What is the value of training?


This is a must read for anyone wondering why they should take training class. “You don’t know what you don’t know” is a phrase I find myself using more and more frequently. Thank you, tactical professor, for making these concepts clear and easy to understand.

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:

Firearms instructors are periodically asked the question “Why should I take training?” The answer often comes in the form of a list of skills that are taught or the reasoning behind using a certain technique. However, these do not address the underlying fundamental reasons for taking firearms training at all.

  1. You don’t know what you don’t know.
  2. Much of what you know is wrong.
  3. It’s good to have some of the answers to the test before taking it.

These issues relate to both technical competency with using a firearm (gun safety and marksmanship) and the ability to use the firearm correctly in a personal protection situation (legal and tactical).

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Shooters who only take their gun to an indoor range once a year “to sight it in” generally have a highly ‘cocooned’ knowledge of firearms. They know how to operate a firearm in a…

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Wes Knodel Gun Show this weekend Nov. 8 & 9


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Don’t forget to stop by our vendor tables at the Tacoma Dome Wes Knodel Gun & Knife Show this weekend.  Look for “Women and Guns” and “Federal Way Firearms Training”.  We will have two tables located against the wall.  Hope to see you there!

Beretta Pico Review


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Vary rarely do I say negative things about firearms.  But, I am making an exception this time.  After handling the new Beretta Pico at Federal Way Discount Guns recently, I can honestly say I am not interested in shooting one.  The reason, I was unable to manipulate the gun without great difficulty, to include releasing the magazine and locking the slide, and releasing the slide with the slide catch lever.  Anyone that knows me knows that I suffer from arthritis in both hands.  But, despite this, I am able to operate most .380, 9mm, and 45acp caliber handguns without hesitation.  This was not the case with the Pico.  After all the press on this gun, and the delay in release, I am very disappointed in the end product.  (And I won’t even go into the trigger press.)  But, don’t take my word for it, go find one and see for yourself.  I would love to hear some other opinions on this gun.

Stick with the Glock 42, Sig P238, or even the Ruger LCP (or LC9s), if you need a small carry gun.

Scarlet Pistols Practice Time


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Starting on November 16, 2014, we will be hosting a practice time especially for women.  If you have attended any of our classes, or have friends that are interested in shooting, please come by and join us.  Location: Federal Way Indoor Range, 1401 S. 324th St., Federal Way, WA 98003.  Range fees are half price for the day and handgun rentals are free all day for women.  We plan to meet every Sunday between 12noon and until approximately 4:00pm.  Head Instructor Janice Talaroc and her daughter Chelsea Kyger will plan to be available to meet new shooters and provide tips to students.  There is no extra charge for this event.  We just want to encourage women to come to the range and practice!  So, if you have some time, stop by anytime between 12-4, and enjoy some practice with other women sharing similar interests.

Rock Island Armory 1911


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This article is compliments of the Firearm Blog.

As a fan of single stack 1911s I am pleased to report that RIA have added four single stack variants to their line of .22 TCM 1911 pistols.



For those of you unfamiliar with the .22 TCM, the cartridge is a based on a .223 Remington case cut down to around the same length as a 9mm Luger case, then necked down to .22 caliber. Ballistically its about 10% less powerful at the muzzle than a 5.7×28 FN round and is loaded with heavier 40 grain bullet.


All .22 TCM chambered pistols from RIA include a 9mm conversion kit. The magazines themselves can be used with both 9mm and .22 TCM.  These new single stack pistols have a MSRP of $830.

The press release is below …

October 28th (Las Vegas, NV) – Leading 1911 pistol manufacturer, Rock Island Armory began US distribution this October of four new additions to their .22 TCM 1911 family.

