10 Things You May Not Know About Guns

… Chicago is trying to get a handle on fatal shootings that have fueled an increased homicide rate, and the city and some suburbs are conducting gun buyback events this weekend.

Here is a link to a really cool story in the Chicago Tribune.

10 Thing You Might Not Know About Guns

I am relatively new to concealed carry and struggling with the idea of having to use my weapon against someone. However, I will not hesitate to defend my family or loved ones.

That is what I am having a hard time with. Jesus teaches us to love thy neighbor and turn the other cheek. How can I justify resorting to violence while following the Almighty? My internal struggle includes already having made the decision to defend rather than to flee and forgive.

I was reading Kathy’s Cornered Cat as a source for finding a good home self defense handgun option for my 75 year old mother. Kathy mentions “but you also have trouble retracting the slide of a semi-auto, consider looking at the Beretta handguns with tilt-up barrels. These semi-automatic designs eliminate the need to pull back the slide.” What Beretta models does this refer to?

Like on her website, I don’t want to just tell her which gun she needs, it needs to be her choice. But I wanted to get a few reasonable options for her to choose from.

One of Several Excellent Replies – I am never happy with: “Get a little gun for the little lady.”

That said, Jean (now 70) also has trouble working the slide of .380 semi-autos.

She can do our Kel-Tec P3AT, but just barely. Nevertheless, it’s her preferred carry piece.

One thing most of us forget is the revolver.

Using two hands correctly, and with practice, it is possible to thumb-cock and single-action-fire a modern .38 Special revolver almost as quickly as anyone can shoot a semi-auto. (The support hand’s thumb does the cocking.)

If the revolver is not short-barreled and not too light-weight, and its grip (shape and material) is carefully chosen, a .38 Special revolver can be fairly comfortable to shoot effectively with good control.

You might consider this for your mother.