Choosing a Gun for Home Defense
My dad used to say if you don’t own a car you walk, and if you don’t have a gun you run. So just what is the best home defense weapon? Let’s compare the most common firearms used for home defense.
Home Defense Rifles
A semi-automatic rifle makes an excellent choice for a home defense weapon. They are more accurate, and easier to aim than a handgun; and offer greater stopping power.
A .22 caliber rimfire is certainly capable of killing and injuring but it creates a small wound and a big risk. In some cases, it just angers a wounded intruder and makes him come after you with additional fury. There is also the disadvantage of any long barreled weapon being taken from you by an assailant and used on you. If you have to shoot an intruder don’t wait until he is within range of grabbing your gun, whatever it is.
On the other hand, centerfire rifles have plenty of stopping power, but be careful not to overdo it. Large caliber centerfire rifles are extremely likely to over penetrate sending a bullet into a member of your family, a neighbor or a child walking home from school. Stick to rifles that shoot a smaller caliber, high velocity round. These smaller rounds are much less prone to overpenetrate, and cause inintended damage or injury.
Home Defense Shotguns
Hunting shotguns with extremely long barrels are great for longer range shooting, but can be unwieldy indoors. Short barreled shotguns on the other hand can be extremely effective if you understand a few things about using a shotgun at close range. The 12 gauge is the most popular but the fact is not everyone can handle the recoil. The most important thing is to be sure to practice with your self-defense weapon so that you are familiar with how it handles and performs.
Many people discourage the use of a small bore .410 shotguns for home defense simply because of the small number of shot delivered. Though not my primary weapon, my old .410 is one of my “shelf guns” for home defense and I keep it loaded with buckshot. Each room in my home has a shelf gun, out of sight, and out of my small grandchild’s reach. One thing you must know if you plan to use a shotgun for home defense is that it takes distance for spread to occur. You won’t get the spread that you do on the range, and you will have to aim. Avoid the use of slugs for home defense as they have the same risk as a rifle in over penetration, placing your family members and bystanders at risk.
People often replace the buttstock of a shotgun with pistol grips to make it easier to use in tight spaces. This action is going to diminish aim, stability and control. I suggest you try a buttstock versus a pistol grip shotgun before you buy. You should also be aware that some pistol grips are created for a specific type of firearm and will work poorly on a shotgun.
There are gun owners who love their pistol grip shotgun, and appear to overall recommend a lot of practice to gain experience in overcoming the loss of control, aim and stability. If it works for them it may work for you but I prefer the greater control and accuracy of a buttstock.
Pachmayr manufactures a specialty grip called the Vindicator® that is created for shotguns. According to their website they offer the F-500 for Mossberg Model 500 and 590 shotguns with 7 ¾” forend tubes. Other Vindicator® models will fit 12 gauge only and will not fit 3 ½” Super Mag.
If you are considering the purchase of a shotgun for home defense the best option is to choose a pump action riot shotgun with a 20 inch barrel. Some people prefer the 18 inch, but the former will provide you with a greater variety to choose from. Shotguns are one of the best choices for a home defense weapon.
Home Defense Handguns
Handguns from the 9 mm caliber and up are effective in stopping assailants inside or outside the home. When loaded with the appropriate ammunition for inside home use they are less likely to put your loved ones and others at risk from over penetration. They are also less likely to cause damage to the home, or to be taken from you in a struggle with an intruder.
A handgun is an fantastic weapon for home defense. But a handgun, or any gun, is useless if you can’t use it, or even worse-if you use it incorrectly. You don’t want to fire a weapon that you have no accuracy for in your home. Any bullet, even a .22 caliber will go through today’s walls, potentially endangering your family. Practice with your handgun or any firearm until the correct and accurate skills become second nature.
A firearm is only as accurate and as safe as the shooter behind the trigger, and if you find yourself in the situation of fighting for your family’s lives, you want every advantage you can provide. Whatever your home defense weapon is shoot it often and practice all of the safety rules. Being both a responsible and skilled gun owner gives your family as well as yourself, the skills needed to ensure your loved ones are survivors when danger enters into your home.
