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How far will a .22 LR kill? Farther than you can shoot it accurately.
A .22 rifle is an invaluable survival tool. Don’t underestimate the ability of a .22 firearm to wound lethally. Watch the video below to see proof.
Get more perspective on the .22 here
This guest post comes courtesy of www.safeguardclothing.com.
Body armor is protective clothing that has been designed to protect the body from any kind of penetrating attack or gun shot. At first they were used by the military and the police personnel but now they are becoming common among the private citizens too. The biggest problem that comes with the body armor is their uncomfortable structure. Efforts have been made by many companies to make them comfortable and improve their structure. The improved facility helps in moving easily and reducing the problems during summers.
The latest innovation includes the use of liquid armor in the manufacturing of body armor. The technology of using liquid armor for the Kevlar vests has been tried and it has proved to be successful. It is very light, helps in moving flexibly, reduces the moisture content from the body, etc. All these features will make the person feel comfortable and wear the vest for longer period. The key component in the vest is the liquid armor and the best thing about this armor is its capacity to act as a sheer thickening fluid. All the hard particles are included in this armor in a suspended format. This fluid is non-toxic and it can last in high temperatures. Some nano particles of silica are also present in this armor. The presence of flowable particles along with the other hard components will help in getting unusual properties and make the vest more comfortable.
The best thing about the functioning of this vest is that normally it flows like some liquid and is deformable. But when the bullet comes in contact with the vest then the material transits into some rigid material and prevents the bullet from hitting the body. The fabric of the Kevlar vest holds the liquid armor in one place and keeps it intact. The fabric is in a saturated format and it can be sewn, draped and soaked easily. This technology makes the vest cost effective, recues the weight, and improves flexibility. The technology has huge potential and its properties are much better as compared to the previous Kevlar armor. Kevlar made body armor is available from most reputable online body armor retailer’s e.g. www.safeguardclothing.com.
This material can also be used to protect the areas that are not protected by the normal vests but one should always be rest assured that the flexibility of the soldier of the officer is not disturbed. The areas like pants, sleeves, ankle, etc. that is not protected y the vest can now be protected by the liquid armor. Along with protection from the projectiles the liquid armor also acts as a stab resistant material. One can be rest assured that this vest can protect them from knives or any kind of sharp material. People can easily test them by applying sudden sharp force on them and look at the protection level.
The traditional Kevlar vests had 45 layers and all this made it harder then steel. This reduced the flexibility of the body and did not let the body breathe well. It also created a blunt force trauma once the bullet hit the person’s body. Even though the chances of any injury are reduced but the force of the bullet is not stopped and the body suffers small injuries. Liquid armor reduces the chances of this type of injury and there is no blunt force trauma when the person gets hit by the projectile. During the impact of the projectile it spreads the force of bullet in such a way that the force of the projectile is reduced to nil. With the use of this modern technology one expect to get protective clothing that prevents any kind of problems from the impact of projectiles.
View an earlier post about body armor here.
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In light of that, there comes timely advice in Issue #140, March/April, 2013, of “Backwoods Home Magazine” from Claire Wolfe. She gives excellent tips on how to hide your guns–and find them later. That can be a challenge.
One important tip. Don’t take your cell phone with you when you’re caching. At the very least, shut it off.
An excerpt of Wolfe’s article follows. You’ll want to be sure you have a look at the whole thing.
Hiding a gun
The rules of three
By Claire Wolfe
My friend Jack pulled the car into a grassy clearing. We donned rubber boots, fetched a metal detector and digging tools from the trunk, and headed off along a game trail. Our mission: To dig up and test fire a pistol Jack had buried years ago.
The trail disappeared into a wetland, which Jack crossed with confidence. The muddy water was only about six inches deep where he walked, but I couldn’t see the bottom so I waded gingerly after him. It was at this point I discovered that my borrowed waterproof boots — weren’t. I squished along after Jack. By the time I emerged onto dry land, he was standing well ahead of me, next to the stump of an old cedar that had been logged a hundred years ago.
Read the whole article here:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
Another helpful resource on this topic–Discover How To Hide Your Guns From Criminals.
David was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday, and I’ll be on his show sometime later. But before I summarize what we talked about on my show, let me tell you about him.
- David is a former U.S. Marine Corps non-commissioned officer, correctional supervisor and firearms instructor for the Tennessee Department of Correction. He is now employed as full time Emergency Manager for State Government.
- He has a BS in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security.
- He’s been a member of the firearm community all his adult life.
- He’s an NRA member, training counselor and recruiter.
- David is licensed in several states to instruct conceal and carry classes.
- He’s a member of several organizations related to his profession and interests, including the Oath Keepers.
- He has completed numerous courses through the Department of Homeland Security on anti-terrorism, emergency management and more.
- He opeerates the Shepherd School at www.TNGun.com.
David’s one of the nicest people to talk to, and he’s a prepper, too, like you and me. It’s not just theory and rhetoric for him because he’s into quite an array of prepping activities in his everyday home life. He gardens in raised beds, keeps bees, raises rabbits and chickens, and, of course, shoots.
