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  • Motorcycle Rally

    Well, I just attended my first ever motorcycle rally, only as a vendor though, in Newberry SC. I can say it was a wonderful experience and I certainly learned a lot from this event.

    Usually when people hear bike rally they picture loud tattoed, beer swigging and lots of loud bikers. Quite the opposite here. These were just a bunch of older, nice folk, who brought out their bikes for riding contests, light contests, games and some good eats.

    It was certainly a great boon for this small community. Most of the participants and the vendors were dining in the local restaurants, and shopping in the small down town businesses. The only hotel located in the town was booked. I hope we all left with as good an impression with this quaint little town, as we were happy to visit.

    I brought all my self defense and survival gear to sell. Most of the bikers seemed to agree that the most popular item was my pepper spray, stun guns and expandable steel batons, to fend off loose dogs. Bikers are more vulnerable to dog attacks than other drivers, due to the open nature of the vehicle they are driving. A person in a car stopped at a stop sign is completely contained in the vehicle and will not draw unwanted attention from a vicious dog, but a biker is much like a walker or runner to a dog.

    All in all, it was a wonderful event and I will certainly attend more bike rallies over the rest of this summer. You should check one out and meet some great down to earth people.

  • Self Protection For The Elderly

    I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of reading news articles of sick people attacking old people.

    The elderly are easy prey, because they walk slower, are disabled, and usually can't run very fast. You can level the odds a bit by carrying a simple personal key chain alarm, pepper spray, or a stun gun. There is even a stun gun cane, which will really surprise an attacker! 

    Many old people can benefit from carrying just the key chain alarm alone. Criminals do not like noise, or to have any unwanted attention directed at them. They like the quick strike and run. If you have a personal alarm hanging from your purse, or belt loop, it can be activated quickly and alert others to your dilemma.

    They can be a life saver, or thwart them from their efforts to steal from you, since the loud 130db sound will not only startle them, but when people in the area hear the noise, they will look and come to your aid.

    The one great feature of these self defense tools, is that they can be taken on airplanes and to any country. People use them while traveling all the time. Most other self protection devices must be stored in your checked in baggage. What good does that do you, if you are attacked in the lobby of an airport?!

    You can get them in a fun mouse shaped flashlight/alarm combo, or my newest favorite one, the Fuzzy Ball Alarm. It looks like an ordinary furry ball hanging on a key chain, but contains a loud alarm, which is activated by a simple pull of a disable pin.

    Just as criminals are getting more and more creative and sneakier in their antics, we too must become a bit more savvy and look for easier and better ways to defend ourselves.

    Keep an eye out for our elderly and keep them safe.

  • What Do You Need In A Bug Out Bag? Part 2

    What would you do if disaster struck your home? Think of what would happen if you were alerted that you had to leave quickly, because of a raging forest fire headed your way. Or perhaps a a flood ravages your neighborhood.

    These are catastrophes that occur on a regular basis all over our fair land. Then there's the extreme survivalists that prepare for an apocalypse , dooms day, or even a government take over.

    Wouldn't it be easier to get out of danger quickly, if you could just grab an already prepared bag of emergency supplies and food, and run? You will need enough supplies to last at least 72 hours, as that is how long it could take for emergency and disaster relief workers to reach you, due to the obstacles that may hinder their path.

    Let's get started on some essential items you may want to include in your emergency bug out bag.

    1. First and foremost is food and water. Keep several full water jugs handy in your home and car. Don't forget you will need water for your pets also. For extra water protection, carry a simple water purification system, so you always have fresh drinkable water. Throw some granola protein bars and nuts in your bag, for quick nourishment.

    2. Of course, a First aid kit will be necessary. I can't imagine any household or vehicle without at least a simple first aid kit, including band aids, gauze, antibiotic ointments and wet wipes.

    3. Bring along an extra pair of warm clothes for every member of your family. Dry socks and shoes are essential, as well as a poncho to keep warm and dry.

    4. Creating heat and a cook source is also important. A Fire Starting Tool is better than matches, which can get wet and become useless. You will also need dry tinder, You can purchase a Campfire KIt, which includes dry tinder and a small flint fire starter. This tinder will always light, even when it is wet.

    5. Always include a good flashlight and spare batteries. You can purchase a good rechargeable flashlight, and use a Solar Panel Recharge Pack to keep your phone and flashlight readily charged and available for use at all times.

    6. Paracord makes for the best rope you can find. Paracord is one of the most versatile survival tools around. A good 550 cord will hold 550 pounds of weight, plus there are 3 fine threads woven into the middle of the rope, which can be extracted and used for fishing, sewing, or tooth floss.

