Kippi Leatham

Recent Posts

Hit the Range: A New Shooters Guide to Etiquette and Safety

Posted by Kippi Leatham

Mar 13, 2018 11:12:00 AM

New to shooting? Whether you're going with a friend to the range or taking a class, there are a few things you should understand before you take your first shots.  

Here are first-timer tips and best practices for firearm safety and range procedures.

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Topics: Gun Safety, Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers

Recommendations, Rules and Essential Skills for All New Shooters

Posted by Kippi Leatham

Mar 23, 2017 3:47:38 PM

I wasn’t introduced to firearms until I was 23 years young. But even as a new shooter, I always viewed my pistol as another tool in my toolbox of life skills. It’s a piece of equipment, like my 9 iron, that I want to have the utmost ability and confidence with when it comes to taking that shot, whether onto the green of the first hole or to knock down that 25-yard steel pepper popper during an IPSC World Championship.

Learning to shoot pistols and getting into competitions completely changed my life for the better. 

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Topics: Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers

Dry Fire Friday Episode 4: Slide Manipulation

Posted by Kippi Leatham

Jul 1, 2016 9:15:32 AM

The series continues with today's episode of Dry Fire Friday.

Kippi is taking us through another drill that can often trip up beginning shooters: can you effectively and safely manipulate the slide of your pistol? 

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Topics: Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday

Dry Fire Friday Episode 3: Pistol Manipulation

Posted by Kippi Leatham

Jun 24, 2016 11:15:04 AM

Here we are with Episode 3 of our new video series, Dry Fire Friday.

Today's drill gets you back to basics: how precise is your initial grip from a tabletop position? 

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Topics: Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday

Why I Choose To Purse Carry

Posted by Kippi Leatham

May 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM


To quote Robert Heinlein: An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life”.

In my lifetime, I have always tried to carry myself well and when CCW permits became available in my state of residence, I also began carrying myself well-armed.

I firmly believe that a community where citizens are armed and legally able to carry a firearm is a safer place to live.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Tips for Women

Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.