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Getting the Heck out of Dodge: Dealing With and Surviving a Riot.

​Ask any expert: society is fragile. It doesn’t take much for it to collapse and when it does, it’s not pretty. Law and order go out the window while bricks and trashcans go through windows. Civility is replaced by rage. Humanity is replaced by something else...something feral. There is no reasoning at this point, there is only survival. When the riots broke out up in Ferguson, I started to wonder what I would do if it happened here. How would I handle it? Where would I go? I’ve been researching for the last few days and I’ve noticed some major trends in advice.

More after the jump...

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Free for All Friday 8-15-2014: Target ammo and steel vs lead

​Didn’t get any questions last week. I was starting to think I had answered everyone’s questions and that I wouldn’t be able to do this column any more! Thankfully, that didn’t turn out to be the case. We have two questions this week.

What are the questions? Find out after the jump!


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How to read that Trijicon ACOG style Chevron Reticle Thingy...

I first came across this weird looking reticle when I purchased my Lucid HD7 red dot sight. My initial thought when I saw it  was “well that’s weird” then I immediately swapped it over to the T with the dots under it and forgot about the chevron style for a while. Then I saw almost the same exact reticle associated with one of Trijicon’s ACOG sights. “That’s odd”, I thought, “it seems that more than one company uses that weird reticle”. Curiosity got the better of me and I finally looked in to what the heck this reticle is for and how to use it.

Learn how to use it after the jump! 

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Free For All Friday 8-1-2014: Rust and rifle calibers.

​I get asked quite often when I’m going to put out more videos. I think an update at this point is probably warranted. It comes down to two things: time and quality. With time, it just comes down to a complete and utter lack of it. I work two jobs as it is and making the videos takes an incredibly long time. It really comes down to a choice of either keep up with the blog’s updating schedule or make videos. This brings me to the quality thing. I have a very particular vision for the videos in my head. While I’m happy with the videos that have been posted so far (although I’ve considered re-doing a few of the earlier ones with the better equipment I have now), they’re still not where I’d ultimately like them to be. I mean, if you all didn’t mind a bunch of quickly thrown together vids with little coherence or uniqueness, thats fine but there wouldn’t be much to differentiate myself from the loads of incoherent and indistinguishable videos on YouTube already. With that being said, I don’t want to release more videos if I can’t put enough time into them to make them the quality that you deserve. As soon as my schedule clears up, I’ll be back to them because I really do enjoy making them.

Hope that clears things up a bit. We’ve got two questions this week! Read them after the jump!

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​Fear is an incredible emotion. Fear of failure can motivate someone to success just as easily as it can prevent someone from ever trying. It can freeze even the bravest in their tracks. It has also been the root cause from some of the greatest atrocities in human history. 

Everyone has a fear of something. Some people don’t like snakes or spiders, for example. In most cases, fear can be reduced by education. If someone doesn’t like snakes, exposure to snakes and learning about them can often times get rid of that fear. Given enough time, they will see that a snake is just an animal like anything else and all they want to do is eat, sleep and survive. There is nothing inherently evil about them or their nature. The same goes for most other creatures we’re afraid of.

Except clowns. Clowns are always evil. No exceptions.

There is a certain point, however, where a fear is so extreme that it is referred to as “irrational”. There is no amount of education or reasoning that will truly get rid of that irrational fear. People will recoil is absolute and unfathomable terror at the sight of their tormentor. Something as simple as a roach or a dirty counter top, which is completely mundane to most of us, is the stuff of nightmares to someone with an irrational fear.

The technical term for those fears is, of course, a phobia.

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Free For All Friday 7-25-2014: Paint, used guns and lasers!

You've got questions, we've got answers for your mind! 

Want to paint a fill in color on my Glock slide, was told Testers made the best paint, and Brownells, Inc. has color sticks that do the same thing. Any suggestions to get me started? -Steven L.

I am thinking about buying a used gun. To this point, everything has been new. I was in my local shop and saw a pretty .38 that is on consignment. My question is, what to look for? If you buy it over Gun Broker, or another site, how do you know the gun is in decent shape or in need of repair. I am fine with the pricing ( I read your post on that). But I am leery of buying a gun without knowing what I am getting into. Thanks as always! -Skylar R.

Any suggestions for a green laser light combo for a Glock? -@RealistRager

Answers after the jump!

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Top 3 Things to Know When Buying Your First Gun

Have you ever said to yourself “if I knew then what I know now…”? I find myself saying it quite often as of late. Considering this is a gun blog, I’m thinking you can guess where I’m going with this. If you’ve read the “About Us” section, you’ll remember that I was originally all self taught. I had to learn through trial and error and it was a long time before I could get formal training. I’ve made some mistakes over the years when it comes to buying guns and guns in general. Nothing dangerous, mind you. Just some assumptions I made that turned out to be so, so wrong.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on those mistakes so that you don’t risk wasting money like I did.


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Free For All Friday 7-18-2014: Keep it clean!

Oddly enough, I got a lot of interest on last week's Warhammer question. I might have to start imposing the same restrictions on Warhammer that I do on Doctor Who lest this blog stray too far from its given subject: helping new gun owners. That being said, let's help!

"Cleaning Kits and supplies. Maybe we spoke of this in the past, but I can't find it. Can you please break it down by rifle/shotgun and pistol? I have both. I have found kits, sprays, bore snakes and all type of brushes. What do I need at a min and what do I really need? I have the basis "gun cleaning kit" for $20 or so. Yes, it works, but I get the feeling I need something else. Especially sprays or oil. As always, thanks for your help!" -Skylar R.

Answer after the jump!

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Beginner Gun Review: The Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E. 9mm

In my first unofficial post on Gun Noob (helping to answer a Free For all Friday question), I mentioned that I recently retired my 9mm Beretta PX4 compact in favor of a 9mm XDS 3.3." The PX4 was fulfilling dual roles, as both a carry/self defense gun and a range toy. Now that I have a little more disposable income (not really, but I keep telling myself that) I decided to replace one do-it-all gun with two more specialized pieces. Since I am looking to start competing with a pistol, I did some shopping around and decided to buy myself a Smith and Wesson M&P C.O.R.E. 5" in 9mm. I can't shoot Glocks worth a damn (wrong grip angle) and as much as I like the XD series (I do own one after-all) the M&P just felt 'right' in my hands. Besides, Jerry Miculek shoots one and who am I to argue with the master. 

Full review after the jump!

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Free For All Friday 7/11/2014: Shotguns and Tiny Plastic Armies...

“As we've spoken, I am getting into Trap and Skeet shooting. I would like to get a shotgun specifically for this sport. I have been looking at the Stoeger Competition Condor, which you gave great reviews. My question is, is there another shotgun one step above this one? From all of my research, everyone starts with this one, but quickly moves to something else.I would rather start with a gun that is a step from from this one. As long as it does not cost too much! What are your thoughts? thanks as always” -Skylar R.

“I know this isn't gun related but I saw you mention Warhammer a while back. I've been thinking of picking it up and was wondering what you suggested for a good starter army.” -David J.

Answers after the jump!

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