    7. Bring a good sharp knife, which not only can be used to cut your rope, but will be essential to cut your food, food pouches, or used as a hunting device, in extreme emergency situations. a good swiss army type knife is small and compact, plus will include other helpful tools, like tweezers and a screw driver.

    8. Duct tape never hurts to keep on hand. Who doesn't use duct tape to fix stuff?!

    9. A good tarp for cover and to keep warm and dry, would certainly help in most disaster and evacuation circumstances

    10. Lastly, I would suggest a whistle, to indicate your location, in case you cannot move, or are lost. A mirror for signalling, plus tin foil and baggies to aid in food cooking and storage.

    I hope these tips and ideas have given you some insight into what you may need to survive a disaster, should one arise in your area. Does this seem extreme? Well, maybe. But isn't this the same as the self defense items you keep on hand. It is better to have it and not need it, than need it, and not have it!

    Start assembling your survival bug out bag today. You will be glad you did.

  • What Do You Need In A Bug Out Bag? Part 1

    Every one should have at least some sort of bug out bag handy, in case of an emergency. You could keep a simple shoe box full of survival essentials in your car, boat, or RV, or pack a full survival kit to keep on hand, in your home.

    Think ahead. Think of the disasters that have occurred across our country, just this last year alone. Would you have been ready to evacuate quickly, had the terrible fires in California, North Carolina and Tennessee invaded your neighborhood? Would you been prepared, if you found yourself stranded on the interstate for hours, perhaps even overnight, during one of those snow storms that swept across most of the north and east, this year?

    Let's stick with a simple auto, boat or RV emergency kit for now. You don't need to purchase a fancy kit from the store. You can create your own, plus use the extra band aids and supplies to build safety kits for every member of your family.

    Grab a shoe box, with lid, and start packing........

    • First thing first - band aids, anti bacterial wipes, neosporin, gauze, etc. All your typical first aid kit supplies, should be included.
    • Second - Tools. Keep a hammer, pliers, wire saw, knife, screw driver, scissors, or just use a multi purpose tool (which includes bottle and can opener, saw, magnifying glass, etc).
    • Third - Light and Heat. ALWAYS carry a nice bright LED flashlight in your vehicle bug bag, with a few extra batteries. You could also try a rechargeable flashlight, and include a solar panel charging pad. A small fire starter and tinder just might save your life, so throw them in also. And don't forget a Whistle to alert rescuers of your location.
    • Fourth - Food. If you add a bit of paracord, you  will not only have a good strong rope to use, but the inside threads can be used as a fishing line. Hey, you can never be too prepared! Keep a zip locked baggy of granola bars, nuts and raisins. You can also find ready-to-eat, prepackaged meals, which can be opened and consumed on the go.
    • Lastly - Cover. Bring along a poncho, blanket, solar wrap and a tarp to create a wind barrier, or cover, to provide shelter from the wet and cold.

    An extra pair of dry, warm clothes and sneakers, might also be a few other things to keep in your car. You can never be too prepared for lifes emergencies or situations.



  • What Is More Important In A Stun Gun, Amps Or Volts?

    When I am at a gun show, I am asked this question all the time. People see all these stun guns for sale at the show, and they become impressed and infatuated with the voltage of a stun gun.

    Let's clarify the issue here. Many of the stun gun vendors you encounter in gun shows, the flea market, or even online sales, like Amazon or Ebay, are only in this to make a sale and earn a profit. They are not very well educated on what really makes a stun gun effective. Marketing strategies are to advertise stun guns, with ever increasing and ridiculously high amounts of voltage. Amperage is never mentioned, unless you are educated and ask about it.

    The next time you go to a gun show, or see a guy selling them at the flea market, ask relevant questions, and see what kind of pitch they give you. Ask yourself this. If you see they have a table full of bamboo sheets and hats, with one little supply of stun guns, are they really all that knowledgeable, or just trying to make a buck?

    This is all I do, is non-lethal self defense, survival and home security products. I am continually doing research on my products, how they work, and the most effective way to use them. The guy selling bamboo sheets is doing just that.......selling. I like to educate and train.

    So, in answer to the question, what is more important, amperage or voltage in a stun gun? Use the plumbers Water In The Pipe analogy. The amperage is the amount of water in the pipe. It is defined as the measure of the amount of electricity that flows through a circuit. The voltage is the amount of pressure that pushes the water down the pipe. Voltage is defined as the measure of how hard the electricity is pushing.

