I’ve been shooting since I was……

24 04 2012
An example (open and closed) of a typical gun ...

 

This is the beginning of a very bad example! I am not surprised (and am saddened that I am not surprised) at the amount of people that think they are safe and educated with a firearm just because they have fired a firearm when they were younger. Some people purchase a firearm thinking that just because they know how it works, they will automatically be safe and accurate with that firearm. Sad.

 

Every firearm is different and each person has their own skills that they can bring to the table but those skills may not equate to good habits or even safe practices. The skill of common sense, which is not so common any more and not really a skill, does not mean safe handling or safe thinking. The person that swings a firearm around saying “I know it ain’t loaded” or “I know what I am doing” is usually the one you see on the news saying ” I thought it was unloaded” “I didnt know it was loaded” or my favorite “the gun malfunctioned”.

 

The gun, you see, is an inanimate object that will not do ANYTHING if it is not being touched. It CANNOT do anything if it is not loaded and it can achieve even less if it has been properly outfitted with a trigger lock and is located behind the locked vault or gun safe door. MAGIC you ask? Why, no it is not. It is purely safe handling and education. (*Loud TA DAHHHHHH)

 

For anyone that is curious about firearms and wants to purchase on for pleasure or security or competition even, please seek out the education:
-Find a certified instructor
-Research different pistol safety courses
-Rent a firearm at the local range to get a better opinion of different firearms
-Take lessons on that pistol
-Buy a safe or gun vault
-Then think about what you want out of the pistol
-Have a friend that is knowledgeable about firearms go to purchase a firearm with you
-Take more lessons
-Educate everyone/ANYONE in the home about firearms and being safe around and with them
-Lock the firearm up
-Hide the key and combination from others
-Be safe always
-Always double and triple check that the firearm is clear and safe

 

Always assume that a firearm is loaded until you 100% verify that it it clear of any ammunition. Be safe with firearms and never assume that just because someone works in a field such as: Military, Law Enforcement or Gov Position, that they are safe with the firearms. I have seen scary people that were in authoritative positions that should have been safe but were not. It was a sad reality check for me because I, like many, had a “picture” in my mind about certain trades and  occupations.

 

Be safe and do your homework before you invest in an expensive firearm that you may not be able to shoot (nevermind shoot well).

 

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Avoid the chicken little syndrome…

20 04 2012

Hurricane Jimena at its peak on August 30, 2003.

It seems that there is a lot of buzz about how the world as we know it will collapse soon and that everyone will be in a situation like in the movie “Mad Max”. I am not saying that the economy and leadership currently in power is not crushing the life out of us slowly, not at all but what I am saying is “avoid the chicken little syndrome” otherwise you will end up driving yourself nutso.

Prepping for disaster is a good thing. It will allow you to have clothing, food, water and other essentials if something were to occur but building a cement bunker that is radiation proof and having it underneath your home may be a bit expensive and excessive.

Do some research and find legitimate companies that offer emergency kits and supplies before pouring your money into the first person that convinces you that their “magic bag” will save your life!

Example: I have what I consider my “chosen 5”. These 4 other individuals that I trust wholeheartedly and are very experienced and like-minded as myself. We want to be prepared for emergencies but we are also former or current military. We have created certain items for emergency purposes for the average civilians:
*Grab-n-Go kit: A bag that is already set up for you to grab and quickly leave the home (because you dont have time to pack)
*3-Day bag: This bag is to sustain existence for 3 days
*5-Day bag: same as above

SO what separates us from the rest? We are not thinking about zombies or invasions. We are thinking that this works out well for hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes and if, by some wacky chance, civil unrest if it were to come down to that.

Our med kits alone include more items than that of the average kit and can be tailored to the client. We also have an advanced trauma kit for long term use. Our bags are for the average person that is trying to survive and/or protect their family so that they can survive as well.

For those on the law enforcement side of the house, or those that thinking that they would need to use their firearms or just survive in a strange location: we are offering up custom tactical gear rigs. Basic, intermediate and advanced vests. Each has its own gear associate with it and can also be customized to their needs.

We are not thinking that we are going to provide items to save the world but we are trying to educate people so they can save their time and well earned money making practical purchases instead of falling for the many scams that exist today. As always: be safe and shoot straight!





Clean your firearms……

13 04 2012

Cylinder of a Colt Python Collection Paul Regn...

Even if you do not shoot your firearm(s), it is wise to clean and inspect them on a regular basis. The great thing about gun oil is that it can penetrate the metal and pull the carbon and dirt out. Because of this, the firearm does not have to be saturated in oil, even if it is going to be a long time before it is fired again.

When disassembling the firearm, ensure the area is protected and covered so none of the smaller parts and pieces get lost or fall away from the area. Once the firearm is disassembled, it is important to inspect the parts and pieces for burrs, chips, cracks or anything that may break or create damage to the firearm. Any problems spotted should be addressed immediately.

The cleaning of the firearm is important along with the storage location. Climate controlled is important but also a location devoid of any humidity to minimize rust. desiccant packets are possible to use but can be dangerous to pets if it breaks up open. The same danger applies to children as well.

