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This class is for the woman that already has a revolver, or is planning to purchase one. Or maybe you just haven’t made up your mind between a semi-auto and a revolver. This 4 hour class will introduce you to the classic concealed carry “Snubby”, as well as it’s larger counterparts. Come and learn about the design, action and operation of the revolver. A brief history as well as information on notable brands will be presented. Bring your own gun, or we will provide one free of charge for use during class. You will need to provide 50 rounds, (one box), of ammunition for your caliber type. REGISTER
Pregnant and nursing women are not allowed on the range due to possible health risks.
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Finally, an AR-15 class tailored for women! We utilize 22lr caliber AR-15′s to simplify the learning process – less recoil, less noise, more fun! This 4 hour class introduces the student to the AR-15-22 rifle. Students will be taught the safe loading, unloading, and positions during dry fire drills before moving out to the range for shooting and reloading drills. This class is ideal for introducing the student to the AR-15 platform.
Free use of AR-15 22lr rifle and ammunition.
Prerequisites: Basic Firearm Safety Class or Instructor Permission. Students must have a good working knowledge and familiarity of firearms.
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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Friends say Sandra Mize is soft-spoken with a great laugh, but don’t mess with the 63-year-old grandmother of 10.
When she was awakened by an intruder smashing through her backdoor early Wednesday she grabbed her gun and confronted the man. When he kept coming, she fired the gun for the first time in 30 years.
She missed. The man sat down and waited while she called 911. After officers took the intruder into custody they gave Mize a junior police badge, The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday.
“Having a firearm in your home for personal protection, I guess we got to see the value of that last night,” said Police Chief Frank Straub.
It’s a hotly debated issue in Spokane where a suspected car thief was shot and killed by the owner nine days earlier about a mile from Mize’s home. Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge Gail Gerlach in the death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. Gerlach said he thought the thief was going to shoot him.
“I could let my car drive down the block,” Mize said. “That doesn’t bother me. Someone in my home bothers me.”
Mize was sleeping when she heard her back door splintering.
She grabbed the .22-caliber handgun she keeps by her bed and ran into her dark living room to see the silhouette of a man in her kitchen.
Separated by only a kitchen counter, Mize warned the intruder she was armed.
“He just kept coming,” Mize said. “I didn’t hesitate to shoot.”
Mize has lived in her home for 45 years.
“It’s a shame,” Mize said. “Spokane used to be such an overgrown farm town. And I loved that. And it’s not that anymore.”
Her bullet hit the wood above the busted door frame.
“I’m glad I didn’t hit him,” she said.
The man advanced into the living room, where he collapsed on a sofa without uttering a word.
“So I waited a second and I said, ‘Did I hit you?’ because I had no idea,” Mize said. “He didn’t move, he didn’t say anything.”
Keeping the gun aimed at him, Mize inched her way along her living room wall to a phone and dialed 911.
“I told them, ‘I have an intruder, I’m armed, and I have discharged my gun,’?” Mize said.
Within minutes, police surrounded her home. The officers on her porch told her to put down her gun, so she set it on top of an antique sewing machine she uses as a TV stand.
That’s when the man tried to flee through the back door, Mize said. A police dog was there to greet him.
The man ran back into the home and police quickly followed. Mize said she watched as about five officers wrestled the man to the living room floor and the dog bit him on the leg.
“He was very strong,” said Mize, a quilting and beading enthusiast who stands 5 feet 1 inch tall. “I’m really glad he didn’t challenge me, because I would have had to actually shoot him.”
Police identified the intruder as 35-year-old Sean Denny. He is jailed for investigation of burglary.
Denny has no felony criminal history but has 19 misdemeanor convictions, including violations of protection orders, Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplett said during Denny’s court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Dean Sprague said there is no indication Denny had a weapon, but he was obviously threatening.
“In this case, this guy was at least half her age and twice her size,” he said.
Mize said she wasn’t even sure she could fire her weapon, because she wasn’t wearing her usual braces for arthritic hands. She commented to police officers that her ammo was likely older than they are.
Police said Mize acted perfectly, and gave her the junior police badge. Neighbors yelled “Yay, Sandy!” to people in front of her home Wednesday morning.
“She’s a little lady, and she’s soft-spoken, and she’s got a great laugh,” neighbor and longtime friend Brooke Plastino said. “But I wouldn’t want to cross her, frankly.”
