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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips 

 

1. Share evacuation plans with family members so they know where you’re headed.
2. Run ice makers on overdrive now! Fill up freezer bags with ice and fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
3. Freeze tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in Tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
4. Fill up all vehicles with gas, check tires & oil.
5. Retrieve cash from ATM, enough to get you through highway tolls and gas fill-ups for out of town trips. Call your bank if you leaving the state so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions.
6. Make sure all important documents, heirlooms & photos are in your safe. For extra security, put them in a waterproof, plastic.
7. If you aren’t comfortable leaving these items behind, take screenshots of all important documents and email them to yourself. Take the originals with you in a sealed bag or plastic, waterproof bin.
8. Don’t forget about your furry friends. Be prepared with food & supplies for your pet or livestock. Take vet records with you in case you need to shelter them at a storm-safe facility.
9. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
10. Put old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels are better than soaked drywall or floors!
11. Shutter your windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house as soon as possible. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until it’s too late, ESPECIALLY if you are mandatory personal (hospital employee or first responder).

3 Tips for Your First Trip to the Gun Range

For those attending the shooting range for the first time, the prospect may seem daunting. Don’t be intiminated by those who seem to know it all, these simple tips can help you feel like an expert, even on your first trip to the gun range.

The Rules of Safety

gun holding a gun at the gun range

Go into the gun range with confidence, but not a disregard for safety. Make sure safety is always a top priority when going into the gun range. No matter how experienced you feel you are, never let your confidence get in the way of safety. There are a few main rules of safety that must be observed at all times:

  • Treat the gun as if it is always loaded. Even if you are confident there is nothing in the chamber, treat the gun as if it could go off. Too many accidents happen from an overconfidence that the gun is not in a position to shoot at any given moment.
  • Only point the gun down range. You should never point a firearm at anything you aren’t willing to shoot. While you are at the gun range, always be aware of where it is pointed, and what is in that direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. You should have your sights on target and everything else aligned before touching the trigger.
  • Wear your protective gear. It may seem silly to those new to firearms, but safety glasses and earplugs are essential. always wear these while you are on the range. It doesn’t matter if you are shooting or just observing, you must wear eye and ear protection.

Know What You Need

handguns at the gun range

When you check in, a staff member will most likely ask you what you need. This person will be knowledgeable, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Some of the things the staff will most likely ask you before you head out to the range include:  

  • Have you shot here before? This is a chance for you to identify yourself as a first time shooter. Familiarize yourself with the rules of this range.
  • Do you have eye and ear protection? Often times you will have the option to purchase these at the gun range if you have forgotten.
  • What are you shooting? Sometimes ranges have separate areas for those shooting pistols compared to those shooting rifles. There’s a chance they may want to inspect your ammo as well.
  • Do you need anything else? This includes, ammo and targets. Make sure you have what you need before entering the range.

Go With Someone Experienced

outdoor gun range

If possible, go with a friend who has experience at the gun range your first time. Having someone there to show you the ropes will be beneficial, and can increase your confidence there. Attending the gun range for the first time may seem overwhelming, but these tips can help make it easier. Following the rules of safety, knowing what you need, and going with someone experienced can all make your first trip to the gun range a better experience.

Best Ways to Keep Your Family Safe from Guns

kid learning gun safety

Don’t hide guns, lock them up in a safe

This is incredibly important for a variety of reasons. The first is if you have children in your home. Kids like to get into things, that’s just the way they are and with guns unprotected in the home this could result in dangerous situations. Many people will educate their children on gun safety and feel comfortable having guns unlocked around their home. This leads to the next big reason they need to be locked up, visitors. If you have company over that is not educated on guns they need to be secured in a safe. Your children may be educated on gun safety but there is no guarantee that other children are. Depending on the people who are in and out of your home; relatives, housekeepers, neighbors, etc. makes it vital that your guns remain secure from them. Keep the keys to the safe hidden in a place that cannot be reached by children. If there is a combo to be entered do not give it to anyone unless they have your full trust or firearm training.

