Someone online, at my encouragement, asked me some gun questions. Her text is below. I’m more of a target shooter than a hunter. Please let me know what you all would say to her! Thanks in advance for your help.
“My current 5 year plan is to set up a small homestead in northern Minnesota. Moose, bear, wolves, deer and other such critters are commonplace.
As a nearly middle aged woman who has never held a gun – whats the best starter weapon for me? I’m thinking some kind of rifle, something that would be good for property protection as well as eventual hunting.
My husband was an expert marksman with the military, so I’m sure he could help me learn to use it well. That said, he never used guns before the Army and not since, so its not an area we know much about.”
I want a car safe. I can carry to and from work, but not at work. Additionally, when I’m running errands, sometimes I stop by places I can’t bring my Bodyguard in with me. I have a locking glovebox, but I don’t think that’s enough.
There are different kinds of car safes out there… at a gun show once, I saw a metal mesh bag gun safe. I haven’t been able to find one of those again. There are also key locked gun safes and combo locked gun safes. I’m not sure how easy either of those would be for me to open quickly in the dark. I wish they made car gun safes with the same sort of open-sesame technology that is utilized on lockers for students with disabilities.
Abus 150/40 C
Masterlock makes a lock that has four buttons: up, down, left and right. The combo can be entered purely by touch. Abus makes a lock whose combination is entered by aligning mini-switches to positions numbered 1-4. It seems these locks would be easier to open in the dark in my car than a key lock or a combination lock would.
I’ve also seen fingerprint locking safes. Those just creep me out. For those of you who have a car gun safe, do you use the fingerprint, lock or combination type? Do you have any tips, tricks, advice, recommendations for me?
I received an email from Jenny Teague of the League of Lethal Ladies letting me know that the league has died. The email included a lot of useful information, so I’m posting it here for you all to see. I only went to one LLL after work shooting event, but I had a lot of fun there. I got the opportunity to try things I wouldn’t have otherwise, such as shooting at a playing card, bowling pins, or clay pigeons. Anyway… on with the email:
This is just a note to everyone that the League of Lethal Ladies has been officially disbanded as an organization with the State of Nevada. That just means we no longer are recognized by the state as a non-profit organization. That doesn’t mean you can’t get together to shoot or meet monthly if you want. In fact, I highly encourage those of you who have got together for shoots to keep doing so. This is the most current email listing of everyone in the organization. Feel free to try and set up shooting dates still. Also, if you are interested in other organizations to join and shoot at, I highly recommend Stillwater Firearms Association in Fallon and Western Nevada Pistol League in Reno. If you join Stillwater, please tell Elynda Long, their president, I sent you. She’ll see to it you get the VIP treatment because they love having ladies join there. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the League, whether with paperwork and organization, hosting League nights, or just attending League Nights and shoots. It was a fun run while it lasted.
The website and facebook page will be removed soon, but here’s some links from there. If you enjoy posts on shooting and safety, you can always sign up to like the facebook pages of The Women’s Shooting Academy or Women’s Safety Academy to get Vicki’s up to date info on classes, tips, and newsletters, or The Gunslinging Housewife for my product reviews, tips, crafts and recipes.
Thank you to Vicki for originally collecting a list of students who wanted to get together and shoot more. Without her originally, there never would have been a League. Even though there is no more League, doesn’t mean to say you’re not all Leathal Ladies. You all shoot. You all won’t put up with garbage. You are all amazing!
Finally, here’s some shooting resources for you to continue your love of the sport:
GOOD PLACES TO SHOOT: Ranges Washoe County Shooting Facility 21555 Pyramid Way, Reno, NV (775) 475-2991
City of Carson Rifle and Pistol Range 4000 Flint Dr, Carson City, NV (775) 887-2262 Capital City Gun Club – Carson City, NV 3590 Arrowhead Drive, Carson City, NV (775) 882-9904
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Derby Dam Hwy 80 off exit 36 Derby Dam
PLACES NOT TO SHOOT: Congested Area Maps Interactive Congested Area Map Washoe County Sheriff’s Department Congested Area Map SHOOTING CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS: Stillwater Firearms Association A Nevada non profit organization dedicated to promoting public interest and skill in the use of small guns and firearms; providing proper training and education in the use of firearms; promoting public interest and skill in the sport of target shooting; and promoting healthy and social recreation for the members of the organization as well as for the public at large. Western Nevada Pistol League A practical pistol shooting club featuring USPSA, IDPA, and Steel Challenge matches. Palomino Valley Gun Club Supporting competitive rifle endeavors and promoting firearms marksmanship and safety. SHOOTING RULES & REGULATIONS: International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE)
I shot my brand new Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 at the range on Saturday, March 5th to qualify for a CCW addon with it.
