Concealed-Carry Holsters for Women

Purse Holster Galco Lead

Holster makers are responding to the growing number of women carrying concealed firearms with a wide variety of holster options designed specifically for ladies.

Firearms being the great equalizer they are, it should come as no surprise the fastest growth in concealed-carry permits is among women. There are also a plethora of firearm training courses and programs offered specifically for women to provide a more comfortable and supportive learning environment.

Of course, having a concealed-carry permit isn’t going to do anyone much good if you don’t actually carry a gun, and the most important factor that separates carrying a gun or leaving it at home is comfort. It is not only important to choose the right gun, but also the right holster. Thankfully, manufacturers are increasingly catering to the needs of women, who are shaped and dress differently than men.

FlashBang Holster


The Flashbang bra holster is a black, molded plastic holder that includes three different size straps that button over the middle of your bra strap, technically called the “gore” which connects the two cups. The holster straps are made of soft leather and each strap has different holes, much like on a belt, so you can adjust the length of each strap. The straps connect to the holster by a screw, but once you get the correct size strap on, you should not have to change it out. The majority of my “gores” are the same size, so once you have it fit—which only takes a few minutes—you should be good to go with a variety of bras.


Purse Holsters 

Arguably the most comfortable way for many women to carry a gun is in a purse. This offers great concealment, is not affected as much by clothing choice and can still provide fast access. This is, in fact, how my wife prefers to carry, but it does have some drawbacks. She must remain constantly aware of her purse to maintain fast access as well as to prevent theft or access by unauthorized persons, especially curious children. It will also not do to simply toss a gun in with keys and other items.

Galco offers 10 different models of purse holsters in various styles, colors and sizes. Glove-tanned leather purses in black and brown feature a fairly standard main area with multiple compartments, but the real benefit is a gun can be stored inside a separate, side-loading zippered compartment in an internal holster with a thumb break. When the purse is carried over the shoulder, this places the gun easily within reach for both right- and left-handed draw, and the zipper includes a locking mechanism for added security. Just don’t get too comfortable and forget the gun is in the purse if you happen to go into a restricted area like an airport.

Belt Holsters

Hip carry for many women can be a challenge, but Safariland and Bianchi both produce a line of holsters comfortably designed for women, who tend to wear the gun higher on their hips. Many of these models are designed to ride close to the body for concealment, but allow the holster to angle outward when drawing. The Model 329 from Safariland is a belt holster featuring a very low cut opening in the front, so the gun can clear the holster without having to raise it too far.

Safariland’s Model 6378 ALS Paddle Holster features level 1 retention, with the holster automatically locking the gun in place and releasing it only via a thumb button release, which can be done very quickly with a little practice. Several Bianchi paddle holsters for women also feature a slight offset to increase comfort and are available in standard and retention styles. I personally prefer paddle holsters for their ease of use and the ability to remove or replace them with minimal effort, especially when I have to go someplace like the post office that does not allow legal carry of firearms.

Inside-the-waistband holsters for women will require a full draw, which can be difficult if the gun is riding high on the hip. CrossBreed Holsters, however, are a very popular and comfortable choice, as they feature a thick leather pad between the gun and the body and provide excellent concealment along with a fast draw.

Alternative Carry

Many women may also find other types of carry to be more comfortable and offer additional versatility with various types of clothing. Pocket holsters are a favorite of mine, but they require large front pockets and a somewhat loose fit, both of which are not commonly found in women’s fashion. Belly band holsters like the Underwraps from Galco offer great comfort and outstanding concealment. This elastic fabric band is secured with hook-and-loop fasteners and is adjustable. It features leather pockets to hold firearms, extra ammunition and other accessories like a knife, pepper spray or a cell phone, and it is ambidextrous.

Along these same lines, 5.11 Tactical offers a women’s holster shirt designed to snuggly fit the entire torso like sports attire. It features two under-the-arm pockets ideal for small- and medium-size handguns. The advantage here is the shirt will not shift position as you move and the weight of the gun is very evenly distributed. An inner Neoprene and terrycloth layer cushions the gun and increases comfort.

Ankle holsters are yet another viable option, especially when wearing long pants with a straight, or preferably flared, leg. They can offer ideal concealment. Galco’s Ankle Glove features a wide elastic band with a sheepskin lining for comfort and an optional calf strap for added retention. Not to be outdone, DeSantis Gunhide is now producing the Thigh High Holster, which allows women wearing a skirt or dress to carry a small handgun concealed on the inside of the thigh. Neoprene construction offers comfort, and twin garter straps ensure the gun and holster stay in place.

Comfortable concealed carry for both men and women is vitally important and involves a combination of holster selection and proper attire. It is encouraging to see manufacturers address the specific needs of women in this regard.


This article was originally posted By Jorge Amselle, to view the original article CLICK HERE

6 Optics for the AR Enthusiast


The AR or Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) has become the most modular multipurpose shooting platform in history. Whether you prefer A1s, A2s or A3s—carry handle or flattop, .22 LR to .450 Bushmaster or iron sights versus a combination of optical aiming devices, the only must have ingredient to create the ultimate build is your imagination (Okay, and money). However this article is all about the glass.

