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  • What Is Kydex?

    Kydex is used as a sturdy, scratch resistant material, which can be plied and molded into permanent shapes, once it has been heated and cooled.  It rates as a "R" 90 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale, which is what makes for such a durable scratch free substance.

    It has a low fire resistant rating, low friction, waterproof, holds its shape, chemical resistant, shrink resistant, plus scratch resistant.

    Kydex has become the favored material to conceal and carry knives, guns and tasers, like the Taser Pulse, since it can be molded to the perfect shape of the weapon, then be quickly retrieved, without scratching the weapon, plus the weapon slides in and out of the hard plastic holster with ease.

    Leather and nylon holsters can cause wear and tear on your weapon, due to moisture, or from the weapon scraping along the sides of the holster, during removal and replacing it. A Kydex holster is precision molded to fit the individual weapon, holding it snugly in place. Proper pressure is applied to specific areas of the weapon when it is contained within its formed Kydex holster. Any extra rubbing or scraping from a loose fitting holster, will cause damage to the weapon it contains, It is rare that a Kydex holster will cause wear and tear to its properly molded weapon.

    The main benefit of using a Kydex holster to carry your Taser Pulse is that they are specifically designed to turn the Safety Switch back to the "Off" position, when placed back in its holster. This secures the trigger, to prevent any accidental firing, while carrying your Taser Pulse. Should a discharge somehow occur, while in the Kydex holster, it has been manufactured to prevent the probes from firing through the holster.

    The Blade-Tech Kydex holster for the Taser Pulse comes in two different models, for your carrying preference.

    The Blade-Tech OWB holster is worn on your belt, secured with a large plastic belt clip and TEK-LOK. It is adjustable to fit most belts through their thickness and width. It will hang loosely enough to prevent it from laying against your skin and creating an uncomfortable chaffing or sweating area. It is easy to place and remove, but will hold tight, even when removing the weapon from its plastic sheath.

    The Blade-Tech IWB Taser Pulse holster is to be worn on the inside of your waistband. It is still secured to your belt, but worn inside your pants, to create a nice conceal carry weapon at your side. It is secured by straps that are adjustable for most belts.

    Kydex has become a favorite durable product for many things besides the Taser Pulse, but it definitely has become a personal favorite for knife and gun enthusiasts to carry their weapons securely and without damage.

    Other uses for Kydex:

    • Knife Sheath
    • Firearm Holsters
    • Springs and Tensioners
    • Seat Backs
    • Airplane Pull Down Trays
    • Truck Fenders
    • Totes
    • Tool Boxes
    • DJ Booths
    • Motor Covers
    • Safety Helmets
    • Aircraft Fairings
    • Air Exhaust Systems
    • Electronic Equipment Insulators
    • Armor
    • Telescope Tubes
    • Boats

    As you can see, Kydex has been used in many products, but from a safety and self protection site, you can see the advantages of using Kydex molds as a fine weapon holster, particularly the Taser Pulse.

     

     

  • What Is A Zoom Flashlight?

    You can use a tactical zoom flashlight for so many things, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, for multiple purposes.

    Imagine you have an extra bright flashlight in your hand. The brightest light you have ever seen. At 1200 Lumens, you can light up the broad side of a barn! Now take that wide beam and push the front end of the flashlight forward. The lens turns into a narrow band of light, that will enable you to see even farther, much like a laser.

    Police, firemen and security personnel often will use a laser like light, in addition to their side arm, to gain a better aim, plus the bright light will temporarily blind their suspect and slow down the attackers progress.

    As civilians, we can also use a tactical zoom flashlight to defend ourselves too. Most flashlights have an extra bright beam, plus a strobe setting. The light can be set to flash rapidly in the eyes of your intruder, which will disorient them and cause temporary blindness and dizziness. Even an ordinary bright light can be pointed in the direction of an attackers eyes to temporary blind them, but the strobe adds an extra protection of disorientation.

