SAFER Regulation through Education…not Legislation

The Governor says we are unwelcome? The Governor says there is no place for us in New York State? The Governor says we are extremists. Now he has Chuck Schumer saying the government should persecute dissenting opinions too. What is next? No room for us in the county? Are You Ready to pay Mr Cuomo a visit? Are you ready to defend your place in New York, are you ready to defend your home?

April Fools Day, SCOPE will once again be providing buses to Albany to visit our governor. We want him to tell us to our face that there is no place for us in this state! Follows a list of buses contracted so far by county. Reserve your seat today! If you don’t see your county,  You may also call your local chapter or committee and ask them to reserve a bus.

Donations are required to defray the cost of bus seating. SCOPE t-shirts are available for a $10 donation while supplies last. You may add a shirt to your order by selecting your size and color here. If your selection is no longer available, another same-size SCOPE shirt will be provided. SCOPE will not be mailing shirt orders. Shirts may only be collected by bus passengers during the  April 1 rally.

It’s On! Time to Muster for Albany!

How gun control helped a stalker kill my husband

How gun control helped a stalker kill my husband


In April 2009, my husband was shot six times in front of me in the middle of a busy restaurant by a man who was stalking me. I have a permit to carry a handgun but because of the law at that time in my home state of Tennessee, I had to leave the gun that I normally carried for self defense, locked in my car that night. 

My husband Ben and I ran our mobile karaoke business out of a restaurant that served alcohol and my gun was forbidden there. I  obeyed the law but my stalker, who was carrying a gun illegally, ignored it.

I noticed my stalker (a former karaoke customer) in the crowd that night and I knew something was not right. This was a man that I had blocked from my social network account due to inappropriate messages he had sent me.

He had never threatened me or my husband but he was definitely creepy.

My husband Ben had asked him to leave me alone before he showed up at this venue where I had never seen him before.

I realized at that point I was being stalked.

I asked the management at the restaurant to remove him.When they approached him and asked him to leave, he pulled out a .45 semi-auto and shot Ben. He then stood over him and continued to fire five more rounds into my husband.

I could only watch in horror and helplessness.

Since that terrible night I have learned that gun free zones are a predator’s playground. This is where my stalker found us and where we were defenseless.

We all have a fight or flight response when we sense danger. We make decisions based on the options we have at that moment. Decisions must sometimes be made in a matter of seconds.

My only option that night was flight. Fight was not something I would have been able to follow through with because I was denied that chance. That basic human right was taken from me by a Legislature that unintentionally helped a predator hunt down his prey.

I hope that lawmakers around the nation will begin to understand that when you disarm law abiding citizens, you do not help protect law abiding citizens. Instead, you actually make it easier for those with evil intentions to be met with no little or no resistance.

In one way, I was lucky on the night my husband was shot and killed — and so was everyone else in the restaurant.  A United States Marine happened to be in the crowd, he tackled the man who killed my husband and held him until the police came.

I have been told the police arrived within 3 minutes after getting the 911 call. I can tell you that when something so terrible is happening to yourself or someone you love, even three minutes  seems like an eternity. The familiar saying “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away” is very true.

I respect law enforcement. They have a very difficult job but even they know they cannot be anywhere and everywhere at anytime.

The majority of rank and file police officers I have spoken with support right to carry laws. They would much rather find an innocent person with a smoking gun and a dead bad guy than the other way around.

Unfortunately, most law enforcement officers fear speaking out in support of right to carry laws for fear of retaliation by their superiors, who, more often than not, are attuned to politics and not inclined to support self defense laws.

Then there are those who fear gun permit holders might do something wrong with a gun or hurt an innocent bystander.

I personally am more concerned about a bad guy shooting indiscriminately with no regard for innocent life rather than a permit holder who has had state certified training and fears criminal and civil penalties. Those penalties act as very real deterrents for good people. Less than one percent of permit holders ever do anything wrong with a gun. I can’t think of any segment of society that is more law abiding.

It’s time for law abiding people, who have taken proper legal measures to provide for their own self defense, to be allowed to carry a gun to places where they have a right to be present. 

Evil can visit us anywhere. Signs posted on doors declaring “no guns allowed” do nothing to protect any of us.

Since my husband’s murder, the law has been changed in the state of Tennessee. Handgun carry permit holders can now carry their guns into establishments that serve alcohol — as long as they are not drinking alcohol and as long  as the establishment has not posted a “no guns allowed” SIGN.

At least this gives law abiding citizens the ability to try to protect themselves. A right that my husband, Ben and I were tragically denied on the night he died. 