Don’t discount the reticle either. Good glass can make the difference when delivering rounds at distance and quickly acquiring a target in Close Quarters Battle (CQB), but the reticle design is an invaluable asset and must be carefully considered.

Burris AR-332/AR-536

The Burris AR-332 should be on any AR enthusiast’s short list. The limited space of this article makes it hard to say everything, but here are a few highlights. The first is price. I do not know of another scope of this quality with as many options for around $350. The AR-332 is a fixed 3x scope designed specifically for tactical rifles. It can be mounted to a picatinny rail or AR-15 Carry Handle without additional hardware.

Burris’ AR-332 is a serious contender for sit atop any AR and come hits around the $350 mark.

The AR-332 has a Circle Dot reticle with holdover points that can be used for a variety of .223 or .308 bullets out to 600 yards. The reticle illuminates in red or green and reverts to black when not illuminated. That way, when the battery dies, you can still see the reticle and remain operational. There are picatinny mounting platforms on the top and both sides to hang additional accessories.

Introduced in 2012, the Burris AR-536 is essentially the same as the AR-332, but in a 5x configuration with a 36mm objective lens. For those who are drawn toward the AR-332 design, but want more magnification, the AR-536 is for you.

Due to the lower magnification of the AR-332, the addition of the Fastfire III may be redundant, but on the AR-536 you’ll enjoy much better target acquisition in a CQB situation.

Leupold VX-R Patrol

The Leupold VX-R Patrol rocks the mid-priced scope category for the AR-15. The illuminated reticle is battery powered but uses fiber optics to adjust brightness. The cool part though is how it acts like an automatic motion sensor. Once the rifle is picked up the reticle activates. After 5 minutes of inactivity, the reticle automatically shuts down so it won’t kill your battery.

With 4 inches of eye relief, the VX-R Patrol offers fast target acquisition and is comfortable to shoot. The VX-R Patrol measures 9.5 inches—ideal and compact for an M4. Although the MARK AR was Leupold’s first step into lower-priced AR15 scopes, the VX-R has raised the bar so high, it is in another class.

Leupold MARK 4 MR/T

The MARK 4 MR/T from Leupold is available in 1.5-5×20 and 2.5-8×36 models. Both are available in multiple reticle and illumination configurations, so do your homework before you slapping down any greenbacks. On the 2.5-8x, you have the choice between the M1 (high) and M2 (low-profile) turrets. I could justify either one—depending on my intended use—but would likely tip the scales in favor of the M2 low-profile turrets. I like sleek and easy and do not plan on many in-the-field adjustments, plus it gives the option of mounting a secondary optic for CQB such as Leupold’s DeltaPoint or the Trijicon RMR.

Trijicon ACOG

Trijicon’s ACOG goes with an AR like chocolate syrup on a sundae. ACOG’s are internally-adjustable, compact telescopic sights with tritium illuminated reticle patterns for use in low light or night conditions. The ACOG combine’s traditional, precise distance marksmanship with close-in aiming speed. Every feature of its design was chosen for a single purpose—increased hit potential under all lighting conditions.

The ACOG was built around the Bindon Aiming Concept, which revolutionized aiming, shooting and CQB by keeping both eyes open for a wider field of vision and faster target acquisition.

The ACOG was built around the Bindon Aiming Concept and revolutionized aiming, shooting and CQB by keeping both eyes open for a wider field of vision and faster target acquisition.

When considering the ACOG, I’ll offer this piece of advice. If price is a primary consideration, the ACOG is not for you. However, if your life may come down to the quality of your AR glass, ask any returning soldier from the sandbox of his or her choice. I can remember a few years back when ACOGs were in such short supply, parents were trying to buy them from the commercial market and ship it to the Gulf. Trijicon offered to send me a test model at the time and as much as I wanted one, I could not bring myself past the fact that it would mean one less from one of our fighters overseas. However, that is not a problem today and I cherish mine; but yes, it is that good.

Trijicon offers a ton of reticle options for the ACOG. Too many to cover all of them here. The Chevron is a top choice and with a little work you can learn to use it for range estimation and windage similar to a mil dot system. However, while the Chevron offers a more precise aiming point at longer ranges and range estimation, the Horseshoe reticle was designed for CQB and faster target acquisition so pick by personal preference and intended use. Color is another option; ACOGs are available with either Red or Green illumination. When asked most leans toward for the red—especially when viewed under fluorescent lights, but in practical use, particularity outdoors in bright sunlight, the green wins in my opinion.

Leupold HAMR 4×24 Riflescope

The HAMR’s ballistically matched, illuminated CM-R2 reticle is designed for the most popular tactical rounds and weapon systems. Combining the ranging ability of Leupold’s Special Purpose Reticle (SPR) with the quick acquisition of the Leupold Circle Dot Reticle, the CM-R2 provides flexibility necessary, whether you are operating on the modern battlefield or the 3-gun course.

The HAMR features an etched glass reticle that’s visible with or without illumination or batteries. Adding Leupold’s DeltaPoint red dot sight will increase the versatility of the Mark 4 HAMR by decreasing target acquisition times. Quickly shift your view from the DeltaPoint to the HAMR for instant transition from close quarter to long-range shooting.

