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Quick Snapshot of Gun Safety

Here is a little article that outlines some safety measures for keeping a firearm in the house.

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The Brady Campaign Has Gone Full Derp.

A friend of mine enlightened me on a recent posting on the Brady Campaign's facebook page. Please see exhibit "A"


That is the picture that was posted and see exhibit "B" on the screen capture of their facebook page.


So it seems the Brady Campaign is saying that rape only lasts 30 and all is over?  Women that have been sexually assaulted have a difficult time carrying on normal lives and the emotional scars run deep. There have been rape victims that committed suicide because of the emotional torment. 

Are we to believe that their soultion is to become a victim and night fight back because of some sheep mentally? 
Please feel free to chime in.


A Duty And A Challenge

Photo Courtesy of Oleg Volk

This past weekend I took my five year old daughter in the backyard and did a little .22 LR shooting, its a benefit of rural living. Taking the opportunity to teach her basic gun safety and handling. If you can imagine, daddy loaded the little 22 Cricket for her, helped her aim ,and told her to pull the trigger. It gave us a little father daughter time and also enabled me to teach her about firearms.

It occurred to me while teaching her about guns that its our duty to educate our youth on the proper handling of firearms. As well as teach them about an Americans constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It also reminded me of an article that Jennifer wrote about a conversation that she had with a young lady.

Its our duty and our responsibility to educate our kids about firearms and safe handling. In a world of common misconceptions about firearms, we have to teach them before pop culture does.

So to the readers I challenge you to educate your kids and also take someone that has never shot to the range and teach them our sport and past time. So much of the fear of guns comes from a lack of understanding and education.

Lets change the face of the gun culture one shooter at a time.


Open Carry Day.

Went to eat... nothing happened.

Went to the book store... nothing happened.

Went to the "organic" market... nothing happened. (though I was avoided)

Went to the local gun shop... Duh..

Went to a woman's clothing store with the wife... Nothing happened.

Went to the video game store... Nothing happened.

Went to Steak House for dinner... Nothing happened.

Went to Liquor store for night cap... Nothing happened.

Went home... Had a good day!


Valuable lessons…

I was having trouble deciding where to start. After a weekend like none I've had before, where I had the opportunity to do things most people in my position could only dream of. From firing the Barrett .50 cal and the M16 the same weapons use  by our brave men and women overseas. To classic open bolts like the Grease gun, shooting preferred gangster gun the Tommy gun, to even taking a Rangemaster Pistol class. These were experiences, that before this weekend, were doomed to only be dreams.

Secondly the people were amazing everyone had a warm smile and a hearty handshake. It was truly good company and coming away many new friends is only secondary to the knowledge that there are many other people that value our freedoms as much as I do.

As I sat at my desk back at work on Tuesday, Fat and happy from a good Memorial day, I pondered what was the best part of the whole experience. There were just too many things battling for this spot in my mind to put my finger directly on one.

Only after the smoke had cleared and the last brass had gone cold did it finally occur to me what was the most memorable experience of the whole thing. Needless to say it came as a bit of a shock to realize that be best experience of the Luckygunner blogger shoot wasn't that of my own.

It had been nagging me non-stop since Sunday, this little voice in the in the background describing every firearm, describing every target in minute detail, speaking about every shooter with crisp detail. The thing is the voice wasn't my own.

Every time I would look at a video of this weekend, view photos or read a blog post about it there was a comforting pressure at my back reminding that there was something more that I was missing that was more important then shooting all the firearms, meeting all the people, or the training I received from RangeMaster.

The most important thing about this weekend was the impression that it left on my son. He had been talking about it non-stop since Sunday, he spoke lovingly about the "cool holster" that was worn by Jennifer and made by Michael. He has been carrying around my copy of Arcturus signed my MJM and pretending he is reading it. He has been wearing the safety glasses that Tam Gave him on Sunday, I even had to take them off of him when he fell asleep in bed on Sunday. He has been begging me to watch the RangeMaster DVD we got after the training.

