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Essential Self-Defense and Safety Tips for Women Living Alone

Guest Post by Dave Artman

Despite the fact that women seem to be more self-defense savvy than ever, the violence against them continues to be a huge societal problem. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the prevalence of violent crimes against women is rising, with about 1.11 percent of women reporting one or more violent acts in the past six months. That means that about 1.5 million women surveyed experienced some violent act in the months prior to being surveyed.

Though it doesn’t necessarily make you more vulnerable to an attack than your friends with roommates, living alone can certainly feel more dangerous. The best way to ease your mind and keep yourself safe from a potential attacker is to be prepared for a potentially dangerous situation, but not to dwell on it. Here are a few tips for how to do this:

  1. Don’t Live Your Life in Fear – When we talk about violence against women, especially women who live alone, it’s easy to list off tons of scary and shocking statistics. When faced with the data, it’s easy to see why women report a much higher fear of crime than men do. Unsurprisingly, living alone also contributes to higher fear levels. But it’s important to keep yourself from falling into a state of debilitating fear, as this can seriously diminish your quality of life and possibly even make you more vulnerable to an attack. Your best bet is to have a strong plan of self-defense in your arsenal, but not to dwell on the possibility that an incident could occur at some point in the future. 
  1. Take a Self-Defense Class – It’s undeniable: One of the very best ways to keep yourself safe is to know how to defend yourself from a physical attack. Unsurprisingly, studies show that women who participate in self-defense training are less likely to experience sexual assault, with some research indicating that women who complete such training are as much as 60 percent less likely to be raped. There is also some research showing that women who complete self-defense classes are more likely to report attempted rape. Thankfully, there are self-defense academies in all 50 states and throughout the world, with options for beginners or those looking to advance their skills.
  1. Stay Armed – By armed, we don’t necessarily mean having firearms stashed throughout your house or apartment (though that may be an option if you’re willing to undergo firearms training). There is a wide range of non-lethal self-defense weapons out there to help you ward off a potential perpetrator, including several that don’t require obtaining a special certificate or undergoing expansive training. We recommend that women living alone should own some combination of the following non-lethal tools:
  1. Pepper Spray – Especially ideal for those women who like to take long walks or run errands after the sun goes down, pepper spray is the perfect portable companion for keeping threats at bay. The great thing about this self-defense weapon is that it takes very little training and almost anyone can use it. Plus, you can keep your mace or pepper spray on your keychain, purse, or pocket for easy deployment.
  2. A Stun Gun – Stun guns are small handheld devices that deliver several million volts of electrical shock to your target. Unlike TASERs, stun guns must come into direct contact with the target in order to work, but they’re much easier to use. There are affordable stun guns available for any budget and any user, with everything from mini styles you can wear as a ring all the way up to uber-threatening stun gun batons that would scare off any offender with a single look.
  3. A Keychain Weapon – Another great on-the-go perp deterrent, the keychain weapon is equipped with sharp components that can bring a potentially devastating defense when delivered with a self-defense punch. Taking a self-defense course will help you learn how to use these keychains to their greatest potential, but almost anyone can figure out how to use them as a protective tool in a split second.
  1. Install Security Cameras – These days, there are dozens of different ways to capture events that occur outside your home, including options that go far beyond the typical monthly fee-based home security systems. With options like Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbells and flood cams, you can keep an eye on the perimeter of your home even when you’re on vacation. With front door cameras, you don’t even have to answer the door to communicate with visitors (and we recommend not answering it at all if possible), and every time there’s activity at your door, these devices capture a recording so you always know what’s going on and have a record of it.
  1. Never Indicate Vulnerability – Perpetrators pick their targets based on vulnerability. If their goal is to rob your house, they’ll look for signs that you’re not home. If they want to impart physical violence on you, they’ll make attempts at times when you’re less able to fight back or unlikely to launch a viable defense. Here are some things to keep in mind to prevent an attacker from finding you or your property in a weak position that’s easily exploited:
  1. Be smart about what you post on social media and don’t let anyone you barely know or don’t trust see when you’re out of town.
  2. Leave lights on when you leave the house and consider installing light timers to make it seem like someone’s home. Motion cameras are also great for the driveway or front porch.
  3. Your mailbox or packages piling up on the front stoop can indicate if you’re out of town, too. Have someone pick up the mail and bring it inside if you’re not home to get it each day.

Stay in Touch with Friends

These days, living alone doesn’t have to mean being isolated. In fact, with the internet and social media, it feels like more of a challenge to isolate ourselves than it does to stay in constant communication with our friends and family. Make sure those close to you are aware of your general schedule so they’ll be on high alert if something goes wrong. As with anything in life, preparation is key to a successful outcome, including safety while living alone.


