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He takes you fishing, teaches you new knots, and cheers you on through every catch. This means you have to find just the right Father’s Day fishing gifts for your number one angling Dad. Carefully consider which fishing gifts should make the cut though, because the best Father’s Day gift ideas are the ones that Dad can always use. 

Skip the aftershave and soap on a rope this year. Go for a few of these fishing gift ideas instead.

1. Spoon Assortment

Give Dad an assortment of casting and trolling spoons in a variety of sizes and colors. Spoons are simply designed, easy to use, and are proven fish catchers. These are good fishing gifts for Dad to use when targeting largemouth bass, walleye, northern pike, trout, salmon, and muskellunge.

2. Insulated Vacuum Bottle

Help Dad keep his beverages at the right temperature. Give him an insulated vacuum bottle that keeps his coffee hot on cool days and his water or lemonade cold on hot days. Look for an insulated bottle made from rust proof stainless steel that will hold up to years of use in all weather conditions. Insulated vacuum bottles are not only practical Father’s Day fishing gifts, they can also be used if Dad likes to hunt or hike.

3. Pliers

Even if Dad already has one pair of pliers, this is one of those Father’s Day gifts that he can always use in multiples. In fact, having a back-up pair of pliers is a necessity because they tend to accidentally go overboard from time to time. Before you gift a pair to Dad this year, attach a piece of an old pool noodle to the pliers with fishing line to save them from sinking to the bottom of the lake. 

Continue reading 6 Father’s Day Fishing Gifts Dad Can Always Use from TakeMeFishing.org here.

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Would you like to help boaters be safe and keep waters clean in your local area? Begun over 25 years ago and one of the longest-running boating community grant programs, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Grassroots Grant program provides local groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics. A 365-day rolling grant application process allows applicants to apply at any time throughout the year, speeding the review process and allowing flexibility in funding projects.

A Grassroots grant helped these youngsters understand marine debris in their own community. BoatUS Foundation Grant

To get started, all a local group has to do is submit a short letter of intent explaining its idea. If the idea is strong and meets Grassroots Grant program guidelines, the BoatUS Foundation will ask for a full proposal. Past projects have ranged from public service announcements on the effects of boating under the influence and installing fishing line recycling bins to hands-on education about the effects of marine debris and even a distinctive airborne blimp adorned with boating safety messages.

“Our goal is facilitate behavioral changes in the boating community,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Outreach Alanna Keating. “We are always looking for unique ideas that reach local boaters, either through technology or in other ways that can be measured in terms of success.”

Since 1989, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million to organizations that have developed creative projects to promote safe and clean boating on their local waterways. For more information or to apply, go to BoatUS.org/Grants.

About the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by donations from the more than half-million members of Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nonprofit provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. A range of boating safety courses – including 36 free state courses – can be found at BoatUS.org/Courses.

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Summer is upon us and one of the biggest hurdles to overcome as women is how to dress while carrying a firearm. While the styles are cute, you need to make sure your holster and the outfit work well together. I recently spent a day shopping for some perfect summer outfits and put together the following concealed carry fashion tips.

Sponsored by CrossBreed Holsters

Modular Belly Band

I chose to start with a very common look for summer, sporty casual. This outfit includes a terry fabric athletic short, Bermuda pink baseball t-shirt, mixed stripe open front vest and slip-on white sneakers. 

CrossBreed’s Modular Belly Band concealed carry fashion

As with most active wear, belt loops are non-existent. The waistband is generally stretchy as well, eliminating the option of carrying a holster attached to clothing. CrossBreed’s Modular Belly Band solves this dilemma. This holster has an elastic band that stretches around the waist, fastening to itself with Velcro. In addition, instead of a one-size-fits-most pocket in the belly band for the firearm, this rig uses a molded Kydex attachment with Velcro backing that can be placed on the belly band wherever it is comfortable for the individual. Not only does the belly band fasten to itself once, it also has enough length to fold over the top of the Kydex pocket and attach a second time. This creates a secure, sturdy holster set up. Most people like to wear the belly band around their waistline, but it can be adjusted up or down, depending on what’s comfortable and conceals the best. 