The four new firearms chambered for .22 TCM include:
• Midsize 1911 TAC II – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)
• Full-Size 1911 TAC II – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)
• Midsize 2011 Tactical – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)
• Full-Size 2011 Tactical – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)

First debuted at SHOT Show 2014, each of these firearms retail for less than $830 and ship with a 9mm conversion kit along with one magazine that accommodates .22 TCM and 9mm rounds.

“We’re very excited to offer the latest generation of .22 TCM pistols to the American public”, said Martin Tuason, President and CEO of Armscor / Rock Island Armory. “It’s been our goal all along to give shooters the ability to discover the advantages of this new cartridge and we’re confident shooting enthusiasts will recognize the value behind the conversion kits.”

This latest move follows Armscor’s recent ramp up of US based .22 TCM ammo production to accommodate for consumer demand.
Rock Island Armory will begin shipping 500 total units of the new series every month to major US distributors including Big Rock Sports, Ellett Brothers, Davidson’s, RSR Group, Zanders Sporting Goods, Williams Shooters Supply, Cheaper Than Dirt and others to make available to shooting enthusiasts.

About the TCM series

The TCM series was inspired by the need for more firepower in lower caliber firearms and ammo. The series was designed and developed by Armscor / Rock Island Armory executives – President, Martin Tuason and Master Firearm Engineer Fred Craig. TCM stands for Tuason-Craig-Magnum.

The .22 TCM round has been called the “Flame Thrower” by one prominent reviewer and has been embraced by hunters, self-defense and shooting enthusiasts.
The overwhelming demand for the bullet’s industry-leading high velocity and stopping power has prompted the company to expand its US production facilities.

Armscor USA .22TCM centerfire bullet features:
• Velocity – 2,000 feet per second
• 40 grain jacketed hollow point
• Maximum expansion

- See more at: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/10/29/rock-island-armory-22-tcm-single-stack-pistol/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=2014-11-04&utm_campaign=Weekly+Newsletter#sthash.czXzsVy4.dpuf

Challenging human predators

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:

Pointing guns at people you have no intention of shooting to force compliance with your demands is poor business.

–Ed Head in his article Pistol Provocation

I agree with this statement and feel it can be even further amplified from the perspective of training people how to Control a Confrontation. The statement can be, and has been, misconstrued by the inexperienced into “I believe that the first time any bad guy should know you are armed is when he sees the muzzle flash.” As a philosophy, reluctance to display a firearm without firing is a mistake. The majority of criminals are looking for a victimization not a fight. The display of a firearm by the intended victim, along with the obvious intent to use it if necessary, is an indicator that the victimization has the potential to turn into a fight. That’s not what economic predators are looking for.


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Negative Outcomes: Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wounds (Part I)


I always tell my students, “which ever gun you choose, make sure you fully understand how to operate it, and then train regularly with it.” Excellent article with advise that all instructors should follow.

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:

This is the second installment of my Negative Outcomes series. I’ve already been taken to task for commenting about imprecise language and I understand where he’s coming from. The fact of the matter is, however, that we, in the instructional community, take a lot of our subject matter knowledge for granted.

Frequently, I hear comments to the effect that NRA courses go too much into depth about things like the individual components of ammunition, etc. I disagree with that completely. The influx of new gunowners requires that we educate them thoroughly. Many of the new owners have never operated any hand held device more complicated than an electric toothbrush.

As I commented to a student last night, I previously had a student in a class who was using a Sig pistol. He had owned and been shooting it regularly for almost two years. When I told him to ‘decock,’ he…

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Holiday Class Special


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Santa AR15

Wondering what to get that special person for Christmas?


Registrations received STARTING NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Register for our Women and Guns Course, or our Basic Handgun Fundamentals Course between November 1 and December 31 and pay only $175. (Registration must be received after November 1 and before December 31, 2014 – class dates may vary.)

(That is a savings of $50).

AND, receive one 30 DAY FREE UNLIMITED RANGE PASS at the completion of the class.

Save $15 per visit, come as many times as you like during the 30 day period – you do the math.  BIG $$AVING$$

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