The Survival Mom » Firearms & Self Defense http://thesurvivalmom.com Helping moms worry less & enjoy life! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 How Do You Carry? http://thesurvivalmom.com/concealed-carry/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/concealed-carry/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:14:32 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=20599 I ran an informal online survey about concealed carry of firearms to gather information for this article. I asked about favorite holstering positions, pros and cons for each position, how often the person carried concealed, and more. After reading the Read More

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How Do You Carry Your Firearm? Choosing the Right Holster for Concealed Carry- The Survival Mom

I ran an informal online survey about concealed carry of firearms to gather information for this article. I asked about favorite holstering positions, pros and cons for each position, how often the person carried concealed, and more. After reading the responses from almost 100 men and women I came to one very obvious conclusion.

There is no general consensus on anything when it comes to carrying concealed.

Everyone has (or will discover) their own “best practices” for what works for them. What one person sees as a pro, someone else sees as a con. What fits one gun doesn’t fit another, especially if it’s been modified at all, including common mods like adding crimson sights. For that matter, your theoretically-preferred carry position may not be available for your preferred firearm. 

So let’s talk just in general about some of the most popular carry positions.

Most Popular Concealed Carry Positions

Image courtesy of Phisesit at FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe majority of people choose to carry at the waist. Not only do you have to choose where at the waist to carry, but also whether your handgun will be inside or outside the waistband.

Inside the Waistband (IWB) – Better conceals the handgun, but can be less comfortable. Some people adjust the size pants they buy in order to accommodate their concealed handgun.

Outside the Waistband (OWB) – Harder to avoid printing, but more comfortable to wear.

Hip – This is the most popular and traditional position to carry a handgun. For men. Hip holsters tend to be “by males, for males” in design. Men are more likely to be able to effectively conceal a weapon in this position. Drawing is quick and natural. You can carry strong side or cross draw.

Appendix -A popular on body carry position for women. While safety is important in all carry positions, an accidental discharge while holster in this position will result in shooting yourself in an, ahem, vital area. On the plus side, drawing and firing tends to be quicker because you do not have to reach behind your hip line.

Kidney – The second most popular carry position for men. A concern is the tendency to sweep your body as you draw.

Center of Back – Many people like this position for comfort while standing but there are quite a few downsides to carrying this way. Sitting is very uncomfortable. There is also concern about injury to the spine and lack of access to the firearm if you are knocked down on your back.

Under the Arm – Many women like this carry position as pointy hips, shorter torsos, and fashion often get in the way of waist carrying in any position. Cross drawing from a shoulder holster is more technical. This position can be achieved by using a shoulder holster or a shirt with a built in pocket. 

Pocket  – Not compatible with most women’s fashions, even for “pocket pistols.” Most commonly worn by men wearing more loosely fitting pants. One benefit is that you can have your hand on your firearm without those around you knowing, unlike putting your hand on your hip holster.

Bra Holster – Many women swear by a bra holster such as the Flashbang.  (Read a review here.) Properly worn and adjusted, the handgun is completely concealed. There is a steep learning curve to draw and fire from a bra holster, but once you figure it out, it can become a favorite. 

Purse or Bag – Also called “off body carry” this is the way many women carry their handguns. You should look for one with a lock. Men or women can also carry in fanny packs, organizers, or briefcases. The firearm is completely concealed and, with some wardrobe choices, might be the only practical way to have a firearm close by. The downside is that bags can be stolen, forgotten, or left behind, and drawing can be very slow, especially when it is locked.

Thigh – Worn by women in skirts or dresses. (Or by men in kilts, I suppose!) Completely concealed and definitely sexy, but somewhat difficult to access and draw.

Ankle – Usually this is the “back up gun” position and not a place to carry your primary defensive weapon. Can be ideal for someone who is seated most of the time (professional drivers, for instance).  Easier to draw from a kneeling position or if you are knocked on the ground. Difficult to get to when just standing still or in a standing confrontation. It can also affect your gait, or how you walk, making it easier for those “in the know” to guess that you are ankle carrying.

Here is the bottom line about carry positions: Explore a lot of options! Go to a local gun store and ask to try on some of the holsters. Ask friends and family to try on their holsters. As my survey showed, opinions are all over the map, and what works perfectly for one person might be the worst option for another. The only way you’ll know what works for you is to experiment.