Gun vs Bow Hunting for New Hunters

Guest Post by Norman Bobby

If you are just starting out as a hunter, you must be confused about gun and bow hunting.

Check out this comparison of the two options and pick one that you think works the best for you:

Gun Vs Bow: Which Is Better?

Both these weapons have their upsides and downsides. In fact, it often boils down to personal choices. Some hunters enjoy holding guns while some enjoy holding a bow and an arrow.

Also, the right weapon also often depends on the circumstances. Let’s get into the details:

When To Use A Gun?

Long Range Hunting With A Rifle: The first thing worth considering when hunting is the range. If the animal is at a distance of some 300 yards then a bow won’t do much good, you need to use a long range gun such as a rifle.

A bow, in this case, might not be the right option as it cannot cover much distance. On the other hand, a rifle can shoot up to 300 yards in range, therefore, it is the best option for long range hunting.

Rifles contain barrels and inside this barrel, there are grooves cut lengthwise. These grooves are responsible for giving the bullet a spin when it is fired. Hence, it travels in a straighter path at a much faster speed. This allows you to kill the prey in a single shot.

Moving Creatures: A moving creature is not easy to kill. Here, you need to cut the distance, move closer, and use a weapon that can fire spread of pellets such as a shotgun.

The bullet fired from a shotgun are quite deadly and will instantly kill the animal if shot with precision. However, you must be close to the animal – about 30 yards is said to be a good distance.

When To Use A Bow?

Stationary Creatures: A bow can be a good choice if the animal is not moving. It incorporates a quick firing mechanism that goes in straight as a single projectile. It does the job in seconds, killing the standing animal.

However, as mentioned earlier, a bow cannot make a long range kill. You must be close to the animal – 30 yards is again a good distance – to make the shot.

Moreover, a rifle can also be quite effective in this case. But, use it only when you have excellent skills. You must be able to aim well. This is because a long range shot is a one time shot. You will rarely get a second chance if you miss the first time.

Short Range Hunting: A bow is the best option when you want to hunt in a close range. You can use a shotgun, too, if the animal is at a distance of only 10-50 yards.

Stealth Animal: Animals can camouflage, crouch, or move at a speed that can be hard to follow. This is why you need to be very careful. Experts suggest to opt for a weapon that is super quiet, making bow a good option.

A gun, even with a silencer, makes noise and can alert the animal. On the other hand, an arrow shot from a bow makes no sound and can be a good pick when you want to hunt deer and other fast moving animals.

Cost

Now that we know which weapon to use and in what condition, let’s find out the costs associated with both the options.

You can get a used rifle for under $1,000 along with the necessary accessories. A bow, however, will cost you almost double. Also, you’d be needing a camo to get closer to the field where you want to hunt the animal.

Camo is referred to camouflaging and is recommended by the QDMA as well.

It is better to wear scentless clothing when using a bow to hunt. This is because your scent might give it away and the animal will scram off before you take the aim.

Remember Legal Requirements

Hunting laws differ from state to state, hence it’s important to consider ‘methods of take’. It may not be legal to use a specific weapon to kill certain animals in some states, so make sure to do a bit of research.

Moreover, tags may also not be available easily if it’s a high season. If you’re just starting out, you must first study the laws and regulations to be on the safe side.

Which One Is Best For New Hunters

Let’s compare a few factors:

The Learning Curve

It can take months to learn to use a bow. It can be tough to wielding it and perfect firing mechanism. This is a major reason why many new hunters stay away from bows. On the other hand, you can perfect a gun in just a month.

Note: Archery is easier to practice but you will need to go to a range to practice shooting.

The Ease Offered

Rifles offer good precision and can be used from a variety of positions (lying, sitting or standing). You will not have much trouble in finding your sweet spot. This ease is not available when it comes to bows. You can only stand and shoot or get on one knee and fire the bow.

Handling and Maintenance

If you’re just starting out, you wouldn’t want to have a weapon that is hard to carry and difficult to maintain.

Professional bows can be quite heavy – starting from 35 pounds. The right weight depends on your height and weight but a 35 pound weapon can be difficult to carry. Comparatively, rifles only weight about six pounds but can be more complicated to maintain.

Conclusion

We can say that guns are a better option but it’s best to get your hands on both and see what works for you. As mentioned earlier, it often boils down to personal choices and what you’re good at.

