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This article was originally published by Joshua Krause at The Daily Sheeple.

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For as long as guns have been around, shooters have sought out innovative ways to increase their accuracy, and prepare themselves for real world combat situations. But for the longest time, this has mainly consisted of spending a lot of time on the range repetitively shooting sterile paper targets, or if you have the money, going through shooting simulations on an obstacle course. While an ideal training method for real world conditions, shooting simulations are usually out of the reach of most gun enthusiasts and are mainly reserved police and military personnel.

But over time technology is starting to give everyday shooters the means to hone their skills in a convenient and affordable manner. As early as 1989, the military was using SNES light gun games (the same technology used to play Duck Hunt) to help train their soldiers without burning through expensive ammunition. Since that time there have been several awesome developments in the field of marksmanship training, and we can expect some great shooting technologies to come along in the near future. But until that time comes, here’s what we have so far.

Below, I’m going to briefly go through a list of tools you can use to help your accuracy, starting with the latest and most expensive option, and working our way down to the cheapest and most rudimentary. None of these devices are brand new, and some of them have been around for a long time, but all of them have the potential to step up your marksmanship game; specifically in terms of pistol shooting, arguable the most challenging class of firearms to master. Let’s get started shall we?

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The LaserLyte became very popular at the height of the ammo shortages we saw a few years ago, and for very good reason. It gives you the ability to accurately measure your shooting skills without using any real ammunition. While the initial cost is pretty steep, it more than pays for itself with the money you save on ammo.

It works with a laser boresight that fits inside the chamber of your gun, but unlike a normal laser it doesn’t run continuously. It emits a quick flash of light when the firing pin strikes the laser, which then registers on a light receiver that is shaped like a bulls-eye.

This receiver gives you two options: training mode, which is just a simple point and shoot option that records where you hit, and reaction mode, which emits random led lights on the screen for intervals of 3-7 seconds. When you hit these targets in this mode, the device beeps and lights up.

But the most valuable aspect of the Laserlyte system isn’t the ammunition you save. It gives you the ability to practice things like drawing and firing, which would normally be prohibited on a firing range.

Sightmark Laser Boresight

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Now let’s move on to some of the cheaper tools. Boresights have been used for a long time to sight-in firearms. By shining a laser down the barrel of the gun, they make it pretty easy to adjust your sights without using any ammunition. But that’s not what I’m going to go over today.

Personally, I’ve used boresights as a kind of poor man’s version of the LaserLyte system. You can actually use the LaserLyte boresight for this, but since the light from that device is only emitted for a fraction of a second, I don’t find it very useful without the rest of the LaserLyte kit. I prefer a traditional boresight, like the SightMark laser, which lets out a continuous beam.

My method is pretty simple. Turn on the boresight, and place it in the chamber of the pistol. Find yourself a blank wall, and place stickers of various sizes and colors on it. Now, find a target you want to aim at, close your eyes, and draw your weapon. Open your eyes and see how close you were to the target, then rinse and repeat until you get it right. This is a great way to practice your instinctive shooting skills.

It does have some limitations, but again, this is the poor man’s version. I’m pretty sure your typical boresight isn’t design to absorb the strike of a firing pin, so you can’t really practice your trigger control with this method. But if that’s something you want, I’d recommend the sure strike laser ammo. This is a laser round for a system that is similar to the LaserLyte, except you can buy different adapters that will either give you a quick flash of light, or a continuous beam. You can also replace the snap cap part if it wears out.

Snap Cap Bullets

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The boresights described in the above entries are great for practicing your trigger control, but unfortunately they will wear out at some point. Especially the LaserLyte bullet, which doesn’t give you the option to replace the cap that absorbs the firing pin. Some of these devices cost between 50 and 80 dollars, so if they break down on you, that’s a lot of money down the drain.

If you’re just starting out and need to spend more time practicing your trigger control, it might be a good idea to buy some cheap dummy rounds first. You can usually buy a pack of 5 for less than 20 bucks, and each one will be able to sustain thousands of strikes. And since you have to manually re-chamber a round every time you fire, having only one laser round can get pretty tedious after a while. Having five dummy rounds that you can load into your magazine means you can quickly reload several times without losing your focus.

