|Introducing Syren – Firearms for Women.
No More Compromises.
Over the years many firearm manufacturers have considered making a firearm for women. Some decided the market is too small to justify the effort. Others have made halfhearted attempts, or even worse a gun with a shortened stock that has been painted a silly color. In our opinion these efforts are something less than genuine. Syren is a different story.
As a division of Caesar Guerini and Fabarm, the goal of Syren is to provide products that are exclusively designed for every female shooter. We want to finally end the need for making compromises. No more modifying existing products, no more paint to cover up an altered stock, no more youth models being pushed towards you as your only option. Our shotguns and accessories are designed just for women and led by women. Everyone involved with Syren, from our female management team to our pro-staff ladies, are committed to producing the best products possible so that there will be no more compromises when it comes to our lady shooters and their needs.
So, you have decided to buy a gun. This is a big decision that carries with it big responsibilities. Here are three simple, but very important points to consider before you buy:
1. Have you obtained training in the safe and proper use of a firearm? If not, do some research and locate a basic firearms safety class in your area to attend BEFORE you purchase your new gun. This will help you better understand the basic safety and operation of a gun, and start to familiarize you with the different types that are available in today’s market. A good class will include not only how to operate a gun, but also help you to understand the proper mindset necessary to safely do so, as well as proper storage and maintenance.
2. Practice. Are you willing to practice enough to stay competent in the use of a firearm? Be honest with yourself. If the answer if “No”, you should probably abandon the idea of owning a gun. If the answer is “Yes”, you will need to locate one or more ranges in your area that are open to the public or consider joining a gun club. Once you have completed your training class, you should consider visiting a range that offers rental guns and try out several. Expect to pay for use of the range, rental fee, ammunition and targets. Avoid buying a gun without first shooting one just like it. You may need to make several trips to the range before you decide on the “one” right gun. Take your time, and don’t let anyone talk you into something just because they like it.
3. Take your time. Shop around and compare selection and price. Again, don’t let the sales person or a friend talk you into a particular gun just because they think it is the “best” gun for a woman. Only you can decide what is the “best” gun for you. This is an investment, and more importantly, it is a tool that may save your life someday. You need to feel comfortable with it, and you need to like it. Don’t be afraid to get what you want.
Excellent article from Concealed Nation
Believe me, I love them just as much as the next guy. I’m not going to talk about how awesome they are in this article, though. For the purposes of this topic, I will be providing you with a few important reasons as to why we should be keeping our firearms stock…at least the ones we carry around with us.
Imagine this: One of your worst fears has become a reality, and that was the need to pull the trigger of your firearm in self defense. You have just killed someone. As soon as that happens, your life changes immediately.
One of the first things to happen will be for the police to hold your firearm as evidence. Now, imagine that you installed a nice new trigger with a lighter trigger pull. Let’s say that your stock trigger pull was 6 lbs and your new trigger pull was 3 lbs. Whether you like it or not, this could be used against you in court. A lawyer could throw out the idea that, had you maintained the stock trigger pull of 6 lbs, you may have had time to stop yourself from pulling the trigger before it hit it’s break.
I know to keep my finger away from the trigger until I’m ready
You and I both know that we should be keeping our finger away from the trigger until we are absolutely ready to fire, and no matter the pounds of pull, we would still be pulling the trigger if required. However, people in the courtroom may not know this and may form other opinions that are based on the lawyer’s discussion of the topic.
A side note with the example above is that, if presented with this in court, the manufacturer of the firearm is likely to not side with you because the firearm has been modified from stock. They would probably never be a direct part of the conversation anyway, but it’s still something to consider.
What can I do? Let me do MODS!!
Ok, calm down. There are still things that you can do to make your carry firearm better. Modifications that help with the handling of your firearm, such as aftermarket sights and grips, are generally acceptable. With sights, it’s still a good idea to have them installed by a gunsmith. Why? Better safe than sorry. Remember, a lawyer will
sometimes try and spin the case in the opposite direction of where you’d like it to go. They are there to win the case just like you are. Don’t give them any advantage that would hurt your case.
An example of aftermarket grips from Talon Grips
If you have a firearm that you carry and you’re unhappy with the trigger pull, getting a new firearm to carry may be a better option than modifying or replacing the trigger. If you have a firearm with a safety that you don’t particularly like, replacing it with a different firearm without that type of safety is a better option that removing or disabling the safety on the other.
Plus if it’s stock and it doesn’t work, you should be moving along to another firearm. Sure we want to make things better, but a stock firearm should function properly all the time. Save the modifications for your competition or range firearm.
Many localities actually require permission from a judge to allow modifications to a firearm that you carry. Make sure to check your local and state laws ahead of time.
I don’t make the rules, I just see what can happen if things are out of place
[ 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.
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.
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.
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
Looking forward to tonight’s Scarlet Pistols Ladies Club Shoot! Come in between 5:30-8:30pm and share in the camaraderie, shooting fun, and meet some new friends. Bring your own guns and ammo, or rent one of our many guns at the Federal Way Indoor Range. Range fee for the ladies shoot is $20.
Tonight we will be trying out the Smith and Wesson Governor:
Be sure to mark your calendar for the next all ladies, Scarlet Pistols Shoot.
Date: May 16, 2014
Time: 5:30-8:30pmPlace: Federal Way Indoor Range 1401 S. 324th St. Federal Way, WA 98003
Be sure to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org