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Five signs that it might be time to upgrade your gear

Five signs that it might be time to upgrade your gear

Posted on 18 December 2012 by David Allred

5.11 TacticalSometimes, in order to perform well in the field, having the right gear can make a huge difference. Having the wrong gear, especially in a tactical situation, can greatly influence speed, accuracy, your safety and performance overall.

One of my biggest frustrations in life, whether I’m hunting, fishing, down at the range or out in the boonies somewhere, is not feeling well equipped. For example, have you ever gone quail hunting without something to put the quail in, such as a hunting vest? Or better yet, how many of you have ever gone deer hunting and didn’t have a holster for your pistol? In case of an emergency, instead of resting on your hip, your pistol is stuffed into your pack. A lot of good it will do in there if the need for your pistol should arise.

So what I’ve done is come up with a list of five signs that it might be time to upgrade your gear.

Five Signs that it might be time to upgrade your Gear!

  1. If the back pack you use in your outdoor activities was also the same one you used in high school, it’s time. HINT: 5.11 Tactical has some great deals on packs or maybe duffle bags suits you better.
  2. If all you can fit in your gun case is your gun, it’s time to upgrade.
  3. If you’re archery hunting in an old John Deer t-shirt and blue jeans, it’s time.
  4. If you have to put your pistol in your pocket while at the range or anywhere else you are carrying, it’s time for a holster.
  5. No. Your favorite tennis shoe’s do not qualify as hiking boots. It’s definitely time!

Have you ever noticed the way people treat you based on what you’re wearing, carrying or using, especially when it comes to something gun or tactical related? I sure have. When out in the bush, the guy wearing camouflage, armed with the latest PSE bow will usually get more respect than the guy in blue jeans, a ball cap and a bow he found at a yard sale.

A millionaire dressed like a homeless man, will be treated like a homeless man, nine times out of ten. I once heard that our outward appearance is a reflection of our inward commitment, and I absolutely believe that. My father-in-law eats, sleeps and craps hunting. It’s his life. That’s all he thinks about. Thus, his hunting gear is the best of the best. It’s a reflection of his passion for hunting.

So if any of my “five signs that it might be time to upgrade your gear” apply to you, it’s time. There’s always somewhere else you can spend that money, but you deserve to have the right gear to get the job done, and look good doing it!

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What Can Be Done To Prevent Future School Shootings?

What Can Be Done To Prevent Future School Shootings?

Posted on 14 December 2012 by David Allred

School Shooting in ConnecticutFirst off, everyone effected in any way by the horrific school shootings in Connecticut today will be included in my prayers. There isn’t a decent soul in this country that isn’t grieving for those innocent lives that were lost today.

I have a mild glimpse of the emotions going through every citizen and child involved in that horrible crime. A few years ago, while living in Payson Arizona, I received a call from a friend who informed me that my children’s school was in lock down. Someone on school grounds had seen a man wearing a trench coat, carrying a gun, walking around the school’s premises.

With our home just a few blocks away from the Elementary school they attended, you’d better believe that I was there in moments. The police were there, sweeping the area for the suspect, and all I wanted to do was take my kids home.

That day, I was filled with so much anger and aggression. The thought that my kids had to hide under their desks, with the lights turned off, while police officers swept through the school, made my blood boil. There is not a child in this world that should have to experience that fear, and knowing that mine had to, brought me to tears.

The events of that day were no where near the magnitude as the tragedies experienced in other parts of our nation and in Connecticut today.

 What can be done to prevent school shootings and better protect our children?

After the 9/11 airline hijackings, extreme precautions were put into place to prevent that from ever happening again. When the bombing in Oklahoma occurred, barriers around public buildings and distance restrictions were put into place.

What have we done in our school systems, not to just minimize the chances, but to prevent this from ever happening again?