How Is A Gun Better Than A Bow?

  • You don’t need to apply force to fire the weapon.
  • Minor deviations may not cause much loss.
  • Easier to excel.
  • You can get more precision, accuracy, steadiness, and range.
  • Offer multiple firing shots in seconds.
  • Cheaper than a bow.
  • They are considered to be more ethical than bows. A properly timed and directed shot will kill the animal instantly without making it suffer and die a slow death.

How Is A Bow Better Than A Gun?

  • A bow is silent and hence results in less missed shots.
  • It’s more fun thanks to the adrenaline rush.
  • Easier to maintain than a gun.

All in all, we’d say that a gun is a modern tool capable of making hunting easier. It is cheaper, more accurate and precise than a bow. This is the reason why 75% of hunters prefer to use a gun.

Shooting Sports for Seniors: Tips for Getting Started

Aging adults have a unique set of considerations when it comes to hobby selection. Often, they seek activities that are mentally stimulating to keep them sharp, socially-driven to help combat loneliness and low-impact but still good for supporting their physical health. One activity that ticks all of the above boxes, yet is often overlooked by seniors, is sport shooting. Squaring up with a shotgun and taking aim at clay targets is one of few low-impact activities that requires a strong fusion of mental and physical fortitude with little experience needed.

Think you’re too old to shoot? That’s probably not true. While there are certain physical conditions that may bar you from taking a stab at the sport, by and large, if you’re strong enough to hold and balance a shotgun, you can take part in clay shooting. And it will pay off, too. Sport shooting is an excellent test of mental discipline, physical strength and focus, all things that will help you live a happier, healthier life as you age. It’s for these reasons that the activity is becoming increasingly more popular among older adults, with shooters age 55 or older making up over 20 percent of target shooting participants.

If you’re looking to get started in shooting sports, here are some great tips that will help you get ready for the range, even if you’ve never even held a shotgun.

  • Start with a Rundown on Safety—Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about firearm safety, ask for a rundown just in case before you get started. Since you might not have wielded a shotgun in years—maybe even decades—it’s best to start with a thorough rundown on firearm handling safety before beginning.
  • Join a Group with Other Seniors—As the aging population shows more interest in sport shooting, various seniors-only shooting groups have formed around the country. These groups cater to older shooters, so they may be more accommodating to those with physical concerns and anyone who may not move as quickly as they used to. Of course, joining up with people around your own age will help connect you with others who share similar interests, helping you grow your social circle.
  • Take it Slow and Dial Back the Power—As tempting as it may be, don’t reach for the most powerful shotgun on the rack when it’s your first time shooting (or your first time in a while). Heavy, powerful shotguns can injure those with physical limitations, previous injuries or weak bones, so always start with the least powerful gun available to you. Remember to move at your own pace and to take several breaks between shots if you feel yourself getting tired.
  • Turn to the Professionals—While there are plenty of backyard shooting setups that are perfectly safe and arranged by very competent, safety-focused shooters, the best thing you can do when you’re getting into any shooting sport is to head to the range. Not only will the pros know exactly how to warm you up for your first attempt at shooting, an actual facility will have services such as rentals so that you don’t have to borrow or buy your own equipment.

  • Don’t Worry When You Miss—Give yourself the freedom to underperform and you just might find that you have a lot more fun than you did when you piled on the pressure. Remember that in all shooting sports, misses are inevitable, and they shouldn’t deter you from trying again (and again and again). The fun of it is making tiny, micro-adjustments until you hit your target. Nothing is quite as satisfying!
  • Wear the Right Gear—One of the biggest differentiators between young people and older folks on the whole is that seniors know that the wrong gear or attire could seriously ruin an otherwise great outing. Ill-fitting glasses, sun in your eyes, a shirt that’s too hot—all of these things can prevent you from enjoying your visit to the range, so be sure to take some time to get your gear right. The same goes for the firearm. Make sure it’s the right fit before pulling the trigger and don’t compromise if something feels off.
  • Protect Your Eyes—Any shooting sport will require participants to wear protective eyewear to keep the eyes safe from blowback and shards of clay. Beginners typically rent these from the club or range when they don’t have their own, while seasoned shooters may have prescription shooting glasses made to ensure that their vision isn’t compromised by their safety gear. If you have contacts, be sure to wear them to the range (in addition to protective glasses or goggles) so that you protect your eyes without affecting quality of vision.
  • Buddy Up with Someone Your Own Age—You already know it’s a good idea to work with a professional or a guide, but it may also be smart to begin your shooting journey alongside another shooter around the same age, especially if you can connect with someone who has more (or more recent) experience than you do who may be interested in showing you the ropes.

