North American Arms Minis

21 03 2013

This post originally published on Ladies in Camo:  http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2013/03/20/north-american-arms-minis-diane/

Everyone is looking for the perfect concealed carry weapon these days.  Me included!  I had been carrying a semi-automatic pistol with laser sight, it should have been a good firearm for me, but it wasn’t.  I hated shooting it, and I would have been hard pressed to hit anything with it, let alone a person.  But last Fall I found the perfect carry weapon for me.  A friend of ours was visiting, and as always, talk turned to guns.  It turned out he had the same semi-auto as me, and he thought as little of it as I did.  He showed me what he had found; a North American Arms 22 Magnum Mini Revolver with a Holster Grip.  He let me try it out, and it was LOVE at first shot!  I went through an entire box of 22 mag shells, and was hitting the target right from the start.  By the time I was done, I knew I had to have this revolver.

shooting reviews 268I started to look around to buy one, and found out that they were flying off the shelves.  I was disappointed, but undeterred.  I would own one!  It took a while, but I finally was able to purchase mine.  I took it home, and just started shooting it.  It is a fun gun to shoot, but it will also get the job done if needed for protection.  Anyone who came over to visit would get my unadulterated gushing of how much I love this revolver, and of course we would go out to shoot it often.  It did not take long, before 9 of our family and friends are now carrying a mini revolver from North American Arms.

I was recently at a Sportsman’s Expo, and talking to one of the vendors.  We got talking about CCW, and of course I shared my opinion.  He surprised me by pulling the exact revolver I was talking about, out of his pocket.  It is his carry choice also!  Just for the record, he does not sell guns, he is just is as impressed by them as I am.

shooting reviews 202There are many different models to choose from, but the favorite models for me are my original 22 Mag 1 5/8″ Barrel with Holster Grip, and my newest 22 Magnum 1 1/8″ Barrel with Conversion Cylinder.   This one comes with a 22 long rifle conversion cylinder, which makes it very economical to shoot for fun.  I tricked this one out with Simulated Pearl Grip in Burgundy, which looks purple to me, and makes this a very attractive gun to own.  My husband says it is now a women’s gun, and he is right!  There is no reason it can’t look good while it protects.  Both of these have a 5 shot cylinders.

Mother's Day is just around the corner!  Hint, Hint!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Hint, Hint!

All of the North American Arms Mini-Revolvers have a half way notch cylinder that lets the hammer rest securely without fear of being accidentally discharged.

They have an ankle holster that Velcro’s into place, and is surprisingly comfortable.  I have tried other ankle holsters, and they usually bite into your ankle, or chaff your skin.  Worn under blue jeans, this would be completely concealed.

The Holster Grip model has a clip molded right onto the grip, makes it easy to wear clipped to your waistband, belt or even into your western boots.  When closed the Holster Grip covers the trigger completely, so it cannot be shot at all until quickly opened.

shooting reviews 247I also have the .380 ACP with ILS (Integral Locking System) Guardian, although my daughter ends up with this one more often than I do.  It fits her well, and she is extremely accurate with it.  The Guardian 380 ACP model is a very popular concealed carry weapon. It boasts stopping power packed into a small package that fits easily in your purse or pocket.  NAA also carries an Inside the Pant, English Bridle leather holster made just for it.

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Leann killing the target with the .380

If you are looking for a CCW, look at North American Arms.  Better yet, shoot one!

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The Inside the Pant Holster

 

Contact your nearest gun shop to buy your mini revolver, or to order one.

