Do you or are you thinking of carrying a concealed weapon for your own personal reasons? If so, it is important to know which one will be the best for you. But first, before you go out and...
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...
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Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on Fun and Responsible Ways to Include Your Kids on Your Next Hunting Trip
Whether you’ve long enjoyed the thrill of hunting or are still relatively new at it, one thing likely holds true. This is an exciting pastime that allows you to get out, enjoy fresh air, and experience the many wonders of nature. You’re certainly not alone in these feelings. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 16 million Americans participated in hunting activities in 2011 alone, and this includes children as young as six years old.
If you’re ready to share your enthusiasm with hunting with your kids, you may be disappointed if they don’t seem to be as excited as you are. However, there are things you can do to encourage their participation that will at least give them a taste of the many thrills to be experienced.
Don’t Push It Too Hard at First
While we often don’t consider it, children have their own preferences and interests. Just as you don’t appreciate solicitors telling you what you need, kids don’t want to be pushed to do things they don’t want to do. Therefore, on your first hunting trip with the kids, make sure you don’t push them too far. Instead, if they seem to be getting bored after a couple of hours, go ahead and pack up for the day. You likely could enjoy an entire evening of hunting, but kids are known to have short attention spans, and you want to ensure they don’t hold any negative thoughts about their first trip.
Encourage Nature Hunts – Turtles Make Great Pets
Let’s face it. As a child, there are certain things you can’t do on a hunting trip that you can when you’re an adult. For example, the adults are the ones who get to experience the thrill of watching a prospect through the rifle scope. To ensure your kids feel included during every step of the way, provide them with a list of animals to locate during the trip that are native to your geographic area. You can then go home and teach them about the animals they found. In fact, you can even bring a part of nature home with you. For example, turtles can make great pets, and you can turn a hunting trip into a long-term nature study when you’re able to provide one with a proper home. If you do, just a few things to consider include:
- Ensure they have a proper tank that allows them enough room to roam depending on their size.
- Invest in a quality turtle tank filter to prevent bacterial growth.
- Make sure they are fed and watered every day. This can also prove to be a great way to teach your kids responsibility.
Bring Plenty of Snacks
What kid doesn’t like a snack? When you bring snacks along for your hunting trip, not only does it encourage them to have a good time, but it also gives your children a positive association with hunting. If you want to take that positivity to a new level, consider purchasing snack items your kids have never tried and make that investment a family ritual they can rely on every time you decide to go out. This is something that will stick in their minds and remember when they grow up and maybe even decide to share with their own children someday.
An Activity the Whole Family Can Enjoy
The world is a much different place than it was just a few short years ago, and kids these days have so many resources at their fingertips with the media and Internet. According to a recent poll, there are a number of reasons kids report for their lack of experiencing natural areas. Just a few of these include:
- Lack of transportation to get to these areas
- Hesitation to encounter bugs and other pests
- Inclement weather or high heat
Many children simply haven’t been provided the proper motivation to have the desire to spend more time outdoors. However, when you follow these helpful tips, you can ignite their inner outdoorsman spirit and introduce an activity that can bring the whole family together.Read More
Posted by Charles Blackwell | Comments Off on Pack Smart for Your Next Hunting Trip: The Items You Always Forget
When you’re headed out for a hunting trip, packing your weapon of choice and the ammunition you need is second nature. Remembering to pack the other critical items you’ll need when you’re gone, however, can be more challenging. You don’t just need food and water. You’ll also need the items necessary to take care of yourself while you’re on your hunting trip.
You’re out in the woods, away from everyone. Do you really need to worry about hygiene? When it comes to your overall health, yes! Be sure to include a washcloth, oral care products like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and scent-free soap that will allow you to get clean without filling the air with artificial scents that will warn your prey that you’re coming. Several great oral hygiene product reviews can be found at http://www.pearlywhytes.com/. Your shaving kit and towels should also go in your bag.
First Aid Kit
You’d like to imagine that you’re invulnerable. Unfortunately, out in the wilderness, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get hurt. Make sure you pack a basic first aid kid that includes more than just a few band-aids! Thin gloves, your pain reliever of choice, tweezers, alcohol swabs, peroxide, gauze, and elastic bandages are all excellent items to include in your kit just in case something happens.
