GTM Original Blog — CCW
Many of you have asked what are the string pulls inside our GTM 99 for?
We were able to catch up with our own GTM Handbag Draw Expert and NRA Certified Instructor Ruth Bernel. Ruth shows us two ways to open that bag in SECONDS - using the string pulls and using your thumb! Watch where Ruth's hand is on the shoulder strap prior to and during the draw. You must be able to stabilize the bag for such a fast RIP.
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE to see and feel the difference!
GTM-51 TOWN TOTE ORANGE
Ostrich Pattern Debossed American Cowhide
- Tested with following:
- Sig Sauer P229 (40 cal)
- GLOCK 23 compact (40 cal)
- GLOCK 27 subcompact (40 cal)
- GLOCK 30S subcompact (45 cal)
- Smith & Wesson 38 Special revolver "snub nose"
- Sig Sauer P238 (.380 cal)
- Sig Sauer P938 (9mm)
- Ruger LCP (9mm)
- Smith & Wesson Body Guard (.380 cal)
- Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (9mm and in 40 cal)
- PLEASE PRACTICE drawing with UNLOADED gun!!
- American debossed Ostrich pattern cowhide
- Becomes softer with use
- Ages to darker patina
- Trimmed with full grain Tan American Cowhide
- Designed for either Left or Right handed use
- Special padding to prevent gun imprinting
- SLASH RESISTANT SHOULDER STRAP
- 11 Ply steel wire tastefully reinforced
- Cross Body length
- Easily clips on or off
- Width helps disperse bag weight
- 2 additional top carry handles option
- Outside back zippered pocket
- Inside extra zipper pocket and storage for Smart phones, lipstick, Pepper Spray etc.
- Includes our Standard Holster (designed by Mernickle Holsters)
- Gold color metal hardware and zippers
- Gun compartment zippers are nylon coil for safety
- Fully lined with Gun Tote'n Mamas logo lining
- Overall bag size:
12" Wide x 10 - 1/4" Tall x 5 - 1/4" Deep
- GTM compartment size: 9" Wide x 7 - 1/2 " Tall
- Zippered opening: 6 - 1/4" Tall
- Gun footprint area: 7 - 5/8" Wide x 6" Tall
Remington Releases its RM380 Micro Pistol
by Barbara Baird - Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Remington Releases its RM380 Micro Pistol
“Trust, but verify.”
Although The Gipper (aka, Pres. Ronald Reagan) said those words in reference to the Soviet Union, they also apply to any gun you intend to use for self-defense. The Remington RM380 Micro Pistol passed its trust qualification with flying colors for me earlier last year, out in the desert at Gunsite Academy.
I shot it again recently, in West Virginia, and afterward I sat down with the engineer who developed the gun to find out why Remington wanted to create this firearm, which will appeal to the burgeoning women’s market.
“We didn’t set out to make a gun that was a ‘woman’s’ or a ‘man’s gun,’” said Daniel Cox, Senior Product Manager for Handguns, “but I do have a very petite wife who tends to carry a very small gun that she struggles with … so I took the opportunity to see the things firsthand—small caliber, double action, lightweight, slim and heavy slide racking—that all equate to a gun that can be vicious to shoot.”
“It was clear to me what my wife’s problems with a small gun were, and then, talking to women in the industry, they all seemed consistent,” added Cox. “Everything that makes this gun more user friendly for anybody that doesn’t have the upper body strength or hand dexterity that sometimes a larger guy has, it’s all better for them. It doesn’t detract from the usability for a guy like me, either,” he continued.
At the West Virginia shoot, we fired a few rounds downrange, but at the aforementioned desert outing, we shot those little pocket pistols in Gunsite-directed drills for two days. One among us even fail-tested it, and it wore out his trigger finger before we saw any failure from the gun. Indeed, Remington’s engineers claim the gun will handle at least 7500 rounds—at least 2.5 times longer than the average pocket pistol.
