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Advertisment Not long ago, an Arizona mother walked into her bedroom and saw her two-year-old playing with her husband’s gun. She credited a Project ChildSafe lock—provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation—for preventing a tragedy. We want to prevent our children from finding and misusing loaded firearm.

Gun Storage Options to Suit Your Lifestyle: Why We Support ProjectChildsafe

Gun Storage Options to Suit Your Lifestyle: Why We Support ProjectChildsafeAdvertisment Not long ago, an Arizona mother walked into her bedroom and saw her two-year-old playing with her husband’s gun. She credited a Project ChildSafe lock—provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation—for preventing a tragedy. We want to prevent our children from finding and misusing loaded firearm. That’s a tragedy waiting to happen, and it’s so easily prevented. That’s why NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999. This nationwide program distributes free gun locks, promotes education about safe firearms handling, and emphasizes the importance of storing firearms responsibly. Highlights of Project ChildSafe A free cable lock from Project ChildSafe is always better than no secure storage at all (or assuming that a hidden gun is a “safe” gun), but a cable lock may not be the most desired storage option for all gun owners. Features including theft deterrence , protection from heat (fire) or other damage, and access to the firearm in an emergency are all important considerations. Some highlights of various storage options developed by NSSF and Project ChildSafe: Gun Cases Gun Cases are affordable, portable, protect guns from accidental damage and come in a variety of materials depending on the level of durability and security you’re looking for. Lock Boxes Lock Boxes can open with a key, a combination, finger pads, or your fingerprints alone. Most are portable (unless mounted to a nightstand or other furniture in the home or car) and made of metal, meaning they can provide greater theft deterrence and damage protection than a plastic gun case, and making them more expensive. Gun Lockers/Gun Cabinets Gun Lockers, made of lightweight medal, can hold multiple firearms. As a result, Gun Lockers sell at more affordable rates than heavy-gauge gun safes. Gun Safes Gun Safes store several guns at once . They are an excellent fireproof option for the target shooter or hunter who has many different firearms.  You can also purchase smaller versions made specifically for handguns . Project ChildSafe Considerations With any storage option , there is also the question of accessibility — how quickly can I get my gun if I need it? Some gun vault and safe manufacturers have videos showing the time needed to access a firearm. In fact, Project ChildSafe gear works faster than grabbing a gun from a drawer or the top of a nightstand. ConcealedCarry.com president Jacob Paulsen also did an independent analysis on the subject . He concludes that, while secure storage may add 1.5 to 3.2 seconds to response time vs. a gun sitting loose on a nightstand, his preference—as a parent of young children—is for the peace of mind and the inability of criminals to access his gun that comes with secure Project ChildSafe storage. Ultimately, every gun owner needs to decide what steps they want to take to prevent a preventable tragedy. Fortunately, the number of fatal firearms accidents have declined to historic low levels, even while firearm sales have increased. We all want this trend to continue in the right direction, because gun owners prioritize safety and responsibility. It’s only when we get complacent about firearm safety that accidents happen, which is why an emphasis on storing firearms responsibly bears repeating. The more often responsible gun owners secure their firearms when not in use, the more accidents we will prevent, and the fewer guns will end up in the wrong hands. Visit NSSF’s Project ChildSafe at www.projectchildsafe.org to access their free library of safety information, including tips for safe firearm storage at home, a hunting safety checklist, videos on how to talk to your kids about gun safety and other resources. Gunbacker.com is a proud supporter of Project Childsafe and all their efforts to ensure firearms are kept locked up.  For more information about Project Childsafe, check out the video below.

