Firearms, Children, and Birthday Parties

Firearms, Children, and Birthday Parties

I read a short article about Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, TX that is offering birthday parties for kids. The owner, David Prince, is marketing the state-of-the-art, air conditioned, and indoor 24 lane gun range as a place for family-friendly fun. The requirements for allowing your kid(s) to shoot there consist of them being at least eight years old, tall enough to get over the shooting table, and that each child shooting have an adult present, either a parent or a safety officer.

I can see how some folks would be immediately alarmed at the notion of having a bunch of excited children at a gun range, but once the overly sensationalized media headlines fade from your imagination, it actually seems like it could be a really cool way to further teach kids how to safely handle and shoot guns; the most important lesson being to never touch a gun without an adult being with them. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Prince’s business model takes off and we see a trend of other ranges offering similar family fun.

I’m not sure about a birthday party setting (though already having hearing protection on hand would be nice), but I know I would definitely take my daughter to a gun range at eight years old if it were available to us and she had an interest. Who else thinks this is a good idea, or who thinks it’s a bad idea and why?

 

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9mm vs .40

9mm vs .40

I was recently talking with my cousin about handguns, as he’s thinking about purchasing one for self-defense purposes, and the subject of caliber came up.

A friend of his had been promoting the Springfield XDM .40, and as a result he was leaning in that direction. I asked him what the draw was for a .40 vs. a 9mm, and his response was stopping power. He then proceeded to tell me a story about a Philippine uprising in which the militants were doped up and it required the stopping power of a .40, not a 9mm to put them down.

Now I can appreciate a good story as much as the next guy, but there are several key issues worth bringing up. First is that he’s looking for a handgun for self-defense, not for putting down insurgencies (in which case a rifle would probably be better anyhow). Second, if someone is so doped up their brain isn’t registering the damage you’re in trouble no matter what. Third, and most important in my opinion, is that it’s all about shot placement.

If you’re able to put several quality self-defense rounds into a person’s chest, the chances of them stopping are high. This in turn brings us back to the ever important issue of regular practice. As he hasn’t been shooting in a while he’ll probably want to practice a lot before he feels confident carrying a firearm. Like most of us he has bills to pay and mouths to feed, so cost is an important factor. A basic truth is that you can usually purchase 9mm ammo for less than .40 ammo, which means more bullets to practice with.

I know it’s easy for such a topic to quickly turn into a war on preference, rumor, and speculation, but I would like to hear from any of you on this if there’s something more I should bring up to my cousin while he’s making his purchase decision.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tactical to Tacticool

Tactical to Tacticool

I’m as much a fan as the next person when it comes to improving a firearm in such a way as to make it more useful and less likely to cause issues; the addition of a light or laser for better target acquisition and perhaps a collapsible stock for transportation purposes are prime examples of increased usefulness. There are other items as well, but these are a few examples.

At some point in time, the marketing departments realized that anything and everything could be made a bit more tactical; thus tacticool was born and the laugh riot has only gained momentum.

For your viewing pleasure I present to you some fine examples of tacticool. Some are real products sold with the description of “tactical,” while others are openly mocking the marketing trend or too humorous not to share.

I hope you have a good laugh heading into the weekend. What are some of the more humorous tacticool images you’ve seen either on the web or in real life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zombie Max Ammo

Zombie Max Ammo

Hornady might not have created the zombie craze with shooters, but they’re certainly making a killing from it.

In 2011 Hornady released Zombie Max ammo as a marketing joke, but that joke has been very profitable. The original line consisted of 9mm, .45, and .223. It has since added .38, .40, 7.62×39, .30-.30, .308, and 12 GA in 2-3/4″ to its product line. While they don’t guarantee 100% head shots with their ammo, you are sure to at least get a chuckle from your friends and possibly an eye-roll from your spouse.

 

 

 

 Physically it looks a lot like their Critical Defense ammo except a green rubber plug instead of orange. I’m wondering if this is the same ammo but marketed differently? Has anyone picked up some of this? We promise not to judge.

 

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Instead of talking about a specific firearm or something firearm related, today I would like to take the opportunity to thank not just the soldiers who have given their lives for their country, but also all the men and women who risk their lives on a regular basis in order to protect the ideals of liberty and justice for all.

Thank you all for the many sacrifices you have made. You are appreciated and we are honored to call you our own.

 

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