The included Flat-Top mount is compatible with any modern rail mount system. The Mark 4 HAMR 4×24 Scope with DeltaPoint Sight—battle-tested, waterproof, soldierproof and unflinching, but backed by Leupold’s Tactical Optical Products Warranty nonetheless.

Burris 4.5-14×32 Timberline w/Fastfire II & P.E.P.R. Mount

At times you need more out of your optic than the manufacturer’s design will allow. When that happens, it is time to go Lego and build your own. The versatile nature of the AR makes it a multi-mission platform. So why would you select a single-mission optic to top it with? To be ideal, your AR optics have to be as capable on a long-range target as it will be when things hit the fan and the threat is in the same room.

The 4.5-14×32 Timberline offers 3.75 to 5 inches of eye relief and when combined with the PEPR mount, situates the scope in the ideal position for fast target acquisition and comfortable shooting.

There are several combinations you can opt to choose for your build, but for this demonstration, I chose Burris’ Timberline scope 4.5-14×32, Quick Detach Burris P.E.P.R. mount (with picatinny tops)  and Burris Fastfire II. (Mainly because a shooting buddy of mine is running this combination and I really like it.) Combinations such as this makes your AR as capable of dropping four-legged varmints 500 yards as the two-legged varmint variety at 10 yards.

The 4.5-14×32 Timberline offers 3.75 to 5 inches of eye relief. When combined with the PEPR mount, it situates the scope in the ideal position for fast target acquisition and comfortable shooting. The Timberline comes standard with the Ballistic Plex Reticle so it is as effective for .223 as it is over a .308.

Newspaper Publishes Gun Owner Info, Incites UproarAn article on the Journal News’s website has caused an outcry for featuring an interactive map of gun owners in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties.The article, titled “The Gun Owner Next Door,” included a map detailing the names and addresses of local handgun permit-holders, represented by red dots on Google Maps. Navigating the map and finding gun owners in the listed neighborhoods is as easy as a click.

The information was obtained legally by theJournal News through Freedom of Information Act requests to the county clerk’s offices. However, the type of permit and handgun, as well as the number of handguns (or whether any firearms are possessed at listed residences at all), are not available for public viewing. Potential rifle and shotgun owners were also not listed, as permits are not required for owning or purchasing such firearms. Many have called publication of the map irresponsible, fearing it will serve as a resource for burglars by calling out specific residences to be targeted for firearm theft.

According to CNN, the article had generated 1,300 comments as of Christmas day, many of which were from gun owners listed on the map. Some readers felt discriminated against and targeted by theJournal News with a quite literal red dot over their home. One user commented, “I’d rather have a gun owner as my neighbor then a journalist, one is far more responsible then the other.” Not unsurprisingly, many have canceled their subscription to the newspaper.

Currently maps of Westchester and Rockland county’s gun owners are online, with Putnam county to be posted as soon as the information is available. The Journal News estimates there to be around 44,000 people registered to own a handgun in the area.

GEAR REVIEW: A Look Back at 2012

Well 2012 has come and gone.  The Mayans missed it.  I’m still hankering for zombies, if only to quell the relative boredom.  While I wait, I’m taking stock of what has come and gone.  Part of what defined 2012 for me was a deluge of guns and gear.  With the new year just around the corner, and new products ready to be launched, I thought I’d take a minute and go through the highlights of 2012.

This is the best of the best gear I’ve reviewed in 2012.  Not all of what follows made it onto the site, but most did.  Some of this is still waiting to be reviewed.  So here it is.  Some flashbacks, some previews.

1. Maxpedition

One of the best all around products I saw for the first time in 2012 was the Jumbo EDC fromMaxpedition.  But there backpacks are great, too.  For this installment, I’d like to highlight theirCompact Range Bag.  This small bag is ideal for keeping things organized and is made to the same rigorous standards as the rest of Maxpedition’s gear.  The Compact Range Bag has an MSRP of $138.59.

2. MultiHolsters

Tony Catner at MultiHolsters is one of those rare craftsmen truly dedicated to what he does.  I own several holsters that he made, and all are perfect.  He’s my go-to for hard to find Kydex, and for new guns.  As a review writer, I see sometimes see guns early and need to have a holster before a gun has hit the market.  Tony is willing to work with my quirky requests, and knows his craft well.

This one below is an IWB for the new Colt Mustang.  Flawless fit and a really subtle sense of style that fits nicely with the Mustang.

3. Leupold

When Ruger sent us a 10/22 Takedown to review, Leupold upped the ante with one of their fixed power rimfire scopes.  This tiny gem is ideal for the .22LR.  The FX-1 Rimfire doesn’t overpower the look of the Ruger, nor is it unreasonably powerful for the .22LR round.

While the Leupold is pricey (MSRP of $274.99) at least in comparison to typical .22s, it truly brings out the potential of the rifle.

4. Aimpoint

One of the finest precision optics I saw in 2012 belonged to Aimpoint.  Their Patrol Rifle Optic is designed espescially well, and it ideally suited for the fighting AR platform.  The Micro T-1 is a bit bigger than most reflex sights, but it is like a scalpel.  I ran it on everything that had a rail, from shotguns to ARs, and it performed incredibly well.

