Thursday, March 6, 2014


NRA Women Presented by Smith & Wesson Corp.
NRA Women presented by Smith & Wesson Corp is proud to present the latest Armed & Fabulous profile featuring Brenda, Sara and Eliza Potterfield.  The Potterfield ladies have each grown up behind the trigger. Whether it's hunting, clay target shooting or growing their family business, MidwayUSA, this is one tradition that goes hand in hand with the Potterfield name.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Benefits of Restrictive Gun Laws?

China has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world.  For the second time in recent memory mass murder was committed by knife wielding thugs.  According to reports on Mar 1, 27 were killed and 160 injured in the latest attack.  How many lives might have been saved by a lawfully armed citizen?  We will never know because, like some of our very own states, citizens can not carry a firearm for personal protection.

The incident in Yunnan province is a tragedy.  How many more tragedies must occur before the anti-gun zealots realize that trained armed citizens promote safety for all of us.  I don’t advocate giving just anyone a gun, I do agree with minimal standards, and would like to see training being one of them, and a basic background check to weed out criminals (who probably wouldn’t apply for a permit) and others who shouldn’t be armed for a well-documented reason such as mental illness.  Statistics show that lawfully armed citizens have a damping effect on crime and a lethal effect on criminals.

This attack, and its predecessors, was tragic.  Unfortunately I do not believe it is the last time we will see such headlines.

Friday, February 28, 2014

What is it about edged weapons, aka knives?

I don’t know why, but I like them.  I have several, boot knives, neck knives, folders…


but my favorite are the SOG knives.  It is the quality for the price that attracted me and keeps me coming back.  I’ve carried a Slim Jim model for over a year, it fits in my purse, pocket, even slips into my dress boots.  It is slender but sturdy, easy to flick open, and comes in handy for a variety of things, from cutting open a package to prying a stuck casing out of my gun.  And, in a pinch, self defense.  Knives aren’t my first choice for self defense, because odds are good, if you fight with a knife you will get cut, but gosh, they are better than an empty hand.

 I just got the new SOG Zoom Mini.  LOVE IT!  It is a little more substantial than the Slim Jim, but the assisted thumb opening is amazing.  It is still very compact, just a little wider and heavier.  I like the extra weight, and the grooves for my fingers, as well as a serrated area on the back of the blade to rest the thumb.  It had a push button release to fold back up and a clip that rides high so it virtually disappears in your pocket.  This is my new GO TO.  You never know when you will need a knife, why not have a good one!  You can find SOG knives on Amazon and on the SOG website as well as many retailers. 
Zoom Mini - Slim Jim

NRA Women Presented by Smith & Wesson

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FPF Training March 15/16 in Culpepper Va with Greg Ellifritz

Training Opportunity at FPF
"Ground Fighting: The presentation and practical application of various techniques of reversal and escape for average citizens to augment their pistol and enhance their capacity for self-defense. Protective gear in the form of a cup and glasses recommended, but not required. This class will be conducted indoors at Zamora Boxing Gym in Culpeper from 0900-1600. Cost is $150.
Collapse Medicine:  Best described here: COLLAPSE MEDICINE.  This class will run 0900-1600 at the Culpeper Holiday Inn Express and costs $150.  (Bring extra money, because Greg sells top notch first aid gear, at nearly his cost, right after the class.)  Cost is $150. 
Registration is available at my nifty new website:"