The Gun Girl Gift Guide

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The Gun Girl Gift Guide

 

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Dene Adams® Launches NEW Body Shaping Thigh Holster Shorts & Leggings

I’m excited to share this new product from Dene Adams with you! The body shaping thigh holster, and leggings-based thigh holster allow you to carry your firearm with ease in dresses or with longer shirts. Here is the information from the Dene Adams press release that came out today. Watch for my review of these in the very near future!

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Press Release

FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 at 10:00AM (CST)

Dene Adams® Launches NEW Body Shaping Thigh Holster Shorts & Leggings

Luxury, handmade concealed carry apparel company expands their product line.

Kansas City, Missouri – October 2016

Dene Adams®, the only manufacturer of luxury handmade concealed carry corset holsters with trigger protection, today announced the launch of their new product, the Body Shaping Thigh Holster Shorts and Leggings.

Anna Taylor, designer of the Dene Adams® holsters, has once again designed a product that is made for your everyday wear, no matter the season you are in. The Body Shaping Thigh Holster Shorts or Leggings allow you to wear your dresses or skirts while securely holstering your gun on your thigh. This new thigh holster will leave no gun bulge on the outside of your thigh. The New Body Shaping Thigh Holster securely holsters your gun in a sub layer of the shorts body shaping compression. This innovative and extremely comfortable, lightweight thigh holster has a built in trigger guard for added protection and a fast breakaway retention tab holsters your gun securely in place. Our signature holster compartment holds the grip of your gun snug to your leg to prevent a protruding grip from rubbing on the other thigh or printing through your skirt or dress. The thigh holster is intended for micro compact single stack pistols. 

Dene Adams® has been producing holsters, handmade in America, since August 2014. To learn more about their products, visit their website at www.deneadams.com.

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Gear Review: Sunjack 14w8000+mAh

Product: Sunjack 14w8000+mAh

Website: http://www.sunjack.com/products/sunjack-14w-8000mah-battery

MSRP: $139.00

SunJack 14W+8000mAh Battery

Sunjack

 

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Sunjack zipped up to go

I recently had the opportunity to review the Sunjack 14w8000+mAh portable solar charger. Conveniently sized at 9″ x 6.5″ x 1.75″ when folded, this solar charger can easily tuck into your backpack, briefcase or purse for charging on the go.

Initial thoughts:

Packaging: Nicely packaged, strong box with clear graphics and instructions.

Operating Instructions: Easy to follow, the unit is fairly self-explanatory.

Here is a sample of my first few charges using the Sunjack:

Test: Starting with a fully charged Sunjack, I plugged an iPhone 5s with 1% battery left at 4:00 pm to see how long a full charge will take, and if it will charge the phone to 100%.

Outcome: 2 hours

Next day, without recharging Sunjack: Charged iPhone with 3 battery lights on Sunjack. Phone was at 64% at start of charge, charged to 100% with still 3 bars on charger.

Fully charged, I placed the SunJack back in its box. One week later, the battery was still fully charged. I was happy to know that keeping the battery charged will facilitate recharging my electronics whenever necessary.

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Sunjack’s battery removes for convenience

Since receiving the Sunjack, I’ve charged everything from my cell phone, to an iPad , GoPro, walkie talkies, and a Kindle. The USB port allows the unit to power any device that can be charged via USB.  The mesh pocket on the back of the charger holds not only the battery, but 2 carabiners that can hang the solar panels for easy charging, as well as the cord that connects the solar panels to the battery. One nice feature is the battery can be removed from the unit and carried separately to charge your devices without bringing the solar panels with you. The battery is small and can easily tuck into a purse or back pack for extra power on the go.

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Solar panels charging

Charging should be done via direct sunlight. Charging the battery through a window or windshield is not recommended by the manufacturer.

With the world so dependent on electronics, the Sunjack is delivering power where power isn’t  available. Whether it be hiking, camping or during a natural emergency, having the ability to charge a cell phone is a necessity.  The Sunjack did an excellent job supplying power to multiple devices in a fairly fast time-frame.

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Charging phones at campsite

For the ultimate test of function and durability, I sent the Sunjack along with my daughter and her early-twenty-something, extremely electronic dependent friends for a weekend of camping. As they were remote camping  I figured if the Sunjack could keep up with their cell phone charging, we’d have a winner. Besides, there was the possibility that a Pokeman could be camping near them, and we’d hate to have them miss that, right?

They set out on a Friday night, with the Sunjack, as well as their cell phones, fully charged. Six campers kept their phones charged up on the first day of the trip. During the day, the Sunjack was left outside in the sunlight to recharge their batteries. After hiking, they’d each take enough charge. At sunset, the Sunjack was packed back up and returned to the safety of their tent. Day one went great, but then disaster struck. The power button on the Sunjack was depressed to charge a cell phone but stayed depressed. Unable to stop the battery from fully draining, they charged phones until it finally ran out of power.

Before the button failure, the Sunjack performed flawlessly. I’ll never know if I had a defective battery, or if something inadvertently depressed the power switch. A quick inquiry to Sunjack had a replacement battery shipped out to me immediately. Since receiving the new battery, I’ve taken a substantial amount of time and effort to see if it was a design flaw or fluke accident. The replacement battery has been working without issue since its first charge 30 days ago.  Given the fact that I’ve been extra rough in the treatment of the replacement battery and it has not failed, I’d have to think that my damaged battery was a one-time issue.