5. Eotech

While the Aimpoint Micro T-1 worked well on a shotgun, it could be considered overkill.  A true reflex sight is faster, which is something, in theory at least, that would recommend the Eotech Mini Red Dot.  This little gem is built like a tank.  Many reflex and red dot sights feel like they should be babied, protected like eggs.  Not the Eotech.  This is the only other optic maker I reviewed this year who makes gear that is solid enough for a life of service.

6. Pelican Case

If you travel with guns, odds are you’re already aware of Pelican.  They make a wide variety of cases.  They’re waterproof, dustproof, and relatively crushproof.  These are incredibly durable.  The Pelican 1750 Long Gun Case is perfect for flying, and rugged enough to be tossed into the back of a pickup.  The foam inside is customizable to fit a variety of guns.

I was playing with layout below, and think it would be easy enough to get in a long gun and an AR (here anAmerican Rifle, from Ruger and a LE-6920 from Colt).

7. Pro Ears

I’m sold on Pro Ears.  I use them every time I shoot.  I have a pair of passive Pro Ears and a pair ofPredators that are active in their noise reduction.  I even have a pair for my son, who sometimes has to suffer through my testing (which can get a bit loud sometimes).  If you don’t have good hearing protection, you should.  And Pro Ears is solid.

8. Mr. Ammo Can

I’ve always liked cottage industry.  And Mr. Ammo Can is exactly that.  This is a great way to recycle.  The foam inserts are precisely cut and designed to hold handguns and magazines.  It is is as simple as that.  They work great, don’t look too conspicuous, and travel very well.  Their website,, is a dead end, which (if they really are defunct) depresses me to no end.

9. Ka-Bar

A few weeks back, I wrote about the traditional appeal of the Ka-Bar.  But there’s another side to the venerable knife maker’s identity.   Like everyone else, Ka-Bar is milking the zombie thing.  But it isn’t just a gimmick.  The newest Ka-Bar line has a distinctive zombie identity.

This one is the Zombie Death Dagger.  A bit dramatic, but a solid knife.  And useful as well, with the well made sheath.  These are a bit over-the-top, but really great for bug-out bags or backpacks.  And if you don’t care for the glowing green handles, the knife comes with an extra set of black scales.

I wonder how many of them are being used and how many are being used as conversation pieces.  I gave one to my 13 year old nephew a year ago, and he’s used it like a 13 year old would, and it has stood up to the abuse admirably.   The MSRP is $79.41, but they sell for less.  And if it can survive a teenager, it can handle a zombie or two.

10. SOG

This is the knife that’s in my bug-out bag.  It is an SOG Jungle Canopy.  SOG makes some high quality knives, and sells them at reasonable prices.  The Jungle Canopy is a huge chopper.  The rubber handle lacks romantic appeal, but allows for a no nonsense grip.

This is a knife that you won’t mind beating senseless.  It is meant to be used. And with an MSRP of $70, you won’t feel bad doing it.  It has the length of a small machete and the width of a hatchet.  This is the best knife I’ve seen in a while for heavy camp use.

11. Ontario Knife Company

But maybe you’re tired of holding your knife in your hand.  Maybe you’d rather put it on the end of your rifle, where it belongs.  If so, Ontario Knife Company has options.  My favorite is the OKC3S.  This is the bayonet the Marines are using currently, and it is evocative of the old Ka-Bar fighting knife, only bigger.  As far as Bayonets go, this one is mean.

12.  Blackhawk

Blackhawk makes some very high quality gear.  You may well have seen Blackhawk’s stuff out and about without even knowing it; they aren’t ones to adorn their gear with gratuitous tags.  Most of the Blackhawk gear I’ve seen this year has been small.  Holsters for the Beretta PX4s.  Load out bags.  Belts.

One of the pieces of gear I use the most is the shotgun sling I have on my Mossberg.  It is a simple strap, but the clasps are solid and it holds 15 shells.  With an MSRP of $21.99, it is a must have.

13.  Surefire

After test driving several forend lights, I’m still a fan of the Surefire Forend.  It is solid and easy to use.  While the light hangs forward a bit more than I’d like, I respect the way the light acts as a forward stop for a shooter’s hand.  While it leaves the light uncomfortably close to the shooter (meaning it shows a bad-guy where to shoot), it is the easiest way to use a shotgun in the dark.

14.  Versacarry

Versacarry holsters are minimalist concealed carry devices.  A simple plastic plug slides up inside the barrel.  It is canted at an angle that holds the gun securely to a frame which connects to your belt, etc.  They are available in different lengths so you can carry deeper or not.

reviewed three of them, and they worked just as well for a 1911 as they did for a Kel-Tec ..380 P3AT.

15.  ATI Gunstock

Advanced Technology International makes everything you need to customize rifles and shotguns.  I outfitted a Mossberg 590 in ATI gear.  The result was a heavy shotgun, but not unwieldy.  And the collapsible stock made the overall length of the 590 (with a 20″ barrel) shorter than a Mossberg 500 with a traditional stock and an 18″ barrel.

This is their Talon Forend.  It is the epitome of versatility, and allows for anything to be mounted to the forend.  Simple, but useful when you need it.


That’s the end for now.  We’ll continue to bring in gear, and are more than happy to take suggestions.  So let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see.