    I love the small pocket size 500 LED Lumen tactical zoom flashlight. It fits so conveniently in a pocket or purse and is small and lightweight. I keep one in most of my jacket pockets. Then when I am over visiting the neighbors and it gets too dark, I have a nice bright light to get me back home, plus I feel secure, that i can see anyone that may be lurking in the brush, shine my light in their face and seek help quickly.

    If the dogs bark late at night, I can see clear, deeply into the woods that surround my house. If I am walking on the road, vehicles can see me from a mile away. You have all owned a flashlight and used one at some point in your life, You know the value of a good light. Why not get an even better light?

    Tactical Zoom Flashlights are all made from high grade aircraft aluminum, making them very durable, and long lasting. They are completely rechargeable and will hold the charge for months at a time. You can also use regular AAA batteries, if you like, but they will not last as long as the rechargeable type.

    And the best benefit of owning one of these dependable flashlights, is the lifetime warranty that is included with every purchase. You can't go wrong with an inexpensive, durable flashlight that can be replaced, if anything should go wrong with it. Why not consider buying one today?!

     

     

     

  • What Is A Stash Can?

    Whether you want to call it a stash can, or a diversion safe, you will find every day items with a hollowed out, hidden compartment inside, where can hide valuables, money, keys, medications, jewelry or dried herbs.

    Statistics show burglars spend an average of 8 minutes in your home. They usually head for the bedroom first, looking for your jewelry, guns and hidden cash. Next they like to hit the bathroom, looking for your prescription drugs. If thieves feel they have extra time, they will grab large, easy to sell or pawn items, like your television or video gaming systems and games.

    You can make it harder on thieves, by hiding your valuables right in plain sight. Are you worried about some of the friends your teenagers bring home? How about your repairman? You try to hire reliable people, but you have no idea of the character and reputation of their helpers they bring with them. Perhaps your teenagers have a party at your home. You have no idea where everyone is at all times. You never know if someone has wandered off and needed your personal bathroom, then has easy access to your prescription drugs. Teenagers love prescribed medications to get an easy high from, or they can sell them on the black market to their friends for a quick buck.

    We offer Diversion Safes in a huge variety of sizes and shapes, for use in every room of your home. You can also place your spare house keys outside in a rock, flower pot, or inside a working thermometer, hanging right from your wall. You may stash items right on your tool shelf in your garage, or in a hidden container in your car. We offer a large selection of auto and shop related stash cans for your home security needs.

    Place your prescription drugs, or money in a simple hair brush, with a hollowed out interior, right in your bathroom drawer, or take along with you on vacation. What a great way to stash your valuables and keys, while keeping from the prying eyes of hotel cleaning staff, or thieves. Even on the beach, the hair brush diversion safe is a great deterrent for thieves. You can go swimming in peace, knowing your items are safely hidden inside your beach bag.

    There is even a stainless steel travel coffee mug that you can stash your items in and use everywhere. You can't find a more versatile diversion safe around! Who doesn't carry a coffee mug around?!

    Diversion Safes all have the look and feel that the product would normally contain, making them realistic and virtually undetectable. Thieves don't have time to sort through your whole house or bags. They go for the easy, unattended items, that they can just grab and run.

    The uses are endless for stash cans. How many other ideas can you come up with?!

  • How To Safely Thaw Your Thanksgiving Turkey

    Yes, believe it or not, turkey cooking safety is as important as personal safety, so I am going to address it here. It is easy to cook a turkey improperly. I remember the first time I had to take the plunge and put on a turkey dinner......... I had no clue! It looked all so easy when mom did it! Apparently she had a lot of practice.

    It all starts with thawing your turkey properly. You just don't wake up Thursday morn, grab your turkey out of the freezer and pop it in the oven. Turkey is also much larger, so it takes longer to thaw than a chicken, so it requires several days of proper thawing to adequately prepare your bird for the oven.