I may just be naive, but here are a few of my ideas:

  1. Form a Security Agency for School Systems. Create an agency specifically for this purpose and call it the NESF, National Education Security Force, or something. The number of guards at each school would depend on the size of the school. Give them an office space were they’ll have access to security camera’s and be able to monitor everyone approaching the school. People will always argue that most schools don’t have the budget for this, but I am willing to bet, after today’s tragedy, most parents would be in support of a tax raise for this very purpose, if it had to come to that. There are ways to find the funding.
  2. Security Camera’s. If the Security Agency sounds too drastic, then let’s get some camera’s installed at all entrances which would be constantly monitored during school hours.
  3. Medal Detectors. This one would be kind of tough and I’m not sure how effective it would be, but every school could get medal detectors installed at every entrance. The events in Connecticut occurred when school was already in session. If the office was alerted of someone entering the building by a medal detector, maybe something could have been done.
  4. Volunteer Security Force. Given, there would have to be strict requirements for those looking to volunteer, but just as I volunteer to teach my daughters P.E. class, parents could form a committee designed to keep watch…sort of like a neighborhood watch program.
  5. Train Teachers/Principals Defense Tactics. Should it be a requirement, with everything else a teacher or principal is required to do, to take courses specifically designed towards protecting their students? Can we go as far as installing a small “gun vault” in the principals office for protection? I am all for training teachers how to defend and react, which I’m sure there are those sorts of programs already, but I’m not so sure the gun vault would be a good idea. We’re trying to keep guns away from our schools, and putting one in every single school could back fire, or would it?

Just a few ideas for thought. After the events of the potential gunman at my kids school in Payson Arizona, they installed a rod iron fence around the entire grounds with only one entrance, which was the front door. How many schools are in existence which haven’t had something like this happen to them yet, which also don’t have anything place to better protect their students? Too many!

So please, to whoever might read this, let’s work together in creating a safer environment for our children to learn in. With the increase in bullying, the mentally disturbed and terrorists at large, we, as parents, must be involved directly in order to make a change.

I like to hear some of your thoughts and ideas. Leave a comment below if you’ve got one.

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Gun Simulator Apps

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Top 5 Gun Simulator Apps on Google Play

Posted on 07 December 2012 by David Allred

Gun Simulator AppsWith as much as I love shooting, it gets a little tough on my wallet. So, to curve my appetite to shoot, I turn to my phone. Google Play has some pretty sweet gun simulator apps, and the Apple Store probably does too. (I don’t have an iPhone and my wife won’t let me try them out on hers!!)

With an unlimited supply of ammo, some of these apps are a lot of fun. My favorite out of all of them is the Weaphones App, built by “OranginalPlan.” There’s both a free and paid version of this app. I only have the free version installed. But out of all the apps I downloaded and tried out, Weaphones had the best graphics, sound and features. It not only allowed me to blow through ammunition the way I like to, it makes you drop the magazine, put a loaded one back in, release the bolt and pull the trigger. Most features that exist on a real weapon, exist on these.

So here’s the list of my top five gun simulator apps in existence today (that i know of and which can be used on an Android phone):

  1. Weaphones. My top pick. Real simulator and great graphics. Allows you to drop magazines, reload, toggle safeties, release bolts, toggle lasers, fold stocks and actually pull the trigger. It allows you to zoom in on the weapon, switch shooting direction and make tutorials optional. Watch Video
  2. Sim Gun. Sim Gun is almost as cool as the Weaphones app. there are several different Sim Gun apps, one for each specific weapon, such as the 1911, M4 and AK47. The sound and graphics are nice and each weapon has different features that are usable, such as reloading, releasing the bolt and extending the stock. The M4 app is probably my favorite one. Another cool thing about this app, you can download a target app on another phone and use your phone to shoot the target using bluetooth. Watch Video
  3. Gun Club 2. Gun Club 2 has a good selection of weapons to use. Graphics don’t really compare to those of the Weaphones app and it is a large download. Watch Video
  4. Guns. Guns, by Calford, is a pretty neat app. One feature I love with Guns is the ability to shoot downrange at different targets. Choose from guns such as the Desert Eagle pistol or an RPG.
  5. A Set of Guns. The simulator is pretty basic but a cool feature in this app, is the game that comes with it. If you’d like to shoot some bottles with your selected weapon, click “play the game.”


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