit the center. But, once we determined where they needed to hold they were wearing it out, scoring hit after hit, with most of them within six inches of center on the target.
If possible it's good to brace or rest against something for stability. Can I hit the target at one hundred from standing? Yes, but if I can brace for stability it's going to improve my accuracy. In a recent class I had a group of great pistol shooters, but they had never really worked on long distance shots. By resting the pistol and hands, bracing on the wall, they were able to score head shots at seventy-five yards. They were not perfect head shots – between the eyes and nose – but they would have put a hurtin' on the bad guy for sure.
For really long distances you'll have to start compensating for the bullet drop. For this you want to hold the front sight on target, then lower the rear sight to get the elevation necessary for the hit. You need the front sight on target; trying to aim high or above the target doesn't work. If you can't see the target – your hands and weapon are blocking your line of sight - you'll have a hard time holding the sight picture. Keep the front sight on target and then lower the rear sight for elevation. For example with my 1911 I know the rear sight has to be half way down the front sight in order to hit at two hundred yards.
Even if you don't ever have a need to fire at long distance it's a great confidence builder; if you can hit at one hundred you can make hits at fifty. Hitting at fifty yards means twenty-five yard shots are easy. Now a ten-yard shot is a piece of cake.
The majority of your training should be within realistic distances. But, sometimes "real" might be different from what you thought it would be. Start working on long distance shooting. Apply the fundamentals. Learn where you need to hold in order to hit. You'll be surprised at the results, and it will make getting hits at normal distances easier.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk's DVD, "Fighting With The 1911" Website: www.shootrite.org
Smith & Wesson loses Army’s handgun contract competition
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9/26/16 | by Jacki Billings
Smith & Wesson’s bid to be the Army’s next sidearm came to an end last week after the M&P was booted from the Modular Handgun System competition. (Photo: Tumblr/Everyday-Cutlery)
Smith & Wesson notified investors Friday that the M&P will not advance to the next phase of testing in the Defense Department’s mission to replace the Army’s M9.
With only a handful of manufacturers vying to be the Army’s new Modular Handgun System, Smith & Wesson is the first company to publicly get the boot.
The Massachusetts gun maker campaigned heavily for the contract, even partnering with defense giant General Dynamics in 2014 for an added boost. GenDyn signed on to provide barrels for the M&P and also lend its expertise navigating the bureaucratic process.
“They (GenDyn) bring a level of skill and knowledge that we did not have,” Smith & Wesson Chief Executive Officer James Debney said during a third quarter meeting in March. “Obviously, we’re a good partner as well because we bring what our core competency is, is that we can design and manufacture great handguns.”
Smith & Wesson investors have anxiously awaited news on the contract valued at $580 million. During a meeting earlier this month, MHS questions cropped up continually as investor’s aimed to pinpoint Smith & Wesson’s standing within the Army’s process. At that time Debney reported no movement, but said he was confident a win would boost the gun maker’s authority.
“The professional community is extremely important to us, as I’ve said before. It holds us to a much higher standard than if we were just, say, a consumer product business,” said Debney during the company’s first quarter investor’s call. “It certainly gives your product a lot of credibility if it is used, adopted and well-regarded by that professional community because the consumer does pay attention to that.”
Smith & Wesson saw a 40 percent boost in overall firearm sales in the first quarter, raking in $139 million in handgun sales alone.
The M&P model is already one of Smith’s most popular handguns. Introduced in 2005, it features a reinforced polymer chassis, modular ergonomic grip and ambidextrous controls. The M&P functions and aesthetics seemed to fall in line with what the Army wanted from their new handgun.
In the 351 page solicitation published in September 2015, DoD dictated that all competitors have modifiable grips, ambidextrous controls, magazine options, and rails. In addition, the Army requested all firearms have hits on a 4-inch target at a 50-meter range at least 90 percent of the time throughout the gun’s lifespan.
