Shooting/Marksmanship

Here’s A Target Rich Environment!

by Todd Walker

As most of you know, I don’t advertise on my site. Not in the traditional sense. I do promote products that I find useful and of high quality from time to time. This is one of those times.

First, I have no financial interest in any product I promote here. The Target Source is no different. I’ve mentioned Clark Ellard’s targets before here. He makes his targets at his home in his shop from AR500 steel. I’ve shot other “walking” targets before that were cheaply made. That shooting experience made me want to go back to shooting tin cans off a log.

Clark’s targets are made here in the U.S.A. with the best materials. I’ve gotten to know him over the past few months and can attest to his character, business practices, and customer satisfaction. He’s an avid supporter of our 2nd Amendment. His background in construction allows him to customize targets, shooting houses, gun storage safes for vehicles and homes, and even safe rooms if you’re in the market for one.

With the squeeze placed on family budgets these days, you might be thinking shooting targets are down on my wish list of preparedness items. Every family should prioritize when prepping. You know the three areas experts parade out: Beans, bullets, and band aids. Great advice. But what are those bullets for? They’re a tool, like your gun, of self-defense, survival, and … family fun!

Looking at the crazy spike in ammo and gun sales since Barack Hussein’s re-election, coupled with the Newtown shooting hysteria, millions of Americans who have squeezed a trigger ran out and bought guns and ammo. Smart move. Now it’s time to train with your new tool.

No amount of watching the “Die Hard” movies will make you a proficient shootist. Like any other skill, you must practice the fundamentals. One of the best ways is to make range time a family event. If you are a gun ‘newbie’, get the proper training for yourself. Then introduce your kids to this right of passage. Watching Clark’s young son plinking a target with his lever-action .22, quite accurately, made me smile and reminisce.

I was fortunate, like so many others growing up last century (makes me sound old), to have parents that taught me how to shoot. Back then, my daddy would haul a load of trash up the dirt road to the dump. Sounds like the story line from Alan Jackson’s song “Drive.” I’d always tag along. He’d let me drive his old truck with a three-on-the-tree, too. He backed the truck up to the pit, we got out, I loaded the shotgun, and the fun began. Daddy would throw bottles into the sky for me to shoot. That’s where I learned wing shooting. Thanks for the memories, Daddy!

Drive (For Daddy Gene)

Drive (For Daddy Gene) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t recommend that practice today. If you don’t have a trash dump to shoot bottles and cans, I’d recommend these quality steel targets.

They’re so much more fun than shooting holes in paper. With ever hit, there’s immediate feedback. The target ‘pings’ and moves. You know you hit your mark. No need to grab optics to confirm your accuracy. They’re a great way to keep new shooters on the range, and adds variety for experienced marksmen. For less than the price of dinning out with your family, you can purchase one of the plinkster targets. You won’t be unhappy. Plus, the little ones will thank you for introducing them to my favorite past-time.

You can click on the logo at the top of this page and you’ll be directed to Clark’s new website – The Target Source. His site is new and will be adding a price list soon. Until then, you can contact him via phone on his website.

If you’re not totally satisfied with his targets (or any product he builds), he’ll make it right. If you decide to buy from Clark, tell him I sent you. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy shooting!

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Quality USA Made Steel Target Review and Video

I met Clark Ellard just before Christmas this year to buy a present for Dirt Road Girl. The transaction went very smoothly and I knew I’d made a new friend.

Plinksters on the table top with Silhouettes on the bench

Plinksters on the table top with Silhouettes on the bench

In our first meeting, we talked about preparedness, self-reliance, guns, shooting, hunting, welding, and targets. Clark makes his living building vaults and safe rooms. If your interested in hardening your home or retreat, he’s your man. His main business is Safe At Home USA.

The reason for this post is his side business – The Target Source. As you can see, I don’t do any advertising on my site. I’m not against advertising. Who knows, I may use ads in the future here. But for now, I only promote products on my blog that I’ve personally found useful, well made, and of high quality. His targets being one of them.

I bought three targets from him – Plinkster 22, Plinkster 9, and Plinkster Rifle. He hand delivered them one day after school. What service! He offers free shipping anywhere in the US on orders over $250 – other wise he charges the exact cost of shipping. Get a few buddies together and make a bulk order. He doesn’t have a website for his target business yet. I’m meeting him for lunch today. I’ve offered to set up a site for him free of charge. That’s how much I like his targets and his mission.

