Sidewalk Sale-Bullet Jewelry


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September 14,  Sunday, 11-4, Women and Guns will be hosting a table at Federal Way Discount Guns and Indoor Range Sidewalk Sale.  Caliber Collection Jewelry will be featured.  Stop by and check out all the bargains at the sale.   FWDG will have tables loaded with new,  used,  discontinued merchsndise  including holsters,  ammo,  magazines,  scopes and other shooting accessories.  Used long guns will also be offered for sale.  1401 South 324th Street,  Federal Way,  WA 98003.

Where It Came From; Where It’s Going


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[ This guest post was written by GD Crocker ]

It’s easy to be critical in this age of abundance. I’ll have to admit, even I’m sick of the zombie-themed gear and tactical everything. But almost every article, review and write-up is bombarded with negative and overly (I’d say unfairly) critical comments. Most shooters are very verbose about their preferences and some use those to hide their weaknesses. However, those preferences are often used as heavy artillery, firing for effect on anything new. I remember just twenty years ago, there were NO accessories for the AR platform. My dad bought a Colt with a detachable carry handle and my friends and I were in awe. Now, you can get almost anything, anywhere, night or day to accessorize an AR, up to and including a chainsaw. I am in a state of perpetual amazement that this is even a possibility, let alone a reality. I tend to celebrate innovation, rather than stifle it because of my own preferences and critiques, and I freely admit that while a product may not be “right for me”, I’m happy for whomever else wants something and can afford it. In short, American shooters (as well as shooters in general) are the most knowledgeable, generous and all-around cool people on the planet and now is the time to stand together. After all, I’d be willing to bet that most of us are only a few decades removed from relatives that had to shoot out of necessity instead of recreationally.

During the past couple of months of ammo shortages and skyrocketing prices, I’ve tried to reflect on where my love of shooting came from. Admittedly, I have lead, brass and copper in my DNA. Like most of you, it would be impossible to know how many rounds I’ve fired, guns I’ve cleaned, or quarts of Hoppe’s #9 I’ve been through.


This love of shooting began long before law school, where I intricately studied the 2nd Amendment. It started long before the years I worked in a gun store during college, which was the best job I ever had. It started years before I met and gained a deep respect for Massad Ayoob. It started years before I would buy bandoliers of 8mm rounds at a gun show for $3 and then shoot until I couldn’t even hold my Mauser. It started years before I got my first handgun – a Colt 1911 – and cheated on it and fell in love with a Sig 226. It started years before my best friend Jon and I seemingly spent entire summers shooting. It started years before I met the cool neighbor in the new neighborhood we moved to; the neighbor with the class III 1928 Thompson, two British Stens, a suppressed .22 pistol and the progressive Dillon press. It started long before I lived to hear the stories of veterans, Southern farmers engaging in property disputes with firearms and impossible shots that hunters claim they routinely make. It started before I ever watched the Duke and Yul Brynner administer justice on the bad guys and before I spent endless childhood hours reading about the Alamo, Gettysburg, and Bastogne. It even started before I realized that shooting was part of my birthright as a Southerner.

The realization I came to sprang from some of my earliest memories: my dad taking me shooting.

I fired my first shots from my dad’s Ruger Mk II pistol, which I now own, when I was three years old. My dad would take my brother and I through the woods, his scoped Remington 700 on his shoulder. Dad never missed an opportunity to take us shooting. I went from a Marlin .22 rifle to a .20 gauge Remington 870 and beyond. We didn’t have a lot of money, but ammo was cheap and time was preciously used forging a family of shooters. Some of my fondest memories are of shooting with my dad, under his careful direction, and always listening to his well-placed comments on personal responsibility and respecting firearms and human life.

With my own roots discovered, I then wondered what had lit the fire in my dad. Who was it that had taught him to love shooting like he had taught me? Then I discovered something that I suspect may be applicable to a lot of us, maybe even most of us. I learned to shoot because of recreation, spare time and a little spare money. My dad learned to shoot out of necessity.

When he was a kid, his family was so poor that his dad would give him a couple of .22 shells and an old rifle. Whatever he shot was what they ate. Missing was a liability for my dad and his family, a family of 10, who were dirt-poor sharecroppers in eastern Arkansas. Shooting was a way of life because it was life, or at least the source to help sustain life. Shooting for my dad was an appreciation. It was a skill. It was an art. It was the source of producing for a family in a time when there was no assistance or help from anyone but yourself. I’m not claiming it kept them all from starving, but I know for a fact that it kept them all from going hungry. I think that left an impression of self-reliance and personal responsibility on my dad, with the realization that the gun was a tool for that job. As a result, I have never met a more disciplined or tempered shooter, or a better long-range marksman. (Another story that I won’t bore you with is that on one occasion, my dad defended our family and home with his S&W .41 magnum, because the police were at least twenty minutes away. He had learned that his responsibilities were his own, not someone had to call on the phone and ask for help.)

I doubt that kind of shooting to feed a family out of necessity is the case very much anymore and that disconnect from necessity is, in my opinion, leading to a degree of irresponsibility with firearms use among some shooters.