Educate your children

When educating your children about guns, take the topic seriously, they will react to the gravity in your voice. Firearms real or fake fascinate young boys and girls. Children typically play with fake guns which makes teaching them about the difference between real and pretend vital. It is important to teach them when they are young that guns are not toys, they can be dangerous. It is also important to show your children how to act with guns by being a role model; lock up your guns when home, practice safe gun handling, and always take the topic seriously. By starting their education at a young age your children will be better prepared if a situation ever arises. Once you feel they are old enough, practice gun safety and training with them as well. They will be less likely to sneak into your things or mishandle guns if they have been demystified. The first and most crucial lesson to teach them is the four steps to take if they see a gun:

1. Stop what you are doing.
2. Do not touch the gun.
3. Leave the area you are in.
4. Tell an adult right away.

Protecting our families is one of the primary reasons we purchase firearms, don’t let accidents happen in your home. Make sure you take the necessary actions of locking up your gun when it is not being used or on you, and teaching your children about gun safety. For any questions about vaults or help choosing one that is right for your family, feel free to call us at (800) 242-1055.

Common Gun Lingo | Infographic

Common Gun Lingo | Infographic

For anyone who is new to gun culture, we’ve covered the gun lingo basics in this infographic.

Becoming a part of gun culture can be exciting but it is important to also stay safe. Are you a new gun owner? Make sure that you have a reliable place to store your gun when you are not using it. We offer a variety of size gun safes that are can suit any firearm. Contact GunVault today online or at (800) 242-1055 if you have any questions about gun safes.

Revolver or Semi-Automatic?

revolver and semi automatic gun laying on a table

When it comes to guns we have our favorites and for specific reasons. We have looked at the basics of the revolver and the semi-auto based on their benefits and drawbacks. Some of the advantages are also disadvantages of the revolver and semi-auto. Take a look at some of the characteristics that make these firearms liked and disliked by gun owners.

Revolver

Benefits

  1. They are efficient.
  2. Revolvers are pretty reliable, rarely jam.
  3. They can fit almost anyone.
  4. Revolvers don’t use mags.
  5. The Revolver trigger is heavy.
  6. Handle different types of ammo well.

Drawbacks

  1. Don’t normally have a switch-on and off manual safety. Revolvers are unforgiving in the safety department.
  2. Due to their construction they don’t make the best concealed carry guns.
  3. Additional weight can be a burden to those of smaller stature.
  4. Limitation on the number of rounds it can hold, slow to reload.
  5. Not the most user friendly when it comes to being repaired.

Semi-Auto

Benefits

  1. Modern pistols are efficient and have simple internal functions.
  2. They are a safe choice for all gun users.
  3. They will fit anyone.
  4. Magazines allows for more ammo and quick reload.
  5. Lighter trigger improves accuracy.
  6. Malfunctions are not typical and can be easily fixed.

Drawbacks

  1. Can freeze-up in sub zero temperatures.
  2. When a jam occurs it cannot fire again until the jam is cleared.
  3. If the shooter does not have proper training this can be a con in a dangerous situation.
  4. Strength required to rack the slide can be problematic for some.
  5. Some models are awkward for left-hand use.

Both of these gun types have their advantages and disadvantages but both are useful for defense. Which do you prefer? GunVault offers safes for a variety guns to ensure your firearms is safe whether you have a revolver or semi-auto. Contact GunVault today to get the strongest, smartest, and quickest safe for your valuables.

How Well Do You Know Your Handguns?

1

Ruger SR9C
Taurus SLIM
Beretta 92
SIG P250
2

Springfield XDS
SIG P250
Hi-Point CF380
Springfield XDM
3

Walther P38
Mauser C-96
Luger
Nambu Type 14
4
Mauser C-96
Nambu Type 14
Walther P38
Luger
5

 Kahr PM9
Beretta 92
SIG P250
Beretta Nano
6

 Ruger SP101
Ruger Super Redhawk
Ruger Super Blackhawk
Bisley Ruger Vaquero
7

 Glock 42
Glock 22 Gen4
Glock 19
Glock 26 Gen4
8

1836 Colt Paterson
1858 Remington
Colt Army
Colt Dragoon
9
Ruger Super Blackhawk
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Colt Detective Special
Colt Python
10

