How to Teach Your Wife to Use Firearms

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I have to say I started all wrong. On my first real date with my wife, I took her out to go shooting. Now my wife did not know where we were going and had not really seen me since I had left for the Marines. We dated a few times in high school but never really hit it off. Imagine how she felt when I surprised her by pulling into the local gravel pit and pulling out a trunk full of guns, literally!

She took it pretty well, especially how I kept giving her new guns to shoot with many “tips” on why she was not hitting anything and amazingly enough, we later married. I took some courses to learn how to teach and not just shoot. Unfortunately, my wife was still not very comfortable with me having or carrying guns. It was not until an incident at the local Wal-Mart, where my wife felt we were being followed by a guy that had paid just a little too much attention to our kid that she started to think maybe carrying guns wasn’t such a bad idea.

I convinced her to give me another chance, and we tried again. This time I looked at it from a new perspective, and not only did my wife do well, she actually enjoyed her time shooting. From this experience, I have created a set of guidelines to use when teaching someone how to shoot.

1.Do not pressure her. This is not boot camp; you will find that high-pressure tactics are counterproductive. Trying to pressure your wife to do something she does not want to do will only ensure she will never accept it.

2.Have the appropriate safety gear. Having eye and ear protection ready and explaining their use will help allay any fears. Also, before the firearms are introduced, go over the four basic firearm safety rules:
a.Every handgun is loaded, even if it is disassembled.
b.Never point your handgun at anything you do not intend to destroy.
c.Keep your handgun on safe until you are ready to fire.
d.Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

3.Start with a simple, small caliber firearm. Explain and show the basic operating principles of the firearm you use. For teaching long guns, I like either a .22 semi auto like a Ruger 10/22, or a single shot break action .410. If I am teaching pistol use I prefer a .22 or a .38 revolver. Make sure that if you start with a magazine fed firearm, you keep a ready supply of loaded magazines.

4.Do not use humanoid targets. If it’s an outdoor range and we are using long guns, I like stale cookies. They break in a satisfying way and are biodegradable. For pistols, a regular target turned around with a paper plate stapled to the center gives a large non-threatening target.

5.Last but not least, go slow. Answer any questions simply without going into a long technological lecture. The point of the first few sessions is to allay fears and allow your wife to become accustomed to shooting.

One little extra tidbit, I called a local buy cash for cars outfit that you can check out here. They delivered an old disabled car for almost nothing. We put it in my backyard and my wife loves shooting at it.

You will find, as I have, if you make her feel secure, allow her to go at her own pace and do not pressure her, she will rapidly begin to enjoy this sport. My wife took to shooting like a natural, and now she gets better range scores than I do. She is also slowly getting involved into the gun culture, working on becoming an instructor, and reading and subscribing to firearm magazines. When this started, I was all for it. When my wife started telling me which guns she wanted all for her own, I was ecstatic. There are drawbacks to involving your wife into your hobby. The last fourguns we bought are hers, so is the last range bag and all the ammo. I have half of an AR-15 in the closet that I have never been able to finish because as soon as I get ready to buy my last set of parts, somebody comes out with a “pretty” gun

Where to buy your paintball gadgets?

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Paintball is fast becoming one of the world’s most exciting and popular sports. In fact, paintball has risen from being known as just a pastime or a hobby, to a favorite sport among men and women in over 40 countries. Get involved today in one of the hottest and most exciting sports around.

Those who have tried playing paintball to pass away their time have become smitten by the excitement of the sport. More and more people are forming their paintball squads and clamoring for more paintball items. Teams are popping up in local areas and national as well as international competitions are now becoming quite competitive.

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If you are among those who have learned to love paintball as a sport, then you need to check out the various paintball stores for basic and new paintball products. It is great fun to wonder through a store and pick up items, get familiar with products, and truly get excited about the sport. For those without a paintball store in your area, take some time to check out PaintballGunsForSaleNow.com as they have a huge selection and the best price on my personal favorite paintball marker the 3skull.

Various shops selling paintball accessories have sprouted in the marketplace like mushrooms, due to the high demand for them. Blame it on the rising popularity of paintball. Visiting paintball stores is not only fun but it will give you a firsthand feel and view of the products you are buying as mentioned before, but you can also find out information about local teams and meet other paintball enthusiasts.

There also are many online paintball stores in addition to my personal favorite mentioned above that are selling paintball products for prices lower than those offered by actual paintball shops. By doing your shopping online, you do not only save on cost but also time. Just let your fingers do the walking and the talking. By shopping online you can do easy price comparisons. Just remember that those few bucks you save may be better served supporting your local paintball shop.

Some online stores have more than five thousand paintball items that can be shipped within 24 hours. However, online stores will only offer free shipping of products when the items purchased amount to more than $150. Online stores also accept payments via credit cards like Master Card or American Express, cash, or through personal or cashier’s checks. Some large conglomerate sites like Amazon.com now have extensive paintball supplies as well. Amazon has some excellent shipping rates and programs so it may be worthwhile to shop here.

Among the important paintball accessories that a player should possess, aside from the paintball guns and pellets of course, are the following:

1. Paintball mask – Never play paintball without the mask! Paintball experts are as one in saying that new players should buy the mask before the gun because it is a safety tool. Playing without a mask is a strict no-no.

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2. Batteries – Spare batteries for your guns will always be handy in case your gun needs them. Why waste a good opportunity to fire upon your enemy just because of a battery failure. Extra air will also keep you in the fight so always have spares.

3. Oil for the paintball gun – This tool may not top the list of items being carried by paintball players but believe me; it makes your gun more efficient and keeps it in tip-top shape. Simply put, if you do not oil or maintain your weapon it will fail.