This all led to some sobering realizations and pleasant memories. This has certainly firmed my resolve for helping pass these rights to my kids.

My daughter and her Cricket.

I am a member of several gun rights advocacy groups and absolutely recommend that kind of activity. But I believe the greatest thing I can do to help further the legacy is to do what my dad did: use what he learned out of necessity to teach. Not to lecture or overwhelm with what I think is knowledge, but to teach that guns are tools that are essential for many purposes. They can protect and preserve life and must be respected and appreciated.

For years working in a gun store, I saw seasoned shooters lecture newcomers and overload them with their preferences. Often they would deride a particular manufacturer they claimed to have a bad experience with or recommend their preferences as the gold standard of the gun industry, leaving no room for anything else. They often told shooters that they absolutely must get x, y, or z ammo or scope, etc., without every determining the shooters length of pull or aversion to recoil or any number of other factors that would be act to welcome shooters into a grand community. There was no comparison between these well-intentioned but overbearing folks, and the quiet, generous example of someone who had been there and done it to sustain life, like my dad. Most of the shooters I’ve been around are like that – generous with their time and information, and would bend over backwards to help a new shooter, as it should be.

I trace my love of shooting back to the selflessness of a single person, and to an extent to all the people over the years that loved it every bit as much as me.

So, I have resolved to do the same. I am going to make my dad’s influence felt and extend his and my love of shooting to others. I’m vowing right now to take people to the range, to actively look for ways to expand the shooting community and to get involved. I want people to appreciate guns, the gun industry and gun owners. I want people to understand that I own a gun because it’s my God-given right, but I appreciate and love to shoot recreationally because my dad had to shoot out of necessity. It was his understanding of the importance of guns, and not just the guns themselves, that made all the difference in the world.

Expanding the gun community is a new goal of mine and I intend to accomplish that goal by not letting others define who I am, or who my dad was, as a shooter. I’m not going to let politicians, Hollywood, the media, the ignorant, or anyone with an agenda tell potential shooters who I am. That’s my responsibility.

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Scarlet Pistols Ladies Shoot September 19

Mark your calendar, ladies, for September 19, 2014.  5:30-8:30pm.

The Scarlet Pistols Ladies Shooting Club will meet at Federal Way Discount Guns & Indoor Range.  

We will be offering complimentary refreshments, sharing shooting tips with other women, and all around having a fun night out!  All targets are included in the range fee of $20.  Please pre-register at: Scarlet PIstols to reserve your spot and let us know how many ladies will be attending.

September 19th shoot will be a “SILENT SHOOT”!!  Actually, we will have a couple of handguns with silencers for everyone to try.  You will still be able to shoot your own guns.

3 Gun Class!


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Hey Ladies, here is a great class for you!
Have you been thinking about purchasing a new handgun, rifle or shotgun, but not sure which direction to go?  Our new 3 Gun class will help you decide.  C.O.R.E. SKILLS has been developed to help the shooter learn the fundamentals of all 3 platforms in an all day class that is divided into 3 sections.  Each section is approximately 3 hours long.  We will provide all the equipment, or you can bring your own.  This class will teach you the basics of each platform, discuss options, and help you make an informed decision before making your next purchase.  If you already have a gun, feel free to bring it and we will help you become more proficient.  In today’s climate, it is always prudent to become familiar with several different weapon types for use in home and personal defense.  This class will help you build a strong foundation and clarify future training needs.  For more information and registration, please visit our website: or stop by the range and speak with one of the friendly staff: Federal Way Discount Guns and Indoor Range. 1401 S. 324th St., Federal Way, WA 980033 GUNS Annie Oakley

3 GUN CLASS – C.O.R.E Skills


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Choice – choosing the right gun.

Operation – learn to safety and efficiently operate all 3 types of guns.

Responsibility – Rules and Responsibilities of gun ownership.

Education – learn through training and practice.


Have you considered a shotgun, or AR-15 rifle, in addition to your handgun?  But, just aren’t sure where to begin?  We now offer a new coed class that is designed to introduce the student to all three platforms: semiautomatic handguns, AR-15 rifles, and shotguns.  Whether you are new to all three platforms, or just one of them, this class is a great way to learn more and get hands on experience with all three.  All skill levels are welcome.  This is a great opportunity to add to your self defense system by increasing your skills with a variety of guns.   REGISTER


How safe is your range?


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According to the Seattle PI, not all ranges are created equal when it comes to not only the facilities, but the policies regarding qualifications of the individuals shooting there.  At Federal Way Indoor Range, the staff carefully screen every new shooter before they are allowed to rent or shoot at the range.  At times, this can be difficult for the customers to understand.  It is not meant to discourage or embarrass anyone.  This is to prevent life threatening injuries from occurring to themselves and to others while shooting.  Every shooting stall has the universal firearms safety rules posted, and every shooter reads & signs the rules, and is given an individual safety briefing before and after entering the range.  In addition, the petitions at Federal Way Indoor Range are “bullet proof”.  So, you don’t have to worry about a stray bullet entering your shooting stall from the shooter next door.  Please, remember to observe ALL of the Universal Safety Rules when shooting.

