* Editors note: TOWNHALL News Editor Katie Pavlich is participating in a multi-day firearms training course at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. Stay tuned for daily dispatches. This is the fifth dispatch. As the dispatches accumulate, they'll all be available here.
PAULDEN, Ariz. - “We will teach you how to save your life.”
Now that my carbine training is complete (for now), I’m onto my defensive pistol class.
We started Monday at 8 a.m. by saying the pledge of allegiance. We were given a Gunsite defensive pistol student manual, a name tag, a pen, an American flag pin with the Gunsite logo in the middle and a mini Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America. Obviously at this place, amendment number two is the most popular.
Before hitting the range, I along with over 20 other students, were given two hours of lecture time inside of a classroom. We again went over the four rules of gun safety:
ALL guns are always loaded.
NEVER let the muzzle cover anything which you are not willing to destroy.
Keep you finger OFF the trigger until your sights are on the target.
ALWAYS be sure of your target.
(Photo: Jane Anne Shimizu)
Most of the students in the class are using semi-automatic 9 mm or .45 caliber handguns, just one person is using a revolver. I’m using a 9 mm Glock, which is semi-automatic. The advantage to using a semi-automatic handgun for self-defense or carry is that it can hold more rounds and is easily re-loadable. The problem is, there is more potential for malfunction, jams and failure. Revolvers on the other hand typically hold only five rounds, but are nearly fail proof when it comes to malfunctions. Like anything else, every firearm has its tradeoffs.
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.