Points of Impact: May 7, 2022

ICYMI: Defining Self-Defense, Melissa's 1st Caribou, Why We Can't Have Nice Things ...

by posted on May 7, 2022
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At the top of our lineup this week, a question that should be at the top of mind for self-defenders: handgun in nightstandWhat is self-defense, really? Columnist Jo Deering notes that what it isn't is a get-out-of-jail-free card. "This gets tricky," she writes, "because every state defines self defense a little bit differently. Let me go ahead and tell you right now that I’m not an attorney and this is not legal advice—just some considerations so you know what you’re getting into when using deadly force to defend yourself." Learn more here.

We love it when we at NRA Women can boast “we knew her when.” Such is the case with the recent championship win by Team Federal, as its outstanding competitors captured three gold medals and a silver at the Lonato World Cup in Lonato, Italy, held April 19-30, 2022. The competition is considered to have the deepest and toughest talent of the World Cup events—and Team Federal’s Caitlin Connor had a part in all three of the gold medal performances.

Understanding the many types of firearms manufactured today can be confusing. So how do you keep it all straight? One way is to categorize them by how they function. A semi-automatic firearm, like an AR or MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle), will generally have a charging handle, and a bolt rifle will have a bolt handle. Let’s look at how charging handles and bolt handles compare, as there are a few big differences in their design and function.

You can’t buy skill, but a red-dot sight really might make you a better handgun shooter. Whether you’re a concealed carrier or a range junkie (or both), you might want to consider putting a red-dot sight on your handgun. Why? We’ve got four reasons.

You don't have to be new to hunting to be new to a particular adventure, but it certainly does bring back the freshness and excitement of the experience, as this episode of Winchester Deadly Passion proves. NRA Women columnist and globe-trotting huntress Melissa Bachman has been steeped in the world of guns and hunting all her life ... but she's never had the chance to chase woodland caribou before. In fact, she's never hunted caribou, period! Until now, that is.

When we awarded Heidi Lyn Rao our 2022 Woman of the Year Golden Bullseye this year, Houston Safari Club Foundation’s (HSCF) “Hunting Matters” radio show and podcast took notice. “Hunting Matters,” a fan favorite, is an award-winner in its own right, having just garnered the AVA Digital Awards gold title. It was only a matter of time before Texas native Rao sat down for a meeting of the minds with HSCF’s Joe Betar.

Well folks, this is why we can’t have nice things. We at NRA Women have published a few articles explaining how to execute Leave No Trace (LNT) outdoor ethics and why they’re important. The recent closure of East Fork Little Bear WMA to camping is proof of why it's so important to be respectful of the outdoors. The dirty (and we do mean gross) details are here.

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