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We were out at SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range and were able to catch up with Stag Arms who introduced us to their new offerings for the year, and I’ve got to say that I’m pretty stoked for what they showed us.
While pistol caliber carbines aren’t anything new to the gun industry, something that many folks have been asking for is a pistol caliber carbine in 10mm, looking for something with a bit more power than some of the current offerings.
Stag Arms showed us their new PCC carbines and pistols, with an available 10mm option.
The one I paid particular attention to is the 10mm braced pistol model. It was a blast to shoot and the recoil in that platform was very manageable.
We were told that there will be a few different models available for the public, to include a carbine and a pistol model available in the above listed different calibers. I don’t have an MSRP just yet on these, but will update this announcement once I do.
Check it out here:
Let us know what you think about this new offering from Stag Arms for SHOT Show 2019, in the comments below. Will you be buying one? Keep in mind that Stag Arms does allow direct buying from their website, to ship to an FFL. Here is their store.
One of the coolest new releases of SHOT Show 2019 is the new cartridge from Winchester and the corresponding “Resolute” AR-15 rifle from CMMG. We were there at the unveiling of the new rifle, and saw the 350 Legend cartridge first hand at the range.
I must say that it is an impressive round that does solve a handful of problems for people in certain states with restrictions on hunting.
Some states don’t allow hunters to use bottle neck cartridges like .223 Remington to hunt. Other states don’t allow you to use a caliber lower than .25 to hunt.
As you can likely imagine, this can cause a lot of problems for folks, not really giving them many options to put dinner on the table. So, Winchester made the 350 Legend cartridge to help with that.
Being that the 350 Legend is a straight walled 35 caliber cartridge, this solves both problems at once for numerous people struggling to effectively take the game this bad boy was designed for.
The rifle CMMG made is called Resolute and currently comes in three models. What’s pretty neat about it, is that, if you already have an AR-15 you don’t need to buy the whole rifle. All you need to do is buy their barrel, and the rest of the parts will stay the same since the parent case of the 350 Legend is .223.
The bolt and everything else you’ve already got can stay the same, even the magazine, with maybe the exception of the follower in the mag, can stay the same.
It’s meant to take game like deer inside 300 yards and is being touted as “the most versatile cartridge on the market.” Time will tell how true all this is, but what I can tell you for sure is that this was one of the most talked about releases of SHOT Show 2019.
There are currently five different cartridges being offered, starting at 145 grain weight, and cruising up to 265 for the Super Suppressed cartridge.
What are your thoughts on this new AR-15 rifle and ammunition joint venture? Let us know in the comments below.
Many folks thought that SHOT Show 2019 would be a flub of the worst kind. I mean, how could we top the SIG Sauer P365 release of 2018? How could any gun manufacturer pull something off that would be anywhere near as good?
Or so the naysayers said.
However, Mossberg heard that call, and answered it with something totally outside the norm for them: A subcompact pistol made for concealed carry.
This isn’t the first time the Connecticut shotgun manufacturer made a concealed carry pistol, as they had a small pocket pistol called the Brownie way back in 1919.
They had a Mossberg Brownie on display at their booth in Vegas at SHOT Show 2019, and it was a cute little thing. I think the name “Brownie” fits it well. I could almost eat it up.
While the MC1sc isn’t going to compete directly with the P365, it doesn’t have to. It’ll fit in a totally different market, and I can say that it looks like it’ll fit in quite well. This new Mossberg pistol looks like it’ll compete with the S&W Shield, the G43, and other guns of that size.
In fact, it almost looks like they’re going right after those guns full steam ahead. And, I think it’s got a fighting chance.
While it may not be the sexiest little pistol on the market, after shooting it multiple times at the Media Day at the Range out at SHOT Show 2019, I can say that it ran great and I’m not the only one. Everyone I spoke to so far this week had nothing but good things to say about it.
Check out our video:
With an MSRP starting at $425, going up from there if you want that Viridian laser model, with a street price likely well under the $400 price point, this is an excellent entry for Mossberg into the pistol market.