    First off, it is not safe to thaw your turkey in your kitchen sink. I know we have all seen mom, or grandma thaw their turkey in the sink, and we haven't died yet, but it really isn't the safest way to thaw your turkey. You need to ensure that the turkey remains below 40 degrees, during the thawing process. If the outer portions of the bird reach warmer temperatures, while the interior is still frozen, you have a greater chance of contracting salmonella. Additionally, by placing your turkey in the kitchen sink to thaw, you may get the poultry juices on the surface, which, without proper scrubbing and antiseptic cleaning, you may contaminate other foods.

    If you live in a colder area, like up north, you may be tempted to store your turkey in your garage, unheated sun room, porch, or a cooler outside. This is also quite unsafe, since you cannot regulate the temperature of your bird, plus run the risk of critters getting a hold of it.

    3 Ways To Properly Thaw Your Turkey:

    • Refrigerate - You may have to remove shelving and rearrange items in your fridge first. Then find a large tray or pan to place your turkey in and place on the bottom shelf of your fridge. You will need 24 hours of thawing time for every 4 or 5 lb of turkey. You may leave the turkey in the fridge for 1 or 2 days longer, once thawed, but it will need to be cooked within that time frame.
    • Submerge In Water - You can secure your turkey in a large water proof bag and place in a tub of ice cold water. Allow 30 minutes of thawing time for every 1 lb. So, a 20 lb turkey will require at least 10 hours of soaking, completely submerged in cold water. Keep an eye on the water temperature as the turkey thaws, to ensure it doesn't get below 40 degrees. Your turkey will need to be cooked immediately after thawed.
    • Microwave - This is the least safe method, as a microwave does not cook evenly, and you may get thawed areas and frozen areas, left within your bird. Plus, it is hard to find a microwave large enough for a turkey, unless it is relatively small. Put the poultry in a large microwave safe dish, place in the microwave, and follow your manufacturer's directions. This turkey will also need to be cooked immediately after thawing.

    Any perishable food that remains on your counter at room temperature for more than 2 hours is at risk of developing food born bacteria. It is important to cook your turkey immediately after thawing, so you will need to properly plan your thawing and cooking times accordingly.

    Cook your turkey to a safe zone of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Purchase a simple food thermometer to ensure your turkey is at a safe temperature. The old pull the leg off the body method really isn't safe! If only tells you that part of the turkey is done, but you need to check the inside. Poke the thermometer deep into the turkey center and check several areas for doneness.

    Let's all be safe and eat safely too on this Thanksgiving holiday season. Enjoy your families and friends. Drive safely and courteous. Remember, we all just trying to get to grandmas too, and we would all like to arrive alive!

  • Does Paintball Paint Come Out Of Clothes?

    My first words of advice would be to wear dark colored and older clothes that you are not worried about paint ball stains ruining. Having said that, I understand that we don't always think about such things, as paint balls are made from food grade products, are designed to be water soluble, and should be easily washable.

    After returning from a fun filled day of shooting blow gun paint balls, you may find yourself covered in multiple colored paint blotches on your clothes. Light colored clothes will absorb and retain the dyes in paint balls much more so than darker colored clothes. Darker clothes or camouflage will also help you in concealing yourself while playing, so you will encounter less paint ball strikes to you.

    It is best to launder the clothes as soon as possible, especially if the paint has not had a chance to dry completely. The paint dye will be extra difficult to remove if it is allowed to soak into the cloth fibers and dry, so it is best to launder as quickly as you can.

    Most stains will be removed with an ordinary washing, but I would recommend these steps:

    • Remove the paint stained clothing and check for any twigs, prickers, leaves or burrs, so you do not damage your washing machine.
    • Pre-treat the stains with a commercial brand wash stain remover, or you can mix your own by mixing equal amounts of dish detergent plus water, and spraying on the affected area.
    • Rub the solution or stain remover into the stained area and allow it to stand for at least 5 minutes, but do not allow to dry.
    • Wash as normal, on the hottest temperature that your clothing fabric will allow.
    • After laundering, remove the clothing and check for any remaining stains or marks. The clothes can be air dried, but do not place in the dryer, until you are sure the stain has been completely removed.