4. Gun manual – This is necessary when you have to take your gun apart and then put it back together again. With a gun manual, you can never go wrong. No everything there is to know about your weapon.

5. First aid kits – While paintball is not a particularly dangerous sport, carrying a first aid kit in one’s pockets will not hurt – in fact, it is necessary for the unexpected bumps and bruises that occur while playing the game. Also have access to phone in case a major emergency occurs so help can be contacted.

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When buying your paintball items either from the actual or online paintball stores, make sure that you have reviewed their product return policy as you might no longer be able to return certain products depending on the paintballstore’s policy. Aside from that, paintballing can be reasonably inexpensive. Go get your gear and start having fun playing paintball today.

Gun Safety for Hunters

There are many reasons that a hunter would get seriously injured, but the leading cause is improper gun handling. Unfortunately, too many hunters ignore vital safety precautions when hunting and do not take good care of their weapon. Hunting injuries or fatalities are becoming all too common in the world of hunting and many people do not seem too concerned about the fatal realities of these incidents. The logical hunter, however, takes careful note of all of the safety precautions involving his or her weapon and learns the basics of gun safety for hunters.

One of the first fundamental laws of hunting safety is to always treat the gun as if it is loaded. This is a universal guideline for gun safety as it does not refer to any actual type of gun. In terms of having a gun in general, one should never assume that it is unloaded. One should never be flippant with a gun or wave it around, point it at others or work carelessly with it. There is always the off chance that something could occur as a result of any gun powder residue or other possibilities, giving the odds of a dangerous incident more ground than necessary. Instead, simply treat the gun as if it is always loaded and err on the side of caution.

In relationship to the aforementioned law of gun safety, it is important to be responsible and keep the gun unloaded until it is ready for use on the hunting ground. This avoids any injury or death due to the gun accidentally going off due to careless use or due to improper storage. Many a story has been told about gun injuries relating to guns going off in truck compartments and shooting through truck seating, relating to the notion that the gun was not only properly stored but that the improperly stored gun was loaded. For reasons such as these, always store the gun as unloaded.

When on the hunting field, it is important to remember hunting safety techniques. Always keep the fingers in indexed positions until ready to fire. This avoids any accidental firing which can obviously result in serious injury. Instead, the fingers should be somewhat folded and away from the trigger if possible. If the fingers are more apt to be near the gun’s trigger, keep them folded and away from any notches until the prey is well within scope range. One false move with a finger too close to the trigger could result in accidental firing resulting in injury or death.

Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This, of course, means that the gun should never be pointed at another person. Many a story has been told of guns pointed at hunting companions in jest, only for the gun to accidentally go off and injure or kill the unfortunate companion. For this reason and for reasons involving common sense, keep the gun pointed somewhere safe and away from yourself and people at all times. This rule applies whether the gun is loaded or not.

Never look down the barrel of the gun to see if it is loaded. This is simply something that should not be done under any circumstances. As a reference to the aforementioned rules, one of the fundamental foundations of gun safety is expecting the unexpected. If one is looking down the gun barrel, there is no predictable way to ensure that the gun will not accidentally fire from powder residue or any other elements that could be lodged in the gun. Keep the face away from the gun barrel at all times.

Make sure that the gun is never dropped. This can result in accidental firing, which can send a bullet or powder in a very chaotic and unpredictable direction. Instead, always hold the gun with both hands and treat it as carefully as possible.

Never let a person who is intoxicated in any way handle a gun. Alcohol and drugs slow the reason factor on people, resulting in a lapse of reason and better judgment. An intoxicated person may improperly operate a firearm, leading to injury or possible death.

All in all, these fundamental rules should be followed if one wants to ensure a safe and happy hunting trip. Without paying attention to safety regulations, the risk factor of the average hunting trip more than doubles and injury is almost inevitable. Be safe when hunting or handling a gun of any kind.

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Tips in Choosing a Paintball Gun

Today paintball is one of the most popular sports not only in the United States but around the world. It is a fun and exciting game that offers adventure to its players. When getting on the paintball field, it is very important to consider your one important friend – the paintball gun.

Paintball would not be paintball without the paintball gun. All paintball guns may look the same but it is important to remember that choosing the right paintball gun is not an easy task. Here are some tips that you may need to consider:

1. The very first thing that needs to be considered when buying a paintball gun is the price. It is important that the buyer determine his budget for the gun. There are many paintball guns in the market and prices may range from $100 to $900. The cost of the gun will depend on the brand and features that come with it.

2. It is recommended a person test all types of guns before buying one. He may want to try those that he has borrowed or rented which will give him the chance to choose which a gun that works for him. The paintball gun should provide ease of use and comfort for the user.

3. Before buying a paintball gun, it is important that he decide on the size of the gun, the paintball loader and the tank that he desires. Remember that the bigger the tanks and the paintball loaders the heavier the gun becomes. A good gun should be the right size for the user and should contain the amount of paintball needed to fire at the opponents.

4. The buyer should shop around first before deciding on a particular paintball gun. This will give him the chance to evaluate and compare prices. Some shops offer lower prices than other shops, so do some research and purchase the one that fits your needs and pocketbook.

5. Seek advice from friends who play paintball, instructors, and coaches of paintball games who will be able to provide some tips on what paintball guns they have used and have found effective. Paintball stores can also recommend some good paintball guns and/or those that they most often sell to their customers.

After choosing the right paintball gun, you must familiarize yourself with the machine. Practicing with the paintball gun will help you move with the gun as well as apply some strategies for using the gun.

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