Desert Eagle .50
Springfield XDS
Remington 1911
Walther CCP
11

Kahr CM9
Kahr PM9
Beretta Nano
Glock 26
12

Beretta Nano
Walther CCP
Kahr CM9
Taurus PT111-SS
13

Hi-Point CF380
Beretta Nano
Taurus PT111-SS
SIG P250
14

Browning Hi-Power
Remington 1911
SIG P226
Desert Eagle .50
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Ruger SP101
Ruger Super Redhawk
Bisley Ruger Vaquero
Ruger Super Blackhawk
16
Taurus Tracker
Colt Diamondback
Colt Python
Colt King Cobra
17

Charter Bulldog
Colt Detective Special
Colt Python
Ruger LCR
18
Beretta Nano
Kahr CM9
Colt Mustang XSP
Hi-Point CF380
19
Kahr CM9
Walther CCP
Glock 32
Kahr PM9
20
Taurus Judge
Charter Bulldog
Smith & Wesson Model 327
Taurus Raging Judge Magnum

2 Reasons To Take A Gun On The Trail

You may spend every weekend hiking different trails and never experience any dangers, but that doesn’t mean they are nonexistent and never happen. With so much unknown in the world, it is safe to say you never know what–or who–you will encounter.

Before we go on, it is important to first read your state’s laws about carrying a weapon as well as shooting an animal. Each state has open carry and concealed carry laws on the type of gun and/or rifle allowed, and even down to the age requirement of the shooter.

So why should you take a gun on the trail?

People
It’s never known what kind of stranger you will run into, especially in the woods. As harsh of a reality it may be; robbers, rapists, and murderers are everywhere, but a quiet hidden spot is great for any kind of predator.

Animals
Depending on where your trail is, although very rare you may meet a bear or a mountain lion. It’s important to remember that shooting animals on a hike can be against the law, know your state laws and prohibitions before taking your gun with you.

In the end, it does make sense to sometimes take your gun on your hike with you. Knowing when is what takes much attention and deliberation. Double-check the carry and concealed weapon laws in your state before you head out on your adventure!

How To Convince Your Girlfriend That Guns Are Okay

How To Convince Your Girlfriend That Guns Are Okay

Convincing your girlfriend that guns are okay can be a tricky objective. Each situation is different and each has it’s own unique complications. The outcome of your efforts is going to depend greatly upon how you approach the situation. Responsible gun ownership can be broken into three main components: Positive Attitude, Knowledge, and Skill.

Positive Attitude

Self defense is one of the main factors in gun ownership. The fact is, Women think and act differently than men.
“Women are ‘Life Givers’ and everything in their being, both physically and emotionally is designed to give and nurture life. As you can imagine, the decision to take a life, even when necessary to protect it, can create some personal conflict.”
“Accurate information that addresses these unique challenges is required in a non-intimidating environment where they can feel comfortable to explore and get questions answered. “ – The Well Armed Woman

Nature aside, there may be other factors at play that you don’t want to overlook before approaching her. Ask yourself, why? Why does she feel the way she does? Is there a history? Has there been a traumatic experience in the past? Try to see it from her perspective. What emotions are involved? Being understanding of her perspective will let her know that she can trust you. Acknowledge her emotional concerns and the difficulty she may have with facing vulnerabilities. Patience, love, and understanding. That’s your job, in maintaining a positive attitude.

Knowledge

We have been given freedom’s and rights. The First Amendment upholds our freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” We have a right to defend ourselves and those we love. The right to defend ourselves in any location we are free to be is known as “Stand Your Ground”. Specific laws vary from state to state, but in all states the occupant has the right to defend themselves and any third party occupants of the home. This is known as “Castle Doctrine.”

Taking a concealed carry class can be very educational, even if you don’t plan to carry a firearm. You learn about the laws and the situations that merit the use of guns. You learn that the primary causes of firearm related accidents are ignorance and carelessness, all the more reason for knowledge.

Skill

Knowledge goes hand in hand with skill. Be sure to maintain a positive attitude and understand that some things require a smaller dose. It may be one thing for her to talk about guns with you, but it’s a completely different world to apply that knowledge to be of use in a real world situation. Start small and build up from there.

Basic Firearm Safety Rules
1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to fire.
3. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to shoot/destroy.
4. Know your target, your target’s environment, and any other safety hazard before you fire.

When you move into actually handling a firearm you want to start out small, a low caliber (22), and build up from their. Before handling a new firearm you should know how to properly load, unload and clear a malfunction from your firearm. Not all firearms are mechanically the same. Never assume that what applies to one make or model exactly applies to another.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” The idea here is preparation. Prepare your approach, how you’ll address her anticipated concerns, and how you can provide a clear perspective on responsible gun ownership.

