There’s only one practical way of learning how to fix and work with firearms – getting your hands dirty and actually practicing what you’re taught! This needs practice guns, and most...
If you want to become a professional gunsmith, you should start by getting the specialized training needed for the field – especially if you have never worked with guns before. There...
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Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Improve Handgun Accuracy
If you find yourself needing some help with your handgun accuracy, there are a few easy tips that can help you with that. These drills will help you improve your firearms proficiency and you will find yourself hitting your target almost every time. These three drills are dry firing, ball-and-dummy technique, and the ready up drill.
Dry firing is a drill that is meant to help you develop proper sight alignment and trigger control. This drill helps to develop the most basic fundamental skill in becoming a proficient firearms operator without burning through expensive training ammunition. When dry firing a handgun, you need to completely unload your gun and make sure you are in a safe place to train. When you are certain that your handgun is completely unloaded, insert an unload magazine. You could also buy plastic snap-cap bullets that will allow you to fire your gun for a long period of time. These plastic bullets look like the real thing and give you a realistic combat reload execution. When you are ready to dry fire your gun, find a target or spot on a nearby wall, line up your sights and slowly squeeze the trigger. This drill will teach you to focus on your front sight, which is crucial for developing your marksmanship skills. When you learn to rely on your front sight and combine that with the proper cycling of the trigger, this will allow you to keep all your fired shots on the target.
In order to deliver accurate shot placement without flinching or negatively reacting to the recoil force and muzzle blast, the ball-and-dummy technique is put into place. This is done by loading several, but not all, cylinders of your revolver. The point of this is to be surprised when the gun discharges. This technique helps you to develop the proper trigger control while shooting. This same concept applies to semi-automatic weapons. Each time the trigger is pulled, you should focus on your trigger control, breathing, sight alignment and the speed that you cycle the trigger. Do not try to be fast when you are cycling the trigger, you want to take your time and hit your target.
Ready Up Drill
This drill is one of the best exercises you can do to help you improve your firearms proficiency. This drill works with all kinds of different guns such as handguns, patrol rifles, SMG’s, shotguns and other select tactical rifles. To start the drill, load your gun and keep it holstered while you are facing the same target you use when you qualify. Draw your pistol and fire only one round as soon as your front sight covers the scoring area of your target. You can keep doing this until your firearm is empty. Once it is empty, conduct a combat reload and return to firing just one shot at a time. This drill is meant to help you develop faith in your front sight while using it.
These three drills are great for improving accuracy and proficiency. Not only that, but it teaches you trust in you and your handgun while shooting. If you do these three drills, you will surely be more accurate and confident when shooting your gun.Read More
Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on Hydration Backpacks: Your Key to Hunting for Longer
When you think about dehydration, you think of high heat or being out in a desert somewhere. Heat can increase the chances of dehydration but you can become dehydrated in any type of weather.
What is Dehydration?
Dehydration is when your body uses more water than it takes in. If you’re not hydrated you can have muscle cramps, dizziness, decrease of stamina and strength, fainting and even a more serious condition like heat stroke.
None of these conditions will play a part in an enjoyable hunting trip.
You can become dehydrated even in cooler weather conditions if you’re hiking, tracking game, or dragging game back after a successful trip. If you are wearing heavier clothing to keep you warm, it can contribute to dehydration while you’re hiking or dragging back your trophy.
Signs of Dehydration
One of the first warning signs of dehydration is thirst; if you’re feeling thirsty drink some water. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink regularly throughout the day, whether you are feeling thirsty or not.
By the time you’re already dehydrated, it’s too late.
If you’re sitting inside on the couch all day then it is alright for you to drink the 8-10 glasses of water a day that is recommended. But if you’re an active person outdoors, hiking, tracking or dragging a trophy back to camp you should be drinking about a gallon or more a day. You can lose 4 cups of water per hour when exercising in warmer conditions.
Plain water is the best option for staying hydrated. Beer, soda, tea or coffee will not keep you hydrated because they are diuretics and they make you eliminate more water than you take in.
Hydration Packs (also known as Camel packs) are an excellent way to help you stay hydrated during physical activity. Hydration packs are convenient because you do not have to stop and find a water bottle. If you can get the sip tube in the correct place, hydration is a quick and easy task and because it is easier to get your water intake you tend to drink more often.