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Remington Outdoor Company, the nation’s oldest firearms manufacturer, has announced it will move its operations to the closed Chrysler manufacturing plant in Huntsville, AL. In Ilion, New York, where Remington has manufactured firearms since 1816 employees of Remington will be the latest victims following New York Governor Cuomo’s SAFE Act, gun control legislation which bans the in state sale of the Company’s AR-15 among other gun-control legislation.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley welcomed Remington to Alabama in a news conference on Monday February 17. Remington’s relocation will add 2,000 jobs to Alabama’s workforce. The facility in Huntsville will receive upgrades and is expected to open within 18 months.
New York Remington union officials are blaming the SAFE Act for the loss of Remington and its jobs. Nationwide, as gun control legislation is being passed by Governors not giving their state residents the option of voting on it, firearms manufacturers have been defecting gun control states and flooding south and west where the 2nd Amendment is being upheld.
Just last year, American Tactical Imports (ATI) left New York for South Carolina following the passage of the SAFE Act. Another New York manufacturer, Kahr Arms also chose to leave New York, relocating to neighboring Pennsylvania.
Many New Yorkers are angry to learn that overnight the SAFE Act had been forced upon them without the benefit of their opinion. It appears to be the mark of the modern liberal to make laws in violation of the Constitution in an act upon their own, as well as they appear to feel they are entitled to do so like the Kings of long ago.
Following the passage of the SAFE Act legal gun owners in NY are being arrested for having one bullet too many, even when they are target practicing. The new law limits rounds to 7.
In other gun news, Beretta USA recently announced it would build its newest plant not in Accokeek, Maryland but in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Gallatin plant will house the $45 million research and development plant and will employ 300.
Last year Magpul, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of ammunition magazines announced it will leave Colorado and move its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, Wyoming and its headquarters to Texas after Colorado passed gun control measures after a mass-shooting at a suburban movie theater. Magpul was preceded by the announcement that HiViz Shooting Systems, a Fort Collins, Colorado manufacturer of gun sights and other gun accessories was moving its core operations to Laramie, Wyoming.
In the past year other manufacturers to relocate were PTR Industries from Bristol, Conn. moved to Aynor, SC while Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced plans to relocate to Mayodan, NC. Bold Ideas who manufactures the AR-15 style rifles for Colt announced in April, 2013 that it will relocate from Oregon to Breckenridge, TX. This came as Colt Manufacturing in Connecticut said there would soon be few reasons to remain in Connecticut, after gun control was legislated in the state. Stag arms is also relocating but has yet to confirm its chosen location, though SC seems a likely candidate. Rumor has it Mossberg is also considering a move though has not announced any definite plans, citing hostile conditions for gun manufacturers in Connecticut as to why it is considering relocation to a more gun friendly state.
Undoubtedly, the jobs these re-locations will provide to the recipients will be welcome additions to their states economies, and in gun friendly states the very nature of the industry will be a welcome addition to its products.
For the time being, while American society and manufacturing shifts and changes, the winners are those who receive the uprooted manufacturers, and with 2,000 jobs coming, Alabama is the big winner in the latest of the moves. Congratulations Alabama, and the south looks forward to being able to purchase the AR-15 for sale and other Remington products made in the USA. The only thing better than Made in the USA, is made in the Southern USA where workers still take pride in the products they manufacture.
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It will soon be tornado season again. Begin preparing now by putting together an emergency kit and establishing a family communications plan. tornado preparedness can be the difference between life and death for you and your family. The following is a brief overview of preparing for a natural disaster; you may find complete information at RedCross.org and at government sites.
For most people, when a tornado approaches there is no time to prepare, you must immediately go to your safe place. The best tool you can have is a NOAA weather radio, your eyes and your instincts. Watch your pets, they often sense changes in the atmospheric conditions that may serve as a warning. Unusual nervousness, agitation and hiding may be a sign that conditions are right for a tornado, or that a tornado approaches. Tornados are not always immediately detected by radar, listen to your instincts.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio (If you don’t have one buy one), radio or television newscasts for the latest information during the threat of bad weather. In any emergency follow the instructions given by local emergency management officials. Be alert to changing weather conditions and watch for approaching storms. Monitor for the following warning signs of an approaching tornado:
- Dark low hanging clouds or of the sky going green. Rotation may be seen in the clouds.
