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Sara Ahrens

Sara Ahrens is a Police Sergeant in Illinois with 17 years of experience. She is an avid hunter and pro-staffer for Pròis Hunting and Field Apparel for women. Sara participated in the third season of the History Channel’s Top Shot and has appeared on several episodes of the Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery.

Recent Posts

Lead Dangers – Health Effects & Methods of Contamination

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Oct 10, 2013 12:01:00 PM

When I became the Range Master for my agency, I didn’t know what I needed to know about lead. Two years into my position I got a real education  that was nothing short of terrifying. The recession forced my agency to mandate my unit and I (five of us) to handle all range functions from training and qualifications, to maintenance of firearms. Unable to pay overtime, I could no longer rotate these responsibilities amongst a large cadre of part-time range officers and armorers.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Other

Impossible Expectations in Self Defense – Part 2

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Sep 3, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Statistically, it is unlikely that law enforcement officers or armed citizens will ever find themselves in a situation that requires them to use deadly force. For those who do, they will face a grand jury that determines whether or not that force was justified. If it’s determined to be unjustified, an indictment, criminal prosecution, and civil suits will likely follow. Their trial will consist of a jury of their peers, which is composed of citizens. 
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Impossible Expectations in Firearms Use – Part 1

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Aug 6, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Impossible Expectations for Law Enforcement and Armed Citizens – Part 1

Use of firearms for defense

Whenever a law enforcement officer uses deadly force in self-defense or defense of others, there is a segment of the population that criticizes that force. This is based on a lack of understanding of law enforcement officers’ training and skills under stress. These unrealistic expectations are not consistent with legal decisions and only serve to further separate the police from the citizens they serve. As concealed carry continues to gain popularity, armed citizens should be concerned over these impossible expectations that misled individuals would like applied to law enforcement officers… because someday it may be applied to them.

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Topics: Gun Rights, Self Defense

Should I Shoot with One Eyed Open or Two? - Shooting Tips

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Jul 31, 2013 9:00:00 AM


When responding to a stimulus, 80% of sensory input derives from the visual sense. This process requires the use of both sides of the brain in order function.

Both the left and right hemispheres of the brain share the information acquired through visual input. When shooting one-eyed, shooters don't get the full picture. As a matter of fact, without the use of both eyes, many visual functions are limited. 

Many shooters initially learn to shoot with one eye and it is a habit that is hard to break. The benefits of shooting two-eyed, however, make learning this skill worthwhile.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

Five Ways to Prepare Against Stress in Firearms Practice

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Jul 16, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Introducing stress to a firearms practice program can help inoculate shooters against stress and preventing panic. Those who consistently train outside their comfort zones will be better able to handle the stress brought about by competition, and even deadly force encounters.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

The Importance of Introducing Stress in Gun Training

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Jun 27, 2013 6:46:00 AM


The majority of shooters will benefit by introducing stress into their gun training sessions.  Incorporating stress in firearms practice is not appropriate or recommended for new shooters or those familiarizing with, or sighting in, a new firearm; new shooters should, instead, focus on gun handling, as we discuss in articles like the one Mia Anstine wrote. These conditions require slow and methodical shooting to ensure safety, acquiring a proper sight picture, and development of shooting fundamentals. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense