Archive for February, 2013

I apologize for not getting yesterday’s tip out sooner.  I had both computer and phone problems that made it very difficult to get anything at all done.  And since both of these tips are similar and short, I figured I could easily combine them into one post.  So here you go:

6 & 7 – Build a First-Aid Kit and Disinfect

We’ll start with what you need to create a basic first-aid kit.  “If you’re the type of person who’s always asking for a bandage or aspirin, it’s time to get it together”.  Here’s what the book recommends you include in your kit:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Scissors
  • Nonadhesive dressing
  • Medical tape
  • Gauze roller bandages
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Elastic roller bandages
  • Surgical scrub brush
  • Disinfectant towelettes
  • Arm sling
  • Splint material, such as an inflatable splint or a rigid splint made of wood, plastic, or other material
  • Sterile compress
  • Tweezers
  • Selection of adhesive bandages, including butterfly bandages

Nothing in there that I wouldn’t expect, and not a hard list of things to gather.  Most of the basic stuff can be found at any hardware or auto parts store.  Lots of shops are required to keep kits like this available to their employees in case of accidents.  So you should have no problem gathering supplies.  As a viewer commented in my last post, you may want to include a clotting agent of some kind to help stop bleeding.

But oh no, you tripped on your way out of the store!  Your arm is bleeding and you need to treat it quickly.  Break out that kit and get ready to use it!  First, use those skills we learned in day 5’s tip to stop the bleeding.  Once you’ve stopped the bleeding, pull out your disinfectant.  Take the following steps to disinfect your injury:

  1. Flush the wound.  Use cold water instead of things like hydrogen peroxide or alcohol if possible.  Using those can damage healthy tissue.  
  2. Apply antibiotic ointment.  Cover the injury thoroughly with the ointment and then cover with a bandage or dressing of some sort.

“Even small cuts can become infected” so make sure you take appropriate measures any time you have an injury.  You don’t want to be trying to fight off zombies with an infection induced fever do you!?  A little work when the injury occurs will go a long way.

Have you ever needed this?  Ever had a cut you needed to doctor up real quick?  I remember having many as a kid and my mom would always follow the steps above to a tee.  Rinse, disinfect, cover.  And as always, if you want to buy this book, you can head over HERE.  Make sure you’re subscribed as well, because we still have 103 tips to go!

Since my last update was almost a week ago, I thought it was about time I did another.  Been cutting back a little lately since 1) availability is improving online and 2) GunBot appears to do a much better job than I can.  But I promised to keep doing these and I will.  Especially since GunBot doesn’t search for all calibers at this point.  So without any further rambling, here we go.

Able Ammo has been added to my search sites this week and in the future if I remember.  This is what was available as of 7:15pm on February 28th, 2013.  Good luck and happy hunting!

.223
GunBot – Lots of options, cheapest at $0.71 a round
Ammo.net – 10 options
Ammo For Sale – Nine items
Bulk Ammo – Thirteen options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Four options
J & G Sales – S&B soft point – $20/20
Lucky Gunner – Ten options
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Two options

5.56
GunBot – Lots of options, cheapest at $0.71 a round
Ammo.net – Four options
Ammo For Sale – Six options
Bulk Ammo – Seven options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Five options
Lucky Gunner – Five options
Natchez Shooting Supplies – One option

7.62x39mm
GunBot – Lots of options, cheapest at $0.36 a round
Ammo.net – Wolf Polyformance – $455/1000
Bulk Ammo – Wolf Performance Ammo – $449/1000
Cheaper Than Dirt – $330/500
DAG Ammo – Two options TulAmmo – $449/500
Lucky Gunner – Wolf Polyformance – $455/1000

7.62x54R
Ammo.net – Two options
Bulk Ammo – Four options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Six options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo – $358/500
J & G Sales – Seven options
Lucky Gunner – Five options
Midway USA – Six options
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Two options of Winchester
Sportsmans Guide – Six options

.50AE
Able Ammo – Two options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Double Tap – $39.79/20

.45ACP
GunBot – Lots of options, cheapest at $0.54 a round
Able Ammo – Seven options
Ammo.net – Twenty options
Ammo For Sale – Twenty three options
Bulk Ammo – Twenty four options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Fifteen options
Lucky Gunner – Twenty options
Midway USA – One option – $31/20
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Three options
Sportsmans Guide – CCI Shotshells – $14/10

9mm
GunBot – Lots of options, cheapest at $0.50 a round
Able Ammo – Three options
Ammo.net – Two options
Ammo For Sale – Three options
Bulk Ammo – Three options
Cheaper Than Dirt – Four options
Lucky Gunner – Two options

22lr
GunBot – Lots of Eley, cheapest at $0.23 a round
Able Ammo – Eley and shotshells
Cheaper Than Dirt – Eley and Piney Mountain
J & G Sales – Just some Eley
Natchez Shooting Supplies – CCI Shotshells – $7.49/20
Sportsmans Guide – CCI Shotshells – $7.59/20

Things are definitely looking up in terms of availability.  Maybe not in prices, but that’s almost to be expected right now.  One of the scariest things I saw on this list however was Wolf steel cased ammo going for $18/20.  Its like a nightmare come true.  Anyway, make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss future updates.  I know its not as helpful as it was last month, but its certainly easier to let me do the searching for you, don’t you think?

With a lot of state’s now at least considering a weapon ban of some sort, many manufacturers and distributors (here’s the current list) have come together to help put a stop to it.  If you haven’t already heard, many companies are no longer selling products to law enforcement agencies in states that have taken rights away from the residents.

What’s fair for one is fair for all.

The government can’t take away the rights of the people without facing consequences themselves.  Is this a good thing?  I think so.  I think it sets the stance of all gun owners.  We wont sit back and watch our rights be taken.  Some people would argue that its only making the situation worse and that we should never disarm our law enforcement officers.

Will it prevent them from getting ammo and firearms?  Certainly not.  Will it make it harder?  Absolutely.  I think as gun owners, we should stand behind companies who have enacted these policies.  Let them know we support their decision by supporting them.

The list below is provided by The Blaze and it shows over 20 of the companies who have decided to take this stance.  You can see their entire post right here.

What do you think about this?  Where do you stand on this issue?  Let me know in the comments.

I have seen a lot of traffic come through my blog looking for more information on this girl.  If you don’t remember, or hadn’t seen, I linked to a video of her a few weeks ago.  Since then that post alone has had over 200 views, making it one of my most popular posts.  With so many people looking for information about her, I thought I should do some research and give an update.

In my search, I came across forum after forum after forum.  I also found both a Facebook page and Youtube page for her. I also found a video posted over on the NRA Women’s page.  The short profile they have for her under the video is as follows:

Katie Francis is one of the youngest female junior shooters in the circuit. At only 13-years-old, she has already accomplished more than most. Her father, Sergeant First Class Chad Francis, bought her a .22 when she was 9-years-old. At the age of 10, she got her first buck, an 8-point, with an AR-15. Today, the ambitious teenager has her sights set high, and counts the possibility of making an Olympic appearance as one of her goals.

I realize I probably seem like a stalker after this, but I promise I’m not.  This girl is just interesting to watch and its cool to see someone her age as good with firearms as she is.  She far surpasses me in shooting skill and I am definitely jealous.

I wish there were 3 gun competitions in my area because I would love to participate in something like that.  It’d be cool to start something like that but there are so few ranges nearby that I know I wouldn’t be able to.  Anyone want to start one for me?  🙂

 

No more bug out bags!  Its an exciting thing, I know.  Today’s step focuses on stopping blood loss.  Now you’ll be happy you packed those bug out bags with first aid kits.

5)  Stop Bleeding

“It’s pressure that stops bleeding”.  If you don’t take appropriate measures when attempting to stop blood loss, you could end up losing a lot of blood.  Here’s the four steps you should take to stop an injury from bleeding.

