Pro gun rights legislation: State Representative Gordon Klingenshmitt (R-15), has introduced House Bill 1127 that would grant immunity from civil liability to places of business which recognize gun owner’s right to self-defense by respecting their right to carry a concealed firearm on the property. This bill has been assigned to the Colorado House Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs. No hearing date has been set yet.
Occasionally, we see a shooter on the range who is unfamiliar with semi-auto pistols and how they operate. They insert a loaded magazine into the pistol, aim at the target and try to press the trigger. Nothing happens. Most of them realize that they should also “run” or “rack” the slide to strip the first round off the magazine and load it into the chamber. This procedure also cocks the hammer or internal striker, ready to be released when the trigger is pressed. However, many shooters don’t realize that to do this efficiently and successfully, they need to mimic the way the pistol operates during the actual firing, ejection and loading sequence. If they ease the slide forward slowly, it often results in a failure to feed the cartridge into the chamber properly (a jam). I describe the correct procedure as being like a bow and arrow: With the gun pointed downrange, finger off the trigger, pull the slide all the way to the rear with the support hand (left hand for a right-handed shooter) and let it go. This should correctly strip the top cartridge off the magazine and load it into the chamber at the rear end of the barrel. With the manual safety in the “off” position, the pistol will now fire when the trigger is pressed.
I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon in the past two and a half decades that I’ve been teaching basic firearms classes. It begins when the students bring their own guns to class. Invariably, one of the ladies walks in with a pistol that is either a four pound, nine-inch barrel, .50 caliber hand cannon designed to bring down low flying dinosaurs, or it’s an ultra light, compact semi-auto pistol with short grips, teeny sights and a heavy duty recoil spring that makes it difficult to run the slide to load the first round into the chamber.
When I tactfully inquire why they chose that particular pistol they usually answer, “My husband got it for me.” This is not the best way to introduce your wife (or anyone else) to pistol shooting. Instead, try starting out with a pistol or revolver chambered for the highly popular .22 Long Rifle cartridge. It’s accurate, has low recoil and muzzle blast and the ammunition is the cheapest out of all the handgun cartridges. At Shoot Indoors we currently have a .22 revolver and a few different models of .22LR semi-autos for rental on our range.