Gripmaster

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I’m guessing you weren’t expecting to find exercise equipment on this list, but here it is. Using a gripmaster is an effective way to improve your trigger control, and to maintain your aim between shots. If you have a weak hand, the gun is liable to shift slightly after every shot, forcing you to readjust over and over again. So not only will it make your shots more accurate, but it will help you shoot faster and with more consistency.

For this reason, it’s apparently become very popular among law enforcement agencies and military personnel. Though there’s a wide variety of exercise equipment to choose from, I’d recommend the gripmaster that is designed to strengthen your fingers with individual spring-loaded tabs. Shooting a handgun isn’t just about forearm and hand strength. Finger dexterity is a major factor as well.

So if you’re new to the shooting scene, I’m guessing you’ve probably already put down a lot of cash on a firearm, as well as ammo and equipment to go with it. It’s an expensive hobby for sure, but it’s also a very valuable skill that every independent minded person should master. Just know that it is possible to practice this sport without breaking the bank, and with devices like these, you can quite literally get the most bang for your buck.

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Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger .

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A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Many gun owners want to keep a gun readily accessible in the home in the event of a break in or other incident that requires the protection a firearm provides.   However, there are also considerations for safety and theft.  We have small children in our home, and they are getting to the age where they are able to reach up on top of shelves and get into trouble.  We had to start thinking about keeping our guns secure in order to ensure they did not end up in the hands of our children.  In many states and localities there are laws requiring guns be secure from children, while others have no laws, but will hold the adults responsible if a child does end up in possession of a firearm.

We have a large gun safe in the basement for our firearms, but accessing that is not practical in an emergency because it would require a lot of time to get to it, and access to it might be cut off by an intruder.  We needed something we could keep within a few steps of our couch and our bed.  Call it “the 5-second rule.”  We needed to be able to have a gun in our hands in 5 seconds, no matter where we are in the house, but we also needed to make certain our kids couldn’t get it.  We didn’t want to have to depend on using a key, because we didn’t want to have to have a key on us at all times, and we didn’t want our kids to find the key and attempt to open the safe.  This left a passcode option and a biometric (fingerprint) option.  We looked at several of these single-pistol gun safes and after reading lots of reviews on Amazon and shopping around for reliability, convenience, safety and cost, we decided on the Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe.

Sentry Biometric Safe

Sentry Safe Biometric Quick Access Pistol Safe

It shipped quickly and we had it in two days.  Packaged well, it arrived in pristine condition.  Once we got it loaded with 4 AA batteries and set it up, we realized we liked it enough to get a second one for the night stand gun as well.  We both now have our fingerprints and a passcode combination to open these, plus keys as backups in case the batteries die.  One plus of having multiple units is that we can program the same passcode in both of them so we’ll never have to try to remember which safe has which passcode.  We both have two fingertips scanned in as well.  So accessing either unit is exactly the same process.  The keys are stored away out of reach of the kids, and the keys have a code on them that matches a code on the lock so we won’t be confused about which key is for which safe.

These safes hold our compact 40 caliber pistols plus 3-4 spare magazines.  For those interested, one safe has a Sig 229 and the other a Ruger SR40c equipped with a Streamlight TLR-4.  Both fit in there just right, plus spare magazines and have enough room left to make sure a hand can reach in and grab it without looking or thinking about it.  The safes have a piston that opens the top automatically as soon as the lock disengages, saving you precious seconds in an emergency.  It has a foam-rubbery type of bottom to keep the gun from clanking around or getting scratched up in there.  The safe is heavy, about 15-20 pounds empty (admittedly – I haven’t weighed it).  It comes with hardware to secure it to a horizontal surface from the inside to discourage thieves and children from relocating the safe.  However, this is most likely not effective as an “anti-theft” safe, and a determined thief WILL find a way to get to your gun with the right tools and enough time.  The primary function of this safe is to keep your gun out of the hands of kids and others who might be interested in playing with your gun.

Shot Lock Shotgun

Shot Lock Shotgun Solo Vault

 

Then the question about what to do with our quick-access long gun came up.  We would like to have a long gun accessible in our bedroom as well, and began looking for quick access options for that.  We found the “Shot Lock” solo vault to be a good option.