Here’s why.

Ping, ping, ping…Instant feedback

Which would you prefer? It’s like being asked at the grocery store – “Paper or plastic?” When it comes to lead striking paper, there’s no auditory reward…just a hole in the target. When your bullet hits the Plinkster, the distinctive ping becomes music to the ear.

Make ‘em walk

Then there’s the automatic reset on the Plinksters. Every time your son or daughter hit their mark, the target ‘walks’ (flips) giving you a fresh round steel target…as fast as you can shoot and strike the target. I found it to be a great aid in target acquisition yesterday with my Ruger 10-22. If only I’d had these growing up. Lot’s of tin cans and glass bottles would have been spared.

With every hit, the target moves a little further down the range – requiring more accuracy.

Just plain fun

I shot the Plinkster 22 yesterday with my 80 year old buddy on his property. After taking the target for a ‘walk’, I offered to let him shoot. He walks with a cane now and declined. However, that didn’t stop him from having fun just watching the target flip and ping. He loved the whole concept, target design, and shooting experience.

For anyone, beginner or marksman, looking for a fun way to improve their shooting skills, I highly recommend The Target Source. Take a look at the video below. I think you’ll be convinced.

Clark has hit the bull’s-eye with his targets!

Pricing information: I’ve compared prices and Clark has the best pricing on steel targets I’ve found.

AR500 Steel Targets Made Right HERE in the USA! We have QUALITY US made AR500 steel targets in Our famous Plinksters in Rimfire, Handgun 9-40 and Handgun 45 and Rifle(up to 30-06). Also Full and 1/2 IPSC in 3/8 AR500. Quality portable stand brackets too! Coming real soon “Glock the Plates” plate rack. We will custom build any target or target system you need or require. DEALER INQUIRIES WELCOME.

Plinkster Rimfire $22.00
Handgun 9 $37.00
Handgun 45 $39.00
Rifle(up to ’06) $47.00
1/2 IPSC $75.00
Full IPSC $150.00
Stand Brackets $15.00/set
Full IPSC with Hostage taker Head Target. One for hand gun and one for rifle. Stand included(breaks down with out tools) $379

The Target Source

Quality USA Made AR 500 Targets

You can contact Clark at:

Phone: 770-680-8950

If you decide to buy from Clark, tell him I sent you. I’d love to hear your feedback.

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Women make better shooters than men … or do they?

Kathy Jackson is a firearms instructor, a homeschool mom, a small business owner, a former magazine editor, a freelance writer, and the author of the website Cornered Cat. This article is reprinted with permission from her personal blog Scratching Post. Head over and check out some great shooting advise!

Keep doing the stuff,

Todd Walker

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by Kathy Jackson

October 3, 2012

Okay, I’m about to slaughter a sacred cow here. I’ve held my peace about this (most of the time) for years, but the time has come to speak out. Women do not naturally make “better shooters” or “better students” than men do.

There are three reasons I dislike hearing people repeat the old myth that women do make better firearms students than men do.

1)      It is not true. This is what is true: truly new students make much faster and more impressive progress than allegedly “new” students who aren’t new to firearms at all. People who have spent a lifetime developing bad habits will need some time to erase those bad habits before they can learn good ones. This is true for both men and women. People who start with a blank slate, having never handled a firearm before, usually make very rapid or even dramatic progress under the tutelage of a competent instructor. This, also, is true for both men and women.

 When we compare apples to apples—brand new shooters to other brand new shooters; novice shooters with existing bad habits to other novice shooters with existing bad habits—we see almost no difference at all between men and women in firearms classes. It is only when we conflate the two, and compare the truly novice female to the badly-taught or untaught male that we see the dramatic, measurable difference in skillsets between male and female “new” students.

Not only is the saying not true in a skillset sense, it is also not true in a “good student” sense. I have worked with both men and women who are good students, and with both men and women who are poor students. If I wanted to make a sex-based rule about this, I would say that women who have a bad attitude about learning to shoot do tend to do a slightly better job hiding that fact from the instructor than similarly-resistant male students do—and that’s about it. But pleasant outward behavior does not mean these resistant students are getting what they need.