- Large hail
- Loud roar that may sound like a freight train.
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately. Go to your place of safety.
Preparing a Disaster Supply Kit
A disaster supply kit includes the basic items your family may need after a disaster occurs. Assemble your kit now, before tornado season. Once a tornado approaches you will not have time to gather the things you will need.
You will need food, water and supplies for at least 72 hours. Be aware, when damage is wide spread it may take longer for help to arrive.
- Have at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food that your family will eat.
- Provide food for babies and any family member on a special diet.
- Avoid salty foods that cause thirst, water may be unavailable except for what is in your kit.
- Have a can opener and eating utensils.
- Consider having a gun in your kit. After disasters looting may occur and looters are often armed and willing to use force.
Water is a necessary item in any emergency supplies kit. After any disaster water may not be available, or may be contaminated if it is. Stock a supply now before it is needed.
- You will need one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation. During extremely hot weather have extra water on hand; perspiring will increase the need for more.
- Plan for more water for nursing mothers, children or those who are ill.
- Keep a minimum of a three-day supply of water per person.
Storage of Water
Purchase commercially bottled water, store in its original and unopened container until you need it in a cool, dark place.
If you are going to use your own storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles. Do not use not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. They cannot be properly cleaned to prevent bacterial growth when water is stored in them.
More information on water treatment is available at RedCross.org
You may want to store extra water for flushing toilets, a gallon is generally enough to flush a toilet.
- Prescription medication and eyeglasses
- Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NCAA Weather Radio with alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit with ample supplies. Injuries may be to multiple persons.
- Whistle to signal for help.
• Dust masks, plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering in place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Cell phones with chargers (car and home), inverter or solar charger
- Infant formula and diapers
- Food and water for your pet
- Cash and change
- Important documents such as insurance policies, ID and bank account records stored in water proof container.
- Emergency guide to first aid book
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Complete change of clothing including sturdy shoes.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Paper and pencil
- Activities for children
In any emergency a family member or you yourself may be injured. If you have the basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones.
First Aid Kit
Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
- Two pairs of sterile gloves
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding and bandage wounds (4×4’s & 2×2’s)
- Medical tape
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Peroxide for cleansing contaminated wounds
The above information is a summary; you may obtain full information at RedCross.org
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Did you know?
The first known "gun" was a bamboo tube using gunpowder to propel a spear and appeared in China at about 1000AD. Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese in the 9th century.
The fire lance was an early form of a fire arm. It consisted of a black-powder filled tube attached to the end of a spear and used as a flamethrower. Shrapnel was occasionally placed in the barrel and would fly out with the flames. Over time the amount of saltpeter was increased to provide a greater explosive force and metal replace paper and bamboo barrels as a direct need of increased explosive force.
This was followed by a projectile which replaced the shrapnel and more fully filled the metal tube. This provided the metal barrel, high nitrate gunpowder and a projectile occluding the muzzle allowing the powder charge to provide a guns propellant potential.
Gunpowder came to Europe by the 13th century. The oldest known firearm in Europe was found in Otepaa, Estonia and dates to 1380 or earlier.
In Italy during the late 13th century small portable handheld cannons were developed, creating the first smooth-bore personal firearm.
During the early years of the modern age, these personal hand held cannons were developed into the flintlock rifle, which then evolved into the breech loader and lastly into the modern automatic weapons of today.
The paper cartridge was developed in 1586, and by 1850 brass was used for fixed ammunition. Repeating firearms was the next innovation with repeating revolvers. The first successful rapid-fire firearm was the Gatling gun, invented by Richard Gatling and used by the Union forces during the American Civil War. At the time, it required four men to operate it and subsequent upgrades saw it used in the Spanish American War. Its unreliability on the battlefield resulted in its retirement.
