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As of July 29th, 2010 you may carry a firearm discreetly without a permit. More at this link

Here are some things to consider:
1. You do NOT have reciprocity outside of this state, or 31 other states.
2. You may NOT carry concealed in a bar or restaurant.
3. You WILL still have to go through a background check with the FBI when purchasing a firearm.


Q: How often should I practice?

A: Perfect practice is extremely important. If you are not doing something correctly you are just reinforcing a bad habit, therefore it's harder to correct. When you practice carrying concealed, you should be able to draw your gun and fire within 2 seconds. Now that's practice!! Practice builds proficiency, confidence and increases your muscle memory.

Q: Should I let someone else tell me what kind of gun I should buy?

A: NO! Would you buy a pair of shoes without first trying them on? Of course not. My recommendations to you would be to take a basic handgun class. See what your options are. Go to a range where you can rent different guns (revolvers and semi-autos) and see which you prefer.

Then concentrate on which caliber you are most comfortable with, making sure your finger can reach the trigger comfortably. Also take into consideration the price of ammo because you will be practicing a lot.

Please don’t rush yourself in your choice, because once you make your decision, the gun cannot be returned like a pair of shoes just because they didn’t fit correctly.

The confidence you will gain in making your own decision will be so gratifying. You will be amazed on how much this journey will teach you. After your purchase just have fun, shoot much and as often as possible.

Q: I just got my Concealed Carry Permit, how should I carry it in my purse?

A: If you must carry a purse, make sure you purchase a purse with a separate compartment just for your gun. It is never safe to put your gun in with the other items of your purse. If something were to get into the trigger with enough force it could go off.

Make sure it fits in the compartment and will slide out easily and quickly. Also make sure there is a zipper with a lock for additional safety if needed. NEVER LEAVE YOUR PURSE UNATTENDED!!

When you carry your purse put your head through the strap, not just over your shoulder. Carrying it over your shoulder will leave you open for someone to grab and run with it.

**NOTE: I am not someone in favor of purses. I personally feel the risk is too great for theft. Having worked in an office with all the proper attire I understand the dilemma. Try keeping it in a locked drawer at work, and keep the key on you at all times. Make sure you do not mention to anyone at all that you have a gun at all; it’s not their business. Your employer may not allow your gun on the premises at all, which will leave you with other decisions to make.

Q: How do I get my gun to the range if I don’t have a Concealed Carry Permit?

A: First of all check the gun laws in your state if not in Arizona. The simplest way for anyone without his or her CCW is to put the UNLOADED gun into a gun rug, range bag, or the case it came in. Place it on the back seat and keep ammo separate. If using a range bag, put gun in a gun rug and ammo separate.

Q. How often should you clean your gun?

A. Every time you go shooting..

Q. How often should I oil my gun?

A. Very lightly every time you clean. To much oil will gather additional dust especially in AZ and could cause malfunction.

Q. How often will I have to renew my CCW permit? Do I have to take another class?

A. The new laws are every five years to renew and no more renewal classes. By late September the law will not have you doing fingerprints for your renewal either.

Q. What is your opinion of the light weight revolvers, since I am thinking of purchasing one?

A. Since you are asking my opinion, this is what I think. I do believe that light weight revolvers have their place in the shooting world. I do not think they are great for women as their primary gun to purchase. As a back-up gun it’s perfect. The salesman will give you all the arguments of they are light and easy to carry for personal protection.

This may be true but he will not tell you how horrible it is to shoot. Because it is so light the recoil in your hand hurts with every pull of the trigger. I had one lady shoot her lightweight revolver for the first time and by the time she did her second shot she was in tears.

If you want to have fun shooting with your gun, purchase something with some weight. If possible find a place where you can shoot several rentals first to get the idea of which is more comfortable.

National Rifle Association - https://home.nra.org/

Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association - http://www.asrpa.com/index.html

Heller Case Gun Laws - https://www.gunlaws.com/hc.htm

Medical I.D.
A free medical ID card is available at this link.

Fill in your information, print the document, cut out your Medical ID with scissors or cutting board and get your ID laminated for storage and attach to your range bag.

If your web browser does not allow you to fill in your information online, print the form and fill in by hand.

Patsy, Kim, Debbie and I are practicing hard for the Washington Birthday Military Match Feb. 18, 2018. We might be the first all women rifle team! The match starts at 7:30 am until about 4 pm, and it would be great to see some of you at the High Power range.
Here is the photo we took of Marci and Larry Welton the winners of the beautiful quilt we raffled off. Marci was so excited when I told her she had won.

Marci and Larry Welton run some of the shotgun competitions out at Ben Avery. So I guess you could say we kept the quilt in the shooting family and close to home! Congratulations Guys!

This quilt is going to be raffled off starting at the Ben Avery Expo, April 2nd and 3rd, 2016.

Listen to Carol's interviews:

-BBC News; Arizona shooting: Would more guns save lives?
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"I was touched by this letter from the White River School
on the Apache Reservation"

Dear Mrs. Ruh,

I'm compelled to write to you today, because of the quality experience I had at your facility. I felt welcomed by you and your staff from the very moment of arrival, on the property. The hospitality we received was friendly and of great service to us.

The experience was 'one of a kind', and from what I was able to grasp from the overall ambiance of the place, it was truly amazing!

Thank you for the excellent day of training that you and your staff provided for myself, my son Joshua, my brother Jeddo, my father Jimmy, the staff, and students of Theodore Roosevelt School.

Thank you for refreshing our safety awareness, by enlightening us on firearms safety rules. By extending your knowledge to us, it has greater reshaped our lives and the way we will view the art of shooting firearms.

Personally, it was therapeutic and revitalizing for me to experience the informative process of teaching and training, as well as, the opportunity to go out on the shooting range and shoot at targets.

As a first time participant, I felt like the staff was well prepared and the overall clinic seemed organized and structured from the very beginning. I felt well informed and prepared to go out on the shooting range to try my new found knowledge.

Shooting was a very unique experience for me. The energy released, stimulated all my senses. It was invigorating to feel focused and confident.

It takes several talents to simultaneously coach different skill levels, and leave all the students feeling that they received your attention.

You and your staff helped us all so much, and it definitely did wonders for our level of self confidence.

The lessons were of tremendous benefit, and I know we all left the range feeling exhilarated, ready to go on learning and improving.

Thank you, also, for the education in sighting-in our rifles, and helping us to better understand the trajectory and velocity of shooting a rifle. The seriousness of gun safety and personal responsibility was conveyed in a positive way, yet never loosing sight of how much fun it can be, to be out on the shooting range.

I enjoyed receiving guidance and supervision from such talented, well-rounded individuals, who appeared to be very passionate about their interest and expertise in the art of shooting firearms.

Please extent my appreciation and thanks to the rest of your staff, for their time and effort, put forth, on our behalf. Thank you, once again, for such a great experience. I will never forget it.

Suzanne Skeet

Dear Carol,

Just wanted to let you know how very much I enjoyed your class.
You are a great instructor and have a very easy manner about you which helps those of us who are trying to learn the art of handling a handgun.

I wish also to have you thank Mike, the man in black, for all of his assistance. I came back on Friday and practiced. Mike was very helpful. Please let him know that I have been practicing right thumb over left.

Sandy Wagner

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