The Shepherd School started with an emphasis on firearms instruction, but David says it’s branching out into other instructional areas. His belief is that if more of us are prepared, the more secure each of us is.
Readingabout something is one thing. Doing it is another. David says he’s learned a lot by doing. Tasks he thought were impossible aren’t so difficult once they’re started. You can view videos demonstrating David’s prepping endeavors on his YouTube channel.
We talked about his book Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense, which came out a couple of years ago. Amazon describes it as “A priceless education for new handgun owners. An important refresher for experienced carriers.”
I’ve made it a DestinySurvival Amazon Pick. It’s highly rated. Reviewers say it’s easy to understand and is good for women shooters. It covers…
- Tips for selecting the right gun for you
- An exploration of shooting techniques
- Guidance on developing an “armed” mindset
- A realistic look at what happens in a gunfight
- Crucial advice for dealing with law enforcement
- Suggestions for dealing with anti-gun sentiment
He talks sensibly about how to choose a handgun and caliber that’s right for you. And he teaches balance. Firearms are important, but they should be one piece of your preparedness puzzle.
He believes there should be greater understanding between preppers and government officials. While the government doesn’t always show consistency in what they say about prepping and preppers, according to David, several emergency management workers are preppers.
Being a new parent sheds a new light on prepping for David. We talked about the parallels between parenting and prepping. Both offer chances to learn and grow.
David and I agree on the need to be flexible and adaptable. We’re both generalists with interests in a number of things.
Order Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense by clicking on its image below. You’ll be taken to the Amazon page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.
At the conclusion of our time together, David gave an excellent piece of advice. Practice your plan.
Are you practicing your plan? Feel free to leave a comment below and tell me a little about how you’re doing with that.
As usual, my blog post about our first interview was published on Friday. That happened to be December 14th, the same day the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting took place in Connecticut. That day’s post was one of my most read posts for a few weeks. And, as we all know, sales of guns, ammo magazines and ammunition have gone through the roof. People all over the country are concerned about home and self defense.
So how do we put this in perspective for preppers?
Guns for Protection
We discussed the basic recommendations for firearms given in his book. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on guns. Start with a .22 rimfire rifle. Move up to a 12 gauge shotgun, and handgun.
In this book Jim compares the attributes of pistols vs. revolvers. We touched on that in our first interview.
When caching, hide away supplies you may need in a pinch. Are their strategic places along your way to work or another important location?
Another reason to cache is to get something out of your home you don’t want to have there. /Do you have handguns you want to keep away from children? This is the sort of cache you’ll want to be able to keep an eye on. Jim suggested practical ways to cache valuables in or near your home.
Much depends on what the catastrophic event is and what your situation is. Stay home if you can, but don’t ignore reality when the situation dictates that you leave.
Have options. Ask yourself if where you are now is unliveable under the circumstances. If you decide you can’t survive there any longer, where will you go? How will you get there? Have you planned this out ahead of time? Or will you become a refugee?
Bug Out Bag
- Water and water filtration
- Food (and a way to get more food)
- First aid and hygiene
- Security (including ways to signal for help)
Radios & Communication
Be sure you and your family or group coordinate as to the radio equipment you use for communicating. Test it out.
I can’t help but throw in my two cents about a couple of other things.
Regarding shortwave radios, there’s a lot less on the bands than there used to be. The BBC, Radio Netherlands and numerous other international broadcasters, have stopped broadcasting to North America. They’ve put their content online or satellite. So you won’t hear much in English these days, except for Cuba, China and a few commercial stations here in the U.S. And who knows how any of these stations will fair in a total collapse situation?
It’s a good idea to get a shortwave radio with single sideband capability to hear the amateur radio bands. There’s sure to be plenty of activity there, as long as ham operators have a power source. If you’re interested in ham radio for yourself, it’s worth it to get licensed. A local ham radio club can help you get licensed and get equipment.
I agree with Jim’s recommendation in his book to have some kind of alternate power source, such as for solar power. Keep rechargeable batteries and a solar battery charger on hand, too. Some wind-up radios have the ability to charge cell phones.
By the way, the book includes tables for the phonetic alphabet and police 10 codes. Those 10 codes are useful, but they may be going away slowly as government agencies move toward plain speech.
Don’t overlook anyone. Each person has unique skills and knowledge.
If you haven’t yet ordered his book, you really should. He packs a lot of common sense info on a variety of relevant topics into a little over 200 pages. It’s a DestinySurvival Amazon Pick. Order by clicking on the image of the book below. You’ll be taken to the Amazon.com page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.
You can also check out Jim’s site at www.survivalweekly.com.
Any thoughts? Leave your comment below and let other preppers know about any home security insights you have.
The first video features a man who can shoot beans and quarters in mid air. When he was young, learning to shoot a slingshot skillfully was a matter of survival.
The other two videos feature Jörg Sprave of the Slingshot Channel. Watch as he uses slingshot crossbows and has a lot of fun doing it.
By the way, if you’re wondering about Christmas tree disposal this year, you’ll want to watch the third video for an innovative idea that has to be seen to be believed.
Get info on other improvised weapons here.