Monthly Archives: May 2014

“Smart Guns” with fingerprint readers- A good idea or a disaster waiting to happen?

First let me just say this- gun safety is no laughing matter.  It was the first thing I was taught as a child.  So in theory I do like the idea of fingerprint readers on guns.

A "smart gun"?

A “smart gun”?

It would bring me peace of mind to know that if my little niece found my gun, she couldn’t accidentally discharge it.  It would also be tremendously useful if someone were to get my gun away from me in an attack.  That being said, there are quite a few questions I have about these fingerprint readers.  What are the odds of me getting my fingers on the readers just right in a stressful situation?  What are the odds of the gun and my hands always being clean enough to read my fingerprints?  What happens if the reader gets bumped or scratched?  What happens if there is a software glitch that prevents my fingerprints from being processed in a timely manner?  To me, it seems like these guns are being designed by people who haven’t even given a thought to self-defense.  It’s all well and good out on the range in a controlled situation, but since most ‘gunfights’ take place at a distance of four to seven feet, milliseconds count, and I think the fingerprint reader could slow you down just enough to cost you your life.  There’s a great article about the problems associated with fingerprint readers here:


I used to be more of a rifle girl than a pistol girl.

I grew up around guns, but my experience was mostly with hunting. We spent a lot of time on the range, but it was mostly sighting in our hunting rifles or practicing shooting clay pigeons with our shotguns. I LOVE hunting. It’s one of my favorite activities to do with my family.

Here's me with my favorite hunting rifle- the Winchester .270 short mag

Here’s me with my favorite hunting rifle- the Winchester .270 short mag

Now, my dad does have a few pistols, and I did shoot them a few times growing up, but he’s not much of a pistol guy. As much fun as my family has with guns, we mostly use them practically.

Fast forward a decade or so- I just took my first pistol class, a CCW class through The Jackson Hole Shooting Experience. As I was taught the basics of personal defense and how to safely and effectively use a handgun, I fell in love. Not only is it a skill that is important to me in self defense, but it is also a challenging and entertaining skill to develop just for fun! I’m really enjoying working with High Caliber Women and honing my skills. I think pistols will be a lifelong love of mine!

Getting to know a new handgun- the .50 caliber Desert Eagle. It's to big to carry concealed, but it's sure fun to shoot!

Getting to know a new handgun- the .50 caliber Desert Eagle. It’s to big to carry concealed, but it’s sure fun to shoot!

If you’re new to pistols like me, you might find this article on life saving tips for new shooters interesting. It helped me to understand what the next steps in my handgun journey might be!

-Ashleigh Allan