  1. Find the source and deal with the worst injury first.
  2. Use a compress.  Cover the wound with a sterile compress and apply pressure.
  3. Stack bandages as they soak through until the bleeding has stopped.
  4. Remove the compress and clean with water.

 

It looks easy in words, and everything makes sense, but if you’ve ever had to deal with a major cut you know its sometimes a difficult task.  I personally suffer with really bad nose bleeds pretty frequently.  I’ve developed ways to stop the bleeding a lot faster than I used to, but it’s still not easy.  Knowing proper ways to treat an injury certainly speeds up the healing.

Have you ever needed to use the advice above?  I’m lucky enough that I’ve only ever had one major accident (the one that messed up my nose to begin with) to deal with.  But if something was to ever happen, I’m as ready as I can be.

If you want to buy the book, head over HERE.  Might be good to have a copy on hand one day.  Never know when you’ll need it and you don’t want to be there going, “what was I supposed to do to stay alive in this situation??”

Our next tip is how to disinfect a wound.  Make sure you don’t miss that one tomorrow, otherwise you’ll just end up with a cut that stopped bleeding only to become infected later.  We don’t want that to happen!  Subscribe so you’re not left wondering!

 

Thanks to the Gunmart Blog, I was lucky enough to come across an article over on Officer.com.  The article, written by Paul Markel, goes over a practice routine that keeps you from blasting away hundreds of rounds at the range.  With the current ammo situation, that is more important than ever.  Using this drill you can practice some very important techniques with only 50 rounds or less.

When you hit the range to practice, you should first have a plan.   If your plan is simply to shoot up a hundred rounds, that’s little more than noise-generation and empty brass creation.  A couple of years ago I developed a simple base-line training or practice drill that I call the One Box Workout™

  1. Slow-fire with two hands – Focus on trigger pull and sight alignment.
  2. Repeat with dominant hand only – Again focus on trigger pull, sight alignment, and “ensure your wrist is locked”.
  3. Repeat with off-hand only – Focus on the same fundamentals as the previous two exercises.
  4. Holster drills – Draw your gun slowly from its holster and fire twice at the target.  Go slow and focus on precision, not speed.
  5. Practice reloads – Load fewer rounds in your magazines and fire at the target until empty, then reload.  Repeat this two or three times.

The author then goes on to say if you have anything leftover, use the ammo to practice skills you didn’t do so well with.  If you did great in every drill but off hand, practice that.  To quote the author one more time, “We don’t improve by doing what we’ve mastered.  We improve by working on the areas that are difficult.”

So no more excuses, get out there any keep working on those skills.  And don’t say this is only for handguns because this could very easily be adjusted to use with a rifle.  Now get out there and have fun shooting!

I went to the mall (if you want to call it that – more like several tiny shops all in one building) today on my lunch break, like I do about once a week.  I can’t eat anything really so I just kinda hang out places for an hour.

Anyway, I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods.  To be honest I absolutely hate going in there.  It always feels like a waste of time.  And when it isn’t a waste of time, its so freaking expensive!  I went back to look at the rifles, just because I like looking at them.  I like guns (but I’m sure you already knew that); shooting them, holding them, cleaning them, and looking at them . . . I just love them.

I thought to myself while I was back there, “I wonder if they have any 22lr ammo in stock?”  Then I laughed to myself and said, “yea right, and like I could afford it if they did”.  Well the salesperson asked if he could help me and I smiled as I asked if they had and 22lr ammo.

Without hesitation he reached under the counter and pulled out a bucket of Remington Gold ammo!  1,400 rounds!  I was stunned.  He said, “yea, we got four of these things in”.  I cringed a little as I asked, “how much?”

$64.95.  I did some quick math in my head (meaning I pulled out my cellphone and opened up the calculator) and determined the stuff was under $0.05 a round; it was priced for me to buy.  Remington Gold is my favorite 22lr ammo so I didn’t hesitate.

Neither did the gentleman behind me.  The two of us left them only one bucket.

I now have plenty of 22 ammo.  I have no excuse not to be at the range every weekend.  And the best part is I don’t have to keep scouring the county in search of some 22lr ammo.