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  • Paintball Anyone? Try a Blowgun!

    Looking to improve your paintball game? Well, here is a solution that is not only affordable but can improve your game with the best, most lightweight, and most silent gun out there. A blowgun can be a huge game changer. I know, really? But, think about it. Below I will give you 10 reasons why you should consider a blowgun.

    #1 Light- It is compact and lightweight. They are typically made from high quality aircraft aluminum and weigh no more than a can of your favorite beer or soda.

    #2 Covert- In the game, being quiet and sneaky is essential. Since there are no moving parts, there are no other noises that come from it other than your breath and the whack of the paintball hitting its target. Ha ha, bet you can’t find where that came from!

    #3 Safe- It is the safest type of weapon whether used for paintball wars or hunting. It can’t simply “go off” on its own. It takes a blow of air from your lungs to turn it into a weapon. No more accidental shootings.

    #4 Eco-friendly- They are environmentally friendly. There are no CO2 cartridges to buy or put in the local landfill. It is only powered by you as stated in #2.

    #5 Accessories- You can add a quiver to carry all if not most of your paintballs. Just drop one down the tube and blow.

    #6 Distance- Range is out of this world. The longer the barrel, the farther the projectile will travel. Objects can go up to 150 yards or more.

    #7 Speed- Like range, the longer the barrel, the faster the projectile will travel. It increases exponentially with the length of the blowgun and can reach speeds of 450 feet per second. That will pack a punch!

    #8 Secretive- Because it is so slender, it can be easily hidden in clothing. Surprise!

    #9 Cost- Frankly, they are very inexpensive, costing as little as $9.00. Except for the cost of paintballs or accessories which are also inexpensive, you can play a lot paintball wars for really cheap. Really!

    #10 Care and Maintenance- Since they don’t have any moving parts, clean-up is as easy as 123. You don’t have to replace parts as well.

    What are you waiting for? Go gather up all your loose change and buy a paintball blowgun. Have fun and stay safe out there.

  • What Is Pepper Spray And Is It Effective?

    Pepper spray or oleoresin capsicum (OC) is a natural substance that comes from the oily resins found in a variety of peppers like cayenne.  The mist from OC causes immediate and intense burning of the skin but especially causes intense burning in the eyes causing them to burn, tear, and swell.  It also causes intense burning on the mucous membranes of the nose and throat.

    OC has long lasting affects (up to an hour). Individuals that may be under the influence of drugs or are immune to pain can be immediately affected by OC.  Eyes involuntarily slam shut and tear up making them temporarily blind whether they feel pain or not which provides a victim time to escape.  It is also affective on attacking bears and dogs. 

    One other thing, we can’t stress enough.  If you are currently carrying or plan on buying pepper spray, practice using it on a fake target.  Practice with a spray that is of same style, brand, and size you carry.  This way you are comfortable with the product and know exactly how it works.  You will see how it sprays and how close you need to be to your target.  Also, remember blow back from the product is possible.  Remember to back away whenever you use it on an attacker or practice with it.    

    Pepper spray is a common product that many like to carry for self-defense because of its effectiveness.   It is easy to conceal and easy to use.  Remember, you can’t carry pepper spray on an airplane, but you can put one in your checked luggage.  However, because airlines do change their rules from time to time, make sure you check with current regulations before you fly.

    Pepper spray is an effective product because of the immediate pain it causes on the would-be attacker.  Frankly, it is the gift that keeps on giving and it burns like heck.  However, if it is not used correctly or if you have no idea how the product you carry works, it could be ineffective.   

  • Does the way we move or carry ourselves contribute to being picked as a target?

    It is true that most victims of mugging or other assaults contributed in some way to becoming a victim. For instance, walking down a dark alley or being alone in a parking lot can increase your chances of being a victim. Along with the obvious places we should avoid, the way we move may make us standout as a potential easy target.  In a study conducted in the North East, people were recorded walking down the street. These recordings were then taken into a prison and shown to convicts who had been convicted of assaults. They were asked to watch the videos and point out individuals that they might pick as a potential target. The individuals they picked were then studied. They looked at the length of the stride, gait, how they swung their legs and how the hips moved. Did they have their heads up or were they distracted in some way?   The perceived victims are non-synchronous or anti-synchronous within themselves. Instead of body parts working to complement each other, the potential victim’s body parts seem to move against each other. This is how potential victims and offenders have a silent communication between them that reveals the victim’s weakness or vulnerability much like how predators in the wild can pick out the weakest member of a herd.