Practice, practice, practice

Remember, concealed carrying a firearm is about far more than simply having a weapon on your body. You absolutely MUST practice drawing and firing from your chosen carry position. Practice drawing at home with an unloaded and cleared weapon, or a blue gun.

Basically, a “blue” gun is a detailed blue rubber replica of a real gun. If you tend to go to “gun free zones” like school on a regular basis and are afraid you’ll forget and carry there (felony conviction, anyone?) OR if you have a small child and need to be beyond certain they can’t access it when you carry, this can be a good option to practice the simple act of carrying.

When you are comfortable with your ability to safely and quickly draw the firearm, go to the range and practice both drawing and firing with a loaded weapon. (Be sure to ask the rules at your range. Some ranges do not allow drawing and firing.)

When you practice drawing, you may find that the holster you chose as the most comfortable turns out not to be practicable for you. I prefer, for comfort and lowest printing on my body, to kidney carry. But try as I might, I can’t yet get a smooth and quick draw from that position. While there are times I still choose to carry that way, the better carry position for me is appendix. It is the best mix of smooth draw and low printing, even though it is a bit less comfortable for me overall.

If you want an amazing amount of detailed information on this subject, download a free copy of Gun Digest’s 84-page ebook excerpt “Concealed Carry Methods – Concealed Carry Holsters and Clothing.” It is chock full of detailed information, tips and photos that can help you make the best choice for you.

My Favorite Holsters

Can Can Concealment Classic Hip Hugger Holster – Perfect for appendix or kidney carry, I love this one! (Read my review here!)

Fobus OWB Compact Paddle Holster – This doesn’t conceal my Springfield XD9 on my hip, but does for my husband.

Outbags Holster – I carry my Ruger SR22 on my belt or in my purse with this.

Glossary

Appendix Carry – If your belly button is “12 o’clock” appendix carry for a right-handed person is located at between 1 and 2 o’clock. Left-handed appendix carry is located between 10 and 11 o’clock.

Cross Draw – Carrying your handgun on the opposite side of the body from the drawing hand.

Hip Carry – Traditionally carried at the 3:30 to 4 o’clock position for right handers and 8 o’clock to 8:30 position for left handers.

Kidney Carry – Right-handed kidney concealed carry is located between 4 and 5 o’clock. Left-handed kidney carry is located between 7 and 8 o’clock.

Printing – A handgun is printing when it is visible underneath the clothing being used to conceal it. Check your state regulations, some have laws that prohibit printing.

Strong Side Draw – Carrying your handgun on the same side as your drawing hand.

Muzzle Sweep – Unintentionally pointing your handgun at yourself or someone else.

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My Opinion: Why I Feel Survival Moms Should Carry http://thesurvivalmom.com/opinion-feel-survival-moms-carry/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/opinion-feel-survival-moms-carry/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:03 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19559 I feel very strongly that women should not only carry a firearm, but be very knowledgeable on the gun they carry, know gun safety and know how to very accurately use their gun. Women and children are vulnerable and I Read More

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Why Every Woman Should Carry

I feel very strongly that women should not only carry a firearm, but be very knowledgeable on the gun they carry, know gun safety and know how to very accurately use their gun.

Women and children are vulnerable and I feel today, more than ever that women should be knowledgeable on the varying ways they can protect themselves and their families from two and even four legged predators.   Not to mention, it is our RIGHT!

Ladies, if you are unfamiliar with a firearm, you can get assistance with AGirlAndAGun website.  I highly recommend them and know that you will be well taken care of.  I had the privilege to interview Julianna Crowder who established A Girl and A Gun.  They are spread out all over the United States and I am sure there will be a chapter near you.

As a woman that regularly carries a firearm, I’d like to also recommend the FlashBang holsters because they are designed for women by women and therefore they are light in weight and are available in varying styles to accommodate your attire and carrying preferences.  I also had the privilege to interview Lisa Looper owner of FlashBang Holsters.   I had a hard time finding a comfortable holster and one that did not leave my hips sore after a long trek until I found the FlashBang holsters.

Another for-women-only holster that has been reviewed on this blog is the Can Can Concealment Holster.