There are several different hydration packs to choose from depending on the specific activities you plan on using it for. To choose a hydration pack for hunting you should choose a pack that is made around a pre-installed reservoir which is custom fitted for the pack, making it easier to access, fill up and clean. This will also make it easy to fill your pack with fresh filtered water in preparation for a trip; we recommend using a great water filter pitcher with a narrow pouring spout.
CamelBak brand reservoirs that are 1 litre or larger have a 3.5 inch opening that makes it easy to put ice cubes in to keep your water extra cold. It also makes it easier to clean the interior of the reservoir. CamelBak recommends that you drink 1 liter of water for every hour of strenuous activity but there are several things that can impact a person’s hydration.
Be aware of your body signals when you are participating in activities outdoors, especially if the intensity, temperatures, or elevation is higher than normal for you. You should always drink fluids on a regular basis, even before your body tells you that you are thirsty. Using a hydration pack will give you an advantage since it is easily accessible, you will drink more often and your performance will be better as a result.
During Cold weather – Fill the reservoir up with warmer water to keep it from freezing. Blow into your sip tube after you have taken a sip of water. If you push the water back into the reservoir it will not hang around in the tube and freeze.
During Hot weather- You can freeze a reservoir and its contents. Just make sure you leave enough space in the reservoir for the water to expand as it freezes.Read More
Hunting trips require a lot of planning and coordination, and while you’re out in the middle of nowhere, it is important to be prepared for any challenges you might encounter. One of the most important camping scenarios to consider is where you’ll be sleeping. Most campers purchase a tent and some form of a bed, usually a sleeping bag or an air mattress.
Deciding which tent to buy can be tricky, but it is best to buy a tent well-suited to the environment in which you will be camping. You should also be realistic about the amount of space each person will take up in the tent. If one person requires enough space for a queen-sized air mattress, you may have to purchase a larger tent to accommodate them.
For sleeping arrangements, it is necessary to buy at least one well-made sleeping bag, sleeping pad or air mattress, especially if you will be in a cold area or will be camping for a long time. Sleeping bags are a staple for many campers and are often used in addition to either a sleeping pad or air mattress. Choosing a sleeping bag is not always a simple process, and you should make sure to purchase one with the best temperature rating for the climate you will experience, especially if you are traveling to a very cold area.
Sleeping pads provide additional comfort if you are using a sleeping bag and can be used for additional seating at your campsite. The pad also serves as a temperature shield between you and the ground. If you are set on using a sleeping bag without an air mattress, you should think about purchasing a sleeping pad for your comfort.
Typically, the best camping air mattress is lightweight and easy to pack. When traveling in a less populated area, heavy items with multiple components are harder to pack and inconvenient to carry around, so something compact is ideal. Air mattresses are also a great option for those who find sleeping on the ground hard on their bodies. Many air mattresses have built-in pumps for your convenience.
While you can certainly choose another type of sleeping arrangement, camping stores may not carry some of the alternatives, and these options may also require complicated assembly. Additionally, options like the hammock may look attractive in their simplicity, but you may not be able to get the necessary insulation you need when dealing with harsh, cold environments.
Having a bed and shelter is important, and oftentimes, it is easy to forget you need something until you find out you don’t have it. Checklists are one way to make sure you have everything you need. Indeed, a checklist will make planning your trip less stressful and will allow you to really enjoy your trip.
Whether you’re hunting for whitetail, quail or other game, you should start your trip with quality equipment, a solid plan and a sense of adventure. Always remember to stay safe and alert. Happy hunting!Read More
Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on Where to Find Good Practice Weapons for Gunsmithing Training?
There’s only one practical way of learning how to fix and work with firearms – getting your hands dirty and actually practicing what you’re taught! This needs practice guns, and most of us won’t want to modify or tinker with our valued Winchester or Parker. Cheap project weapons, whose only purpose is to give you an opportunity for developing and testing your gunsmithing skills, are needed to this end. In fact, many of the older gunsmithing books, particularly those authored before or during the ‘50s and ‘60s, focus a lot on sporterizing military rifles, which can be a problem for the modern aspiring gunsmith looking to pick up the fundamentals of the craft.
