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I’m not going to give advice on what firearm you should buy. Everywhere I have looked for what people recommend the discussion always gets heated as everyone gives the ONLY reason why their choice is the ONLY one that should be bought by anyone. I might give some advice on the best caliber a for rifle I recommend: .30-06, .30-30, .223 Remington, .308 Winchester, 5.56x45mm, 7.62x51mm, 7.62x39mm, .22LR; yeah the rifle that can shoot that should be good. For handgun the best would fire .45ACP,…Read More...
The most common burglar is a young man who lives within a two miles of you. This type of burglar is the easiest to stop. They are normally not very experienced and highly skilled. However, there are still many experienced burglars that may target your home. But by taking some simple precautions, you can minimize your chances of be burglarized.
Start by simply walking around the exterior of your home and ask yourself, how would I break in. Often you will see obvious routes of entry. When I talk to people about this problem they often have that attitude that if someone wants in, they are going to get and there is nothing I can do. …Read More...
Recently there was an incident in which a young woman was carrying a baseball bat in her car, when she was stopped by a police officer. Since she had the bat in the front seat, the officer asked her why she was carrying it. She stated self-defense. As a result of this statement, she was arrested and charged under California weapons laws. If she had said, she was carrying it to play baseball he would not have been able to charge her with a crime. He also did not have to give her a Miranda warning.
Before I go any further with this article, I wish to state that I am not an attorney and while I am a retired law enforcement officer, I have been retired for many years and may not be as current as I like to think I am.…Read More...
The other day I received a Cold Steel Kobun from Knife Hog (http://www.knifehog.com/). First thing, I have never bought anything from them and have not had any business dealings with them. However, I have not heard anything bad so deal with them at your own risk.
The Kobun that they sent me is a lightweight Tanto styled boot knife made by Cold Steel. I like boot knifes but where I live you have to be pretty careful or you can run afoul of the law. Before you carry a boot knife concealed, check the laws where you live.
The Kobun Tanto has a 5.5-inch…Read More...
Here is a question submitted by one of our readers on the penetrating power of small arms as a result of the post Ammo Penetration Can be a Problem in Home Defense. I am posting this for you to make comments and suggestions to help answer his questions. Some of you know more than me on this subject.
Submitted on 2014/.5/14 at 3:30
Will water in a 55 gallon drum be better than dry sand in stopping a 7.62mm bullet? I know ballistics testers use water tanks to test fire guns. I’m building my first home in a bad neighborhood and want exterior protection against random drive-by shootings.…Read More...
Yesterday, we wrote about A Shotgun, The Best Firearm for Defending Your Home. In the post, I mentioned that any firearm that is adequate for self-defense will penetrate the walls of a stick built home. By stick built, I am referring to two X fours studs and sheet rock. This covers the majority of the newer homes at least in the area in which I live. So today, I will write on the dangers of ammo penetration.
Anytime you use a firearm for self-defense you have to be aware of what is behind your target. Many of your more powerful rifle and even handgun rounds have the capability to exit though a body and still cause additional damage. …Read More...
I have seen a lot of discussion on the subject of ammunition and what caliber is best for you to keep for home defense. Now for the purposes of this discussion I am assuming that you are defending your home against burglars and the world has not come to an end.
The first thing that you have to except, is that almost any ammunition will penetrate the walls of your home, since most of you live in stick build homes. The problem you face is that you need a weapon that is easy to use, reasonably accurate and has a minimum of penetration, but still has enough energy to get the job done.…Read More...
Good habits and routines can determine your reactions in an emergency. Years ago when I was on the fire department, I responded to a fire in an elementary school. Now this school was in session and this was a fairly large fire. The school had to be completely evacuated. To this day, I am amazed at how the children and their teachers reacted. The evacuation went perfectly, no confusion or panic. A large group of adults would not have done as well. The reason it went well was practice and knowing how to respond. The children and teachers knew what to do and did what they had been taught.…Read More...
The other day I was talking to people about binoculars and found out how little the average person understands the differences in them. In a TEOTWAWKI situation, a good pair of binoculars may turn out to be an extremely important item. It extends your sight and lets you observe the movement of people or game at a distance. A good pair of binoculars will help your vision in low light or even moon light. They require no batteries and very little maintenance other then cleaning the lenses.
Finding a good pair of binoculars is important. It requires some understanding of optics. …Read More...