When you’re heading out for a hunting trip, you want to be prepared for the weather! Keep in mind that it gets much colder at night than it is during the day. Dress in layers and pack clothing that will keep you warm, from a light jacket or sweatshirt to a heavy coat. For cold weather, you may want wool pants to go underneath your jeans, heavy cold weather gloves, and a cold weather cap with ear flaps. You’ll also want to bring along a rain jacket, even if rain hasn’t been definitively predicted. There’s nothing worse than being soaking wet and cold with no way to get dry. Don’t forget your safety vest! This is a required item during hunting season to ensure that other hunters don’t mistake you for the same animals you’re after.
All the Paperwork
Logically, you know that you have to bring your license, any hunting permits specific to the time and location, and any other paperwork that will let the authorities know that you have permission to hunt on a particular piece of land. Unfortunately, there are times when that will slip your mind! Consider making copies of that important paperwork to keep in your wallet or in your backpack so that if you need it, it will be on hand. You should also make sure that you remember to bring your personal identification.
Keep yourself safe and warm while you’re out hunting! A lighter or matches in a protective case, hand warmers, sunglasses and sunscreen, and safety glasses to protect your eyes when you’re shooting are all critical gear that will help you prepare for your hunting trip. Don’t forget the toilet paper!
Depending on how far you’re planning to walk, there are several items that you’ll want to make sure you have with you in order to ensure your safety. Keep in mind that you’re very isolated when you’re out hunting. In many cases, it’s unlikely that anyone else will come by. Remembering a few basic pieces of gear will help ensure that you’re ready for whatever the wilderness may throw your way. These items include:
- Extra batteries for any equipment that requires them
- A 2-way radio to stay in touch with someone, even if you don’t think you’ll be gone long
- A compass to find your way to your hunting spot–and back out again if you get lost
Packing for a hunting trip can be the most tedious part of the trip, but it’s also well worth the effort. Make sure that you start your trip off right by including all the items you’ll need. You’ll find that your hunting trip is much more comfortable when you’re able to care for yourself, keep yourself clean, and handle any emergencies that might come your way while you’re out hunting.Read More
Do you or are you thinking of carrying a concealed weapon for your own personal reasons? If so, it is important to know which one will be the best for you. But first, before you go out and buy one, you will need to have a permit, unfortunately, and they aren’t easy to get in some states.
Each state has its own law for getting a permit such as “shall issue to residents only”, shall issue to residents and non-residents”, “may issue to residents only”, “may issue to residents and non-residents”, and “right denied”. After you have gotten your permit, it is time to pick out a gun and here are some of the best ones to acquire.
The Glock 26 3rd generation is a sub compact 9mm. It is easy to conceal in a quality IWB holster while donning shorts and a t-shirt. Full size models of this gun are about an inch longer, but this particular gun is just as accurate at respectable distances. It doesn’t pack as much as a punch as you would think as far as recoil goes and it is very manageable for follow-up shots. Glocks are also known for easy take-down, meaning they are easy to take apart and clean. This gun is small, easy to conceal, accurate and reliable which makes it one of the best concealed guns to have for around $600.
Colt Mustang XSP
The Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite are small, have enhanced durability, reliability, accuracy, and are lightweight. Coming in at around $650, this gun is made with precise machining, high quality materials and improvements to make it one of the most consistent and reliable firearms on the market today. It has a stainless steel slide and barrel which are CNC machined from solid bar stock for precision. It also comes with high profile sights, commander style hammer, solid aluminum trigger, lowered ejection port and so much more to make it a high demand gun. With everything said about the Colt Mustang XSP such as grip designs, frame designs, and firing pin safety block, it is a sure thing that this is one of the best concealed guns to keep in your purse or on your belt.
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
This small and compact gun is a smaller version of the M&P duty line. At around $500, you can have a gun that is slim and striker-filled. The Shield has a slim design that is combined with trusted features that are found in the M&P pistol series. You can have it in 9mm and .40 S&W for proven stopping power coming from a high-strength polymer frame with a corrosion resistant finish. The barrel is a standard 3.1-inch which makes a total length of 6.1-inches. It also has a short and consistent trigger pull measuring 6.5 pounds. The M&P Shield also allows multiple rounds to be placed on the target with consistency and accuracy.
So, if you are planning to start carrying a concealed weapon here are the top weapons of choice. Make sure to get your permits first then buy yourself one of those great guns.
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