    The volts deliver the amps to the intended muscle group targeted. Higher voltage, will deliver the amps quicker, but you need the amps there, in the first place. Most people are impressed by higher voltage amounts listed on a stun gun box, but the voltage really does nothing to the body. Voltage only carries amperage to the muscle group, depleting the muscle of energy and rendering them useless, causing your attacker to wither in pain and fall to the ground.

    The most effective amperage in a stun gun is from 3 to 4.9 milliamps. If they have anything less than 3 milliamps, you will have to hold the device on your assailant for twice as long, in order for it to disable their muscle group, no matter how high the voltage is.

    Anything over 4.9 milliamps will burn out the stun gun capacitor, so you will not find any stun gun that has higher amperage. Higher voltage stun guns may deliver the amperage quicker, but remember, more importantly, is that you do need the higher amperage included in the stun gun first.

    All in all, amperage is more important than voltage, when considering your next purchase of a non-lethal, stun gun, self defense tool.

    If your looking for a high voltage, with the highest amperage stun gun flashlight, consider the Multiguard Stun Gun. It features 20 million volts, with 4.9 milliamps of shocking power. Check it out here at www.sandssafetystore.com.

  • 15 Ways To Avoid A Coyote Attack

    It seems there are more and more reports of coyote sightings and attacks in the news lately. Like bears, and deer, coyotes are being pushed out of their natural environment, due to urban sprawl, and seek the easy food that we humans unwittingly provide them.

    Coyotes have easily adapted to the urban and populated environment, even though their natural habitat is generally in wooded or rural areas. Humans mistakenly can lure coyotes and bears, for that matter, close to their homes, by providing a food source and a living environment for them.

    Let's explore what we can do to help prevent coyotes from invading your living space.

    1, First and foremost is the obvious way to avoid a coyote encounter. Do Not feed or leave food out for coyotes. They are dangerous to not only you, but your neighbors and pets. If you feed your pet outdoors, bring the food bowl back inside after feeding. Never leave it outside, as  the odor alone can attract a coyote or bear to your yard.

    2. Secure your garbage in cans, with a tight lid. Keep them in your garage until trash day. Do not leave your trash out by the curb, the night before trash pick up day. This only gives coyotes curb side delivery!

    3. Pick up any spilled bird seed around your feeders, and any fallen fruit from around your fruit trees. Keep the feeders high off the ground, so coyotes cannot reach them.

    4. Keep trees and shrubs around your house to a minimum. Keep them trimmed, so coyotes do not decide to build a den in them.

    5. Install motion sensor lights, or motion sprinklers to scare off any coyotes that may enter your yard.

    6. Prepare for an encounter, by carrying a large stick, a whistle, or even a can of pepper spray. Pepper spray is your best bet, since you can stop an animal from 15 to 20 feet. One quick burst at the animals face, and they will retreat.

    7. Most coyotes will just observe you and stay their distance. You should do the same, unless the animal approaches you. Then, and only then should you defend yourself and try to scare off the coyote.

    8. Making your self look bigger and meaner than you really are, is called Hazing. Grab a stick, wave your hands in the air, and stare down the coyote. Do not act afraid, but bold and stronger than the animal. Throw a rock, or stick at him to scare him off.

    9. Spray a water hose at the animal, bang pots and pans, blow a whistle. Do whatever it takes to scare off the animal. They do not want to be around a crazy human, just as you do not want to be around them

    10. Never turn your back on a coyote. That will only show submission and they may take that as a sign to attack.

    11. As you would encounter a vicious dog, back away slowly, while maintaining your strong stance. Do not run.

    12. If a coyote does happen to attack, cover your throat and face. That is the main area that a coyote will try to bite first.

    13. Seek medical attention immediately, if you become scratched or bitten by a wild animal. Most likely they will have rabies, since most coyotes will shy away from people, especially during the daylight hours.

    14. Be sure to call your local animal control officers in your area. They will help to track down the animal, trap it and relocate it to a safer area. It is also legal to shoot a wild coyote that has entered your personal property.

    15. Keep your pets close to your home, in a secured area, enclosed with at least a 6 foot fence.

    I hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe, as well as your precious pets. Be vigilant and report any wild animal sightings in your neighborhood, to the proper animal control agencies.

  • How Many Security Cameras Do I/You Need?

    This is a very good question, that many of us are left thinking of, when deciding in installing a security system around their home or business. I have a fairly simple ranch style home, but I have many out extensions, peaks and trees to contend with. Add my circular driveway, and I found I needed more coverage than I thought.