CrossBreed’s Modular Belly Band concealed carry fashion

The modular belly band would also work nicely with this second outfit: a flutter-sleeve floral dress, woven multi-colored sandals and blush faux leather cross body purse. It would require lifting the dress to draw the gun, but in a life or death situation, I’d be willing to expose myself. Practice your draw with an unloaded firearm ahead of time to make sure you’re familiar with the body mechanics prior to carrying it for personal protection. 

MSRP: $69.95

OWB DropSlide

The next outfit I chose includes a pair of black skinny jeggings, black v-neck mesh tank top, floral open front kimono and tan multi-strap cork wedge heels. The belt loops on this specific pair of pants were large enough to accommodate a wide belt, allowing me to wear an outside-the-waistband, aka OWB, holster. 

CrossBreed’s OWB DropSlide concealed carry fashion

I went with CrossBreed’s OWB DropSlide holster for this specific outfit, knowing that the kimono would cover it. This holster secures to your body by threading a belt through the 2 slots. The DropSlide can be made with any of the 3 leather options, as well as several Kydex colors. I talk more about this holster here. In the heat of the summer, sometimes it’s nice to have an OWB option, instead of having a holster inside the waistband. 

MSRP: $51.95

SuperTuck

Another outfit that’s perfect for summer consists of these gold rust color jeggings, blue v-neck camisole, floral stripe cold shoulder top, stripe phone case wristlet and Huarache open toe sandals. 

CrossBreed’s SuperTuck concealed carry fashion

The jeggings are the same type as the black pants above, so the belt loop width is also identical. With the option to wear a belt, I chose CrossBreed’s SuperTuck holster for this ensemble. The SuperTuck is one of the most popular holsters that CrossBreed offers. It is worn inside the waistband, yet allows for a tucked-in shirt, should you be so inclined. With the camisole and shirt that I picked out, I’d wear it over the holster, making it practically invisible. The 2 clips fasten over a belt, making it a comfortable, stable platform for any firearm. The ride height and the cant can also be adjusted, for an easy draw stroke.  

MSRP: $69.75

Freedom Carry

Considering that the 4th of July is right around the corner, I purposefully went with a patriotic-themed outfit. It includes a pair of white-denim, frayed shorts, berry star print tank top, sleeveless open front stripe vest, flag aviator sunglasses and burgundy faux leather sandals.

CrossBreed’s Freedom Carry IWB holster concealed carry fashion

Again, I checked the belt loops on the shorts and they work with my belt. It’s only fitting that since I’m feeling festive, I went with CrossBreed’s Freedom Carry IWB holster. This holster is slim and only has 1 clip that attaches to a belt, allowing you the freedom to carry in the appendix location, as well as cross-body or on your hip. While the Kydex pocket is fixed in a straight-draw position, the clip allows for an adjustable cant. Less bulk is an added plus and makes concealing a firearm very feasible. 

MSRP: $64.50

Mini Appendix & Purse Defender

Lastly, I chose a lightweight summer outfit that includes button-fly destructed dark denim shorts, retro floral v-neck tank top, blue camisole and black strappy sandals. 

CrossBreed’s Mini Appendix concealed carry fashion

I chose CrossBreed’s Mini Appendix holster for this outfit, mainly because I didn’t want to add too much weight to these breezy, lightweight garments. With the Mini Appendix, I can carry a smaller firearm easily without it being visible. This holster is made with women in mind, giving us the option of appendix carry, without added bulk or discomfort. I’ve found that I can carry using this holster with practically any outfit! 

MSRP: $59.50

CrossBreed’s Purse Defender concealed carry fashion

Or, if you’d prefer not to carry on body, you can pair the same outfit with the Purse Defender and use your own handbag. The Purse Defender utilizes a Velcro-lined “L”-shaped panel that fits inside your purse. With the same Kydex attachment used with the Modular Belly Band, it attaches to the panel inside the purse. This keeps the firearm upright and easily accessible, as well as the trigger safely covered. 

