A 12-year-old girl took matters into her own hands during a home invasion in southeast Oklahoma.
It happened on Wednesday when the girl was home alone. She told police a stranger rang the doorbell, then went around to the back door and kicked it in. She called her mom, Debra St. Clair, who told her to get the family gun, hide in a closet and call 911.
That was when St. Clair dropped what she was doing and raced home.
“I drove home at a really fast pace to try to get to her, and when I got here the police were already here. And they had the suspect,” she said.
During that time, the intruder made his way through the house. St. Clair’s daughter told deputies the man came into the room where she was hiding and began to open up the closet door. That was when the 12 year old had to make a life-saving decision.
“And what we understand right now, he was turning the doorknob when she fired through the door,” said the Bryan County Undersheriff Ken Golden.
The bullet hit the intruder, who deputies identified as 32-year-old Stacey Jones. He took off but did not get far before officers took him down.
“He was sitting down, the policemen had him apprehended at the end of the block. All I saw was some blood coming down his back. I’m not exactly sure where his injury was, but I saw some blood there,” explained St. Clair.
Jones was taken to a Texas hospital by helicopter after the incident. An investigator on the case said Jones was released from the hospital Thursday and extradited to the Bryan County Jail.
The 12-year-old girl was not injured during the ordeal.
It’s a dangerous world, and more and more women are turning to firearms to protect themselves from things that go bump in the night. But if you’re a female looking to purchase your first handgun, what should you know before you enter the store? Here are ten things to keep in mind.
How It Feels
The very first thing to consider is the grip of the gun. Don’t worry yet about things like brand or price; the most important thing is that it feels right in your hand, that you can imagine yourself using it if you need to. Try several guns before making any decisions.
Ease of Use
If this is your first time owning a gun, you’ll probably want something small, simple and easy to fire. Resist the urge to buy beyond your skill level just because it sounds nice or looks like a good deal.
The Time Commitment
Like everything else in your home, a gun requires upkeep in the form of attention, maintenance, cleaning, et cetera. Before you drop money on a semi-automatic and then just stick it in your closet, make sure you’re appreciative to the commitment that owning a gun really is.
Where You’ll Practice
There’s more to firing a gun than pulling the trigger. Even if your goal is simple self-defense, you’ll want to become proficient enough with your chosen firearm that it isn’t a liability in case of emergencies. So where will you practice? Where’s the nearest range or hunting ground? How often will you be able to visit?
The Cost of Ammunition
Like guns themselves, bullets come in a variety of styles for a variety of uses, and some are more expensive than others. You may consider an expensive firearm a valuable investment, but will you be willing to spend the same amount on ammunition every time you run out? Before you buy a gun, figure out where its bullets will factor in your budget.
Self-Defense Laws In Your State
Gone are the days when self-defense was cut and dried. These days you can be punished alongside the criminal if the courts decide you were too quick on the draw! Before you entertain visions of yourself killing a burglar like in a Lifetime movie, research your local laws and make sure that your fantasy won’t end with you in handcuffs.
Carrying vs. Storing
Is your gun going in a holster or a bedside dresser? If it’s the latter, make sure you have locks and other deterrents in case your kids get curious. If it’s the former, make sure you aren’t buying a man’s holster, which can be uncomfortable and downright dangerous when paired with a woman’s natural curves.
New Vs. Used
New guns are shiny and exciting, but sometimes the pre-owned weapon can afford the most peace of mind. You already know they’re in good working condition and have been operated successfully in the past.
Reliability in a Crisis
Consider a scenario where you’d actually have to use your gun. Are you sweating? Panicked? Afraid? Keep these factors in mind when trying to decide, say, whether you want a 9mm or a .38, or whether you prefer a gun with an automatic safety.
One of the most important parts of buying a gun is one that most women don’t even consider until they enter the shop. Are you legally allowed to own it? No two states have the same gun laws. Some require a waiting period before you can take it home; others want a permit, or restrict the number of rounds allowed in a magazine. Before you even think about purchasing a firearm, make sure you take the proper steps to protect yourself from the law and intruders.
You have a much better chance of not drowning while deer hunting (except for that one time with my father-n-law and in my defense I was laughing too hard stop the boat).
