• My First Time Flying With A Firearm

    Gus the Glock and I went on our first flying adventure together. And by “together” I mean I was comfortable-ish in the cabin and Gus was cold, naked, and alone in a hard-sided locked container inside another hard-sided locked container in the cargo hold. In case you’re new here, Gus is my concealed carry firearm, a Glock 43. I’ve heard the stories – flying with a firearm can be complicated. It seems like everybody has a different experience each time they fly, dependent upon the airport, airline, state, what mood the airline representatives and TSA agents are in that day,…

  • Holidays Suck

    They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us the holidays suck. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years. I love the decorations and the food and the music and the traditions. But this time of year is the absolute hardest for me. And it isn’t because of the increase of social commitments. Or the crazy holiday shoppers. Or the family feuds. Or the ten pounds I’ll probably gain between now and the end of the year. It’s because my mom isn’t here. I’m writing this on what would…

  • 3 Ways to Get Comfortable with Concealed Carry

    Getting comfortable with concealed carry is a journey – one that I’m still on and will probably be on for a long time. That being said, I’ve come a long way! I’d like to share a few things that have enabled me to get comfortable in my conceal carry journey from a mindset and confidence perspective, and some words of wisdom based on what I’ve learned thus far. But what about physical comfort? Before we dive in, I want to touch on physical comfort for just a minute. I’ll be honest with you, carrying isn’t comfortable. YOU ARE LITERALLY HIDING…

  • The 4 Rules of Wine Tasting

    Your first time wine tasting can be just as intimidating as your first time shooting. We have the four rules of gun safety to help guide us at the range, but there are no standard rules of wine tasting to easily guide wine newbies… until now! Here are my totally-made-up-but-still-amazingly-practical four rules of wine tasting for newbies, along with some little tips from me to you. 1. Ask Questions The folks working the tasting room are typically what I would refer to as Wine Nerds. Most of the time, they are extremely passionate and knowledgable about wine, and they will be…

  • How To Choose A Firearm That Will Meet Your Needs

    People ask me all the time, “What gun should I buy for concealed carry?”, and my answer is simple: nobody can answer that question for you. You have to do your own research! We are all different and have different wants and needs in our concealed carry firearm. What works best for me might not work for you, and vice versa. Once upon a time not all that long ago, I was in the market for my first firearm. I wanted to make sure I made the right choice, especially since my first gun would also be the one I…

  • Chianti Classico at Castello di Albola

    I had no idea what to expect from a wine tasting tour in Tuscany. I visit a lot of wineries here in Oregon, but have not ventured out too much in other regions, and never internationally. Wine travel is at the top of my bucket list, and embarking on a wine tour through Tuscany has always been a dream of mine. Our first winery tour at Castello di Albola blew me away. From the moment we entered the courtyard entrance to the tasting room, I felt like I was home. Like seriously… could you imagine enjoying your morning coffee or…

  • How I Got Into Guns

    The question I get most on my Instagram page is, “How did you get into guns?”, so I figured this would be a good place to start for my first blog post! But before I can tell you how I got into guns, I first have to give you a brief history of Monica BG (Before Guns). Before Guns I was born and raised in San Jose, California. In case you didn’t know, San Jose is smack in the middle of ultra-liberal Silicon Valley, which was probably a big reason as to why I didn’t grow up with guns in…