Though no caliber was specified, officials mandate a round penetrate 14 inches into ballistics gel at 50 meters. In addition, it was reported the 9mm and .40 rounds were being heavily considered, while the .45 ACP was ruled out over concerns of size, weight and accuracy.
IHS Jane reported in May that the M&P was a top contender, alongside the Beretta APX, CZ P-09, FN Five-Seven, Glock 17 and 22, and Sig Sauer P320.
Beretta holds the current handgun contract with the M9 serving as the Army’s official sidearm since 1985. The hammer-fired handgun is outfitted with a metal frame and cutout slide design as well as a 15 round magazine capacity. Aside from a few aesthetic changes, the pistol’s design has remained relatively unchanged for the past three decades.
Fear & Loading: Who Are the Real New Firearm Enthusiasts?
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by Guy Sagi - Friday, September 16, 2016
Most assume the record-setting gun-sales trend is fueled exclusively by a young generation of enthusiasts.
Anecdotal evidence, which includes comments from store owners and the success of an all-new style of shooting
ranges often called “Guntry Clubs,” support the claims, but senior citizens are also a growing part of the market.
Let’s face facts. Baby boomers are retiring and not all of them are interested in knitting or bingo.
A recent story in the Kansas City Star detailed one of that area’s gun ranges,
where senior citizens line up for early morning firing lanes. Shooters interviewed in the article list a variety of reasons for their enthusiasm, including self-defense.
Gun ownership and training by Social Security recipients is paying huge dividends.
Several recent incidents highlight the trend. In New Mexico, a 70-year-old man neutralized a criminal threat
by trumping a bad guy’s hockey stick with his .38 Spl. A 91-year-old Michigan man was forced to
shoot an alleged robber outside a Rite Aid.
No one was injured in this South Carolina incident,
but the 80-year-old great grandfather is undoubtedly happy he didn’t forget his .25 ACP handgun that day.
If you know a senior citizen who expresses concern about their safety, it’s a great opportunity to politely bring up these stories and suggest quality
I had that chance last week when a woman—who retired 10 years ago from government service—was one of the people on my flight with an overnight delay.
The flight attendant asked me to help her get to the hotel, I obliged, and the conversation in the shuttle was interesting.
She brought up the subject of increasing crime in her neighborhood. Her husband owns guns, but “He said if I used one the robber would only grab it and use it on me,” she explained.
I told her criminals neutralize the primary threat first, in this case her husband, and that delay often leaves the spouse with a temporary advantage.
I cited several instances, but here’s a recent case just in case you run into the same rebuttal.
No one should be injured or killed in a criminal attack, and no family deserves to lose a grandparent or loved one that way.
I closed the conversation, as I always do, with the advice that if gun ownership and training isn’t an option, attending one of the NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim
seminars is a great way to minimize risk and exposure.
Thump. Crash! What’s Your Home Intruder Plan?
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By Annette Doerr, Women’s Outdoor News
Thump. Crash! You awaken from a sound sleep, but you’re not sure why. You listen for a few seconds, groggily trying to process what’s going on.
Then you realize what’s happening; Someone is in your home. Do you have a plan? If you don’t, let’s start that conversation right now.
My dad was the local fire chief, and growing up we always had an escape plan should there be a fire in our home.
It’s something that I, in turn, drilled into my daughters as soon as they were old enough to understand.
Even as they went off to college, they had a plan should something happen in their dorm. Fire is something people understand and often plan for, but a home invasion? Not so much.
My colleague Stacy Bright recently wrote a great piece on making your home a hard target.
But what happens if that’s not enough? What if, in the middle of the night, you hear glass break? You awake from a dead sleep trying to process what you just heard.
Did the cat knock over something? Did the dog bump into a chair in his quest to get a drink? Is there someone in my house?
It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? It’s worse if you’ve never taken the time to run scenarios on what might happen should someone gain access to your home while you’re inside.