    If the clothing is still stained, mix 1 cup of Water, 1 Tbsp Ammonia, plus 1 Tsp Dawn dish washing soap. Soak the stained items in the solution for 1/2 hour, swishing the clothing occasionally to penetrate the fibers. Scrub a bit of detergent into the stained area.

    • Wring out the clothes and return to the wash cycle in your machine, again, using the highest temperature your clothes will tolerate.
    • Allow to air dry

    Although most detergents will remove paint ball stains, some soaps are better than others, as well as pre-treat stain removal product. The type of fabric the paint has infiltrated will also affect the stain removal process.

    You may want to check for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area, before soaking or spraying your clothing.

    You may find in your practicing with blow gun paint balls, you ended up hitting unintended targets, like your vehicle or walls. Let me help you remove paint ball paint from these items, as well.

    Remove Paint Ball Paint From Your Home

    If you have a vinyl, or metal siding, you can spray the area with a solution of Dawn dish detergent and water. Scrub the area with a soft brush, then hose down with a pressure washer, if possible, or a high powered nozzle setting on your garden hose. Try to remove the stain before it has a chance to dry and set.

    If you have a wood home, brick, stucco, block brick with a more porous surface, you will need to scrub the area with Dawn dish detergent and perhaps a bit of hydrogen peroxide to completely clear the stained spot. Use warm water to scrub the spot to remove the oils associated with paint ball paints. Rinse the walls with a high powered jet stream to break up and remove any embedded paint from the stone surface.

    Removing Paint Ball Paint From A Vehicle

    First try to wash your car as normal, with a solution of dish detergent and warm water, with a soft cloth or sponge. Wash the stain as soon as possible, before it has time to set and dry from the hot sun. Rub in a commercial brand bug or tar remover, on to the stained area, which can break up tough marks and stains from your car exterior. Hose off your vehicle with a garden hose, on a high jet setting. Be careful if you want to use a pressure washer to spray your vehicle, as it can catch and remove loose paint chips from your car and leave the metal exposed.

    Removing Dried Paint Ball Paint

    If the paint ball paint has dried before you have had time to remove it, try soaking the area with your garden hose or pressure washer. Use dish soap and water to soak into the area as well. Try to either move the affected area to the shade, or if it is on a house, wait for a shady time of day and avoid the sun bearing down on the area, while your are soaking the stain.

    Scrub the area with a soft brush, or nonabrasive scrubbing pad, until the paint loosens and disappears. Keep the area wet while you are working, until the stain is completely removed.

    Rinse the area with a good douse of water from your garden hose, or pressure washer.

    I hope these tips have helped. Practice your blow gun paint ball skills in an open field or away from buildings or vehicles. Set up a paper target and attach to a piece of ply wood to ensure the safest place to learn to shoot accurately.

    Never shoot blow gun paint balls, or darts at animals or pets. Wear protective eye wear and clothing to avoid injury.

  • Halloween Self Defense

    Ya, I didn't say "Halloween Safety", but self defense. We all know the typical safety measures that should be taken when we let our kids go trick or treating. Many have given up the practice altogether and now only attend Trunk or Treat events, or local Halloween parties. I totally understand the concerns parents have at this time. What used to be a fun filled night of going door to door in your neighborhood and collecting a big bag full of goodies, has turned into a night of concerns. Sadly, we must be vigilant and watchful for our children in todays world.

    So what do I mean by Halloween self defense? Well first off, it does get dark out there and our little guys are dressed in all sorts of costumes, and running happily around, not totally paying attention to anything but where their next score will come from. Put a simple glow strip on their backs, or better yet, how about a blinking LED colored light on their arm? Have you seen our Safety Steps Armband lights? A safety light will not detract from their costume, and just may save your child's life.

