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Flinching? Embrace The Recoil

Many years ago – before I became an instructor – I took my wife to the range with me to get her familiar with a new gun I had recently purchased – a Smith and Weston .357 Magnum. The model I purchased had a fairly short barrel – 2 1/2 inches long. I preceded to […]

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15 Alternate Uses For Everyday Items

Part of being a prepper means you have the ability to see alternate uses for everyday objects, many that you already have at home.  It’s the whole, “When given lemons, make lemonade” philosophy.  You want to be flexible and imaginative. As is noted at the top of the page under our logo, we are Independent, […]

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Distance and Movement Equals Life

There is a saying in the preparedness world:  The best place to be during an emergency is somewhere else. The idea being, be alert to bad situations and act accordingly.  If you see a situation deteriorating (such as the recent events in Furguson) or become aware of pending events (hurricane warnings, politically-charged court verdicts, etc.), […]

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Bug Out Bag Basics

We hear all of the time about having a readily available, pre-packed and pre-positioned bag to be used in the event of an evacuation.  The common term is Bug Out Bag (BOB).  Generally speaking, we’re talking about having enough “stuff” to sustain a person for at least 72 hours. As the saying goes, Stuff Happens.  […]

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Safety Awareness: Caught Off Guard

There are few things more frightening that the prospects of either being surprised by an attacker OR surprising a criminal in the act of committing a crime. Awareness and good planning can make such an encounter much less potentially dangerous. I’ve stressed in all of our personal safety classes that Safety Awareness is the key.  […]

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Guns and Minors

Guns and minors.  Quite the touchy subject. A couple of months ago, I was teaching my FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation class, and one of the employees of the range came up to me with a question. He said that there was a person in the lobby that wanted to know if I taught minors about […]

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Prepping For The “Big Picture”

One of the great things about being a Baby Boomer is that we’ve seen a lot of history – at least a half century worth.  Most of us have read a fair bit as well.  We see too many similarities in current events happening in our country with things that have happened in the past. […]

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Shooting From Your Weak Side

The vast majority of people who go to the practice range do one thing: They stand in front of their target with their favorite two-hand stance and blast away. Clearly, this has a place in any practice routine, but the likelihood of that stance being the optimum presentation of your firearm during an emergency is […]

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Prepping Now For After The Shooting

There is a ton of information – lots of it right here on – on how to prepare yourself for using a gun for self-defense. Tactics, weapons, training. But there is very little information on what you should do after you’ve been placed in the situation of having to shoot someone in defense of […]

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Traveling With Guns

I find myself traveling with guns quite a bit.  Mostly locally to my businesses and to my gun classes for the most part. California is a “may issue” state.  Depending upon the county, the chief of police or sheriff can set his or her own rules as to who is worthy of possessing legal self-defense. […]

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preparing for predators

Preparing For Predators Now

A lion’s work hours are only when he’s hungry; once he’s satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together. –Chuck Jones   I received a call from a woman about my Pepper Spray and Stun Gun class. She told me about some trouble she is having with one of her neighbors. It seems that, for […]

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building a cache

Building A Cache

What is caching?  In short, it is taking something you value, or something you think you will need in the future, protecting it from the elements, and hiding it. You may want to have a cache (pronounced cash, not cash-ay) filled with food and water along a route you may be traveling in the future.  […]

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10 gun grabber lies

10 Things Gun Grabbers Lie To You About

A while back, I read an article in titled, “10 things the gun industry won’t tell you” (MarketWatch?  The financial website?). I want to address their lies, so I’m going to go point-by-point down their list, and tear them a new one. For us Baby Boomers, in particular, this is a critical issue.  There […]

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