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Review: Henry AR-7 US Survival Rifle

Today’s article is reprinted with permission from JJ Johnson (USAF – Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor – class 97-02), owner/author of Prepper Skills, a site devoted to sharing skills and experiences with other preppers. JJ’s other survival related blog is Reality Survival. I recommend both sites for survival, bushcraft, preparedness, and self-reliance training.

Doing the stuff,

Todd Walker

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by Tony

Henry AR-7 U.S. Survival Rifle

AR-7 Survival Rifle

Upon discovery of my love of firearms and my passion for survival, everyone always asks the inevitable question: What do you recommend for a wilderness survival weapon? Well, you just had to open that can of worms, didn’t you?  That would be like asking me what kind of knife I use in the kitchen!  Am I slicing tomatoes from the garden, slicing bread, cutting through a rack of ribs, making a pb&j?  My point is that there is a perfect tool for nearly every job.  If I am in hostile territory and may encounter several ne’er-do-well individuals, I’d really like to have my M-4.  If I can pick the terrain of the encounter, I might like to have my M-110, or if they have light trucks and heavy weapons, then I’d prefer my M-107 .50 BMG.  All of that being said, for a good, all around wilderness survival rifle, that you can pack small, take anywhere and put meat on the fire with, I’d recommend the Henry U.S. Survival rifle. It’s the current version of the Armalite AR-7 survival rifle that was developed from the AR-5 used by USAF pilots way back in the 1950’s.  The AR-7 has gone through many changes since Eugene Stoner (moment of silence) invented it back in the late 50’s.  It has been manufactured by Armalite, Charter Arms and currently Henry Rifles has the rights to the AR-7.

How Has The AR-7 Changed?

Recently the AR-7 stock has gone from plastic to polymer and the newest versions can hold three, yes three, 8 round magazines in the stock.  The current version of the AR-7 also has a picatinny style rail system grooved into the top of the receiver to accept optics.  Keep in mind if you mount an optic, it will no longer fit in the stock for storage.  Also as you see from the pictures, my AR-7 is camo, the current version sold by Henry Rifles comes only in black.  The reason I recommend this little survival rifle for everyone is its size, simplicity, accuracy. Also because it fires .22 LR (long rifle).  One can carry a plethora of ammunition for just a little added weight and minimal cost.  The .22 LR may not be ideal for a sustained firefight with hordes of zombies, but it will surely put food on the fire spit.  Rabbits, squirrels, birds and even varmints of the two-legged variety can be put down with an accurate placing of a 36 gr hollow point through the left eye socket or chest cavity.

AR-7 Disassembled

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The .22 Long Rifle – The Essential Cartridge for Long-Term Survival

Survival Sherpa’s 10-22 with paracord sling. Why did I just write in third person!?

Source: Rimfire Survival

There are an infinite number of gun models and configurations that could be considered for use in a long-term survival situation.  Each has their own merits as well as downfalls.  Any online search will bring up countless articles and discussions on the subject.  One thing that is present in almost every article and discussion is the mention of a .22LR rifle as a viable option.  The reason for this is that the .22LR rifle is the most affordable, most versatile, and most readily available gun/cartridge combination.

There are three main categories of cartridges that can be considered.  The first are the larger, heavier, full-power rounds (i.e. .308, 30-06, 7.62x54r, .700 Win Mag, etc.) that are best suited for large game.  The next are the mid-power, mid-weight cartridges (i.e. .223 Rem, 7.62x39mm, 5.45×39, etc.) that were mostly designed as anti-personnel and medium game ammunition.  The third category includes small caliber, lightweight, rimfire cartridges (i.e. .17HMR, .22LR, .22 Mag, etc.) which are suited for smaller game and practice.

The first thing that most people are going to consider is price, and cost effectiveness.  While the full-power and mid-power rounds might look better on graphs and charts, the .22LR provides the most ‘bang for the buck.’  .22LR cartridges are the world’s most common cartridge, with 2.5 billion+ rounds produced annually.  This bulk production is one of the factors in its relatively low price ($12-$15  per 500-550 rounds).  This price translates to approximately .02¢ to .03¢ per round fired for bulk hollow point ammunition.  Mid-power rounds such as the .223 Remington that are suitable for hunting (soft point and hollow point ammunition) can cost around .50¢+ per cartridge.  Full-power hunting ammunition such as the 30-06 Springfield can cost around .75¢ to $1+ per cartridge.

