Sheldon Fingerman
NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
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NRA's Three Fundamental Safety Rules:

1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

2. Always Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use it.

Some Interesting Guns To Look At

This is a Beretta 92FS 9mm, the same firearm issued to the US Army. It's extremely reliable but a bit large for concealed carry. A fun gun to shoot and a very pleasing gun to look at, this model is used a lot in the movies and TV because it just looks the part. The Army just switched back to the Colt 1911, however our Armed Forces use a variety of handguns in combat from Sigs to Glocks.

A Ruger LCP, the latest from Ruger and a great concealed firearm. No larger than a deck of cards, this .380 will fit just about anywhere. Unfortunately, many argue that the .380 cartridge, actually a short 9mm, is just not big enough to stop someone. In my opinion a .22 is large enough if you are a good shot, making the .380 arguably big enough. Many police use these as backup guns.

This is the infamous Smith & Wesson Model 36. If you love revolvers this snub nose fires a .38 Special cartridge and will do the job whether carried concealed or hiding in your dresser drawer. Like the LCP, it does take some practice to get accurate with it, but it's a great firearm. Also available as an UltraLite, you can carry one all day and forget you have it with you.


The Ruger Mark III is a very reliable, inexpensive and extremely accurate .22 pistol. It makes a great starter pistol for anyone who doesn't own a gun yet, and it's a lot of fun to take to the range. The fact that it only shoots .22 cartridges makes it inexpensive to shoot and practice with. It's a bit of a puzzle to break down and reassemble for cleaning, but there is a video on the Ruger site to help. The trick is getting the hammer spring in just right spot before closing it up.

This is the worlds smallest handgun. It may look like a toy, but it actually fires tiny cartridges that are loaded into the gun's cylinder. Manufactured by a Swiss company, this little gun won't do as much damage as a BB gun, but it sure makes one heck of a conversation piece.

To see one loaded and fired go to and search for worlds smallest gun.

Dirty Harry would have loved this .50 caliber handgun. This is as big as they get, and the recoil will knock you out cold if you don't hang on tight. People love to shoot these things, maybe just to see flames shoot out the barrel, but while these guns aren't cheap the cost of ammo is sure to send you to the poor farm. Actually, with a scope these monsters are good for hunting and personal protection if a grizzley bear is after you.

This is the new North American Arms .32. A new combination of gun and cartridge which is supposed to pack more punch than a .380. If you look closely at the cartridges you will notice that they are about the same size as a 9mm but crimped to hold a smaller bullet. This allows for a high velocity shot that can do a lot of damage. Reports say this small gun has quite a kick to it, so you might want to try one before you buy.

North American Arms is best known for guns like this small .22 Derringer. Yes, it's a revolver, and yes, it really works. The cylinder must be removed to reload, and the pin that holds the cylinder in place is used to push out the empty shells. While it looks like a toy, it's not the easiest gun to handle due to it's small size and light weight.

This handsome belt buckle is actually an operational North American Arms .22 with aluminum grips and clipped into a belt buckle made for it. While a great way to display your gun, you must check local laws as this buckle blurs the line between open carry and concealed carry. If illegal, the police won't care how cool it looks.


This beauty is a Taurus 1911 .45. This "standard" has been around since, well, 1911. The model 1911 is made by many manufacturers and is a favorite among shooters and collectors. It's also thin enough to make it a very powerful carry piece.  Used by the military and replaced by the Beretta 92 FS, a lot of soldiers were happy to see its return in the form of a Colt.

Much like the Ruger LCP, the Ruger LCR is a small .38 revolver perfect for pocket or purse. Crafted of lightweight aluminum and fiberglass the LCR is available in several encarnations. This one includes laser grips -- just point the dot and fire! You'll also notice that unlike the S&W 36, the hammer on the LCR is completely enclosed so as not to get caught on anything when drawing.

No, this is not a raygun from a Buck Rodgers movie. It's a custom target pistol from Volquartsen, one of the premier suppliers of custom parts and custom guns. Actually, it's a Ruger Mark III .22 all decked out for NRA and Olympic shooting matches. You can buy this baby from Volquartsen and take it straight to a competition, or take your own Mark III and modify it yourself. If you can't hit the target with this pistol it's not the gun.

This is my new replica 1851 Confederate Navy .44 Caliber Revolver. It's a black powder gun, and while it does take some time to load it's a lot of fun to shoot. It's claimed that the Confederates had a shortage of steel, so as you can see a lot of brass was used in the construction of this gun. If you examine the gun closely you can see it has a built in ramrod to seat the ball on top of the powder charge. The Brady Bill does not apply to black powder guns so they can easily be mail ordered. If you decide to get one of these you must follow all the directions that come with it, as both the powder and percussion caps must be handled with extreme care. Also,  minimum and maximum powder loads must be adhered to religiously or your nickname may be "stumpy."

If you ever come across a "real" one from the 1800's please don't shoot it. They can be quite dangerous and some are incredibly valuable. These replicas are cheap, much safer and give you the same experience. And, believe it or not, they clean up in the sink with soap and hot water.

This is the Holy Grail of revolvers: The Colt Peacemaker. Replicas, like the Ruger Vaquero, are the cornerstone of Cowboy Action and Fast Draw shooters around the world. Since the gun can't be fired without cocking the hammer first, the hammer is oversized to make it easier for the shooter. FYI, Fast Draw shooters actually fire wax bullets in competition, which is why nobody has ever been shot in competition. Cowboy Action and Fast Draw are two of the safest sports in the world and growing quickly.

This is probably the ultimate carry piece: Smith & Wesson's snub nose .500. Considering a .500 cartridge is as long as some rifle cartridges and the bullet is one half inch in diameter, this "little" gun can do a lot of damage. It just has one problem -- recoil. A quick trip over to YouTube shows that even professional shooters have a lot of trouble hanging onto this gun, and in one video even two people had trouble hanging on. Let's just say it's a snubnose on steroids.

The .25 caliber Baby Browning you've heard so much about. This is one of their fancier models and is a vintage 1965 made in Belgium, however the new ones are identical in size and function. As you can see from the quarter this is a very small pocket pistol that can be hidden just about anywhere. Just don't mistake it for that cool little cigarette lighter you bought that looks like a gun.

"Ruger." The latest edition to the family. Fires both liquid and solid projectiles.


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