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Want a Gun-Free Zone? Tennessee Says That’s on You: LITERALLY – Bearing Arms

Want a Gun-Free Zone? Tennessee Says That’s on You: LITERALLY


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Why Women Hate Guns, Listen Up Guys!

Why Women Hate Guns – USCCA Concealed Carry Expo Seminar by Beth Alcazar –

New look soon!

I have been sort of quiet for a reason. I have been working behind the scenes on a new website, our final website home.

I am so excited to share it with the world, as it truly represents Live Love Load.

More to come soon!

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My children and my guns: Being the parent –

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Guns: Pink or No Pink?

I have always liked the color pink and I have no issue with it. I have no issues with any color. It is the gender assignment and stereotypes I have major issues with. The idea that pink represents a weaker position than blue and women are weak, whiny, high-maintenance and unable to be taken seriously.

While we do have the pink and coral shirts for men, the ‘macho’ men who have to elevate themselves above others to feel superior, wouldn’t be caught dead in a pink shirt. In the shooting world, I have found certain men take themselves super serious. The ‘operator’ types wear the 5.11 tactical clothing 24/7 and will pocket dump an arsenal that shows he is prepared for ANYTHING. 2fab8914a47894f3ebaaa039a8f1d530

I secretly love the cranberry colored guns, which I feel are different and fun. The fact I am showing Ruger guns doesn’t mean anything, they are just readily available in these colors.

I am not a flashy type but I do like to customize. I have been afraid to purchase a colored gun because if I decide I don’t like it, I’m stuck with that color. Whereas if you get a black gun you can get it cerakoted to what you want or get a gun skin.


Personally I think I love this Victory skin, especially for my Glock 17. As you can see there isn’t much pink options available unless you want camo.

I realized my hesitation about pink firearms was more about my perception of what others would think of me if I wanted a pink firearms versus the reality. I am a woman, I have choices and my choice has nothing to do with anything else other than it is what I choose. A pink Glock 17 will shoot the same as a black Glock 17. The color of a firearms just allows you to customize your tool, an opportunity for others to make money (cerakote, duracoat, and other aftermarket finishers). Gun makers are making colors available to their consumers to entice them to buy theirs over another gun makers. It is all about money. It has nothing to do with being weak, whiny, or high-maintenance.

Men who hand a woman a pink gun over the gun counter has nothing to do with the woman standing there, it says a whole lot about the man. I am writing this because I struggle with this, but have since realized no matter the color, a man is handing a gun over to me because he wants me to buy it. His attitudes about women has nothing to do with me or you, but him. Then you have to decide whether the customer service is up to par with your expectations. GRIN Believe me I have walked away!

Ladies, we are consumers. They want our money. Make your choices based on what you want and make the counter-help work for you. I do ask that you consider buying for function and reliability first and color lastly. A cute gun that isn’t reliable isn’t going to do anything for you.



The .380 Decision

c51dd68eb6682bc7f6793db883bc4fb1I am not a .380 type. To be fair, I haven’t shot one but I have heard about the recoil and the guns themselves are small. I’d rather have a good handle on my single stack 9mm than not have a firm grip on a .380. HOWEVER, since I will eventually be teaching others, I want a variety of calibers for new shooters to experience. In the past shopping for a firearm, I cannot tell you how many times I was handed a pink .380 pistol. Not these days, I will tell you what I am looking for, straight away.

I am torn between a Glock 42, Ruger LCP, and Walther PK380. Capacity is 6+1 except for the Walther, which has capacity for 8!


The Glock 42

PROS: Easy to dismantle. Simple operation. Reliable. Customizable. Comes with TWO magazines (super plus!)

CONS: No manual safety for beginners. I have heard bad reviews of this model, stating failures to feed and eject.

Barrel Length 3.25″
Height 4.13″
Width .94″
Weight (unloaded)


.86 lbs.




The Ruger LCP

PROS: Dependable, used by law enforcement as a BUG (back up gun). Tons of accessories available, common choice. Very ergonomical. Very slim profile, easy to conceal.

CONS: Comes with ONE magazine (C’mon Ruger, get with the program!!!) No manual safety.

Weight 9.4 oz (270 g)
Length 5.16 in (131 mm)
Barrel length 2.75 in (70 mm)
Width .82 in (21 mm)


3.6 in (91 mm)

$399-419 *Found at $199 online at Palmetto State Armory


walther-pk380-pistolThe Walther PK380

PROS: Best ergonomics! Feels good in the hand. 8 ROUNDS! Manual safety for beginners.

CONS: A little heavier, tiny bit larger than Glock 42 or Ruger LCP. Take down tool needed. ONE magazine again?! Walther, get with the program!!
After further consideration: too big for a .380, just get a 9mm- they are the same size.

Weight 22.4 oz (0.64 kg)
Length 6.5 in (17 cm)
Barrel length 3.66 in (9.3 cm)
Width 1.2 in (3.0 cm)


5.2 in (13 cm)

$379-$419 (with laser)


If I was looking to purchase for my own personal use, I would include the Remington RM380. I have heard nothing but good things about it and it comes with TWO magazines and is significantly less than the Glock 42.

Which do I choose? All are great firearms, truly…but for the classroom use, price reigns king and I cannot refuse a $199 price tag for a Ruger LCP at Palmetto State Armory. Unless there’s a better deal at the gun show…which there WAS!

Keep in mind when ordering online, you have shipping and taxes still, but if you have gun show come your way, you can get specialized prices if you look hard and can get the vendor to agree. I picked up a new Ruger LCP in Kryptek Neptune for only $219.00 out the door. Yes, out the door, no taxes, no other costs. If I had ordered from Palmetto State Armory, there would have been more taxes and I would end up paying close to $240 or above. This little bugger is tiny, I can put her in my pocket. I can see the easily to conceal likeability but we’ll see more after I shoot her. There is no manual safety but a good holster solves that.




Practice Makes Perfect Granny Says

Working at a gun range I see all kinds of things, as you can imagine. Week after week, I see the same people over and over again and I know they are becoming better marksmen whether that is their intention or not. I realize some come in just to shoot and have a little range […]

via Yes, It Takes Repetition — The Packin’ Granny