Posts Tagged ‘Safety and Training’

Can you spot all the reasons why this woman is in code white?

Training Starts Here: Situational Awareness

I’ve been single for the majority of my adult life. My circumstances in my early 20s forced me to take on this role. After all, I moved half way around the world from my parents and friends to attend college where I knew virtually no one, in a town and a state I had never been to. Fearless in those years, I never let being alone stop me from enjoying myself. I have never been one to subscribe to locking yourself up in the house because someday something bad just might happen. That’s no way to live. So fearless I was. And dumb.

survival supplies

The 4 Most Likely Ways You Can Die If The SHTF

The subject of survival in a long-term disaster goes beyond having stockpiles of beans, bullets and band-aids. Tess Pennington at believes that the “majority of those who will die during a long-term disaster will be from illnesses brought on by acute respiratory infections due to cramped living conditions, poor water conditions (or lack of water), or bacterial infections from wounds.” She adds, “If we survive a major disaster, America would become a Third World country, and the aftermath of such a scenario will be similar to living in Africa, Ethiopia, and India.”

Cheaper Than Dirt Guns

Handguns for First Time Gun Buyers

Buying your first gun can be a bit intimidating. If you have never owned a gun before, just walking into a gun store to have a look around can raise more questions than it answers. There are row after row of similar looking firearms, all with different calibers and specifications.


Hiking Survival

Okay, the apocalypse finally came and you find yourself forced to hike up the hills in search of food, supplies, or whatever you don’t have access to in your immediate vicinity. How do you do this safely? Assuming there aren’t hordes of zombies or communist troops patrolling the wild, then following a few simple hiking tips will help keep you and your party safe in a potentially dangerous situation.

What Goes Up Must Come Down


Don't Be A Moron, Be Safe!

What goes up must come down. At first, this may seem like a ridiculously obvious comment, made by Captain Obvious. However, there are far too many people in the world who are not familiar with the concept. I have undeniable proof of this.

Gun safety is not something to take lightly, at all, in any way. I mean it. Just because you live in the suburbs of a major city, or perhaps all the way out in “the countryside,” you are not somehow magically immune to some, or all, of the laws of physics. You really aren’t. I promise.

July 3, 2011, my wife, my dog, and I were on our way back home from watching a fireworks show with some friends. I already had the steering wheel turned to pull in to our driveway, when the back windshield shattered. It looked as if a bullet had gone through the window. I checked the interior of the car for bullet holes and saw nothing. There was very little glass inside or outside the car (thank you, window tint!), but I did find a small hole in the back dashboard, right under the hole in the glass. This indicated that the bullet had come from an angle perpendicular to the ground. I checked the trunk and saw the 9mm 115 grain FMJ just sitting there.

Unfortunately, this type of irresponsible behavior is more common than most people seem to realize. Many people have been seriously injured or killed because of such carelessness. A simple internet search for “celebratory gunfire” will give over 50,000 results. The most recent example, as of this writing, was from December 15, 2011, in Ohio. The Mythbusters performed tests on this subject (Episode 50: “Bullets Fired Up”). Based on the data they collected, they found that it is potentially dangerous behavior. They were able to confirm two separate instances of bullets striking humans upon returning to the ground.

Depending on where you are when you shoot a gun into the air, it may be totally legal, a misdemeanor, or a felony. In Texas, for example, the law regards random gunfire as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4 thousand dollar fine. If you hurt anyone or anything, the courts could charge you with a felony. In Arizona, random gunfire is automatically a felony. This is because of Shannon’s law, which legislators enacted in 2000. This was in response to the 1999 incident, where a stray bullet killed 14-year-old Shannon Smith. Probably not worth it, huh?

Regardless of the law, what you think is “cool,” or even if it is an “accident,” shooting guns into the air is reckless and breaks more than one of the “Firearms Safety Rules.” Shooting firearms is a lot of fun, when executed properly, it is one of the safest sports. Let’s try to keep it that way.

Red dummy bullet

Dry-Fire Training at Home

I recently shot a local IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) match. I did OK but noticed a couple of problems that slowed me down significantly—namely, quickly and smoothly drawing from the holster and pressing forward to the target.


Cold Weather Gear

Humans are not built for cold weather. We don’t have layers of fur like the polar bear, nor do we have protective blubber for insulation like marine mammals. What we do have is very advanced brain, and the ability to fashion tools with which we can adapt our environment to suite us instead of having to adapt to our environment. Cold weather gear allows us to create a small environment that is perfectly suited for us.