You’re Never Too Old to Try Something New

If you’ve always wanted to try sport shooting but never had the opportunity, we’re here to tell you now’s your time. Not only can shooting help provide you with an array of positive mental and physical health benefits, it’s also a plain-old fun way to pass the time. If you’re concerned at all about your physical abilities, it may be a good idea to ask your physician for the go-ahead. Once you get the thumbs up, head to the range and show them what you can (still) do!

Choose the Best Round and Caliber for Self Defense

The topic of self-defense is hotly debated among gun enthusiasts, and there are countless options when it comes to the best self-defense choice for you. The model and caliber that you choose will vary according to your personal needs and experience.

Careful consideration is crucial when selecting the handgun that you will rely on for protection. Take time to research the best options for you before making this potentially life-saving decision. After deciding, it is important to outfit your gun with the perfect concealed carry holster and other accessories that complement its use.

Bullet Choices Matter

The caliber of a firearm determines which type of rounds can be used with it, and the construction of a bullet determines what a round will do to achieve its purpose. In self-defense situations, the purpose of a round is to stop an attack, and there are various rounds available that are tailored to this purpose.

Lead bullets, though common, are not the best choice for a self-defense weapon because they will not penetrate the target as well as their copper-jacketed counterparts. In a self-defense situation, however, there is also a high risk of collateral damage if the bullet penetrates too well.

Full metal jacket (FMJ) shells are an ideal defense ammo option. They typically consist of a lead core encased in copper, which enables them to penetrate well. The softness of the lead then prevents an excessive transfer of energy, in comparison to other round options.

Jacketed Hollow Point Bullets

Many gun enthusiasts agree that the jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullet design is highly effective for defense situations.

The JHP is an advancement on the FMJ, with the copper jacket partially extending to cover the lead core, which leaves the nose exposed. This portion of the lead has a hollow tip, and this enables the ideal balance between energy transfer and penetration.

Bonded Bullets

Bonded bullets inhibit the jacket and core of a bullet from separating upon impact. They are produced through both electrochemical and mechanical bonding, and both options ensure that the copper and lead components do not detach from one another, which lets the bullet maintain its weight for penetration. This makes bonded JHP bullets the premier choice for self-defense purposes.

Power

Several important factors play into making one bullet and caliber a more attractive choice for self-defense than another. These are power, speed, and capacity.

A bullet’s power, or effectiveness, refers to its ability to stop an attacker as quickly and effectively as possible. Various formulas have been developed that attempt to calculate the stopping power of a handgun, but, because the conditions of emergencies vary so significantly, this is difficult to do.

For example, a bullet that would have a detrimental effect on the chest cavity might have little to no effect on a dense, bony area. Because the chest cavity represents the largest mass of a target and has the highest contact probability, this is the area that emergency responders are trained to aim for and where a bullet’s stopping power is typically calculated.  

This implies that the best stopping power is afforded by bullets that affect debilitating pain to an attacker.

Speed

The faster the bullet, the quicker it can neutralize a target. Advances in the development of Kydex holsters allow for reduced retrieval time and, coupled with high-velocity rounds, eliminating a threat has never been faster.  

The speed of a bullet will affect the penetration of a target. The higher the rotational velocity of a bullet, the further it can penetrate the attacker. Speed also plays a role in how much a bullet expands, which determines the amount of damage that is inflicted and whether collateral damage will be a concern.

Those who opt for a lighter, faster bullet will find that they offer reduced recoil, which is essential for carriers who cannot withstand heavy recoil.

Capacity

The capacity of a handgun is a final and straightforward factor to consider. The smaller the bullet, the more rounds a handgun can carry.

A Glock 17 will always hold more 9mm Lugers than a Glock 21 holds .45 AUTOs. It is important to consider that, though a 9mm pistol may hold more ammunition, it is still a lighter firearm than any .40 S&W or .45 AUTO when loaded.

Gun Calibers


One go-to choice for personal self-defense is a revolver. A revolver will carry either .38 Special or .357 Magnum calibers. The advantage of a revolver is that it is easy to operate and learn how to shoot, making it an ideal choice for high-stress situations.

Revolvers do have limited capacity, which may be a disadvantage for some. With proper training, however, this is not likely to be an issue.

Some semiautomatic handguns can hold up to seventeen rounds of 9mm ammo, as well as .40 S&W and .45 ACP. This type of firearm is easily reloaded and allows users to keep their eyes on the threat. However, semi-automatics must be cocked to fire, which may be inconvenient for some.