Once I became a mother, my whole world changed.  It was no longer just about me, it was about how I could protect my children no matter what the circumstance.   The only thing more important than my family is God and their livelihood is always my first concern.  Being sure that I am capable of protecting them became of utmost importance to me.

Ladies, I’d like to leave you with one last thought regarding firearms.  We were out adventuring one day and we left in a rush.  I forgot my pistol and my husband said to me “GREAT, so who is going to have my back?“.  That is all I needed to hear and I have never gone anywhere else without it.  It is just as much a part of my attire as are my shoes.

Original image care of:  MontanaHomesteader.com

 

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Product Review – The GNS Knife by LT Wright Knives http://thesurvivalmom.com/product-review-gns-knife-lt-wright-knives/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/product-review-gns-knife-lt-wright-knives/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:00:41 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19621 I will admit I can be something of a blade snob. The way I look at it, any gear I buy for the purpose of keeping me alive had better be of the highest quality I can afford. Therefore, I Read More

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GNS REVIEW 800 800I will admit I can be something of a blade snob. The way I look at it, any gear I buy for the purpose of keeping me alive had better be of the highest quality I can afford. Therefore, I tend to shy away from dollar stores and the like when it comes to purchasing most of my survival supplies. Sure, a can of beans is a can of beans, whether you pay a quarter or a buck for it. But, for tools in particular, I don’t want cheaply made Chinese lookalikes that are just as apt to fall apart in my hands as they are to do even a mediocre job.

The GNS Knife is a production knife made by LT Wright Knives. A production knife is one that isn’t truly custom, yet is typically handmade or hand assembled rather than built on some sort of automated assembly line. Yes, a production knife is typically more expensive than something you’d buy in a blister pack at Walmart. But, you usually get what you pay for, whether we’re talking a blue light special or a high end blade.

GNS stands for “Go, No Show.” In other words, this is a knife made to be used and abused rather than just looking pretty on a shelf or in a display cabinet. From the moment you pick it up, you’ll be looking to put it to work.

The blade is fashioned from 01 tool steel. It runs 4.5″ in length and is a robust 1/8″ thick. As with most high quality knives, it has a full tang. This means the steel runs from the tip of the blade all the way through to the butt end of the handle, all in one piece. The edge of the GNS blade is a Scandi grind, which makes for a very sharp edge that is easily maintained.

The handle scales are attached both mechanically via rivets as well as chemically with an adhesive. I have little doubt the scales are going to last just as long as the blade. At the butt end is a hole for attaching a lanyard, should you desire one.

The handle is thick, filling my hand completely. The knife is very comfortable to hold in any number of positions, whether you’re batoning firewood or carving a bow drill.

Something I really appreciate about the GNS is the leather sheath. In my experience, sometimes the sheath is seen as an afterthought. You can buy a truly excellent knife and the sheath turns out to be very thin. That’s not the case here. The GNS sheath is fashioned from thick leather, complete with a loop on the side to carry a ferro rod (not included).   The stitching is strong and well done, making the sheath as good looking as it is functional.

knife 1It also has a sheath dangler attached, which is great. Personally, I prefer to carry my belt knives using a dangler as then the knife doesn’t ride up against my waist when I sit or crouch. The sheath also has a standard belt loop, should you not want to use the dangler.

I have owned my GNS Knife for several months now. I have used it for all manner of typical camp tasks and it has never failed to meet the job head on. The GNS sells for about $155.00 here on the LT Wright website. Yes, that’s a lot of money for a knife. But, I’ll tell you something. It just may be the last knife you need to buy.

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Take Advantage of Experts & Their Resources http://thesurvivalmom.com/teaching-gun-safety/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/teaching-gun-safety/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:00:35 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18382 #5 Take advantage of experts and their resources The NRA offers gun safety training as do many shooting ranges, Fish and Game departments, sporting goods stores, and even firearm manufacturers. Often, this training is free. There’s no need to reinvent Read More

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shooting safety part 5#5 Take advantage of experts and their resources

The NRA offers gun safety training as do many shooting ranges, Fish and Game departments, sporting goods stores, and even firearm manufacturers. Often, this training is free. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel or wonder which rules are best for which ages.

NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program is available to individuals, schools, and groups and priced affordably.  Eddie Eagle’s four basic rules for kids to remember if they ever see a gun are:

Stop!

Don’t touch!

Leave the area.

Tell an adult!

These four rules are perfect for the young set and a good place to begin.

When kids are old enough to learn how to safely handle a run, these rules need to be hammered home each and every time a discussion about guns comes up:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

4. ALWAYS know what is behind your target.

One advantage to using experts, especially when kids get older, is that their message often has more impact than a parent’s. My son will never again step across the firing line at the shooting range. Why? Because the Range Master snapped at him once, and he’s never made that mistake again. A couple of years later, both my kids went through a summer camp at the local indoor range. They were under extremely close supervision and learned, not only shooting skills, but respect for firearms as well.

It’s important to remember that training of any kind, not just firearm safety, has to be backed up with common sense safety strategies (no leaving a loaded gun on the kitchen table, please!) as well as reminders. Refer back to my earlier posts about kids and firearms for suggestions.

Here are a few online resources for some great firearms education:

Eddie Eagle GunSafe education

A Gun Safety Course for Kids (pdf — better used by parents in an ongoing conversation about firearms)

Firearm safety videos (online, some have accompanying brochure for parents)

National 4-H Shooting Sports homepage

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Safe, Sexy, Secure Concealed Carry Women’s Holster http://thesurvivalmom.com/sexy-concealed-carry-womens-holster/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/sexy-concealed-carry-womens-holster/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:29 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=19380 I own multiple holsters to use when carrying my handgun concealed: inside-the-waistband paddle holster, soft-sided hip holster, and a plastic hip holster. None of them are “bad” but I dislike all of them because they way they sit on my Read More

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AVR CanCan Review TitleI own multiple holsters to use when carrying my handgun concealed: inside-the-waistband paddle holster, soft-sided hip holster, and a plastic hip holster. None of them are “bad” but I dislike all of them because they way they sit on my body. With each holster, the firearm is noticeable under my clothes. This is called “printing.” In fall and winter months when a sweater or jacket can be worn, it isn’t quite as noticeable, but summertime (or even fall in Florida) meant not carrying on my body at all.

Enter the Can Can Concealment Holster Company!

Can Can Concealment offers several different styles of “safe, sexy holstering” including those worn around the hips, a full corset style, and two leg garter styles. You can also choose from several accent colors. I ordered the original Hip Hugger Holster with purple accent.

Classic Hip Hugger with purple trim and an Extender holding a Ruger SR22 handgun.

Classic Hip Hugger with purple trim and an Extender holding a Ruger SR22 handgun.

Carrying concealed on the body can cause issues for women. Using a public restroom or trying on clothes in a store can create a safety problem when wearing traditional holsters. Do you unholster? Remove the holster? Just let it dangle? Good  women’s holsters can be tough to find.

Women who wear yoga pants also have difficulties carrying at the hip since the pants are often not sturdy enough to support the firearm and holster. But with the Hip Hugger Holster, the firearm can stay securely in place in each of these situations.

Choosing and Sizing

Be sure to follow the instructions on how to measure and choose the size that would best fit you.  I opted to choose a size smaller than suggested but add a “cell pocket extender.” This allowed me to have an extra pocket that fits my iPhone perfectly while being just the right size, and also allowing the holster to fit without the extender as I continue with some weight loss. Multiple rows of hook and eye closures make the holster very adjustable.

There are also options depending on the size of your handgun. The Classic Hip Hugger is made for smaller handguns, while the Big Shebang model will support larger handguns.

Multiple handgun pockets allow for kidney or appendix carry for right or left handers… or the option to carry up to four handguns at once! There are also more pockets to hold extra magazines, pepper spray, a knife or lipstick.

A friend asked a very important question: What about the muffin top?

Definitely something I was a bit concerned about when I purchased the Hip Hugger Holster, because I am not thin and smooth like the woman in the above linked video. But as it turns out that wearing this holster gives me LESS of a muffin top than wearing jeans alone. It’s actually slimming!