Here’s hoping 2013 is good to you and yours.


This article was originally posted by David Higginbotham , to view the original article CLICK HERE


The NRA’s plan to arm teachers as a way to prevent future mass shootings is taking hold in some states around the country thanks to a little help from local gun rights organizations.

In Ohio, Jim Irvine – the president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation – is giving away 24 free passes to his $1000 ‘Armed Teacher Training Program.’  So far, he’s received over 400 applications for the three-day tactical defense course being held this spring.

“What better use for an educational foundation than to help educators protect our children,” Irvine told the Associated Press.

Under state law, a law-abiding citizen with a valid concealed carry permit can bring a firearm on school grounds if he/she has the school district’s permission.  Irvine suspects that more districts will be coming around to the idea of arming teachers, faculty and staff in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“School boards were just in denial. That denial got ripped away in Newtown, Conn. The idea is to make it hard to kill a kid,” he said.

Similarly, in Utah, where teachers have been able to carry concealed firearms in K-12 schools for over a decade, more educators are taking an interest in firearms training.

Clark Aposhian, the chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, said prior to the Newtown tragedy, his organization trained roughly a dozen teachers a year.  Already, for his next class, he is expecting more than 200 applicants to attend (Aposhian waved the $50 fee for all teachers).

Aposhian spoke to the Associated Press about the emphasis he puts on safety and how educators respond to the responsibility of carrying concealed firearms.

“We have never had any accidental or intentional shootings,” he told the AP, adding, “Teachers are professionals. They will take appropriate measures to maintain a gun discreetly and safely.”

Aposhian also dispelled the meme that increasing gun ownership among educators would lead to wanton vigilantism in schools.

Gun-toting teachers are “a deterrent when the bad guy comes in. He could be surprised by return fire from any direction. We are not expecting teachers to go out and actively engage the shooter. We want them to do the lockdown drill they have been trained to do,” Aposhian said.

“But it fails when someone breaks into a classroom. This is where having a firearm would be a better choice than diving in front of the bullets to protect the kids,” he explained.

Still, there are those who believe arming teachers (or school volunteers, guards, etc.) is a bad idea.

“Arming teachers is dangerous,” Carol Lear, a chief lawyer for the Utah Office of Education, told the Associated Press. She argued teachers could be “overpowered for their guns or misfire or cause an accidental shooting.”

“It’s a horrible, terrible, no-good, rotten idea,” Lear exclaimed.

Though, to the chagrin of people like Lear and Piers Morgan, it appears that several pro-gun states (Oklahoma, South Dakota, Nevada, Arizona, and Florida) are contemplating creating legislation that would require at least one armed employee in every school.

In fact, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne proposed a plan that would require each school to nominate one teacher to receive free firearms training provided by local sheriffs and the attorney general’s office.

“The ideal solution would be to have an armed Police Officer in each school,” Horne said in a Wednesday statement. “…It may not be possible to afford a Police Officer in every school. In that case, the next best solution is to have one person in the school trained to handle firearms, to handle emergency situations, and possessing a firearm in a secure location. This proposal is analogous to arming pilots on planes.”


This article was originally posted  by S.H. Blannelberry, to view the original article CLICK HERE

You can view a summary of the proposed bill on Sen. Feinstein’s website. The proposed bill reads like an anti-gun wet dream, a moonshot with no chance of making it.


So the real question is whether or not you contacted your Senators yet today? Because all that this does is give us an actual target to go after when emailing our Senators in the upcoming legislative session. If you’ve a new Senator coming in, email their office right now.


There has been a lot of nonsense going around lately, and a lot of people I know are accepting some kind of new anti-gun legislation asfait accompli. If you want to give up and go get kicked around, that’s your problem. The rest of us will be protecting your gun rights while you whine. Seriously, go email your Senators now. Donate to NRA-ILA. It’s not time to quit, it’s time to saddle up.

Sen. Feinstein’s proposed legislation includes the following provisions:

  • Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by
  • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
  • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
  • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.
  • Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act

It’s the last bit that indicates this is Sen. Feinstein’s home run swing: grandfathering existing weapons under the NFA? Good luck getting that. It would be basically logistically impossible to make that happen and the level of non-compliance both intentional and accidental would be staggering. Assuming for the moment that’s just a bargaining chip that they threw in there to later get tossed; let’s now take a look at what the bill would actually ban.

For those that don’t remember the original AWB, it banned guns based on a certain number of “military characteristics”, where a gun had to have two or more. The new ban would change that to one or more, and the military characteristics list would look like this:

Folding/telescoping stock
pistol grip

Magazine that attaches outside the pistol grip
Threaded barrel to attach barrel extender, flash suppressor, handgrip, or suppressor
Barrel shroud that can be used as a hand-hold
Unloaded weight of 50 oz (1.4 kg) or more

Semi-auto shotguns
Folding or telescoping stock
Pistol grip
Fixed capacity of more than 5 rounds
Detachable magazine.

I should note that the lines about pistols and semi-auto shotguns are my conjecture, based on the assumption that the new bill would include all the provisions of the 1994 ban. With the change to one military feature, think about how many guns you have sitting around that would be banned, or for that matter how many accessories. Every USPSA Open gun automatically becomes an assault weapon, because they all have threaded barrels for compensators. A Mossberg 935 Turkey gun becomes an assault weapon because it has a pistol grip.