    Might I also suggest you carry not just a bright flashlight, but one with a flashing strobe, plus S.O.S. setting, like our 1200 Lumen LED Zoom Light? Not only will it light your way, but it can be used to alert others to your distress and trained into an attackers eyes to detract them. Animals too will stop in their tracks if you shine the light into their eyes. A good bright flashlight is essential to bring along when trick or treating. I don't want to scare people, but you never know what may be lurking around, or hiding behind the next large bush or pack of trees.

    Bringing a stun gun flashlight may be an even better choice to carry along, not only for self defense purposes, but it will provide a good light as well. Unfortunately, they are illegal in many states and localities. They also may not be wise to give to children to carry, but as an adult, you could carry one, as you walk your little ones door to door, while protecting them and yourself. It may come in handy against loose dogs, as well as those others walking around with nefarious purposes in mind!

    Your older children like to venture out on their own, and that can be scary for you to worry about. Even the best kids just seem to find trouble on nights like Halloween. Teach them strict rules to follow and make sure to set a curfew for them to be back home. Nowadays almost all teens have a cell phone, so make sure they check in with you regularly. You can have them carry a personal fuzzy ball alarm that is fashionable, yet conceals a loud ear piercing alert to notify others they may be in trouble.

    Keep your pets inside on Halloween, for various reasons. First off, they may become scared or agitated by all the activity going on outside. All the costumes and laughing children will test their nerves. Also, sadly, there are horrible people that like to abuse animals, and this provides the perfect opportunity. They may throw pumpkins or other objects at your pets. They may open gates and let them loose, or worse yet, steal them! I don't know why people have to be so cruel, but they are out there. If you have a black cat, especially keep them indoors. Halloween is the most abusive time for any black cat.

    Let us all enjoy Halloween safely and have fun. Keep an eye on your children and pets. Check their candy when they get home, to be sure it wasn't tampered with. Enjoy your parties. Don't let the holiday become scary, just be safe and pay attention to your surroundings. I will be home handing out goodies to the kiddies that stop by.

     

     

     

  • Bring Out The Space Heaters!

    Well I don't know about you, but I wait until the last possible moment to turn on the furnace in the fall. I try and make it til November, but sometimes, even here in the south, I just can't make it. When I was driving semi and rarely home, I didn't worry about it too much, and found it easier to tolerate the cold weekends, but now that I am home every day, it's a whole different story.

    My furnace has been broken and I wasn't ready to replace it yet, so I purchased a few electric space heaters and installed a propane heater that does a pretty good job of warming up most of the house. I am not getting any younger and with arthritis taking hold quickly, I definitely need heat!

    Of course, now on the news I am seeing all the warnings about space heater use and the dangers of catching your house on fire. Well the warnings are definitely warranted, and should be heeded. I have been using space heaters most of my life, from way back in the dark ages when we had antiquated heaters that would burn your hand off if you touched it, or pour out fuel if tipped.

    Today's space heaters are designed to be safe and efficient, even in homes with small children or pets. Common sense prevails though. NEVER use extension cords to plug in a space heater. I don't care what the rating of the cord is, it is not safe. NEVER put papers or other objects on the top of the heater. It is not a table! Even though the top doesn't get hot, the papers may fall off and end up in the heater core area, causing a fire.

    ALWAYS keep the unit at least a foot or two from the wall, not only for ventilation purposes, but will keep the unit away from curtains, or other from heating items hanging on your walls. The same is true for the front of the heater. Do not leave anything within a few feet from the front of your heater. Do not let small children or pets play near the heater.  Never leave your heater unattended.

    Now I know this seems like common sense advice, but obviously the news nor myself would be here giving this information, if people weren't burning their houses down by careless use. I have been warned by many people of the dangers of heating my house in this way, but if you use care and common sense, there is no danger, and I am certainly proof of that, since I have been doing this in this house for 5 years now!

    Next comes my other common sense question. Why do people insist on trying to bring a kerosene heater into their home for heat? Yes, I get it that if you are cold and have no heat, you will do anything in desperate situations, but a portable kerosene space heater in a home do not mix. Not only is it dangerous to have a heating device that is lit by flames, but the carbon monoxide alone can kill you.