MSRP: $49.95

CrossBreed for All Your Concealed Carry Fashion Ensembles

No matter your style, CrossBreed is sure to have a holster that will work for you. For peace of mind, they offer a “Two Week, Try it Free Guarantee” and will refund the purchase price if you choose to return it for any reason. I’m willing to bet you’ll love it!  What are you waiting for? Check out all their holster options here

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In a world that increasingly consists of flat expanses of pavement, a hike can seem like an intimidating pursuit. How can you get in shape for hiking if you live in a city or don’t have time during the week to get out on trails? Here are tips for people at every level of fitness to boost their hiking prowess without having to hit the mountains.

In addition to improving cardiovascular and pulmonary health, hiking utilizes many of the body’s major muscle groups. Climbing uphill engages the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, knees, and calves, while hiking downhill further incorporates the ankles, feet, and hips. In short, hiking is a full leg workout. Additionally, no matter if you’re hiking up or down, uneven terrain requires a strong core for good balance. If you want to tone your arms, hike with trekking poles, which help lessen the load on your knees by transferring some of it to your arms.

How to Train in a City

Gyms have many machines that help strengthen the muscles used in hiking. Using these tools can be a quick way to get in good hiking shape – if you are the kind of person who enjoys going to the gym. For beginning hikers, a day on the trails can have an especially strong impact on the quadriceps, the large muscle group running across the top of your legs above the knee. Quads are used to bend, straighten, and support your knees while you are hiking. On long or steep ascents, your quads will burn because they are activated more than they are while hiking or walking on a flat sidewalk. To help prepare your muscles for the strain of hiking uphill, incorporate exercises that target the quadriceps.

The stair climber machine is a great place to start, as the motion of climbing stairs is pretty similar to that of hiking uphill. Another good option is the treadmill. Most treadmills have an incline function that allows you to increase its angle, mimicking the angle of a hill. Most top out at a 12% grade, which is less steep than most hikes, but this is still a great place to start. For either the stair climber or the treadmill, start with a 10- or 15-minute set of ascending. Don’t go too fast! This is a common mistake that beginner hikers make, and it can lead to both injury and misery.

You should be moving at a pace that allows for conversation rather than one that requires a lot of breaks. After 10 or 15 minutes, either lower the angle of the treadmill or ease up on the pace of the stair climber. Continue walking at an easy pace for seven minutes and then go back to the harder angle.

Continue reading “Train For Any Hike” at Partselect.com here.

This Retro WON first appeared August 4, 2017.

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Like thousands of others, I attended the 2019 SHOT Show eagerly seeking out the hottest new products. On the top of my list were the 2 new 9mm Slimline GLOCKs and I could not wait to get my hands on them. When SIG Sauer rocked the gun world with its P365 “high-capacity micro-compact,” GLOCK owners looked at their beloved GLOCK 43 with crestfallen gaze and wondered when GLOCK would come out with its version of a slim, concealed-carry gun with a 10+1 round capacity. True to GLOCK, it listened to its customers and came out with the new G43X semi-automatic subcompact. 

Sponsored by GLOCK

Holding the G43X at the show, a few things stood out – most  noticeably, the silver corrosion-resistant nPVD finish on the slide. I also noticed the addition of front slide serrations, and its slim 01 10-round, single-stack magazines with orange mag followers. Features consistent with the Gen 5 changes include the lack of finger grooves (thank you!), the flared magwell and the slightly more pronounced beaver tail (goodbye slide bites!). As summer draws near, many will start looking at different CCW options. Here’s why I think the G43X is an excellent option for women to consider. 

First of all, this will be a great fit for women looking for a smaller and lighter handgun. The mini-GLOCK fits perfectly in my relatively small hands, yet still has room for more. Compared to the G43, the G43X is better balanced with a longer grip, yet the same slide length. The slightly wider frame feels a little more substantial without adding much weight or girth. While it may not fit all G43 holsters, the G43X fits quite well into my G-code Eclipse and it concealed comfortably. The butt of the grip did print a little, compared to my G43, but with a little adjustment, it wasn’t noticeable. 

