Many mouse guns or “get off me” guns are available in the market, and its perfect for concealment. With the small stature comes the debate of is that enough knock down power for personal defense? Maybe not but like it or not, these little nostril guns play a roll as a secondary backup. Many gun gurus talk of using these GOM guns for “dynamic cover.” Its simply returning gunfire to get the bad guy to stop an attack just enough for you to escape. Another tactic is when your primary gun is out of commission and out of ammo and using the .22 as a tactical retreat. Its understood that the .22 is not going to be used for standing your ground. Accuracy is not a huge priority for “GOM” guns, due to the nature of its use at close quarter. Utilizing these mouses will be at arms range or even closer if we’re wrestling. But if accuracy is a concern and you’re a decent shot, you should be able to put it in one inch six to nine shot groups. If you’re ok and understand the purpose of these “GOM” guns. Here are 5 “Get Off Me” guns that should help you in a tight spot.
Coming out in the 1950, specifically for self-defense and considered reliable pocket pistol with an 8 round mag. Easy operation made for women and the elderly.
Beretta 21A (Bobcat)
The 950 pistols were fun to play with for someone with small hands, by the 1980s, the craze was double action autos. Beretta comes back with a revamped Model 21A (Bobcat) in both .25 ACP and .22lr. This double action trigger made is easy to draw and fire from the pocket instead of having to cock the hammer on the 950. Longer grip frame made it more comfortable to shoot.
North American Arms Mini Revolvers
These five-shot single-action revolvers are reminiscent of the late 19th century pocket ancestors.
May be one of the most reliable verions of “Get Off Me” guns. American made of the Baby Browning fully stainless steel. Chambered in .25 ACP with six-round magazine capacity.
Seecamp 32 LWS
This “GOM” may be the pistol that Col Jeff Cooper carried into hell. Its a double action, magazines safety, .32 ACP and no sights. Despite the lack of sights, some have claimed to have made head shots out past 10 yards with the pistol.
There are other mouse guns running around out there that we didn’t mention, let us know below. As we said earlier, these “Get Off Me” guns won’t take down a bad guy with a double tap but when used wisely and discreetly with your mano mano skills, “Get Off Me” guns have their place. Like this typical scenario below shared by the folks at ShivWorks, doing their close quarter work with an emphasis on weapons awareness. The training pistol used is full size, but imagined if you had the “Get Off Me” guns, it would probably be easier to pull out if needed.
[su_heading size=”30″]Beretta Says Goodbye To Maryland Politics[/su_heading]
Story by Aaron Smith
Gun maker Beretta USA is opening a new factory on Friday, the culmination of generous land and tax offers in Tennessee and restrictive gun laws at its old Maryland location. Beretta USA is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at the recently built facility in Gallatin, Tennessee, on April 15, having moved all manufacturing from Maryland. The new factory is 160,000 square feet, compared to 115,000 square feet if left behind, said Gabriele de Plano, vice president of defense marketing and operations for Beretta USA. “We’ve got plenty of space to expand as well,” he said. He said the new factory is on a 100-acre plot that will feature an outdoor shooting range, unlike the old factory, which had a range in the basement. Beretta is an Italian gun maker that has been manufacturing guns in Maryland since the 1980s, when it started providing arms to the U.S. military, which required them to be American-made. The company, which is about 500 years old, had a factory in Accokeek, Maryland, about 20 miles south of Washington, D.C.
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”4″]M[/su_dropcap]aybe, just maybe, you are ready for a little help with your shotgun shooting. Like a lot of us, you have been banging around for years, and you are just OK. To be perfectly honest, maybe you seem to leave each session, whether in the field for birds or on the range for clays, with a feeling somewhere between disappointment and desperation. You know you can do better, you want to do better, but you just don’t know how.
If you have the collective eyesight, reflexes, strength and coordination of an eagle, a bull elk and a young mongoose all rolled into one critter, you won’t need to hear any of this. Just take up your old shotgun, however ugly and ill-fitting it may be, and go out and shoot stuff. If you are not exactly in that category, maybe you want to read on.
Here is the deal: Not only am I going to talk to you about the benefits of taking up some shotgun instruction, I am going to suggest a place for you to go, and I think that you are going to like it.