The early guns that came to America’s shores helped to tame it and to develop it. America and guns grew up together, and the advances in firearms and weapons at the hands of Americans grew faster than in all of weapons history that had come before. America was born, American gun legends were born, and American ingenuity had begun with a rapid succession in inventions and innovations that would change the world.
Through the ages guns have grown increasingly sophisticated and continue to do so year after year. From a primitive bamboo tube “gun” to modern firearms able to acquire targets, and see in darkness and through walls, the ages offer a peek into the future. Where mankind finds a need his ingenuity will provide a solution, where his imagination explores, his intelligence will take him.
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New Revolvers for 2014
Coming to a Gun Shop near you!
Smith & Wesson has been busy as have other firearm manufacturers. Let’s take a look at what’s new and renewed with Smith & Wesson for 2014. First though, I have to start off with Chiappas 2014 release simply because it tickles me. This gun is able to reach right out and touch someone….
Chiappa SAA 1873 Buntline
This gun reminds me of some of the long pistols of the old west with its 12 inch barrel. Sights are adjustable and the frame is zamak alloy. The side safety key is a feature not all revolvers can claim. This long barreled Chiappa single-action .22 LR is a real attention getter.
- Weight: 38.4 ounces
- Barrel length: 12 inches
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Price: not yet available
Can’t you just see pulling this Chiappa out of a purse or coat and being aimed at an assailant? Never mind it is a .22, the barrel may just send them packing.
Next in the lineup-Smith & Wesson for 2014
Smith & Wesson Governor
If you are looking for versatility in a handgun then the Governor may be just the ticket. It is capable of firing rimmed cartridges in .45 Colt; rimless cartridges in .45ACP and .410 gauge shotgun shells. Built of Scandium alloy the Governor is big and stocky with a cylinder milled to accept moon clips and 2-shot moon clips (both are included from the factory). The Governor comes with a rubber grip to reduce recoil.
- Weight: 30 ounces
- Barrel length: 2.75 inches
- Capacity: 6 rounds of .45 Colt, .45 ACP or .410 shotshell
- Price $809 MSRP
S&W Model 66 .357 Magnum
Decades ago the S&W .357 Magnum K-frame was discontinued due to the cracking of frames under heavy loads. For 2014 Smith & Wesson reintroduces the stainless steel Model 66 .357 Magnum with a strengthened frame. This news will surely crack a few smiles for S&W .357 Magnum fans.
- Weight: 36 ounces
- Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Price $849
Model 66 .357 Magnum
Smith & Wesson PC Model 460XVR
“Where there be bears…” it isn’t a problem for this pistol. Created as a defensive handgun for large assailants, bears or marauding lions, it lays claim to responsiveness and fast handling characteristics. Velocity and a length for accuracy will be lacking in a 3.5 inch frame unlike other X-frames, but it will make for a great backup weapon for assailants, bear or any lions foolish enough to accost this guns carrier. Boasting a Performance Center hand-tuned action, the 460XVR also fires the .45 Colt, .454 Casull and .460 cartridges.
- Weight: 59 ounces
- Barrel Length: 3.5 inch
- Capacity: 5 rounds
- Price: $1,609 MSRP
Smith and Wesson PC Model 629
Move over Dirty Harry, there is a new .44 Magnum in town. The S&W PC Model 629 includes an optic rail and light rail. Stainless steel with wood grips and as a Performance Center revolver, it has hand tuned action, and claims of having a super smooth double action trigger.
- Weight: 59 ounces
- Barrel Length: 8.37 inches
- Capacity: 6 rounds
- Price: $1,399 MSRP
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Must Know ATV Maintenance
I see it every year before hunting season, hunters bringing ATV/UTV’s in to my husband’s shop for repair. For 95% of those brought in the problem is the same, the ATV/UTV won’t start, and the carburetor is why. Most likely you cleaned your guns before storing them for the off season; the ATV/UTV also requires a little care before storing to ensure its operation in the fall.