There is a lot of talk about gun control, as everyone knows. And, I will not argue the pro’s and con’s either way. What I will do is share my own perspective on a world that includes guns, my world.
Everyday I wake up and get dressed, which includes the usual choice of garments, shoes and socks, and of course, my gun. For those of you that have already read my other article, Elements of an effective self defense system, you know what I am talking about. Just as you might choose your shoes to match your outfit, or a sweater to keep you warm, my gun and how I conceal it dictates my clothing choice for the day. It just goes with the territory.
If you have ever started your day without your watch, or favorite piece of jewelry, you know what it is like to feel something is missing. Take that and multiply by 100 and you will know how it feels when you leave your gun at home. It is a terrible feeling. Being in a hurry can lead to poor decisions. Poor decisions can have dire consequences. Sometimes, our busy lives cause us to ignore important details. My mother used to say “The devil is in the details”, among other irritating but wise pieces of advice.
Convenience and security are mutually exclusive. Convenience degrades security in most cases. If you want to feel more secure about your personal safety, and the safety of your loved ones, you may have to feel inconvenienced at times. Only you can determine the correct balance between convenience and security. Carrying a gun is not always convenient, but it does provide security.
In my classes I consistently speak about the importance of situational awareness. This applies not only to our perspective of the world around us, but also of ourselves. It is too easy to become complacent, walking and talking on a cell phone, jogging with ipods, etc, etc. Subconsciously thinking “Nothing bad will happen to me“. That’s what the last victim said.
If you decide to carry a gun, your life style will change. From the way that you dress, to the way that you perceive the world around you, to how you treat others. Your awareness will reach a new level that includes a full time emphasis on safety, both inside and outside the range. Gun safety and awareness will become an integral part of your everyday life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I can’t help wondering why this incident did not get more publicity. Maybe because more people were not killed or injured? This is a perfect example of a trained individual stopping a killer from taking more lives. Thank god she was there.
If you had been at that theater that night, would you be thankful for the guard with a gun?
Active Shooter Responses
- Gabe Suarez
Author’s notes: This is an article from 2005! I thought it would be appropriate since we seem to have to be retaught the same lessons over and over.
By now everyone has read or heard about the shooting in the Tacoma (Washington) Mall. If you have not, and to keep the briefing brief: The location and motivation may be different, but the song is the same one that has been played in too many places – A psycho decided to go into the mall and kill people with his rifle. This time, a CCW carrier tried to intervene, but for a number of reasons, was not successful. So since this will probably happen again, I want to discuss the dynamics and options of such a dangerous yet likely event.
I have a theory that when a critical incident happens, the police will only coincidentally be there. Professionals don’t like to be thought of as “irrelevant” at the moment of truth, so I am often taken to task for this. The truth however, is that unless the police are targeting a bad guy, in the sense of a surveillance hit squad operation of some sort, they will only be able to respond after someone advises them the killer is in action. The likelihood of an officer “just so happening” to be at the scene is not very likely.
What is likely is that there will plenty of potential victims on scene. And perhaps at least one of the potential victims is likely to be armed. Some “professionals” advise that if you are caught in such an event, you should “duck and cover”, go fetal, and hope that the police can rescue you in time.
Stupid idea if you ask me! Why stupid? Please study the success rates of those who have followed that line of action.
In virtually all active shooter events from San Ysidro to Columbine, the killing takes place in minutes after the event begins, after which the bad guy will either kill himself, or take hostages. If you are one of the planned targets, you can pray for the cops to save you all you want, but they probably don’t even know about the event as you succumb to the bad guy’s gunfire.
So what are we to do? This has developed into quite a national debate with varying points of view as widely different as go fetal and wait, to run and save yourself, to attack the gunman with everything you have. The bottom line is of course that you should have a plan. So I will point out some things that perhaps will help you do just that.
First consideration is where you are in the fight. If you are the focus of the attacker…meaning he is specifically shooting at you or at a family member, all restrictions are off. Forget the legal situation, forget background, forget everything. If you do not react immediately, you will be shot.
Some have voiced concerns over legal repercussions if you take action. Well, all I can say is that in a fight for your life, thoughts of legal entanglements should be at the bottom of the list. Remember, if you are dead, legal stuff is moot.
I know a man who got stabbed several times and was lucky to live through an attack because he was so brow-beaten about getting sued and possibly prosecuted that he held fire on a man who was trying to stab him to death! His HK P7 remained in hand but unfired. Anyone who would rather be shot than get in trouble needs a check-up from the neck up.
