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Defend Against Road Rage

In virtually all of my classes geared towards personal safety, we start off with a question:  What is the best way to survive a disaster?  The answer?  Don’t be there! It might seem like a trite answer, but it is much deeper than you might think.  The underlying philosophy is to have high situational awareness […]

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Ladies: Buy Your Own Guns

It’s happened again. I had another lady take my NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation class wanting to learn how to shoot a gun her husband had purchased.  These guns will be used for personal protection, and left in the house.  They’ll be “nightstand guns” to be used when the husband is not home. To date, […]

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The BEST Turkey Brine

Yeah, I know, you’ve heard it before.  Everyone has “the best” of some homesteading or preparedness item. The best home canned soup recipe.  The best Bug Out Bag content list.  The best way to build a shed. Whatever. It’s all about the opinion of the author.  So here’s my best turkey brine ever! I love […]

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7 Shooting Incident Mistakes

I’m a big adherent to the right to keep and bear arms.  I live that belief every day, without exception.  I believe that armed citizens are the best deterrent to armed bad guys.  It’s simple math:  There are more of us than there are of them. But for us good guys, gun ownership and usage […]

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One-Handed Shooting

One of the most important, yet most commonly over-looked shooting skills is shooting with one hand.  Many people will give it a brief try while at the shooting range.  They’ll generally stop their practice shortly thereafter once they see how their accuracy is MUCH less than when using two hands. THAT’S the idea of practice!  […]

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Making CLEAR Turkey Stock

Every Thanksgiving I make turkey stock.  Whether I roasted the bird or not, I always call dibs on the turkey carcass where ever I go. The last couple of years, I made a good, strong turkey stock, with lots of herbs and spices.  Last year, I decided to make a clear stock. It’s pretty easy […]

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Holiday Shopping Crime Prevention

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. These are the typical starting days for the upcoming Christmas buying season.  I don’t know about you, but I’m already seeing Christmas presents, sales and decorations in the stores, and we’re still nearly 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving! If the shopping is starting earlier, the criminals will start earlier as well.  […]

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Spotting Concealed Weapons

We had an incident in my bullion store yesterday that I thought I’d share. Because of the nature of our business, we have a number of, “risk mitigation” policies.  Identifying individuals with concealed weapons is one of them.  We discuss these policies at length with our employees – what they are and why we do […]

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Routines For Personal Safety

Developing various routines for common tasks is commonplace for most people.  For instance, you may start a pot of coffee each morning. Every morning, you follow the exact same process:  You go to the same cupboard, take out the beans, grind them, pour them into a filter, put the filter into the coffee machine, add […]

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Protecting Against Asset Seizures

There’s an uproar in the media about asset seizures and the seemingly, “We don’t care,” attitude by various government agencies. I started in banking back in 1977 while attending college.  I eventually moved up the ladder and was put in charge of a department that received all of the subpoena requests from the various local, […]

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Precious Metals Scams

Editor Note:  One of the reasons I don’t disclose the name and address of my precious metal business on this site is that it’s a totally separate business, and I don’t want to appear to be steering you to my shop, ala, “My store is better, come and buy from me.”  BoomerPreps, however, does sell, […]

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4 Fundamentals Of An Accurate Shot

When I’m teaching my introductory pistol class, I tell my students to think of shooting a gun as an integrated system.  All parts need to be in sync to work well. As an example, to ride a bike, you must have inflated tires, a good chain, handlebars to steer, and pedals to push.  If any […]

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