Month: June 2016

MTR Custom Leather New Weapons Alert June 2016:

MTR Custom Leather New Weapons Alert June 2016:

• Smith & Wesson Model 10 (All Barrel Lengths)
• Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Performance Center      Ported 9mm
• Ruger LCR .22 LR
• Sig Sauer P226 Legion
• Sig Sauer P229 Legion
• Sig Sauer P229 Legion SAS
• Taurus PT 809 C
• Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Compact Threaded Barrel
• Colt M45A1 5”
• Sig Sauer P220 Combat
• Springfield Armory EMP 3” & 4”
• Remington 380
• STI 2011 DS 4.0 & 5.0
• Sig Sauer P229 Not Railed
• Steyr L9-A1
• Springfield Armory XDM 4.5 45 Threaded Barrel
• Smith & Wesson M&P 9/40 Performance 4.25” & 5”
• Rock Island TCM models, TAC models, Pro Match Ultra HC, GI Standard models & Rock models
• Sig Sauer P227 SAS Gen 2
• Sig Sauer P229 SAS Gen 2
• Ruger American 9mm
• Honor Guard Defense
• Kahr Amrs TP45
• Kriss Sphinx 9mm Compact & Sub-Compact
• Heckler &Koch H&K P7M13
• Heckler & Koch H&K 45 FS Threaded Barrel
• Smith & Wesson Model 5906

An Important Tip When Purchasing A Firearm

An Important Tip When Purchasing A Firearm

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Two important topics my partner Dan and I cover in our classes are: how does one go about purchasing a firearm and what type of firearm should I purchase?   Even though these questions seem like they’re related, they require two completely different answers.   They are asked not only by those who are new to the shooting sport, but also by experienced shooters who may not have purchased a firearm in some time.  The first question is going to be discussed in this article, while the second will be answered in a future one.


Purchasing a firearm is not like buying any other item because once you pay for it, it’s yours.  You can’t go back to the gun shop and return it, and expect to get your money back.   Yes, you can sell it or trade it in, but in all likelihood, you will lose thirty to forty percent of your original investment.  For this reason, and others to be mentioned in future articles, one must give a lot of thought before laying out the cash for a firearm.

losing money

Dan and I are range safety officers at the busiest, public range in Missouri, operated by The Missouri Department of Conservation.   This allows us the opportunity to talk to a lot of people about the shooting sport in general, as well as why they chose the firearm they did.  Approximately 55,000 to 60,000 people shoot or take classes at the range annually, so as you can imagine, we get many different answers.

range shooting

When asked why they chose a specific gun, many said that was what the salesperson suggested.  In the vast majority of these instances, the buyer was essentially inactive in the purchasing process.   In other words, he or she was just sold the firearm.  This usually happens when people haven’t done as much research as they should have.  We try to impress upon our clients that it is extremely important to do some thorough research on the firearm(s) you’re interested in purchasing before you go to the store.  This means that one should ask experienced shooters, look online for different reviews, or go to a range where you can rent firearms and actually try them out.  By doing your research, it makes it much easier to be an active participant in the purchasing process.

gun salesman

Unfortunately, many new shooters, especially after spending a session at the range with their new firearm, are unable to hit the target with any consistency at seven yards.  An older couple came to the range to shoot their .38 Special/.357 Magnum revolver.  It was a Smith and Wesson that had a 2.5 inch barrel.  It became apparent that they had not shot very often, as they hit the target no more than five times out of 20 rounds.  After talking with them, they told me that their shooting experience was very limited and this was the first time they had shot their new gun.  They knew they weren’t being successful and it was easy to see their disappointment and frustration. I asked them why they had chosen that specific firearm.  They told me that the salesperson behind the counter had suggested it.  Since they didn’t know any better, this nice couple bought the gun.

38 special

For situations just like this, I bring my Ruger Mark II Target, .22 semi-automatic ruger markto the range.  It has a significantly easier recoil than their revolver and doesn’t make near the noise when shot.  It also has a 5.5 inch bull barrel and is very accurate.  With their permission, I brought the gun to their booth, showed them how to shoot it and supplied them with 50 rounds.  What a difference!   All 50 rounds hit within a six inch circle at seven yards.  It was great to see the smile on their face.  We spoke about how to purchase a gun, and two weeks later, they came to the range with their new Ruger Mark III Target gun.   Yes, success breeds success!


Like most new skills, whether they are cognitive or physical, one must have the right tool for the right job.  So, before purchasing a new firearm, do thorough research on the one(s) you are thinking about buying by asking experienced shooters, reading reviews on the internet, and going to a range where you can rent and shoot the firearms.  Remember, be the person who is active in the purchasing process, not the one who is just sold the gun.


Mike Hirsch

Missouri Personal Protection Academy



“Why is it necessary for me to learn how to shoot, and especially conceal carry?”

A question that I get asked, especially by the ladies, is, “Why is it necessary for me to learn how to shoot, and especially conceal carry?”  When pondering these important questions, most conclude that, “… being a victim of a crime will probably never happen to me, so what’s the big deal?”   Let me relate a story about something that just recently happened to a friend of my family that had a far smaller probability than someone being involved in a violent crime.


My friend’s daughter bought a raffle ticket to support a charity.   Tickets were sold internationally and the big prize was a car.  I can’t tell you the odds or probability of her winning the car, but we can all imagine that it was, needless to say, very small.  Well, as luck would have it, she actually won the car!  When my friend called us on the phone, we could immediately tell that he was very excited about something.    He told us about his daughter’s good fortune, and then said, “Who would have ever thought that this could have happened to her?”


Agreeably, the probability of a woman being a victim of a crime is extremely small.  According to statistics, women between the ages of 18 to 24 are the most likely group to be targeted in some type of crime, whether it is violent or not.   Even though the rate of violent crimes, according to FBI statistics, has decreased from 1 person out of 140 in 1994, to 1 person out of 271 in 2013, one must not lose sight of the fact that it just could happen to you.  I’m not suggesting we should all walk around in fear, but I am saying that as responsible people, why not be prepared for that “unfortunate” situation?


Of course, there is an equally valid reason, besides being able to defend yourself and loved ones, to learn how to safely own and shoot a firearm.  The obvious reason is that it is fun and demands some degree of skill to be good.  Probably 40% to 45% of my clients are ladies, and that percentage seems to increase every year.  I’ve heard some say that women are inherently weaker shooters than men. I absolutely do not agree; and in fact, my best students have been ladies.  Some of the ladies have told me that they have formed a “get together” where they meet at the range to shoot, and then go out for lunch after their session.


In closing, there are many good reasons to learn to how to safely handle and shoot a gun, some of which are discussed in this article.  The best reasons, however, are the ones you choose.  So go out there and learn, improve, and enjoy the shooting sport.


Mike Hirsch

Missouri Personal Protection Academy

June 6, 2016


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MTR Custom Leather is now carrying Ulticlip as an option for clip attachment on your holster and mag carriers. Check out the videos.


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