    Lastly, never use your stove to heat your home. It too was only meant to cook food, not heat your home. It can overheat and catch fire, or small children or pets can get burned by leaving the oven door open.

    One thing I do to gain as much heat as possible in my house in the winter is to bake something in the oven, like a good roast, or turkey, which may take hours to cook and will heat up your kitchen naturally. Even if I make a pan of brownies, I will then leave the oven door open a crack, after I remove the food, and let the extra heat blow out into the room. In the summer, I only use a toaster oven and my outside grill, to keep my house as cool as possible.

    Now that is is getting dark earlier, I also enjoy lighting scented candles around the house. Ya, they give off very little heat, but let's face it, heat is heat, so I'll take it. Again, just be sure you do not light the match then throw immediately into the trash. I leave the match in the lid of the candle jar and toss it out the next time I light the candle again. Keep your candles away from lamps and at least a foot or two from walls. And of course, make sure small children and pets cannot get near lit candles.

    So ya, today's safety message has nothing to do with personal self defense, but common sense ideas on keeping your house safe from burning down. Stay safe and warm.

  • What Should You Take On A Short Hike?

    So I took a 2 mile hike the other day on a well known and marked trail near me, that climbs a 1700 foot mountain. I have heard so much about it and was dying to give it a try. I have taken many trail walks in the past and I always wondered how people get lost or stranded in these situations. The trails are all clearly marked, with plenty of fellow hikers passing every few minutes.

    I usually just grab a bottle of water and go. Most of the time I take my phone along, in case I want to catch a picture of some view or a flower. Well this time I had worn a pair of stretch pants with no pockets, so I didn't want to be burdened with extra things to hang on to.

    I was expecting the usual paved, or dirt trail that you can casually stroll along on, or perhaps some stairs to climb. I had no clue that this was a real mountain climb and there were boulders and steep hills! Now I'm not getting any younger, so I did indeed find myself out of breath several times. A few times I feared my friend that I brought was going to have a heart attack! But we did find ourselves a way to the top of the mountain to enjoy the spectacular view, which was well worth any calf, or hip pain I endured from my old out of shape and failing body!

    We hadn't started out on our trek until 3 pm and since it is now fall, the sun starts to fade by 7 pm. The trail was only 2 miles and there was a sign posted that said it should take 2 hours. Seemed reasonable to me that we should have plenty of time to traverse the path and be back in plenty of time, even with a few minutes to explore the mountain top scenery.

    Well, as I noted, it took us much longer, with many of rests to check heart rates and catch our breath. Our 2 hour walk turned into 4. My water bottle had long since been emptied and I can only be grateful it wasn't one of our hot North Carolina summer days.

    I definitely learned a lot from my hike and wanted to share what I wish I had brought along with me, not only for safety sake, but why didn't I bring that phone so I could take pictures?! Not too bright. There were several trails on this route that veered off, but were clearly marked and included a map at the juncture, so you clearly knew how far it went and its final destination. There were also a few trails that veered off, but had no markings at all.

    What disturbed me most were the people that were walking along the trail, much like myself with only a pair of nylon shorts and t shirt, without even a water bottle in hand. I overheard a pair of guys that were walking ahead of me, spotted an unmarked trail and wanted to investigate it. Now I'm all for feeling adventuresome, but at 6 pm, when the sun sets at 7 pm and the park closes at 8, and you have nothing else with you but a pair of nylon shorts and t shirt, I am pretty sure this isn't the time to go exploring!

    I do indeed intend to return to the mountain, but this time I will bring a backpack with my camera, plus safety and survival items, just in case I too decided to venture off and explore a little of these unmarked paths. Even the marked ones could be dangerous though. I did encounter a few deer, which were certainly beautiful, but as the dusk approaches, so do other critters, like bear, raccoons and definitely mosquitoes.

    So here is my list of items which are essential to any day hike, since you really never know what you may encounter, even if you walk on a trail in a suburban environment.