According to GLOCK’s website, the G43X has the same barrel (3.41 inches) and slide length (6.06 inches) as the G43, but measures a slightly longer length overall at 6.5 inches, compared to 6.26 inches. The slide comes in at 0.87 inch wide and overall the frame is slightly wider at 1.1 inches, but the difference between the G43X and the G43 is negligible. The extended magazine lengthens the grip to 5.04 inches and allows for a much fuller grip. My pinkie rests comfortably on the grip, which was only possible on the G43 with an extended mag. Unloaded, the G43X weighs in at 18.7 ounces. The trigger pull comes in at 5.5 pounds, with a trigger reach of 2.54 inches. It also comes with either standard fixed sights, night sights (GNS), or AmeriGlo BOLD Sights. The model I tested had standard notch sights (that I can’t wait to switch out) but were sufficient for the test. 

Secondly, it’s a GLOCK. Known for reliability and precision, GLOCK predictably delivers. I broke the gun in with more than 250 rounds of a variety of ball ammo (Blazer Brass, Fiocchi, Winchester, Remington, Magtech) and had nary a glitch. I ran some drills and shot at different distances just to get a feel for the trigger, recoil management and speed and I was impressed that I didn’t end up with even a hint of “GLOCK knuckle,” thanks to the little trigger cut-out. The gun is pleasant to handle, which is most likely due to its longer grip. It also is easy to manipulate the slide. I like that there is enough room for a nice high grip without completely swallowing the gun. I did notice that sights required a 6 o’clock hold; otherwise, I shot consistently high. Compared to other subcompacts, the G43X isn’t as snappy and is not at all finicky with ammo, which is a bonus for my budget.

I wanted to test out its accuracy at 7 yards from a bench rest position on some AP-2 targets. I shot 5-round groups 5 times for each type of ammo. I was surprised to get 3 stove pipes in 6 shots but when I realized that it was due to how I was setting my hand and gun on the shooting rest, I adjusted it and didn’t have any issues afterwards. 

G43X Accuracy Results in Inches

Remington UMC, Full Metal Jacket, 115 grain: largest group -1.25; smallest group .75; average – 0.875

Blazer Brass, FMJ, 115 grain: largest group – 1.5; smallest group 1; average 1.25

Magtech, FMJ, 115 grain: largest group – 1.5; smallest group 1; average 1.25

Barnes Tac-XPD, 9mm +P, Techni-Crom-plated Hollow Point 115 grain: largest group – 1.5; smallest group .875; average 1.15

The GLOCK 43X

Overall, GLOCK brought out yet another winner. This is an excellent CCW option for women as it is small, reliable, accurate and, at an MSRP starting at $538, budget-friendly. 

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The following blog is an excerpt from 11 Cool National Parks to Raft, Kayak, & Canoe by the National Park Foundation.

(James Kaiser photo)

If it’s an off-the-grid national park vacation – away from the crowds – you’re looking for, then grab a paddle. From the unique vantage point of a raft, kayak, or canoe, you can access and explore the beauty and solitude of some of our most treasured wild places.

Among the countless reacreational activities available in parks, the National Park Foundation proudly supports projects and programs to enable unforgettable paddling experiences. In Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers, funds helped clean the area and develop canoe pull-off areas. A grant to Redwood National and State Parks enabled park rangers to lead free kayak tours.

Meanwhile, Missouri National Recreational River received a grant to improve road and boat ramps, and the National Park Foundation helped provide training for community volunteers to learn how to teach others to stand-up paddle board at New River Gorge National River through its Get Active in the Park program.

Need some inspiration to try some of these experiences for yourself? Here are 11 more incredible spots to go paddling in national parks.

PACIFIC COAST ADVENTURES

Channel Islands National Park is a chain of five islands located off California’s central coast that’s often referred to as the “Galapagos of North America.” While visitors can arrange a visit to any of the islands by boat or plane, many people opt to take the ferry to the largest, Santa Cruz Island. The ferry runs year-round to the island and within an hour, you’ve arrived!

Experienced paddlers can rent a kayak and arrange to have it transported to the islands for exploring solo. Otherwise, Channel Islands Adventure Company is the only outfitter permitted to offer guided tours. From a kayak you can explore the rugged shoreline, disappear in and out of massive sea caves and take in the magnificent wildlife of this marine sanctuary.

