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Staying Safe with every Shot: A Guide to Body Armor Protection Levels

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Staying Safe with every Shot: A Guide to Body Armor Protection Levels

Posted on 28 January 2015 by David Allred

Body ArmorAcross the States each year, an average of more than 100,000 people are shot. Whether by intent or accident, this is a staggering rate, and proves that guns continue to be a threat when in the wrong hands. Whether you own guns for shooting at the range or home defense, you need to be sure you know exactly how each weapon should be handled for maximum effect and safety. Body armor is a vital component of proper gun use, particularly if you’re with another armed person, or expecting to be fired upon.

Of course, there’s a wide range of bullet proof vests available on today’s market, each designed to protect against specific threats. You need to wear armor which is, at least, suitable to stop the bullets you (or a shooting partner) intend to use, but if you expect to engage in a gunfight – for whatever reason – you should be well-equipped for the level of danger you expect. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) tests and rates bulletproof vests to evaluate the amount of protection they offer, and then place them in their respective levels to help you find the right one for your needs.

Guide to Choosing the Correct Body Armor

Soft Armors

Bullet proof vests in the soft armor range are designed to stop various lower-velocity rounds, climbing from level I through to level IIIA. Multiple layers of Kevlar are used in each one, which absorb and redistribute a bullet’s energy on impact, flattening the round to stop it penetrating. Armor at level I protects against 380 ACP FMJ RN (with an impact velocity of 312 meters per second) and .22 caliber LR LRN rounds (320 meters per second). Level IIA bullet proof vests stop 9mm FMJ RN and .40 Smith & Wesson caliber FMJ rounds.

Level II vests are designed to stop bullets of a higher velocity, from the common 9mm to .357 Magnum range, while vests at level IIIA will stop 9mm submachine gun and .44 Magnum rounds. This is the toughest type of armor still able to be concealed – as we shift to the harder armors, the weight of the vests increases, given the stronger materials used in their construction.

Hard Armors

To defend against weapons of a higher velocity, hard armors are essential. Combining multiple layers of Kevlar (as used in the soft armors) with hard plates of steel, titanium, or ceramics, these can stop the most lethal of ammunition.

Level III vests protect against such rifle rounds as 7.62mm FMJ, 223 Remington (5.56mm FMJ), 30 Carbine FMJ, and 12-gauge slugs. The strongest armor available is of level IV rating, featuring panels for additional plating on the front and rear if needed: these defend against armor-piercing rounds, such as .30-06 caliber bullets, keeping you safe in the most extreme situations.

You should always have bullet proof armor available, to make sure you stay protected against your own bullets (should someone else take control of your gun) and those of a potential attacker.

Always seek expert advice from companies such as SafeGuard Clothing if you’re ever in doubt of which vest is best.

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It’s Game Time! SuperBowl XLIX

Posted on 22 January 2015 by David Allred

Prime SportThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Markerly and PrimeSport.

This past weekend my family I were invited over to my cousins house for Sunday dinner. We already had a roast on the oven but when I heard that my Dad was bringing babyback ribs, I quickly talked my wife into going. Who wouldn’t? They’re having ribs! It’s a no brainer.

As I walked in the door, I see my uncle sitting on the floor in front of one of their sofas, looking kind of slumber. At that time, had not clue why he was looking so down. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the shirt he was wearing bore the logo of the Greenbay Packers. I had no clue that he was a die hard Packers fan up until now. The slumber look…few words and look of disappointment on his face all made sense now. His team just lost to the Seattle Seahawks and would not be moving on the play the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX!

Heck, if my team had lost like the Packers lost in that game, I’d be bummed too. They had Seattle beat all the way up until about five minutes left in the game.

Super Bowl XLIXSo now it’s West Coast versus East Coast as the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots right here in my home state of Arizona. From where I live, it’s only a three hour drive to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, which is where the Super Bowl will be held this time around.

At this point, hopefully you’ve been able to plan ahead a bit in preparation for your trip to my home state to watch some heads roll. All I know is that when an event like this comes into town, it’s nearly impossible to find a hotel….even if you’re not in town to watch the Super Bowl.

If you haven’t already booked a place to stay, or purchased your Super Bowl tickets yet, and are looking for some VIP treatment, PrimeSport is the place to go. They offer a variety of travel packages to fit your needs including accommodations at some of the best hotels in town, such as the famous Arizona Biltmore. Some of the perks include a pre-game VIP party, open bar, food, NFL celebrity appearances, entertainment, etc. Tons of fun without the hassle of having to work out all the details yourself.

If it’s just SuperBowl tickets to get into the gates you seek, or access to the pre-game VIP party for your team, you can pick them up at PrimeSport. You can check out their pricing and packages here.

With that said, I’m curious to see who actually takes home the trophy. I think it’ll be a pretty good game. The Seahawks have some momentum on their side after that big win over the Packers, so I’m leaning more in favor of Seattle on this one…and not just because they’re a west coast team. The Patriots seem to have more experience in Superbowl play, but it’s hard to take down an underdog on fire.

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Henry Repeating Arms Formal Apology for Using Xmas

Posted on 15 January 2015 by David Allred

I recently received two emails from Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms. If you’re on their mailing list, I’m sure you received the same emails.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a die hard Christian. I attend church every Sunday, read the scriptures and say my prayers. So I’m going to come out straight here. When someone sends me an email wishing me a Merry Xmas, I cringe and feel so much disgust towards the person who just blotted out the name of Christ in the word ‘Christmas,’ just to save themselves a little time and effort. It drives me bonkers!

I’m sure many of you can relate with me and probably feel the same way. So I did some research.

I recently discovered that the ‘X’ in ‘Xmas’ is actually indicating the Greek letter “Chi,” which is short for a Greek word with the meaning “Christ.” So Xmas is “technically” an abbreviation for Christmas, if you want to look at it that way.

Needless to say, it makes me feel a little bit better that the purpose of the ‘X’ isn’t used entirely to blog out the name of Christ. However, I still feel that it shouldn’t be used in this instance. I’m not going to stand up in Church this weekend and refer to Jesus Christ as “Jesus X.” Then why on earth would we do it for Christmas?

It’s just six letters to write out. Christ. It takes me about as much time to hold the caps lock button down while hitting the X button as it does to type the word “Christ.”

Anyway, the second email Anthony of Henry Repeating Arms send out was an apology for using the abbreviated word for Christmas in his email stating that, “…it will never happen again.”

I wonder if he apologized because someone like me threw a fit, or if he or one of his staff noticed the error and simply wanted to make it right? With a slogan like, “Made in America or not made at all,” I think the apology was worth the extra email and very well received.

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Best Remake of “The Cup Song” I’ve Ever Seen!


Best Remake of “The Cup Song” I’ve Ever Seen!

Posted on 07 January 2015 by David Allred

I’m not sure if this is going to help my reputation much, but for those of you who have seen the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” you’ll know what I mean when I mention “The Cup Song.”

Since that movie, teenage girls from around the globe have produced their renditions of this catchy little song. I guess it’s cool to know that you can create your own beat and sing at the same time. Heck, I’ve even caught myself singing it. (It’ll be hard to show my face in public now that I’ve admitted that)

I’m pretty sure every female under the age of twenty in my extended family has at some point performed “The Cup Song” in front of a live audience, at the latest family reunion or for hours at a time in their bedroom.

It’s a great pastime!

…and so is shooting guns! So, why not combine the two?

Check out the latest rendition of “The Cup Song” by Jim Huish of Ambers Drive.

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