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    "Yeah, It's Loaded" - A Portrait of Open Carry in and around Northern Virginia

    The national "open carry" movement, in which gun owners openly—and legally—carry guns in public, began in Virginia a decade ago. Meet three women who aren't bashful about it.


    Carrie Moats, Ashburn


    Caitlin Rutherford, Age 20, Carrolton


    Michelle Rogers, Mother of Two, Lorton

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    Caitlin is my daughter and Jadranka is my wife.
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    Well done!
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    Thumbs up

    Bravo!!!!

    I appplaud these ladies and all those not pictured for taking responsiblity for the safety of themselves and their family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODA 226 View Post
    Caitlin is my daughter and Jadranka is my wife.
    Very well done. As she says:

    “I practice on guns from small .22s all the way up to huge military machine guns. My favorite’s my Glock 19. Many say it’s a manly gun, but I feel like it fits on me most comfortably. The kick isn’t too bad, but it’s still a pretty big bullet.”

    Caitlin’s father is a former Army Special Forces weapons specialist. “He got me started in middle school, when I was old enough to control a gun,” says Caitlin. “I’m a great shot, by the way—not to brag.”

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    Very Nicely done. too bad it wasn't longer.
    "If I know that I am headed for a fight, I want something larger with more power, preferably crew-served.
    However, like most of us, as I go through my daily life, I carry something a bit more compact, with a lot less power."
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    Excellent


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    Thumbs up Heroines

    Carrie, Caitlin, and Michelle. You are my heroines. I don't like to make things gender specific, but I truly believe that conservative women will straighten out this country. Sarah Palin, Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Sharon Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Kelly Ayotte, Jan Brewer, and a host of State Representatives are leading the way. Please, please, please ladies, do NOT give up the good fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSC 45ACP View Post
    Very Nicely done. too bad it wasn't longer.
    I provided the Print Link -- that's why it's short, I guess.

    This link also includes reader comments, some of which are rude, such as:

    Jeeeez, Michelle and her husband can start a civil war with that arsenal! WHY would you need a shotgun, a rifle, a machine gun, and 3 automatic guns? I need protection from these people

    Posted by: Flo, Feb 22, 2011 10:51:10 AM
    and ...

    According to the law, Caitlin (20) is not mature enough to drink alcohol, but she sure can kill, maim, and injure other people. Yeehaw!

    Posted by: Mathias, Feb 22, 2011 10:46:22 AM

    I thought only men were immature wanna be cowboys

    Posted by: Seth, Feb 22, 2011 10:42:13 AM
    This illustrates the fact that even a positive portrayal of Open-Carry Virginians will not persuade some Hoplophobes to be even a little tolerant.

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    Six guns is an "arsenal"?? Uh oh....

    LOL!

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    No, it's a "starter kit".

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoom6zoom View Post
    No, it's a "starter kit".
    +1

    My daughters have 3 guns already and my oldest (14) told me that she likes one of my 45's so it may become hers soon. I don't know if my daughters will OC when the time comes but they WILL know how to shoot. :-)
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    My wife Terri, taken not far from our home in Staunton, VA:



    We are working on her grip... I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repeater View Post
    I provided the Print Link -- that's why it's short, I guess.

    This link also includes reader comments, some of which are rude, such as:



    and ...



    This illustrates the fact that even a positive portrayal of Open-Carry Virginians will not persuade some Hoplophobes to be even a little tolerant.
    What a pitiful piss-ant that guy is! At least my wife and daughter have the mindset, the ability and the means to defend themselves against lethal attack... Thanks for chiming in there Repeater!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45acpForMe View Post
    +1
    My daughters have 3 guns already and my oldest (14) told me that she likes one of my 45's so it may become hers soon. I don't know if my daughters will OC when the time comes but they WILL know how to shoot. :-)
    My daughter OC's empty as required by law to and from the range and LOADED on private property. In 8 weeks we will have a new firearm. Here is the build sheet:
    Carry On.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeroHog View Post
    My wife Terri, taken not far from our home in Staunton, VA:


    We are working on her grip... I know.
    Haha...that's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the pic. She needs to get the support hand behind the gun. Wrap the left thumb over the right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProShooter View Post
    Haha...that's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the pic. She needs to get the support hand behind the gun. Wrap the left thumb over the right.
    Yeah, she does need some work on her grip but a grip is very personalized. I'd work on her stance first.