(James Kaiser photo) EXCLUSIVE VIEWS OF WYOMING

Float into the heart of Grand Teton National Park and feel like you have it all to yourself on a Jackson Lake kayaking trip. It’s easy to grab a non-motorized boat permit and launch your boat from the Colter Bay Marina or Signal Mountain Boat Launch on your own. You can also hook up with an authorized outfitter for a multi-day sea kayaking adventure that will give you exclusive access to backcountry campsites, idyllic mountain views, spectacular hiking opportunities, and up-close-and-personal wildlife shows (think bear and moose).

Continue reading 11 Cool National Parks to Raft, Kayak, & Canoe from the National Parks Foundation Blog here.

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We live in an age where the industry is realizing that women who love the outdoors want not only function, but also fashion. When I look for clothes these days, they need to fit into my tactical/outdoor lifestyle. I conceal carry every day and need clothes that help me conceal year-round. 

Sponsored by 5.11 Tactical

The Penelope Jacket by 5.11 does just that. Quite honestly, when you first look at the jacket, it looks a bit funky. Maybe you’re not sure how it’s going to fit in with your other attire or maybe you’re concerned that people will stare at the slightly odd shape in the back (the pleating). But actually, the “oddness” is exactly why it works. 

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The Penelope Jacket looks like an ordinary jean jacket with a bit of fashion flare in the back. But what is fashion without function? The jacket is made of cotton, nylon and canvas, which allows it to fall straight. There’s also pleating in the back and all of these features allow for easy concealed carrying practically anywhere on the body. 

Designed with 6 pockets, it allows you to carry everything you need right on your person. I’m able to carry my phone, wallet, Chapstick and keys without changing the way the jacket functions. Sometimes, when you weigh a jacket down with stuff in the pockets, it can change how it lies, but not this jacket. I also discovered 2 pockets on the inside that aren’t “official” pockets, but they can absolutely serve as such. 

This jacket can be worn year-round. At the time of writing this, it’s practically summer here in central Texas and I had no trouble wearing it outside for an extended period of time. Though of course, a jacket is ideally worn in cooler conditions, but if need be, this can be worn in warmer weather. (And, there’s always that frosty air conditioning to contend with in hot climes.)

If you’re looking for a lightweight jacket that fits your concealed carry lifestyle, the Penelope Jacket by 5.11 is your ticket to concealability and function with a splash of fashion. 

Penelope Jacket

The Penelope Jacket comes in XS, S, M, L and XL. It comes in 2 colors – black and tundra. MSRP: $59.49. 

Find out more about the Penelope Jacket from 5.11 here.

Read about 5.11s Abby Tight.

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We all love to grill and some more than others, and while summer is a big grilling season several of us enjoy cooking out on the grill all year long. There is something celebratory about entertaining family and friends when you fire up the grill outdoors whether it’s in the comfort of your own backyard, a public park, or a favorite hunting campsite.

Some popular foods to grill include a variety of meats like elk and beef, vegetables and seafood, but hamburgers are the most popular of all foods when grills are fired up. And why wouldn’t they be? Hamburgers are easy to make, relatively inexpensive and they just taste great. Not to mention, they are truly adaptable. You can add variations of condiments and toppings like I do in my Onion Stacked Elk Cheeseburger recipe.

For these burgers, I use two pounds of ground elk meat divided into 6 equal portions before forming the patties. To help the lean meat from sticking on the grill, I like to brush each side of the patty with olive oil before seasoning with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Since elk is best cooked to medium rare or medium, I cook these burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side and sometimes use a meat thermometer to measure the internal doneness. Then I top each one with a slice of cheese and a stack of golden fried onions.

Place the onion stacked elk burgers between a hamburger bun and then pour your favorite barbecue sauce over the top and you’ll find another reason to get fired up about grillin’.

Onion Stacked Elk Cheeseburgers

Burgers: 6
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground elk
  • 1/4 cup dried onion flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slices mild cheddar cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • Barbecue sauce
Fried Onions
  • 2 sweet yellow onions
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Canola oil
Preparation

In bowl, combine the dried onion flakes and ground elk. Divide the meat into 6 equal portions and form patties. Brush both sides of the patties with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Continue reading the recipe Onion Stacked Elk Cheeseburgers from Nevada Foodies here.

