Let’s say you own a shotgun for home defense, millions of people do. The next question is what sort of ammunition do you use in aforementioned weapon? My original load-out for my first firearm was #4 birdshot…which isn’t the best round to use. Here is a video that explains what sort of ammunition you should use.

Here’s the deal, none of us knows it all. I will be the first to admit that I got my ammunition choice wrong, along with other things from my early prepping days. That is ok, all of us can live, learn, and adopt to new information. My attitude is that I can always learn something new and apply it to my life. You should do the same.

What is the motivation for the surge in firearms purchases in recent years? Some of it is motivated by fear, mostly due to politicians threatening to restrict civil rights like the Second Amendment. Another aspect though is the realization that an armed representative of The State will not be around to protect you. After all, bad things happen…especially when guys like this show up.


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A few weeks ago, I purchased this particular Ruger 10/22 for my collection. As of today, I haven’t had a chance to shoot mine but have had my eye on one of these for a long time.

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For many of us, the Ruger 10/22 was the first rifle we ever shot because it has been around for the past fifty years and has proven to be very popular. It is easy to shoot and comes in a variety of different versions. Plus, like the AR-15, there are all manner of accessories that can be added to it. In the near future, I plan on adding a scope to it since it has Picatinny Rail built-in already. The plan is to practice a lot on this particular gun in order to sharpen my rifle skills. There will be more posts on this subject later so stay tuned…

A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating post about how active shooter scenarios would play out if some of the participants were CCW permit holders. It is worth your time to read and watch the accompanying video segments. I won’t reveal any spoilers but they key takeaway is this:

Weapons trainer Travis Bond said the best way to overcome the unknown is to prepare for it. “By going through the training and experiencing different things — and specifically looking for opportunities to engage, and knowing when not to engage — is as important as anything,”

This has applications beyond the (unlikely) event of various active shooter scenarios at work. Think about how you can gain experience at various activities in a safe, controlled setting so that you can learn without exposing yourself to risk. This will equip you with knowledge that you can apply in emergency situations.

HT to Kevin at Misfires and Light Strikes.


So you purchased a new firearm in 2015, congratulations on your purchase! It was a record year for gun sales and for many buyers, this was their first weapon. Buying a firearm is only the first step though, to be effective and safe one has to acquire skills. The good news is there are some drills you can do to develop proficiency with guns. Kevin discusses pistol drills for new owners over at Ricochet, which I highly suggest you do when you have a moment. These are a good starting point for learning how to effectively use your new pistol and will help guide your training. Learn the Four Rules and commit them to memory too, these will keep you safe while handling firearms. Remember too that owning a gun is a responsibility that one must take seriously. The anti-Civil Rights crowd will use any excuse or incident to push their agenda of firearms confiscation. Don’t give them the ammunition to do so; be safe, become proficient, and enjoy your new gun!

One of my first posts was on the First Firearm that I purchased. That article has become the most popular article I have written to date, maybe because many other people have recently done likewise. My intent was to add more firearms to my inventory but job and financial considerations stymied those efforts. The good news is that with (relatively) stable employment and improving finances, I was able to purchase my second firearm a few days ago. Here is a picture of it…

This is SIG Sauer’s newest full-sized 9mm pistol, the P320.

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While this blog doesn’t concentrate on firearms, it does focus on tools and techniques required in emergency situations.  Guns are tools, just like shovels, knives, vehicles, or other inanimate objects.  They perform a function (ex. self-defense), which is controlled by the person using the tool.  What this post is about are the five guns I will never own as a part of my collection.  Richard Mann and Kevin Creighton started this over on their sites, I figured why not join in and offer my opinion.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

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