If you are a serious shotgunner and you haven’t heard about the gun club at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., well, you should have. It is considered one of the top-tier, premier resorts in the world, and more locally it’s a National Historic Landmark.
Since 1778 guests have been visiting this beautiful area, and the Greenbrier, for the healing mineral springs found on the property. Today, The Greenbrier boasts over 55 activities on its 10,000-acre estate, and if I tried to tell you everything the resort had to offer, I would be in more trouble with the editor than usual. What we can talk at length about is their gun club.
Like the resort itself, their gun club has a long and fertile history. Since 1913, 26 presidents, royalty, captains of industry and celebrities have shot here – and you can too. If you are thinking, as I did, that you might be a little intimidated taking shotgun lessons at a world-class resort, don’t give it another thought. I had a sneaking suspicion I might be told to hold up my pinky finger while shooting; it wasn’t like that at all.
The cadre of instructors are ready to take on all levels of shooters, and will make any experience on the field a success. (LARRY CASE)
The Greenbrier instructors are highly trained yet maintain a warm Appalachian charm. (LARRY CASE)
The staff and instructors at The Greenbrier gun club were wonderful, and made me feel at home right away. I was pleased to see that the instructors were from the area (they were all old grouse hunters), and I was impressed to learn that all of them had been trained by John Higgins and Justin Jones, world-renowned trap, skeet and sporting clay professionals, from the British School of Shooting. So, what you have are instructors steeped in deep southern Appalachian hospitality, but trained as instructors in one of the premier shotgun schools in the world. What a mix!
The Greenbrier’s gun club offers house Beretta 686s for sporting clays and Browning Models BT99 or BT100 for trap and skeet. (LARRY CASE)
If you don’t want to travel with your own firearms, they have house guns ready to use. For sporting clay enthusiasts they offer Beretta 686s, both the Sporting and Onyx models, and for the trap folks, visitors can use the Browning over-and-under Model BT99 and BT100.
Curtis Kincaid, Homer Bryant, Mike Adkins and Jimmy Fraley, the instructors I worked with the day I was there, were seasoned and clearly capable of instantly spotting a shooter’s mistakes; it was uncanny to work with them. More importantly, while I was on the range with these guys, I had a great time. Teaching without preaching, learning while enjoying – this is the environment great instructors create.
The shooting fields at the Greenbrier Resort are surrounded by hot springs. (LARRY CASE)
On the sporting clays course with Kincaid, he, of course, picked up on some of my shotgun faults, which are legend. Kincaid addressed each problem patiently and systematically, explaining every step. More of the details from this formal lesson will have to wait for another time, but we can go over some of the basics.
Safety, safety, safety. I was happy to see that they stressed gun safety from the very beginning – muzzle control, fingers off triggers, making sure of targets, the whole nine and a half yards.
Stance and mounting the gun. Some of the information Kincaid provided, I had heard before, but not delivered in such a simple, step-by-step manner, which is aimed at doing one thing: making the student a better shooter. We all know that if our stance is off, we will miss. Kincaid took the time to explain why, and demonstrated how to teach a beginner the proper method for mounting the gun and bringing it to bear on the target. Kincaid has the shooter do what he calls “mount and bow.” The student mounts the shotgun on their shoulder and aims upward approximately 45 degrees. Once in this position, he has the shooter bow or lean forward, putting about 70 percent of their weight on the front foot. This is one of the very first things they teach to new shooters. It is the basis for everything that comes next.
Your eye is the rear sight. Big, bright front sights on your gun are counterproductive, according to Kincaid. You don’t look at your sights; rather, you look at the bird.
These are just small examples of the many topics we covered during my time there, and frankly, they can explain their techniques better than I can. There is so much more Kincaid and the boys have to share. Whatever your level, you will walk away a more proficient shooter without a doubt.
The Greenbrier Resort is a National Historic Landmark located in white Springs, W.Va., and boasts one of the finest trap and skeet fields in the nation. (GREENBRIER RESORT)
If you want to take your shotgun shooting to another level, be pampered at a world-class resort, and visit amazing countryside, check out the gun club at The Greenbrier. Tell the guys I sent you, but don’t believe half of the stories they tell about my shooting! ASJ
Author’s note: You can visit the world-class Greenbrier resort’s website at greenbrier.com, and getting there is easy via Amtrak or flights directly into the Greenbrier Valley Airport. There is no excuse not to indulge.