Carrying a Second Gun

Carrying a Second Gun

Do you carry a second gun? Maybe you consider it a backup gun. Massad Ayoob talks in the video we found about why you should carrying a second gunconsider it.

A couple of the points he makes is

  • It is faster than a reload.
  • A second gun gives you another option for a draw if you can’t get to the other weapon.
  • If your firing hand is taken out, a gun on the non-firing side can be reachable.
  • During driving, a gun on the waist is hard to get to. An ankle holster might be easier to get to.
  • If your primary gun is taken or knocked out of your hand, a backup gun will still be available.
  • A second weapon can be used to arm a trust person to give you additional help.

As he says in the video, they may call you paranoid for carrying two guns (might even call you paranoid for carrying one) but as long as you can explain as above the rational you will be good to go. Remember don’t do anything you can’t explain.

Glock G42 Stripped / New Internals

Glock G42 Stripped / New Internals

by  on 2014/01/24

Now that I have vented and had time to cool down about the disappointing aspects of the G42, let’s look at some of the new things going on inside it. The new G42 has several unique, redesigned, internal components, that are very different from all other Glock’s. Right off the bat, you can see it is a 2 pin design, like the old Gen2 Glock’s, with a Gen4 magazine release and stippling.  I have completely stripped this G42 to give you an idea of what the new internal parts are and how they fit in the G42. When completely stripping the G42, you will notice some of the parts will fit together differently as well.  While I will not go into a complete tutorial on how to strip your Glock down, it is not extremely difficult and you can learn how to properly do it with some quality research.

When stripping the G42 completely down, pay close attention to the parts that are significantly different in their design and placement in the G42, compared to other Glock Models . Below are several pictures of a completely stripped G42 and the new internal parts.

Glock G42 complete takedown/stripped

Slide Lock:

You will need to take the Locking Block out first to remove the Slide Lock, after removing the frame/trigger pin.

Slide Stop Lever in Frame

Slide Stop Lever

Firing Pin Safety:

The Firing Pin Safety is completely different and can only go in one way. The notch on the left side of this picture faces the Firing Pin.

Firing Pin Safety

Trigger Mechanism Housing, Bar & Spring:

The new Trigger Spring and Trigger Bar will fit together very differently with the Trigger Mechanism Housing. The Trigger Spring has a metal hook that the “T” of the Trigger Bar will need to fit under for reassembly.

Trigger bar / Spring / Mechanism Housing


The Connector, although it looks to be identical is much shorter as the Trigger Mechanism Housing is smaller. The standard Glock Connectors will not be compatible.  This answers the questions of those wanting to put a (-) 4 lbs. OEM Connector in the G42. As the Trigger Spring is a redesign, the standard Glock spring options ( NY1) are also not an option.

Trigger Spring/ Connector/ Mechanism Housing

The Trigger Spring is more difficult to remove from the housing then the standard Glock Trigger Spring. The housing has a bar and notch system for removing and replacing the Trigger Spring.  While removing it was easy, replacing it was a little hard.

Trigger spring / Mechanism Housing

Extractor Depressor Plunger:

The Extractor Depressor Plunger is basically the same, but instead of a large flat head, it tapers down to a firing pin look.

Extractor Depressor Plunger

Final Note:

If you are not a Glock Armorer, Gunsmith or you are very unfamiliar with stripping your Glock down, I would not recommend any disassembly past regular field strip maintenance. Most people will have no need to break the firearm down to this level. 90% of the G42 parts look just like the Glock parts you will be familiar with. When I was stripping the G42, I did not expect some of the parts to fit together so differently. I realized I did not pay as much attention as I should have and it took me a few minutes to get it back together.



Don’t Roam Your Home

Don’t Roam Your Home

Guest Post by John Payne, Jr. – A Good Guy with a Gun


More and more I’m seeing commercials or “funny” vids showing homeowners engaging possible intruders in all areas of their property – NOT generally a good idea, amigos.

I teach my concealed carry and handgun students the best thing to do in a situation such as this is to LEAVE the home immediately if you have a clear “safe route,” say to a car via an attached garage, that ALL in the house can reach. There’s nothing worth DYING FOR in your house if you have you and your loved ones out, and you can file an insurance claim later. And you have no idea how many perps there may be, and exactly what they are armed with.

If you can’t do that, have a planned “safe room,” usually the master bedroom that everyone rallies in. Call 911 and tell them your exact numbers and location in the home and that you are armed, and leave the line open so everything is recorded. Announce loudly to the intruder that you are armed, the police have been called, and tell the intruder to leave immediately.

