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      Barbara Baird

      Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in travel and outdoor markets, She is the publisher of and a blogger at A certified NRA handgun instructor and RSO, she can be found most weekends at the range or afield.

RIP R. Lee Ermey

One of the perks of this gun writing gig is that I get to meet interesting icons. R. Lee Ermey was one. You may remember him from “Full Metal Jacket,” or as Dr. House’s dad, John, in “House,” or from a collection of other popular movies and TV shows. He hosted 2 shows on the History Channel: “Mail Call” and “Lock ‘n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey.” He also appeared on Outdoor Channel in “GunnyTime.” Known as “Gunny,” he served in the United States Marine Corps as a drill instructor. He died on Sunday, April 15, from complications because of pneumonia. He was 74.

Why She’ll Want A Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

4:45 PM 05/23/2017

S&W rolled out the new M&P M2.0 pistol for the public last January. The 9mm is an improvement on the original M&P polymer pistol line because it is built on a new platform, changing the trigger, grip, frame and finish. On the new model, the slide release is bilateral, which lefties will love. The magazine release also can be changed over for a leftie.

What To Say When Your Doctor Asks You About Your Gun

2:47 PM 08/02/2016

In a recent podcast of “The Women’s Gun Show,” Carrie Lightfoot interviewed Dr. John Edeen, membership director for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO). She asked him how to respond to questions from your doctor regarding your firearms ownership.

Bring it: ‘NRA Moms’ vs. Bloomberg’s ‘Moms Demand Action’

9:58 PM 05/08/2014

And so it begins. Quite possibly, one of the most interesting gun control battles in a long time will be held in the world of Mom-dom. Soccer moms from across this land will put on the shoulder pads of pro- or anti-gun control sides and head out for knock-down, drag-out media wars. The field will get bloodied and believe me, there will not be any Kool-Aid moms in white pants running around in this scenario.