Okay I do have to brag about my husband a little ;)! He has joined the world of being a Facebook admin on Stevens Fun Page of Shooting!! But the real reason is because he has taught me not to be afraid of guns. I grew up around guns. My dad was a hunter. I was always around them but I never handled them. My brother learned how to shoot at a real young age and I remember shooting a shotgun once at my grandmothers ranch and it knocked me back so hard that I never wanted to shoot a gun again. Well that all changed when I met my husband. I started off small with a pink stun gun that is 800,000 volts. But then my husband bought me my very own gun a Rugger 380. Small and compact gun, easy to carry in your purse, and he even painted it pink for me. He took me out to the shooting range several times and I would shoot his AR-15 and my pistol. I was still scared and nervous when we would go. I was wearing a low cut shirt one time at the range and a hot shell fell into my cleavage and left a burn mark in the perfect shape of a bullet! You would think I would of learned my lesson but no, I wore a low shirt again and the same thing happened another time! I know now to cover your cleavage when shooting!!! 

So I went through a few pregnancies and kind of steered away from the guns while I was pregnant, but in between pregnancies I would go shoot. Well now that we have had our final, sixth child, I have been trying to go shooting as much as I can. I am feeling more confident. He has taught me so much and I am slowly gaining trust in myself to handle a gun on my own. 

We sit and clean our guns together sometimes, him more than me because he uses his guns more, but when I clean mine with him, he shows me what oils and cleaners to use and which tools are for what. I compare it to my sewing machine, when you have to clean the inside of the bobbin case! If I tried to take my gun apart and put it back together on my own I believe I can do it now. He is usually there to help me though. While we clean he tells me about how to hold the gun, how to load it, how to tell if its loaded and ready to shoot, just giving me tips and I try not to forget them. One I remember is indexing. It is keeping your finger off the trigger and pointed strait out until read to shoot. 

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We got the first part of getting our concealed handgun licences last month and we both passed! It was a six hour class and 50 rounds on the range. I passed with a 188, with 175 being the passing score. 
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The class by Coastal Bend CHL & Tactical was very informative and the instructor, Joe Phillips was cool as hell. The test was a whole lot easier than I thought it would be. I learned a whole lot from the class and a lot I had already learned from my husband. I don’t get to go shooting as much as I would like, because I am usually home with the kids, but my husband takes the older kids with him. Our oldest daughter kind of doesn’t really have an interest in them, but our six year old daughter does and of course our teenage son as well!

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We have a total of eight guns I think. I can not name them all but I will try… 2 Rugger 380s, an SKS, AR-15, another Ruger, a 9MM, a .22 and 2 shotguns. They are all locked away in a large gun safe and one is locked in a mini safe in our office. My husband has bullet proof vests, high LED flashlights, ammo, and a ton of other stuff that I am not too familiar with yet.  He says if he needs to protect his family he wants to be prepared. You never know what is going to happen.
Here is my hubby on Halloween 2012

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But it is true. You never know when you are going to get mugged, or when someone is going to let loose a 1000 rounds in a McDonalds. Wouldn’t you rather have a gun to defend yourself and loved ones in that time of need. I could go into government retaliation, natural disasters, nuclear war but I won’t this time. But if that happened you should be prepared, have food on hand, and protect the looters who will try to take your belongings. 

I am now against gun control when before I thought guns were evil little objects that randomly shot people on their own. I am happy to be halfway done with my C.H.L. and I can not wait till I can legally carry my gun (and hopefully its a new pretty pink one) in my purse and feel safe no matter where I am at, at all times and my children will be protected!

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