Overall, the Sunjack has performed well. The size of the solar panels is convenient and zips up into its own little package. The included carabiners are a convenient way of hanging the solar panels for charging, no matter where you are. I’ve had mine on a patio chair, a chain link fence, a rope on a tree and a few other strange places without issue. I also love having a way to power electronics that doesn’t cost me a penny. The Sunjack has performed well, I give it two thumbs up!

SunJack 14W+8000mAh Battery

SunJack 14W+8000mAh Battery

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the Sunjack for free from Gigawatt Inc., in consideration for a gear review.

NRA Cars for Freedom

As an NRA Women Official Partner, I am proud to share with you a new NRA Foundation program: NRA Cars for Freedom! A campaign that’s committed to protecting your right to bear arms through vehicle donations. Just as our Greatest Generation held scrap metal drives in defense of our freedoms, NRA Cars for Freedoms is encouraging gun owners across America to donate their old vehicles of nearly any type or condition in defense of the Second Amendment.

They will pick up your old car, tractor, boat, or motorcycle, free of charge. Your donations are tax-deductible and will be used to educate our country, protect your freedoms, and reawaken our American values.

Join our movement of community-minded patriotism and visit NRACarsforFreedom.com or call 1.866.NRA.GIFT. Help us spread the word on social media using the hashtag #CarsforFreedom.

The NRA Foundation has the grit to defend freedom. Give us the metal to do it.

Some Big News!

After holding this in for a few weeks, I am finally able to announce some pretty big news!

I am officially a member of TeamWON! I will be writing a monthly column for Women’s Outdoor News called Armed and In Charge. The column, sponsored by LaserMax, will be published on the 2nd and 4th week of each month. My column partner, Stacy Bright, will also be contributing monthly!

If you haven’t checked out Women’s Outdoor News, go give them a look! (While yes, it is geared for women, there’s plenty of content you men will appreciate too!) And if you are ever in the market for a weapon light, LaserMax has you covered! A huge thank you to both for this opportunity!

I will be posting a link next week when the column premieres with Stacy’s first article, so keep an eye out! We have lots of great information coming your way!

Wishing you all a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover.

 

Getting a Grip – On Your Handgun

Ask ten shooters a question and you will likely get ten different answers. Some may be similar, but I will bet you dollars to donuts, the answers will differ widely. One such topic is proper grip. Your grip will make or break your accuracy. Just as each pistol has a different diameter, contour, and feel, so do our hands. No two sets of hands are alike, so how are we each supposed to hold a pistol the same, exact way? We cannot. This is where common sense comes in to play. We need to find what grip works best for us individually. What we are comfortable with, and most importantly, what can we change to make our shot the most accurate it can be. That is the goal after all; shooting safely and accurately. A few weeks ago, I discussed several exercises to strengthen your hands, improve your grip, and improve your overall physical conditioning and well-being. Improving my physical conditioning and getting into better shape is number one on my list, how about you?
Having strong hands and arms is of benefit when shooting. I am sure you have heard the term “limp-wristing” so do yourself a favor, and don’t be “that guy” (or gal, of course!) For those unfamiliar, “limp-wristing” is a term to describe not gripping your firearm firmly enough. Limp-wristing can result in a malfunction of the firearm, and will certainly affect your accuracy. Limp-wristing can be a problem of technique, or it can be due to weakness. Both can be cured with a little hard work and consistency.

Limp Wristing your handgun can result in stiches or sometimes worse.

The thumb forward firing position.

In all honestly, it depends what you are shooting. Thumbs held too high on some frames may just get you cut. I tend to prefer a modified grip when shooting my Springfield XD-9, with my thumbs high and tight, but somewhat forward and out of the way of my slide.

Teacupping a handgun, especially one with stout recoil, won't result in accuracy.

I love a nice cup of tea, but not while I am shooting. “Tea cupping” or holding the firearm with your dominant hand, and placing your weak hand underneath like a saucer will not give you good control of the weapon. While you may be supporting your weapon, your weak hand will not assist you in managing recoil. It does seem to be a popular grip for the Hollywood set tho, keep an eye out when you are watching your favorite movie or television drama, you will be amazed at Hollywood’s creativity when it comes to firearms and grips!

One sure way to get a slide bite is crossing your thumbs behind the firearm. In a two-handed grip, your thumbs should be together, whether you choose high or modified, but they should not be crossed behind the firearm. Doing so places you in position to catch the soft, fleshy tissue between your thumb and forefinger in the slide as the firearm discharges. (Though I have never done so, I have seen pictures and it looks extremely painful!)

The positions I have mentioned are all for two handed shooting. I am an advocate however, of shooting with one hand. At each practice session, I shoot mostly two handed, but I do spend time shooting with both my dominant hand and my weak hand. If something were to happen and you were to injure one of your arms/hands and you needed to get a shot off, you had better know that you can shoot accurately and safely using only your weak hand.

One handed shooting with both your dominant and weak hand is great practice in case one hand is injured.

Practice shooting with one hand, it is important!

Get out on the range and watch some of the other shooters. Pay attention to how they grip their pistol. Try out a few variations and see if any feel better than what you are currently doing. Go ahead and ask a friend with a lot of pistol experience to watch your grip while you are shooting. See what feels right; see what improves your accuracy.

Correcting bad mechanics takes time and practice, but it is always worth it. Here is one quick tip that I learned early on and I have done with some of my students as well as with my daughters.

  • Grip your firearm as if you were ready to shoot. Once you are in the proper position with your grip, have a friend draw a straight line, in pen, down your hands from your thumbs to your hands. Each time you re-grip your pistol, make sure that the line is lined up and straight. This will ensure that you are back in the proper position.

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Shooting is a sport of accuracy and we all want to be the best shots we can be. Get out there and practice!