Carjacking is a serious threat these days perpetrated by some of the most violent thugs society has to offer. A carjacker doesn’t possess the skills necessary to steal a car in the ‘conventional’ way, so they simply take it by force. Desperate for drugs, money or to escape the area where they just committed another crime, these cretins will not hesitate to harm you or your family in order to steal your vehicle. The vast majority of carjackings take place in urban areas, but that’s not to say they don’t happen elsewhere because they do. Continue reading “Anti-Carjacking Device”
Almost everything on earth eventually deteriorates to a point where it is no longer useful or even safe to use (except for honey): ammunition is no exception. How long your ammunition lasts depends a lot on how it is stored. Yes, I’ve heard stories of Vietnam, Korea and even WWII surplus ammo that still functioned, but I certainly wouldn’t suggest trying that a home. I recently came into some 22LR ammunition that was still sealed in its factory packaging and had been stored in a bedroom closet for about 30 years; I experienced an over 30% fail rate with this ammunition. Not good.
Modern firearms ammunition is manufactured with an expected life of 10 years, if protected from extreme heat or moisture. That life expectancy can be extended by storing in a cool dry place. I’ve been told, though I have no way of proving it, that vacuum sealing it will extend its life even further. Bottom line: if you store it properly, it will probably out live you.
So keeping all this in mind, think about the defensive ammo in your carry weapon and when was the last time you changed it out? Those expensive hollow points you have in your carry gun are exposed to the same elements you are; rain, snow, cold, damp, etc. If you leave a gun in your car it is exposed to cold, damp and extreme heat. Due to these factors it is recommended that you replace it at least once a year if not more. Yes, it can expensive to replace those hydroshocks you spent $35 on, but how expensive would a failure be in a crisis situation? Keep your powder dry!
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
Threatened with a breach of security, how would you react? Well, I personally found out on Friday night. The wife and I were relaxing and talking downstairs in what I have often referred to as our ‘bunker,’ when our dogs began barking excitedly upstairs. As many of you may know, dogs do have different barks and exhibit different levels of excitement depending on what they see or hear – the perfect alarm system if you ask me – and they were losing their little minds. Nothing was showing on the camera monitor, and at first I couldn’t see the source of their excitement. To set the stage for you, I live 200 yards off the end of a dead end road that only has 2 other houses. The area is extremely rural and at night it’s dark, really dark; walking at night without some sort of light is not only dangerous but next to impossible. I kick on the outside lights and grabbed my Glock 19 which was staged near the door, I had run through this scenario a hundred times always questioning which would be my go to gun in a crisis, now I knew. I stepped on the deck and was now able to see someone in the driveway approximately 20 yards away – no sign of a car, or any type of light – adrenaline went through the roof.
“2 seconds before I shoot,” as I aim for center mass.
No response; continues to approach.
“Stop! Final warning! 2 seconds and I shoot you!”
Person stopped and began to go back up the drive. Never said a word.
What this individual had up their sleeve remains a mystery, but their actions clearly indicate they weren’t collecting for the Red Cross. I remained attentive for most of the night, as you can imagine sleep simply wasn’t an option. I never heard a car or car door or saw lights of any kind; only some dogs barking in the distance. Reports were filed, but it’s likely we’ll never know why it happened, only that it did. This incident has brought me to the conclusion that you simply cannot train or practice enough. Would you be ready if it happened to you?
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.