Paula Lindgren’s Ammo Cuff Links


OBSESSED with my new ammo jewelry from Paula Lindgren’s Hunting Jewelry!!! Earrings and necklace made from my favorite .270 Nosler bullets!





Made from actual bullet casings. Pick the caliber you like from our stock or send us your own casings.

Material: brass and sterling silver plated in either 24 carat gold or platinum.

Price is per pair.




The Looper Flash Bang Bra Holster

The Looper Flash Bang Bra Holster

The Looper Flash Bang Bra Holster
The Looper Flash Bang Bra Holster

Lisa Looper is founder of Looper Brand, makers of the new The Looper Flash Bang Bra Holster.

An open-bottomed kydex mold is made for specific gun models like snubbie revolvers, Kel-Tec‘s, Ruger LCP‘s, Sig P238‘s and similar guns. The leather strap with a metal snap attaches the kydex assembly to the bra, and tucks up between the cleavage.

Looper-Flash-Bang-HolsterWhen the gun is needed, the user simply pulls downward on the grip and the gun snaps out of the kydex holster. Nifty!

Girl holding pistol.

Women Who Call The Shots

By Megan Bello

It was heavier than I expected — a dead weight in my small and shaking hands. Holding a gun for the first time, a mixture of excitement and terror washed over me.

As I entered the range that day, donning my goggles and ear protection, everything felt surreal. Other people shot (and owned) guns, but not me, not my family. Thanks in most part to the nightly news, in my mind, guns were primarily responsible for killing people.

Yet in what seems an unlikely attraction, women are now blazing trails within the gun world. Female shooters are becoming one of the fastest-growing minorities. Author of Armed & Female: Taking Control, the petite, blond, formerly antigun and now self-defense expert Paxton Quigley says that out of an estimated 200 million guns in the U.S., about 17 million belong to women. She noted a 2009 study that found 70 percent of gun shop owners reported a rise in female gun buyers last year. A recent article from The Washington Times also reported on this phenomenon quoting the same study, which was conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Southwick Associates. The study went on to find that 80 percent of the women purchasing firearms said they bought guns for self-defense, followed by 35 percent for target practice and 24 percent for hunting.

Shooting is considered a functional skill used for sportsmanship, protection and provision. More and more, women are magnetically drawn to these endeavors as they hit the firing ranges, join shooting clubs, take tactical courses in self-defense, organize female hunts and even host bachelorette parties at the range — followed by the requisite mani/pedi, of course. Whatever the reason, women are stepping onto the gun scene.

To understand why, I contacted Natalie Foster, creator, a website chock full of wit and thought-provoking content for both the wary, and not-so-wary, gun-toting female. Natalie considers herself a citified-country girl. She’s been living in LA for the past nine years, but her dad (now a renowned surgeon) had served as an Artillery Officer in the Army in the ‘70s, so she grew up around guns. Oddly enough, she’d never shot one until two years ago. Her impetus to learn came from the desire to bond with her dad and brothers. (Turns out we’re both daddy’s girls — though my dad-daughter bonding time entails having a catch in the backyard or watching Philly sports … and, of course, sharing big Italian meals.) manifested as a vehicle to fill the “gaping hole” in websites geared towards women and guns. “We’re underrepresented when it comes to anything that has to do with firearms,” she says. “There was nothing out there for someone like me. It’s not just for the home-on-the-range girl. I wanted to create a site tailored to the city girl.”

A city girl, in fact, just like me. Natalie suggested I get a taste for shooting. As an antigun, Irish-Italian Catholic, barely 4’11,” former cheerleading captain, straight-A student, shopaholic from Philly, I’m not exactly the gunslinging type.

Or so I thought.

Next thing I knew, she was teaching me about semiautomatics and the difference between a pistol and a revolver at the LAX firing range in Los Angeles, a place I had never even known existed.

Safety was our first order of business: Natalie diligently instructed me on every safety precaution, the nuances of each weapon, sight alignment, sight picture, proper grip, trigger control and how you never — never — place your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to fire. She coached me through every step and reminded me to take deep breaths to ease anxiety.

At first I was scared. I was holding a device designed to kill people, and which often does. What if that guy down at row number two decides he’s having a bad day and opens fire in my direction?

Instead of letting fear creep in, I trusted in the statistics: The likelihood of someone opening fire at a shooting range is even less than that of a shark attack or plane crash. (Having just overcome my fear of sharks five years ago while learning to surf, I felt pretty secure with this stat.) The range is as safe as the people who use it. Most people at the range are trained and registered gun owners who take shooting, as a sport and as a skill, quite seriously. Shooting ranges keep sign-in records, it costs money to participate, and everyone has been schooled on safety. Although accidents in ranges have been reported nationwide, these are rare instances, and it proved a safer environment than I’d expected. If anything, I was the new kid on the block, so the vets were probably worried about me and my green gun-fingers.

The moment I stepped into that little room, I couldn’t deny the morbid curiosity pulsing through my veins. Inside the range there were several small ledges with open windows where each shooter sets up, aims and shoots at his or her respective target. I’d only ever seen this on cop shows. Nothing could have prepared me for the exhilarating feeling I had once I pulled that trigger. I shot four guns that day: a Sig Sauer 9mm, a Colt .38 revolver, a Ruger .45 and a Glock .45 (and whoa, were those .45s big!). There we were, just two city girls, practicing our marksmanship at the firing range. Not my typical Tuesday afternoon.

It was eerily intoxicating holding a gun, properly placing my fingers around it, aligning my body stance, strategically setting my sight alignment and (drum roll) pulling the trigger. I got a little freaked out by the .45s — I even caught myself closing my eyes as I began to pull back the trigger. But I promptly snapped out of it, opened my eyes, reassessed my control and stance and shot responsibly — eyes wide open. I thoroughly enjoyed the control I felt over the 9mm and .38 revolver. My first shot, with the 9mm, felt like slow motion as I methodically pulled back the trigger, the blast of the bullet exploding from my gun, the flash of gunfire, the jolt from the recoil and the shell flipping up and circling over my head. I hit the bulls-eye. My initial fear quickly and unexpectedly transformed into a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. I never knew I could do that.

Turns out this surge of confidence is just one of the positive effects of shooting. A core strengthening happens when you become dominant over a machine. A psychosomatic reaction occurred in me that day: I sincerely feel that I command more of a presence now.

Shooting also relieves stress. The range is not a place to take out your aggressions; rather, a place to focus, become intensely present and blow that tension away. Natalie likens it to a more aggressive form of yoga, and as an avid yoga practitioner myself, I must concur. There’s no room for distracting thoughts or concerns of the day to wreak havoc on your mind. You must stay focused on the task at hand.

It even has mental healing qualities. Natalie shared stories about how cancer patients who shoot at targets with the word “CANCER” on them have found it aids in lifting their spirits and getting them on the road to remission. Addicts shoot their “addictions.” Through this visualization, purportedly patients have found success in overcoming diseases. Struggling with something you want to overcome? A trip to the shooting range may be just what the doctor ordered.

While I don’t altogether condone owning a firearm, nor am I discounting the life-changing pain many have endured from losing loved ones who have been caught in the line of fire, my day at the range taught me not only why women are turning to shooting, but I also learned something about myself.

Though women and guns may seem like they fall at opposing ends of the feminine spectrum, they’re much closer than you might think. While I had anticipated a competitive environment at the range — you know, a bunch of guys whipping it out and measuring, if you will — that wasn’t the case at all. It’s a space where safety and respect, for the weapons and the people around you, are paramount. It’s a far cry from the aggressive blood sport of Mortal Kombat. Another interesting fact I learned that day: Women are statistically naturally better shots than men. No wonder I was good!

While there was a palpable element of fear in me about guns, the feeling is now mixed with courage and a growing excitement. My marked target proudly hangs on my bulletin board back at the office. Self-esteem booster? I’ll take that.

If you had asked me prior to my day at the range if my opinions on guns would change, I’d have said no way. Now I’m grateful I know how to use one. I’ve joined the ranks of a club I once thought was exclusive to Bond girls and ladies of the Wild West, one made up of formidable, all-American women, unafraid to hold a powerful machine in our hands.

Find your local firing range through The National Shooting Sports Foundation.



The Rise Of Women’s Fashion Design

From camisole cross-body holsters to easy-access zip dresses: The rise of women’s fashion designed to conceal guns


Fashion designers are cashing in on new state laws allowing concealed weapons by creating clothes and accessories for the purpose of hiding guns.

Sarah Church, founder of her own eponymous clothing line, is just one designer whose creations have been featured at the Firearms and Fashion Show, an event held in Chicago that showcases how to incorporate items of self defense into your wardrobe.

One of her designs is a $165 front-zip hoodie dress that comes in black and green. ‘This is a dress you could wear anywhere, anytime,’ she told the Chicago Tribune. ‘And when you’re carrying a gun underneath, no one will know it.’

easy-access zip dresses

camisole garters with detachable holsters

Firearm fashion: More and more designers are creating clothes for the purpose of hiding guns – like easy-access zip dresses (top) and camisole garters with detachable holsters (bottom)

Marilyn Smolenski, who runs online retailer Nickel and Lace, and former police officer Karen Bartuch, who started AlphaGirls, hosted the second annual event in Chicago on Saturday.