The .22LR cartridge has taken all kinds of game all over the world, not to say that it is always the best (or legal) choice for every situation, far from it.  It would be unreasonable to hunt squirrel with a 30-06, but it has surely been done.  There are also cases where the .22LR has been successfully used in a defensive situation against game when they were not the intended game to be hunted (see Bella Twin and her 1953 encounter with a grizzly). The .22LR’s advantage is with its ability for the bullet to be accurately placed where it needs to be placed to get the job done, and do that job with relative ease to the shooter with follow-up shots soon to follow if needed.

The cartridge also allows for the inexpensive manufacturing of the guns (mostly rifles) that shoot it.  The low pressure cartridge, along with a simple blow-back design, allows for rifles such as the Ruger 10/22 or Remington 597 to be able to be purchased for as low as $150 new.

The .22LR has been a proven round ever since its design 125 years ago and it is still going strong.  It’s ever strong popularity and commonality speaks wonders for this enduring little cartridge.

Keep in mind, that with prepping, there are no absolutes.  The .22LR should not be a substitute for a centerfire handgun, MBR (Main Battle Rifle), shotgun, handgun, or a dedicated high-power hunting rifle if one or more are needed (I do believe that there are at least 4 guns that make up a ‘survival arsenal’).  There are many variables to consider, but the simple fact of the matter is that for most people, the .22LR is able to fill multiple roles, more so than any other cartridge, and therefore should be one of the first on your list to prepare with.

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Cold Hard Facts On Gun Bans: “The Cost Of Liberty Can Be Measured In the Loss of Life”

Cold Hard Facts On Gun Bans: “The Cost Of Liberty Can Be Measured In the Loss of Life”

By Mac Slavo
August 3rd, 2012
SHTFplan.com

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.”

Thomas Jefferson

While anti-gun advocates put forth every argument under the sun for why you should not be able to own a “high capacity” magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, or that you shouldn’t be able to buy ammunition online, or that police should stop going to work until guns have been completely banned, the evidence for disarmament of law abiding citizens as a failed policy is overwhelming.

In Chicago, where guns have essentially been banned for personal defense, the murder of innocents has risen so sharply in recent months that Mayor Rahm Emanual has been left with no other option but to call on criminals to look to their morals and values to stop the carnage. Washington D.C., which bans the carrying of concealed weapons, has maintained one of the highest gun crime murder rates in the country for over three decades – since the legislation was passed in 1975. As the Washington Post notes, the disarming of local residents has been wholly ineffective noting that the “guns kept coming, and bodies kept falling.”

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In A Pile Of Empty Brass

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Keep praying and doing the stuff!

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Carry Tools of Protection, ALWAYS!

Just got back from a little R&R with the Dirt Road Girl. Very refreshing!

I just checked my news sources and learned about the shooting at the Batman screening. What a senseless tragedy. Sympathies and prayers to the families and survivors.

Let the gun grabbing begin. Each time a crazed moron goes on a shooting rampage, talking heads do what they do and call for disarming the general public. Only police should carry deadly weapons. The over-reaction has begun. Expect TSA style gropings coming to a theater near you. It’s for our ‘safety’ citizens. The sad part is that many welcome and want this kind of ‘security’. Rainbows and candy canes all around. That’s why I don’t watch any TV news.

While on our little get-away, DRG and I spent every morning and evening walking on the beach. We’re not huge sun worshipers for medical reasons. We do l0ve the ocean and sand. Doesn’t this pose a problem with concealed carry? Nope. I was packing when we kicked the waves washing on shore, fished off the pier, and picked up seashells. We joke about me carrying at times. But, you never know.