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The magnitude of the mystery of “what women want” may never be fully unraveled, but we took a step toward that goal by examining what types of concealed carry guns we ladies choose most often. To discover the answers to this age-old (OK, maybe not quite that ancient) query, I consulted with one of my favorite firearms experts, Kaitlyn Lentz. You met her in the recent series titled “Girls Who Sell Guns – The Consultant: Kaitlyn Lentz.”

Sponsored by AZFirearms

Cheryl: Kaitlyn, as a firearms specialist at AZFirearms.com, a brick-and-mortar retail store in Arizona, what do you see as the most popular concealed-carry guns for women? 

Kaitlyn: One of the guns that many of our female shoppers take home is the Glock 43, the semi-auto 9mm slimmer framed Glock, due to the magazine being a single stack style. Another popular choice is the semi-auto Smith & Wesson M&P .380 Shield EZ, popular for the easy of functioning the slide. 

Often our customers, men and women alike, come in thinking they want one particular firearm, but then once they put several different guns in their own hands they realize the best gun for them is something entirely different. 

For both men and women, aesthetics are important: shape, size, color, weight. Questions they are seeking to answer are “How is this item going to fit in my hands, into my lifestyle and with my clothes and appearance?” 

These are all excellent questions, and while appearance is important, more important is the functionality. It may be “cool” or “pretty,” but is that really the right choice? These are the things that we help each individual customer discover.

Cheryl: What are women looking for in concealed-carry guns?

Kaitlyn: Most women come to us looking for small, easy to conceal, lightweight, purse/pocket guns. Something important to remember, however, when picking a smaller gun is the physical change that takes place between tiny/micro pistols versus the larger framed guns. For example, the more metal in a firearm, the larger the frame, the more recoil energy it will absorb. Because of this, the smaller framed guns are sometimes less comfortable to shoot, due to the amount of recoil and impact your hands will feel. 

Cheryl: How do your customers make their decisions? Do they do a lot of independent research or do they rely on experts like you?

Kaitlyn: Overall, I would say they look to the sales person/expert for advice, but our customers are getting more and more informed each year, due to the excellent research opportunities available online. When it comes to purchasing a life-saving tool of self-defense, there are few things that are as deeply personal as that. Each individual woman and man has a unique life circumstance and they are ultimately the best determiner of what will work best for their lives. 

Cheryl: You are in the area of Phoenix, Arizona, where the intense summer heat has to impact how and where women carry their firearms. How do your customers handle the changing seasons: heat, less clothing … when it’s cold and more layers … off body carry/purse carry, etc. 

Kaitlyn: What I say to my customers is that the right firearm is the one you are comfortable carrying and will diligently practice with. Your concealed carry gun doesn’t necessarily have to be a micro-mini sized gun. There are plenty of adaptive clothing items available on the market to assist with successfully concealing your carry gun. 

I carry a mid-size firearm everywhere, even if that means open carry, which is legal here in Arizona due to our Constitutional Carry laws. However, if I were to carry off-body in my purse, the size of the gun becomes less important, while the weight of carrying the gun becomes more important. 

Whatever you carry and wherever you carry it, train to carry that specific firearm. Practice drawing from the holster: thigh, appendix, bra, purse wherever – just be proficient with that set up.

Long range goals for many of our customers is to own a gun for every season, scenario and occasion, so while you are working toward your ultimate collection, train with what you have, carry what you have, become proficient with each new gun and holster.

Cheryl: Do you find that women are more or less inclined to want to carry versus own for home protection?

Kaitlyn: In my experience, women are looking for a carry gun. However, a gun is a gun and defense is defense. It doesn’t matter which reason initially motivated you, you’re going to use that firearm to defend yourself no matter where you are, so training and situational awareness are indispensable to being a responsibly armed citizen.

Cheryl: How did you decide to carry outside the home?

Kaitlyn: For me, it was never a decision of when, but of what, to carry. It took me awhile to make the decisions around what and how to carry. My personal journey led me to (mainly) carry what I’m training with at the time. That may change in the future. Even those of us who grew up around guns can feel the enormous responsibility involved in carrying a firearm outside our homes. It sometimes feels like an elephant-sized accessory that we think everyone can spot, no matter how well-holstered it is. Dedicated and ongoing practice with your concealed holster or purse will help make it feel more natural. 