Deer hunting is quiet and precise while duck hunting is noisy and scatter shot.
When you get cold deer hunting you can walk around. What are you going to do when you get cold duck hunting in the boat or blind, go for a swim?
I have seen the duck hunting shows. You folks miss. A lot.
No waders needed.
You don’t have to worry about dropping your gun in the water…usually (see #2).
Campfires are bad news in a blind.
You do not need calls, decoys, blinds, dogs and boats to hunt deer.
Assuming the average deer yields 50 pounds of meat, how many ducks do you need to get the same amount of meat and how many times can you eat duck?
OK. I am just funnin’ with you all. I know that A LOT of you are duck hunters. I have to admit I have never been so I asked a friend of mine to take me this year. I will be sure to let you know how it goes, if I survive, but I stand by the fact that you don’t need waders to hunt deer.
Lance Rosenfield for The New York Times Cody Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas, is working to design and create a gun using 3-D printing technology.
It has long been possible to make a gun at home. But what happens when it no longer takes knowledge and skill to build one?
It won’t be long before a felon, unable to buy a gun legally, can print one at home. Teenagers could make them in their bedroom while their parents think they are “playing on their computer.” I’m talking about a fully functional gun, where the schematic is downloaded free from the Internet and built on a 3-D printer, all with the click of a button.
Hit print, walk away, and a few hours later, you have a firearm. There are no background checks. No age limits. No serial numbers etched on the barrel or sales receipts to track the gun.
It might sound like science fiction, but 3-D printers are quickly becoming a consumer product. These printers, which now cost about $1,000, can print objects by spraying thin layers of plastic, metal or ceramics that are built up into shapes. Long used by industrial companies to make prototypes and parts, 3-D printers are becoming faster and less expensive almost weekly. One manufacturer, MakerBot, has set up a retail store in Manhattan. Chinese companies have started making them, and prices are falling to about $500.
Michael Guslick A fully functional semi-automatic gun, partly manufactured on a 3-D printer.
Hobbyists have printed fairly rudimentary objects: prosthetics, iPhone cases, cat statues and missing luggage clasps.
A number of people have already made gun parts using 3-D printers. And yes, the guns with these parts have successfully fired bullets. Cody Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas, is in the process of building a completely functional printed gun. “We hope to have this fully tested and put the files online in the next couple of months,” said Mr. Wilson, who runs a Web site called Defense Distributed.
He calls the gun the Wiki Weapon. In a video explaining the project’s goals, he describes the Wiki Weapon as the world’s first “3-D printable personal defense system.”
“What’s great about the Wiki Weapon is it only needs to be lethal once,” Mr. Wilson says in the video, in a monotone voice. “We will have the reality of a weapons system that can be printed out from your desk. Anywhere there is a computer, there is a weapon.”
Under most circumstances, it is not illegal to build your own gun, but it has been pretty difficult. Ginger Colbrun, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said people had made firearms out of pens, books and belt buckles. But those contraptions and conventional firearms require a certain amount of knowledge and skill.
Ms. Colbrun said the agency was keeping a close watch on 3-D printers. “A.T.F. always tries to stay ahead of the illegal activity and the novel firearms trafficking schemes, without impinging on individuals’ rights,” she said.
But monitoring whether people make their own guns on a 3-D printer is going to be impossible, barring sticking an A.T.F. agent in every home. It’s also hopeless to try to build a technology into these printers that prevents people from printing a gun. One project mentioned in Mr. Wilson’s video, called the RepRap printer, will be capable of replicating itself by printing other 3-D printers.
After committing a crime with a printed weapon, a person could simply melt down the plastic and reprint it as something as mundane as a statue of Buddha. And guns made of plastic might not be spotted by metal detectors in airports, courthouses or other government facilities.
“This becomes scary when you consider the fact that it could be yet another opportunity for people to evade background checks and get a gun,” said Daniel Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The National Rifle Association did not respond to a request for comment.
Given the number of existing loopholes and the ease with which people can buy firearms on the Internet, people printing guns might seem like adding a drop of water to an Olympic-size swimming pool. According to an annual report released by the A.T.F., more than 5.5 million guns are made in the United States each year, and millions more are imported.