I bought DRG a pocket pistol a few years ago for Christmas. She thought they were ‘cute’. I have to agree. However, after shooting the Ruger LCP, she decided to stick with her revolver. I inherited the little gun… dang it! We call her “Lucy”. She’s easy to conceal in a pocket or inside a waist line. With the right amount of cleavage, a bra might work. She accompanies me everywhere I’m legally able to bring my little friend – like the beach. [Don't forget to clean thoroughly after exposure to salt water atmosphere]

I don’t patronize businesses that proudly sport their “Gun Free” signs. Private property is private property and I will respect their wishes by not going inside. Here’s the exception: I have to leave Lucy at home when I go to my teaching job. It’s a weapon free zone; a.k.a. “Victim Zone.” I wondered how the shooter was able to do so much damage in a packed theater. I’m sure there had to be a few concealed permit holders there. Why didn’t they produce their weapon and ventilate the mad man? Oh, the theater is a “Gun Free Zone.” Like me, permit holders a law abiding clan. I guess the shooter didn’t see the sign.

Please don’t take that last statement as making light of this deadly encounter. I’m simply saying that we all have to make a choice and have a plan for the worst case scenarios. For me and mine, I choose to be armed at all times. My weakest point is in the classroom. I feel naked in school. Naked is good in a few situations, but not when it comes to a preparedness plan for self-defense. Leaving ‘education’ again is a pot on the front burner of my brain. There are many ingredients in the pot that make for the soup of change in my life. The ‘victim zone’ issue is only one of them.

Guns are tools. Keep them in your preparedness tool box and on your person… ALWAYS!

Doing the stuff,

SS

 

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10 Commandments of Concealed Carry

Source: Tactical Life

Author: Massad Ayoob

Carrying a gun is a serious commitment. Ten real-world factors to make a part of your life!

Editors Note: The following article appeared unfinished in the 2009 Concealed Carry Handguns annual. As a courtesy to our loyal readers, we have chosen to make the full article available online.

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Carrying a lethal weapon in public confers a grave power that carries with it great responsibilities. Those who lawfully engage in the practice realize that. Those who are considering “carrying” need to know what those experienced people know.

If You Carry, Always Carry
The criminal is the actor, and the armed citizen is the reactor. The typical violent criminal arms himself only when he intends to do something with it. He picks the time and place of the assault, and initiates the attack. Therefore, he doesn’t need to worry about self-defense.

The armed citizen, the intended victim, does not know when or where that attack will come. Therefore, he or she must be constantly prepared and constantly vigilant. The “pistol-packer” learns to pick a comfortable holster and an appropriately sized handgun, and “dress around the firearm.” After a few days, or a few weeks, it becomes second nature to wear it.

When the defender does not know when the attack will come, the only reasonable expectation of safety lies in being always armed.

Don’t Carry If You Aren’t Prepared To Use It
There is a great irony that attaches to the defensive firearm. When you analyze a great many defensive gun usages (DGUs) you discover that the great majority of the time, the protection weapon does its job with no blood being shed. Usually, the offender who is confronted with the prospect of being shot in self-defense either breaks off and runs or surrenders at gunpoint.

Its most important asset turns out to be its power to deter. The irony comes from the fact that its power to deter is drawn directly from its power to kill.

Understand that criminals do not fear guns. They are, after all, an armed subculture themselves. What they fear is the resolutely armed man or woman who points that gun at them. Criminals are predators, and their stock in trade is their ability to read people and recognize victims. They are very, very good at reading “body language” and determining another’s intent to fight, or lack thereof. In short, you’re not likely to bluff them.

If you carry a gun, you must be absolutely certain that you can use deadly force. The person who is hesitant or unwilling to do so will, in the moment of truth, communicate that vacillation to the hardened criminal they are attempting to hold at gunpoint. In such a case, it is quite likely that the offender will jump them, disarm them, and use the hesitant defenders’ own weapons against them.

If, however, that same criminal realizes that he is facing a resolute person who will, in fact, shoot him if he takes one more transgressive step, he is most unlikely to take that step.

The irony: The person who is prepared to kill if he or she must, is the person who is least likely to have to do so.

Don’t Let The Gun Make You Reckless
Circa 1970, armed citizen Richard Davis invented the Second Chance vest, concealable body armor that for the first time could be worn constantly on duty, under the uniform, by any police officer. Some alarmists speculated that “being made bulletproof” would cause cops to become reckless. Those fears turned out to be totally unfounded. As any officer who has worn armor can attest, the vest is a constant reminder of danger and, if anything, makes its wearer more cautious.

It is much the same with concealed firearms in the hands of responsible private citizens. People unfamiliar with the practice fear that “the trigger will pull the finger,” and armed citizens will go looking for a chance to exercise their deadly power. This, too, is a largely unfounded belief.

