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Gun Lust: The Struggle is Real

Posted on 01 February 2017 by David Allred

Have you ever had your eye on a specific firearm, with the perfect setup, that you would almost be willing to either trade your first born child or chop off your left index finger for (unless you’re a lefty, then of course you’d sacrifice your right index finger instead.)? It’s a disease that occurs mostly in males between the age of 14 and 35, which is more intense in those who currently don’t own a firearm.

It doesn’t take much to become infected….a simple glance at a catalog, seeing it in action on a TV show, visiting a gun shop and actually holding one.

 Colt LE6940 SeriesIt’s a struggle! Every time you think of that gun, you get an unquenchable lust for it and may experience a slight twitching in your trigger finger. The sound of the reload, the brass hitting the ground or something as simple as the sound of switching the safety lever are the things that make it real to you.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with the Colt LE6940 Series. Trying to find ways to justify the purchase seems like the bulk of my thoughts these days.

Steps to Overcoming Your Gun Lust

First Step

Give in. Visualize yourself being the owner of that firearm. If you can’t see yourself gun in hand, then it may never become a reality. Take a few minutes, several times a day, visualizing yourself at the range with, out on a hunt with, or cleaning your new firearm. Before long, you’ll actually believe that you own it and it will become real to you.

Step Two

Pull the trigger, literally! If you can’t afford to get your gun right away, which happens, don’t be embarrassed. We all have budgets to work with…or no budget at all. So get out and pull the trigger on something until you can afford to purchase your dream gun. Shoot other guns you have or ask a friend to bring his and shoot something different for a change. It may give you some temporary relief from the struggle.

Step Three

Pull the trigger, somewhat literally. When you’re ready, it’s time to pull the trigger and make the purchase. It’s time to rid yourself of this heart-ache and become one with your destiny. Purchase that sucker.

Your wife will forgive you. Your kids will love you and your friends will envy you.

However, if you’re ready to pull the trigger but don’t exactly have all of the funds you need right now, believe it or not, but there is such as thing as firearms financing. Shoot now, pay later…as they say. Or, put it on layaway and pay on it over a period of 90 days. I know that for the most part, we should avoid debt, but in a life and death situation, extreme circumstances take extreme measures.

In conclusion, I hope these steps to recovery from gun lust have been helpful to you. When all else fails, just give in….even if you have several firearms already. It never hurts to have one more gun in the safe these days. And if you have any feedback on steps that have helped you cure your insanity, I’d be glad to hear it.

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High Caliber Protection; How Covert Bullet Proof Vests Can Stop High Caliber Rounds

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High Caliber Protection; How Covert Bullet Proof Vests Can Stop High Caliber Rounds

Posted on 25 August 2015 by David Allred

Ballistic PlatesBullet proof vests are an essential piece of equipment for any who will be facing the threat of firearms; they are lightweight, flexible, and can help save your life. However, many are not aware of the different types of protection they can offer, the styles they are available in, or even how bullet proof vests work. It is important to understand how protective clothing works, and what options are available, in order to make the right decision when it comes to your protection.

Bullet proof vests are tested and graded according to the protection they can offer. This testing is undertaken by the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ), which is widely regarded as the world leader in ballistic testing. This grades body armor according to its level, with higher levels naturally offering more protection than lower levels. For example, bullet resistant armor at Level IIIa is capable of stopping the vast majority of ammunition used in handguns, while still remaining lightweight and flexible. However, it may be that this is not adequate protection; there is no reason to sacrifice protection in the face of high caliber ammunition.

Body armor is capable of protecting against all manner of ammunition, including high caliber rounds usually fired from rifles and automatics, and even armor-piercing ammunition. Protection at lower levels uses materials like Kevlar that are soft and flexible, yet still very strong. These work by ‘trapping’ and flattening a bullet, dispersing its energy and slowing it until it comes to a complete stop. Armor at higher levels still uses these materials, but needs additional protection to stop high caliber rounds. Bullet proof vests at Level III or IV will therefore use rigid plates made from Ceramics, Polyethylene, or a blend of the two. These plates will increase the weight and bulk of armor, but will help protect against higher caliber ammunition. This is done by absorbing the bullet and deforming around it, absorbing its energy in a similar way to Kevlar.

Bullet proof vests at Level I-IIIa use Kevlar inserts, keeping bullet resistant vests soft, lightweight and flexible. However, even higher level armor is lightweight and comfortable to wear, and is available in different styles. Body armor can largely be split into covert and overt styles. Covert vests are designed to be worn underneath clothing, providing discreet protection, whereas overt armor is worn over clothing, and can form part of a uniform. While both styles will be lightweight and comfortable, they each have their advantages.