The culprit is ethanol, which breaks down into water, and under the right conditions in can occur in just a few days. Left in your ATV/UTV motor for much of the year it can rust metal parts and eats away gaskets, diaphragms, O-rings, synthetic gas lines and the like. It also turns into gel and can cause a white varnish on the carb. Needless to say these are all detrimental to a carburetors service.
There are two things you can do to prevent it from occurring, ensuring the ATV/UTV is ready to go on the hunt when you are.
First, use an ethanol/fuel stabilizer treatment product in fresh fuel, and after it’s in the fuel crank it up and allow to run a minute or two to ensure the treated fuel gets into the carburetor.
Second, crank the ATV/UTV up at least once a month when it is not in use, and preferably every week or two. It doesn’t have to run long, 5 minutes will suffice, and while it’s running engage the transmission forward and backward to promote lubrication in the transmission.
Those two tips can be the difference between potentially expensive small engine carburetor repair or even replacement of a carburetor.
Here is an extra tip for you that will prevent the small engine carburetor from having to be rebuilt-do NOT drain the carburetor and store it dry. That is asking for trouble pure and simple. The carburetor contains gaskets, seals and a diaphragm that will turn hard once it dries out. Once dried it often calls for a small engine carburetor rebuild. That tip comes from a mechanic with 40 years of experience that has built his reputation on honesty.
If this is an “uh-oh” moment for you, meaning your ATV/UTV has been sitting in the barn for a month now with a drained and dry carb go fuel it up, fresh gas with ethanol/fuel stabilizer treatment in it. Bump the starter several times to get gas to enter the dry carburetor. Give it a moment then bump again and then try to crank the engine. If it doesn’t crank don’t panic just yet. It hasn’t been sitting too terribly long in a dry state and it may soften up with fresh fuel in contact with the parts that should never be allowed to dry out. You may have to do this for days on end until the dried out diaphragm has time to soften.
If a “spare” ATV has been sitting for a year or more with a dry carb this just may work, but it can take months for an extremely dried out diaphragm to soften, and it may never do so. If this is the case the carb will have to be rebuilt.
If the carb has white varnish on in it, take it off and carry it to a small engine shop. Request an ultrasonic clean. Unless the varnish has been present for years it will probably clean up, though you may still have to have a new diaphragm, O-rings etc…
The manufacturers will say if it has white varnish replace it, but I can say from experience this may or may not be the case. I have seen 2 year dry and white carbs be cleaned, rebuilt and run like a top. Cleaning time will vary from 15 minutes to 2 hours in the ultrasonic cleaner.
If a shop tells you that it is going to take a new carb don’t take their word for it. Let’s just say they aren’t all scrupulous business men. My husband has repaired thousands of carburetors that weren’t “worth repair”.
The ultrasonic cleaner works wonders on carbs that “are not worth repair”. Even a can of carb cleaner and air from a compressor stands a fair chance of cleaning a carb up to where it will run, just let it soak. It may take multiple cleans and weeks of fresh cleaner applied but if the alternative is a $150 carb its worth trying, though the ultrasound will accomplish quickly in 15-20 minutes what may take a whole can of carb cleaner.
The simplest prevention is to use fresh fuel with ethanol treatment/fuel stabilizer in your machine and crank it routinely in the off season.
My next tip deals with the other 5 percent whose pro blem was not the carburetor. Of that 5 percent the problem is going to be the spark plug in 3 percent. Spark plugs are not all created equally, and just because it will fit does not mean it is okay to use it.
There is a science to engine combustion and it requires a particular spark plug to ignite that combustion for your particular engine. Sure, you may get away with using the wrong spark plug and it may work for a while, but it is highly discouraged. A spark plug that doesn’t fire hot enough or that fires too hot is going to cause problems in the engine eventually. Use the recommended spark plug for your engine.
Spark plugs experience wear every time you start the engine, and over time the spark grows weaker. Performance as well as cranking will suffer from worn plugs. If your engine seems to not have the get up and go it once did it may be a worn sparkplug. Each engine will have its own required plug gap, and they are not always the same between engines. The parts store guy may claim it is pre-gapped, keep in mind he is not a mechanic. Check the gap and set it to your engines specification if needed.