    ODA, you have a beautiful family!
    Damn shame God lets rude twits that insult peoples loved ones, be able to do it outside of reaching distance.
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    Fellas -

    Cup & Saucer grip is very old school and Terri seems to be doing quite well with it.

    As for stance - for some reason (why, I'll never figure out) wimmins seem to have this almost unbreakable desire to lean back when holding a pistol out in front of them. It's almost like they were counter-balancing the weight of the gun. (No. Seriously, I do understand it. Really I do. And I'm all in favor of letting them do that if they can still hit the target.)

    Yes, for the "action" types of shooting they might (might, I say) actually do better putting their weak foot forward and leaning into the target (reverse for lefties). And yes, doing it that way gives them an advantage in handling recoil and getting back on target for follow-up shots. But it also takes something else out of their shooting.

    If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff.

    stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Fellas -


    If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff.

    stay safe.
    Because then we'd have to find something else to cackle about

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Fellas -

    Cup & Saucer grip is very old school and Terri seems to be doing quite well with it.

    As for stance - for some reason (why, I'll never figure out) wimmins seem to have this almost unbreakable desire to lean back when holding a pistol out in front of them. It's almost like they were counter-balancing the weight of the gun. (No. Seriously, I do understand it. Really I do. And I'm all in favor of letting them do that if they can still hit the target.)

    Yes, for the "action" types of shooting they might (might, I say) actually do better putting their weak foot forward and leaning into the target (reverse for lefties). And yes, doing it that way gives them an advantage in handling recoil and getting back on target for follow-up shots. But it also takes something else out of their shooting.

    If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff.

    stay safe.
    Cup & Saucer may work fine for her with a semi-auto, but for a revolver she really needs to get that support grip behind the gun. The "lean back" is typical when women shoot Isosceles. With her current grip and lean back, the gun is going to kick and will be difficult to control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Fellas -

    Cup & Saucer grip is very old school and Terri seems to be doing quite well with it.

    As for stance - for some reason (why, I'll never figure out) wimmins seem to have this almost unbreakable desire to lean back when holding a pistol out in front of them. It's almost like they were counter-balancing the weight of the gun. (No. Seriously, I do understand it. Really I do. And I'm all in favor of letting them do that if they can still hit the target.)

    Yes, for the "action" types of shooting they might (might, I say) actually do better putting their weak foot forward and leaning into the target (reverse for lefties). And yes, doing it that way gives them an advantage in handling recoil and getting back on target for follow-up shots. But it also takes something else out of their shooting.

    If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff.

    stay safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProShooter View Post
    Cup & Saucer may work fine for her with a semi-auto, but for a revolver she really needs to get that support grip behind the gun. If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff?

    The "lean back" is typical when women shoot Isosceles. With her current grip and lean back, the gun is going to kick and will be difficult to control.If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff?
    Yes, it may actually improve their shooting, But some folks only see improvement as hitting more 10-rings. If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff? Sell changing her grip to her as a way to have even more fun and she might buy it.

    stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Yes, it may actually improve their shooting, But some folks only see improvement as hitting more 10-rings. If they are having fun and hitting the target, why mess with stuff? Sell changing her grip to her as a way to have even more fun and she might buy it.

    stay safe.
    Sorry....helping people improve their shooting is a habit for me. Having fun is terrific and if the shooter can improve their skills and have fun, super!
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    ODA,
    When I first saw the other article, I thought that was your wife and daughter when I read that article (the one from the British reporter, Thread: http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...=british+women

    Article: http://netnemesis.org/misc/UK%20Mari...%20Cordani.pdf).

    Your wife's name kind of stands out so I thought that was her and also seeing your daughter up at Busch Gardens with you and your family that one time and then your post in that thread saying it was your family verified my assumptions. Atleast this one posted some pics of your wife also. Dobar!!!

    But isn't this Washingtonian.com a repeat of that same story? Which is good though! A more local public venue than being published overseas.

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