Upon the completion of the cleaning and inspection, reassemble the firearm and then function check the firearm to ensure everything functions the way it should. Wiping a coat of oil over the firearm and removing the excess will keep the firearm protected while it is in storage (gun safe or gun locker….not a garage somewhere).

Even if the firearm is not used, it should be removed and inspected every once in a while to ensure it will function and no rust has accumulated on it. Your firearm is your investment in your security or your pleasure, either way you paid for it, it is wise to take care of it. Be Safe!





Attorneys By State

6 04 2012

Attorneys By State.





Trust your feelings…

6 04 2012

Restaurant crowd

It is important to trust your feelings. I am not talking about your feelings about buying a new car, investing in a guitar, buying some shoes, remodeling a home, I am talking about trusting your feelings when you are in a position where you may feel threatened or just “not right”. That feeling, in itself, is your brains way of telling you that something is out of sorts and by acknowledging that feeling you may be able to “sidestep” or avoid the situation all together.

There are many people that were saved from a deadly situation because they felt as though something was not right in the area that they were in and they left. They were spared because some event occurred after they left that either became deadly or there were injuries. Either way, they were spared because they identified with that feeling and looked at it as an “early warning system”. This is something that everyone has and could use every day in their life.

If you are in an area and you do not feel right because of someone’s actions, words, or general “feel” of the environment has changed, that may be your brain telling you that something is in fact off and you may want to remove yourself from that situation. What if you are walking around outside? Same thing although you may want to use stores as an escape route or even restaurants. The key would be to remove yourself.

Trust your instincts. You dont have to be paranoid to be safe, just more aware.

 





Buying the bling!

5 04 2012

Yet another thing that irritates me greatly: the people that go out and purchase a firearm because:
1) They saw it on a movie once
2) Their favorite rapper/rock star just got arrested with it
3) It was really bright and shiny (and gold in some cases)

Why would it irritate me? Well…it would irritate me if someone were to purchase a firearm that they have no idea how to shoot it. Not that they couldn’t take lessons, it is because some of them never take lessons and maybe only shoot it once.

Hollywood always glamorize everything and companies will always attempt to market their items to sell, that is called business. But a gold pistol? Really? Who are they marketing that towards? The pistol in question is the desert eagle .50.  For one thing, you better have a lot of land to fire that pistol because no outdoor range that is structured would take the chance of having their backstop torn up or have a stray .50 cal round go traveling over their land, into a neighborhood. Could you imagine the liability?

I have taught many people that told me that they have owned a pistol for many years, never fired it, never took it out until their kids begged them to get lessons. One woman in particular bought a firearm because her friend took her to a gun show and told her to buy a specific pistol. The woman bought the pistol and it stayed in her purse for 6 years, never cleaned, never fired, never touched.

When I took this woman to the gun range, I actually had her son try to put a bullet through the barrel and it jammed immediately. I oiled it up and we tried again. It malfunctioned again. I then told her to sell the firearm to someone that could use it. The action was so hard that the woman would not have been able to chamber a round if she needed to. That would/could have cost her, her life. Why take the chance.

It is not that hard to gain the information about firearms or to find a local range that provides lessons to the public. Don’t go by what Hollywood throws at you on the big screen because real life can be much more painful if you don’t pay attention.





Instructors with no muzzle discipline!

5 04 2012

Safety First

One of my pet peeves is seeing firearms instructors that put themselves out there via the internet (Youtube, Facebook, Websites, etc.) and show the world that they, themselves, do not abide by the safety rules that each and every instructor is supposed to do. It does not matter if you are a basic firearms instructor, military firearms instructor, tactical instructor, law enforcement instructor, SWAT instructor, or king 6-gun-ninja instructor, safety means safety and if you can’t show your students that you can be safety, why should they listen to you?

I have seen videos of instructors that claim to be the “best of the best” and they may absolutely be one of the best but then they ruin it by continuing on with their video and pointing their firearm at the audience. Even if the firearm in question is a “blue gun” or “shape” or “rubber gun”, whatever you want to call it, it is a firearm. I have had a couple of personal attempts towards me via personal attacks because I had mentioned this to the instructor. I am a “train how you fight and fight how you train” instructor and believe that safety should always be number one on the list of things to teach to my students. Regardless who that students are.

I had a law enforcement instructor tell me that he teaches his cadets about firearms and he uses a blue gun with them and “sweeps” (moves the barrel towards them and passed them) them because they know that “it is fake”? So now there are many newly appointed officers that do not have a clear concept regarding being truly safe with a firearm. But they won’t really know that now will they? Not so much.

I truly do not care how professional someone is or how much they boast that they are the best of the best, if I hear someone boast about how professional and expert they are and they sweep a barrel in my direction, I am leaving that area because that instructor, the “professional”, is going to end up “accidentally” shooting someone who they are trying to teach. Fact!

If you want a great example, try going to Youtube and type “DEA AGENT shoots self in the foot”. Find the best quality video that has the audio as well. I am sure this instructor lost his job because of this, but this is another example of what could go wrong, when you think it will never happen to you.

As always: be safe, take a class and shoot straight.