ATV/UTV’s are often used in dusty conditions so clean the air filter often, and replace as necessary. Think of it as your engines lungs, it has to breathe and a dirty air filter will negatively impact performance and gas mileage.
The last tip is to check your oil each and every time you are going to use the ATV/UTV. Do not overfill, this can be as damaging to an engine as being low on oil. Change that oil using the manufacturer’s specified weight of oil, minimum each year. Worn out oil will not protect the engine. Small engines are notoriously neglected, from lawn mowers to ATV/UTV’s. Treat them kindly with a little ATV maintenance and they will serve you well for many years to come.
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Concealed Carry Self Defense Insurance
Most gun owners consider owning a firearm as a form of protection against those who would harm us, or our family.
In the last few years, persons claiming self-defense that resulted in the death of someone found themselves embroiled in charges and potential civil suits. Have you ever really considered what would occur after the unthinkable happens and you are forced to defend yourself with your firearm?
It doesn’t end just because you are legally armed. There will be a court proceeding to determine if the legal requirements for using deadly force were justified. Even if you are not charged, the family of the deceased individual may file a civil suit against you. In the best case scenario you prove your justification in protecting yourself and you walk away once more, though you will have already spent as much as tens of thousands of dollars or even hundreds of thousands to defend yourself.
Many insurance providers now offer concealed carry and self-defense insurance (CCSDI). The following will assist you in choosing a plan.
- First, check with your homeowners insurance to see if you are eligible for CCSDI under your homeowner’s policy.
- Second, check your state of residences laws. If your state has Stand Your Ground Laws they may protect you against a civil lawsuit in a lawful self-defense occurrence. If your state’s law don’t protect you against a civil suit you may want to consider CCSDI that covers the cost of civil suits. Check your laws often, they can change.
- Third, carefully consider the plans you are considering, how many levels of protection they offer and whether or not they pay for defense costs upfront, after you have paid it yourself (reimbursement). Many insurance companies will only pay after you have been found not guilty, leaving you to pay the costs upfront.
Other things to consider are:
- Try to determine how much coverage you would need. Ask questions such as how much are court costs per hearing? What do the attorneys in my area charge an hour, how much is their retainer fee, and how many hours would court and attorneys average? If you have an attorney, it may be worthwhile to ask him these questions. Many attorneys don’t charge for calls requesting information.
- Check the details, ask if expert witnesses are covered and will they be paid up front, or reimbursed to you after you pay. Does the insurer have a network of expert witnesses?
- Ask if the plan provides an attorney of their choice or your own choice. Find out if the plan covers only you, or other family members were an incident to occur with your gun in your home.
Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network
- Cost: $125 per year
- Provides a $10,000 fee deposit to your lawyer if you are charged with a felony, $5,000 deposit if charged with a misdemeanor; access to Network-affiliated attorneys and experts; all members get eight educational DVDs
NRA Self-Defense Insurance
- Plan Levels: 4
- Cost: $165 to $600 annually
- Criminal Coverage Offered: $50,000 to $100,000
- Civil Coverage Offered: $100,000 to $1,000,000 single overall limit combined with criminal-defense reimbursement
- Exclusively endorsed by the NRA
Second Call Defense
- Levels: 5
- Cost: $9 to $40 monthly
- Criminal Coverage Offered: $10,000 to $50,000
- Civil Coverage Offered: $0 to unlimited
- Accidental-shooting protection.
- Immediate cash for bail
- Higher-level coverage offers on-site assistance
- Gun retrieval/replacement
- In-court compensation
- Psychological support.
This plan is offered by Lockton Affinity, LLC, and backed by the NRA Endorsed Insurance.
- Levels: 3
- Cost: Tied to USCCA membership
- Criminal Coverage Offered: $50,000 to $100,000
- Civil Coverage Offered: $75,000 to $300,000
- Cash for bail
- Compensation while in court
- Attorney referrals
- Immediate criminal attorney retainer
- Cost: $99 annual membership includes self-defense insurance.