Back in the old days, it was good and easy – Springfields, Mausers and Enfields were easily available and amazingly cheap up until the late 1960s. There was a time when you could buy around a hundred Mausers for as little as $25, and the British made Lee-Enfields were even more inexpensive. Military surplus rifles did not interest the collectors of that era much, and there seemed to be an indefinite supply of them. The majority of these weapons was purchased by hobbyists and converted into sporting guns.
Present day collectors often express their dislike of this ‘mutilation’ of old military rifles, but the truth is that lots of expert gunsmiths honed their skills by practicing on these weapons. Lots of gunsmith schools used to require students to sporterize / convert a number of military surplus bolt action rifles.
If you’re looking for good practice rifles these days, you should start with a .22 rimfire rifle i.e. the ordinary .22 you’ll find in the US. Millions of these rifles have been produced in the US alone as bolt-action repeaters and shots, lever-action repeaters, pumps and semi-automatics. Even though there are some collectables which are quite valuable, for instance, the Winchester pump-actions, there are others which are just plain old.
Another often ignored firearm type is the shotgun. Besides the .22 rifle, this has to be the most widely available weapon. Similar to the .22, the shotgun is also available in a number of different action types – pumps, single shots, semi-automatics and bolt actions. They can also be purchased as over-under and side-by-side doubles, but you’ll be lucky to find these in the below $100 category. Search for them long enough, though, and you might be amazed at what you find.
Shotguns suffer a lot of punishment, even more than the .22 rifles. It is quite normal to come across a shotgun that is exceedingly rusted and has no or little original finish left on its metal or wood. This is a bonus for aspiring gunsmiths – the shotgun’s poor superficial condition keeps its price low.
The golden age of cheap imported military surplus rifles may be past, but you can still come across a good specimen on occasion. The key is to look for older sporterized military rifles, rather than searching out original military rifles in good condition.
That being said, there are plenty of educational options today for learning the gunsmithing trade, with schools offering specialized training in many different kinds of firearms, besides rifles. So even if you can’t find a good enough antique rifle, you could always purchase a cheap pistol and test your skills on it!Read More
If you want to become a professional gunsmith, you should start by getting the specialized training needed for the field – especially if you have never worked with guns before. There are several options available to you in this regard, including trade / vocational schools to community colleges and, more recently, online courses! Your gunsmithing training will teach you skills such as machining metal work, firearm repair, gun shop management, stockmaking and ballistics. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it covers most of the fundamental skills you will be taught.
What options are available to you for gunsmithing training?
Like any other profession, you have a number of options for learning the skills to make you an excellent gunsmith:
- NRA Short-term gunsmithing schools: These institutions offer courses ranging from one to several weeks. As opposed to a conventional Associate’s Degree program at a typical school, you can pursue these individual courses if your sole focus is the gunsmithing trade. You’ll pick up skills like tuning a 1911-like handgun, gunstock checkering and metal engraving, and TIG welding.
- Associate’s Degree: Finding a school offering an associate’s degree with a gunsmithing specialization can be hard work, but there are gunsmithing schools out there with such programs. This training route differs from the short term schools in that you’re getting an actual gunsmithing degree. You’ll still be taught the fundamentals like firearm repair, stockmaking and metal working.
- AGI (American Gunsmithing Institute): This is a pretty unique option; this is a three program level training route with the most advanced level being the master gunsmith program. You will also be given a series of DVDs to learn from. Even if you’ve already got a gunsmithing degree, this route is an opportunity to build upon your existing skillset and become a more talented gunsmith.
How long will your gunsmithing training take?
The time you’ll spend learning the gunsmithing trade depends on the training route you opted for. As mentioned above, NRA short term courses take no more than a couple of weeks, but they aren’t really all-encompassing – they’re just individual classes. If you go the associate’s degree route, it could take as many as two years to complete all the coursework. This is an excellent choice for those who prefer a more structured approach to learning and want a degree to solidify their expertise in their field. In the case of AGI training, it will usually take 90 days if you opt for all three training levels – but it can take as much as 24 months (depending on your exact schedule). If you wish to learn at your own speed, this is the best course to take.
How much will the training cost you?