“Forty percent of guns are sold through a loophole at gun shows, where people are already able to buy a firearm without having to go through a background check,” Mr. Gross said. “There’s already a permanent ‘gun show’ on the Internet.”
Michael Guslick, an amateur gunsmith who has written extensively online about the considerable challenges of 3-D printed guns, said people had been experimenting with homemade guns for some time. He said the most notable example was the zip gun, which is made from off-the-shelf plumbing parts. (Not surprisingly, the schematics and instructions can be downloaded online.)
“This is just applying a different technology to something that is already being done,” he said. “But making one on a 3-D printer is a lot of work when your local plumbing department is so close by.”
For now, the task isn’t as easy as hitting print, say the few people who have successfully built guns using 3-D printers. The basic problem is not the printing technology, but the lack of plastics strong enough for a real gun.
But this year, Mr. Guslick managed to print some components for an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle — the kind of gun used in the Aurora, Colo., shootings — on a 3-D printer. He used ABS plastic, “the same plastic used to make Legos.”
He was particularly interested in printing a part called the lower receiver, which connects the trigger, grip and magazine holder. “I used my home 3-D printer to make the lower receiver, which is the only regulated component of a gun,” he said. “Every other part you can legally pick up at your local gun shop.”
Just got word that H&H is doing a week of events leading up to Open Carry on Nov.1st. They are also doing 15% off All Holsters, Belts, and Mag Pouches 10/29-11/4
Monday, Oct 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM Free Seminar by Dean Vassilakos in the Oklahoma Room.
Dean G. Vassilakos retired police officer and Oklahoma Self Defense Act instructor will offer a free of charge seminar on the safe use of a holster and drawing technique
Tuesday, Oct 30, 2PM and 5 PM, Beau Brannon on the sales floor.
Beau Brannon, factory representative for 5.11 Tactical, will offer demonstrations of the innovative thumb drive holster as well as other 5.11 Tactical products.
Tuesday, Oct 30, 6 PM Free Seminar by Doug Friesen in the Safari Room
Doug Friesen, prominent local attorney who specializes in firearms and use of force law will offer a free of charge seminar on the legal ramifications and concerns of open carry
Wednesday, Oct 31, 6 PM to 9 PM Weapon Retention class by Davis Holston in the Oklahoma Room
For more info and enrollment http://pistolskills.com/?p=482
Davis Holston, renowned law enforcement trainer will offer a handgun retention class for $60. This covers techniques to prevent you from being disarmed in a violent struggle
Thursday, Nov 1, 6 PM to 8 PM Free seminar by Lisa Looper in the Oklahoma Room.
Lisa Looper of Looper Leather, inventor of the FlashBang holster will offer a free seminar on selection of holsters for open or concealed carry.
Friday, Nov 2, 6:30 PM Free Seminar by Will Andrews in the Safari Room
Will Andrews, long time H&H employee and firearms instructor, will offer a free seminar on defensive mindset. Concepts for use in daily life to avoid criminal victimization
Saturday, Nov 3, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Looper Leather event
Bart Looper of Looper Leather will be at H&H making custom leather holsters on a first come, first served basis. Bring your handgun to have a special holster made to your personal specifications.
If you’re anything like us, then you have a difficult problem. You support gun rights, but your morning cup of joe isn’t as pro-gun as you are. We can easily show off our gun love during our daily smoke break, but how can we make sure that our steamy beverages promote the Second Amendment?
Easy – with the AmmoMug, a hollow point travel mug. This bullet-shaped beauty isn’t hollow so that it expands on impact, it’s empty inside so that it can hold up to 16 ounces of your favorite beverage. These bullets may not save your life, but they can help you get the caffeine you need to survive the work day.GadgetSin boasts that the ammo mug will keep your hot beverages toasty warm for six hours, or your cold beverages chilly for about 10 hours. Either way, it should keep you covered long enough for you to return home and reload/refill with some more coffee or tea.