ACOG vs EOTech with Magnifier – Which Is Better? (ANSWERED) Photo by Keith LaFaille / CC BY Our ancestors used to pack primitive gunpowder down crude iron tubes, light it with a match, point it in the general direction of their enemy, and hope the mass of smoke, fire, and randomly flying bits of metal might harm the folks downrange. Barring that, it was always good for instilling confusion and fear, provided the weapon didn’t blow up on the user first. Now, instead of trying to decide which end of a gun is more dangerous, we have a much more vexing problem when it comes to firearms. What is better in the battle between ACOG vs EoTech with a magnifier ? Inquiring minds want to know, so we happily frolicked through the most advanced sights ever fielded on a rifle. Both an ACOG and an EOTech have a few things in common. Both have been used in combat by the US military, and both can provide low power magnification. However, where an EOTech is battery-operated, an ACOG uses radioactive tritium to provide illumination. Both have advantages and disadvantages that we will cover later, but now let’s take a look at a couple of pairs of such sights. EOTECH HHS II VS Acog 4 X 32 Trijicon ACOG 4 X 32 Scope Dual Illuminated Chevron .223 Ballistic Reticle, Red Price: Price as of 08/14/2020 03:38 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. EOTECH HHS II Holographic Hybrid Sight - EXPS2-2 with G33 Magnifier Price: Price as of 08/13/2020 23:19 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Price Here we are going to consider the merits of these optics based on price, usability, and features. There’s not a huge difference in price considering in each case but it is nothing to sneeze at either. If price is your bottom line, run with the EOTech since it’s usually cheaper (check current prices, though). Usability Well, they are both combat-proven optics. The EOTech is a standard EOTech HHS II paired with a 3 power fixed magnifier. In this case, two popular items were paired and packaged together. The magnifier flips out of the way when not in use, allowing rapid transition between a red dot and a magnified red dot. Meanwhile, over on the ACOG side of the table, the 4×32 is a fixed four power magnified scope. Unlike the EOTech, the ACOG is built from the ground up to be magnified and requires no additional accessories. However, for those who might care, it cannot transition between a non-magnified reticle and a magnified one—it’s just a standard 4x magnification. Battery Life & Electronics One can also compare the tritium and fiber optic illuminated ACOG with the battery operated EOTech; however, for all practical purposes since even the most elite forces on this planet use both, buy the EOTech if you want to transition between magnified or unmagnified or run with the ACOG if you have no preference. By virtue of examining usability, we touched on some features, and now we can touch on a few more. ACOG’s have no electronic circuits to fail. They use natural light illuminated fiber optics and radioactive tritium vials to illuminate the reticle, making them extremely robust. EOTech uses batteries for their rugged sights. Both mount on a standard Picatinny rail, both are compatible with night vision devices, and both are built to a high military standard. If You Must Have a Red Dot and an ACOG . . . The ACOG comes up short in its ability to transition between a magnified optic and a red dot. However, there is a solution to that as well, although at a price: Here, we have a standard ACOG unit paired with a high quality red dot sight. An operator can quickly transition between a red dot and a magnified scope even quicker than flipping the magnifier on an EOTech out of the way. This does come with a price though, unless you are married to the idea of an ACOG, an EOTech with a magnifier usually offers cost savings and similar functions. Is There Much Real Difference in ACOG vs. Eotech with Magnifier? Well . . . maybe if you are a member of an elite special forces unit or happened to be issued one or the other in the military and want to have an optic you are familiar with on your privately owned rifle. Seriously, though, for most of us, the main difference is cost, which is negligible until you start pairing an ACOG with a red dot. In that case, price-wise, the EOTech is the big winner. There are only a small handful of different models of each sight and for good reason. These are optical sights we’re talking about, not the internal workings of a rocket that’ll fly you to Nepune. You’re going to get either a high-quality non-magnified holographic sight or a high-end magnified scope. If You Must Get an EoTech So there’s little sense in reviewing all the small model variations for an ACOG or EOTech. If you buy an EOTech, you’ll probably want to invest in a magnifier (see our article on the best red dot magnifiers ). If you want a magnifier that’s also an authentic EOTech, well, be prepared to spend as much (or even more) on this puppy as you had on your standalone EOTech sight itself. For example, here’s are a standard Eotech stand-alone model and following is the EoTech Magnifier. EOTECH XPS2 Holographic Weapon Sight Price: $528.99 Price as of 08/14/2020 06:34 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. EOTECH G33 Magnifier Price: $530.00 Price as of 08/13/2020 23:19 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ACOG Choices The choices for an ACOG get even narrower. The optional red-dot sight that we listed above is your biggest and probably only choice. If you want magnification all the time, you’ll be buying an ACOG. Conclusion of ACOG vs. Eotech with Magnifier My own personal choice is a magnified EOTech. It is more visually appealing (to me anyway) and it’s typically a bit cheaper than an ACOG. I don’t really, in the end, care enough about the differences between the two. Both are widely used in more intense situations than most people will ever find themselves in. Wile the tritium used in an ACOG is safe to handle, it does have a practical life of about 15 years before it has to be replaced. An EOTech just needs batteries and can run up to 600 hours on a single battery. There are pros and cons to each, but in 15 years, I suspect I’ll have an easier time buying a battery than a tritium vial. Either way, both are amazing optics, and the American public is fortunate to be able to choose between them, and you’ll be happy no matter whichever choice you make. Boyd Smith Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type.  His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids).  He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters.  It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. 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3 Reasons to Not Buy a Gas Mask

