Testimonial from our Women and Guns Class


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Hi Janice,

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed class on Saturday.
It was more informative than I could have imagined. I feel empowered now that I know what I did not know…..You and your daughter Chelsey are excellent teachers.
I look forward to my free 30 days of practice, as the Federal Way facility is just fantastic.
Hope to see you on Sundays!

Thank you both again.
Very best,


Taurus Curve


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This new gun is about to hit the market.  Once it is available, I am anxious to give it a try.  If you have not heard about it, or get a chance to try it, please feel free to make a comment and let us know what you thinks.  Here is the link to the website:  http://www.thegunyouwear.com/

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CDC Study on Firearms and Self Defense


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This is a very interesting article…

CDC Study: Use of Firearms For Self-Defense is ‘Important Crime Deterrent’

July 17, 2013 – 9:54 AM

By Alissa Tabirian

President Obama signs executive order for CDC gun violence study. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – “Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent,”says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January.

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” states.

The report, which notes that “ violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past five years,” also pointed out that “some firearm violence results in death, but most does not.” In fact, the CDC report said, most incidents involving the discharge of firearms do not result in a fatality.

“In 2010, incidents in the U.S. involving firearms injured or killed more than 105,000 Americans, of which there were twice as many nonfatal firearm-related injuries (73,505) than deaths.”

The White House unveiled a plan in January that included orders to the CDC to “conduct research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.” According to the White House report, “Research on gun violence is not advocacy; it is critical public health research that gives all Americans information they need.”

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released the results of their research through the CDC last month. Researchers compiled data from previous studies in order to guide future research on gun violence, noting that “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”

“Most felons report obtaining the majority of their firearms from informal sources,” adds the report, while “stolen guns account for only a small percentage of guns used by convicted criminals.”

Researchers also found that the majority of firearm deaths are from suicide, not homicide. “Between the years 2000 and 2010, firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearm-related violence in the United States.”

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African American males are most affected by firearm-related violence, with “32 per 100,000” deaths. Risk factors and predictors of violence include income inequality, “diminished economic opportunities . . . high levels of family disruption” and “low levels of community participation.”

The report expresses uncertainty about gun control measures, stating that “whether gun restrictions reduce firearm-related violence is an unresolved issue,” and that there is no evidence “that passage of right-to-carry laws decrease or increase violence crime.” It also stated that proposed  “gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”

Instead, researchers proposed gun safety technologies such as “external locking devices and biometric systems” to reduce firearm-related deaths.

“I thought it was very telling that this report focused so heavily on . . . futuristic technology that’s not been brought to the market in any kind of reliable form that consumers have any interest in,” John Frazer, director of research and information at the National Rifle Association (NRA), told CNSNews.com.

These “smart gun” technologies are “designed to prevent misuse, to prevent either accidents or crimes committed with stolen guns,” Frazer noted. “Obviously it wouldn’t have any effect on crimes committed with a gun purchased by the criminal. It obviously wouldn’t have any effect on suicides by people who bought the guns themselves.” However, “it could have a huge burden on self-defense rights of law-abiding people if they’re forced to use an unproven technology.”

The CDC’s findings – that guns are an effective and often used crime deterrent and that most firearm incidents are not fatal – could affect the future of gun violence research..

The report establishes guidelines meant only for future “taxpayer-funded research,” Frazer said. However, “the anti-gun researchers out there who want to study and promote gun control are perfectly free to get funded to do that by [New York] Mayor Bloomberg or by any number of other organizations or foundations.”

“It depends on who’s doing the research,” Frazer added. “I would be very concerned that a lot of the follow-up research that might come from this agenda would be more of what we’ve seen from the anti-gun public health establishment in the past.”

Calls and an email from CNSNews to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence were not returned..

According to a National Academies press release, organizations supporting the CDC study have close ties to Obama.

When contacted by CNSNews, the Annie E. Casey Foundation issued a statement reaffirming its support for the study, which “is in keeping with our work to collaborate with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, policymakers and community leaders to make a positive impact on the lives of kids, families and communities.” Patrick Corvington, the foundation’s former senior associate, was nominated by Obama and confirmed in 2010as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Other supporters include The California Endowment, which has been  promoting Obamacare; The Joyce Foundation, on whose  Board of Directors Obama served for eight years prior to his Senate run;  and Kaiser Permanente, which contributed over half a million dollars to his presidential campaign.

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


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