    I also have a garage which is approximately 200 feet from the house, which I wanted to monitor too.

    I decided to go cheap, and installed a high definition, 4 channel camera system. It can be done, but I still have a few areas of the lawn that cannot be viewed, with this limited system. I made the most of what I had though, and covered all the pertinent areas, aiming the cameras at the obvious entry and exit points.

    I can see the garage and one side of my circular driveway, from a camera installed on one of the outcroppings on the front of my home, which also views the windows to the back bedrooms. I couldn't place the camera on the farthest corner of my home, facing the garage, because of the trees and branches, that would impede the view, especially in the summer, when all the trees are in bloom.

    I placed my second camera along the back side eave, watching my back yard and catching my back door. A burglar will almost certainly try to enter through your front door, but if he can not gain easy access, he will head for the back door next. No one wants to be seen trying to break in to a home, so the back door is usually a better place, to sneak in with less detection.

    My third camera is positioned on the front corner of my home, again, on another out cropping, which I can see my air conditioning/heat unit, plus the whole side yard and remaining portion of the other side of my circular driveway.

    This now gives me a clear view of any vehicle or person that may enter my property from my driveway, in any direction. Plus, I have a good view of any intruders from the rear of my home.

    That leaves my fourth camera, which I opted to install as a good dome camera, on my porch, aimed at the front door. This one, I will admit, I was a bit disappointed with, not because it didn't provide a good view of the entryway, but because of the layout of the porch itself.

    I have a 1 foot overhang, that the support poles are attached to, which block the camera from seeing out to the front driveway area. I had to make a choice. See the front door and get a good view of an intruder, or get a good image of the front driveway, where anyone would potentially park and enter the porch area.

    I decided it was more important to grab the "money shot" and film the intruder, as he enters the front door area, since most burglars will knock on the door first, to see if any one is home, before attempting to enter a home illegally.

    So strategically, I have covered the most pertinent areas to be monitored. Could I use more? Yes, most certainly, but I did cover my home on a budget. Any coverage is better than no coverage.  Now, on the backside of my garage, I am going to install a few dummy cameras, to make it appear that I have more protection, than I really do.

    I now feel more confident when I leave my home for extended periods, plus now, when I hear a noise, or the dogs are barking, I can simply turn my TV to my camera system view and see if anything is out there, instead of going outside and putting myself in a potentially harmful position.

    So, the long and short of it is, if you can afford a larger system, go for it! With more cameras, you will be able to monitor, not only your outside area, but you will have plenty of extra cameras to monitor hallways, your crawl space, attic and main entryways inside your home, as well.

  • How Do Burglars Break In?

    How Do Burglars Break In?

    According to the FBI, every 13 minutes, a home in the United States, will be broken into. That’s a lot of burglaries! 3 out of 4 homes will be broken into, within the next 20 years. Let’s take a look at the most common areas that an intruder will infiltrate your home, and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

    The most common entry point for a burglar is right through the front door.

    • 34% of all burglars will gain entry from the front door
    • 23% will use a first floor window
    • 22% of break-ins will be through the back door
    • 9% of burglars will enter your home through your garage
    • 4 % of will gain entry into the through an unlocked door or window
    • 2% will enter through the second floor window, or door

    What Time Of Day Do Most Burglaries Occur?

    The FBI states the 65% burglaries occur during the day, between the hours of 6am and 6pm, when most people are at work or school.

    Most burglars will enter your home between 12:30pm and 3pm, when there is assurance you have returned for lunch and before your children will arrive back from school.

    What Do Burglars Steal?

    Thieves are looking for anything they can grab quickly, that are expensive and can be sold or pawned easily. Unless you are on vacation, and they feel secure that you will be gone for a long period, they want to get in and get out as fast as possible, to avoid detection, whether by you, or one of your neighbors.

    The most common stolen items that thieves are looking for are:

    • Money
    • Computers, Laptops, Smartphones or iPads
    • Electronics
    • Gold and Jewelry
    • Watches
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Guns and Ammo
    • Tools
    • TVs and Household goods
    • Alcohol
    • Cars and Bikes

    Will A Home Security System Deter A Burglar?

    Homes without cameras installed are 300 % more likely to be broken into, than an unsecured or home that is not monitored. Surveyed burglars agree, they are less likely to enter a home, if they see a home security system, with cameras installed. A burglar does not want his picture caught on camera.

    Nowadays, most home security systems will have real time video, which can be played right on your phone, so you can view what is happening, while you are away.