    Essential Hiking Items:

    • Backpack -  Yes a lightweight backpack to hold your water, camera and safety items. Any lightweight bag will do. It doesn't have to be a fancy full service hiking bag with a ton of pockets, even an open bag with a shoulder sling will work just fine. You may find a rock or leaf that you find interesting and like to bring it back with you too.
    • Water- Definitely carry and extra bottle of water. You never know how thirsty you will get, or you may have to share with a fellow hiker who is in distress and could use a little water to keep themselves hydrated. Water is also useful to wash out a wound, or splash on your hot, sweaty skin to cool off.
    • Cellphone - While you may not wish to be in contact with anything but nature at this time, plus you may not even have reception in the woods, you will still want to carry your phone to take all the wonderful pictures that nature has offered you. Your phone can also act as a locating device, since your signal can be pinged by the local satellite tower, thus ensuring speedier rescue, in case you do get lost. And of course, if you do manage to retain a signal, it may save your life in an emergency situation
    • Binoculars - Ya, I sure wish I had a better view once I reached the top of the mountain. There are many new types of binoculars that are lightweight and easier to carry than the old style that our grandparents used. Even a small pocket size pair would have been nice to have had with me. Definitely bring binoculars! I would have loved to see some of the birds I heard also.
    • Paracord - Paracord has to be the most versatile survival and safety item that can be easily carried nowadays on a hike. You will find paracord bracelets, with a compass and whistle, belts, gun slings, dog leashes, koosies and grenade shaped ones, that are filled with survival gear, like flint, dry fire starter material, small hand saws and signaling devices.
    • First Aid Kit - Now I understand a full fledged first aid kit can be bulky and heavy, but you can certainly stash a few bandaids and antiseptic wipes in your bag.
    • Knife - A knife is essential on a hike. You may need it to cut branches or vines from your path, but also can be use to hunt, or cut rope or bandages.
    • Pepper Spray - Not only will pepper spray deter a vicious animal or bear that you may encounter on your walk, but unfortunately in today's unpredictable world, you may stumble on an unsavory character who is out to harm you. A quick shot will fend them off in a hurry.

    You can also bring along a carry-all pack that includes many of the items here, plus simple survival gear that may certainly make a night or two lost in the woods more comfortable, or make signaling easier and avoid a night lost in the woods altogether!

    Stay on the beaten path. Walk the marked trails. If a sign says Do Not Enter, then don't enter! Unless you are an experienced hiker, or have the proper gear, don't go wandering off on unmarked trails, or worse yet, create your own.

    The trails are marked and mapped for a reason. They are helpful and meant to instruct you as well as keep you safe.

    Stay safe and enjoy nature. I sure plan on many more of these hikes, only next time I will be more prepared. You should too.

  • How Does A Taser Work?

    Have you ever seen the Tasers that law enforcement personnel carry on their sides? They are gun shaped in design, but thicker and definitely meaner looking!

    A Taser is designed as a non-lethal option to stun and slow an attacker, or stop an unruly person. Most police and security departments carry a Taser now, which has shown to save lives and certainly cause less harm.

    Tasers do not shoot bullets like a traditional gun, but a coil of wires, with barbs on the end of the line, which will embed themselves into a persons clothing, when the trigger is deployed. At the same time 50,000 volts of electricity passes down the wire, and shocks the intended victim into submission. If the wires miss their target, you may also use the Taser as a direct skin contact weapon, much like a stun gun.

    Tasers include a flashlight and red laser pointer, making aiming the weapon much easier, and more accurate. Target practice will also certainly improve your accuracy as well.

    Tasers are not the same as a stun gun. A stun gun will work on the muscular system, disrupting the energy levels and causing muscle group to quiver and temporarily stop working. A Taser on the other hand, works as a Neuro Muscle Inhibitor (NMI), which is connected to the central nervous system, so it works faster and is more painful.