A user’s experience and comfort level in handling firearms will likely determine what type of gun or caliber they decide to use. For those with less experience, a revolver with .38 Special bullets is an ideal option. A more experienced carrier may find that a semi-automatic handgun, such as a Glock 17 or Glock 19 with 9mm Luger bullets, is the most suitable option for their skill level.

The Best Choice for You

Deciding on a firearm for self-defense requires a compromise between size, speed, and capacity. Larger bullets will never have a higher velocity than smaller bullets, and a handgun with more power will almost always have more significant recoil. The best choice for a self-defense weapon comes down to your personal preference and the factors that are most pertinent to your concealed carry use.

Being an accurate and practiced shot is more important than what type of firearm or bullet you choose to use. Once you have made your decision, it is essential to test the feel of different rounds at your shooting range.

Consider factors like level of comfort in the hand, recoil control, and capacity. There are also various options for how to conceal and carry your weapon, the most popular of which is an in-the-waistband or IWB holster.

A firearm is a serious tool that is used only in the most critical of situations. Because of this, it is paramount that any carrier is fully comfortable and capable of using their weapon of choice for their own and others’ safety.

How to Get Your Concealed Carry License

Concealed carry license requirements vary throughout the 50 states and U.S. Territories. While the Second Amendment grants all citizens the right to bear arms, some states require more training, background checks, and safeguards to ensure that guns remain in the hands of law-abiding, dutiful citizens.

Obtaining a concealed carry license can be a little trickier than merely getting a permit to carry, depending on the state. However, the payoff is worth the time spent and being able to carry concealed is an excellent way to ensure you can protect yourself and your family should you need to.

Shall Issue States

The first step to getting your concealed carry license is to determine what kind of state you live in: a shall issue, may issue, or constitutional carry state.

Shall issue states are states that will issue concealed carry permits to applicants that meet all of that state’s qualifications. Some shall issue states only issue to residents, so it’s important to look into your state’s laws.

This can become complicated for people who travel on long-term assignments for work or for business owners who work in one state but reside in another.

May Issue States

States that are may issue look to see if the applicant meets all the qualifications for a concealed carry license and may ultimately make a judgment on allowing for that permit.

Typically, these decisions are first made at the local level, such as the police chief of a town, and then sent up to the state police division for approval. Some may issue states also exclude non-residents, so it is essential to check your state’s requirements.

Constitutional Carry States

Constitutional carry states allow eligible citizens to carry a concealed firearm without the need for a license. These states can then be further sub-categorized into those which allow only residents to carry versus those that will issue to both residents and non-residents.

Right Denied States

There are currently two U.S. Territories which do not allow concealed carry licenses: The Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, which fall into the category of rights denied states.

Know Your Laws

While many may issue states require applicants to take a course first, it is still a good idea to brush up on the laws in states which are shall issue or constitutional carry, but which do not require prior educational courses.

These laws vary widely in regard to concealed carry licenses and the use of deadly force in a public place. For instance, having alcohol in your system can invalidate the justified use of a concealed carry weapon in some states. In other states, there are strictly prohibited areas for carrying any concealed weapon.

Even if your state does not require a course, find one anyway. These courses cover some of the more complicated aspects of legal statutes. Ignorance of the law does not make you innocent; educate yourself as much as possible before purchasing any weapon.

Training

Most may issue states require a class and live-fire training to grant applicants their license to carry. One of the most beneficial training seminars you can take to acquire a concealed carry permit is the Utah Multi-State Concealed Carry license, also known as the Utah Permit.

There are currently 33 states that accept the Utah non-resident permit for a concealed carry license. The requirements for getting the Utah non-resident permit include completing a firearms familiarity course certified by the Utah BCI and taught by certified instructors.

While some states have reciprocity with one another, it is worth researching the reciprocities of different permits and their requirements, especially if you plan to travel with your concealed weapon.

Most weapons training courses include a few hours of class time, which cover topics such as types of guns and ammunition, state laws, gun safety, and choosing the best-concealed carry holsters.

There are also in-class demonstrations for loading and unloading a weapon, which ultimately leads to live-fire range time with your instructor. The certificate you receive at the end of the course is required for submission with your application.

Background Checks and Letters of Reference

Some may issue states require a rigorous background check and up to three letters of reference before they will decide to issue a concealed carry license.

The background checks typically consist of a questionnaire about your criminal history and a comprehensive fingerprinting, which is run against the state and national criminal databases.

