Monday, August 27, 2012

Excellence in CWP Holsters

There are a number of ways to carry that lead-slinging-machine you are packing.  There are some excellent methods of carry, and some horrific ways as well.  I am really concerned when I hear of those who are legally carrying firearms, doing it in an unsafe manner.  With many holster options available today there really is no excuse to not carry safely. 

A few of the common carry options are OWB (Outside Waistband), IWB (Inside Waistband), pocket holster, clipdraw (which employs no holster, but a clip attached directly to the gun), pocket carry without a holster (stupid and extremely dangerous), and Mexican carry (carried in the front of your pants, tucked in with no holster...again, I'm not a fan). 

I think it is safest to use a holster to carry my firearm.  Now, which holster to use is of course up to great debate.  There are plenty of options such as leather, molded plastics such as Kydex, or nylon, and then you can consider what level of gun retention you want to have, if any.  There are three levels of retention, I, II, III and the higher the level of retention the more difficult it is for someone to remove your firearms from your holster. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Don't Underestimate the Wild

Today's news reported on a tragic event that ended in a tourist losing his life to a grizzly bear attack.  Apparently, the tourist from San Diego was snapping pictures of the bear for some time before the unthinkable happened...the bear attacked.

It is estimated that a grizzly bear can run about 30-35 miles per hour.  This means that a grizzly bear, running at 30 miles an hour can run 50 yards in about 3.5 seconds.  Based on the news report, the photographer closed in to about that distance, which was closer than the park allows, which is 1/4 mile. 

You can read more about the article here: Bear Attack - Fox News

Here's a few basic tips regarding bear attacks:
1.) NEVER run from a bear.  Your first instinct will be to run.  You won't outrun a bear.

2.) Play dead.  Yes you are going to get hurt.  Probably a lot.  However, if you want to survive, cover your head, play dead and pray.

3.) Once you are laying in the fetal position trying to protect your vital areas, be as quiet as you can and DON'T MOVE.

4.)  If the bear has left you alone and walked patient.  Bears will often look back to check. 

The best thing to remember is this...don't purposely put yourself in the position that a bear can attack you within seconds.  If you are in the wilderness and believe you could potentially spook a bear, or other wild animal that could kill or gravely hurt you, carry a gun in the appropriate caliber.  Many people don't realize that federal law now permits you to conceal carry a firearm into national parks, however you still must obey your specific state carry laws.