Other models includes one with a cross bolt safety for those of you who’d rather have that option, and a model without a safety.
Ladies and Gentlemen, children of all ages — welcome to the greatest show on earth. That is how the National Shooting Sports Foundation should introduce their annual get-together that is Shot Show.
Every year at this time the shooting world converges on the sleepy little hamlet of Las Vegas to see all that is new in the shooting sports world. That’s right everything from A-Z that can remotely be related to firearms can be found on display at Shot Show.
This is my second Shot Show and this year looks to be even more exciting than last year. So far, the companies that I have spoken to have definitely brought their A-game. Shot Show is a virtual cornucopia of firearms related product from every corner of the globe.
This year, I will be doing some short posts with the top 5 products that get my attention each day. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here is my Top 5 list from day one:
If you love bullpup shotguns but think that the double magazine tubes of the UTS 15 and the Kel-Tec KSG are a bit bulky, then do I have news for you. Kel-Tec has done it again with the KS7, a 12GA bullpup shotgun with a single magazine tube that is definitely slim and trim.
Weighing in at 5.9lbs (empty) at 26.1 inches in overall length, with an 18-inch barrel, this shotgun holds 6+1 of 3inch magnum shells.
Those dimensions make it roughly the same size and weight as the Shockwave with an additional shell in the tube. It’s an added bonus that you can actually shoulder this weapon without worrying about having your face rearranged.
It handles well and was surprisingly easy on the shoulder for a 12GA of such light weight. MSRP is listed at $495, but I am sure that you will see them for a bit less in your local gun shop, assuming they are not sold out the day they arrive. Well done Kel-Tec.
In 2017 Colt jumped back into the world of double-action revolvers with the Cobra. This year for the second act of their return to revolvers Colt re-introduced a noted name that hasn’t been seen since the Clinton administration.
That’s right snake-gun fans the King Cobra is back and this time it’s pissed off … Well not really, but it is back and it is badass.
With a heavy-duty stainless-steel frame and a 3-inch barrel, this is just the ticket for those of you who carry wheel-guns on a daily basis.
Now, I am unsure of just what alchemy is going on in the basement at Colt but they claim it weighs in at 28oz, but I swear this six-gun feels a lot lighter in the hand. The double action trigger is something that defies description and is smooth as silk with no stacking, indexing, or grittiness.
I was expecting some stacking as the cylinder came around and instead got a smooth break that was completely unexpected.
As much as I hate to admit it the King Cobra made me want to part ways with my trusty SP101. Colt is on a roll and if they did this well with the King Cobra, I can’t wait for next year … Colt Python, anyone?
Time will tell for sure.
Geissele Automatics, a well-known name in the world of the AR-15 platform, have spent years solidifying their place in the aftermarket with top-notch accessories. This year they hit the ground running with their Super Duty line of rifles.
That’s right, Geissele now makes rifles and boy what a rifle. The Super Duty is definitely worthy of its name, with a mil-spec upper and lower, low profile Geissele Super gas block, ALG Defense LE Blue Line hard anodized aluminum hand guard, Geissele fixed or flip-up BUS, ALG Advanced Combat Trigger set at 5.5 lbs., and much more at a base price of $750.
The Super Duty LE is specifically intended for Law Enforcement at a price that won’t break the budget. The initial release is strictly limited to LEOs and Law Enforcement Departments, but we were told that Geissele will be releasing Super Duty for the rest of us in the near future.
If you are a fan of Eugene Stoner’s seminal achievement take a look at the Geissele Super Duty.
When you think Mossberg, you think shotguns. Most specifically the 500 series shotguns that rank side by side with the Remington 870 as one of the best-selling shotguns of all time.
What most people don’t know is that Mossberg started out by making a 4-shot pistol called the Brownie. Now, about 100 years after the last Mossberg Brownie pistol left the factory in New Haven, Mossberg is back in the handgun world with the MC1sc sub-compact 9mm pistol.
