07 June 2011

Annie get your gun if you want to stand a chance

I must apologize upfront for the questionable neighborhood in which I was able to locate this clip. Never thought you'd see this title here, did you? :D It's OK for general consumption, though.

All I remember about the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland was loathing it, except the following scene. It is the only realistic onscreen portrayal of a woman undertaking to physically assault a man I have ever seen. I found it completely surprising, having been trained by TV and movies to expect Courtney Cox to wallop Kevin Costner into a pile of goo. News flash, females: you can't beat up a dude--even one who hasn't taken Tae Kwan Do like you have, even one who's smaller than you--and neither can Jennifer Garner.







(And once you get that gun, you'd better learn how to load and shoot it. Also not movie-like. And if he's got a gun too, she who hesitates is dead.)

14 comments:

Gauntlets said...

I hate that guy.

To all you girls out there who are going to get guns but don't know where to start: I have small hands, and I've found that heavier, longer-barreled handguns are easier for me to shoot. It's all about how hard the gun kicks, and I'm not strong enough to control the kick of, say, a cute little .380. But if I'm using a 9mm w/ a 4" barrel, I'm hitting the target and having a good time.

Elizabeth said...

Wasn't there a lady recently who was like a former pageant queen in FL who shot an intruder with her pink gun? At any rate, I agree with you. Which reminds me, I need to remind my hubby to take me out so I can practice shooting that pistol my dad got for me for this precise reason...

Untamed Shrew said...

Who're you callin "Annie?" :)

What's prevented me thus far is the gripping fear of what could happen if there were a gun in the house. What if I'm really on edge some night and I mistake my husband or child for a bad guy? What if it gets into the hands of my child? "Keep it locked!" you say. Well, duh, but then it's not much use to me in an emergency. (Pardon me, Assaulter, can you hold the baby while I go dig Lil Maggie out of her case and unlock the safety?)

I take a looong time to think things through. But now I know: 9mm with 4" barrel.

Pr. H. R. said...

What you want to get is a GunVault gun safe. This allows you to keep your gun locked up yet loaded and with nearly instant access. They retail for less than $90 and are well worth it.

As for mistakenly shooting a family member or other person you don't want to shoot - good safe gun handling procedures (finger on frame of gun until sights are on target, never fire unless you are sure of your target, etc.) and range practice are what is necessary. Indeed, we all go out driving everyday even though a poorly handled cars kill people every single day. The solution is not to sell your car, it's to make sure you are a safe driver.

A good book to start off with, even before you make the decision to purchase a firearm, is Massad Ayoob's In the Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection.

+HRC

Leah said...

Can women actresses these days even act like real women anymore?
At least the woman in that clip cried. I mean that's what would really happen if you got kicked, like it or not.

(Untamed Shrew, you crack me up.)

Joy said...

Perfect timing. I've been researching the heck out of guns and conceal carry. The Cornered Cat has an awesome site and she says the safest place for her loaded defense weapon is on her hip at all times. My Remora holster should be arriving in the mail any day now :) http://corneredcat.com/Kids/kidstorage.aspx

By the way, mine has a 2.25 barrel and shoots either .38 or .357, both of which my petite self can handle just fine! The gun dudes told me my heavier gun makes all the difference for absorbing the recoil.

Untamed Shrew said...

Thanks, HRC (and Leah :)). I may be hypersensitive to my own self, since I almost attacked my husband a few years ago. He'd gone out in the middle of a night to baptize a baby nearing death. When he got home he decided he wanted to watch our baby sleep. This would be fine, except 1) he'd never done this before, 2) he is not a small man and was still vested in all black, and 3) the crib was right next to my bedside. Hence, I awoke to an unexpected large dark figure between me and my baby. NOT a safe place to be.

Gauntlets said...

Leah: Good point. I think if I took a knee to the stomach I would die. Is there a greater crime against all humanity than striking a woman in her tender belly? Even if her belly looks like a washboard?

Jane said...

We don't have little kids at home anymore, but still have them around, so all of our guns are locked up, but I second the GunVault recommendation. Safe and still accessible. I also have better luck with a heavier gun. I wanted a cute little pink one, but what I found I shoot best with is a .357 Ruger with a 4" barrel.
You've all put me in the mood to go to the range. :)

Rebekah said...

I'm also on board with the smaller hands, bigger gun crowd. And lest I give the wrong impression, I don't like shooting. I know I'm a huge wimp but aiming a gun turns my stomach. It takes deliberate resolve for me to fire. So if you are disappointed to find yourself a non-gun-girl, don't give up. Going through the motions of aiming and firing with an unloaded gun has helped me get over whatever irrational hangup I've got, at least enough to get some practice.

Melrose said...

I have a Smith and Wesson 642 revolver with a 1.2" barrel!! I LOVE IT! I'm petite and thin (when I'm not pregnant that is) and on my first try I shot over a bowling pin in the neck at 10 yards away :D The kick was nothing and what I like is the trigger is decently hard to pull...little hands can't do it (for me no problem)...which makes up for the fact that it doesnt have a safety. oh yea, and the laser pointer is fun too!

Melrose said...

oh, I should mention that my gun is kept in quick access but completely away from any hands that may want to try it, not going to put their strength to the test :)

Anonymous said...

You ladies have mentioned Post-Partum Depression oodles in previous posts. Doesn't having access to your own gun scare you during those times?

Gauntlets said...

Anon: You know, having access to guns has never been a problem for me. I think because they are so terribly real. Post-partum depression feeds on what is imagined and fantastic, seldom on what is real.

Hence, I think, all the post-partum-attributed disasters related to bathtubs. :( But I've never heard of any related to actual weapons.