La Garita Pistol Club, Back by Popular Demand

We’re open for business by popular demand and will be at the range Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to just before 12:00 when the gates close.    

fnx-45 Good lookin Gun

Good looking Gun

I’ve been enjoying non-pressure days with old friends and working on my game.  Feel free to drop by and shoot awhile.  Just range fees, no extra charge for second opinions or free advice.  Just drop by and say Hi!   Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NIGHT SHOOT for COUPLES

China Moon and Jack working together.  For lovers; for friends, a night shoot

China Moon and Jack working together. For lovers; for friends, a night shoot is fun and confidence building.

The last Night Shoot we did was also our first.  Naturally we all brought our toys and did the best we could in low light.  This time we will Create Scenarios that a couple will have to work out during a home invasion or even feeding the animals at night.

So be sure to make it to La Garita Pistol Club for a chance to get some experience.  Bring your pistol, a light and a hundred rounds of ammo.  Best price on ammo is still at El Trabuco in the Multi Plaza Mall or in the Zapote Mall.

Sunday March 30Th at 5 p.m.

Be there!

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A great defensive piece if you have a farm with a varmint problem; pretty, too.

Night Shoot!!!

La Garita Pistol Club’s 1st Night Shoot

I want to thank my South African friend Jim Morris, motorcycle rider (“African Hardcore

Back to Black and White; shards of light, deafening red-orange flashes into blackness again.

Back to Black and White; shards of light, deafening red-orange flashes; the fight, the night darker than before.

Adventures”) and fellow shooting instructor for showing me things he’d learned in Rhodesia back in the bad old days,  (just before the worse old days as Zimbabwe).  Jim was a police officer there and developed a system with two people in low light situations.

I’d also like to thank my friend “Manny” Kapelsohn for his contribution towards my enlightenment in the use of tactical illumination.  What follows is a small step, a beginning of sorts, towards better knowledge in Defensive Night Fighting.

In Dim light, the laser was very effective.

In Dim light, the laser was very effective.

Shooting's about camaraderie and making new friends.  Turn off your TV and get out of the house!Shooters became engrossed in conversation as I watched the light fade to dark and I had to get them moving before we couldn’t see at all.  I think the dark brings out the best in us.  Definitely want to do more of this…

Shooting’s about camaraderie and making new friends.Turn off your TV andget out of the house!
Equipment is important.  If  you can't get  your gun out because your tactical light hangs up on your drawers, best re-think the light and holster.  Wonder if that's how the Soprano's got their name?
I was amazed at the lights and systems that showed up.  No one wanted to leave their lights on for long.  Some were truly blinding.

I was amazed at the lights and systems that showed up. No one wanted to leave their lights on for long. Some were truly blinding.

Equipment is important. If you can’t get your gun out because your tactical light hangs up on your drawers, best re-think the light and holster.  Wonder if that’s how the  Soprano’s got their name?
Sweetheart, I'm HOME!!!

Sweetheart, I’m HOME!!!

Tripple Headder: Two New Grads and a Night Shoot

Two New Graduates last week!

...girls just want to have fun.

…girls just want to have fun.

Rich and Arlen called two weeks ago and asked when they could take my Defensive Pistol Course.  We made a date the same week and boy, did we have fun.

I really like working with couples.  It was clear these two really liked and cared for each other.  There was a sense of excitement when they arrived.  They’d never held a gun in their hands at all.  GOOD!  No bad habits to break.

During the class, I discovered they’d had guns pulled on them twice in the last month.  One from behind a tree while Arlen was walking and another from a passenger on a motorcycle while driving.  I have to wonder why some people believe taking guns away from my students will make the country a safer place; but that’s a discussion for another day.

They struggled with form and worried over recoil until they finally got a grip.  Once they learned how to hang on and got the voo-doo between the sights and trigger sorted out, things settled down and they started getting hits.

Rich studiously learning; Arlen with that half smile of hers.

Rich studiously learning; Arlen with that half smile of hers.

Soon they were using cover and thinking tactically.  The whole point of my course is for civilians to live through a life threatening attack; the only reason to even have a gun.  So I make them move.  A gunfight is dynamic and unless your defense is dynamic too, the prognosis for long life is dim.

