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Flak Jackets Ins and Outs

Flak JacketOriginally designed to protect soldiers from shrapnel in WWII, flak jackets were first made from nylon with steel plate lining. Initially mean to protect soldiers from shrapnel, they weren’t bulletproof and too heavy to be worn by troops on the ground long-term. Now made of specialty ballistic nylon, flak jackets are worn by everyone in law enforcement, military and target shooters.

 

Flak jackets and body armor offer protection of the torso, chest and stomach. They act as an extra layer of protection from bullets or projectiles. But since they only cover the torso, bullets and shrapnel can still hit and penetrate other parts of the body. And though flak jackets protect from any bullet penetration, it’s not uncommon for the shooter to experience cracked ribs and severe bruising in the even of a shooting. Wearers are also not protected against very close range threats. 

 

body armor and jackets also only have a full service of five years. After that amount of time, the devices start to become warn and torn. Creases, tears and burns in the vest compromise its integrity and put the wearer at increased risk. Naturally, the more a vest is worn, the quicker it will wear out. But the quality of the jacket should be evaluated after five years and checked for any damages.

 

Flak jackets and body armor can be advantageous in keeping wearers safe. However, their disadvantages are important to know as well. Taking both the pros and cons into account is the best way for wearers to use them appropriately and most importantly stay safe. And no matter where you are shooting, if there are people around you shooting firearms, extra protection is never a bad idea.

What to Look for When Picking Range Ammo
wadcutterSaving your good ammunition for when you need it and getting the cheap stuff for the firing range is a good way to save your money. At the range, all you’re shooting is paper or foam so why blow through a box of $50 rounds when you can get away with spending a fraction of that. But how do you pick the right target ammo without sacrificing quality. First off, you have to decide which gun you’re going to shoot for target practice. This will weight heavy on the kind of ammo you’re limited to buying. You could buy the cheapest box of ammunition for your .50 cal hand cannon, but it’s still going to cost much more that some of the more expensive options for your common .25 caliber handgun. But smaller caliber ammunition doesn’t necessarily translate to more affordable. For hand guns, typically the cheapest rounds fit in a .38 caliber revolver. Specifically, wadcutter and semi-wadcutter bullets are the most economical for long days spent at the shooting range. There are a number of factors making wadcutters less expensive, and subsequently even better for target shooting performance. For starters, wadcutters- unless they are specially designed- cannot be fed from a pistol magazine to a gun chamber. Most wadcutter bullets have a flat or nearly flat front and can therefore primarily only be used in a revolver. Round point total or full metal bullets are designed for complete penetration and experience very little expansion on impact, unlike, say, hollowpoint rounds. Because they expand very little, they tend to fully exit the target body. A complex design to prevent expansion, traditional bullets is composed of a brass capsule- or jacket- and a lead fire rim. But because the wadcutter bullet type is entirely exposed lead, it is a lot less costly to manufacture and produce. The solitary material and simple design keep production costs extremely low. For target shooting, a wadcutter cuts a very clean hole through the paper target, reducing point errors.
Duck Hunting Hot Spots
Every season,  over 2 million hunters suit up and arm themselves to duck hunt. One of the most popular bird hunting sports in the country, duck hunting reigns from coast to coast. But where are the best places to duck hunt?   Seattle, Washington. The Puget Sound provides a sprawling mountain range that is home to thousands, if not millions, of duck and waterfowl. Light and dark geese, sea ducks as well as puddle ducks all exist near Seattle. For hunters that like to travel and are looking for a trophy, the harlequin duck and Pacific brant are rare but can be found in Padilla Bay, Seattle. This bay is also home to the largest winter population of these ducks anywhere north of Mexico.   From tundra swans to blue-winged teal, hunters should consider Salt Lake City, Utah in their season travels. 30 duck clubs exist on the lake and offer more than 22,000 acres of land. For hunters that want to utilize public land, there is more than 100,000 acres available. The most popular hunting areas include the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area.   Heading south, Charleston, South Carolina offers a rich wetland that is undeveloped and full of pintails, gadwalls and green-winged teals. Right along the coast is public areas where hunting is permitted. Bear Island and the Santee coastal reserve are the two most popular sites for duck hunters that venture to South Carolina.   Another suggestion for traveling duck hungers is Detroit, Michigan. This might not seem like an obvious choice, but Detroit is actually right in the middle of a major migration path taken by waterfowl. This gives hunters the opportunity to see and shoot both ducks and geese that are diverse. The St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area and the Pointe Mouille State Game Area are both public and can be taken advantage of by visitors.   There are hot spots all over the United States. But no matter where you decide to track your duck, make sure you follow your safety hunting safety tips you learned in your course and always wear the right kind of ear protection. There are advanced hearing protection features that now allow you to even hear distant fowl while protecting your hearing from close gunfire.
Antiquated Foam Earplugs a Thing of the Past
Hearing Protection Many gun owners purchase their own ear protection for target shooting and hunting. Traditional earplugs that a majority of gun owners use are affordable and easily replaceable. There are however many crucial drawbacks to disposable earplugs.   Traditional earplugs are usually sold as one-size-fit-all fits all. But when it comes to earplugs there isn’t just one kind of ear. Some ears are big, while some are small and all are a different range of sensitive. Disposable earplugs are also more difficult to use. They have to be squeezed down, inserted into the ear, readjusted and the user must wait for them to expand before they completely work.   Due to enhancements in all types of technology, ear protection has gotten much better than it used to be. Years ago, standard earplugs were the only way for gun owners to protect their ears at the range. Now, there is a variety of shooter-centric ear protection that is still affordable and easier to use.   It’s most important though, that newer ear protection, offers better protection all around. Built specifically for shooting ranges, ear protection that has been introduced to the market in the last three-five years was built to help protect ears better and longer than traditional earplugs.   If you’re in the market for new ear protection or are just looking for something different, try reaching past traditional earplugs. Significant amount of time spent shooting guns can have a negative impact on ears and hearing. And there also advancements in electronic design allowing you to pick up sounds you would not otherwise.
Gun Storage Fundamental to Safe Gun Ownership