Man shot in both arms at Bellevue gun range sues

Published 10:36 pm, Monday, July 15, 2013
  • Wade's Eastside Gun Shop in Bellevue, pictured in a file photo. Photo: Grant M. Haller, Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Wade’s Eastside Gun Shop in Bellevue, pictured in a file photo. Photo: Grant M. Haller, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A man shot in both arms during an accidental shooting at a Bellevue gun range has sued the range and the man who shot him, claiming both failed to take appropriate care.

In a lawsuit filed July 11 against Wade’s Eastside Guns, attorneys for the man contend he was hit in the arms after a bullet fired by another Wade’s customer blew through a divider separating two shooting booths.

According to the lawsuit, the offending customer was firing a Smith & Wesson pistol that was “rather new” to him in a neighboring lane at Wade’s range. As the man raised his arms to shoot, the other customer accidentally fired through the foam lane divider.

The 9 mm bullet struck the man in the right arm, powered through it, then tore through his left arm as well, leaving him seriously injured, according to the lawsuit.

Writing the court, attorneys for the injured man contend Wade’s failed to protect its customer.

“Wade’s did not screen gun range customers for basic knowledge of safe gun operation,” attorneys Susannah Carr and Ian Birk told the court. “No safety rules were posted in the shooting lanes.”

The attorneys went on to fault Wade’s for failing to install durable partitions between the shooting booths.

Wade’s did not return requests for comment Monday.

In addition to the shooting range, the injured man has sued the other customer. Neither has yet responded to the lawsuit, which is filed in King County Superior Court.

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Levi Pulkkinen can be reached at 206-448-8348 or Follow Levi on Twitter at


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School Shootings


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Very informative article on school shootings from FOX NEWS….

What liberal media won’t tell you: School shooting deaths down, not up, across America

Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified. Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer.

While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades. The drop is even larger than the overall decline in the murder rate.

Last week, Michael Bloomberg’s various gun control organizations exacerbated the fears by claiming that there were 74 school shootings since the actual Newtown school shooting in December 2012, and that something must be done. But Bloomberg’s numbers were dead wrong. They inflated the number by including attacks that were off of school property and unrelated to the school, lone suicides well after school hours by adults, a justifiable defensive use of a gun and gang fights outside of school hours.

There have obviously been ups and downs from year to year since large school shootings are rare, but the five-year averages have shown a consistent drop in gun deaths. Even including the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, that is the trend.

Last week, CNN  investigated Bloomberg’s claim and said that over the previous 18 months, there had been 15 incidents where guns were brought onto school grounds in attempts to harm people.

But that is still a large number. A better measure is to focus on the amount of harm – the number of people killed – rather than the number of attacks.

On that front, things have improved dramatically over the last couple of decades. During the 2013-14 school year, there were three non-gang, non-suicide killings at universities, and three more at K-12 schools.

The National School Safety Center, a good source of statistics, started collecting data on K-12 violence in the 1992-93 school year. During the first five years, from 1992-93 to 1996-97, there were 26.8 gun murders per year on K-12 and university school property. In contrast, during the last five school years, 2009-10 to 2013-14, the average was 12 – a 55 percent drop.

There have obviously been ups and downs from year to year since large school shootings are rare, but the five-year averages have shown a consistent drop in gun deaths. Even including the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, that is the trend.

With 77 million Americans between the ages of 5 and 22, that implies a school murder rate of 0.008 per 100,000 people in the 2013-14 school year, well less than 1 percent of the overall murder rate.

But mass school shootings aren’t the only thing where reality differs from people’s perceptions.  Overall, firearm homicide rates have plummeted as much as the firearm murders at school since 1992 (a 52 percent drop by 2012), but a recent Pew poll shows 45 percent of Americans believe that firearm homicide rates have gone up, only 10 percent realized that the rate had actually gone down.

The same misperception is happening on mass school shootings.

The media shapes our views on guns and crime in other ways.  What the media deems “newsworthy” doesn’t always give Americans an accurate measure of what is happening.  Take the case of defensive gun uses.  When was the last time you watched the national news and saw a story about someone using their gun to save a life? Yet, the national news ignores stories of guns being used to save lives, but the best estimates from survey data indicate that defensive gun uses are about four to five times more common than crimes committed with guns.

Of course, the media’s understandable obsession with newsworthiness not only gives Americans a misimpression of what is happening to crime rates and mass killings, but it also encourages mass killers, who thrive on this attention. Reading the Santa Barbara killer’s manifesto, it is clear that he was just one more person who craved attention and felt he could get it by killing as many people as possible.

Unfortunately, these misimpressions caused by the media have real consequences. Legislation gets passed that disarms law-abiding citizens and makes attacks more likely.


John R. Lott, Jr. is a columnist for He is an economist and was formerly chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. Lott is also a leading expert on guns and op-eds on that issue are done in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Research Center. He is the author of eight books including “More Guns, Less Crime.” His latest book is “Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench” Bascom Hill Publishing Group (September 17, 2013). Follow him on Twitter@johnrlottjr.



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