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From Dave E: At what distance do you recommend placing the paper plates for the 3 circles drill?

Answer: The thing is, when you are shooting at paper plates you don’t have to be as concerned with a ricochet as you do with steel. So you can do this drill at multiple distances to practice different scenarios.

For instance, you could start the 3-circle drill at 7 yards and then slowly increase the distance based on how accurately you are shooting and eventually go all the way out to 25 yards.

From Jamie L: We’re past 65 years of age, and as our hands get somewhat more arthritic with time, we wondered what 9mm you’d recommend for older people like us that will be useable for us as we age.

Answer: I would look into the Walther CCP M2 9mm. This pistol has an 8+1 capacity that is well known for having a slide that is very easy to rack back. The pistol also has ideal ergonomics and a framed mounted thumb safety that is simple to operate.

In addition, the CCP uses what Walther calls ‘soft coil’ technology, which basically means that the pistol produces very minimal recoil when fired, compared to competing 9mm’s.

I would rent one of these pistols at your local range to decide if it’s something you are comfortable manipulating. If you decide this pistol is not for you, then I would like into revolvers. (Stick with Ruger and Smith & Wesson when buying a revolver.)

From Paul R: Are funds deposited in credit unions as vulnerable as funds in banks?

Answer: Credit unions and banks differ because credit unions are owned by their customers or members, and banks are owned by their shareholders.

In 2008, during the recession, the rate of commercial bank failures was almost triple that of credit unions and that increased to almost five times the credit union rate in 2010. While the down economy no doubt negatively affected credit unions, they experienced nowhere near the surge of failures seen in the commercial banking industry.

Also, your money deposited into a credit union is insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for up to $250,000, just like a regular bank is backed by the FDIC.

From Bob R: No, no, no, no, no! That’s bad advice. Too many accidental shootings have occurred because some moron was walking around with “one in the pipe”. Too many children have died because they picked up a parent’s loaded/chambered gun and pulled the trigger…

Answer: I believe in responsibly armed gun owners. This means locking up your guns when you’re not carrying them and also knowing the safety rules. Your comment to me shows you’re not an experienced gun owner who trains and that you’ve never been in a dangerous situation or you’d know the importance of always having a loaded gun.

From Frank W: My question is about having a strike plate put on my doors. I saw a demonstration of a strike plate put on a lady’s home and it could not be kicked in. The man demonstrating it was a former crook who is now helping people know how to prevent a break-in.

He really kicked it. He quit after a few kicks because of the noise it was making and he wasn’t getting anywhere. I plan on putting them on anyway, if for no other reason than to give me some sense of security…

Answer: Adding any type of reinforcement to your doors is a smart move and starting with a strike plate is something I would absolutely do. Another thing I recommend is installing some type of door brace such as a product called NightLock.

This device installs on the inside of your door and basically has a steel piece that slides into place preventing the door from opening. The NightLock device sells on Amazon and will also prevent a criminal from easily kicking in your door.

From Brandon C: I have a question about if someone breaks into my home. If someone ever did break in do you recommend to fight, run, or hide?

Answer: I recommend going to a “chokepoint” (one that puts you between the criminal and your family members.) If the criminal tries to get past there, you do what you have to in order to protect your family.

In other words, go to the top of the stairs with your gun and yell at the criminal that you’ve got a gun and to get out of your house. If that criminal decides to rush up your stairs at you, then you have to be ready to stop the threat. (Shoot the guy.)

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