Cheryl: What is your conceal carry gun of choice/dream conceal gun?

Kaitlyn: Currently I carry a Walther PPQ M2, but on my future wish list is a Walther CCP or Glock 42 or a Glock 43. 

Cheryl: Thank you for your time, Kaitlyn, and for helping both men and women, many of them who are new to the shooting sports, to find just the right tool to help keep them and their families safe!

Kaitlyn: It is absolutely my pleasure. I cannot imagine doing anything more fulfilling or meaningful.

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Small-game and youth hunting, Hunter Education training, target practice, and plinking: if any of these shooting sports are on your “to do” list, CZ-USA has a high-quality and affordable CZ 457 rimfire rifle for you and yours.

CZ 457 VARMINT MTR

And, for 2019, CZ-USA has improved and upgraded the CZ 457 family of rimfire rifles to make them even easier to use and accessorize than ever.

All new 457’s now feature an American-style push-to-fire safety–something Hunter Education instructors and 4-H shooting coaches had asked CZ-USA to change. Now, rimfire practice and training with the CZ 457 will mimic and reinforce the safety use on other American-style centerfire and rimfire rifles.

Meantime, CZ-USA also tweaked several smaller features on the CZ 457 line. To make these rifles a bit more comfortable in hand, the actions have been trimmed back nearly one-inch in length, and slab-sided to reduce the footprint and weight of the actions.

To make improve shooting with a scope mounted on the 457’s, CZ-USA ditched the 90º bolt rotation of the past in favor of 60º rotation. This change provides more room between bolt handle and scope for easier cycling of rounds. It also allows for the use of scopes with larger ocular bell diameters and lower ring heights.

To top it all off, there’s no need to buy an expensive after-market trigger with the CZ 457 family of rimfires. The 457’s now feature a trigger adjustable for weight, creep and overtravel, so the trigger can be fine-tuned for each shooter.

At the same time, the 457 family retains the exact same swappable barrel system as the 455 and the same reliable polymer magazine system.

Other features include a detachable magazine system (5, 10, 25 and single-shot adapter available in 22 LR), and a hardy nitride finish that stands up to hard use in the field. For ease of optics mounting, an 11mm dovetail is milled right into the receiver. And, stocks can be interchanged among the various 457 rimfires to better fit individual shooters.

Without a doubt, the new 457 Family of Rimfires is best rimfire platform CZ-USA has ever fielded.

New for 2019 CZ 457 Models include: CZ 457 VARMINT MTR

MTR stands for “Match Target Rifle,” and the chamber on this 457 Varmint is cut to the tightest specifications to perform impressively well with top-tier ammo. The Turkish walnut stock has a vertical grip with a comfortable palm swell and laser stippling for texture. A large, flat forend has dual QD studs for running a bipod and a sling; wrap-around stippling provides exceptional grip for the forward hand.

  • SKU: 02345
  • Cal: 22 LR. 
  • Stock/finish: Walnut/nitride
  • MSRP: $752
CZ 457 VARMINT

The standard heavy-barreled version of the 457, the Varmint has a .866″ cylindrical barrel. The Varmint performs well with a wide variety of rimfire loads, translating into an accurate platform for shooting targets or getting game. The Turkish walnut stock has an American-style comb for use with a scope and a wide, flat forend that rides a sandbag well. Laser-cut stippling gives grip fore and aft.

  • SKU: 02340, 02342, 02341
  • Cal: 22 LR, 17 HMR, 22 WMR. 
  • Stock/Finish: Walnut/Nitride  
  • MSRP: $522, $542, $542
CZ 457 VARMINT PRECISION TRAINER SUPPRESSOR-READY

The Precision Trainer was designed to provide the same look and feel like a full-size tactical rifle while allowing for more economical training. The Manners carbon-fiber composite stock anchors a rock-solid platform and is finished in a three-color camouflage pattern. The tapered Varmint barrel is threaded 1/2×28 for a suppressor. A paper-puncher with surgical precision.