If someone broke into my home in the middle of the night, chances are I’d be asleep in my bedroom. The layout of my house is atypical. My bedroom sits in the back of the house, down a long hallway.
There is no egress from my room other than a spiral staircase to the office upstairs.
Because of the layout, and the fact that we have casement windows, making a plan ahead of time is a necessity.
My husband and I each keep a pistol in our nightstands; an intruder in my bedroom would likely be facing down the barrels of not 1, but 2 pistols, which would boost our odds of surviving.
It’s always best to get out, but if you can’t, a little planning can improve your odds dramatically.
Burglaries and home invasions can also happen during broad daylight. Criminals assume the homeowner is at work during daytime hours, but most days, I work from home.
Because of this, I’m generally carrying when I’m home. From the street it may look like the house is empty, making a daytime robbery attempt a distinct possibility.
Does it make me paranoid to carry while in my own home? No, it makes me prepared.
Because I live in New York, I have the “duty” to retreat should someone break into my home.
I can only use deadly force if I feel that my life is in danger and I cannot safely leave the premises (and even then,
I’ll be judged by a jury of 12). I do not have the same ability under the law to protect my home from an intruder as say, someone in Texas.
State laws vary wildly on their interpretation of the Castle Doctrine and the use of deadly force.
I’d urge you to familiarize yourself with the laws of your area, so that you can make the best plan possible for you and your family.
What are some things you’ll need to work out when making your home intruder plan? Start by going from room to room and looking around.
Are there 2 ways out of this room? Is there a great place to hide a weapon where it’s out of sight and appropriately safe, but quickly accessible should you need it?
If you have a sketch of the layout of your home, make some notes on it. This will help you when you brief your family on the plan.
Here are some tips to help formulate a home intruder plan that works for you and your family:
• Secure firearms in various locations throughout your home, including your bedroom. I have a Covert Cabinet in my front foyer.
Although it looks like a decorative shelf, it actually securely hides a firearm, which I can retrieve quickly and efficiently at a moment’s notice.
I also have a wall gun safe hidden in my home, where we keep a pistol at all times. It’s out of sight and I can access it quickly.
For some other tips on strategically placing firearms in the home, see Michelle Cerino’s article 24/7 Pistol Carry Made Easy.
• Predetermine 2 ways of exiting each room. Knowing how you can get out of a particular room in your home will help determine if you may have to stay and defend yourself.
• Are your windows casement style or double hung? If double hung, you may be able to exit through the window to safety if you’re on the first floor.
• Do you have access to the outdoors from your basement? Your best move may be down and out.
• Does each room have a telephone in it? Know where your phones are for calling 911. You may not remember to grab your cellphone.
• If your home is equipped with security cameras, you may be able to view other rooms on your cell phone.
This will let you know where the intruder is at any given moment, letting you time your escape.
Now that we’ve covered some basics and you’re working on your plan, what do you do if someone breaks in?
• Call 911.
• Retrieve your firearm.
• If you can move to a safe place, do it. You don’t have to be a hero. If you can safely move yourself and your family out of harm’s way, do it. Let the police handle the perp.
• Keep in contact with the police. Let them know you’re armed. If you are still in your home, tell them where you are in the home.
Try to remain on the telephone with the 911 operator, relaying information.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about panic rooms, sometimes called safe rooms. Safe rooms are a secret windowless room that you can evacuate to for safety.
Your home may have a safe place that can be turned into a panic room if you live in an area where tornadoes or hurricanes are a threat.
If I were building a home, I might decide to incorporate one of these secret rooms into the plan, but you may also be able to retrofit an existing room into one.
Safe rooms generally have a secret entrance and no windows. (Your very own Batcave, how cool!) It could be behind a movable bookshelf or under a trap door in the floor covered by a rug. However you decide to access your safe room, know how to get into it quickly and quietly.
Here are a few items you’ll want to keep in your safe room:
• Cell phone: Even an inactive cell phone can dial 911 if charged. Keep one of your old phones charged and in the room.