Note that these are not just women’s holsters. The Stealth Sport Belt, in particular, is perfect for men who want to carry concealed.

women's holsterThe Bottom Line…

The Can Can Concealment Classic Hip Hugger Holster…

  • Is comfortable to wear
  • Keeps the handgun secure against my body even when wearing yoga pants
  • Has the ability to also carry other items
  • Is pretty and has color options
  • Has very little “printing” even with slimmer fit clothing
  • Is made in the USA!
  • It’s slimming!

It’s a total winner for me! Buy this for yourself, as a gift for a friend, or put it on your Christmas list! 

**Can Can Concealment has offered a discount just for Survival Mom readers! Enter code RIPERMOM15 for 15% off your order! (Expires December 31,2014)**

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Sensible Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns and fire are a lot alike http://thesurvivalmom.com/gun-safety-for-kids/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/gun-safety-for-kids/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:04 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18380 Continuing with my series on the topic of gun safety for kids, here is my next tip. Tip #4:  Guns and fire are a lot alike. One of the earliest safety rules I ever taught my kids was to never Read More

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gun safety for kids

Continuing with my series on the topic of gun safety for kids, here is my next tip.

Tip #4:  Guns and fire are a lot alike.

One of the earliest safety rules I ever taught my kids was to never touch fire. You would think it was obvious, with the heat and all, but there’s something alluring about a beautiful flickering, orange and gold flame that draws kids like, well, a moth. Those brightly colored flames can be just as alluring as the handguns and rifles we have in our homes.

It only takes a single close encounter with a flame to make a memorable impression. An encounter with a 12-gauge shotgun does the same.

Several years ago, my husband purchased a shotgun while I was away on a business trip. When I returned, my son couldn’t wait to show me the new gun in the closet. He was completely entranced with this new firearm and asked to see it over and over again.

A few days later we were at the range, and he was practically giddy over finally having the chance to fire this cool, new gun. Well, he fired it exactly once. With my husband crouched down behind him and supporting him, the recoil still scared him silly. Three years later, and much taller and stronger, he again fired the shotgun at the range. He hated the recoil, it left a bruise on his shoulder, and he’s not crazy about shooting it again, any time soon.

The gun did, indeed, look very cool, but a close encounter can change a young mind pretty quickly.

In many ways, a gun is a lot like fire. They can both be used to save lives and both play important roles in our homes and communities, but we need to learn now how to use them safely. We manage to teach fire safety to kids just fine. Why not apply those same rules to teaching gun safety?

  • Both fire and guns are tools and not toys.
  • Fire can save lives but can also be deadly. This holds true for guns.
  • Equipment used to start fires should be kept out of the reach of children. Guns and ammunition should be stored safely as well.
  • ‘Don’t touch!’ is a good, basic rule for young ones.
  • Supervision is a key component to good safety training.
  • Both a fire and a gun can quickly cause a dangerous scene that can get out of control.

 

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-3-7/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-3-7/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:00:49 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18377 Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were Read More

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gun safety

Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were teaching them how to use nail clippers for all the excitement we displayed!

They learned and had plenty of time to practice basic safety rules. My son was corrected by a range officer more than once for forgetting the safety procedures. Never once have they indicated a worrisome level of curiosity or obsession with our firearms.

Still, I remain cautious with our use of guns for one reason, and this is my third tip in a series of 7:

#3 Never under-estimate the Stupid Factor

In spite of an Eddie Eagle education and constant reminders, kids are kids. They act impulsively. They sometimes make poor and stupid choices.

Sooner or later, most kids will encounter a real live gun somewhere.  The gun may or may not be supervised by an adult.  It may or may not be loaded, and my kids may or may not be inclined to use the common sense God gave them.  As parents, we increase the chances our kids will do the smart thing and stay safe when there’s a gun around when we train, educate and remind, remind, remind.

Recently a few parents voiced their complete confidence in their kids’ safety around guns because they had been trained and they are very aware of the damage that can be done when a gun is played with or misused. I believe that assumption is a bit naive. We may know what our kids are like when they are around us, but we don’t always know what they’re like when they’re around their peers or someone they want to impress.

My advice? Continue training and educating but remain cautious. If you choose to keep a loaded firearm in one or more locations around the house for home defense, they should be out of sight from the kids. I’m not a believer in storing firearms and ammo separate from each other — what’s the point in having a firearm for home defense??