3 Reasons to Not Buy a Gas Mask

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Survival Gear Review: Hennessy Hammock Expedition

Survival Gear Review: Hennessy Hammock Expedition

Staying off the ground is not just an important part of back country camping, it can also be a matter of life or death if you are outside the sphere of assistance or in a survival situation.  The ground can literally suck the heat from your body.  Enter, the No products found. . Quick Navigation About the Hammock Conclusion: About the Hammock Model: No products found. Height Limit: 6′ tall / 180 cm Weight Limit: 250 lbs / 115 kg Weight of Hammock 2 lbs 9 oz / 1160 g Click to watch review – Hennessy Hammock Expedition Zip Conclusion: The Pro’s I have used this No products found. multiple times in the back-country of the Rocky Mountains and here are some things that I like about this hammock. The hammock is very light weight compared to almost any tent and has no tent poles, which can be bulky in your pack.  The No products found. is very compact-able and fits well into your camping pack or bug out bag . The mosquito netting is a nice feature depending on your location and provides great ventilation while protecting you from small insect like predators. Quick and easy to set up, I can set up the hammock in less than five minutes (more like three minutes). I usually spend more time looking for the perfect trees. The hammock is great for uneven ground, as long as you have several trees to choose from you can literally camp on the side of a mountain or a hill in this hammock.  It comes with a rain fly which is key to protecting you from the elements, as well as keeping your body heat within the hammock .  It also has a paracord draw string across the top of the hammock to keep the mosquito netting and rain fly off of you, while providing a place for the sliding mesh gear bag for your headlamp, pistol, glasses, etc.  The "Hennessy Hammock Expedition" also has additional draw strings so that you can stake open up your hammock to provide more internal space, which is nice. The Con’s The cons are that you need to have trees available to you or you’re screwed.  The No products found. only fits one person, so this is not the ideal family bug out tent.  The rain fly that comes with the hammock is small and would not protect you very well in severe weather conditions.  A sleeping pad seems necessary to keep your body heat from escaping beneath you.  It does not come with any tent stakes to stake out your rain fly. Some recommendations I would make are to purchase the additional No products found. .  It is very large and provides the necessary protection from the whatever Mother Nature throws at you.  Hennessy also offers Snake Skins , a tube-like sheath which attaches to each side of the hammock for quick storage and fast set-up and tear-down.  This way you don’t have to try and fold up or stuff your hammock into a cinch sack.  I would also add lightweight tent stakes to stake out the rain fly and hammock. And the most important feature of all, I get a better nights sleep in a hammock than I do in a tent on a sleeping pad. Video by SurvivalCache.com Team Photos by: jon_beard bicyclerust utspoolup Other interesting articles: SOL Emergency Bivvy Review for 2020: Survival Gear Survival Debate: Tent or Tarp Survival Gear Review: MSR HyperFlow Microfilter "Survival Gear Review" : Clarks North American Hammock

Best Water Storage Containers for Emergencies [2020]