The MC1sc falls right in with the G43 and the S&W Shield, and I think will give them a run for their money. For a base MSRP of $425 you get a 9mm sub-compact with either a 6+1 or a 7+1 capacity, a 3.4-inch stainless steel barrel, fiberglass reinforced polymer frame, and a 22oz weight (loaded) that has one of the best triggers of its class at a very crisp 5-6 lbs.
The felt recoil is nothing at all what I had expected and to say that I was pleased with the way it shot would be an understatement.
Mossberg may have waited a while to get in the concealed carry game, but they have entered in a big way. With the MC1 Mossberg has upped their game, now up yours.
Adams Arms has staked their claim over the years by making the first, and to the best of my knowledge, only piston driven retrofit kit for the AR-15 platform. I still have one of their 1st Gen piston uppers and it is one of the most reliable and accurate ARs I have ever shot.
They now are purveyors of some of the finest piston driven AR-15/AR-10 platforms you can buy.
For Shot Show this year they have a little surprise, a P3 Match Grade in .224 Valkyrie. Now the .224 has really taken off as a popular caliber for precision work, having a trajectory that is ridiculous for what amounts to a long range .22, I mean this thing is stupid accurate and consistent.
Now match that with a proven match grade, piston driven platform from Adams Arms and … What’s that? It’s not listed on the website, you say? I know, right? Apparently, Adams hired all the best from Lockheed’s Skunk-Works, because this has been a better kept secret than the SR-71, the F117 Stealth Fighter, and any “sensitive” information that makes its way into the hands of Congress.
Seriously though, the P3 comes with a very consistent PROOF Research Carbon Wound Barrel, jet comp, free-float rail, and their signature P-Series Micro Block Adjustable gas-piston system. I was consistently vaporizing clay pigeons at 200 yards and to me that in and of itself speaks volumes. This would be my rifle of choice for groundhogs or coyotes out west.
Day one was a complete blast (pun intended), the companies that brought their products out to Industry Day at the Range really made it hard for me to narrow it down to 5. Big shout-out to NSSF and all the people who make Shot Show happen. Stay tuned for Day 2.
We got to catch up with Kel-Tec at SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range, 2019. It’s always exciting for us to see what new contraptions Kel-Tec comes out with, because unlike some of the other companies out there, they continue to innovate with new, out of the box designs.
This time around, they had a new 22LR handgun that looks to rival popular handguns like the Browning Buckmark, the Ruger MKIV, and the S&W Victory. Ya know, only the CP33has a magazine capacity of 33 rounds making whoever shoots a competition with this thing king or queen.
Also topping off the Kel Tec CP33 are windage and elevation adjustable fiber optic sights, a rail for a red dot, and a threaded barrel to attach a suppressor.
I had the chance to put some twenty twos downrange with this little bad ass and can tell you that there was almost zero muzzle rise, and the suppressed version was very quiet. It was also easy to shoot, accurate, and a ton of fun.
The magazines are clear so you can see immediately how much ammo you’ve got inside, and the MSRP isn’t too far outside what others would charge for a similar pistol, if you can find one, at $475.
Also new this year from Kel-Tec is the KS7 Bullpup shotgun. Now, I didn’t get a chance to shoot this one so I won’t talk much about it this time around. But, what I can say is that Joe said he wanted to buy one, and that can only mean that it’s a stellar shooting shotgun that looks great for home defense scenarios.
This pump action 12 gauge shotgun has a single tube that is loaded from the rear, and ejects the shells out of the same port. MSRP is set to $495, and looks to be an all around great gun.
You can see some of our Industry Day at the Range coverage showing these brand new to market guns, here:
It’s that time of the year again, my friends. And, as with every year that we’ve gone, we’re trying to step up our SHOT Show coverage so that it’s like you’re actually there with us. Here is some of what you can expect from us:
We do quick video uploads and don’t usually do any editing. Therefore, anything they say that may be a mistake or otherwise false is uploaded for all to see. They aren’t the biggest fans of this method, so …
We do always offer them to do a retake, so they can get it right if they’re not happy with the video they’ll be putting it out.
The reason why we do it like this is because we want you to see the videos quickly so you can stay up to date on all the new releases in almost real time.