3 Gun Courses To Consider Taking

Thinking about taking a gun course but not sure which route to go? The GunVault team compiled a list of 3 gun courses to consider taking. Read below for more.

1. NRA Defensive Pistol

This course teaches the knowledge, skills, and attitude to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and confidently.

The NRA Defensive Pistol course focuses on the techniques needed to develop a defensive mindset. The goal of the course is for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to carry and use a concealed pistol ethically, responsibly, and confidently. As a result of participating in this course, the student will be able to explain and demonstrate the following:

–How to apply the NRA Rules for Safe Gun Handling when carrying a concealed firearm

–Basic principles of concealment

–Differences between cover and concealment

–Drawing from the holster

–Levels of mental awareness

–Developing the proper mindset when using a pistol for personal protection

–Clearing common stoppages

–Use of pocket pistols

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and the NRA Defensive Pistol certificate.

2. NRA Basic Shotgun Shell Reloading Course

This course teaches beginning reloaders the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely reload shotgun shells.

The course is six hours and is conducted in a classroom. Each student is taught the following:

–Reloading safety

–Shotgun shell components

–How to use the reloading manual and reloading data, equipment, and the shotgun shell reloading process

Students will receive the NRA Guide to Reloading handbook, the Basic Reloading Student Exam, a course completion certificate, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, and a Course Evaluation form.

3. NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

This course is about teaching students the knowledge, skills, and attitude for avoiding dangerous confrontations as well as the safe, effective, and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.

The course is a prerequisite, for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection in The Home Course. Prospective participants may demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

Participants must understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, as well as know and observe not only the general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.

The course is divided into two levels. Level one is nine hours, offering the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Students will spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two–which is an additional five hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition learning advanced shooting skills. Time and ammunition requirements are at a minimum and may be exceeded.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, and appropriate (level one/level two) course completion certificate(s).

For more NRA Instructors and Courses, visit: http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx

Safe Locks: A Look at Security and Accessibility

Safe Locks: A Look at Security and Accessibility

The locking mechanism on a safe is a crucial part of what makes a safe a safe. Locks range from combination locks, electronic keypads, and lock and key to biometric. Though all locks on a quality constructed safe should provide equal security, it is important to evaluate factors like overall security and time spent opening the lock.

For gun safes, in particular, the type of lock can be extremely important to quick retrieval of the contents of the safe. The security of the lock, of course, is the most important factor in the performance of the safe lock, but accessibility is also critical to the operation. Here is a rundown of the different types of safe locks.

Combination locks- These are one of the most familiar type of safe lock, and one of the most secure. Combination locks work by engaging and disengaging the locking bolts of the safe through the input of a numerical string on a rotating dial. The exact number is set and the safe can only be opened when the each number is precisely indicated in order on the dial of the safe. The precision involved in unlocking combination safes make them very secure, but they can often require a couple of attempts–even when you are adept with the combination–to open. This means that if you need to open the safe very quickly, combination locks may be an impediment.

Keypad locks- Similar to a combination safe with a dial lock, keypad locks secure through a passcode. These locks, however, are electronic and programmable and can utilize an alpha-numeric string to secure the safe. Keypad locks represent a secure and potentially quicker access to the safe than dial combination locks, though may not be as efficient as biometric locks.

Biometric locks- These are some of the most secure locks in safe technology today. Designed for ultimate personal identification–biometric technology relies upon unique physical data, such as fingerprints or retinal scans, to perform identification–these locks are highly secure as well as easy to open within seconds. For gun safes, biometric locks are the most efficient lock you can buy when you need instant access to your safe. Within seconds, your individual data is scanned and verified, giving you access to the safe.

Key locks- These are the most outdated of the locking mechanisms on modern safes. A physical key is less secure and efficient than other types of locks due to the simple fact that you have to store the key somewhere retrievable to open the safe. This presents a risk of theft if the key is located, and of course, increases the risk of the safe lock being picked and breached. In lieu of a physical lock and key safe, opt for a combination dial or a biometric safe. In most modern, highly fortified safes, these will be the only options available anyway.