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s You can survive for roughly 3 days without water. Fine during normal days in civilization…but what happens during an emergency? Water Storage & Purification for Emergencies We’ll cover a few of the easiest ways to store & purify water at home and in your car.  Plus some alternatives for purifying on the go. So you’ll have that peace of mind for your family the next time a natural disaster or other emergency strikes. Best Water Storage Containers for Emergencies Now… how much water should you store ? Survival Water Requirements, WHO The rough rule of thumb is 1 gallon per person per day .  You can go less (like in the chart with 2-3 liters, a gallon is roughly 4 liters), but unless you’re really rationing…it’s gonna suck ( WHO ). 1. 5 Gallon Stackable Containers For me with a wife and young child…I’m storing around 30 gallons of water.  I’m not prepping for the end of the world…just up to 2 weeks. I like these 5 gallon stackable containers ($76) because they are affordable, save space, and aren’t too heavy. Water Storage, Food, & Ammo It’s great to have bigger containers, but keep in mind water is about 8 pounds a gallon . My wife isn’t going to like it…but she can move it if she has to. Plus since you’re buying in multiple packs…you can spread them around your property. 5 "Gallon Stackable Containers" (4-Pack) 76 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 76 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing What’s your take on these stackables? Readers' Ratings 4.99/5 (250) Your Rating? 2. 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer Slightly more capacity and but will weigh more than 56 lbs when full.  The Aqua-Tainer ($16) is also more robust so you can use it for camping. "Water Storage Containers" (L to R: 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer, 5 Gallon Stackable) The bad news is you can’t stack it easily if space is an issue.  But…per gallon it’s a better deal than the stackables. What I did was get the 20 gallon 4-pack of stackables and also two of the 7 gallons Aqua-Tainers in case we need to move with water. 7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer 16 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 16 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 3. WaterBOB There’s always going to be that person that says they’ll just fill up their bathtub.  Great for a little while…but it’s not sanitary and not covered. That’s where WaterBOB ($35) comes in. It’s a giant plastic bag with nozzle where you can fill up to 100 gallons from your tap.  Great for when you are able to anticipate an incoming emergency. WaterBOB 100 Gallon 35 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 35 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I’m going to get one as a backup…though my major threat is earthquake which doesn’t necessarily give me a heads up! If you’d like more reviews on plastic water containers, check out here . 4. Emergency Water Pouches How about for the car or your office? You aren’t going to carry around 40+ lbs of water…so that’s where these emergency water pouches ($27 for 64-pack) come in. Emergency Water Pouch (64 Pack) 27 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 27 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing I first found out about them since they were in my old go-to car emergency kit .  I ended up getting a bunch more for the office. Ready American 4-Person Emergency Backpack 80 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 80 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing 5. Larger Water Containers These previous three choices are probably all you’re going to need…but if you have that true prepper mentality…I’ve got some bigger containers for you. Large Water Barrels (55 Gallon+) 110 at BePrepared.com Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 110 at BePrepared.com Prices accurate at time of writing Keep in mind these will not be going anywhere… And yes…if you read enough prepping stuff you’ll also have access to your water heater if it has a tank.  But I’d still suggest to have emergency containers! How to Purify Your Water Now that you have your correct amount of water containers…you can’t just throw tap water in there and expect it to last a long time. You’re going to need to purify it somehow. The easiest is with Water Preserver ($14) which is essentially bleach. Sure, you can use some household bleach…but there’s different strengths and other ingredients.  Use this Department of Health site to do your research if you go that route. I’ll stick with Water Preserver which is an easy 8 drops per gallon and should keep it good for up to 5 years. Water Preserver 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing After you do it…remember to mark down the date on the container or cap so you know when to refill with new water. Best Survival Water Purifiers What if you’re on the go and need to purify some water? Water Purification, LifeStraw and Katadyn One way is what I use sometimes for backpacking…Water Purification Tablets ($7). Water Purification Tablets 7 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 7 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Or there’s the LifeStraw which lets you suck water from sources and gets rid of all the bad stuff that can make you sick. Great for a go-bag or car kit where you don’t want all the extra weight of actual water. LifeStraw 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 17 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing And if you’re an avid hiker or need something more reliable and with more volume for your family…I really like Katadyn.  It’s filtered a lot of scummy water for me and my friends. It isn’t cheap for the all metal version I have…but the plastic ones are great for emergency situations. Katadyn Water Filters 66 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 66 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Conclusion There you have it…the easiest ways to store water for your family during an emergency. Water Storage, Food, & Ammo My favorite is the 5 gallon pack of stackable containers. 5 Gallon Stackable Containers (4-Pack) 76 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 76 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Combined with Water Preserver. Water Preserver 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 14 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing No matter what you go with…remember to purify, keep the containers in different locations, and swap them out every 5 years. And how about food…we’ll be writing an emergency food guide later on but for now we really like the Augason Farms 30-Day Pack. Augason Farms 30-Day Emergency Food 88 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 88 at Amazon Prices accurate at time of writing Any other ways you currently store water?  Let us know in the comments below.  And if you want to go more hardcore…our Essential SHTF Gear List is for you.  Plus… Best Gas Masks & Respirators Best Survival/Camping Food