- Criminal Coverage Offered: Attorney provided. You call a 24 number and an attorney will be on the phone with you while you are still at the scene
- Attorney provided through criminal period and civil period to the end
- Independent investigation provided by our seasoned former law enforcement investigators
- Expert witnesses provided
- Civil Coverage Offered: Attorney provided.
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Youth Gun Safety
A child’s willingness to obey and act responsibly, and not wildly, should be a key prerequisite for instructing a child in the use of guns. Gun safety however, should be taught young, and repeated throughout childhood to ensure they do not forget.
The statistics claim half of all U. S. households have firearms. It is therefore a good idea to begin gun safety at a young age, as they can potentially encounter a gun anywhere, at any time.
A child may never act responsibly enough to earn the right to shoot, but all children should be taught certain essentials of gun safety, even if there is no gun in your home. There are guns in other homes your child may visit. A child knowing what to do as well as what not to do can save their life, or the lives of others.
Firearm instruction classes are available for children and youth. The focus of these programs is first gun safety, and keeping your child safe. These programs remove the mystery children see surrounding guns and reinforce safety and proper handling. In essence these programs teach what a child needs to know to keep themselves safe. They learn what to do if they find a firearm, if someone points a gun at them (even if it is only a toy gun). They also learn how to tell a toy gun from a real gun, what to do if a friend wants to show them a parent’s gun, what a real gun feels like and a demonstration as to how powerful a firearm really is.
If you are considering a firearm class for your children ensure that you choose one using NRA Rules for safe firearm handling that observes local and state laws.
The NRA provides a gun safety program call the “Eddie Eagle Program” and it can be taught at home. To receive a sample kit which contains a copy of the student workbook, an instructor’s guide, program statistics, a description of materials, an order form, and the Parents’ Guide to Gun Safety brochure, call (800) 231-0752 and request a sample kit. This program is also available for schools, churches and other interested parties.
To receive a copy of the text for the brochure email email@example.com or call (800) 231-0752. Gun safety should begin in the home, and a child with a toy gun should be taught from day one the rules of firearm safety even though the gun is a toy gun. Answering the child’s questions can help to satisfy their curiosity regarding firearms, and is a good time to explain the differences between toy guns and genuine firearms, real life and television.
Visit the NRA’s website for further information and how to locate a class for your child, or call (877) 672-6282 for information on youth programs.
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The .22 Rifle
It is generally a shooters first gun, the perfect weapon for youth and novices alike to train and gain accuracy with. Some small game hunters prefer it, and many outdoor enthusiasts carry it for protection from the threats of predators. You have probably guessed the identity of the weapon I refer to, it’s the .22 rifle.
A great many of us have fond memories of our first gun, generally a .22 cal. By today’s standards, many consider it obsolete, yet it has a large fan base, and that number is growing on the practice range. The evidence of this is in the supply of ammunition, the retailers and even the gun shops stay sold out. I have been unable to locate any in 4 years in my locale. Buying online is my only alternative.
It is generally a very affordable firearm, and there is a .22 rifle for almost any budget.
Ask anyone why they like the .22 caliber guns and most answers will be the same, because it’s cheap. You can buy 10 times the .22 cartridges for the same price of a box of centerfire cartridges, and when you compare it to your big guns the .22 rimfire is the big bargain. A day on the range is actually affordable if you’re using the .22 cartridge.
The .22 is a lot quieter than other guns and has almost no recoil. You can shoot the .22 without the pain that comes from other guns after a long day on the range. It also enables some shooters with degenerative conditions in the hands due to age or injury to continue shooting. Any shooter with nerve damage in the hands is going to shy away from recoil.
Most .22 rifles are lightweight, easily carried in hand or on a sling and as a rifle or pistol the .22 is many peoples auxiliary weapon. Overall, the .22 is a very reliable weapon. Some writers will say the .22’s accuracy is in the medium range. That certainly hasn’t been my experience, I know plenty of people who use the .22 on the firing range, hunting small game, killing predators, riding trails on four-wheelers or just checking on the cattle, and especially for plinking. From cheap to expensive all the brand names are there, and they are accurate.