Overt armor has the advantage of being customisable, and can be augmented with additional protection for the neck, throat, upper arms, and groin. Similarly, high-visibility covers, logos, and insignia can all be added to make overt armor more useful. At high levels, overt armor can form complete protection for high risk situations. Of course, it may not always be beneficial to display your armor, and certain situations will require more discretion. Covert armor offers lightweight and discreet protection, and can still be upgraded to higher levels with rigid inserts at Level III or IV. Covert armor has the advantage of being available with temperature regulating technologies to help keep the wearer cool.

Body armor is a diverse term that encompasses bullet proof vests, stab proof vests, and even ballistic helmets. Understanding the nuances of body armor will help you make the right decision when choosing your vest, and will keep you completely protected. However, whatever the style of vest and however it is worn, complete protection against even armor-piercing rounds is available to be worn however is best for you, keeping you as safe as possible.

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The Ultimate Survival Shovel (Product Review)

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The Ultimate Survival Shovel (Product Review)

Posted on 04 June 2015 by David Allred

I’ve had the opportunity to review some decent products lately, but so far, this one has exceeded in it’s class…but you’ll have to see for yourself by getting your own.

survival shovelThe Survival Shovel

So let’s take a look at this survival shovel. I’m telling you right now….it’s quality.

Many other survival shovels sacrifice durability and quality for convenience and price. They’ll use plastic parts instead of metal, which always end up breaking. The only plastic you’ll find on this survival shovel is in the washer between the head of the shovel and the handle.

It adjusts into three different positions. The first position, straight out, is for digging, sawing and using the blade side of the shovel head. The second position is with the head at a ninety degree angle and most likely used for a hoe, or pick. The third position is angled down and away from the handle and could be used for climbing or or easier storage.

I used it, and I like it!

folded survival shovelI took the shovel out for a spin, at night. I wanted to test it out on a dead apricot tree I had out towards the back of my property. My target of choice for the axe was a branch around two to three inches in diameter. With a mediocre swing, I nearly chopped half way through the limb. You’ll have to watch the video to see what happened on my second attempt. Totally unexpected.

After hacking away at the tree, I took it into the front yard from some good ole night time digging. flintI’ve been replacing some sprinkler lines and put the survival shovel and hoe into action. Due to the length of the shovel, it’s not something you want to use for a full day of work, but it can get the job done. And when switched to the hoe/pick position, it works exactly like it should.

In conclusion, I was impressed. It’s a quality built survival shovel will last me for a very long time. Great addition for your camping, hunting or prepping gear!

Here’s my quick YouTube review as well if you’d like to check it out:

If this review was helpful, take a look at carseatexperts.com for other helpful reviews.

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Can You Sport a Trucker Hat and Look Good? (Product Review)

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Can You Sport a Trucker Hat and Look Good? (Product Review)

Posted on 01 June 2015 by David Allred


trucker hat I was recently sent a camo trucker hat by the good people over at Amazon in exchange for an honest review. I can tell you this much, I am not the guy you’ll see wearing a trucker hat! I think my head is too small, or maybe my face isn’t fat enough. I don’t know exactly what it is, but some people look good in trucker hats. I’m just not one of them.

However, just for kicks, my daughter wanted to take a few snapshots of me sporting the trucker hat…which you’ll probably get a good laugh at. My daughter, however, makes the hat look good..and it looked good on her. Some people are just photogenic I guess.

Wearing that hat reminds me of the good ole days of WOC School, which is Warrant Officer Candidate School. I went through WOC school in preparation for flight school. I was to become an Apache helicopter pilot, and while in WOC school, each company had a color and mascot. Our color was purple. Out of all the colors they could have used, why purple! Anyway, part of our uniforms were these massive purple trucker hats, which were coupled with a purple t-shirt, yellow training belt and shorty military running shorts.

We were sexy.

The Trucker Hat

Anyway, as far as the trucker camo hat goes, it’s a very comfortable hat, the bill is bendable and because of the mesh top, it’s breathable. You can purchase a Legend Camo Trucker Hat on Amazon for yourself using that link.

Sporting a Trucker Hatdave in a trucker hat

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Mini Folding Pick Shovel Review – Great Prepper Item

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Mini Folding Pick Shovel Review – Great Prepper Item

Posted on 13 May 2015 by David Allred


Mini Folding Pick ShovelIn exchange for an honest review, I received this little Mini Folding Pick Shovel…and to be honest, when I received the package, it was tiny! I was wondering how this little thing could be useful with as small and light as it was, but I guess that’s the point, right?!

