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”

Situational Awareness: You are surrounded

The term ‘situational awareness’ may sound a bit intimidating, but at it’s core it’s nothing more than being aware of your surroundings. When you walk into a store, do you know where the exits are? If something happened could you escape or at least find shelter? I was a delivery driver for years and they constantly drilled us on ‘having an out’ in traffic, being aware of all four sides – that in a nutshell is situational awareness.

Have you ever been followed? I have a few times and it is unnerving to say the least; knowing someone is stalking you with intent to rob or worse will definitely ramp up your respiration and heart rate. Panic: even if you have run through this scenario in Continue reading “Situational Awareness: You are surrounded”

Gear Review: Wansview Outdoor WiFi Wireless Camera

To be perfectly honest, I originally had no plans to review this product, but I’m so pleased with the results that I thought I would share them. The camera we’ve had facing the front door/driveway for the last 6 years finally died so we set out to replace it, inexpensively. We settled on this Wansview Outdoor WiFi Wireless Camera based on price (around $40) and customer reviews.

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The camera is weatherproof and connects to your wireless router so you can link it to Continue reading “Gear Review: Wansview Outdoor WiFi Wireless Camera”