I truly didn't realize how much fun he had and how much of a truly positive experience this had left on him until Tuesday night when I found these drawings in his notebook. As you can see he has drawn the luckygunner shirts we were wearing, the range, and him shooting the Kel-tec .22.

Above all the magnificent firearms I got to shoot this weekend, it was the humble 10/22 and Olegs Kel-tec PF-9 with the Twisted Industries .22 conversion that made the lasting impressions that will last a lifetime. It's weekends like this that will make him a lifetime firearm enthusiast and shooter. Though him and my wife only showed up because we had checked out of the hotel on Sunday and they were just hanging out till we were ready to leave that little bit of time it all it took to make a truly lasting mark on a young mind.

The people at Luckygunner, Magtech, Sellier & Bellot and Rangemaster, have done in one weekend what I could never do in my back yard. It truly brings a tear to my eye knowing that even though I had the experience of a lifetime my son had a better time then me.

I truly must thank Luckygunner, Magtech, Sellier & Bellot and Rangemaster for helping me as a father show my son the joy of shooting, better than I ever could at home. You have earned the loyalty of my family for helping me be the best father I can, you are the reason my son will be a shooter for life.


Heading out to the Blooger shoot.

Getting ready to walk out the door to the Luckygunner blogger shoot this weekend. We will be posting photos and videos of the festivities. So stay tuned for some fun times. Meanwhile here are some videos and links to keep Y'all interested till we return.

When You are ready to take on the RESPONSIBILITY of CCW. PLEASE ensure that you attend training to be a effective and safe user of the tool.


FBI: 5.5 percent drop in violent crime

According to the FBI violent crime has dropped 5.5% over the last year, according to one criminologist (James Alan Fox) the declines signify success for aggressive law enforcement and corrections programs and comprehensive crime prevention efforts. He said the crime levels could easily rise if the current environment of state and local budget cutting extends to law enforcement measures that are working.

(BWahahahaha I'm sorry i couldn't keep a strait face)

They seem to be puzzled as to why crime falling.... Really?

Or is it the fact that they ignore the recent surge in new gun ownership in the US.

After all it doesn't take a genius to realize that more guns = less crime



Civilian Self-Defense Code of Conduct.

This Article is a copy & Paste from GunFreeZone.net. Sometimes you run across a bit of information that is so good it would be a travesty to rewrite it. I wanted to get the information out again so here it is. This is only highlights please go to GunFreeZone to read the whole thing.

I have chosen to be the First Responder of my Own Safety so:

- It is my responsibility to respect Innocent Life. And the first Life to be respected is my own.

It is more comfortable to lay the responsibility on somebody else (Police, security) that take it oneself. But at the end, it will be the individual who had the ability but chose not to exercise it the one responsible for the loss of an innocent life.

- It is my responsibility not be controlled by extreme emotions.

Don’t let the opponent’s emotion dictate your behavior and do not let your emotions get you in bigger trouble. Self Defense is also a thinking process but we must do the thinking way ahead of time because when the bell rings, you only have seconds to survive.

- It is my responsibility to train & learn any techniques that will allow me a chance to survive.

start with the basics and that would be NRA’s Basic Pistol Class. After that you can start searching for a local instructor in Defensive Shooting or again try the NRA’s Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home. A good source for information might be an Internet firearms forum where you can ask other shooters where to find somebody and what kind of instructor he/she is.Also and a great help would be to take up some competitive form of action shooting like IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, ICORE, etc. Any of these sports will teach you to shoot on the move and from different positions plus will add a slight shot of adrenalin to your range time. It beats being bored to death at a static range limited to one shot per second.

- It is my responsibility to keep and hone the skills I acquired.

If you are one of those, I ask you to go to the range, set up a target at 7 yards, set up your rig as a normally do for every day carry and draw and shoot the one perfect shot. The one perfect shot is defined as the one that will stop a Bad Guy for good. It is the shot that will save your husband/wife/kid from imminent death, it will save YOU. And you don’t have all the time in the world to do it! Now, if you make that shot, cold bore without a fuss, great you can either be frank and admit it was the luckiest shot in the world and know that you did not account for the crapload of adrenalin that should be running through your veins during a Lethal Force confrontation plus other goodies that will affect you. You will also admit that you have been lax in your practice and shame yourself in retaking those basic drills and even look for some extra instruction.