How to Clean & Lubricate a Gun

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s Learn how to clean your gun! We’ll go through our recommended cleaning tools, the proper procedure, how often you need to clean, and end with an all-inclusive video. Best Way? Everyone and their mom has their preferred way to clean and lube a gun. Find a forum on the subject and you’ll hear dozens of preferences of the “best” solvent/oil/grease combination. So is our way the best ? Maybe, or maybe not, but it’s worked for tens of thousands of rounds through pistols, rifles, and shotguns.  But don’t worry, we’ll also list several other popular options. Necessities M-Pro 7 Tactical Universal Cleaning Kit The best way to start off is to buy a simple cleaning kit that has everything you need.  Our recommendation is to get the M-Pro 7 "Tactical Universal Cleaning" Kit .  It has bore brushes for almost all calibers, a cleaning rod that works for pistols and long guns, as well as cleaning patches and all the necessary fluids. Or just buy the necessary solvents and create patches out of whatever you have handy. Check out more of our picks in Best Gun Cleaning Kits . All "Gun Cleaning Kits" You’ll also want a lot of Q-tips, an old but cleaned toothbrush, and a rag (I use old t-shirts or microfiber towels ). Once you run out of patches, you can get additional ones from Hoppe’s . Why M-Pro 7? Gun Cleaner M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner The two main reasons are that it works well and does not smell. I originally started with the OG of all gun solvents, Hoppe’s #9 .  Hoppes has been used for decades and really does the job getting all the gunk out.  It also smells really awesome in a gasoline kind of way.  So you want full ventilation outside and be careful of getting it on your hands.  A couple headaches and a damaged (to this day) fingernail taught me my lesson. Hoppes #9 M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner gets rid of carbon buildup just about as good as Hoppes but is non-smelly (I mostly clean indoors) and doesn’t destroy my hands.  But I’ll admit, I still spray some Hoppes #9 on my gun for the smell and wipe it off as a finishing touch. Oil M-Pro 7 Gun Oil I’ve found gun oils to be essentially the same.  As long as you keep your gun clean and oiled you’ll be fine at the range and for home defense. M-Pro 7 Oil keeps my guns running fine even with 500+ rounds a day in the desert with small sand particles flying around. Copper Solvent M-Pro 7 Copper Remover M-Pro 7 Copper Remover gets rid of copper in your barrel left behind by bullets.  Works great and doesn’t smell as terrible as others. Alternatives Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it.  Here are a couple others that you’ll find have huge followings: Gun Cleaners Hoppes #9 Break-Free CLP (All-in-one) Froglube (All-in-one) Gun Oil SLP2000 EWL Rem Oil Tetra Break-Free CLP (All-in-one) Froglube (All-in-one) Copper Solvent Hoppe’s Copper Terminator Oil vs Grease Super Lube You’ll also see much argument about using grease on some areas.  The standard saying is to use grease where things slide, and oil where things turn.  For me, I use grease on rails since when you put it on there, it stays.  My preferred grease is Super Lube .  Remember to use sparingly since it does seem to attract contaminants more easily than oil; that tube should last long enough to become an heirloom item. Cleaning & Lubricating Procedure Here’s a general procedure for cleaning your gun, whether it’s a handgun, rifle, or shotgun: Unload and strip your firearm Run solvent through your barrel with appropriate brush Wipe everything off you can with towel + Q-tips Spray solvent on dirty areas and wipe off Run bore brush through a couple times Run clean patch through barrel, repeat until happy Lightly oil rails, springs, and bearing surfaces Run an oily patch through the barrel Reassemble and safety check Here’s a great video that covers almost everything we talked about above.  You can see that he finishes everything in about 5 minutes. How Often Do I Need to Clean? In the beginning I cleaned after every trip to the range, even if I only shot 50 rounds in some of my guns. I like cleaning as much as the next guy, but it got really boring really quickly. Now, I field strip and clean about every few hundred rounds for my pistol and semi-auto rifles, and every 100 or so rounds for my precision rifle.  I’ll still wipe down the rails and add some lube before I head to the range just in case. Many guns will probably run fine for thousands of rounds with very little maintenance, but a great analogy I heard is relating gun cleaning to showering. Sure, you don’t really have to shower all the time, but many people would appreciate it if you did.  I would prefer to depend on a gun that has been cleaned and oiled regularly.  And I would prefer to depend on others who regularly clean their guns too. If you noticed, we omitted using the copper remover in the above procedure. Some people use copper remover every time they clean, but I think that is overkill unless you are in extreme accuracy competitions like benchrest.  I will use copper remover only maybe every 2000 rounds for my handguns and rifles, and every few hundred rounds with my precision rifle (or when I start seeing some accuracy issues).  I add in copper remover steps after I clean my barrel normally…just put some on a patch, wait, and clean it out. I detail strip and clean all the components whenever I decide to use copper remover for my barrel.  Most of the inner guts do not get too dirty in normal environments.

Summary

Advertisment Not long ago, an Arizona mother walked into her bedroom and saw her two-year-old playing with her husband’s gun. She credited a Project ChildSafe lock—provided by the National Shooting Sports Foundation—for preventing a tragedy. We want to prevent our children from finding and misusing loaded firearm.