  • SKU: 02356, 02338, 02358 (non-threaded)
  • Cal: 22 LR. 
  • Stock/Finish: Camo carbon fiber composite/nitride.  
  • MSRP: $1,144
CZ 457 PRO VARMINT SUPPRESSOR-READY 

The Pro Varmint has a heavy 16.5″ barrel threaded 1/2×28 for use with a suppressor or other muzzle device. The black-painted laminate stock incorporates features found on much more expensive stocks without pushing the price of the rifle through the roof. The short barrel gives plenty of time for the cartridge to get a full burn while increasing the rigidity of the barrel. Result: tack-driving accuracy. Quietly.

  • SKU: 02359
  • Cal: 22 LR. 
  • Stock/Finish: Black painted laminate/nitride. 
  • MSRP: $588
CZ 457 VARMINT AT-ONE®

Using the popular Boyd’s AT-ONE® stock, this 457 Varmint variant makes an ideal trainer for the whole family. With the push of a button, length of pull can be adjusted from 12.5″ to 14.25″. Comb height is similarly adjustable, with 5/8″ of rise available. The stiff laminate stock provides a nice, rigid platform, while the 16.5″ threaded heavy barrel makes fitting a suppressor easy.

  • SKU: 02365, 02366
  • Cal: 22 LR. 
  • Stock/Finish: Nutmeg laminate/nitride
  • MSRP: $660
CZ 457 LUX 

Designed in the European style, the Lux has a hogback stock fashioned from Turkish walnut, with a cheekpiece and comb ideal for use with its crisp iron sights. Like all 457s, features an 11mm dovetail for mounting optics. It can be quickly and easily swapped to a different chambering with the addition of a second barrel set (sold at CZ-USA webstore). One 5-round magazine is included.

  • SKU: 02301, 02303, 02302
  • Cal: 22 LR, 17 HMR, 22 WMR. 
  • Stock/Finish: Walnut/Nitride
  • MSRP: $499, $522, $522
CZ 457 TRAINING RIFLE

An ideal rifle for introducing youth to the shooting sports, the 457 Training Rifle is famous among rimfire competitors. The Training Rifle has a 24.8″ barrel, tangent rear sight (adjustable for distance) and beechwood stock with Schnabel forend. With its long sight radius and the crisp iron sights, the Training Rifle is a favorite in open-sight Rimfire Sporter competition. Shipped with a 5-round magazine; single-shot adapters and 10-round magazines are available.

  • SKU: 02300
  • Cal: 22 LR 
  • Stock/finish: Beechwood/nitride
  • MSRP: $449
CZ 457 AMERICAN

The classic American-style rimfire rifle, this gorgeous 457 has a 24.8″ barrel with no sights and is meant for a quality scope, which is easy to do thanks to the 11mm dovetail for scope rings milled into the top of its receiver. The Turkish walnut stock has a high, flat comb and a classic checkering pattern.

  • SKU: 02310, 02312, 02311
  • Cal: 22 LR, 17 HMR, 22 WMR. 
  • Stock/Finish: Walnut/Nitride
  • MSRP: $476, $496, $496
CZ 457 SCOUT 

Built to be an ideal first gun for young shooters, the Scout has a short 12″ length of pull. With simple leaf rear sight and blade front (rear adjustable for windage, front for elevation), learning the basics of sight picture has never been easier. 11mm dovetails on the receiver make adding a scope a breeze. Own a suppressor? The muzzle on the rifle is threaded 1/2×28. As young shooters outgrow the short stock, a full-sized stock from CZ-USA is easily added.

  • SKU: 02335
  • Cal: 22 LR.
  • Stock/Finish: Beechwood/Nitride
  • MSRP: $365

Since 1997, CZ-USA has given American shooters and hunters the best firearms the Czech Republic has to offer. In 2019, we completed yet another milestone by producing CZ firearms here in the United States at CZ-USA’s Kansas City, Kansas, facility. With our ever-increasing production capabilities stateside, CZ-USA will continue to improve, innovate, and add to the CZ-USA line-up of high-quality, affordable handguns, rifles, shotguns, and suppressors, plus custom-quality handguns from Dan Wesson.

For more information, please visit WWW.CZ-USA.COM.

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