    How Can A Burglary Be Prevented?

    • Your best line of defense is a good high definition security camera system, along with alarms.
    • Keep all windows and doors locked, even when you are home.
    • Add motion sensors inside your home, plus outside, to alert you, and your neighbors that someone may be lurking in your yard.
    • Get a dog! Burglars do not like barking dogs.
    • Have your mail collected, or have the post office hold your mail while you are on vacation.
    • Hide your valuables and prescription drugs out of plain sight.
    • Start up a neighborhood watch program.



  • How To Stay Safe On The Beach

    Well, after my gun show trip to Myrtle Beach, this weekend, I realize what easy prey we are, as tourists.

    The Gun Show was located in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, which is just a few short blocks from the ocean. Of course, after I set my tables up on Friday, I couldn't resist taking a walk down to the beach and tipping my toes in the ocean.

    It was a bright, sunny and beautiful 77 degree day, here in the middle of February. I was warned that there could be a lot of "crazies" around the area, so I opted to grab my Covert Stun Gun Flashlight, just for the heck of it. Like who needs a flashlight at 2 in the afternoon?!

    I mosied on down the road, without incident, since it is early in the season, and there was very little foot traffic. I even felt fairly safe wandering around in the sand and dipping my toes in the water. What a beautiful day. The beach was fairly empty of beach blankets and children running and splashing. Admittedly, it was strictly a calm, adult, serene beach moment, rarely experienced in this high touristy and traffic area.

    Any how, I hung around for a while, and enjoyed Gods beautiful picture. I decided to head back up to the shopping and eating area, wipe the sand off my tootsies, and go exploring. That is when I was glad I had stashed that stun gun flashlight in my pocket. Tourist areas are really not a good place to wander, when you are alone.

    I did not feel very comfortable, with vagrants hovering on many of the corners, or parking areas. I believe most are chased off during the day, but apparently you will find them hanging around on the picnic tables or benches that litter the sidewalks. Most of them were just begging for a few dollars, or looking for change that may have dropped from someones pockets, but I definitely kept my purse strung around my neck, and kept it close to my body.

    It only got crazier and crazier, as it got closer to dusk. Making me even happier that I had some sort of protection on me. I had left the beach area and headed up to the outlet mall. Yes, even there, I was starting to wish I had finished my shopping and was parked and sitting safe and comfortable in my little camper.

    All in all, it was a wonderful trip, and I would highly recommend a trip to "The Beach", but do use your head. Trust your instincts. Keep your purse and shopping bags close to you. Pay attention to your surroundings, travel with someone, if possible, and most importantly, carry some sort of self defense weapon with you. Never leave yourself vulnerable to an attack.

    Catch a sunrise on the beach, just be careful!

  • How To Use A Flint Fire Starter.

    Whether you want to simply enjoy a back yard fire pit, decide to go camping, or take an overnight hike, starting a warm, hot fire is essential, not only for heat, but for cooking, as well.

    How many times have you scrounged around the house for newspapers to roll up and burn? Or searched the area for some good old and dry twigs, to get your fire started? Then, if it is even slightly damp, nothing will light and you cannot get your warm fire going.

    We all have been there, with a paper plate, or bent over on the ground, blowing and fanning on the dismal embers, trying to get a good spark, and turn those smoking papers, into a blazing, hot fire.

    Thankfully, life has gotten simpler and new inventions have made building a good fire easier. Check out a good Fire Starter tool to get the job done in seconds.

    Our Sparkie Fire Starter will even work when its wet!  It is flint based and will start thousands of fires, using a one handed operation. Simply push down on the plunger, attached to the unit, in a quick motion, and the sparks created will light your tinder. No more worrying about your matches getting wet and no longer working.

    You can also carry along small packages of dry Light Me Tinder, which are specially treated fibers, that will light easily, even under wet conditions.

    My last suggestion, is to carry a Flint Striker. This is a small pocket sized device, that can hold pieces of dry tinder, along with a handy piece of flint and a steel striker. You slide the steel blade, quickly against the flint, causing sparks to fly off. Keep it low and close to your dry tinder, and within minutes, you will have created enough spark, and your tinder will catch fire. Add dry twigs and wood shavings, and soon you will be cooking your marshmallows, over a nice warm flame!

    Starting a fire doesn't have to be a task. Just keep one of these handy devices in your pack, and you will have a fun filled adventure, with a nice warm fire to sit around, singing campfire songs and roasting hot dogs on sticks.

    Try one here today at www.sandssafetystore.com.

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