On Tuesday, March 7th, I dropped the paperwork for it and for my name change since I recently married in the mail, addressed to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department. Of course, I included the $15 fee.
According to the date on the paperwork I later received, my new permit was issued Friday, March 11th.
On Tuesday, March 15th, my check cleared my bank.
The Sheriff’s Office printed the postage on the envelope containing my new permit on Wednesday, March 23rd.
I received my new CCW permit on Thursday, March 24th.
We’re looking at 14 business day turn-around-time, including the mail time. Although, as indicated by the postmark and receipt date of the new permit, the mail around here takes about a day for in-town mail. The bulk of the wait time was spent at the Sheriff’s Office.
Now for the bad news…
They screwed up my permit. Royally.
According to the Sheriff’s Office my middle name is “Marie.” Wrong! Also, they didn’t even addon the addon. Duh! I left a voicemail for Lisa Lane, the woman who processes all things CCW, asking her what to do to get this fixed. I’m hoping I don’t have to come into their office because I’d have to take off of work to do that and because waiting there is WORSE than waiting at the DMV. But if that’s what I have to do, I’ll do it! I’ll keep ya’ll posted.
If Nevada’s colleges and universities allowed concealed weapon permit holders to carry guns on campus it might have prevented two rapes and a murder, a sexual assault survivor told state lawmakers Friday.
During emotional testimony before the Senate Government Affairs Committee Amanda Collins, 25, testified for Senate Bill 231, which would eliminate a restriction that prevented her from carrying her legal concealed handgun the night she was raped in a University of Nevada, Reno parking garage.
The attacker, James Biela, went on to rape another woman, and was convicted of kidnapping and killing a campus visitor, Brianna Denison.
“On Oct. 22, 2007 my right to say ‘no’ was taken from me by both James Biela and the Nevada Legislature,” said Collins, recounting the night she was attacked. “If the purpose of the current law is to ensure safety to those on university property then it is not serving that objective.”
When I took my CCW class, I was in a tough spot in life. My not-so-nice ex-husband and I had recently separated and he had made some threats against me. Additionally, he left me with a lot of debt. I had a need for self-defense and no money to make that happen. I couldn’t even pay rent on my own. But GB helped me out by letting me borrow his Bersa Thunder .380 as a carry gun for me and Armed and Safe allowed me to take their CCW class for free through a scholarship for a female shooters made by an American soldier.
I knew Armed and Safe would help me with an addon just like they helped me to get my original permit, so after I left Safe Shot on Saturday disappointed that I couldn’t qualify there, I called Armed and Safe. Allan Main answered my call on his cell phone. He was out at the range setting up for a CCW class to qualify. He told me if I got my happy butt to the range before 1:45 p.m. that day, he’d qualify me right there. No range fee, no target fee, no fancy ammo. Just $5. Nice.
Before exiting the car, I applied my eyes and ears, grabbed my gear and then bee-lined for the firing line. I checked in with an assistant of Kelly. I didn’t catch his name, and that’s a shame, because he was awesome. He bellied me up to the firing line, eyeballed my gun and told me a few things about it and revolvers in general. He revealed to me that he himself conceal carries a revolver. Good times.
Allan and Kelly both came over and checked out my new toy. I showed Kelly the laser (which I didn’t use to qualify; it’s not visible in daylight) and Allan showed me his sights on his revolver. The gentleman who was supervising me showed me his too: his front sight was painted with bright red nail polish. Nice!
On my revolver, the sights are black on black and set very close together both horizontally and vertically. This coupled with what I read online that my gun tended to shoot high and off to the side due to the insane trigger-pull on it inspiring people to drag wood or jerk the trigger meant I needed to be careful. So when the line was hot, I paid close attention to my trigger discipline. My first five shots were all high of my target, but they were grouped nicely, so I just had to work on my sight alignment and sight picture a little bit more. This was my first time shooting this gun, so I had to get used to it and I did. My next shots were right on.
Kelly surveyed my work and proclaimed me “qualified.” She filled out the paperwork and I signed it. Then, I gave her the quoted $5, plus a $5 tip for all of the help she and her two coworkers had provided. As we wrapped things up at the range, the rest of the class participants headed back to Scheels where their class was taking place and I went back home.