    The nice thing about using a Taser, is that you can fire it at your attacker from a longer distance, as opposed to a stun gun, or even pepper spray. Civilian strength Tasers can legally shoot up to 15 feet away. Law Enforcement personnel are allowed a 35 foot weapon, but most police will only shoot from a distance of 15 to 20 feet, since the electricity is diminished as it travels down the wire coils.

    A stun gun must touch your attacker and will indeed penetrate through a half inch of clothing. The Taser will convert and act as a stun gun device in close contact situations or if you miss your intended target and the coils have been discharged.

    It only takes 3 to 5 seconds to incapacitate an assailant. The Taser works in 30 second bursts, so you will have plenty of time to zap your intended target and get away, or subdue your attacker. The effects of a Taser can last from a few seconds to several hours, depending on the area that you strike and how long the shock has been engaged.

    Tasers and stun guns alike, will cause intense pain, muscle spasms, disorientation and and inability for muscles to function. All the effects of a Taser and stun guns are temporary and will not kill or permanently injure someone that has been struck by the electric voltage.

    The idea of any non-lethal weapon is to cause as little harm as possible, but stop an attacker from incurring harm to you or your loved ones.

     

     

  • Do You Need A Glass Breaker Or Seat Belt Cutter?

    After observing all the flooded homes and cars from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Tropical Storm Rosa in Arizona, I got to wondering how all these people get stuck in their cars during a storm, and why they didn't have some sort of car window glass breaker, or a seat belt cutter. There usually plenty of warnings and evacuation notices on the news and radio, but many still find themselves trapped and stuck unexpectedly in rushing waters.

    Even the most informed and cautious person can find themselves the victim of a flash flood situation, especially in the western desert states. The rain falls quickly and heavily for a short burst of time, creating gully washers on the open hard land, which can not be soaked up quick enough. The rivers will overflow and a water surge will rush over highways and open land swiftly, taking everything downstream that is loose in its path.

    Your 2,000 lb car doesn't stand a chance against those raging waters. Never attempt to outrun or drive through roads that are covered by water.

    Would you be prepared to escape a sinking vehicle if you found yourself caught in a flash flood? What about a tornado? Earth quake? Vehicle accident? Bridge collapse? You don't anticipate these things could ever happen to you, but they are called tragedies and accidents for a reason. We can be the best and most cautious driver on the road, but these things do unexpectedly arise and we should be prepared.

    Can you imagine the fear and desperation to not only break your car window to get out, as the vehicle is quickly filling with water, but what if your child is strapped in his car seat in the back? Would you be able to unlatch the seat belt, or cut it to release your child and get him to safety?

    The solution is a Glass Breaker and Seat Belt Cutter tool. You will find many different types and styles, but it is best to find a good all-in-one tool, so you don't have to grapple with it, or search for several tools.

    You can find a good Glass Breaker and Seat Belt Cutter on many folding Knives nowadays. These utility knives can be kept close at hand on your person, for quick emergency use. Just slice through your seat belt in seconds and smash your car window glass with a swift swing of your pointed glass breaker end of your knife handle.

    Another tool that may come in handy in an emergency situation is a good flashlight. If it is dark, or dark in the vehicle, you might wish you could not only break the glass, and cut the seat belt, but what about seeing where the seat belt is? A simple survival tool you can keep in your vehicle is an Emergency 8 in 1 Car Flashlight and Phone Charger. It even has a magnetic base, so it can be set down, and won't roll away, allowing your hands to be free to work on escaping easier.

    So, do you still think these tools might be useless in your vehicle? Perhaps you feel you are a good driver and still feel you may never find yourself in such a compromising situation, especially since you have gone all your life so far without such an incident from arising.

    Perhaps you are right, but what about keeping a good Glass Breaker and Seat Belt cutting tool on your person? You may just be able to save the life of someone else.

    What would you do if you came upon a car that just veered off the road and the driver couldn't get out himself. Or what if the car was on fire and you were the only one around with a glass breaker or seat belt cutter?

    Seconds matter in an emergency. Carry a glass breaker or seat belt cutter, in addition to your pocket knife. You never know if you may need it to save not only your life, but the life of others too.

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