The collective experience of ordinary, law-abiding people who carry guns is that they don’t feel a sudden urge to go into Central Park at three o’clock in the morning and troll for muggers. They learn that being armed, they are held to what the law calls “a higher standard of care” and are expected to avoid situations like traffic arguments that could escalate and, with a deadly weapon present, turn into killing situations.

Like an officer’s body armor, the armed citizen’s gun is a reminder of danger, a symbol of the need for caution. The late, great big game hunter and gun writer Finn Aagard once wrote, “Yet my pistol is more than just security. Like an Orthodox Jewish yarmulke or a Christian cross, it is a symbol of who I am, what I believe, and the moral standards by which I live.”

Get The License!
You’ll hear some absolutists say, “No government has the right to permit me to carry a gun! I don’t need no stinking permit! The Second Amendment is my license to carry!”

That is the sound of someone asking to go to jail. Like it or not, the laws of the land require, in 46 of the 50 states, a license to carry. In two states, there is no legal provision for the ordinary citizen to carry at all. Realize that things are not as we wish they were; things are as they are. If things were as we wish they would be, we wouldn’t need to carry guns at all.

If you are diligent about studying carry license reciprocity, and about seeking non-resident carry permits in states that don’t have reciprocity, you can become legal to carry in some forty or more states. It can get expensive, and it can get tiresome. However, allowing yourself to be made into a felon and being ramrodded through the courts is much more expensive and far more tiresome.

Bottom line: if you carry, make sure you carry legally.

Know What You’re Doing
You wouldn’t drive an automobile without knowing the rules of the road. Do not keep or carry lethal weapons for defense without knowing the rules of engagement. It is a myth to believe that you can shoot anyone in your home. When Florida rescinded the requirement to retreat before using deadly force if attacked in public, the anti-gun Brady Center introduced a publicity campaign claiming that the new law allowed Floridians to shoot anyone who frightened them. This, of course, was blatantly untrue, but a great many people believed it to be so because “they heard it on TV” or “they saw it in the paper.” Such dangerous misconceptions can cause the tragic death of people who don’t deserve to be shot, and can get good people sent to prison.

It is the practitioner’s responsibility to “learn the rules of the road” when they take the path toward armed self-defense. There are many firearms training schools, and at least one, the author’s Lethal Force Institute, specializes in teaching the rules of engagement. Information is available under the LFI section at http://www.ayoob.com. It is wise to take local classes that emphasize the rules of “deadly force decision-making.”

Similarly, a person who opens fire with a gun they don’t know how to shoot is a danger to all. If you need the firearm for its intended purpose, you will be under extreme stress. Learn to shoot under pressure. Quick draw from concealment, safe holstering, proper tactics, and much more are on the curriculum if you are serious about defending yourself and your loved ones to the best of your ability.

Concealed Means Concealed
A very few people carrying guns for the first time feel an irresistible urge to let others see that “they’ve got the power.” First-time carriers and rookie cops, usually young in both cases, may fall into this trap. It is a practice to avoid for several reasons.

In most of this society, the only people the general public sees carrying guns in public are uniformed “protector figures,” such as police officers and security guards. When they see someone not identifiable as such, who is carrying a lethal weapon, they tend to panic. This makes no friends among the voting public for the gun owners’ rights movement—you do not make people into friends and sympathizers, by frightening them—and can lead to a panicky observer getting the wrong idea and reporting you to the police as a “man with a gun.” This can lead to all sorts of unpleasant confrontations.

Moreover, a harasser who has picked you as his victim and knows you carry a gun can create a situation where there are no other witnesses present, and then make the false claim that you threatened him with the weapon. This is a very serious felony called Aggravated Assault. It is his word against yours. The fact that you are indeed carrying the gun he describes you pointing at him can make his lie more believable than your truth, to the ears of judge and jury.