The RM380 comes in all-metal construction with a light double-action-only (DAO) trigger. Lefties will appreciate the ambidextrous magazine release, and if you want, you can replace its grip panels for further customization. While on the subject of the grip, the angle and ample checkering worked well for the other women and for me. The guys certainly hit their targets in good, tight groups and never complained that their guns slipped away from them—which makes me think Remington found a great middle-of-the-road-pleasing carry gun here.
The RM380 comes with a slightly extended beavertail, which also kept my hand on the grip and especially made it easy to find an accurate hold when drawing from a holster. The trigger guard—designed and undercut so that a shooter can hold on higher on the front strap—also contributed to being able to maintain a firm grip on this gun.
Features like a 2.9-inch 416 stainless steel barrel (the longest in its class) and aluminum frame (in all-metal construction) make this firearm particularly appealing for hot-weather carry. And the sights? Low lying and snag free, they are what you would expect on a micro carry gun.
Petite women and some seniors will appreciate the light force it takes to rack the slide back, and when you’ve fired the last round, the slide stays back. No guessing required as to whether you’ve emptied the magazine and cleared the chamber. You can check easily. You can also pull the slide back easily, thanks to the wide, positive cocking serrations. The grip handles can be replaced.
Also, the RM380 weighs 12.2 ounces and comes with an angled trigger with a 10-pound trigger pull. The magazine holds 6 rounds.
We shot the RM380 from 3, 5 and 7 yards in speed drills, in a competition shoot-off at about 15 yards and in several stimuli drills. If the bullet flew off the center of mass, I knew it meant operator error on my part—moving and not adjusting my aim properly, which is something I need to work on.
We also performed the Dozier drill at about 15 yards, where we had to shoot at four opponents quickly. The opponents—pepper poppers of steel—kept going down faster and faster, as we improved our abilities to hit and move on.
We also spent time in the shoot house, learning to clear it room by room and looking for the "bad guy." Talk about a wee bit of pressure, with the instructor’s hand always on the shooter’s shoulder and danger around every corner.
The RM380 is also available with a Micro Crimson Trace red laser, for $609.
Why Women Are Buying More Guns
By Keli Goff
Gun control’s a little down in the polls, and gun sales are up. Why? Because more women are packing heat.
A recently released New York Times/CBS poll included headline-grabbing findings about America’s evolving attitudes on gun control. The poll found that the number of Americans supporting a ban on assault weapons is 19 points lower today than it was after the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in 2011.
Perhaps more significant, it found that the number of Americans supporting stricter gun control in general has slipped 7 points in just two months. While these numbers may come as a surprise to many, they shouldn’t, because in the last few years the backbone of the gun control movement has been undergoing an evolution of its own. More and more women are buying guns. As the number of female gun owners has risen, so has the number of women expressing skepticism of gun control.
More than a third of the women who participated in the National Sports Shooting Foundation’s most recent survey identified as new gun owners. This data are consistent with those of other organizations, including the National Sporting Goods Association. According to the NSGA’s Annual Sports Participation Report, the number of women who practice target shooting increased nearly 36 percent (from 4.31 million to 5.86 million) between 2004 and 2014, while the number of women participating in hunting increased 23 percent (from 2.68 million to 3.3 million). In response to a request for comment, an NRA spokesman reported tracking a 77 percent increase between 2004 and 2011 in the number of women who own firearms.
Historically there has been a significant gender divide on the issue of gun control. But according to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, there was a 9 point increase in the number of women declaring their support for gun rights between 2008 and 2012. Experts believe there is a connection between more women feeling empowered by gun ownership and shifting their perspective on gun control.
“Gun control has almost nothing to do with ensuring the bad guys don’t have guns. Women increasingly seem to be understanding this,” wrote Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus in an email.
For years the movement for gun control has been driven by women leaders and supporters. The Million Mom March that took place on Mother’s Day 2000 was one of the most significant milestones in the modern-day gun-control movement. Founded by Donna Dees Thomases in the aftermath of the shooting of children by a white supremacist in Grenada Hills, California, the movement built momentum that resulted in a number of legislative wins for gun-control supporters. Advocacy by Million Mom March chapters is credited with tougher gun laws being passed in states from Arizona to Maryland to New York, where Republican governor and current presidential candidate George Pataki signed some of the nation’s strictest gun laws just months after the Million Mom March.
