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Gun Safety for Dummies and Newbies


Gun Safety for Dummies and Newbies

Posted on 31 March 2015 by David Allred

idiot with a gunI’ve been around guns my entire life and have seen people do some pretty dumb stuff. When it comes to gun safety, I don’t think you should rule anything, and I mean ANYTHING out. Even the very simplest, common sense safety measures should be clearly outlined when someone is using a firearm for the very first time. In fact, just throw out any common sense you think this newbie might have, and explain everything, in detail, before you allow them to hold the weapon.

In fact, the NRA does a great job at breaking things down on the privacy policy at

So here we go. Let’s go over the very basic rules of handling a firearm.

Gun Safety for Dummies, Newbies and Everyone Else

  1. NEVER, point the gun at yourself or anyone else. This includes troubleshooting your weapon on a misfire. Should the round not go off, please, DO NOT look down the barrel to see what might have happened. It may very well be the last thing you do.This also means that you’re not spinning the pistol around your finger like you’re in the wild wild west.
  2. Always keep the gun pointed down range, whether it is loaded or not. If someone happens to be down range, remove your finger from the trigger, remove the magazine and the remaining round in the chamber and place your firearm on the table or in its holster.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are absolutely ready to fire, whether the weapon is loaded or not. This means that you know where you target is, you are aiming at it and ready to shoot. This also means that you are aware of others near you and where they are. (They should be behind you!)
  4. NEVER assume that someone is finished firing their weapon. Stay beside or behind them until they are empty and have cleared their firearm.
  5. Guns and alcohol don’t mix. Enough said.

Some of you more experienced shooters know exactly why things have to be so plain and clear. People just don’t think sometimes and do stupid things. I learned this at a very young age. You don’t even need a firearm to nearly kill yourself or someone else. All you need is a single bullet and a rock to hit it with. My brothers friend exploded a bullet that way, lodging a piece of shrapnel within an inch of his heart.

While in the military, I witnessed soldiers attempting to load ammunition backwards into their magazine, only to be all out tackled by a drill sergeant for swinging his rifle back towards everyone while out on the range. Seriously, I didn’t realize how basic it has to become in teaching a newbie how to shoot.

Sites? What are those?

So, if you’re new to firearms, even the most experienced shooters follow these gun safety guidelines. Don’t ever think you’re too cool or that we’re just being uptight. There’s very little margin for error.

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3 Guns You Absolutely Must Own To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

3 Guns You Absolutely Must Own To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Carrie Venclauskas

zombie apocalypseYou know it’s going to happen. It’s only a matter of time. Eventually, the government’s ongoing secret experiments on the alien captured in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 are going to go terribly wrong. That will inevitably lead to an outer space alien viral infection of government scientists and security personnel, heralding the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse.

When that happens, grab your GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag, hit your BOV (Bug Out Vehicle) wearing some effective body armor, and head to your hidden disaster bunker in the (not revealed for security reasons) mountains. You have limited time and space, so you know you have to quickly choose just a few guns to facilitate a safe escape as you hear the moaning, scratching and clawing zombies just outside your door.

Here is the question … if you were forced to choose just 3 guns, handguns, rifles or shotguns, to survive a zombie apocalypse or some other Armageddon-type event which delivers The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI), what 3 would you choose?

While entertaining the idea of a zombie apocalypse is usually (but not always) done in jest at sites like, the topic of self-defense is one to take seriously. Considering the need to protect yourself in close quarters combat, from medium range and long range, here are our 3 choices for the perfect guns for a long-term disaster survival situation.

Mossberg 100 ATR in .308

We know what you are thinking. There is no need to shoot a zombie from 300 yards out. But that is exactly what this rugged under-$350 rifle can consistently allow you to do. Add a Primary Arms 3-9×40 scope and a Winchester 6 to 9 inch bipod and you have still spent under $500. Produced right here in the USA, this gives you the reliability and long-term range of the Remington 700 at a much more attractive price point. Shots up to 1,000 yards have been achieved by amateur shooters with this rugged, long-range rifle.