MCRGO, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, is directly responsible for getting reform concealed carry legislation enacted in their state, and has been in the forefront of fighting for the rights of armed citizens in that state. MCRGO’s Steve Dulan, in the organization’s Weekly E’News of 6/23/08, had some cogent points to make on the topic of private citizens carrying handguns visibly in public:

“Open carry of firearms, subject to MCL 750.234d, it is legal to carry a visible pistol in public. MCRGO has not adopted an official position on this subject,” wrote Dulan, who continued, “I agree with Ted Nugent and many others that it is a bad idea in almost every situation. Tactically, you are giving up the element of surprise should you face a deadly force situation. Furthermore, you run the risk of being called in to 9-1-1 as a ‘man with a gun.’ I have been on police ride-alongs when this call comes over the radio. It creates a very dangerous situation for all concerned. I do not carry openly. I have a CPL (Concealed Pistol License) and take care to choose a gun and holster that, along with appropriate clothing, allow me to keep my gun concealed unless/until I need it to save a life.”

As cogent and valid as Steve Dulan’s arguments are, it still makes sense to have legal open carry available as an emergency option. If the wind accidentally blows your coat open and reveals the gun, an open carry provision assures you have committed no crime. If someone who has not yet felt the need to get a concealed carry license suddenly begins getting death threats, open carry provides an emergency avenue of self-protection until the paperwork can be processed to acquire the license to carry the weapon discreetly out of sight.

Maximize Your Firearms Familiarity
The more you work with the firearm, the more reflexively skilled you will become in its emergency use and its safe handling. If your home defense shotgun is a Remington 870, then when you go claybird shooting or hunting, use an 870 pump gun with a barrel and choke appropriate for each task. If you are a target shooter who uses the 1911 pistol platform at bull’s-eye matches and have become deeply familiar with it, it makes sense to acquire a concealable 1911 to use as your carry gun, so that the ingrained skill will directly transfer. If a double-action .44 Magnum is your hunting revolver, and another double-action revolver is your home defense gun, it makes sense to choose a carry-size revolver as your concealment handgun when you’re out and about.

Consider training classes or competition shoots where your chosen defensive firearm is appropriate to the course of fire. This skill-building will translate to self-defense ability if your carry gun ever has to be used to protect innocent life and limb. If training ammunition is too expensive, consider a .22 conversion unit for your semiautomatic pistol or a .22 caliber revolver the same size as your defensive .38 or .357. The more trigger time you have with a similar gun, the more confidence and competence you’ll have with the gun you carry, if you can’t afford to practice as much as you’d like with the carry gun itself.

Understand The Fine Points
Every state has different laws insofar as where you can and can’t carry a gun. It’s your responsibility to know all the details. In one state, it may be against the law to carry a weapon in a posted “no-gun zone.” In another, that sign may have no weight of law at all behind it. In a third, you may be asked to leave if your gun is spotted, and if you do not depart, you will be subject to arrest for Trespass After Warning.

In the state of New Hampshire, it is perfectly legal to carry your gun into a bar while you sit down and have a drink. If you do the same in Florida, it’s an arrestable offense, though you’re allowed to have a cocktail in a restaurant with a liquor license, so long as you’re seated in a part of the establishment that earns less than 50% of its income from selling alcoholic beverages by the drink. In North Carolina, you can’t even walk into a restaurant that has a liquor license, with a gun on. And, perhaps strangest of all, in the state of Virginia at this writing, it is illegal to enter a tavern with a concealed handgun, but perfectly legal to belly up to the bar and sip a whiskey while carrying a loaded handgun “open carry” fashion in an exposed holster!

A superb current compendium of gun laws in the 50 states can be found at http://www.handgunlaw.us. Review it frequently for possible changes.

Carry An Adequate Firearm
If you carry a single-shot, .22 Short caliber derringer, you will be considered armed with a deadly weapon in the eyes of the law. You will not, however, be adequately prepared to stop a predictable attack by multiple armed assailants. Most experts recommend a five-shot revolver as the absolute minimum in firepower, and the .380/9mm/.38SPL range as the minimum potency level in terms of handgun caliber.

It is a good idea to carry spare ammunition. Many people in their first gunfight have quickly found themselves soon clicking an empty gun. A firearm without spare ammunition is a temporary gun. Moreover, many malfunctions in semiautomatic pistols require a fresh (spare) magazine to rectify. Some fear that carrying spare ammo will make them look paranoid. They need to realize that those who don’t like guns and dislike the people who carry them, will consider carrying the gun without spare ammunition to still be paranoid. It’s an easy argument to win in court. Cops carry spare ammunition. So should you.