- It is my responsibility to keep my equipment in good condition.

A simple turn of a screw (or lack of it) may mean the difference between a life-saving moment or an Oh Crap!

- It is my responsibility to stand against those who seek to eliminate the right right to defend myself.

Challenge their morality and their love for themselves and their family. THERE IS NO MORAL SUPERIORITY ON BEING UNARMED. Police cannot respond on time no matter how dedicated they are and most just arrive to draw the chalk line around the corpses or to call the paramedics to see if they can plug the bloody holes in the bodies.

It is my personal opinion that this should be read by anyone willing to own a firearm BEFORE they choose to do so. As said in the article Quoting the late Colonel Jeff Cooper.

“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”


MRE’s and malaise.

These last two weeks have been tough on everyone here in North Alabama, I work and live in the Huntsville/Madison area and Brokentrace Lives in the Cullman area, other than Tuscaloosa these are the two hardest hit areas around. There are definite hard lessons learned as far as emergency preparedness is concerned that I'm glad I learned in this situation and not in something even more devastating.

Lesson #1 Having supplies are good but not if they are in a safe place. A good friend of mine lost most of his house, he told me about how he had his camping equipment freeze dried food with water sitting in his garage waiting for the day he needed it. Unfortunately his garage and all of its contents were taken by the tornado, with all the cans of freeze dried food being so light they were blown everywhere and most of them were useless. The only things left were the 5 gallon jugs of water.

This made me rethink the location of my food stores, I quickly moved them to the center of the house in a area that I reinforced as a tornado shelter anyway. In my house all the rooms are on an exterior wall, there isn't even an interior closet to go to, so I reinforced the area under the landing of the stairs to act as a tornado shelter. Hopefully one day I will be able to build a proper one.

Lesson #2 Communications, having Cell service was fine for the first day or so was OK, but once the batteries and generators on the cell towers started to die the service went down hill VERY quickly. At one point I was assisting the salvation army with their communications using my 2 meter HAM radio.

Having a 2 meter mobile radio was the best ways of communicating after the storm since cell service was out and no power for Internet we could only get updates from people 60 or so miles away with TV and Internet to relay us info.

Having to sit in the car to communicate was a bit taxing so a Handheld is a definite must get for next time. something with 2 meters and 70 centimeters that has a rechargeable and a standard AA battery pack, an external antenna is also a must in this situation.

Lesson #3 Though I didn't run out of fuel I would have been more comfortable with more. I had 2 quarts of Kerosene for hurricane lanterns and general lanterns. I got an extra quart from a friend with a Kerosene heater when it took both quarts to fill all of the lanterns I had.

Propane is a second. though one bottle of propane for the grill was enough I quickly learned that there wasn't any to spare around, when I went out looking for some I couldn't find it anywhere so I will try to have at least 2 bottles for next time.

Coleman Fuel or "white gas" I will get one more gallon for my camping stove and lantern, one gallon was enough but now if I need it again I will be short, along with more matches and lighters.

Lesson #4 a power inverter is a great thing, with a small 175 watt power inverter and a 12v to USB adapter I was able to keep all my rechargeable items charged, from laptops for my son to watch movies on to cell phones. Though one around the size of 1000 watts would have been better, at least that way I would have been able to charge several items at once, Also I will be getting a set of solar panels and a charge regulator to recharge car batteries to run these items rather than using fuel to do so.

Things done right. I have 6 cases of MRE's and several other dehydrated food stores available and 4 cases of bottled water with 10-1 gallon jugs. with that a grill and a camping stove, hot water and food prep was covered. In fact as things started to thaw in the fridge we ate better the first couple of days in order to prevent the food from going to waste.

I had enough ammo to defend my family if need be from looters or people that wanted what we had, but not enough for a long duration SHTF scenario, this will be remedied soon from luckygunner.


Why would you NOT arm you wife or daughter?

The acting could be better but the points are well made.

There are a lot more videos here

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