Safe Firearm Storage As a gun owner, it’s your responsibility to safely store your guns when you are not using them. They should be inaccessible to anyone other than authorized persons. A dresser drawer or top closet shelf are insecure and no place to store a firearm. So what are the best and safest ways to store your firearm?

Keep the gun unloaded. Until you are at the gun range or out hunting, bullets should be stored separately. This safety precaution most importantly prevents mishaps like misfiring in the home or a child accidentally shooting the gun and injuring themselves or others. Storing the gun and bullets separate also prevents a loaded gun ending up in the wrong hands.

In addition to storing your gun this way, you should also keep it in a locked box or gun safe. Well concealed gun boxes can blend right into a closet or room and even if found, cant be opened without a key or passcode. Gun safes are another alternative especially for owners with multiple firearms.

There are also trigger and cable locks that brace the trigger, preventing not only misuse but firing while in storage. A trigger lock is a long cable usually made of steel that gets looped through the action of the gun. A cable lock is placed around the trigger so it can’t be moved at all. It’s important to note that these types of locks should not be used as the only type of safe storage.

In addition to keeping your gun properly stored and locked up, educating your family about gun safety can help prevent firing accidents inside and outside of the home. Explain how dangerous guns can be and that they are not toys. Being a firearm owner is a huge responsibility and safe storage of your guns shows how seriously you take that responsibility. It also can prevent any type of accidental shooting or injury from happening in your home.

Concealed Weapons Permits Vary State-to-State

Gun & HolsterRight now there aren’t any federal laws that specifically cover concealed weapons. The laws and regulations are determined state by state and vary greatly between them all. Each state gives different permits and licenses for shotguns, handguns and even other types of handheld weapons like pepper spray and knives.

 

In the state of New York residents can apply for a concealed to carry permit. They must undergo a background check and take a certification course to qualify. The concealed permit granting process is done county by county. The closer a citizen lives to New York City, generally the harder it is for them to get a permit. Carrying concealed without a permit is considered a felony in New York State.

 

A concealed weapon permit in Texas will allow you to carry your gun essentially anywhere. The only limits include schools, courts, racetracks and airports. Unlike many other states, concealed weapons can be carried in public places including bars. Texas will also issue a permit to non-residents, which is also rare.

 

For example, only residents of California can obtain a concealed weapon permit there. Out west, a good reason is needed to grant this type of permit even after you have completed a training course and passed a background check. California also requires proof of good moral character. Like New York, permits are given by county, but issued by the county sheriff or police chief.

 

Washington D.C. does not allow concealed weapons at all. One of three areas that have this law, they are currently being sued for amendment violation. Every single firearms possessed by a resident must be registered and carrying outside of the home or shooting range is prohibited. To register a gun however, you must go through a ballistics test as well as a background check.

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