One should NEVER “roam around” one’s property “looking for bad guys” – more “roaming” homeowners get shot by responding police because they are mistaken for the perp. Only move about if you need to collect a loved one (infant, elderly) into the safe room. (editorial note from Home Defense Gun – Roaming around is also a good way to shoot one of your loved ones in the dark.)

Have a “final line” in your mind where you will be physically and mentally prepared to shoot. Usually that could be the door threshold of the safe room. In your mind, “if he crossed that, I fire until he is down!”

Following these steps you and yours will be safe, alive, and pretty much “bulletproof” yourself regarding the justified shooting if some asshole prosecutor charges you with anything!


Muscle Memory

Muscle Memory

One of the units I was in had a special mission of Close Quarter Battle (CQB).  CQB is basically what you see on TV when the SWAT team goes into a house to rescue the good guys. We practiced the same type of close-in discriminating shooting for a military environment.  You had to be spot-on accurate.  Your life, your buddies’ lives and people you were rescuing depended on it.

Getting to a level of proficiency like this took time.  We had to develop what we called muscle memory.  Muscle memory is when your muscles muscle memorywould perform the action you needed without you consciously thinking of it.  We would have to determine if someone was a threat, engage them with our rifle in split seconds.  If our rifle misfired, we carried pistols.  We trained so that we could fire, transition to a pistol while moving and hit the target center mass in about a six inch circle in a matter of a couple seconds.  If you had to think about all of the movements need to accomplish this, it would take over a minute.

Training for muscle memory starts out very slow.  You break the movements down into segments.  You raise the rifle, acquire the sights, squeeze off a double tap (two rounds), if it malfunctions, swing the rifle to the left with the left hand, right hand goes to draw the pistol, draw out of the holster, the thumb takes the safety off, left hand on the pistol at the middle of the body, gentle trigger squeeze to halfway back, acquire the sights, squeeze off two rounds.

The standard for this was under five seconds.  This is all while moving, potentially under fire.

Muscle memory is developed by doing each of these steps very slowly until you have successfully performed it.  Then you very incrementally speed up adding the next step.  If you start to make mistakes, you need to slow down.  Only speed up and add steps when you are at perfection.  We did not even use bullets to start out with.  We would dry fire (pretending to shoot an empty gun) until we were sure we were ready to move to the firing range.  Once again, we would slow back down with the real bullets until were dead on.

What we were doing were training the neurons in our bodies how to react without conscious effort, sort of how we breathe or even jump out of the way of a car without thinking about it.  We just do it.

For your home defense work, you want to train your muscle memory to work in the different situations you might be thrown into.  Spend some time thinking about what might occur.  Break them down into bite size chunks  and slowly practicing them until you get the movement down perfectly.  Then slowly speed up adding another movement.  Slow down if you get out of rhythm.

Muscle memory is the only way you are going to be fast and accurate under pressure. I urge you to work on developing yours.

This is an adaption of a chapter of my book – Get ER Done-The Green Beret Guide to Productivity.  You can get the book over at Achieve the Green Beret Way.com.

Gun Control: Police In Upstate New York Refuse To Enforce Safe Act

Gun Control: Police In Upstate New York Refuse To Enforce Safe Act

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New York Assemblyman Bill Nojay believes that the state’s SAFE Act is just the beginning of a movement in the state to infringe upon Second Amendment rights. The gun control legislation was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo one year ago this month. Nojay does not seem to be ready to concede defeat to the gun control contingent just yet. He recently stated that the fight to “restore the right to bear arms” is far from over, with a legal challenge to the law working its way through the court system. The New York assemblyman wants to see the lawmakers who voted in favor of the anti-Second Amendment bill “be held accountable.”




In December, US Chief District Judge William M. Skretny upheld two SAFE Act provisions. He ruled that the bans on high-capacity magazines (10 rounds of more) and “assault weapons” ban are constitutional. The district judge did, though, strike down part of the law that would have made it a crime to possess a gun with more than seven bullets. Nojay said that Assembly Democrats also want every firearm dealers to lock up every single weapon every night. The lawmaker also said that Democrats in the state legislature and gun control advocacy groups want to prohibit the transportation of firearms in and out of New York “which would put all of our manufacturers out of business.”

Bill Nojay had this to say about the SAFE Act and future gun control initiatives in New York:

The rank-and file-troopers don’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know a single sheriff upstate who is going to enforce it. If you don’t have the troopers and you don’t have the sheriffs, who have you got? You’ve got Governor Andrew Cuomo pounding on the table in Albany. I know a few hundred of these gun owners. I don’t know of any of them that are going to be registered.