However, do be smart about where you place those loaded weapons and very choosey about the people who know those locations. Something like a gun magnet can be used to store a gun under a desktop or tabletop. Something like The GunBox can contain a handgun and open with the touch of a finger. SentrySafe makes gun safes that can be purchased in many stores around the country. Guns can be concealed in specially designed furniture — hidden but at the ready when needed.

Here’s my own true story. When my brother was an older teen, he became part of the drug crowd at high school. At times he would be angry and combative with my parents, especially my Dad. In his wisdom, one day my Dad took the entire collection of family guns out of the house and placed them elsewhere. My brother was in a place in his life that we couldn’t be certain of his mental or emotional stability at any given time. Removing all guns in that scenario was the smartest thing my Dad could have done for our protection and that of my brother.

Think twice about assuming that your kids would never do something stupid around guns.

This gun safety tip has been sponsored by The GunBox, a revolutionary product that gives gun owners rapid access to their firearms while keeping the guns safe.

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns Are a Big Deal http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-1-7/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/instant-survival-tip-sensible-strategies-teaching-gun-safety-part-1-7/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:00:33 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18375 As a new mom, I was wary of having guns in the household. My husband was a lifetime member of the NRA and quite the gun enthusiast but I had never even fired a single shot. Never even used a Read More

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As a new mom, I was wary of having guns in the household. My husband was a lifetime member of the NRA and quite the gun enthusiast but I had never even fired a single shot. Never even used a BB gun.

My kids, on the other hand, know all about guns and gun safety. They’ve attended rifle summer camp, an Appleseed Project weekend, and dozens of trips to both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges. I mentioned in Tip #1, they’ve learned that a firearm is nothing more than a tool. they’ve also learned something just as vital:

A gun is a huge deal

A gun can take a life.  That’s a huge deal. The biggest, really, and it makes owning a firearm a serious responsibility.  Our kids have been taught to never put their finger on the trigger until they are ready to shoot. They know to always keep the barrel of the gun pointed in a safe direction, which is never at another person, and guns remain unloaded until we are actually at the range.

An important part of their firearms education has been that safety always comes first. When we talk with them about guns, we always use a serious tone and convey a no-nonsense attitude. Guns are never playthings. They aren’t for showing off.

A gun can take a life.

Reality vs. Glamor

A challenge parents face in this process is helping kids understand the difference between the glorified gun fights they see on TV and in the movies and what a real gun can do to a person.  When a person is shot, there is no, “Take two!”  The injured person doesn’t pop up so they can appear in the next scene.  Gunshot injuries are real, painful, and can cause massive injuries and death.

But guns, in all their glory, are a foundational piece of thousands of movies and TV shows. Ironically, many of the actors and actresses who make anti-gun statements and commercials owe their fame and fortune to the very thing they claim to detest!

Raising kids is hard enough, but it certainly doesn’t help when there’s a steady flow of exciting shoot ‘em up shows and movies. Video games? Same thing.

How well do you know your kid?

Teaching kids to respect firearms and follow gun safety rules is just the starting point. Perhaps limiting the amount of time spent watching violent entertainment and playing violent video games is another step to take.

Above all, though, is knowing your own kid. Some kids are more likely to obey safety rules than others. Some just can’t resist trying to outrun a train or take the cinnamon challenge or see how many shots they can drink without passing out.

In one household, a loaded gun left in a dresser drawer will remain untouched and most likely forgotten, while in another, a child can’t resist touching it and playing with it.

Regardless of which side of the fence your child falls, compliant and accepting of boundaries versus contrary and always pushing the limits, you know him or her best. Their age and level of maturity are additional factors to consider.

Err on the side of gun safety

We have never worried about our kids and having guns in our home. They’ve learned how to safely handle them, there’s no glamor attached to them, and, frankly, my 15 year-old daughter finds them boring.

Even so, we have taken steps on the side of caution where our guns are concerned because it makes sense. More on that topic coming with Tip #3, using layers of safety.

This gun safety tip has been sponsored by The GunBox, a revolutionary product that gives gun owners rapid access to their firearms while keeping the guns safe.