You have to know where I’m coming from though. I’m used to the big, bulky, clanky, military issued survival shovels. With it connected to your belt, those things can pull a mans pants down with as heavy as they are. However, I know from experience that you can dig a 6 ft deep foxhole with one. So they’re durable, to say the least.

However, for you doomsday preppers, campers and emergency preparedness people, this is an item you might as well add to your list. It’s small enough, smaller than my hand (when in it’s case), and light enough to add to any bug out bag or 72 hour kit. For some basic use, it’s also a very diverse tool. With the mini shovel having a pick on one end and a shovel on the other, it’s very handy when digging a small trench, working in the garden or even prospecting.

Mini Folding Pick ShovelThe mini shovel comes in two separate pieces. To assemble, all that is required is to screw the handle into the pick shovel end and you’re good to go. It comes equipped with a little compass embedded in the end of the handle grip. It’s not the greatest compass in the world, but hey, when you’re lost, a compass is a compass, and this one will do the trick.

The only thing I’d change on this folding shovel is the plastic coupling used to tighten the pick and/or shovel into place. I’d rather see it built out of the same metal as the rest of the shovel.

As a side note, some may agree while others won’t, but I feel it is important to teach your kids survival tactics and skills, such as how to protect themselves in dangerous situations. Whether for sport or survival, check out fightingreport.com.

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Airsoft BB Trap Review

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Airsoft BB Trap Review

Posted on 11 May 2015 by David Allred

Airsoft BB Trap and Shooting TrainingIn my opinion, a child is never too young to begin learning how to handle a firearm. Not all, but many of the gun related accidents among children could have probably been avoided with proper education. Given, kids will still be kids…and they don’t always have their heads screwed on straight, but again, in my opinion, a child with a gun who has had some proper training, is always better than a child with a gun who hasn’t.

With that said, with guns spread throughout my house, I’m always looking for opportunities to teach my kids how to properly handle a weapon, and should the need arise, use it. Now that doesn’t mean that I have pistols laying around in areas that are extremely accessible for any of my kids. What I mean by that is this…if one of my kids wants to find a firearm, they will, regardless of how many safety precautions I’ve put into place. So when and if that ever happens in my household, the best safety measure I can put into place will be the ones that are in between my childs own two ears.

Now I’ve got four girls between the ages of three weeks and 13 years old with a mild interest in guns, and a three year old boy who is infatuated with them. So I’m thinking that I should get on the ball and start properly teaching this kid the basics of handling a gun.

So of course, we start with an Airsoft pistol. Yeah, he may be a little young for shooting BB’s, but with proper supervision, it’s a bit more exciting than shooting dart guns.

BB TrapAnd, in order to save our BB’s and shoot indoors, I ordered an Airsoft BB Trap from Amazon as our backstop, and as a disclosure, I did receive the BB Trap for free to “test out!”

My wife wasn’t so sure about shooting guns in the house, even Airsoft guns, so I had to convince her that this was going to be safe, using first hand experience. The BB Trap is basically a pup tent, or one of those windshield shades that can easily pop up and be ready to go. Inside the BB Trap it has strips of fiber and cloth hanging down to slow the BB’s as they enter the trap.

I’m telling you what…it drives me crazy seeing little plastic BB’s all over the place, so this BB Trap is heaven sent.

I printed out a squirrel BB target from the internet and attached it to the BB Trap, which actually comes with a little piece of velcro, in the event you would like to use that to attach targets. Tape works good too.

Key points in my first “official” training session with my three year old boy were:

  1. Properly holding of the pistol.
  2. Keeping fingers off the trigger until ready to fire.
  3. Always pointing the gun down until ready to fire. We’ll work on always pointing the gun down range and clearing the pistol in the next session.
  4. Aiming. This one was tough!

So, instead of the typical household shooting training of, “Don’t point the gun at people sweety,” we’ve taken it a few steps further. Hopefully, with more practice, firearm safety will become second nature to him.

In closing, the BB Trap worked perfectly and was later used as an actual “pup tent!” You can’t beat shooting and playing in forts! Here’s the link for it on Amazon: http://amztk.com/airsofttarget

Here’s a little video I shot of my training experience:

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Gun Safety for Dummies and Newbies

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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 http://grabagun.com/.

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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Carry a Gun in Your Purse Woman! Family Feud Trivia

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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 www.rangemastertacticalgear.com 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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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.

henry christmas email

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