NOVEMBER / DECEMBER '11
Range Bag Tips: First Aid Kit
A small First Aid kit should be included in any range bag. (If you shoot at all you'll use it.) It should include band-aids, disinfectant, burn cream and a small roll of gauze. Slides snapping shut and hammers dropping will occasionally catch skin. Burn cream for fingers too close to the rear of a cylinder catching blowback or a hot cartridge down the front of a shirt. One other item I carry in my bag: QuikClot. See Gunshot Antidote
Traveling with your gun
What are the rules for traveling out of state with your gun?
By Motor Vehicle:
Note: Authorities at New York and New Jersey airports often disregard the Federal protections; travelers traveling through have been arrested. You may want to have your firearm shipped to your destination in these states.
North American Arms Black Widow .22 Mag
You may recall this gun from class. While not my primary carry gun, I occasionally carry it when I need something light and easy. It holds 5 shots of .22 Mag ammo, so a fair amount of firepower in a small package.
2/ Trigger: Rudimentary, no trigger guard.
Note: If you carry in a pocket, make sure it's in a pocket holster. This will prevent it from rotating on you, protect it from keys and coins and hide the outline so it doesn't "print" on you.
When going to the range be sure to bring or buy plenty of targets. The natural tendency is to focus on and save the last few targets as your aim improves and your groups tighten. However, the most important target is your first target showing your first magazine or cylinder load. In a real life shooting situation, your first shots will probably be your only shots.
Worst case scenario: A gunshot wound
The most important thing involving a gunshot is stopping the bleeding until
emergency medical can arrive.