WHAT IS GOOD ANYWAY?

Shooting in competitive matches can be very intimidating. There are so many people with many different skill levels, from the average Joe to the shooter that clears the stage faster than you can blink an eye. It can really mess with your head because you think “Will I ever be that good?”

100000548497058_1025839But what does “good” mean? For me, good is not being the best out of everyone, but being the best for myself. For others, I believe it is whatever you did better this time that you didn’t last time, is good.… Read the rest

WELCOME NICOLE TO TEAM PACKING PRETTY!

photoPacking Pretty is pleased to announce that Nicole has agreed to be a regular author for Packing Pretty. Those of us who remember Nicole’s first competitive match are very proud to see her grow in her skills and her willingness to share her experiences with other women (and the guys too).

And now, a bit from Nicole!

Hello my name is Nicole. I’m a sixteen year old from a rural Oregon town. I grew up around guns and shooting. From shooting trap with friends to hunting for my family.… Read the rest

PACKING PRETTY FACEBOOK PAGE HIJACKED?

Well, folks, apparently someone associated with West Coast Armory has managed to take down Packing Pretty’s Facebook page. I cannot confirm West Coast Armory’s involvement at this time; however, I find the timing of the loss of the page to be highly suspicious.

For those of you that may not already know, Packing Pretty’s primary email account, web hosting account and business identity was stolen by Blaine Everett Chapman, of West Coast Armory and Bellevue Gun Club. Mr. Chapman works in Online Sales for both West Coast Armory and Bellevue Gun Club, and has even opened accounts under the name “Packing Pretty”.… Read the rest

STUDENT DEATH AT WEST COAST ARMORY GUN SAFETY CLASS

Last March, there was an incident at West Coast Armory / Bellevue Gun Club’s “Right On Target” class that unfortunately resulted in the death of a student. Details of this incident can be found at here.


*Photo courtesy of Bellevue Patch

First and foremost, Packing Pretty would like to extend its sympathies to all who were involved with this class, including the other students, families, as well as the instructors.

Unfortunately there has been another incident involving West Coast Armory and Bellevue Gun Club last February when one of their employees, Blaine Everett Chapman, took control of the Packing Pretty email accounts, web hosting account, and obtained a business license in the name of Packing Pretty.… Read the rest

STATUS UPDATE

Many of you may have seen the Facebook post on February 19 regarding Packing Pretty’s website and email accounts being hacked. Sadly, this is a true statement. The email account was compromised on January 30, 2013, and used to reset the password to Packing Pretty’s hosting account, as well as to access many emails. Gracie has not accessed the accounts since the passwords were compromised. If any of you have received an email from gracie@*acking*retty. com between January 30, 2013 and February 3, 2013, the email should be considered counterfeit, and we apologize for the inconvenience.… Read the rest

ANOTHER CYCLE AROUND THE SUN

 

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Every year starts so new, innocent in its infancy.  Hope is re-imagined and burns a fresh.  Eyes squinting  and set on brighter horizons, we step foot, boldly, on our next journey around the sun. But like a child, the year must grow. Through happiness and hardships, lessons are learned.  In January of 2012, we could not foresee those bright moments, or the darker ones ahead. We knew that evil lurked around corners,  but could not imagine the form it would take, or just how treacherous those moors and cliffs could be.  … Read the rest

22 CHILDREN ATTACKED… IN CHINA

So here’s something to consider. On Friday December 14, 2012 on two opposite sides of the planet, two incidents of brutal crimes on children happened. One with a gun, the other with a knife. The incident in China proves that evil takes root all around us, and will carry out its plans with whatever means are available.

 

You are all gun people, so I don’t need to spell it out for you, or preach about it from my soap box.… Read the rest

MODIFYING YOUR EDC GUN – WORTH IT OR NOT?

I got to thinking yesterday about custom work on sidearms used for daily carry. Obviously I am a fan of customizations/modifications, as is evidenced by the “Pink Gun of Shame”. But all these changes can cost a buck or two, and usually involve sending your gun to live with the gunsmith for a while. So, is it worth it?

Looking back on my shooting career, I have always been blessed enough that should I want a customization (or five) done to firearm, I could afford to spend up to the amount that I originally paid for the gun on these little pleasures.… Read the rest

SAY WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY – IT’S OKAY TO BE A B**** SOMETIMES

 

No, this is not a “your brain will turn into a fried egg in a skillet” anti-drug campaign. I primary write about firearms, and I love to write about the basics for newbies: but this article digs deeper than the tangible tools we use to protect ourselves. It’s one of the most basic forms of power, and can be one of our first lines of defense.

 

Your History with “No”

“No” was very likely one of the first words you learned as a child.  … Read the rest

REMEMBERING

Eleven years ago today: I woke up in a one horse, 2,384 population town in Southern Washington. It literally consisted of two gas stations, a few schools, and a country cafe. I woke up excited for the second week of eighth grade at a new school (I had been home-schooled up until then).  I woke up not knowing that two really tall towers known as the World Trade Center even existed, where the pentagon was located, or that there were such things as terrorists.… Read the rest