Make no mistake, this bill is bad. I also don’t think this bill will pass, and I’d like to thank Senator Feinstein’s staff for giving us an actual concrete target. So now, instead of rolling over and playing dead, write your Senators today. There is a link in the top of this post to find and contact your senator, so now is the time for action. Get on the email, make it happen.

Urge your Senators to oppose any proposed assault weapons ban. Be polite, be courteous and be professional, but email them now.


This article was originally posted by Caleb, to view the original article CLICK HERE


It is time the critics of the Second Amendment put up and repeal it, or shut up about violating it.  Their efforts to disarm and short-arm Americans violate the U.S. Constitution in Merriam Webster’s first sense of the term—to “disregard” it.

Hard cases make bad law, which is why they are reserved for the Constitution, not left to the caprice of legislatures, the sophistry and casuistry of judges or the despotic rule making of the chief executive and his bureaucracy.  And make no mistake, guns pose one of the hardest cases a free people confronts in the 21st century, a test of whether that people cherishes liberty above tyranny, values individual sovereignty above dependency on the state, and whether they dare any longer to live free.

The Second Amendment was designed to ensure that individuals retained the right and means to defend themselves against any illegitimate attempt to do them harm, be it an attempt by a private outlaw or government agents violating their trust under the color of law.  The Second Amendment was meant to guarantee individuals the right to protect themselves against government as much as against private bad guys and gangs.

That is why the gun grabbers’ assault on firearms is not only, not even primarily an attack merely on the means of self-defense but more fundamentally, the gun grabbers are engaged in a blatant attack on the very legitimacy of self-defense itself.  It’s not really about the guns; it is about the government’s ability to demand submission of the people.  Gun control is part and parcel of the ongoing collectivist effort to eviscerate individual sovereignty and replace it with dependence upon and allegiance to the state.

Americans provisionally delegated a limited amount of power over themselves to government, retaining their individual sovereignty in every respect and reserving to themselves the power not delegated to government, most importantly the right and power to abolish or replace any government that becomes destructive of the ends for which it was created.  The Bill of Rights, especially the Second and Ninth Amendments, can only be properly understood and rightly interpreted in this context.

Politicians who insist on despoiling the Constitution just a little bit for some greater good (gun control for “collective security”) are like a blackguard who lies to an innocent that she can yield to his advances, retain her virtue and risk getting only just a little bit pregnant—a seducer’s lie. The people either have the right to own and bear arms, or they don’t, and to the extent legislators, judges and bureaucrats disparage that right, they are violating the U.S. Constitution as it was originally conceived, and as it is currently amended. To those who would pretend the Second Amendment doesn’t exist or insist it doesn’t mean what it says, there is only one legitimate response:  “If you don’t like the Second Amendment, you may try to repeal it but short of that you may not disparage and usurp it, even a little bit, as long as it remains a part of the Constitution, no exceptions, no conniving revisions, no fabricated judicial balancing acts.”

Gun control advocates attempt to avoid the real issue of gun rights—why the Founders felt so strongly about gun rights that they singled them out for special protection in the Bill of Rights—by demanding that individual rights be balanced against a counterfeit collective right to “security” from things that go bump in the night.  But, the Bill of Rights was not a Bill of Entitlements that people had a right to demand from government; it was a Bill of Protections against the government itself.  The Founders understood that the right to own and bear laws is as fundamental and as essential to maintaining liberty as are the rights of free speech, a free press, freedom of religion and the other protections against government encroachments on liberty delineated in the Bill of Rights.

That is why the most egregious of the fallacious arguments used to justify gun control are designed to short-arm the citizenry (e.g., banning so-called “assault rifles”) by restricting the application of the Second Amendment to apply only to arms that do not pose a threat to the government’s self-proclaimed monopoly on the use of force.  To that end, the gun grabbers first must bamboozle people into believing the Second Amendment does not really protect an individual’s right to own and bear firearms.

They do that by insisting on a tortured construction of the Second Amendment that converts individual rights into states rights.  The short-arm artists assert that the Second Amendment’s reference to the necessity of a “well-regulated militia” proves the amendment is all about state’s rights, not individuals rights; it was written into the Bill of Rights simply to guarantee that state governments could assemble a fighting force quick, on the cheap to defend against foreign invasion and domestic disturbance.  Consequently, Second-Amendment revisionists would have us believe the Second Amendment does little more than guarantee the right of states to maintain militias; and, since the state militias were replaced by the National Guard in the early twentieth century, the Second Amendment has virtually no contemporary significance.  Gun controllers would, in effect, do to the Second Amendment what earlier collectivizers and centralizers did to the Tenth Amendment, namely render it a dead letter.

The truth is, the Founders understood a “well regulated” militia to mean a militia “functioning/operating properly,” not a militia “controlled or managed by the government.” This is clearly evidenced by Alexander Hamilton’s discussion of militias in Federalist #29 and by one of the Oxford Dictionary’s archaic definitions of “regulate;” “(b) Of troops: Properly disciplined.”

