Gun Fear and How to Deal with it!

My latest is out on Range365.

It’s happened very often lately: I run into an old friend or acquaintance and they say, “Hey, guess what…I bought a gun!” Naturally, I’m happy and excited and ask what make and model. That’s where the conversation has often changed to a direction I should now be used to. It generally goes something like one I had recently:

“Well, I got a…Bodyguard? Yeah, I think that’s what it’s called.” There’s a note of embarrassment there.

I find out that the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard is chambered for .380. “Do you like it?” I ask.

“Well, it’s cute. I guess.”

I asked my friend what “cute” meant. Was it pink? Was it cute because it’s small? His answer was the same I’ve heard from different friends. He said it “looked good” at the gun shop, and the salesman recommended it, but he’s never shot it.

The first thing I do when I get a new gun is run to the range with it, so I make the assumption that my friend recently picked it up. “Oh. When did you get it?”

“Last March.”

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Dry Fire – Why You’ll Want to Make the Time

Finally, it’s spring. If you’re like me and live above the Mason-Dixon line, getting to the range this winter was almost impossible. Sure, we had some nice days, but we also had a boatload of snow on the ground, and I belong to an outdoor range. Two years ago, the first signs of spring made me regret falling behind on my practice over the winter, but not this year. I promised myself at the onset of cold weather that I’d keep up my skills with dry fire throughout those freezing months, and now that the snow has melted and it’s getting warmer, I’m sure glad I did.

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Gear Review: MantisX

As a firearm instructor, I often run across gadgets that claim to improve your shooting skills. There’s usually a lot of hype to get you to buy, but then once you do, you realize you’d have been better off spending your money on a private lesson with a professional.

So I usually look at new products fairly skeptically, as I did when I received an email late last year, telling me that the new MantisX Firearms Training System would be debuting at the 2017 SHOT Show.

I visited the MantisX booth at the show, and found that it was certainly was one of the most innovative and interesting products I ran across there. I asked for a sample to test, and found that it truly is a game-changer.

Read the rest of my review here:

Range365 Gear Review: The MantisX

The Thrifty Shooter 2: More Ways to Save Money at the Range!

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If you’re involved in the shooting sports, you know how pricey they can be. From the purchase of your gun, to ammunition, to targets, it seems every time you turn around you’re reaching for your wallet.

You can read my latest article with Women’s Outdoor News here, where I share more money saving tips for the range!

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Range Games: Have Fun While Practicing Your Shooting Skills

Tired of the same old drills or unorganized plinking? Whether you’re shooting steel or just hitting paper targets, any day at the range can be fun. But did you know there are plenty of range games you can have a blast with while still working on your marksmanship?

Read about them here, in my Armed and In Charge column at Women’s Outdoor News, sponsored by LaserMax!

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Gear Review: P-Mate: The Reliable Stand and Pee Device

Product: P-Mate

Manufacturer: P-Mate USA

Website: http://www.pmateusa.com/

MSRP:  $5.95 / pack of 5

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When I got the opportunity to review the P-Mate USA product, I knew it would be awkward, but if I could help one lady comfortably pee out in the wild it would be worth it. We all know guys have it easy in this department, but for women, peeing in the outdoors can get a little… well, messy.

A clean, available bathroom is not always in sight when nature calls. Learned out of necessity, I take pride in being a pretty good squatter; in fact my friends know I will pee pretty much anywhere if I need (discretely of course). As the mother of two daughters, peeing outdoors is also a skill that they learned early in life; now that they’re adults they’ve thanked me many times for this life skill that has come in handy many, many times. Some ladies just can’t seem to squat without peeing on their clothes or shoes. The P-mate takes the mess out of peeing.

Constructed of disposable, wax coated paper the P-Mate is designed for single use. Because of the wax coating, it will not get soggy nor leak. My first impression was that it was larger than I expected, but upon using the product, the size is efficient.

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How it works:

  • The P-Mate comes folded, in a package of 5. Because they’re flat, you can stick them anywhere. They each also have a “fold line” if you wanted to further fold them to stick one in your pocket.
  • If wearing pants, you’ll have to loosen/unzip your pants, slide your underwear over to one side, place the P-mate and pee. Skirts make it easier, but there was no issue using this while wearing jeans.
  • Once peeing, your pee will run out of the front of the P-Mate. Avoid aiming at your shoes. Because the top is covered, you don’t have to worry about splashing or your shirt accidentally falling into the stream.
  • Dispose of your P-Mate properly. If you carry it in, carry it out. I’d recommend keeping a Ziploc for sanitary removal once you’ve used one. P-Mates are NOT flushable so please dispose of them properly.

Places I’ve put P-Mates for future use: my purse, backpack, glove compartment of each truck, my saddle bag, golf bag.

Keeping P-Mates in your glove box means they will be ready when you need them

Keeping P-Mates in your glove box means they will be ready when you need them.

Uses: Golfing, trail riding, hiking, hunting, biking, birding, long car trips, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, or anytime a clean toilet facility isn’t available.

Overall Impression: This is great for those ladies who either can’t or won’t squat in the woods. Since I tested the P-Mate in the winter, I did appreciate that I didn’t have to pull my pants all the way down; that was an unexpected bonus that I may not have realized if I had tested these during warmer weather. The P-Mate works as directed and fills a need for the outdoor loving female. It was easy to carry and easy to use. Make sure you have a zip lock bag or something to put the used product in; this will keep your personal belongings from getting a little wet in your bag until you can properly dispose of your used P-Mates.

The foldable P-Mate slips easily into a pocket.

The P-Mate slips easily into a pocket.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the P-Mate for free from P-Mate USA in consideration for a gear review