Carrying a second gun has saved the lives of many good people. When the primary weapon is hit by a criminal’s bullet and rendered unshootable…when it is knocked from the defender’s hand, or snatched away by a criminal…when the first gun runs out of ammo and there is no time to reload…the list of reasons is endless. It suffices to remember the words of street-savvy Phil Engeldrum: “If you need to carry a gun, you probably need to carry two of them.”

At the very least, once you’ve found a carry gun that works for your needs, it’s a good idea to acquire another that’s identical or at least very similar. If you have to use the first gun for self-defense, it will go into evidence for some time, and you want something you can immediately put on to protect yourself from vengeful cronies of the criminal you were forced to shoot. If the primary gun has to go in for repair, you don’t want to be helpless or carrying something less satisfactory while you’re waiting to get it back.

Use Common Sense
The gun carries with it the power of life and death. That power belongs only in the hands of responsible people who care about consequences, who are respectful of life and limb and human safety. Carrying a gun is a practice that is becoming increasingly common among ordinary American citizens. Common sense must always accompany it.

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Survival Sunday Roundup from the PrepperSphere

Sunday, 01 July 2012

For your prepping pleasure:

The Single Most Overlooked Survival Technique

Off the Grid News

Separating fact from fiction in order to make an appropriate choice during a stressful situation is incredibly important.  Situational awareness can be the key component in the decision-making process, and makes it (the stressful situation) infinitely easier to deal with.

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CharlottePrepCon Protecting What Matters Most

Keynote speaker: James Wesley Rawles of SurvivalBlog.com

Call it Survivalism. Call it Prepping. Call it Back to Basics. Call it whatever you want, but the movement to become more self-reliant, grow and can your own foods, reduce your carbon footprint and preparing in case of a natural (or not so natural) disaster is the basis for the upcoming CharlottePrepCon event. A full day of speakers, exhibitors and breakout sessions will be followed by a family-friendly outing to Knights Stadium for a baseball game and fireworks! Speakers will include James Wesley, Rawles of Survival.Blog.com, talk show host Vince Coakley, Scott Hunt and David Kobler of Practical Preppers, Rich Davis of DCG Real Assets and Steve Nolan of SurvivalWeek.com.

Tickets and information available at CharlottePrepCon

 

Are You Packing? 5 Inexpensive Ways to Store Your Food

Tess Pennington
Ready Nutrition

You can spend a fortune on food for long term storage, but if you don’t protect your investment, that money could be completely wasted.  Proper storage containers don’t have to cost a fortune.  You can glean many different kinds of containers from things that would normally be thrown away.  Once you’ve alerted friends and family that you are seeking these containers, you will likely be given more containers than you could ever use!

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Proper Leverage

by Matthew

Straight Forward in a Crooked World

Sometimes in the American gun culture there is this all or nothing idea when it comes to being prepared for bad situations; often ignoring the reality of the middle ground in the realm of day to day preparedness.

On one end there is the OCD end-of-the-world-zombie-apocalypse idea that if you haven’t squandered your families earnings on MREs, multiple military grade rifles and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammo you are, as Chris Rock says, “gonna die”.

The flip side of the coin is this weird obsession by the gun market and manufacturers to build uber light weight .380s and 9mms that can only be held onto with two fingers, has a light rail, and no sights (don’t want to weigh the gun down you know…’cause there’s a light rail).

One could suppose, justly, that my cynicism is leaking through.

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50 Free self-reliant and preparedness books for your Kindle reader

by Atticus Freeman

Self-Reliant Info

If you’ve read our posts for very long at all, you probably know this: the only thing we like better than preparedness and self-reliant resources are free ones! Fortunately, there are many Kindle books available for no cost over at Amazon.com.

Many of the free books are simply old books from the early 1900s that are in the public domain, but there a number of newer ones too. Of course, some of the older books are useful just because they often describe how to do things without complex machinery or modern processes, which is very helpful for the self-reliant do-it-yourselfer.

Below is a list of 50 Kindle books that are related to self-reliance and/or preparedness, which are free to download (at least as of the time of this writing).

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Categories: Food Storage, Frugal Preps, Preparedness, Self-reliance, Shooting/Marksmanship, SHTF, Survival Sunday | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

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