Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Colorado
Shooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Colorado, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Colorado, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.
There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used.
New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Colorado?
It can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Colorado who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:
A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Colorado. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.
Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Colorado
A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Colorado and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.
A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Colorado, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.
This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Colorado that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!
The Colorado State Constitution States: “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.”
Colorado has become a state divided on the issue of Gun Control and an example of a political party’s agenda overriding not only what the citizens want but also what the majority of law enforcement officials want. Cleary the legislature acted on behalf of its own internal agendas and did not act for the will of the people. So far several elected legislatures (Democrats) are facing recall elections, and fifty four (54) elected sheriffs have not only gone publicly in opposition to the recently imposed gun control laws they have banded together to file a federal civil lawsuit against two gun-control bills passed by the Colorado legislature.
Various citizen groups in Colorado are fighting back to preserve their 2nd amendment rights; The issue committee Citizens for a Safer Colorado went so far as to file an initiative to amend the Colorado constitution to repeal the gun control laws passed by the legislature in March of 2013, and to prevent the legislature from ever passing such laws again. The initiative, if approved, would in future refer such measures to a vote of the people.
Because the Colorado constitution already protects the right to bear arms, many feel that the legislature’s actions, influenced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and orchestrated by Senate President John Morse, are unconstitutional. The pending federal lawsuits will be watched by all other states and the US Congress.
A handful of Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado face recall petition efforts in what looks to be the first wave of fallout over legislative votes to limit gun rights. In an era in which recall efforts are booming, from governor's offices down to town councils and school boards, the Colorado efforts will serve as the first test of gun-rights groups' ability to punish elected officials who expanded gun control laws. Three Democratic Colorado state legislatures are facing recall.
"Colorado seems to be the testing ground for some of the gun measures, so this has national implications,"
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Democratic Senate President John Morse; The first-ever recall election of a lawmaker in Colorado history is moving forward after the secretary of state's office announced that organizers submitted more than enough valid signatures from voters upset with his support for the passage of this year's gun control laws.
In Colorado the citizens are not happy when their elected officials disregard the will of the people, as such a recall effort is also underway targeting Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) the effort has moved forward when enough gathered petition signatures were verified by the Colorado secretary of state's office. In a recent quote by a Colorado pro-gun group; “Giron’s disregard for the majority of her constituents to vote no on anti-Second Amendment issues and her general disregard of our Constitution and the rights of the citizens of Colorado demonstrates she must be removed from the Senate,”.
Both Angela Giron and Colorado Senate President John Morse face potential recalls after gun rights group file recall petitions with the state. Both legislators are defiant and refuse to resign. It is now a test of the will of the people against self-serving career liberal politicians who allowed themselves to be influenced by out of state organizations and did not take the time to listen to their own constituency..
In defiance of the Colorado state legislature a small town on Colorado is sending a strong message; As much of the nation continues to debate gun control and as Colorado gets ready to implement sweeping new gun control laws just passed in the latest legislative session, one small town in southwest Colorado has decided to go in the opposite direction by passing an ordinance that makes gun ownership mandatory. Nucla, Colorado, about 50 miles south of Grand Junction and with a population of less than 1,000, recently passed an ordinance on a 5-1 vote which requires a head of a household to own a gun. It may be nothing more than symbolic yet history has taught us that great things can come from very humble beginnings.
A rural Colorado school board has given two of its top administrators a new title: Security Officer, a title which grants the administrators the ability to legally carry guns in schools and effectively bypasses Colorado's gun laws. Dove Creek and the Dolores County School District a small rural community in the southwest corner of the state voted to give Superintendent Bruce Hanks and Assistant Superintendent Ty Gray the authority to carry firearms in school because the district is so small they couldn't afford to hire a full-time security officer.
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