We were the ones who perfected this strategy and other media companies are following because of how well it works.
You can also expect to see some news articles being published on the site. I struggled with this last year because I had another commitment to fill. This year will be a bit different because I’ll have more help.
I’m also planning to update social media a bit more, just because I want to start playing with Facebook and Instagram live. Stay tuned for that because I’m sure it’ll be a blooper fest because I haven’t a clue what I’m doing with live stuff just yet.
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What are you looking forward to the most this year? I’ll try to get one of our guys to have some video time with it. Thanks for being here, and stay tuned.
Pigs, also called hogs or swine, are ungulates native to Eurasia collectively grouped under the genus Sus within the Suidae family. The nearest living relatives of the swine family are the peccaries and hippopotamuses.
A pig has a snout for a nose, small eyes, and a small, curly tail. It has a thick body and short legs. There are four toes on each foot, with the longer, middle toes used for walking.
A typical pig has a large head with a long snout which is strengthened by a special bone called the prenasal bone and by a disk of cartilage in the tip. The snout is used to dig into the soil to find food and is a very sensitive sense organ. Pigs have a full set of 44 teeth. The canine teeth, called tusks, grow continually and are sharpened by the lowers and uppers rubbing against each other.
A female pig can become pregnant at around 8-18 months of age. She will then go into heat every 21 days. Male pigs become sexually active at 8-10 months of age. A litter of piglets typically contains between 6 and 12 piglets.
Pigs do not have functional sweat glands, so pigs cool themselves using water or mud during hot weather. They also use mud as a form of sunscreen to protect their skin from sunburn. Mud also provides protection against flies and parasites.
Pigs are generally considered to be one of the more intelligent animals on the planet, being compared to dogs.
It has been shown that a pig’s mood can be determined by its tail, if the tail is tightly coiled, the pig is happy. If the tail is hanging limp however, the pig is unhappy.
Pigs are omnivores, which means that they consume both plants and small animals. Pigs will scavenge and have been known to eat any kind of food, including dead insects, worms, tree bark, rotting carcasses, excreta (including their own), garbage, and other pigs. In the wild, they are foraging animals, primarily eating leaves and grasses, roots, fruits and flowers. Occasionally, in captivity, pigs may eat their own young, often if they become severely stressed.
Feral pigs in Florida, United States, domestic pigs which escaped from farms or were allowed to forage in the wild, and in some cases wild boars which were introduced as prey for hunting, have given rise to large populations of feral pigs in North America. Accidental or deliberate releases of pigs into countries or environments where they are an alien species have caused extensive environmental change.
Their omnivorous diet, aggressive behavior and their feeding method of rooting in the ground all combine to severely alter ecosystems unused to pigs. Pigs will even eat small animals and destroy nests of ground nesting birds.
The Invasive Species Specialist Group lists feral pigs as number 90 on the list of the world’s 100 worst invasive species and says about them:
Feral pigs like other introduced mammals are major drivers of extinction and ecosystem change. They have been introduced into many parts of the world, and will damage crops and home gardens as well as potentially spreading disease. They uproot large areas of land, eliminating native vegetation and spreading weeds. This results in habitat alteration, a change in plant succession and composition and a decrease in native fauna dependent on the original habitat.
The Wild Boar (Sus scrofa) is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig. It is native in woodlands across much of Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa’s Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia, and has been widely introduced elsewhere. It is more distantly related to the peccary or javelina found in the southwestern area of North America.
Wild boars can reach up to 440 lbs. for adult males, and can be up to 6 feet long. If surprised or cornered they may become aggressive – particularly a sow with her piglets – and if attacked will defend themselves vigorously with their tusks.
A feral animal is one that has reverted from the domesticated state to a stable condition more or less resembling the wild.
The difference between the wild and domestic animals is largely a matter of perception; both are usually described as Sus scrofa, and domestic pigs quite readily become feral. The characterization of populations as wild, feral or domestic and pig or boar is usually decided by where the animals are encountered and what is known of their history.