 

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Common-Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: A Gun is No Big Deal http://thesurvivalmom.com/teaching-gun-safety-part-1/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/teaching-gun-safety-part-1/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:00:51 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=18373 I don’t know if the anti-gun trend is still fashionable or not, but when I was raising my young children, it certainly was. I decided that my two year-old son would not be playing with a Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster Read More

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I don’t know if the anti-gun trend is still fashionable or not, but when I was raising my young children, it certainly was. I decided that my two year-old son would not be playing with a Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster or, for that matter, any gun. I have to admit it made me feel a little superior to take that stand, but one day my son turned a pizza crust into a small handgun, started shooting at the waitress, and I knew this was not a hill I cared to die on. I bought the Astro Blaster the next day.

Over the years, my son’s collection of toy guns accumulated and, as a family, we began making frequent trips to the shooting range when he was seven years old. Incorporating shooting sports in our everyday, ordinary lives has become, well, ordinary.

Our approach from the beginning is matter-of-fact, focused on the fundamentals of gun safety and skills, and age appropriate. I have 7 common-sense strategies for teaching gun safety that I’m going to pass along to you over the next 7 weeks.

#1   A gun is no big deal.

(Remember, this is the first of seven tips.)

One of the first lessons I wanted my kids to learn is that a gun is no big deal. It’s a tool, much like a hammer. I didn’t want them to become so attracted to the gun as a forbidden fruit that they would someday give in to temptation and endanger themselves and others.

Remember the scene in The Sixth Sense when a young teen boy says to the main character, Cole, “Wanna see my dad’s gun?”  He turns toward the bedroom and we see a huge gunshot wound in the side of his head. I never wanted that scene played out in our home, with one of our children, eager to impress a friend, shows off by handling a loaded firearm.

In fact, what we wanted was the exact opposite. We don’t want guns to be so fascinating that safety rules are quickly forgotten. After all, what is more alluring to a child? Something they’re not allowed to see and touch or something so ordinary that it’s no big deal? So, both kids have gone to shooting ranges many, many times. They have both participated in an Appleseed weekend and a summer camp held at an indoor range.

I am not precluding the possibility of either of our children doing something stupid someday while around a firearm, but if they do, it certainly won’t be because they view a gun as something exciting and glamorous. The last thing I want my kids to do is wait until we are gone from home and then seek out a hidden gun to “play with.”

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How to be as scary as hell in less than 5 seconds http://thesurvivalmom.com/scary-hell-less-5-seconds/ http://thesurvivalmom.com/scary-hell-less-5-seconds/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:40:35 +0000 http://thesurvivalmom.com/?p=13437 As a new college graduate, I toiled for five long years in the underbelly of public education: the middle school. Although I loved my job and students, I was a mere 7 or 8 years older than some of my Read More

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Every woman needs to learn this! How to be as scary as hell in less than 5 seconds! | via www.TheSurvivalMom.comAs a new college graduate, I toiled for five long years in the underbelly of public education: the middle school. Although I loved my job and students, I was a mere 7 or 8 years older than some of my students and more than a few inches shorter.

I had to quickly learn how to take control of a situation and let every student know that this short little teacher, fresh out of college, could handle anything. I learned how to give The Stare.

Now, you may think that giving someone, “the stink eye”, or, “the evil eye”, is a matter of scrunching up your face, squinting  your eyes, and curling your lip. In fact, to truly scare the hell out of someone with just a look, it’s a matter of doing none of that.

Instead, learn to relax every facial muscle.

You do this naturally when you’re laying down resting or sleeping. Every muscle in your face is completely relaxed. Now, just learn to relax those same muscles quickly while you’re standing up.

Practice in front of a mirror. You’ll know you’ve got it right when you have “dead eyes.” Lower your chin just a tad for an even more threatening, maniacal look.

I’ve done this with my kids on a number of occasions and it completely freaks them out.  My daughter tells me I look like a zombie.

It’s a lot easier to maintain this expression for a long period of time than it is to maintain a sneer, squint, or face scrunch for those times when you need a prolonged stare to get your message across.

If you ever have to confront someone because you feel threatened, this is the look you want to have on your face: devoid of expression, scary as hell.

Remember, every muscle has to be relaxed. This takes practice but after a while, you’ll be able to switch from your normal facial expression to this one in a matter of a second or two.

When you think you’ve perfected this new skill, try it out on someone you love and report back to us their reaction.

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