During a meeting at the South Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, Nojay was asked what the public could do to convince fellow gun owners to get involved in the political fight against gun control laws. One woman told Nojay she knows 10 gun owners in her family who don’t care about fighting the law or voting because they don’t see how it impacts them.

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The Second Amendment supporting lawmaker said:

My answer is very simple: The Safe Act is not the end, it’s the beginning. You don’t have to take my word for it. You look at the bills that are before the state legislature that the Democrats from New York City want to see passed. … They [Democrats] believe that anyone who owns a firearm should be required to have $3 or $5 million of liability insurance. They don’t care … what happens north of the Bronx in terms of employment. In fact, I had a Democrat say to me, and we were taking an elevator ride, and I said, ‘You know, you’re killing us with the job situation in upstate New York. And he looks at me like a teacher would look at a slow child and he said, ‘Bill, why would we want to create more jobs in upstate New York? Those are going to be likely Republicans who are going to vote against us.’”

New York has 62 counties, and a total of 52 counties have already passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act. If the refusal to enforce the dictates of the new statute continues in the law enforcement realm, a ruling by a federal judge to uphold most of the provisions will be essentially meaningless.


How to Load a Handgun

How to Load a Handgun

How to load a handgun might seem really simplistic for those who have been shooting for years and years, but it can be really intimidating for how to load a handgun

newbies starting out.Especially out on the range; no one likes to look stupid and worst do something unsafe.  Too many experienced people breeze over this when they are showing someone new.If you get one step out of order, the results can be extremely bad.

To Load:

  1. Make sure you pick up the weapon with your firing hand and lock the slide back with your non dominate hand.
  2. Make sure the rounds are seated properly with the finger of your non firing hand.
  3. Seat the magazine firmly.
  4. I was trained to use the slide release to let the slide go forward.  I am trending now to simply pull the slide back.  This seems to be a more natural movement.

To Unload:

  1. (Not mentioned in the video) Make sure weapon is on safe if it has a safety.
  2. Release magazine, make sure your non firing hand has the magazine under control.
  3. Pull and lock the slide to the rear, don’t get fancy and try to catch the round.
  4. Inspect the chamber and put the gun down.


What You Need to Know about Cover and Concealment

What You Need to Know about Cover and Concealment

Cover and concealment are your friends when you enter a threat situation. If someone can’t find you they most likely can’t hurt cover and concealmentyou. If they know where you are but can’t get at you, once again mostly likely they can’t hurt you. The thing you don’t want to do is confuse the two.

We found a great video from Ruger that explains the two and how to use them in a gun fight.

First of all, before you even get close to a threat situation hopefully you have the situational awareness to see it coming and avoid it. If you can’t avoid it, your situational awareness should provide you with ways to escape it (in other words, run away.) There is no glory going into a gun fight if you can avoid in any means possible.


Concealment is something that hides you from observation.  It does not stop bullets. Now both concealment and cover are relative terms. It depends on the attackers ability to see you and what kind of firepower they have. A home invader with no flashlight and a knife will not be able to see you if you hide behind a ceiling to floor length drape. The drape will not stop a knife, but a hollow core closet door will stop it. On the other hand, if the attacker had a .45 pistol, the hollow core door provides absolutely no cover.


Cover is something that keeps you from getting shot.  As I mentioned before, it all depends on the attacker’s weapons. A sofa might be good cover against a hollow point, but not against an AR-15. Check out the video for some great tips on how to use cover during a gunfight.

One exercise I have for you is to look around as you go through your day and identify what you could use for cover and concealment if something happened at that very moment. It will train you to look for these things.


M1911 Conditions of Carry

M1911 Conditions of Carry

You might not have a M1911 or even a .45 but it is a good idea to understand the conditions of carry.conditins of carry

Conditions of Carry 0 -4

  • Condition 0 – A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety is off.
  • Condition 1 – Also known as “cocked and locked,” means a round is in the chamber, the hammer is cocked, and the manual thumb safety on the side of the frame is applied.
  • Condition 2 – A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down.
  • Condition 3 – The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a charged magazine in the gun.
  • Condition 4 – The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the gun.

Obviously you aren’t going to carry a gun in condition 4, that would be pretty useless. We have a good video for you which explains each of the positions and why you might want to carry in Conditions 3 or 1.

Make sure you watch to see why you don’t want to carry in Condition 2. Many people who are used to guns such as the Beretta M9 or Glock type guns will want to carry the M1911 in Condition 2. Don’t do it. It is far too easy to pop off a round trying to decock it.