If you have ever been hesitant about training with a firearm, read Sarah’s article. Find someone you trust, someone knowledgable and patient, and try a day at the range. You just might like it!
Archive for Beauty
A very talented man from Charleston, West Virginia has used his considerable skills to craft an old fashioned muzzle loaded pistol completely from wood. This includes the barrel, trigger, springs – every tiny detail made from wood. Granted, it cannot be actually fired, but it can be cocked. Arlie Hubbard created this beautiful piece of art. Read about all the details here in the West Virginia Gazette.
To follow the entire series on my custom rifle build, click here. (The most recent will at the top of the page.)
I need your opinion! I am having a disagreement with my rifle mentor about something I actually know about – coordinating colors. I have decided to get a McMillan Stock, likely the A3, but before I can order it, I need to choose the finish and colors for the stock. Even if you do not know ANYTHING about a rifle, you can help me with this one. McMillan uses a process where they take three colors of resin (in percentages specified by the customer) and swirl it. The effect looks somewhat like a marble pattern, and is pretty. They have 27 colors to choose from – so this is one area where you really get to make it “personal”.
The photo above is from the McMillan website with some examples of their most popular color combinations so you can get an idea of what the finished product looks like. They make it very clear, no stock will look the same when it is finished, even if a customer orders two stocks, with the same percentages of the same colors, and the same person at McMillan makes them at the same time — they will look different (due to the swirling).
“Performance and accuracy of a high powered tactical rifle are the most important things, but a lady needs a stock that is beautiful as well as accurate!”
In the top picture you will see four color combinations. One is the combination I want, and one is the combination my mentor thinks I should get. The other two are just ideas. I am not going to tell you which is which. Please comment below and tell me which of the four combination colors is your favorite (and if you feel like it, tell me why – I would love to know!)
Performance and accuracy of a high powered tactical rifle are the most important things, but a lady needs a stock that is beautiful as well as accurate!
Fate of Destinee posted a video today that blew me away. She discussed what it is like sometimes at the range or gun stores when you are a woman. I discussed this on the Heels and Handguns FB page a week or so ago. Do not get me wrong on this one – I have dealt with so many good people and am learning from the nicest men I know. It is just interesting how, even during this female renissance, where women are hungry for knowledge and doors are opening everywhere, that so many pre-existing assumptions are still made. Take a few minutes and watch her video and let me know what you think.
“Ladies started out doing Tupperware parties, but all that did was keep us stuck in the kitchen. Now you get a CHL (concealed handgun licensed) instructor and have a pistol party,” said Amy Graves of Bond Arms. The gun industry is having a banner year – due very much to women. Read more about some of the fantastic women doing more than their part to empower women and welcome them to the world of gun ownership in this article.
One of my friends, Spencer, on the Heels and Handguns Facebook page pointed me to this video, and it is amazing. I just had to share it. As the cannon in her hands goes off for the first time, Destinee declared, “Hot Damn!” My thoughts exactly.
Inquiring minds want to know: Will a handgun make a man look taller? I can tell you, the answer is YES! In an actual scientific study, it has been concluded that a handgun does make a man look taller, more muscular, and overall larger in body size. (Like any of us needed one more reason to go get a gun!)
In one part of the study, participants (panel A) rated the height and size of men holding a 45 caliber handgun, a drill, a small handsaw, and a caulking gun. Another group of participants (panel B) rated the height, size, and muscularity of men holding a .357 caliber handgun, a drill, a large handsaw, and a caulking gun. A third group of participants (panel C) rated the height, size, and muscularity of men holding a kitchen knife, a paintbrush, and a toy squirt gun. In this study, the photographs presented to participants in color, were resized so that the objective dimensions of each hand displayed on the participant’s computer screen remained constant across all images.
The results did show that the men holding the handgun were estimated to be taller than the men holding the drill, the small handsaw, and the caulking gun. There could be deeper psychology at work here. When a man is taller in our society, they are perceived to be more successful, and generally have an easier time ascending up the career ladder. Does this type of bias have anything to do with this study? Looking at people holding all these items, would the power of the gun verses the power of a home improvement tool lead you toward thinking the one with the gun was taller, because in a fight they would likely be victorious?
Knowing that an individual possesses a potentially lethal object, be it a handgun or a kitchen knife, led the U.S. participants to generally conceptualize the target individual as taller and larger in overall body size and muscularity.
Ok, the next question is for the ladies: Do you think that high heels AND a hand gun will make a lady look taller? (I can tell you the answer to THIS question is yes! We do not need a study on that one.)
This study was conducted by Daniel M. T. Fessler, Colin Holbrook, and Jeffrey K. Snyder for the Department of Anthropology and Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture, University of California in Los Angeles, CA see the entire report and their findings here.
Wealthy folks these days might be said to be “well heeled”, but there are a couple other origins of this phrase that are far more in line with the theme of this site:
- Having a heel, or spur.
- Equipped with a weapon
The picture shows Model Olga Kostiantynivna Kurylenko, the Bond Girl in 2008′s “Quantum of Solace”. She is definitely “Well Heeled”, in more ways than one.
When Rafael Caro-Quintero, a infamous Mexican drug lord, was arrested in 1985, the authorities took this beautiful Colt .45 as evidence. It’s inscription commemorates the World War II in the Pacific. A beautiful weapon like this is far too good to be in the hands of evil. If one of the readers of this blog wins the $500+ Mega Millions Lotto on Friday night, all I ask is this sparkly, powerful pistol. After all – Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend!