Lots of Gear, Not Enough Training

Far too often I see preppers focused on having the latest cool gadgets and tools, instead of becoming proficient in the use of those tools. No, I am not against buying the latest cool tool, as I have been guilty of the same, but take the next step and actually learn how to use it. I see this issue most often when it come to firearms.

I currently work at an indoor gun range as a range officer and am currently seeking my NRA Instructors License. I see a lot of shooters; some good, some really good, some bad and some really bad; the primary difference being training and practice. When was the Continue reading “Lots of Gear, Not Enough Training”

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Anti-Carjacking Device

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”

Does Ammo Go Bad?

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. Continue reading “Does Ammo Go Bad?”

Incident with a Trespasser

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.

Why you need a pocket gun

Yes, I know, bigger is better right? Well not necessarily when it come to firearms. It’s been said that the best gun is the one you will use and that’s true. Your AR-15 sitting in your gun safe at home won’t do you any good during a car jacking. Your Glock 17 won’t do you much good under the seat of your car during a church shooting. Working in a gun store/range I hear people say some crazy things, but the most glaring to me is those who take our permit class, but say they really don’t plan to carry a gun, they just want it ‘just in case.’ Really? Here in TN you can possess a firearm and/or carry it in your car without a permit, so if you’re not going to carry what’s the point? (Check your State Gun Laws here.)

Lot’s of excuses: bulky, uncomfortable, too much of a hassle or even fear of an accidental discharge. First of all, if you’re worrying about firing ‘accidentally’ you need more training and practice. Carrying a firearm is serious business, but it isn’t dangerous if you Continue reading “Why you need a pocket gun”

Gear Review: Keeper Magnetic Gun Mount

Recently I posted an article entitled ‘Can You Access Your Gun When You Need It?’ which asked the reader to run themselves through a series of scenarios to determine their ability to react to certain threats. The whole point to the article was to access when and where are you most vulnerable and what can you do to enhance your ability to react. As we ran through these ‘what ifs’ I couldn’t help but think of the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho where a young lady is slashed to death in the shower by motel manager Norman Bates. There is a reason this scene has scared people since 1960, naked in the shower is probably the most vulnerable part of your day. My wife kept joking about a ‘gun rack in the bathroom,’ and not that we would actually do that, but we wanted to do something. Our solution was the Keeper Magnetic Gun Mount. For just under $25 and 30 seconds to install this little guy was just what we needed.

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Gun Control Fail

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, the cries for more gun control are once again spewing from the mouths of activists and liberal politicians looking to cash in on the tragedy. This is not really surprising and certainly nothing new. Hillary Clinton quickly jumped in stating we need to put politics aside ‘and take on the NRA,’ apparently taking Rahm Emmanuel’s advice to ‘never let a crisis go to waste.’ The left for some reason insists on the US adopting policies that have failed in other countries like the UK’s universal healthcare, Spain’s green energy, and yes, gun control. Australia’s massive gun grab has failed, and Mexico’s very restrictive gun laws certainly haven’t led the Cartels to turn in their guns, but rather left the citizens defenseless against them. If history has taught us anything, it’s that it’s much more difficult to oppress an armed populace. Gun control is not about making society safer, it’s about control. Maybe you think the Government doesn’t have enough control over you, I happen to think it is way too bloated, controlling and overbearing.  I heard it said recently that an armed people will not load themselves in boxcars, I have to believe that to be true.