Our only concern about the AmmoMug is that it might pose some difficulties for the concealed carry advocates out there. It’s easy to find compact guns or concealed carry fashion, but we just can’t figure out how to discretely hide the AmmoMug on your person without making it seem like you’re over-compensating. Is that a gigantic hollow point bullet in your pocket?
It kind of defeats the point of carrying a concealed weapon if you’re toting around an enormous bullet. Plus, this mug might cause some difficulties for people along the west coast. California legislators have promoted several laws prohibiting law-abiding citizens from openly displaying firearms in public. Callously brandishing one of these mugs on your daily commute is just asking to get thrown in the slammer.
Over the past two months, I’ve been studying safes. What makes them secure? What type of fireproofing works best? Where’s the best place to buy a safe? Once you get a safe, though, there are other things to consider.
I’m an exceptionally messy person. To the casual observer, I would appear close to catastrophe. I see it differently. I know exactly where everything is. Or I did before I got married. Now my things move. But I have started from scratch with the gun safe. Organization there is a bit more important. It can be dark and cramped. And when I can’t find something in the safe, I can only blame myself.
The interior is a series of rectangles. The objects we store in safes are rarely perfect rectangles. The rifles are the hardest to accommodate. But handguns should be easy to store. In an ideal world, each gun could remain in its box, or in a zippered pouch. But if you have any kind of collection, this isn’t practical.
So I store all of the extra stuff, the boxes and manuals, on reasonably organized shelves in the basement. And the pistols share shelf space in the safe.
A good rack will clean up this mess nicely. Two, or three, depending on the size of the safe. There are two main types. The 6 Gun Handgun Rack, $26.99 from Lockdown, holds the guns up a bit, which allows for the a bit of extra space below the rack. This is a great way to keep things lined up. The full depth of the safe can be used.
The other type of pistol or revolver holders are a bit different. Hangers, bent metal (coated with plastic) rods, hang below the shelf. Guns slide onto the rods, barrel first. If I had to choose one over the other, I’d go for the rack. The hangers make use of the under-shelf space, but only the front part. The back is still empty. The best combination would be a rack below, and hangers above. This would turn a small rectangular shelf space into truly useful storage. The ones pictured below are sold by Dean Safe. A four-pack runs $19.99.
If you really want to maximize the use of the space beneath shelves, try a hanging drawer. Lockdown makes one that’s very convenient (pictured above). The frame of this slides onto the shelf and the drawer fits into the frame. While they are shallow, they allow for a lot of flat objects to be accessed easily. Magazines, for example. For $27.99, a simple drawer can save a good bit of space.
Origination allows for easy access. That’s a no-brainer. But there’s more to consider.
Monitoring the humidity is a great place to start. A good humidity gauge will serve you well. Lockdown makes a hygrometer (the round dial in the photo of the rack, above) that sells for $11.99. While this isn’t a must, it can be important.
Humidity should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 percent and 40 percent on the low end. Maybe 60 percent on the high end, for short periods of time. If you lower the humidity too much, any wood on your guns will shrink. This can, in extreme cases, cause wood to crack. Bad news. Too much humidity and ferrous metals rust.
And humidity will change with temperature. If you reside in an area of the country where temperatures fluctuate wildly, and the rains come and go, than monitoring the humidity will help you keep a balance.
And there are many ways to attack the humidity that will attack guns. While you could surface coat metal, there is a simpler approach. I’m talking about eliminating the water in the air before it reaches the guns.
Some folks do it by hanging socks full of rice in their safes. If you’d rather take a more high-tech approach, there are various types of silica gel that will absorb water. These are handy and easy to use. Lockdown makes a large round can, which sells for $26.99. A smaller flat tin, just bigger than a deck of cards, sells for $9.99. As the silica absorbs water, the granules change color and rattle less in the can. Pop the can in the oven to dry the silica and it is ready to go again.
Others prefer to regulate the temperature, also. A good way to do this is with a basic heating rod. Like most of the extras you’ll find for safes, this isn’t terribly high-tech. Plug it in. The rod will heat up an enclosed space just enough. If I have my science right, the warmer air keeps the moisture from condensing on the metal surfaces.
Again, lots of folks make them. Lockdown’s 18 inch rod runs $29.99. I prefer to keep a rod on the floor of the safe, which allows the warmed air to rise. I keep a big can of silica gel in the top (where all of that warm air is going. I also keep a couple of the tins in smaller spaces in the safe. Just to be safe. And those are great for travel, too. I usually have one in a sealed pistol case and one in my camera case.
Most of the major safe companies see the potential in the extras. Browning ProSteel Safes, the focus of the other articles, has even made great use of their safes’ doors.
Pockets. Hooks. Rifle racks with cut out sections for scopes. Every little bit helps. But remember that this is a safe. Do you need to store ammunition in it, or is there a better solution for that? I’ve gone to a locked steel box in the basement. Are you keeping gear in the safe, just to keep it with the guns? There may be a better place for that, too.
As I was digging deeper into safes, I kept hearing a common theme: get as much safe as you can, because you will find a way to fill it.
But plan ahead. Companies like Lockdown can help keep all of your valuables dry and organized.
The reason is actually to help them aim faster by utilizing a technique known as “Flash Sight Picture”. I wouldn’t advise it though. I am a former Marine Corps marksmanship instructor. I specialized in pistols and have fired these weapons thousands of times. That said, the thought has crossed my mind. The answer didn’t come to me until another coach (from the “hood”) gave me a good reason why this technique would be used. In practice it actually does utilize one very important sighting practice, but fails overall. This is a good idea in theory, but fails miserably in the actual execution.
First a primer on aiming a pistol. (Oh crap, now I have to do a legal disclaimer. See bottom.)
Sight Alignment: Sight alignment is how you line up the weapon to aim. You need to remember that the trajectory of the round doesn’t automatically point at the target. (Why I hate most movies with shooting in them) You have to have control to make sure that both the back of the weapon and front are pointed at the target in a straight line. The easiest way to do this is what we were taught as “building the castle”.
You build the castle by lining up the three “turrets” or posts into a formation where the tops are all even and the posts all have even spacing between them. This diagram shows what having an improperly built “castle” or rather how, having improper sight alignment will cause your sights to go off. (The bottom is the correct method, however I disagree a bit on the sight picture element, because I believe in aiming center mast, as I have shown below. Besides this, as long as you aim in the same place every time you will still be all right.)
Sight picture: Sight picture is when you place your perfectly aligned sights, or in this case, the same thing every time, over your intended target in the same place. The normal practice is to place the sighting posts over the center of your target. This creates a picture of how you should aim. With weapons that don’t allow you to change your sights, you need to figure out how to aim and always offset the weapon to where the bullet will hit where you intend it to instead of where you are aiming.
As long as you know how to offset your weapon this is not a problem that you are aiming low and left if your weapon shoots high and right. So technically if you just aim the right the same way every time, you can predict where the bullet will go. This is why sight picture is so important. You know where the weapon is in relation to the target. Below is a show what a good sight picture with good sight alignment looks like.
Flash Sight Picture: This is a technique the military and other organizations use to get on target fast. Really fast. It basically means that that picture you created when you took your time is now placed extremely fast over the target and fire. You don’t get exactly the right spacing between your sighting posts and you don’t get that picture in exactly the right place, but you get it generally in the right place. The important thing is that you’re close enough to the target and that you have enough experience to hit it without having perfect aligned and centered sights. This takes a great amount of time in training and use with the weapon before you will be any good with flash sight picture. This is a very quick way of aiming OK under time intensive periods. This is much more common in combat style shooting than the marksmanship style methods of better shooting.
So that is why Gangers aim the way they do. Confused? You should be. It is a good way to get a flash sight picture, but absolutely horrible for getting sight alignment. Let’s take a look at why. The red arrow is the focal point for sideways shooting. This is what will be used along the side of the weapon to get the sight picture.
In general, as I said, if you are aiming the same way every time you will be hitting your target. The problem with tilt style shooting is that it is almost impossible to acquire a reliable sight alignment. The alignment in tilt style is achieved by making the weapon flat and aiming down the side. In theory this works, but in practice you can’t accurately measure movement left or right and you have absolutely no way of knowing if the weapon is tilted down below your field of vision from the back of the weapon. This means that you never actually take the same shot twice since you are never actually aiming the same way.