• Battery-operated lights, flashlights, and lanterns: You’ll want a light source should the power go out.
Since panic rooms generally have no windows, it will be pitch black in there. Having a lantern will be necessary.
• Firearm: You’ll need something to defend yourself with. Keeping a firearm in your panic room will ensure that you’re ready for anything should the time come.
• Food and water: Who knows how long you’ll be inside? Food and water are great comfort items, especially if you have small children.
• Medical supplies, or a first-aid kit: You may need to provide first aid to someone in your family, so be prepared.
If you’re taking prescription medications, you’ll want to have some stored inside.
• Fire extinguisher: Cover all your safety bases.
• Other: If you do have small children, you’ll want to keep some playthings inside to occupy their time.
You may also want to keep extra diapers, formula, etc. in there as well, if you need them.
Give some thought to what else you may need, depending on your family dynamics and the size of your room.
The more prepared you are for a home invasion, the better your chances are of making it out unscathed.
Take time and formulate a plan.
Share it with your family. Oftentimes others may think of something that should be added, so get everyone’s feedback to make sure your family is as prepared as you can be.
It’s going to be a frightening situation regardless of how well you’ve planned, but wouldn’t you rather have an idea of what to do? Remember:
You aren’t being paranoid, you’re being prepared. If you have a plan and practice it, you’ll be less likely to panic should a home invasion occur. Be prepared, and most of all, be safe.
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What To Say When Your Doctor Asks You About Your Gun
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In a recent podcast of “The Women’s Gun Show,” Carrie Lightfoot interviewed Dr. John Edeen, membership director for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO). She asked him how to respond to questions from your doctor regarding your firearms ownership.
Edeen is not only a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in San Antonio, he also is an NRA certified Basic Pistol instructor.
Edeen prefaced his response by pointing out how the culture war against gun ownership began in the mid-1980s – with an army of specialty organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Surgeons – with a “concerted effort to stigmatize firearms ownership.” Edeen stated the solution, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is to “get rid” of your guns.
“Here’s the rub … the doctor that gives you that advice has never touched a gun, doesn’t know anything about firearms safety, has never been educated in firearms safety in medical school,” continued Edeen. “The only thing they know about guns is what they see on TV … you and I both know is total misinformation.”
“This is really unethical,” said Edeen.
Checklist of answers to your doctor’s question, “Do you own a gun?”
You don’t have to answer.
If the medical expert insists on an answer, then ask, “What are your qualifications to give advice regarding firearms safety?” and “Who are you certified by?”
If a doctor responds to your question and lists one of the medical/political organizations as a qualification, you can respond with, “That is not a firearms safety organization. It is a political organization of physicians.”
This advice also applies to questions on forms regarding gun ownership, which Lightfoot says many women aren’t sure whether they’re allowed not to answer the form questions.
You have the power to push back
“The doctors are using their position as physicians to push a political agenda … We call this a boundary violation; it’s an ethical issue in medicine, kind of like sexual advances toward your patients,” said Edeen. He urged people to push back.
You can do so by filing a complaint with your insurance company or the quality insurance board at your workplace. Or you can go to the state medical board and file a complaint against that physician for an ethical boundary violation.
Edeen said healthcare professionals are essentially asking you to give up a civil right when they tell you to get rid of your guns.
Edeen and Lightfoot also discussed the electronic files kept now at healthcare facilities, and how government can access this data mine for backdoor registration of guns.
“So, the answer is … it’s not an appropriate question to ask and let’s go on,” said Edeen.
Edeen said you could also ask your medical professional about poison, drowning, automobile accidents and things that are so much higher in causes of children’s deaths. Push back and show your doctor that you are educated and knowledgeable and basically, understanding the agenda.
When it is OK for your doctor to ask about guns
“If someone is suicidal and you are worried about someone taking a life, it certainly is appropriate because it is [firearm] a tool that can be used,” said Edeen.
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