So what happened to the Mom-mentum?
In a phone interview Dees Thomases disputed the notion that gun-control supporters have lost ground or lost the support of women in the 15 years since their triumphant march. She pointed to the Million Mom March activists and alums now serving in elected office (at least three currently), not to mention others whose volunteerism for candidates supportive of gun control swung elections. “They threw a lot of rascals out of office,” she said. “People didn’t leave the march and go home and do nothing. We left that march and got sweeping reform passed.”
She also said that polling data on guns can be misleading, with the phrasing of questions often being key to which way responses tilt. She did concede that the female faces of the gun control movement have lost visibility in media, but she believes they’ve had little choice. “The question is not why we went away,” she corrected me, emphatically noting they have not, “but why we’re not visible.” According to Dees Thomases, in the social media-driven age it is much tougher to be a gun-control activist—particularly a female one. “All women activists on this issue at some point are harassed,” she said. “They try to publish your phone number and addresses,” she said of gun-control opponents. As a result female supporters of gun control have not been as widely represented in media in recent years, which may be having an impact on public perception of the issue.
Colette, a New York-based mother, gun owner, and volunteer with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, thinks so. In an email exchange she wrote that her “activism was spurred due to the fact that as a group, American gun owners largely reject the NRA (only 6 percent of gun owners are NRA members) — and I felt nothing would really change until average gun owners were better represented both in the media and in the halls of Congress.” While she grew up with guns, anecdotes from friends and acquaintances nationwide indicate to her that gun ownership among women in general has been increasing in recent years. But in her immediate social circle support for gun control has been increasing as well. Though she decided to become a gun-owning gun-control activist following the Sandy Hook shooting, she said, “I’ve received more inquiries in the past three months or so that sound like ‘Tell me what I can do’ than in the past three years.”
Perhaps the real question is why are more women buying guns?
Bill Brassard, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, cited the growing influence of celebrities in the sports shooting world such as Eva Shockey, Julie Golob, and Jessie Duff, but most of those interviewed for this piece said more women are gravitating to firearms for the same reason most people have historically: to protect themselves. Cheri Jacobus, the Republican strategist, argued that as women establish more independence in every sphere of their lives, it is only natural that personal protection would be part of that evolution. Citing the heroism of some of the female teachers during Sandy Hook she said, “Gone are the days when women look to men to keep them safe.” She continued, “Female head of households and single professional women rely on themselves for economic security and now for physical security, as well.”
She concluded, “Our new motto may just be ‘If you see something, say something. But make sure you’re packing heat and have good aim.’”
By Charles Manning
Feb 5, 2016
Concealed Carry Purses Are the New Hermès Birkins
It's the bag trend you never saw coming.
The hottest trend in bags right now isn't fringe or studs or prints, it's guns. Specifically, purses designed to conceal guns.
According to Google, about 74,000 people search for the term "concealed carry purse" every month. That is the same number of people who look for "Hermès Birkin."
Concealed carry purses are most popular in North Carolina, followed closely by Texas, Ohio, Georgia, and Florida.
It's a relatively new trend, popping up on Google's radar for the first time in 2011, but it has seen a dramatic increase in the last couple months at the same time that gun sales across the nation reached record highs following the mass shooting in San Bernadino, California, and President Barack Obama's subsequent calls for more restrictions on gun sales.
Searches for "concealed carry purse" on Google return results ranging from mainstream designers like Coach and Michael Kors to specialty websites like The Well Armed Woman, Gun Goddess, and Gun Tote'n Mamas, with styles ranging from totes to cross bodies to fanny packs.
"Conceal Carry Belt Pack is designed for active women," reads the product description for a pink camo fanny pack on TheWellArmedWoman.com. "There is plenty of room for your handgun, 2 magazines and even your phone. You can be both safe and fashionable while shopping, walking, and more. Wear with your belt or use the belt strap included. Adjust belt strap and wear cross body too."