The letters of reference cannot be obtained from family members. Writers should be members of the community with upstanding reputations who know you well and can attest to your character, such as a teacher, a police officer, or a city councilman.

It is important to note that some states, even if you pass the background check for your license, still conduct a new background check whenever you purchase a firearm.

The Fee

Most states that require an application for a concealed carry license also require a fee at the time of application submission. These fees can range from anywhere between $50-$100, so check with your local jurisdiction’s application fee policies.

The Equipment

Once you have received your concealed carry license, it is important to make safety and comfort the top priorities for your chosen concealed carry pistol.

The most important piece of equipment, other than your gun and ammo, is your choice of concealed carry holster. There is a variety of ways to carry concealed, and it will vary according to the pistol you choose, where you want to carry it on your body, and how you want to carry it.

Not all holsters are alike. When choosing a concealed carry holster, it should not catch on the gun, it should offer quick draw-speed, and it needs to fit your chosen firearm well.

Inside-the-waistband holsters, or IWB holsters, are some of the most popular choices for concealed carry pistols. IWB holsters are easy to access quickly, sit snugly against the abdomen, and are simple to conceal for both men and women. Many IWB holsters have accessories for carrying additional ammunition, as well.

Spend Time at the Range

Muscle memory is a huge advantage for learning how to carry and protect yourself with a firearm. In high-stress situations, your body will remember what to do even if your mind is focusing on what is happening around you.

To achieve this, spend time at the range firing your chosen concealed carry weapon. Don’t just target practice; get a sense of how long it takes for you to unholster your weapon and get into a firing stance. Many gun ranges have different holsters you can try out with your pistol to see which is the best IWB holster for you.

Final Thoughts

While the requirements for getting your concealed carry license vary from state-to-state, having your license means you can confidently protect yourself and your loved ones. Become informed about your weapon and the laws pertaining to it and practice often. You never know when you will need to take action and save a life.  

Ultimate Guideline – How to Use a Red Dot Sight

Introduction:

Shooting accuracy is vital when you want to hit the target every time you aim. At times, as you train, it is not possible to do that without some guidance – the red dot sight. We have seen them in movies and in practice too helping the users aim better at moderate ranges.
It is a simple optic instrument that uses an LED light to point where you are aiming. In simple terms, it uses the red dot as the reticle.
The dot can be green or red depending on the model you are using. They are however all referred to as red dots to avoid complication. Once you learn how to use the red dot properly, it becomes of the best companions as you train to shoot on the target.

Red Dot Sights General Instructions

As long as you have a gun with a mounting rail, check what works with your weapon and then follow the mounting considerations below. For example, if you compare vortex venom and viper red dot sights, the venom series is bigger which makes it mountable on rifles and pistols. The Viper model is suitable for pistols and smaller guns due to its small size.
If you need magnification, then you will need a scope that will help you do that since red dot sights do not magnify. They were invented in the 70s to help people aim while they use the gun. Since then, the modification has seen them achieve more regarding the quality and longevity of use before changing the batteries. That is why you are now seeing smaller ones, mountable on handguns.
How you mount the aiming instrument is upon you. The pistols will keep it straight while larger guns may require some inclination depending on how you hold while using it. What will work for you will not work for your partner.
Guns were there since before this generation, but technology has made most people to consider the flat-top Picatinny railing. Models from the Vortex brand, for example, will use that properly.
However, you are at times given the gun available to work with. At that point, the only thing to do if you need proper mounting is getting a cheek weld to hold the red dot sight as you shoot. There will be some limitations though.

How to Mount a Red Dot Scope?

It is not always an easy decision when figuring out the best position for your dot sight or scope. If that does not seem evident to you depending on what you are using, look at the where you don’t need it first.
The first thing you need to avoid is mounting on the handguard. Some guns have been modified to make that possible and unless that is possible on your weapon, don’t do it.
The typical types have the handguard surrounding the chamber and barrel, and these are the areas that get heated up as you shoot. That means the metal on guard will expand due to heat subjection, and that will affect your zero if the scope is attached to it. The degree of zero shifting will, however, depend on how much the handguard will be affected by the heat.
The rule to follow is mounting on top of the receiver. Are you including a magnifier, then choose a mounting style that will match that if you don’t have space or get a smaller sighting scope. The only exception to consider mounting on the handguard is if the gun incorporates a monolithic upper where the receiver and handguard are one piece.

