Firearms & Self Defense

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When Things Go South or What to Expect When SHTF

First off, let me explain my reasons for writing this and tell you a bit about my experiences. That way you will know what I say is truth. I served for 15 years in the British Army, serving during the 1990’s in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Kosovo and saw firsthand what happens to human nature and society when everything goes to hell. As for my reasons, I’m somewhat tired of people painting a rosy picture of what they expect might happen …

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Home intruders and keeping your home base safe.

Worst Case Scenario: Taking Back Your Home From Intruders, Part 2

In Part 1 of “Taking Back Your Home From Intruders” I introduced the possibility that your home or other property could be taken over by other people in a scenario such as this one: A catastrophic disaster has occurred, one that destroyed hundreds or thousands of homes and businesses, and destroyed a community’s way of life. After a long journey home you notice an unfamiliar car parked in your driveway. You know your wife and kids aren’t home yet. One …

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How to choose a good dojo.

4 Things To Consider When Choosing a Dojo

My husband and I have been taking Karate from the same instructor since 2008. We started training together before we had children and would attend Karate-related events as romantic dates. We learned a lot, including how to choose a dojo. Now that we have three kids, it’s difficult for us to train together, but we take turns attending classes at our dojo, or Karate school. We both have black belts. In addition to it being a wholeso me activity we …

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Dealing with home intruders in a worst case scenario. www.TheSurvivalMom.com

Worst Case Scenario: Taking Back Your Home From Intruders, Part 1

Those of us in the preparedness game spend lots of hours and lots of dollars preparing for any likely disaster. Food, water, power, communications, and many other topics fill our minds and fuel our plans. We all consider our well-prepared homes as our castles, but what do you do if someone has taken your castle…and your preparedness lifeline? Are you prepared to watch your family go hungry and become vulnerable because home intruders picked you as a victim? This issue has a …

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Preparing to defend yourself. Smart, common sense tips.

Self Defense for Women & Kids: Practical tips, smart strategies

No one wants to live in fear. Being prepared for any situation doesn’t mean we live in fear. It means we fear less because we are ready for whatever may come. This includes situations when self defense for women and children is needed. Awareness The best way to deal with a dangerous situation is to: Spot it Avoid it Report it Put away your phone and be looking around. Keep your head up and make eye contact with those around …

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How Do You Carry?

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 …

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Take Advantage of Experts & Their Resources

#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 …

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Safe, Sexy, Secure Concealed Carry Women’s Holster

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 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 …

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Common-Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns and fire are a lot alike

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 …

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor

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 …

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