A View From the Range: Don’t Go Cheap

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you probably know that I work part time at an indoor range/gun store, and I have to say that at times it’s an eye opening experience. As such, I’ve decided to start a little segment on some of the things I observe; good and bad, in an effort to help us all be better prepared to defend ourselves and our families.

Recently during the range qualification segment of a concealed carry class, one individual kept having issues with his firearm. It would either misfeed the first round or successfully fire one round only to misfeed the next. He went to the front desk and purchased better quality ammunition apparently thinking that was the problem, only to Continue reading “A View From the Range: Don’t Go Cheap”

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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?”

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”

Can You Access Your Gun When You Actually Need It?

A firearm is just a tool, and like any tool, it’s useless unless you can get to it when you need it. I’m sure many of you have felt that frustration of knowing you have a tool but just can’t find it; can you imagine the frustration of being unable to access your firearm in a crisis situation? Are your firearms safe from children or nosy neighbors while also being accessible?

Practicing your preps is undoubtedly the best why to stay sharp and practicing intrusion prevention/self-defense is no different. So try running through a few scenarios and in each one ask yourself: how would I or could I respond? What could I change to improve my level of preparedness?

  • You’re in the middle of dinner when 2 individuals attempt to kick in your door.
  • You’re relaxing in front of the TV when you hear a noise in the back yard.
  • You pull in your driveway and notice that your front door appears broken.
  • You’re lying in bed when you hear a suspicious noise coming from the kitchen.
  • You’re walking your dog when a suspicious person approaches you.
  • You’re fueling up your vehicle when you realize the gas station is being robbed.
  • You’re shopping with your family when a flash mob begins ransacking the store.
  • You’re in the shower (home alone) when you hear someone in the house.
  • You’re broke down on the side of the road when some rough characters stop to ‘help?’
  • You answer a knock at the door and the person tries to force their way in.

The possibilities are endless, but as you run through each scenario, ask yourself am I prepared or could I be better prepared? What could I do to improve my chances of survival? Can I stage my firearms better while still keeping them safe from others? I think most will find that if they actually follow through on this exercise they will make at least some changes and probably order a couple of small gun safes. Police are reactionary and can only do so much, it’s your job to protect yourself, your family and your property from those who would do them harm.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.