We have a Mossberg 930 SPX, which the folks at Shot Lock tell us would not fit into their shotgun safe.  He said the semi-auto shotguns with pistol grip don’t usually fit well with the design.  However, he said their AR solo vault will hold our shotgun just fine, and it gives us the ability to keep an AR if we change our mind about what we want to keep in there.  If you would like to call the Shot Lock or learn more about their products check out their website.

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Shot Lock AR Solo Vault

 

So now we have 5 second access to a pistol from our couch and our bed, and also access to a long gun.  All of these are ready for immediate action, while also being safe from our kids.  No, they aren’t safe from a determined thief, but keeping our kids safe is our primary concern.

So there you have it.  If you have experience with any of these, especially the long gun solo-vault safes, leave a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a YouTube review of the Shot Lock:

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Papa John’s Pizza is a major pizza chain.  They have been put in the spotlight after a female delivery driver in Georgia risked her job and brought a handgun with her to make her deliveries…a decision that saved her life when she was attacked by two armed gunman this week.  Read about this story below

http://m.ajc.com/news/news/national/papa-johns-delivery-driver-shoots-robbery-suspect/njm85/

http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/13/papa-johns-delivery-driver-shoots-armed-robber-now-worried-she-will-lose-her-job/

It turns out Papa John’s has a policy forbidding weapons, and this driver is now afraid she’ll lose her job.  We are calling on Papa John’s specifically, but all pizza delivery companies as well, to reverse their selfish (they don’t want to get sued if a driver shoots a robber) and dangerous policies prohibiting drivers from carrying protection.  They value their own bottom line more than the lives of their employees.

This guy bans guns

This guy bans guns

It’s time to put the spotlight on these companies and make an example of Papa John’s.  We request that you contact Papa John’s by telephone and email and demand that 1) they not terminate their Georgia driver for protecting herself and 2) reverse their policy of making helpless victims of their drivers.

Anything less will result in Papa John’s being fired by gun owners.  Remind them that there are endless alternatives to Papa John’s out there, and they will not be missed when we switch.

We called them today.  They will tell you they “haven’t released a statement on this yet” and can’t comment on it.  That’s okay, just light up their phones, be smart and polite, but firm.

They did say that the decision to prohibit firearms is left to the individual franchise owners, which means the targeting local shops could be more difficult.

Below is a copy of the employee handbook from one franchise location.  See page 10, #28.

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Call them!

1 (877) 547-7272, when the automated system answers, press 6

Email them:

http://www.papajohns.com/customer/feedbackform.shtm

 

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While driving my six year old daughter to school yesterday a commercial for PNC Bank came on the radio.  Out of the blue she said “PNC Bank daddy…we don’t like them because they don’t let us bring our gun into the bank.” I corrected her, and told her “we DO like PNC because they DO allow us to protect ourselves from bad guys in the bank.”

For background, I almost never speak about gun policy with my kids, it’s hard enough to get them to pay attention as it is, let alone bore them with this stuff.  So I focus on teaching them gun safety (don’t touch it!) at this age. 

I then said that some banks and stores have rules that do not let good people carry their gun for protection.  They even display a sign that says ‘no guns’ so that good guys can’t carry their guns there.

To my astonishment, my SIX YEAR OLD then said, “But daddy the bad guys don’t care about the rules, and they will bring their guns in anyway.”

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I was AMAZED!  I told her she is smarter than half the grown-ups in this country.  I then told her that she was right, and that in those places the good guys will be disarmed and only the bad guys will have guns – which is why we don’t go to places that do not let us protect ourselves.

This display of wisdom was not because of any prompting from me.  This statement of the obvious is just how easy it is to understand why gun control and gun free zones fail.

The amazing part of all of this is that as a kindergartener she is able to use logic and reason to understand why gun free zones are stupid and dangerous, yet major corporations and politicians apparently do not.

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Here is a great video that clearly explains why businesses should not ban firearms.

Thanks to NRA News for the video:

As Dom Raso explains, by banning firearms a business has told the good guys to stay away, and simultaneously told the bad guys that they will face no resistance.  This is why “Gun Free Zones” are very dangerous.

