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  • AWA: '#NotMe Day' to Take Place on June 18

    Andrea Stump, Chapter Leader, Sterling, CO Chapter|Jun 15, 2022

    In light of the recent tragic events across the nation over the last few months I’ve been asking myself many questions, primarily- am I prepared enough to protect myself and my loved ones for the evil that pervades our society? It’s a horrible reality that we can no longer go to the grocery store or to church without the possibility of something terrible happening. Now I won’t get into the politics of it all because that’s simply not my place. But I do want to encourage each and every one of you to thoughtfully consider how you want to...

  • AWA Shooting Fundamentals

    Andrea Stump, Chapter Leader, Sterling, CO Chapter|Jun 1, 2022

    For those of you who are new to shooting or who don’t have a lot of experience, this article will walk through the fundamentals of shooting, including proper stance, grip, sight alignment, and trigger squeeze. I published this last summer but it’s always good to have a refresher on these basics! Stance: Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and in line with each other or with one foot slightly in front of the other, like a fighter’s stance. Make sure you have a slight bend in your knees. Your torso should be leaning forward, hinging...

  • Legal Considerations of Firearms Part 4

    Andrea Stump, Chapter Leader|Mar 16, 2022

    Over the last couple months, I’ve been discussing some legal considerations of owning and using firearms. I’ve been discussing a scenario in which a man breaks into your home and your spouse shoots him before he has a chance to fire the gun pointed at you. Let’s wrap up our discussion on this by talking about two important laws and other considerations. As always, please remember that none of the information in my articles should be construed as legal advice nor is it a guarantee or promise of any particular legal outcome- positive,...

  • Armed Women of America

    Andrea Stump, Chapter Leader AWA Sterling, CO Chapter|Mar 2, 2022

    I recently discussed several important things to do and to consider in the aftermath of a self-defense shooting. Today we’ll discuss three important factors that help determine whether or not a shooting is justified, including the ability factor, the opportunity factor, and the jeopardy factor. Using lethal force for self-defense is only justified in situations of immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to oneself or other innocent persons. Often times a court of law will determine if a self-defense shooting is justified based on...

  • The Well-Armed Woman: Home Invasions- Weapon Considerations

    Andrea Stump, TWAW Chapter leader|Dec 15, 2021

    I’d like to wrap up my home invasion series by discussing weapons. While this article will focus on firearms, it is important to note that many things can be used as weapons for home defense, though some will be more effective than others. Baseball bats are a good go-to option for those who do not feel comfortable having a firearm in the home. A hotly debated topic among those in the firearm community is: what is the best home defense gun? The short answer is whatever gun you feel most comfortable with, but that would make for a short...

  • The Well-Armed Woman

    Andrea Stump, TWAW Chapter Leader|Nov 17, 2021

    Let’s revisit the scenario I presented in my last article: It’s 2:00 AM on a Tuesday night and you and your spouse are fast asleep in bed. Your kids are comfortably tucked in down the hallway. All is quiet in the house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Suddenly, you’re jolted awake by the sound of glass shattering and your security system blaring. In your sleepy stupor you’re not sure where the sound came from, all you know is that something was broken. Your heart starts to race and you feel the adrenaline pumping through...

  • The Well-Armed Woman

    Andrea Stump, TWAW Chapter Leader|Nov 3, 2021

    It’s 2 AM on a Tuesday night and you and your spouse are fast asleep in bed. Your kids are comfortably tucked in down the hallway. All is quiet in the house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Suddenly, you’re jolted awake by the sound of glass shattering. In your sleepy stupor you’re not sure where the sound came from, all you know is that something was broken. Your heart starts to race and you feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins- one of your worst fears may be coming true… Unfortunately, home invasions are more c...

  • The Well-Armed Woman

    Andrea Stump, TWAW Chapter Leader|Sep 15, 2021

    This summer I’ve spent time writing about shooting fundamentals and basic range drills. This article will wrap up these topics by going over common shooting mistakes. I’ll categorize the mistakes into 4 categories: Grip/stance, trigger control, aiming, and psychological. Grip/Stance Mistakes Neglecting to have your shooting hand high on the backstrap of the gun or having your support hand too low on the gun. Both of these will make managing recoil harder and will make you less accurate. Standing straight or leaning backwards when shooting....