    It may be very difficult to train a person to change these traits within themselves but it’s not impossible. It’s also possible that being aware that you project these signs that you can elevate your level of awareness regarding your surroundings. You can also adjust how you prepare to protect yourself in the event that you are targeted. Have a plan in mind, play the “what if” game with yourself. If this should happen then I will do this or that. Have things to use to defend yourself with, like a taser, stun gun, or pepper spray. Then have them at the ready when you are in situations where you might need them at an instant. Know that if you spray your pepper spray you should back away and not walk into the fog causing yourself to be affected by your own spray. Make a quick note as to which way the wind is blowing so it doesn’t blow back in your face. Be aware of escape routes so you can run from your assailant.

    There are many things to consider when it comes to your own safety. It’s too late to wish you had a form of defense when you’re faced with a person set on harming you. A small investment can tip the odds in your favor. Find something that you’re comfortable with and always have it with you.

    Have a safe blessed day.

    Fred

  • Non-Lethal Weapons on Campus

    There has been a lot of debate as to whether or not students and staff should be permitted to carry on state colleges and universities.  Some argue that allowing students to carry non-lethal weapons will not increase campus safety while others argue that it will.

    When I was a student at UNM, I did carry pepper spray. There were a few classes that I needed to attend in the evening when there were very few people on campus.  It did give me some peace of mind knowing that I could use it to help defend myself.  Fortunately, I never felt a need to use it.

    Should students and staff be allowed to carry non-lethal weapons?  Whether you agree or not there are a few truths that I feel everyone would agree with: be aware of your surroundings, learn and practice self-defense tactics, and know how to use a non-lethal weapon correctly.

    Being aware of your surroundings at all times is critical.  Don't let conversations and electronics distract you.  Attackers look for an easy target.  If you are distracted, they are more likely to choose you.  Also, don't stay in places where you are hidden from view especially if you are alone.  And, know your escape routes.  Being able to escape in multiple directions, provides you the opportunity to get away from a dangerous situation more easily.

    There are many classes that you can take that teach self-defense.  Even after taking the class,  don't stop practicing.  You want your muscle memory to "kick in" if you are ever attacked.  The only way to get those skills to stick is to practice and practice often.

    Lastly, knowing how to use a non-lethal weapon correctly is extremely important.  An attacker is not going to wait for you to figure it out.  Know how it works and know how to use it to defend yourself.  There are ways to practice safely by using practice pepper spray and by disabling the stun gun.

    Stay safe out there!

     

  • Why is a security system important?

    The reasons for a home security system are numerous. We use ours to monitor movement in and around the house. We can keep an eye on our pets with two cameras. We can see them in the main part of the house and in the garage. While we were on vacation we had hired a young man to feed and spend time with our pets. We could tell when he was there because the system would alert us that there was movement in the house. We would log into the system to make sure it was him, and we were able to communicate with him while he was there. We were several states away yet still connected with our home. If we had found anyone there that didn't belong we could snap a picture and contact authorities.

    With our outside cameras we are able to monitor the front drive and walk way leading to the front door. When packages are dropped off they can be seen. When we are home we know who is at the door before we open it. Other cameras monitor the rest of the yard and back door. It gives us peace of mind to be able to check on the house at any time and even if we aren't watching the system is recording.

    I have a friend who both her and her husband work out of town and are gone for a couple of days at a time. They have teen aged sons and use their system to check on them and to communicate. They have cameras all through the house except for the boys bedrooms. One evening when I was working with her she was helping her son with some homework using the security system. Now I know it's possible to do the same with cell phones but her system serves as a back up to phones by using their wifi.

    So lets look at commercial applications for businesses. Having a good system pays for its self by reducing theft. The cameras serve as a deterrent when would be thief's are looking to take expensive items. By adding in a few decoy cameras with actual cameras they have noway of telling which are real and which are decoy.

    At a hospital I worked in we had a person who was trying to find a way to sue us. She would find a place where she didn't think anyone was watching. She would topple her walker over and then lay down beside it and start yelling for help. We would pick her up and take her to the ER. She would claim all sorts of pain and discomforts. After being examined and her prescription in hand she would leave. We would pull all of the security coverage that would clearly show what she had done. We would then file a police report and charge her for filing a false claim. Having the security system saved the hospital thousands of dollars in lawyer fees and possible paying other damages if not for the irrefutable evidence we had.

    This is a short list of reasons to add a security monitoring system to your home or business. But the biggest reason I use them is to protect my family.

    Have a safe blessed day.

    Fred

  • What is a blow gun?

    So, what is a blow gun?  A blow gun is a simple long narrow tube weapon that shoots objects.  Individuals place the projectile in the tube and force it out by blowing on the mouthpiece.