Again, this is dependent on the training route you selected. NRA courses can range from one to several hundred dollars per course – typical net cost of training can be around $10K. The Associate’s Degree in gunsmithing could cost you between $15K and $20K. Lastly, the AGI route, with all three training tiers selected, would cost around $18K. gungods.net is an excellent resource to conduct your preliminary research on the options and prospects of the gunsmithing profession.Read More
Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on Allowing Guns Inside The Campus Premises
School is where you leave your child to learn, play, and stay almost the whole day every day, as a parent, all you ever wanted is your child’s safety and security of course because it is a place where your child would learn on how to become an independent and productive kind of citizen. The question is how sure and confident you are of leaving your child in school? Many reported cases of mass shooting happened inside the premises of several universities where a gunman freely enters in the premises or the student itself was the ones initiated, giving again a half decision of letting the students carry fire arms inside the campus.
There was a debate which was conducted in the campus of Virginia’s Techs where parties are divided unto those who believe the benefits of allowing guns and the danger of it. Since many shooting tragedies had happened, some still are positive about letting fire arms be carried inside the campus. This is such a tough discussion and sensitive kind of issue that needs a serious dealing because this involves the safety and the lives of all the campus body that includes all the students and the faculty members. The positive approach towards the pro guns party has the principle that if only students and professors were just allowed to carry guns with them, the shooting and the bloodshed would be possibly less for they will be able to fire the gunman right away just before the victim increases for they are hopeless enough to stop the oppressor. The students insist that they could protect themselves and feel just a little bit safer when they own and carry guns with them right inside of their own school.
This is one of the campaigns’ purposes, top protection of almost all citizens, most especially the youth whom are giving lesser rights of legalization such as in service of alcohol and carrying fire arms. Yes, they are young and vulnerable, yet have the right of living and dwelling in a safe kind of community most especially in school where they are staying to learn almost half of their lives. Giving them the right to protect themselves all the time is something that both parents and their children would benefit in such a responsible way.
Parents and the government should work hand on hand if this kind of rights would be implemented someday, for the youth is so aggressive and may be hard to control; yet, if enough laws and policies will take charge, the idea of the approval to allow the students and the teaching body to carry fire arms would be solely for the sake of protection and no any other malicious threats. This will also threaten those who are with bad motives to attack the campus having the fear of being shot, parents would also develop a sense of responsibility same with the students for they are carrying a very sensitive device, also will develop confidence for everybody for always being safe and secured in and out of the school premises.
Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on Having A Gun In Your Home? Safe Or Not?
United States have the highest number of the gun ownership per capita, having a lot of privately owned gun inside everybody’s home premises. Their main reason is to protect their family against any crime and assault any stranger would possibly do unto them, for it is true that a home is not the safest place at all. Thieves, psychos, wild animals, and any other harmful things that may possibly happen would ruin the safety and the comfort of your home. Would there be any other effective solution to protect your family against any of these crimes than having your own gun? True that handling a gun is for the bold and the courageous, but when life and death situation happens, would you be able to protect yourself with your bare hands? It is when you know martial arts, but this is not enough when having an opponent which is armed, possibility is you will feel intimidated and unguarded.
Gun ownership has both extreme outlooks, it is a basic right of every American citizen yet is also a big political issue that is being discussed over a long period of time but it is a stated fact that most of the gun owners are having protection as their main reason in mind for having guns at home that is actually making sense for gun is one of the most effective defense tool you may use in right circumstances like unexpected harassment and abuse, in this case, you may prevent any harm that is about to happen just with yourself most especially when you are alone at home. Home invaders are common criminal cases that happens anywhere in the world most especially in countries with poor economy, having a gun will give every home owners a chance to fight against any home invaders, this actually recorded as an effective approach of reducing intruder and criminal crime rates having the fear of being shot, that is why these kind of criminals avoid intruding homes when the owner is present, such an obvious yet effective discouragement for them to avoid targeting homes that are suspected to have a gun owner residing within.
This is the right that even mothers would benefit for the protection of their children even their husband is not around. Teens and adults must be oriented how to handle and use the gun on its safest way avoiding any accidents to happen most especially with the children that are possibly mistaken a gun as their toys. Of course, legal actions and precautions must be observed by each family who wishes to have a gun inside the safety of their homes. This is to protect and ensure the safety of everybody having a potential harmful tool inside the house. Giving everybody the right to live in a safe place all the time. You too will never compromise the safety of your family and having a gun is one of the safest methods to consider.