Real Men DO Read Directions!

Let me start by saying that we recommend to everyone that they read their owner’s manual before they use their new gun.

We see it all the time. People buy a new gun, take it home, load it up, shoot a bunch of paper and have a little fun. That’s all well and good, but then what?

Well, now comes the moment of truth. We’ve got to take that baby apart, clean it, and put it back together. After all, we’ve spent a pretty penny on this pistol and we want it to last. In fact, we may be staking our life on the fact that it goes BANG the next time we pull that trigger, right?

Why Are We Stating The Obvious?

So many times we get customers who bring in their guns so that we can show them how to field strip or reassemble them. And guess what? There’s a handy little book that comes with all new guns. It’s called your Owner’s Manual!

And if you purchased a used gun which didn’t include one all is not lost. You can usually call the manufacturer and get one for free, or you can download an electronic copy online. Even out of production guns usually have digital copies of their owner’s manual available.

Why is this important?

Well, when you’re dealing with an object that has the capability of spewing lead faster than a speeding bullet…well, okay, as fast as a speeding bullet…and something intended to contain small explosions while being held in your hand. So you want to make sure everything is in working order, right?

Well, I used to own one of these guns, or I owned a previous model, so…..

Yeah, that doesn’t always count. New models have, well, new features. SOME of those new features can change how the gun works. There may be some important new safety items added and they may require special attention. Take the series 70 vs. series 80 1911. The series 80 has a firing pin disconnect, or a drop-safety if you will, added to the mix. It also has a quarter cock safety instead of the half cock safety. These are important differences, not just for assembly and disassembly, but for function checking your pistol. For instance, the half cock safety would not let the hammer fall when you pulled the trigger, even with the thumb safety off and the grip safety depressed. By contrast, the quarter cock safety would let the hammer drop under the same conditions.

Other important features may be the ability to fire +P or +P+ cartridges…or the inability! Using overpowered ammunition in a firearm can have catastrophic consequences and really ruin your day! We had one customer bring in a revolver which was chambered in .45 Long Colt and 410 gauge. He neglected to read that the gun would only accept 2 1/2 inch 410 shells. The 3 inch shells would fit in the cylinder, but once shot, they caused the firearm to lock up with live rounds still in the chambers. He had to bring it in for us to fix because he couldn’t clear the firearm or remove the spent shell casing. This would have been avoided if he had only read the manual and followed a few basic safety rules like checking the markings on the firearm. Our intent is not to embarrass anyone, but to illustrate a point.

It bears repeating, we always recommend to our customers that BEFORE they go to the range they take their new gun and the owners manual and sit down in a room WITH NO AMMO and practice taking the gun apart, putting it back together, and while you are at it, go ahead and clean it. Many firearms are packed in special oils for shipping which should be removed before use.

So the moral of this story

Real men worry about protecting themselves and others from potential danger. When you purchase a car, you learn where the controls are, how they work, what the safety features are, and how to maintain it correctly. This keeps you and your family safe and extends the life of your new prized possession. The same goes for your new firearm. And the best source for this knowledge is your owner’s manual.

So as you see, real men really DO read directions! At least the smart ones do!

Journalistic Integrity

On September 13, 2016, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (“VCDL”), Daniel Hawes, and I filed a defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of the anti-gun advocacy film Under the Gun. Filed in the Richmond Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the lawsuit seeks $12 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages. The film contains false footage purporting to show us sitting silently and avoiding eye contact for approximately nine seconds after a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the exchange reveals that, in reality, we had immediately begun answering Couric’s question and had explained the bases for our opposition to background checks for nearly six minutes. To manufacture the false and defamatory exchange, the filmmakers deleted all of our responses and spliced in silent footage from another part of the interview to make it appear as though we had been stumped and have no basis for our position on background checks.

To compare the edited video to the unedited audio recording or read the lawsuit, go to:

If you agree that deceptive journalism is a breach of the public trust and that journalistic integrity is something that should be held sacred, you can help in this fight. VCDL is accepting donations to help defray the cost of this lawsuit. If you would like to take an active role in defeating deceptive journalism you can make your monetary donations here:
And you can join the organization here:

Rest assured that the VCDL and I will defend freedom to our last breath. Thank you to all who have offered support, whether it is a kind word or a kind donation. We appreciate all that you do and will stand with you to defend your right to defend yourself.

Patricia (Pat) Webb
President, Gadsden Guns, Inc.

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Whether you’ve never carried a gun before, or you’re just looking for a rig for your latest firearm purchase, it’s worthwhile to take a closer look at the different types of holsters you can choose from.

Of course you know that you should never ever ever carry a pistol without a holster, but did you know that your style of carry can (and should) change with weather conditions, situations, and your clothing styles? Most educated firearm owners who carry regularly have multiple holsters for each gun.

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Smart people plan.

Do you know what you would do if you were forced to defend yourself? Especially if you’re going to carry a gun, having a self defense plan is worth some serious thought.

What we rarely ever expect, though, is the second attack – the part that comes after the emergency is over – because it generally comes from a totally unexpected source.

If you’re confused, that’s okay. Here’s a real life example:

Several years ago, our family was victimized.

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PrintEveryone likes to see small, independently owned businesses succeed, especially ones in your neighborhood. It’s not easy for little mom and pop shops like Gadsden Guns to compete with big names and big advertising budgets, so we rely on a very special type of person to help us pay the bills every month. Fortunately for us, our customers and neighbors are exactly that kind of person, and we hope you are, too.

The thing is, there are a lot of people out there who are “all talk.” They say they want to see small businesses do well, but instead of eating at the local, family-owned restaurant, they dine at Applebees or Waffle House. These are the people that complain that a new Wal-Mart is going to put the local places out of business, but can be found standing in line at that same Wal-Mart on opening day. Most of these types of people couldn’t even tell you the names of the local pizza joint, the Ma and Pop gas station, the cute boutique that their neighbor just opened down the street.

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