The correct way should look much more like this.
Your focal point should be on the front sight tip and located exactly between the other two sights. There should be an imaginary lined formed along the top of the three posts. This is proper sight alignment. Below you will see proper sight alignment and sight picture. The picture is difficult to see the alignment so I added three dots that are common feature in many weapons that help gain sight picture and sight alignment.
In general I think that most people would agree that gangster shooters aren’t really trained that well. Most of them are probably just imitating others. Only seasoned ones would have actual knowledge of why this is done. If you ask them they would probably not have ever heard of Flash Sight Picture, but this is the technique they are using. In general only the best criminals place very much emphasis on training and even then you need a few people who actually know how to teach everyone else. As I said, most people are probably just imitating, but they are doing it in a way that is consistent with some actual shooting methods out there.
So you see there is a rational method to the way that “gangsters” aim their weapon. It isn’t an extraordinarily good one, but it does exist. What it is lacking is the ability to aim well and to fire the same shot twice. This is precision and tilt style lacks it. What it does have is speed and if you’re lucky speed can be a good asset. However, the Marines don’t think this way. It doesn’t really matter how fast you can aim if you can’t hit what you’re aiming at.
Legal and Idiot Disclaimer: Don’t take my post as actual instruction on using weapons. I am an expert because I have excellent training, years of practice and hands on experience. You don’t have that so you aren’t an expert. Don’t try this at home. Don’t practice using these techniques unless in safe conditions with supervision. Don’t use guns to hurt people. Hell, don’t use them all. Run if you see one. Call the cops. Do whatever, but it wasn’t my fault you got yourself shot and I can’t pay your medical bills anyway.
3D printing has been hailed as the future of manufacturing as everything from chocolate goodies to jawboneshave been created with the newish technology. Add one more item to that list: Guns.
Amateur gun makers are already at work on 3D-printed guns and at least one top 3D printing company, Stratasys, is using its technology to help manufacture weapons. The company is “working with some of the world’s top firearms-makers” including Knight’s Armament Co. and Remington Arms, according to Wired. Stratsys has also been a regular exhibitor at the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, a forum for firearms companies.
As further proof, Wired cited the two-year-old video above, which shows a chassis center section of a Saber rifle produced with a Stratasys printer. A rep from Stratasys confirmed that the company works with defense contractors and gun manufacturers.
The idea of giving members of the general public the ability to make their own guns is a chilling thought for some. As The Guardian mused, “Imagine an America in which anyone can download and print a gun in their own home. They wouldn’t need a license, a background check, or much technical knowledge, just a 3D printer.” Indeed, that’s the idea behind Wiki Weapon, a project overseen by Cody Wilson, a second-year law student at the University of Texas. Wiki Weapon aims to open source blueprints for guns, which could be created with 3D printers.
Wiki Weapon was hoping to produce its first, plastic gun before Stratasys canceled its lease on the grounds that printing a gun would violate federal firearms laws. Wilson, who believes he is not breaking any laws, posted the letter on Defense Distributed’s website. Stratasys released a statement charging that Wilson’s intended weapon “is illegal according to the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 (a.k.a. ‘The Plastic Guns’ Law) which prohibits the manufacturing or possession of a gun undetectable by airport metal detectors.”
Wilson says he has no plans to use another printer. “No felt need yet,” he wrote in an email to Mashable. “Getting legal ducks in a row, talking to equity, etc.” His venture is indeed in a gray legal area. While it’s legal to make a gun at home without a license, it’s illegal to sell or trade it. However, machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and concealed firearms need prior approval by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Dudley Brown, executive vice president of the National Association for Gun Rights, applauded Guslick’s efforts, telling Wired, “People have been making firearms at home since before America was a country. And not only does it not make it dangerous, it makes America safer. It’s where most of the innovation came from. John Moses Browning built guns out of his basement. We’re still using them.”
As for Wilson, when asked if he was afraid that the masses will use 3D printing to make their own guns, he answered, “Afraid of it? Their ability to do that is the very goal.”
What do you think? Are you excited or scared about the prospect of 3D-printed guns?