And, of course, there are also concealed carry purse accessories, like the Swarovski crystal-studded purse hook from GunGoddess.com. "Do you carry your firearm in your purse? Then you definitely want to keep it in front of you and in sight, rather than hanging on the back of a chair," reads the product description. "Even if you don't carry, this sparkly hanger gives you the peace of mind that comes from keeping your purse constantly in view."
So, yeah. Concealed carry purses. They're huge. At least now you know what to get the bride at your next camo-themed wedding. Because, those are a thing too. Oh, yes. What a time to be alive.
With additional reporting by Christine Bettlach Anderson.
CENTENNIAL, Colorado -- Marc Rabinoff lines up the paper target in the sites of his Wilson Combat 9 mm handgun and squeezes the trigger. “I love doing this,” he says as the shot echoes around the shooting range. “It’s a great feeling when you hit that target. It’s an accomplishment.”
Rabinoff is engaged in target practice in one of eight V.I.P. lanes at Centennial Gun Club. At 35,000 square feet, the $10 million, 2-year-old facility is Colorado’s largest shooting range and among the biggest in the country. It offers the sort of upscale amenities that have led some to label it a "guntry club." Patrons can rent a sleek boardroom for corporate gatherings. The 5,000-square-foot gun shop offers “Gun Tote’n Mamas” concealed carry purses and other items marketed to women, who make up 35 percent of the operation’s clientele. And Rabinoff pays a hefty membership fee to frequent the Statesman’s Lounge, an exclusive section of the range -- accessible via a retina scan -- where professional athletes and other luminaries enjoy private lockers, a cigar bar, a pool table and a private shooting range.
Lately, business at Centennial Gun Club has been booming, as it has at other shooting ranges nationwide. Ever since the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, the gun club has been welcoming roughly a thousand people a day on the weekends and 600 daily during the week. That amounts to 30 percent more traffic than usual. And this week, CEO Richard Abramson says he’s received three calls from local corporations that are interested in security training classes.
“I’ve never had those calls before,” says Abramson. “I think we are seeing a lot of people buying guns out of fear.”
Never mind that Colorado is still reeling from a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs late last month. The incident left nine people wounded and three dead. The state was already known for two of the country’s worst gun massacres: the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting. Never mind that over the past few days President Obama and a front-page New York Times editorial suggested the answer to such bloodshed was less civilian access to firearms, not more. And never mind reports that the San Bernardino attackers frequented shooting ranges, which suggests that some of these operations could be used to train potential mass killers. As in the rest of the country, where gun sales have reached record highs, more people than ever in Colorado are embracing the world of firearms. And in places like Centennial Gun Club, they’re finding that guns offer not just protection but also escape, empowerment and, above all, personal enjoyment.
The situation hints at the difficulties ahead for those who aim to restrict gun ownership in a nation of approximately 100 million gun owners: How do you implement gun control when you’re not just talking about taking away attack weapons but also an integral part of many people's lives?
Zen of Shooting
Rabinoff first picked up a firearm three years ago, after a lifetime of being afraid of guns. One of his sons was enrolled at Columbine Middle School during the 1999 mass shooting, and his other son nearly attended the 2012 “Dark Knight Rises” midnight movie screening where James Holmes killed 12 people. They encouraged their father to look into defending himself. Little did they know just how thoroughly Rabinoff, a retired sports and human performance professor and self-described “liberal Democratic New York Jewish kid” would become enmeshed in gun culture. Now, he shoots at the Statesman’s Lounge several times a week, has taken nearly all of the Centennial Gun Club’s many training courses and is armed with his Wilson Combat 9mm, with a bullet in the chamber, wherever he goes. His wife, Diana, has become a gun aficionado too; she has a pink camouflage AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, and they both compete in a variety of shooting matches each month.
“This is what we wanted to do with our retirement,” says Rabinoff with an accent that hints at his years growing up in the Bronx. “Other people take trips around the world. We shoot guns.” Shooting is something they can enjoy together and with like-minded friends, like playing tennis without having to worry about the weather or skiing without bothering with long winter drives into the mountains. But it’s also the ultimate calming activity, they say. All their minor troubles melt away when they’re looking down the sites of a locked-and-loaded weapon. “When I come here, I have to concentrate,” says Rabinoff. “You are not allowed to be distracted.”