They explained that the show has the purpose of helping women realize they can be fashionable at the same time as carrying arms.

‘This is about getting women to think about self-protection,’ said Ms Bartuch. ‘We are girly girls who like fashion, but we like guns too.’

Ms Smolenski’s website is catered to the same demographic; on it, women can purchase an under-bust camisole with detachable garters and cross-body holsters.

The weapon-concealing accessories , which cost $77.95, come in ‘Vanilla Ice’ and ‘Pirate Black’ and are meant to be worn under normal clothes – like one of Sarah Church’s hoodie dresses.

The market for these fashionable firearm concealers is surprisingly large; according to a Gallup poll, women made up 23per cent of gun owners nationwide in 2011, up from just 13per cent in 2005.


Keep it hidden: At the Firearms and Fashion Show, an event held in Chicago, designers showcase how to incorporate items of self defense into your wardrobe


Concealing on the catwalk: A model shows off a design at the Firearms and Fashion Show on Saturday.

Playing it safe: Marilyn Smolenski (left), who runs online shop Nickel and Lace, and former police officer Karen Bartuch (right) hosted. ‘We are girly girls who like fashion, but we like guns too,’ said Ms Bartuch

In Illinois, which struck down a concealed weapons ban in July, state police have approved more than 8,300 concealed carry licenses for women, which accounts for about 20per cent of the total.

The Well Armed Woman is another website that specializes in gun-concealing clothes and accessories. Here, visitors can browse resources on gun ownership as well as shop for tank tops, shorts and carry bags made for holding guns.

‘We are girly girls who like fashion, but we like guns too’

Owner Carrie Lightfoot writes that she discovered the need for such a website when she began thinking of buying a gun herself several years ago.

‘I began to realize that there was a great divide between women’s interest in guns and the male dominated “camo and ammo” firearm industry,’ she explained.

Female-friendly shooting clothing and resources may have been few and far-between when she launched the site in 2012, but now, it’s a different story.


Under wraps: The Well Armed Woman is another website that specializes in gun concealment clothes and accessories, like these concealment compression undershorts


Changes on the horizon: ‘About five years ago, the industry started realizing there were women out there wanting to shoot,’ said owner Carrie Lightfoot

These days, in fact, her women’s meet-up group – which teaches participants how to ‘learn and grow as shooters’ – has 188 chapters across the country.

She explained that with the rise in female gun ownership, the entire industry is being turned on its head.

‘The industry has been so male-driven,’ she said. ‘On some levels, there was a condescending attitude toward women at first. There was a flood of pink holsters and pink guns.

‘About five years ago, the industry started realizing there were women out there wanting to shoot.’



Chicago Guns And Bullets To Be Melted Down Into Jewelry

By Mary Wisniewski

CHICAGO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Guns and bullets seized from Chicago-area crimes will be melted down and turned into jewelry by a company that pledges to give part of the profit to at-risk children, company and government officials said on Wednesday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office collects about 1,500 guns a year, along with ammunition, said Sheriff Thomas Dart. If the guns are no longer needed in an investigation, they are destroyed.

Under a partnership with New York-based Liberty United, run by entrepreneur Peter Thum, the county will allow the guns and ammunition to be made into bracelets, rings and necklaces that cost from $35 to $1,600.

From 20 to 25 percent of the profits will go to Cook County non-profit groups, starting with Children’s Home + Aid, which provides services to families in Chicago’s high-crime Englewood neighborhood.

Thum said he’s excited to take the project into the nation’s third-largest city, which saw 414 homicides in 2013.

“Chicago is a city that has suffered a lot over the past few years because of gun violence. There’s an interesting opportunity to do something here.”

Thum is best known as the founder of Ethos Water, which helped raise funds for safe water programs and was sold to Starbucks in 2005. After he left Ethos, Thum started Fonderie 47, which turned assault rifles from African war zones into jewelry and art, then co-founded Liberty United to do the same with U.S. guns.

Starting last year, Liberty United entered into partnerships with Philadelphia; Syracuse, N.Y., and Newburgh, N.Y. to take guns and ammunition. Thum said “tens of thousands” of dollars have been given to non-profit groups, but he couldn’t give an exact figure.


An online company, Jewelry for a Cause, also turns illegal gun material into jewelry, with a portion of proceeds going to fund gun buy-back amnesty programs. (Editing by Eric Walsh)