The Founders intended that a well-regulated militia was to be the first, not the last line of defense against a foreign invader or social unrest.  But, they also intended militias to be the last, not the first line of defense against tyrannical government.  In other words, the Second Amendment was meant to be the constitutional protection for a person’s musket behind the door, later the shotgun behind the door and today the M4 behind the door—a constitutional guarantee of the right of individuals to defend themselves against any and all miscreants, private or government, seeking to do them harm.

The unfettered right to own and bear arms consecrates individual sovereignty and ordains the right of self-defense.  The Second Amendment symbolizes and proclaims individuals’ right to defend themselves personally against any and all threatened deprivations of life, liberty or property, including attempted deprivations by the government. The symbolism of a heavily armed citizenry says loudly and unequivocally to the government, “Don’t Tread On Me.”

Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence said, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Both Jefferson and James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, also knew that their government would never fear a people without guns, and they understood as well that the greatest threat to liberty was not foreign invasion or domestic unrest but rather a standing army and a militarized police force without fear of the people and capable of inflicting tyranny upon the people.

That is what prompted Madison to contrast the new national government he had helped create to the kingdoms of Europe, which he characterized as “afraid to trust the people with arms.”  Madison assured his fellow Americans that under the new Constitution as amended by the Bill of Rights, they need never fear their government because of “the advantage of being armed.”

But, Noah Webster said it most succinctly and most eloquently:

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”

That is why the Founders looked to local militias as much to provide a check—in modern parlance, a “deterrent”—against government tyranny as against an invading foreign power. Guns are individuals’ own personal nuclear deterrent against their own government gone rogue. Therefore, a heavily armed citizenry is the ultimate deterrent against tyranny.

A heavily armed citizenry is not about armed revolt; it is about defending oneself against armed government oppression.  A heavily armed citizenry is not about overthrowing the government; it is about preventing the government from overthrowing liberty. A people stripped of their right of self defense is defenseless against their own government.


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Across the country, national and local media have reported on the skyrocketing rate at which gun sales have increased since the tragic shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school Dec. 14. “The sudden surge in rifle and handgun purchases has been driven by fears that the Obama administration may push for new restrictions on guns and ammunition,” The Daily Beast reported.
Last week, the news site reported on a gun shop owner in Spokane, Washington, who sold 47 firearms in one day—her top-selling day—and a record 4,154 background checks that were processed in Colorado the day after the shooting.
But Miles Hall, founder and president of H&H Shooting Sports in Oklahoma City, said that reporter and others—who write about increased sales, backlogged distributors, and rising prices in nearly ever corner of the country—“have no clue just how big this is.”
“This will go down as largest gun sale month in history of the gun business, I guarantee,” he said.
Hall said the industry always sees spikes in sales after a tragedy or disaster (real or perceived)—he pointed to 9/11 and Y2K as examples—but those rushes usually only last a few days and then business goes back to normal. This is different. “The national media have no clue how big this is, I guarantee it,” he said.
The National Instant Check System, the division of the FBI that approves (or doesn’t approve) gun sales by private individuals, won’t release its December report until January 2, but Hall received an email last week that offers a little glimpse into what that report might say.
He paraphrased it: “The largest single day for the NICS operating center ever was Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. On that day, 155,000 transactions came through.
“Since Black Friday, NICS has experienced the equivalent of five Black Fridays—more than 155,000 transactions per day. That’s off the charts.”
H&H is a 30-year-old, 71,250-square-foot store that also sports shooting lanes and meeting rooms—Hall estimates it’s one of the largest 10 or 12 stores in the country—and its size and large stock of inventory are what have kept it in business this month. Smaller dealers in Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and other states have sold out their stock and shuttered their stores until new shipments arrive, Hall said.
In the past two weeks, H&H has sold as many guns in a day as the store would normally sell in a month. Hall has sold out of his AR-15 rifles—the platform-style gun Adam Lanza used to murder 20 children, six school staff, and his mother before killing himself—and there’s a waiting list of folks waiting on a new shipment.
“Went through 1,600 units in three days,” he said “We sell 1,200 to 1,500 units in normal months.” Hall said his store was already busy, thanks to the Christmas shopping season, and that was a surge he enjoyed. After the shooting at Sandy Hook, the first rush of folks came in frantic for gun safes.
Hall said he and his staff had heard there was a shooting, but no one knew how horrific it was until later in the day. Then the customers started coming in. “That night—because we stay open until 9—we started getting the first people in, saying ‘I want to buy a safe now.’ The following Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we were selling more safes than we would normally sell for that particular period.”
Then, the White House posted to its website a video message from President Obama, in which he “asked gun control supporters to help pass laws banning the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and requiring background checks for all gun purchases,” The Los Angeles Times reported.
That kicked off the rush on AR-style rifles. “We had several thousand in stock and completely sold out. You have a politician saying that style of gun is bad, and that’s all it took,” Hall said. “All you need to do is tell people ‘you can’t have something,’ and that’s what they want.” He also sold out of high-capacity magazines, he said. “We have over a thousand units of mags, and they were all gone by Wednesday, too.”
(The Huffington Post reported that the gun and ammunition were popular Christmas gifts this year.)
Once the AR rifles ran out, Hall noticed a shift to handguns, mostly from people concerned about protecting themselves and their families. “When tragedy happens, first thing people say is, ‘I need to be able to take care of myself and my family,” Hall said. Last Friday, his store saw record 5,000 customers—all of them buying handguns. But the surge in sales doesn’t please Hall.
“I’m not happy about this,” he said. “As a human being and as a business owner, there are several things gnawing at all of us.
“As a business, it’s always about controlled growth. There are people whose lives depend on this company; there are 100 people who work here. But when something like this happens, you’re no longer in control. You’re just churning and burning product.”
Typically, Hall said, he and his employees spend some time with their customers, figuring out what they’re looking for and finding the product that suits them best. During the past couple of weeks, though, that hasn’t happened. Customers come in, point to what they want, get their paperwork and get in line. The NICS system, usually all but instantaneous, has been backed up for several hours at times.
The clientele is varied—some are already gun owners and have decided to add to their supply. Others have never fired a gun before, and Hall said he usually wouldn’t sell firearms to those folks without signing them up for shooting lessons first, but, out of worry there won’t be product available for them later, he’s sold the guns—and offered the recommendation not to fire them until the new owners have learned to properly handle and shoot them.
Others are probably buying for investment purposes. “Guns are a sound investment,” he said, and that’s what he credits with the steady 40-percent growth his company has experienced this year, which was then hijacked by the tragedy in Newtown.
Though the report coming Jan. 2 will reveal how many people have purchased guns this month, we still won’t know exactly how many guns were sold. “Though FBI background checks do not track actual gun sales—in part because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer—the checks have been an indicator of trends in gun sales,” USA Today reported. NICS processed 307,245 background checks in Oklahoma this year, not counting December. November saw the most transactions, at 43,759. Hall speculated December’s number might be in the 60,000s.