The term boar is used to denote an adult male of certain species, including, confusingly, domestic pigs. In the case of wild pigs only, it is correct to say “female boar” or “infant wild boar”, since boar or wild boar refers to the species itself.
One characteristic by which domestic breed and wild animals are differentiated is coats. Wild animals almost always have thick, short bristly coats ranging in color from brown through grey to black. A prominent ridge of hair matching the spine is also common, giving rise to the name razorback in the southern United States.
The tail is usually short and straight. Wild animals tend also to have longer legs than domestic breeds and a longer and narrower head and snout.
Wild boars live in groups called sounders. Sounders typically contain around 20 animals, but groups of over 50 have been seen. In a typical sounder there are two or three sows and their offspring; adult males are not part of the sounder outside of the autumnal breeding season and are usually found alone.
Birth, called farrowing, usually occurs in the spring; a litter will typically contain five piglets, but up to 13 have been known.
The animals are usually nocturnal, foraging from dusk until dawn but with resting periods during both night and day. This is because hunters are most active during the day. They eat almost anything they come across, including nuts, berries, carrion, roots, tubers, refuse, insects, small reptiles–even young deer and lambs.
A full sized boar is a large, strong animal armed with sharp tusks which defends itself strongly; so hunting has often been a test of bravery.
Currently wild boars are hunted both for their meat and to mitigate the damage they cause to crops and forests. Generally dogs are used, sometimes now wearing Kevlar vests, to track and subdue their quarry, which is then dispatched using a knife, rifle, or bow. In several countries such hunting is a popular recreation, known as pig or hog hunting.
Weiser Weight and Tusk Trophy Wild Boar Record Book, Wild Boar Records are kept by the “Weiser Weight & Tusk” scoring system or “WWT.”
Developing a fair and simple method to score wild boars focused was placed on the most basic and most popular characteristics that all hunters look for in a trophy or “record book” wild boar. These two attributes are body weight and tusk size. Weiser Weight & Tusk is a scoring system to rank wild boars that gives both characteristics “separate but equal” representation.
In using the WWT system, only the weight of the boar and the size of his bottom tusks are figured into the score.
Hogzilla is the name given to a wild hog that was shot and killed in Alapaha, Georgia, United States, on 17 June 2004 by Chris Griffin on Ken Holyoak’s farm and hunting reserve. It was alleged to be 12 feet long and to weigh 1,000 pounds.
Its remains were exhumed in early 2005 and studied by scientists from the National Geographic for a documentary. In March 2005, these scientists confirmed that Hogzilla actually weighed 800 pounds and was between 7.5 and 8 feet long, diminishing the validity of the previous claim. Hogzilla was part domestic (Hampshire breed) and part wild boar.
However, compared to most wild boars and domestics, Hogzilla is still quite a large and extraordinary specimen. According to the examiners, Hogzilla’s tusks measured nearly 18 inches, which was a new record for North America.
Local news media reported that on January 5th, 2007 a 1,100 pound hog was shot in Fayetteville, near Atlanta, Georgia. The shooter was William Corsey, who hung the specimen from a tree in his yard. Neighbors reported that the animal had been seen in the neighborhood several times over the preceding days.
Corsey said he hauled it to a truck weigh station, where he says the hog weighed in at 1,100 pounds. A spokesperson from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said that large boars and feral hogs were common in South Georgia, but that no records are kept on them.
Rifles chambered in .223/5.56 are likely the smallest you’d want.
I figured I’d offer up some of the sales I know are going on for Black Friday 2018, just in case you wanted to take advantage of any of them. I know that I, personally, am doing some online shopping this year and plan to get some goodies, taking advantage of whatever I can. Here are some sales that I know of, and plan to update a few different times.
You know that I’m good friends with the owner of JM4 Tactical, and am a huge fan of their leather, magnetic retention holsters. The above pictured holster is their RELIC Hybrid which sews Boltaron and Leather together. They’ve got a huge 20% off sale when code NOV20 is used at checkout going on right now that you can find taking place, here: JM4 Tactical Black Friday Sale.