380 ACP with ILS Guardian, model NAA-380GUARDS; MSRP $$479.00

22 MAG 1 1/8″ Barrel  with Conversion Cylinder, model NAA-22MSC; MSRP $254.00

22 MAG 1 5/8″ Barrel with Holster Grip, model NAA-22M-HG; MSRP $249.00

Inside the Pant, English Bridle Holster, model HIP-380D; MSRP $41.00

Ankle Holster Rough, model HAR; MSRP $20.00

Simulated Pearl Grip-Burgundy, model GPL-M-PR; MSRP $40.00

http://northamericanarms.com/

Stock Photo Credit:  North American Arms

Photo Credit:  Diane Hassinger

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South African Preparation with Safari Press

21 03 2013

This post originally was published on Ladies in Camo;  http://ladiesincamo.com/licpr/2013/03/20/south-african-preparation-with-safari-press/

I have a South African hunting trip coming up soon, so I have been doing my best to get prepared.  Safari Press publishes some great reference items for this trip, including; The Perfect Shot, The Perfect Shot Mini Edition, The Perfect Shot Plains Game Targets, The Perfect Shot Big Five Targets and Ask the Namibian Guides Book.

the perfect shot

I started studying The Perfect Shot books, by Kevin Robertson, as soon as we decided we were going to make the trip. The kill zone of the South African animal is somewhat different than what we are used to in our North American animals.  I wanted to make sure that every shot I take will be placed properly for the cleanest most ethical kill that I am capable of.  There is a lot of good information in these books also, regarding the habitat, anatomy, sexing the animal, calibers of gun and care for the cape following the shot.  This book also comes in a Mini Edition, which while it does not have the volume of information as it’s big brother, it has the animals pictures, along with their ghost view, which allows you to see all the vital organs positioning, so your shot will count!  Plus the mini edition can be packed much easier, and will be going with us for reference at the lodge!

I practice shooting year round, so I have confidence in my shot placement, my guns and my ability.  Safari Press and Kevin Robertson have made it possible for you to take that one step further.  There are sets of targets that allow you to shoot the plains game or big five animals of your choice.  These targets, like the books, show the picture of the animal on one side, and after you shoot you turn the sheet over to see what organs your shots would have come into contact with.

I practiced with the Springbok target, I set up 39 yards away, which should have simulated a real shot of about 100 yards.  That is the distance our professional hunter said would be the most common.  They give you different ranges to simulate different distances.  I shot the picture side 5 times, and when I turned it over, I have 5 heart shots!  Right where I wanted to be!  We will be practicing on all of the targets in the weeks to come, so we will be hunting prepared.

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ask the namibian guidesThe Ask the Namibian Guide book by Diana Rupp, features a lot of pertinent questions asked directly to a host of professional hunters.  Topics are diverse, and include packing, gun caliber, size of hunting grounds, local attractions, what to expect during the hunt and even whether you can wear camouflage during your trip; a lot of outfitters request you do not.  It was nice to see the cross reference of opinions.  Now I feel I can use the information they gave, and make an educated opinion of my own.  I will be leaving the camo at home, since I want my clothing to do double duty, both as street clothes and as hunting clothes.  All of the camps offer laundry services, so I will not need to over pack.  I do still need to check with my outfitter pertaining to the electrical converter, does he supply one, or do I need to bring my own.  This book, brought up points I may have not considered before.

I am so glad I started early to educate myself on hunting in South Africa.  These products from Safari Press helped tremendously, and the targets provide some fun and confidence that I can now take down my trophies cleanly.

If you are planning a first time trip to South Africa, or are a seasoned traveler there, you are going to want to add these books to your library and the targets into your shooting schedule.  They are all a small price to pay to make sure you have a hunting trip of a lifetime!

The Perfect Shot by Kevin Robertson  $65.00

The Perfect Shot Mini Edition by Kevin Robertson  $17.95

The Perfect Shot Plains Game Targets by Kevin Robertson $12.95 (kudu, impala, springbok, warthog, and wildebeest)

The Perfect Shot Big Five Targets by Kevin Robertson $12.95 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant)

Ask The Namibian Guides by Diana Rupp $34.95

All of these, and more, can be purchased at http://www.safaripress.com/

Stock Photo Credit:  Safari Press

Photo Credit:  Diane Hassinger