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Flathead Valley Businesses
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Bigfork Gun Club
Montana Americana (Handcrafted Knives)
Concealed Carry Kalispell
Atlanta ArmsSporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI)
Concealed Carry Applications
Montana - Flathead County ApplicationState of Utah Application
United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)
FNH USA 3-Gun Nation
United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)
Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP)
National Rifle Association (NRA)
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Buckeye Firearms Association
Apparel and Shooting Gear
Speed Shooter Specialties
Information - Calibers and Hunting
Safes, Vaults, and Vault Doors
Smith Security Safes
Shooting Performance and Training
American Warrior Society
Law of Self-Defense (Andrew Branca)
Next Level Training (Mike Hughes)
Rangemaster (Tom Givens)
Shooting Performance (Mike Seeklander)Sniper Central (Mel Ewing)
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
Handgun Selection Tips:
The type of handgun to be selected should be based upon a number of factors, including the intended use for this pistol/revolver (target shooting, hunting, personal protection, etc.), the cost of the handgun and its ammunition, the amount of recoil, and the ease of handling.
1. Determine the intended use of the handgun.
2. Decide how much money to spend. While it may be necessary to stay within a budget, don't economize quality.
3. Consider the ammunition.
4. Study the various makes and models of handguns.
5. Seek the advice of a knowledgeable person, preferably whom you trust.
6. Be sure that the handgun fits the hand properly. Be able to obtain a correct grip on the handgun and be sure that the index finger can easily reach the trigger. Proper handgun fit is very important. Make doubly sure the gun is unloaded, point it in a safe direction and then do the following:
If the gun's backstrap cannot be centered in the web of your hand, midway between thumb and forefinger joints, while the crease of your trigger finger is on the trigger, then the gun is too big for you.
If your hand has a lot of extra slack, with your trigger finger curving far out from the side of the gun (so that you would be able to put a large portion of your trigger finger through the trigger guard), then the gun is small for your hand. Note that the small gun still lines up well with the forearm bones.
7. Consider the handgun's simplicity of operation and ease of cleaning.
8. Obtain information about the handgun's manufacturer.
9. Does the handgun model have a record of trouble-free dependability?
10. Does the handgun have a warranty or guarantee? Review these documents.
11. Once you have your selection of potential handguns down to a few that meet all of your purchase criteria, go to a range that rents all or most of these handguns and try each one until you've found the one that is right for you.
Note: If you have the opportunity to attend a handgun match in your area, this is an ideal time to get a lot of free information about the handguns you are considering and maybe the owner will allow you to test fire it.
The most important thing is to find a handgun you are comfortable with (this includes the fit). If you are not comfortable and/or don't like it, you won't shoot it for practice. No practice = not proficient. Not proficient and there will not be a need to have one.
12. Purchase the handgun from a reputable person or dealer. If you are Active Duty Military, Retired or Reserve Military, or National Guard, contact us for a special purchasing consideration for which you may not be aware.
You are probably looking at the list above and thinking, wow, this is a lot of stuff. It is, but it isn’t. So many people just go and buy a pretty handgun or one that could handle any situation, to include a bear; these are things that should not be part of your consideration. The list above will drive what you need (not want).
Holster Selection Tips:
No matter what handgun you choose for concealed carry, it will be completely useless if it's sitting at home because it is uncomfortable to carry. Having the right holster to carry your handgun securely and comfortably is just as important as choosing the right handgun to begin with. There are several types of holsters for concealed carry and each has its own particular pro's & con's:
Outside the Waistband (OWB)
Inside the Waistband (IWB)
FrogLube Directions For Use:
The following procedure should help you reduce your maintenance time and frequency intervals to insure the full, long-lasting performance of your weapon. You should use standard weapons cleaning tools such as nylon brushes, bore patches and brushes, Q-tips, bore snakes and cloths. Since FrogLube is 100% biodegradable, you can select a premium grade cloth which you may launder in a washer and dryer. FrogLube recommends laundering separately. When used in accordance with these instructions, FrogLube delivers a slick and slippery finish that shoots dry, wicks to the surface when warmed and dissolves carbon on contact. Note: If you have any concerns about using FrogLube products, try a small amount in a non-descript area of your firearm to confirm compatibility.
NOTE: You should discontinue the use of petrochemical-based cleaners and lubricants since they negate the optimal effects of a FrogLube-treated weapon.
APPLICATION / TREATMENT
Heat. Solvent is non-flammable and may be used in conjunction with a heated ultrasonic or cleaning tank. Check with manufacturers instructions for compatibility and user instructions. Test cleaning performance at 6 min. intervals.
Surface should now be clean, dry and ready for lube/protectant application.
Heat. Although not required, you will find that 15 min of direct sunlight or equivalent allows for thorough application of FrogLube. When the surface is warmed, the rate of FrogLube absorption is increased. The FrogLube System Approach: The combination of the Solvent and the CLP will provide the best result. The two products were designed to integrate and provide the optimal performance from your firearm.
Harsh exposures. For more demanding conditions, such as salt water, humidity or long-term storage, we recommend a light to moderate coat of FrogLube on parts. Product is applied slightly more generously, and you should still see the metal surface through a gloss or thin film of the material.
FrogLube testing has demonstrated unmatched reliability through thousands of rounds of firing without cleaning; however, most manufacturers will recommend inspecting and cleaning after every use.
Freddie Merc's Gun Wercs, LLC
P.O. Box 919 Kila, MT 59920
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