We here at La Garita Pistol Club stay as close to the bone as we can.  We don’t teach target practice, worry much about a “fair fight” and don’t feel the least bit paranoid for wanting an equalizer during a home invasion.  There’s a lot to this Defensive Pistol business but the average person can learn to save their own lives in my two day course.

Doing the Pachanga while moving towards cover.  Yes, her thumb is in the wrong place.  She corrected that.  It's how we learn.  You next?

Doing the Pachanga while moving towards cover. Yes, her thumb is in the wrong place. She corrected that. It’s how we learn. How about you?

Without a doubt, they did the "Rock Out."

Without a doubt, they did the “Rock Out.”

Look...still smilin', just another day of shooting at the range

A study in concentration, just another day of shooting at the range

They entered their kitchen with care...
They entered their kitchen a squirmin’ …

...and cleaned their house of vermin.

…and cleaned their house of vermin.  So ends a happy tail.

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Credentials

Guns & Roses

Nobody doesn’t care about Firearms. Hated or loved, no one is ambivalent about their purpose, beauty and engineering excellence. The same could be said for the men and women who carry them.

I’ve never been much of a Joiner.  I left Cub Scouts on the second meeting and resented school for as long as it lasted.  The same with firearms organizations.  So when it comes time to show my Credentials as a Firearms Instructor, there isn’t much to show there either.

In those heady days when IPPSC was just being formed and a certain Colonel Jeff Cooper began to question the old ways.  “Defensive Pistol” became a hot topic in the gun world.  About that time a few of us formed a club that was closed to the public and further membership.  We hired a Dozer to make a backstop and began to work on our game.  Our Club members were “working” people.  Jewelers in New York City, a Private Detective; even a Pizza Delivery guy who worked in Trenton New Jersey.  You could always tell when he was on the firing line because he was the only one who held his hand in the air as if holding a pizza.  We weren’t learning to shoot, we were learning to live.

1873 Peace Maker.  It won the West and Kept the Peace.

1873 Peace Maker. It won the West and Kept the Peace.

Going through my papers, I found a couple ear warn Diplomas; two From the NRA and one, that I’m far more proud of from Norm Engelhardt’s NPI (Northeast Pistol Institute). Today however, another Testimonial arrived as an attachment from my friend and old Club Member, Emanuel (Manny) Kapelsohn.

Merry Christmas and an Enlightening New Year,

Paul Furlong

LAST SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER SHOOT SHESSION

Old photo of Larry.  I had my camera but we just shot the day away with our pistols.

I arrived at about ten to eight; no one there.  Good I thought, I’ll have time to mount some targets and plan a course of fire.

But the river kept me transfixed as it gurgled by, it was a beautiful day and I began to think it would be cool if no one showed.  Then my friends Dan and Joanne drove in.  Always good to see them.  I started wiping the fiddling table of water and grit.

We soon had targets up as we chatted about new taxes, life, babies and the great winter we’re having.  Finally Greg arrived with his new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield from “Hurican” in Alajuela (who also sells Mil-Comm Products).

So we shot till we were out of ammo.  We played with my laser sight but it wasn’t bright enough.  I suppose those green ones are better but I’ve never seen one.  The trick is to keep the surprise factor going for the shooter.  If we make out a dance card and everyone steps right, shoots the closest target and moves to cover over here; what happens if a target not on the sequence suddenly lights up and begins firing?  In a real fire fight there are people trying to flank you.  Everything is moving and we should train for more surprises.  There are some very expensive ways to make this happen.  I want to do it cheap.  Suggestions are welcome from the club.

Speaking of the Club, if someone wants to make up a course of fire, please say so and we’ll talk about it.  One day after the rush of high season is over, we’d like to invite you to a 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. dusk to dark shoot.

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DECEMBER 29th 2013

CONCEALED CARRY DAY: Everyone please come concealed.  Your weapon must not “print” or bulge and you must be attired for Costa Rica, not Alaska.  Gun must be accessible and quick into action.  Magazines in back or front pocket are okay.  Must NOT be accessible to a guy walking behind you.  fnx-45 Good lookin Gun