Be wary of contractors….

18 07 2012

If you have contractors visiting your home to do some work: painting, flooring, plumbing or whatever. It is important to go behind them and check the security of the area after they leave for the day. Some have been known to open windows or at the minimum unlock the window for entry later.

There have been many cases where a plumber has disabled a window alarm and then snuck into the home in the middle of the night to assault the homeowner. You cannot be too careful in your own home when others that do not live there are there working.

Even if the workers are family or friends, it could be that they opened the window to throw something out or for whatever reasons but forget to lock it back up when they closed it. This is a possible entry point for a threat.

Sliding doors, main doors, alarm systems, locks and windows: if you can gain entry into the home through it, then a threat can gain entry into the home from it. Secure those areas and ensure they remain secure for the safety of your family.

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Practice does matter

17 06 2012

Representation of high accuracy and low precision.

It does not matter how long you have been a shooter, or how long you have known about guns, practice is vital to enhance your abilities with your firearms. It is important to understand that practice does or can improve your fundamentals, speed and also accuracy. But how do you practice? What do you practice?

Most will go to an indoor range, hang a paper silhouette target, send it back a few feet and then proceed to shoot at the center of the target. Some “hot shots” will go for head shots, maybe to show off, maybe because they don’t quite understand that “IF” they happen to shoot down the target cable that allows each shooter to send their target back, they will then own that cable system and anything else that that range can charge you for. So…is it worth taking that chance?

I have seen some that go into the range, put their target onto the cable system and send the target all of the way to the back of the range. Some of these people were also attempting to teach their girlfriends how to shoot. How did it go? Poorly, every single time. Why?
-Not everyone should/could be an instructor
-Sending the target to the very back is not a realistic distance
-If you, yourself, do not know the fundamentals, how can you teach someone else?

Anyway, back to practice: what do you practice when you go to the range?
There are many courses of fire that can be used to increase speed and accuracy but practicing the fundamentals will also increase speed and accuracy. Accuracy above all else.

First recommendation:
-Use a small-caliber handgun
If you want to increase your skill, try using a .22 caliber pistol. The .22 is a great caliber because it has minimal recoil. If there is a deficiency with your grip, it will immediately show you on your target. Same thing goes with being steady, aim, control of the trigger/trigger pull, etc. Once you fine tune your skills with the .22 (which has very inexpensive ammunition) then move on to your firearm which you desire to better your skills. The .22 is a great warm up pistol.

It is wise to acknowledge that going to a range and shooting at a paper target at a set distance will not prepare you for an attack. There are many courses of fire that will, but many ranges limit the amount of movement that a shooter can accomplish while on their range (for liability reasons). It is important to have a desired end result before starting your shooting. Remember: a paper target will never shoot at you or attack.

Practice does mean more than once a year. Just because you have a good time and shoot well once does not mean you have finited your skill, hence the practice, practice, practice speech.

Remember also: there are good days on the range (everything goes smooth and you put the bullet exactly where you wanted to) and there are bad days (where everything goes somewhat wrong for you). Take each practice session as a new practice session and get what you can out of that session.

Lastly: Most threatening/deadly encounters occur within 21 feet.





Electronics and personal safety

1 05 2012

Today, everyone has a Facebook account, MySpace, Twitter, etc. etc. etc. and unfortunately there are many that are ignorant as to the predators that exist that will do anything to infiltrate someones privacy and/or safety. Even with our cell phones, there are applications that will identify and sometimes show exactly where you are located when you post a picture or social update. Remember, if you decide to place a location to your update:
-others can identify where you are located at that time
-others know you are not home

If you update your social page with where you are at, you then tell others that you are not home. This now makes your home vulnerable for attack, which has happened many times to others:
-A female boasted about her excitement regarding an upcoming concert
-She noted the date of the concert and their (her and her boyfriend/husband)
-The date came and a “threat” did the easy math:
(Concert location was no less than an hour away, they were going to have dinner before the concert by the concert hall, concert was no less than 3 hours, it would take another hour to return = 6-7 hours free rob time!)
-Threats robbed the home
-Occupants came back
-Found their home robbed
Luckily the couple had surveillence cameras on the inside of their home. After reviewing the footage, the female posted a screen capture of the threats that were inside her home.
-One of her friends commented that “she had seen that person before, on her friends list”
-The female checked her friends list and it turns out that the threat was someone that went to school with her in the 3rd or 4th grade.
-The female had a private account where only her friends could see her status updates.

Lessons to learn:
People change and some people you may have on your friends list from years past, could have turned out to be less than trustworthy as life went on
-Anything that touches the internet lives forever and you cannot take things back.
-Anything that you post with pictures could give away your location, family location, friends location, etc. Keep their information private as well as your own.





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).

 





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.