Just for Women: 23 Truths About Firearms
The Survival Mom
- You can
never have too much ammo. Its amazing how quickly one or
two people can shoot through 100 rounds or more in a single target
- If youre
smart, your firearms will be common calibers. It will be easier
to find ammo and easier to get replacement parts.
- If youre
even smarter, you own firearms that are of popular makes and models.
It will be easier to find a gunsmith capable of making repairs
and customized requests.
youre at the range every day, its hard to get too
If the range masters know you by name, thats a good sign
that youre getting enough practice!
a mistake to limit your practice to shooting at a piece of paper
under optimal conditions. Take classes that will challenge your
shooting skills in high-pressure scenarios. Until the adrenaline
is really pumping and your brain feels scrambled, youll
never know how youll respond in a life or death situation.
(Note: The first time I was firing a gun under pressure, I got
so rattled that I was using my non-dominant eye. I was fortunate
that any shots hit my target!)
- A shotgun
should be at or near the top of your list when it comes to firearms
for home defense. Your choices are the 12 gauge, 20 gauge and
the 410. Once youve made your decision, get to the range
and practice, practice, practice. When it comes to stopping power,
a shotgun cant be beat.
fall into the trap of buying the smallest gun at the store. Believe
it or not, a larger gun will be more comfortable and accurate
- Learn how
to clean your own gun. Learn how to completely dismantle it (field
strip), clean each part, and put it back together.
- Your safety
is your responsibility. Not your husbands, nor the police,
nor your kids.
- A gun isnt
the end-all when it comes to personal or home security. Think
in terms of layers: situational awareness, home security systems,
a watchdog, cacti along the back fence. It all adds up to more
peace of mind and less dependence on any one strategy.
- If a gun
isnt possible or desirable in your circumstances, come up
B. One of my friends keeps a baseball bat near the front seat
of her minivan. Another always has the most powerful pepper spray
on the market in her purse, and yet another keeps an 18? length
of steel rebar wedged between the drivers seat of her car
and the middle console. Whatever your choice, always be aware
of the location of your weapon, practice using it, and be comfortable
with the thought that one day you may have to use it.
listen to celebrities and politicians who go on hysterical anti-gun
rants. Remember, they can afford armed bodyguards and state-of-the-art
home security systems. (Interesting that its okay if their
bodyguards are armed but they dont think law-abiding citizens
should be able to own and carry guns.) I am my kids armed
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