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The number of people buying guns, particularly modern sporting rifles such as AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, is higher now than it’s ever been, Oklahoma City store owners say.

At H&H Shooting Sports Complex and similar stores, display cases that once were full of military-style rifles are empty.

An FBI system for doing criminal background checks on prospective gun buyers is busier than ever.


photo - Mike Blackwell, owner of Big Boy’s Guns & Ammo, says he can’t keep the shelves full at his store in Oklahoma City. Above left: Blackwell stands in front of empty shelves Thursday in his store. Above right: Blackwell stands in front of a stocked wall March 17, 2011, at the store.

Mike Blackwell, owner of Big Boy’s Guns & Ammo, says he can’t keep the shelves full at his store in Oklahoma City.

Public interest in purchasing guns appears sky-high.

Some people are concerned about tighter gun regulations in 2013, and others feel they need to be armed against the kind of people responsible for highly publicized mass shootings, said Miles Hall, president and founder of H&H.

“The largest gun sales in the history of the industry are happening,” Hall said. “With everything we’re hearing, December’s numbers will be off the charts.”

H&H sold 2,000 military-style rifles in two days, Hall said.

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System was used to check prospective gun buyers more than 2 million times in November, the highest in the 14-year history of the system. While it does not represent the actual number of firearms sold, the number is a gauge of public interest in purchasing guns.

The system, referred to as NICS, checks a person’s criminal background to determine eligibility to buy a gun through a licensed firearms dealer.

“Since Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, the FBI NICS section has experienced an equivalent of five Black Fridays (more than 155,000 transactions each day),” officials said in correspondence with email-list members.

Hall said sales were already high before the Newtown, Conn., shootings, but talk of stricter gun restrictions has driven traffic even more.

“We sold more guns last Tuesday than we would in an average month,” Hall said. “Wednesday was double that.”

Since the Newtown tragedy, some lawmakers have called for increased firearms restrictions, including the renewal of the federal assault weapons ban that restricted the manufacture, sale and possession of certain semi-automatic weapons. The ban was passed in September 1994 and expired in March 2004

President Barack Obama has said he supports a plan by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to reinstate the ban.

“People are noticeably talking about what the president and pundits have said,” Hall said.

Hall’s store has sold out of AR-15s, military-style semi-automatic rifles like the one used in the Newtown attacks.

Officials have said one of the weapons used in the school shooting was a .223-caliber Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Waiting lists for the rifles are full, and the store is no longer keeping one, Hall said.

“We sold completely out of all platform units that could be sold to the general public, as well as magazines and many other accessories for these firearms,” Hall said.

Hall said popular television shows are bringing in new customers.

AMC’s zombie thriller “The Walking Dead” has popularized target shooting and piqued interest in shooting in general, he said.

Mike Blackwell, owner of Big Boy’s Guns & Ammo, said there was a surge of gun purchases following President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 and re-election last month. Talk of stricter gun laws has encouraged even more sales.

“It’s created a fear-factor,” Blackwell said. “People want to be able to possess something that’s still legal.”

Blackwell said the swell in sales has been primarily of the military-style guns like the AR-15. He has sold more than 200 in the past week, compared to the few dozen he normally sells in that time period.

In December, the shop sold 40 percent of its inventory in seven days. The shop normally has about 1,800 firearms in stock.

A wall in his shop normally full of rifles was empty Thursday, and Blackwell said the sales staff is stretched thin.

“We’ve had a huge influx of people and have called in seasonal help, family and friends to work.”

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