I’m working on a product review for these guys right now and so far I’m impressed with their tactical concealed carry belt. They’ve got a 20% off sale going on for Black Friday/Cyber Monday when you use code PANTS20 at checkout. You can find the sale, here: Klik Belt Black Friday Sale.
Tyrant Designs seems to be rolling out their Black Friday sale in tiers, or different parts. As of right now they’ve already got some stuff on their website for 15% off with free shipping over 50$. A good friend of mine has reviewed some of their products and found they were good to go. I trust his opinion. You can find their sale, here: Tyrant Black Friday Sale.
I’m no joke buying from PSA this year. I bought from them two years ago and got a great deal building my own AR-15. Looks like I’ll be doing something similar this year, and then bringing you a review of whatever it is I buy. I can’t even begin to list what they’ve got on sale, you just have to see it for yourself. You can find the sale page, here: Palmetto State Armory Black Friday Sale.
Shoot Steel is having a massive 30% off sale as we speak. Who doesn’t love the instant gratification of shooting at steel? I’m in the market for some new targets, you can bet that I’ll be ordering some. The code is FP30, and you can find their sale, here: Shoot Steel Black Friday Sale.
Again, this article will be updated and re-shared across social media as new sales are added to it. I’ve already received info on sales to come that I’m not yet allowed to share. One is from an AR-15 manufacturer, and another from a large retailer. Stay tuned as we update this list.
The common human response to crime is usually something along the lines of: “I can’t believe that happened in this town.” Or, “why me?”
We see it all the time on the news. A journalist interviews a witness or local after any serious crime, and the answer is usually the same, or something very similar to what is typed above.
Of course, those of us who carry a self-defense tool, like a gun, don’t usually share that response. In fact, the main reason why most of us carry a gun is because we know that crime does happen and we want to be ready for it when it does.
More often than not, it usually happens when we are least expecting it. And that, my friends, is the main reason for being prepared and ready to defend yourself with your gun of choice.
While crime can happen just about anywhere, there are some places more prone to it than others. I’ve attempted to compile a list of the most common places for crime based on some research I’ve conducted over the years, and patterns I’ve seen in defensive gun uses.
The following is by no means an exhaustive list and you should remain alert all the time –
Okay, so you can’t avoid a gas station unless you ride a bike to get around. Nothing wrong with that if you do, but chances are good that this isn’t the case. Many different types of crime come in the form of gas station robberies.
One type of robbery happens inside the store part of the station, where a convict holds up the people working at the register. This is common for many other convenience stores, as well, so I guess I’m going to lump them in here.
To combat this, I limit the amount of time spent in these places as much as possible. I almost always pay at the pump, unless I need something from inside. If that’s the case, I move as quickly as possible, paying attention to as much as I can, while I shop and pay.
Another form of robbery, happens when mindless folks are pumping their gas, or go into the store. Some people tend to leave their cars unlocked with their backs turned, and never even see it coming. This type of robbery is usually non-confrontational unless the victim happens to turn around at the right moment.
To combat this, remove your keys from the ignition and lock the door behind you when it’s your turn at the pump.
Then again, sometimes something like what happens this next video breaks out:
There is something about shiny stuff that makes criminals want to steal it. Now, I’m not talking about the jewelry stores inside a large mall. Criminals usually target jewelry stores that are a small, stand alone buildings or in a strip mall.
The main reason for this, is because it’s hard to rob a store in a mall, and make a getaway on foot. Everyone sees the criminal and there are that many more instances that can go wrong for the robber.
Then again, as we’ll see in a few minutes, criminals aren’t the smartest bunch, and you can’t rule anything out. The nice young gentlemen in this next video picked the wrong shop:
I’m not sure what it is, but people love to rob pizzerias and pizza delivery drivers. At the last site I managed, my good friend and freelance gun writer, Eve, spoke about pizza places getting robbed in great detail.
First, if you deliver pizza for a living, I cannot tell you that you should carry a gun while you work if your employer tells you that you cannot.
What I can do, however, is tell you that they wouldn’t be able to stop me from carrying my gun at work if I delivered pizza for a living. I value my life to much to be killed for some tip money. That decision, however, is up to you.