Catamount Fury 12 Gauge

Our real pick here is the Benelli M1014/M4 Super 90. But since not everyone has well over $1,000 to spend on a single gun, the more affordable but still excellent shotgun choice is the Catamount Fury 12 gauge. For right under $500, you can outfit this shotgun with extra chokes, magazines and cleaning rods. Features include a fully adjustable gas system, a dust cover with rail and a bolt hold open. The natural born enemy of zombies everywhere.

Ruger SP101

The logical choice here is a high capacity automatic. But revolvers have stood the test of time because they are durable, reliable and inexpensive. They can be fired by a novice or expert, ammo is cheap and they can be customized extensively. Our pick here is the Ruger SP101. You can send this gun through a cement mixer, hose it off, and it will still shoot true. This rugged and simple self defense pistol is available in barrel lengths of 2.25 to 4.2 inches, and in .22 long rifle, 357 Magnum or 38 Special calibers. Versatile, straightforward zombie stopper.

Don’t think zombies are a real world worry? Not everyone is so sure. According to a news story at, a man ran over someone wearing a zombie costume that was so realistic, the frightened driver ran the zombie clad victim over and kept right on going. Clearly it doesn’t’ take a lot to get some folks panicked. If you’d rather be safe than sorry, these 3 affordable and extremely capable guns will get your family though any type of disaster survival scenario. So before a solar flare, economic collapse, civil unrest or tidal wave heads to your town, start stocking emergency food supplies. Prepare bug out bags (BOBs) for each member of your family. Take a few survival courses, and learn how to make fire. And add these 3 affordable guns to your home arsenal, because you just never know.

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Carry a Gun in Your Purse Woman! Family Feud Trivia


Carry a Gun in Your Purse Woman! Family Feud Trivia

Posted on 12 March 2015 by David Allred

Family FeudI was watching Family Feud the other day, something came up that didn’t have, at least to me, one of the most obvious answers. The trivia question was, “Name something you’d find in a woman’s purse that could be used as a weapon.”

As soon as he read it, I’m thinking, “Gun!” Right? Even though it is a weapon, it can obviously be used as one.

The next thing that came to mind, just as the guy on TV said it was mace…another obvious answer, which is also a weapon, but was listed.

As the family took the challenge of naming the rest of the items on the board, answers such as nail file, hair spray, hair brush and keys. Keys were actually number one on the list!

Family Feud Surveys 100 People

So out of one hundred people who were surveyed, most of them would either use their keys or think that a woman would use her keys as a weapon. I sure feel bad for the guy that gets tore up by a woman with a pair of keys! (said in all sarcasm)

Think about the worst possible damage a pair of keys could do to an attacker.

  1. You could scratch them really, really bad….possibly drawing blood.
  2. You could get lucky and actually stick a key in your attackers eye.
  3. Throwing the keys could really bruise someone, maybe…or give you a half second head start as your attacker dodges the keys.

That’s about it. Keys are not a solution for someone who is prepared for such an event. Preparation is the one thing that could mean the difference between a victory or a tragedy. Thinking that you could effectively use a pair of keys, hair spray, a hair brush or even a nail file to fight your way to safety is false hope.

If you are concerned for your safety and a frequently alone, learn how to use a gun and then purchase one for yourself. What says “Leave me alone” better, a pair of keys or a gun? There’s all sorts of apparel to help you easily conceal a small pistol without making you feel like Lara Croft, from Tomb Raider.

I recently paid a visit to and was impressed with their selection of purses and handbags with compartments for concealing a small firearm.

As a man, I feel pretty secure with my ability to fend off an attacker, but whenever I’m with my family, I always carry a weapon. You’ll never know when you might have a use for it.

Better safe than sorry, always.

So out of 100 people attacked/surveyed, more than 80% of those would be women. I would hope that more than half of those women would be packing heat along with their keys.

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