Smart citizens should always avoid “Gun Free Zones” for their own safety.   Call it a “boycott” or just plain common sense, but act in your own self interest and take your money to a business that will allow you to protect yourself and your family.

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They just made it easy for crooks in Seattle.  In a move they claim “protects patrons from gun violence” a group of anti’s known as http://www.washingtonceasefire.org/  has enrolled more than 100 businesses in a gun ban.  We offer that list without further comment, other than to say that FRANCHISES are run by individual owners, and just because a Baskin Robbins in Seattle bans guns, doesn’t mean they all do.

If you would like to thank these clowns for telling you which businesses to avoid, here you go:

http://www.washingtonceasefire.org/contact

PHONE: (206) 972-1952
EMAIL: info@washingtonceasefire.org
MAIL: PO Box 20216  Seattle, WA 98102
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ralph Fascitelli (206) 972-1952 or info@washingtonceasefire.org

 

The following businesses are already signed on to participate (boycott these businesses):

  • 2K metal Works, LLC
  • 5 Point Cafe
  • 74th Street Alehouse
  • 95 Slide
  • A-Pizza Mart (both locations)
  • Alchemy Goods
  • Alive and Well
  • Alta Bicycle Share
  • Alta Planning + Design
  • Atlantic Crossing
  • Babeland
  • Bar Fred’nand
  • Bar Sajor
  • Barboza
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Big Mario’s Pizza
  • Big Picture Theater
  • Bluebird Ice Cream (3 locations)
  • Brenthaven
  • Bulldog News
  • Burgundian
  • Bus Stop Espresso
  • Cafe Flora
  • Cafe Paloma
  • Cafe Racer
  • Caffe Vita (6 locations)
  • Central Cinema
  • Century Ballroom
  • Cherry Street Cafe
  • Chocolati (Wallingford)
  • Columbia City Bakery
  • CommuniChi Acupuncture
  • Crisp Harvest Market
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Derby Salon
  • Die Bierstube
  • Elliott Bay Books
  • Erich Ginder Studio
  • FabCab
  • Fancy
  • Fat Ducks Bakery
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Fish Fry
  • Freddy’s Junior
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Ha! Restaurant
  • Havana
  • Jewish Transcript Media
  • Kaffeeklatsch
  • Latona Pub
  • Law Offices of Holmes & Witchley, PLLC
  • Lifelong AIDS Alliance
  • Lindas
  • Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge
  • Ltd. Art Gallery
  • Manhattan Seattle
  • Mars Bar
  • Maya’s Restaurant
  • Media Agents Inc
  • Merkel Services Auto Detailing
  • Mill Creek OB/GYN
  • Moe Bar
  • Molly Moons (all 6 locations)
  • Montlake Mousse
  • Muy Phake Noodle Shop
  • Neumo’s
  • New Seattle Massage
  • Nube Green
  • Oddfellows
  • Office Nomads
  • Pacific Inn Pub
  • Parent Map
  • Platinum Records
  • Portage Bay
  • Quinn’s
  • Rain City Burgers
  • Reel Grrls
  • Revolutions Coffee
  • Royal Bar & Patio
  • Ruby Pear Woodworks
  • Salvatore
  • Satay
  • Savvy Enterprises
  • Seattle’s Hempfest Central
  • Shirley Marvin Extended-Stay Hotel
  • Sitka & Spruce Restaurant
  • Spud’s Fish and Chips
  • Seattle Antique Market
  • Smith
  • Southern Street Kids
  • SpeakerLab
  • Stone Turtle Health
  • Subway Green Lake
  • Sugarcomb Salon
  • Sugar on Top Salon
  • Sutra LLC
  • Sweatbox Yoga
  • Tacos Guaymas Green Lake
  • Tangletown Elysian Brewery
  • The Blue Glass
  • The Harvest Vine
  • The Hillside Bar
  • The Saint
  • Tiny Tots Development Center
  • Totokaelo
  • Trabant Coffee
  • Tuta Bella Neapolitan Restaurant
  • UPS Store – Roosevelt
  • Urban Rest Stop
  • Veranda Montessori LLC
  • Voltaire, LLC
  • Wallingford Chocolati
  • Wildlife Cycles
  • Wildrose
  • Zoe