Considerations When Mounting A Red Dot Sight

  • If you need to include a magnifier, then make sure your mounting procedure does not limit you on space. Otherwise, you need to mount it further forward.
  • Regardless of where you mount, the red dot’s size will not be affected by that. Moving it forward or back does not make it larger either.
  • When mounting, consider the optic being closer to you instead of further. At times, as you shoot, you get the ‘searching’ mode where you need to locate the dot before shooting. It happens mostly if you had a cheek weld. When it’s further, the ‘window’ appears smaller, and it will take time before you get used to it. Handguns mounting brings it close to you as possible. For larger guns, choose a position closer to your eye.
  • Some of us like it when the optic is further from the eye. At that point, you can shoot well than when it is closer to your face. The reason behind this (though it differs with the different models) is that your eye views things correctly positioned at a further distance since the interpretation is in your eye and not the spot guiding instrument.
  • Mounting closer to the eye gives you a wide field of view, but you will see less when looking around. When the sighting optics is further from your eye, the FOV is smaller, and you have more viewing on the outer parts of the red sight optic. If you are shooting at longer ranges, then a wide FOV is necessary. When shooting at short ranges, then you need a view that sees through the sighting scope and over the top edges. Such a view is suitable if you are searching a building, for example.
  • As you mount, consider the balancing your rifle. Handguns will work well if the sighting optic’s weight is subjected at the rear and not further forward. On larger guns, weight at the front can help you deal with muzzle flip. The main point here is to check your weapon and how it works when the masses are in different positions

Adjusting and Sighting a Red Dot Scope

Since we are using the long guns and short ones too, we are going to see how you can do it on AR and smaller guns option. The instructions will vary depending on your gun but here is the generalization on what you need to consider.

AR Rifles

They come with a Picatinny rail, so mounting is easy. Once everything is in position, you need to check the zeroing distance. Some of us will use 50 yards zero point since it is also applicable at 200 yards.
If you think about the bullet’s arc, it will go up at 50 yards before going back to your zero at 200 yards. Others will go with 25 yards, but whatever choice you make, the method does not change.
Now, if your rifle has that iron sighting fixture, then you are better than the rest of your peers in the group.
Just adjust the elevation and windage on the sighting optics until you get the dot sitting straight at the top of the iron sight’s front post. After you center the dot, it’s now time to shoot a few rounds with both eyes opened.
If you are not yet on target, then adjust the optics properly and do it one more time until you are happy with the results.
Now, if you don’t have the iron sight advantage, there is still the old-fashioned way of going the boresight method.
Place the upper on a steady platform after removing it from the lower, and dispatching the charging handle and bolt too. Once you have done that, it is now possible to look down the barrel as you aim at the target.
After achieving the distance needed, move the upper until you get the dot centered on where you are aiming. Look again down the barrel to see if the upper moved as you were working on the sighting. If they are not in line, you need to readjust the barrel and target then go back to the sighting.
When everything is assembled, and you have already taken a deep breath, send a few rounds down and then adjust accordingly depending on the point of impact.

Handguns Sighting

Mounting on handguns is easy since most of them come with the necessary mechanism to make that possible. Once the mounting is successful, all you need to do is adjust the dot until it seems to sit on top of the iron sight’s front. With your paper target in position, move back at 5 yards and shoot three or four rounds. Are you on target? Go back to your adjustment knobs and sight again. Now, fire again until you hit the impact point.
Once you get it right at 5 yards, now move to a further distance, say 15 yards. The zeroing at such a point will differ from five yards. After you have the proper sighting, shoot again and confirm your target. Repeat the adjustments you made at five yards and shoot again until you have the desired results after shooting.

Footnote

A red dot sight will help you more in shooting on target, and the modern ones will typically fit on any new gun in use. Whether you have a handgun or rifle, the mounting mechanisms are there to aid you in better sighting and to shoot at the aimed point. Most of them do not have magnifiers since they are made to help you get your target and not magnifying your view.
For those of us with advanced ones that have a magnifying glass, such versatility helps those who are shooting at longer ranges – 50 or 75 yards. On the other hand, if you are not doing the long distance shooting, then having a red dot will help you hit your targets more and waste less ammunition.

For those of us with advanced ones that have a magnifying glasses, such versatility helps those who are shooting at longer ranges – 50 or 75 yards. On the other hand, if you are not doing the long distance shooting, then having a red dot will help you hit your targets more and waste less ammunition. If you’re on the market looking for the best rated red dot sight, you can go to the OutdoorsBest.com and check out their article here: Best Red Dot Sight – { Top 8 } Red Dot Reflex Sight Review

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5 Considerations For Carrying and Using A Firearm During An SHTF Disaster

There are an abundance of articles that cover the best types of guns to have and use during an SHTF disaster such as a power grid down scenario where chaos results and angry mobs and looters take to the streets.  