    Indigenous Blow Gun

    I personally never heard of a blow gun before I met my husband.  Blow guns actually have been around for centuries.  Many various indigenous people from South America, Southeast Asia, and Central America use blow guns.  They are used for hunting small game but rarely for defense.   Blow guns are typically made out of bamboo or out of two pieces of wood by carving half a bore on one side of each one and by binding them together.  Typical projectiles were made of bone or from slivers of bamboo.  The darts were often dipped in poison to have a quicker impact on prey.

    Blow guns are also used recreationally and in competitions around the world.  A blow gun can  be a unique gift for a spouse or friend.  But, remember, a blow gun is not a toy.  It can seriously injure someone especially if using darts.

     

  • Is pepper spray effective?

    In 2014 at the Seattle Pacific University an assailant using a shot gun killed one person and injured two others. The shooter shot one person outside then entered the lobby of Otto Miller Hall on the SPU campus. He pointed the gun at students sitting at tables but was not noticed. Another student came down some stairs and he pointed the gun and fired wounding the student who was able to turn and run back up the stairs. That is when another male student ran in with his pepper spray and sprayed the shooter who he then tackled. He was able to disarm the shooter and took the gun away and placed it in another room. In the security footage you can see the shooter laying on the floor suffering from the effects of the pepper spray.

     

    I don't recommend running toward anyone with a gun armed only with pepper spray but if faced with that type of threat pepper spray is very effective. It will cause the attacker to become disoriented and unable to see clearly. This gives you the chance to get away or if necessary disarm the attacker. Always keep in mind disarming an attacker is very dangerous and getting away should be your priority. Using a spray that also has an ultraviolet dye will help authorities identify the suspect later.

  • Survival

    Volcano eruptions, floods, fire, drought. There are many natural and man made reasons that may cause you to have to survive in conditions that can be extreme. Depending on how well prepared you are may determine if surviving in those extreme conditions are life endangering or tolerable. Without the proper tools and gear you will find surviving very challenging and miserable. Everyone should have a survival kit or kits available. There are items you should have in a kit at home and a kit for the car. If you should find yourself having to face the elements, a shelter and material to build it will be needed. A sheet of plastic makes a good shelter to keep you dry or out of direct sun. In the desert the temperature from day and night can be extreme. Cold at night and very hot during the day. People have suffered from hypothermia even in the middle of summer. Something to start a fire to keep warm or cook and boil water should be another item at the top of the list.  Cordage will be very helpful. Para-cord can be used to build a shelter, tie a knife to a stick to build a spear, taken apart the strands inside can be used for sutures or fishing line. Clean safe drinking water is imperative. There won't be any little bottles of drinking water. Water filtering and a container to carry water in is another important item. If your're lost two items that kind of go together are a compass and signaling devise. It can be hard for rescue teams to spot individuals, being able to be heard will help them locate you.

    This is a short list of items to include in a survival kit. You can find other items at Red Mountain Bunker to build a well rounded survival kit.

    Have a safe blessed day.

  • Life saved

    I read an article where a lady used pepper spray to stop an attack. She was leaving a market in Milwaukee when she was attacked by a man and struck in the face fracturing her jaw. She had a key chain pepper spray and was able to find it and spray her attacker. It's fortunate that she had it. Her assailant stopped and grabbed his face in pain giving her time to get away.

    This incident points out the importance of always being aware of our surroundings. People today have many distractions. Just take a look around. People are always plugged in, looking at their phones, texting, listening to music with ear phones on. They can't hear anyone approaching from behind. They aren't paying attention to who is around. I was watching people leaving work from the hospital I worked at. Almost everyone was on their phones walking to their cars. These are the possible victims that muggers watch for. They are like any other predator searching for the weak or distracted.

    When you're walking down the street or headed out to your car in the parking lot, pay attention to who is walking around you. Look for anyone hanging around. Carry something to defend yourself with, and have it ready to use. A can of pepper spray in the bottom of your purse isn't going to be much help. A mugger isn't going to stand and wait while you look for it. If your wearing a jacket, have a taser, a stun gun, or a pepper spray in your pocket with your hand on it ready to deploy.

    Some may say that's being paranoid. I say which is better, being prepared to defend yourself or a dead or injured complaisant victim. Invest in your safety, keep it at the ready. Don't be a victim.

    Have a safe blessed day.

  • Unexpected opportunity, personal alarms, pepper spray

    I was approached by the women's group at church today asking about a self defense and gun safety class for the women of our church.   I used the opportunity to mention a few of my products, like pepper shot, and explained how it works and different ways to carry it. I also told them about personal alarms that when activated will draw attention to them by producing a shrill alarm.

    They are going to schedule a class with me in the next few weeks. I am looking forward to helping them prepare to protect themselves and to feel more secure in their environments.

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