My reasons for having three .22 cal., (one pistol and two rifles) in my possession is that it enables me to practice without breaking the bank. The .22 is absolutely perfect for small game as it does very little damage to the meat.
There are also a lot of gun accessories available for the .22 caliber, enabling you trick it out. The .22 rifle is a fun gun, reasonably priced, cheap to shoot, light to carry and can put dinner on the table if you are a decent shot. Every gun has its niche, and I don’t see the need, or the popularity for a .22 cal. going away any time soon.
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You can find ballistic reports and technical information galore on firearms and ammunition. But when it comes to explaining the way ammunition names are designated the waters become rather muddy.
The caliber of ammunition is generally the diameter of a bullet. But the size of the caliber is not necessarily the exact diameter in many cases. It also wouldn’t be inaccurate to say caliber is an approximation of a bullets diameter, for a lot of ammo. Let’s look at some of the most popular and how they actually measure up.
The .44 Remington Magnum shoots a bullet that can vary from .429” to .431” diameter. While some gun owners may be surprised at this fact they already know it to be an extremely effective weapon, though not the best choice for self-defense due to the fact that this powerful gun is quite capable of passing through an assailant and into bystanders.
A .38 Special bullet is .357 in. diameter and is designed for revolvers. Available in standard and +p variants, which is plus power. Never attempt to fire +p ammo in revolvers from pre-modern metallurgy days. Older guns simply will not handle the extra power and pose a safety hazard to life and limb. Use only Standard rounds in older pistols. Don’t trust the clerk, check the box yourself. Some modern firearms constructed of light weight alloys also won’t be able to handle the extra punch of +p ammo. Read your owner’s manual, or call the manufacturer to ensure you can safely use +p ammunition before you try.
The .45 ACP combines a bullet diameter of .452” with initials for its original firearm, the Model 1911 Automatic Colt Pistol, or ACP.
The 30-30 Winchester refers to a bullet diameter of .308” and a theoretical 30 grains of black powder. Sources say it’s theoretical because the 30-30 was never loaded commercially with black powder. Winchester simply continued its previous method of cartridge-naming as a convenience to shooters already familiar with this method, and the smokeless load was approximately equal to 30 grains of black powder, hence 30-30.
The 30-06 bullet diameter is .308” and the 1906 stands for the year it was adopted by the US military.
A 9mm bullet is 9.01 mm in diameter (0.355”). The 9 × 19 mm Parabellum cartridge was designed by George Luger and introduced in 1902 by the German weapons manufacturer Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken or (DWM). The 9mm Parabellum derives from the Latin Si vis pacem, para bellum. Translated it means, “If you seek peace, prepare for war”, and was the motto of DWM.
Ammunition can become even more complicated when you compare ammo for handguns versus ammo for rifles of the same caliber. Let’s use the common .22 as an example.
.22 Long Rifle or .22LR
This ammo can be fired from both handguns and rifles even though it has “Rifle” in its name.
This bullet has the same diameter as the .22LR but a shorter case. It doesn’t have as much power as the .22LR because it doesn’t have as much powder in its shorter case.
.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire or .22WMR or .22 Magnum
This bullet is slightly larger in diameter than the .22 LR or .22 Short. The case is slightly longer because it packs a little more powder making it slightly more powerful. It can be used in both handguns and rifles. Do not use .22 LR ammo in a revolver chambered for .22 Magnum. They are different calibers and exchanging them can be dangerous resulting in severe injury or death. Always refer to your owner’s manual or the manufacturer to ensure the proper ammunition is used for any firearm.
It is a fairly accurate summation to say that naming methods has varied over the years. What is important is that you use the correct ammunition in a gun.
Check the box, read it, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct ammo. When in doubt, read your owner’s manual, or call the manufacturer, and never substitute ammunition. Just because the number is the same doesn’t mean it is the same, or that it will be safe to use.
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