Is this an important subject? Absolutely.  

Nonetheless, equally as important as your weapons choices during a major disaster will be knowing how to carry and use those guns.  Many people have this idea that a major disaster or catastrophe is going to result in a ‘Wild West’ scenario where no rules apply and where everyone is walking around with a pistol on their hip and a rifle slung over their shoulder.

While that’s certainly one possibility for what may happen, the truth is that you will actually need to be more careful about how you carry and use firearms during an SHTF disaster than you may realized.

Here are the top five considerations for carrying and using a firearm during an SHTF disaster.

1 – You Still Need To Follow Laws

Guess what: the authorities and law enforcement most likely aren’t going away when disaster strikes, and that means that the laws are not going away anytime soon after.  This means that any laws that currently apply to you at the Federal, state, or local levels will still need to be followed by you. Otherwise, you can run into serious trouble with the authorities.

For example, what are the open carry laws in your area?  If open carry is currently not allowed, just because a major disaster occurs doesn’t mean that it’s suddenly going to become legal or acceptable.

Here’s another question to ask yourself: in your state or city, under what circumstances is it legal to use a firearm in lethal self-defense?  Even if your home comes under attack, for instance, you may have a duty to retreat before you can fire a gun in lethal self-defense.

2 – Conceal Carrying A Sidearm Will Be Preferable To Open Carry

In the midst of an SHTF disaster, it will always be wise to keep a handgun on you at all times (assuming it’s legal, because as we just went over you will still need to follow law) so you always have a defensive tool on your person that you can draw and fire if need be.

That being said, it will also almost always be preferable to conceal carry this firearm rather than open carry it.  This is because open carrying a firearm is going to draw to you lots of attention, not only from other people around you but from any military and law enforcement units nearby as well.  

This isn’t something that you want because one of the keys to survival in a disaster scenario will be to ‘fly under the radar’ and blend into the crowd rather than stand out like a sore thumb.  

3 – A Defensive Long Gun Should Always Be Kept Within Reach

Even though you would be wise to carry a sidearm on your person at all times for quick and easy access during an SHTF disaster, at the same time, it should be noted that a handgun should never be considered a primary combat weapon.

A handgun can be an effective defensive tool, but at the end of the day, it’s really a last resort weapon or the gun that you use to fight your way to your rifle.  

In other words, in an SHTF disaster, don’t treat your handgun like it’s the primary weapon you’re going to use to defend your home and family with, because it’s not.  

You need to have a defensive long gun (preferably a semi-automatic rifle) that you can use for this task, and you’re going to want to keep that rifle loaded and within relatively easy reach while also keeping it out of sight from other people.

4 – Your Firearms May Not Even Be Legal

This will largely depend on whether or not martial law is declared.  However, martial law being declared as a result of a significant enough disaster is a very real possibility that you may face.  

When Hurricane Katrina struck the coast of Louisiana in 2005, the government declared martial law, which essentially means that ordinary law is suspended as the military and/or law enforcement takes direct control over local civilian affairs.

As a result of martial law, the government will take action to control the civilian population, and part of what they will do to aid in that control is to confiscate as many firearms as they can.  This is exactly what happened after Hurricane Katrina when military and law enforcement units went from door-to-door confiscating all kinds of firearms – rifles, shotguns, handguns, you name it.

The lesson learned here is that your firearms may not even be legal, meaning that you could be taking a major risk just by conceal carrying a pistol.  It also means that you will likely need to take steps to keep your firearms hidden as well.

5 – You Can’t Neglect Maintenance

Last but not least, maintenance of your firearms will be of the utmost importance following disaster to keep them in good working condition over the long term.

Keeping a firearms cleaning kit with all the essentials – such as cleaning rod, gun oil, and cleaning patches – will undoubtedly be an absolute must.  

But at the same time, you will need to actually take action to ensure that your firearms remain in good working condition.  Inspecting your firearms carefully and conducting detailed maintenance will be important.

Keep in mind, some of your firearms can and will take a serious beating, especially if you have to pack them consistently and perhaps even use them.  You’re going to be using them a lot more than simply taking a trip or two a month to the shooting range.

Conclusion

All in all, these will be the top five considerations for you to follow with carrying and using firearms following a major disaster.  

If there’s anything that you learn from this article, it’s that whether it be an EMP attack, an economic collapse, or a natural disaster or whatever else, you need to be very careful and cautious about how you go about packing heat.

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