Daniel McNamara and his wife returned to their Detroit home last month around 6 p.m. As the McNamara’s entered their home, two men approached them from behind and ordered them inside the home at gunpoint. The suspects told the McNamara’s to turn around so they wouldn’t remember their faces while they stole jewelry, cash, cell phones, and other valuables.
The ability to properly handle a firearm, drive a vehicle, or operate a machine must be learned. Complex motor skills are not innate in the human physiology. Therefore, handgun skills are perishable. The important point I wish to make is that those who have acclimated to ‘learning how to learn’ by absorbing knowledge, and maintaining a good attitude, excel in my training classes.
On a particular day in the not so distant past, my business partner Tom was standing outside of a tour bu. This was to be the first detail he ever worked with Brad Paisley. In the stillness, he said his mind raced with consideration and expectation.
Recently, one of the teenaged grandkids made the often repeated comment, ‘You only live once. (YOLO)’ I squashed this thought with both feet. True enough, we are promised but one life, but I pointed out that life isn’t short, it is long. Things you do in your youth may have consequences for the rest of your life. So, it is with firearms and the way you treat them.
Training is a hard business. If you are serious concerning personal defense—and God help you if you are not—you must train to the best of your ability, use proper tactics, and seek communion with like-minded shooters.
If you’re like me, on your nightstand you have a gun in a rapid access safe and at least one flashlight next to it. You will also have developed and practiced a home defense plan with your family so that your actions are second nature should you ever have a home invasion. But, for some people, this still may not be enough.
When it comes to reliability, firearms and vehicles have much in common. Each is a machine of irreducible complexity—if one part goes bad the machine stops. Each requires maintenance and changing of springs and lubricants. And each may cause loss of life if not maintained. Some shooters have no idea what reliability is, because they have not really tested their firearms.
Hanging a tree stand can be tricky. You need to get up the tree, get the stand up the tree, and have about six hands to hold everything you need to attach the stand to the tree—until now. Hunter Safety System has introduced the HSS Hanger Utility Harness, which promises to make hanging stands safer and easier than ever.
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear about people I know getting their license to carry a firearm. Just
This only takes about two minutes to protect your privacy and keeps prying eyes from knowing what’s in front of your house or in your garage. In other words, it’s one less tool people can use to stalk you or that criminals can use to case a neighborhood.
Personal Defense With Limits
When discussing handguns for personal defense there are arguments put forward that are at odds with the reality I have observed. After several years of university study, and 30 years as an armed professional, I have a rather confined idea of realism. I look for vetted information and demand an internal consistency from experiments and data. I feel that my conclusions are valid.
When considering a firearm for home defense there are three choices, the handgun, rifle, and shotgun. There are many arguments for either, and the choice must fit your lifestyle.
If someone were to enter your home with the intent to do harm to you or your family, having a gun by the bedside and reacting just won’t cut it—you need good judgment, too. Clint Smith, president and director of Thunder Ranch Training Center suggests that to stay safe you need a plan and plenty of practice. There are no “do-overs.”
Knowing how to survive a blizzard or other winter tempest is a significant, (however ideally unused) piece of information everybody ought to know. There are numerous sorts of blizzards and each can be a fatal executioner.
For many shooters, reloading is a fun, calming, and enjoyable pastime. It can also cause hair loss. I am not sure if there is a more frustrating undertaking than trying to build the perfect load. That being said, and all kidding aside, it does not take a rocket scientist.
The active shooter or spree shooter has been a recurring problem that is all too common today. More than 100 years ago, events in