Planning Family Emergency Communications

emergency communications can be via CB radio

Even an old CB radio can be useful for emergency communications

A key part of home emergency preparedness is emergency communications. Unless bad weather (accurately predicted ahead of time) is the problem, you and your family might not be together when the emergency strikes. How will you know they’re OK?

In this post, we’re going to talk about a Family Emergency Communications Plan. You and your family will create something like a phone tree with essential contact information to have handy should the need ever arise.

As much as you’d like to rely on technology, the truth is it may not be available during an emergency. So while you are thinking about who you need to be able to contact, also think about how you would communicate if the internet and cell phones were not reliable. If you happen to have amateur (or HAM) radio skills and equipment – or even old CB radio gear –  these can be a way to communicate when the standard networks are not available. [Read more…]

What Are The Best Concealed Carry Guns?

best concealed carry guns need holsters, too

Suitable for concealed carry?

Choosing to carry a concealed firearm is about more than just guns and ammo. It’s a lifestyle choice more people are making. Last time, we talked about the pros/cons of concealed carry. This time, let’s look at some factors you’ll want to consider before going ahead with concealed carry. First question lots of folks ask is which are the best concealed carry guns? There are a few other things to think about first but we will get there in this post. [Read more…]

Home Security Preparedness

Home security preparedness planning

Home security preparedness takes planning

There’s no guarantee in life; well … maybe the breath you’re taking right now. Aside from that, everything is a crap shoot. Still, you can come to the game prepared.

In this post, first of a series on home security preparedness, we’re going to take a look at some things you and your family can do to organize for events, like natural disasters, etc. We’ll call it the All-Hazards Home Plan.  [Read more…]

Concealed Carry – The Debate

concealed carry gear

Concealed carry holster

To kick off the New Year, we’re going to take a look at an old debate – concealed carry. Now, most of you reading our blog are pro guns and in your mind there may be little to add to the subject. That’s fine. We encourage you to be part of the discussion anyway. There are lots of opinions out there. Some may feel differently or even be apathetic about it.

We’re not going to get to all the pros/cons in just one blog. The biggest pro/con in the debate, our Second Amendment right, deserves a blog of its own. So stay tuned. For the purpose of this blog, let’s all agree the Second Amendment tops the list. [Read more…]

Reloading Safety – Powder Tips

Know the powder types for reloading safety

Know your powder type for reloading safety.

You’ve decided to give reloading your rifle ammo a try. Well done! You’re joining an exclusive group of gun aficionados who enjoy hand-loading as much as they enjoy shooting. If done with an eye on reloading safety, you’ll maximize the accuracy of your shot, save some money and have a good time reloading.

Last time, we covered reloading safety in some detail. This time, we’re going to take a look at powder types and consistent measuring when reloading.

Let’s be clear from the get go, while reloading is perfectly safe, you MUST pay attention to published load data from reliable and respected sources when measuring or weighing. [Read more…]

Long Range Shooting Tips: Concentration

Long range shooting accuracy takes concentration

Concentration is key to long range shooting

A day at the shooting range is a lot like Christmas morning for a kid; especially when you have a new rifle you’re itching to get to know. Work done, gun case packed and you’re out the door, adrenaline pumping. But just because you’re ready to go  doesn’t mean you are READY to go.

The same way a football player needs to mentally prepare for the big game you need to prepare for a day of hunting. Concentration is as much a part of a successful hunt as knowing your firearm and trigger pull. Accuracy demands concentration – especially when you are doing long range shooting. [Read more…]

Reloading Safety

Reloading safety by the book

Last time we looked at the importance of reloading to preparedness. This time we’ll take a look at reloading safety.

Many folks find reloading a relaxing and satisfying activity. Given the materials involved, safety demands that reloading be done with respect and attention.

Probably the most important safety rule for avoiding reloading accidents is to have and follow the instructions in a Reloading Manual. Take the measurements seriously. Have a scale to double-check weights. Really. Don’t guess.

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Long Range Shooting Tip: Gather Info About Your Rifle

long range shooting takes practice

Know your rifle for better long range shooting

It’s hunting season and you can’t wait to get out there. Whoa; even a seasoned shooter needs to spend some time on the range reacquainting themselves with their firearm or getting to know a new one.

Last time we covered some general long range shooting tips. This time let’s concentrate on how to find out how your rifle works with you to meet the challenges of long range shooting.

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Survival Reloading And Preparedness

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Survival reloading – make your own ammo

Reloading your ammo is attractive for lots of reasons. It is (in the long run) a way to recycle the brass cases and save some money. It is a way to have some real control over your own ammo. Is survival reloading a replacement for stockpiling? Not really. The prudent prepper is always working the supply chain with both commercial purchases and locally created resources.  [Read more…]

5 Long Range Shooting Tips

Follow these 5 long range shooting tips so shoot like a proSo, you want to learn to shoot like a sniper? Well, there’s a few things you’re going to need to know. Follow these long range shooting tips and you’ll be shooting like a pro in no time. [Read more…]