Finally, in a world where technology has made nearly everything easy and convenient, there’s something galvanizing for them, something intoxicating, about the ultimate responsibility that still comes with properly handling a firearm. “You take the gun out of its holster, you point the muzzle and you pull the trigger – it is 150 percent you,” says Rabinoff. If you don’t know how to use a gun, it’s a pretty dangerous tool. If you know how to use a gun, it’s a great tool.”
Knowing that they’re armed and properly trained in something so formidable and deadly when they go shopping or out to dinner is a potent feeling. “I feel empowered when I walk through the mall,” says Diana. “It’s just addictive, that’s what it is.”
These aren’t the only reasons people fill Centennial Gun Club’s 28 firing lanes day after day, honing their skills far beyond simple practical purpose. Some are drawn to the historical aspects of gun culture, including Bart Miller, the range’s head gunsmith, who’s quick to show off his prized 400-year-old Japanese matchlock musket, his oiled, calloused hands tracing its intricate etchings of bounding rabbits and samurai helmets. Others come for the social opportunities, like those who flock to the ladies night gatherings that draw 100 women a month. And still others come with a sense of responsibility, a belief that the Second Amendment isn’t just a privilege, but a duty. It’s why 500 people have recently been attending a church security training course at the range.
Since the San Bernadino shooting last week, however, the Centennial Gun Club’s management has been concerned about another potential reason for folks visiting the range: practicing for nefarious purposes. “It’s absolutely a concern,” says CEO Abramson, a soft-spoken, genial fellow. He notes that according to the U.S. State Department, visitors from certain countries aren’t allowed to visit shooting ranges, and his operation collects identification from everyone who shoots there. Still, he says, “I am talking to our local sheriff about what additional screening can be done. We don’t have a good answer right now, but we are certainly looking into it to see what options there are.”
Bridging the Divide
For people like Rabinoff and his wife, it’s not just that gun control advocates want to restrict their access to firearms, it’s also that these outsiders don’t know the first thing about the gun culture they’re so concerned about – nor do they attempt to learn about it. Rabinoff bristles when folks confuse gun clips and magazines, mistakenly call an AR-15 an assault weapon, and act like having a thousand rounds of ammunition in your house is unhealthy. (Rabinoff and his wife easily burn through that much in a typical month of competitive shooting.) He hates that people like Michael Bloomberg and Oprah Winfrey say he shouldn’t be able to defend himself, when they’re protected by a phalanx of armed security. And he’s frustrated by gun violence measures that position gun owners like himself as a liability rather than a resource. That includes the creation of gun-free zones that he thinks do nothing other than make such locations “soft targets,” as he puts it, for violent extremists.
While he shoots for the fun of it, the polarization of the gun debate has impacted Rabinoff’s personal politics. He won’t vote for Obama, Hilary Clinton or anyone else who’ll “take away our right under the Second Amendment of the Constitution to protect ourselves.” And while he doesn’t agree with every position espoused by the National Rifle Association, he’s now a card-carrying NRA member because “they’re the only ones doing the work in Congress to keep my rights.”
And while he believes proper firearms education is of utmost importance – he’s offered to pay for people’s training classes when he heard they purchased a gun without learning how to properly use it – his frustration with the government’s handling of gun issues has reached the point where he’s against federally mandated firearm training. “I don’t trust the government to come up with how much training you have to have,” he says.
Bridging the divide, culturally and politically, between pro- and anti-gun advocates might therefore seem impossible. But Rabinoff is at least willing to give it a shot. It’s why he’s happy to open up about his newfound love of guns to anyone who will listen. It’s why he’s more than happy to bring guests into the exclusive confines of Statesman’s Lounge and let them take a few shots with his $4,000 handgun, letting them feel for themselves the difference between firing one of his preferred polymer-coated bullets and the standard full metal jacket variety.
As the casings fly and the smell of gunpowder fills the air, Rabinoff grins infectiously.
“You gotta admit this is fun,” he says.
If folks on the other side of the gun debate are willing to admit that, maybe there are other things they can all agree on, too.