If you are not the focus of the bad guy and you can egress, it may be a consideration. Specially if you do not know what is going on. I’ve been told by survivors of events like this that all they had was the sound of shots “around the corner”. If that is all you have and there is an exit there, Take It! Grab your family members…physically by the hair if you must, and drag them out. Don’t stay…leave. You don’t know what is going on. Don’t stay to fond out. If there is doubt – get out! Specially if you are unarmed as you may be in certain liberal states.
Those are the easy situations aren’t they. Being attacked specifically has an easy response – immediate and overwhelming counter attack! Hearing a fight you are not involved in and being able to get out is also easy, you get out. But what of those other situations?
Situations such as seeing “the gunman was walking backwards firing at everyone”. Situations such as perhaps hearing the sound of gun shots, but not having your family right there with you, but dispersed around the mall, shopping. The circumstances may be varied, but the end result is that you cannot morally just run away and leave those whom you are responsible for, or you choose not to leave for various personal reasons. What do you do then?
The answer may lie in how prepared you are. Most of us do not venture out of the house unarmed. Even in non-permissive environments (NPE) we are generally carrying something. So what now?
In the Tacoma incident, we read that there was a CCW armed citizen that “responded to the active shooter”. There is still a great deal of fog surrounding what actually happened, but bits and pieces are coming to us from some who were there, from some of the officers who responded, and even from the CCW shooter himself (who was seriously wounded but survived).
Napoleon once said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. We can learn a great deal from what went wrong here can’t we?
Here are some points for you to consider.
1). A pistol will win against a rifle IF the pistolero kills the rifleman before the rifleman sees him. Much of this has to do with tactics, but that should be part of your skill set.
2). If the pistolero fails to drop the rifleman due to an inoperative pistol, a miss, or insufficient damage caused by too few pistol rounds, the rifleman will probably kill the pistolero.
3). The surest way to stop a man in his tracks (with some permanence) is with a shot to the head delivered at close range. Some folks dislike teaching head shots. I require them.
4). Verbalizing or challenging, as in “Halt – Drop The Gun” is not a good idea. In fact, its virtual suicide in a situation like this. You cannot yell and shoot well at the same time, and yelling may alert the bad guy to your location. There is evidence that this occurred in Tacoma.
5). You verbalize and challenge ONLY when you are not certain of what is going on and then ONLY from behind solid cover (if the adversary is armed with a rifle, few things qualify as cover). If you have enough to justify shooting, then shut your trap and work the trigger.
6). There is a great deal of discussions on Defensive Shooting. Shooting in a case of this magnitude is only defensive in concept. It is pro-active and aggressive deliberate and premeditated shooting.
7). Although I like and teach point shooting (in its context), pro-active shooting like this requires traditional marksmanship. Be deliberate! Watch your front sight and press carefully and repeatedly (with your mouth shut).
8). Train with photographic targets and do force on force training. Get used to the idea that you carry your gun to potentially shoot at a human attacker. The more you get comfortable with this the easier it will be. Tommy Lee Jones’ character in the movie, The Hunted, told his students that when you can kill in your mind, the physical part is easy. He’s right.
9). Consider that under some circumstances you may have to make do with a knife. I’m not saying that you will attack a rifle man with your Spyderco at 50 yards, but that in the event that he is within arm’s reach (which was the case with several of the Tacoma hostages) your knife may be the only thing between you and being killed. So learn how to kill with your knife.
10). Last, consider that there may be a reason why God (or fate if you wish) put you, armed and trained, at that very spot and place in time, with the ability to save innocents. This is the life-giving sword (or gun in this context) that some ancient warriors discussed in their writings.
What you do is your choice of course. Perhaps its just me, but I would not be able to live with the fact that I, well-armed and well-trained, and with my family in no danger, ran away from a snot nosed punk whom I could have easily dropped in his tracks, and who subsequently was free to kill innocent people due to my inaction.
Invariably, what I’ve written here will be controversial. Oh, well. I believe strongly in it. Sadly the time will come again when some psycho decides to pull an active shooter routine, or perhaps it will be an American Jihadist that didn’t go to school on bomb making day. Everything will play out as before. Innocents will die. Special Weapon Teams will deploy. And the News Vultures will come out to drool over the corpses as the politicians call for more intrusions on our rights. Unless, one of you is there, of course. Then the future is yours to write.