Here is a video of a robbery taking place in a Pizza Hut, of all places:
When you sit, request to be sat as close to the corner or wall as possible so you can monitor anyone who may be looking to rob the place. Whenever we go out to eat, my wife knows that I have to take the seat that looks upon the entrance and most of the floor to see if anyone begins to hurt people. Then, I can act appropriately.
You’d think that going into a business that sells guns would be a red flag to a robber that, gee, I don’t know, the people who work there might have guns. Oh, and so might the people inside who don’t work there …
Then again, criminals aren’t the smartest bunch of people.
When people are desperate enough, though, they tend to do some stupid crap. Always remember that a desperate person is willing to do whatever they must to survive, to include, apparently, robbing a gun shop as well as making sure nobody is left to talk about it.
Most gun shops have an open floor plan so the people behind the counter can see what’s going on and act appropriately.
I know it’s hard when you’re drooling on the glass counter, but the main thing is trying to remain in a state of awareness that points out when something is wrong.
There is actually a bank in my town that has been robbed at least three times that I can think of, maybe even more than that during the time I’ve lived here, and it’s only been 6 years. It’s not the only bank in town, but the others are literally right across the street from the police station, or one block away.
Remember that anywhere large amounts of money are stored can be enticing to criminals looking for the easy way out. Whenever you enter a bank, it’s a good idea to get a feel for what’s going on inside by glancing around. If people look uptight, or are rigid there might be something out of the ordinary taking place. If everything seems fine, take a mental note of those in the bank, and if anyone comes inside.
Whatever you do, though, try not to be like this guy if you ever find yourself staring down the barrel of a gun:
The second a ski-mask wearing individual pulls a Tec-9 out of a trench coat I’ll be aware of it, and better able to put him down.
Then again, I rarely find myself in a bank, these days. Instead, all of my transactions take place at the ATM outside the building. Again, peripheral vision is key, and so is the little mirror in the upper corner of the machine, itself.
We all feel safe in our homes, but this should not be. In any area of the world, your house can be broken into whether you’re there or not. Your doors should remain locked, even if you’re inside, and you should carry a gun in your home.
The main reason for this, is because if a burglar comes into your home you have to assume that since he broke in, he is also willing to make sure there are no witnesses to turn him in. When someone breaks in, your life is on the line.
I carry at least a small handgun in my pocket that is designed to help me get to a bigger, more powerful gun. But, I can fight back instantly, even while wearing my sweatpants. And, if I need more than the five or six shots loaded into my gun, there’s an even bigger issue at hand, anyway.
It’s also important to note that whether you’re home or not, many break-ins occur during the day, as we can see from the following video:
This one is tricky, because when most people think about a car-involved crime, they think of a break-in or car jacking. However, if you haven’t noticed, people are nuts.
I mean, look at these idiots:
In fact, just the other day after dropping my kids off at school some nut-job slowed way down and prevented me from passing him. Each time I tried to go around him he maniacally swerved to prevent it, but would let others pass without pause.
He eventually turned, but that’s a recipe for disaster. I don’t even know what I did wrong, because I drive like Miss Daisy.
If matters took a turn for the worse, and he approached me at the stop light instead of glaring at me in the rear view mirror, it would not have ended well.
The problem, is that people are unpredictable and are capable of doing any despicable thing at any time. I’ve witnessed a road rage encounter before in the quaint little town of East Orange, NJ where two men were about to duke it out with fists when one of them pulled a gun causing the other to (smartly) flee.
I’ve heard of break-ins where people are home, gas stations, jewelry stores, banks, gun stores, pizzerias, etc., all getting robbed with a weapon (either perceived like a finger in a jacket pocket, or real like a gun or knife).
Your state of mind, abilities, and access to your own weapon will determine the outcome if you ever need to defend yourself with your gun. It’s important to remain in a constant state of awareness so you can combat crime as it begins to happen. Otherwise, you won’t stand a chance.
Do you have anything to add to this list of most common places for crime? Have you witnessed crime anywhere? Let us know in the comment section, below.