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Going on an Extended Hunt? 5 Items to Bring

If you are thinking of taking an extended hunting trip this summer, you better be sure to pack the right gear. Americans spend a tremendous amount of time on hunting trips – 737 million combined days a year, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Whether you are headed out alone, with friends or with the family, it’s important that you have the right gear to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch. Here’s a look at some of the best gear for your extended hunting trip.

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

If you want to pack light but still want to keep the mosquitoes away, the Helium Bivy by Outdoor Research is a perfect solution. Weighing in at just over a pound, the Helium Bivy is breathable and waterproof, with a fine insect netting in the opening and a clam-shell design that makes it comfortable to rest in. The 70-denier floor insures that you aren’t breaking your back roughing it on the bare ground, as well. The Helium Bivy is a perfect solution for the hunters who want to backpack for an extended period and don’t want to be weighed down with a tent and sleeping bag while in pursuit of game. If you are headed out solo, it’s perhaps the best solution to getting a night’s rest out in the field.

30 Day Duro Lantern

If you are going to be out in the field for a couple weeks, you know important it is to have a source of light that doesn’t run out after a couple of days. The 30 Day Duro Lantern from UST provides 30 days of continuous light while on the “Low” setting and 32 hours of continuous bright, clean, 300 lumen light on the “High” setting. Unbreakable LEDs and a high impact ABS plastic shell guarantee that the light doesn’t need to be replaced for years to come, and it requires only three D batteries to operate. Additionally, the Duro has an “SOS” setting that could be a lifesaver if you run in to trouble. At just over a pound with batteries installed,the 30 Day Duro Lantern is a lightweight solution to making sure you can see where you are going when you need to.

Iridium Satellite Phone

For the hunter who isn’t just headed for the great outdoors but the great unknown as well, being separated from civilization is part of the appeal. However, if disaster strikes and you are a 10 day hike out from help, you’ll need a way to reach the outside world reliably. Roadpost’s satellite phones, including popular models by Iridium, offer prepaid per-minute subscriptions that guarantee you only need to pay for the minutes you actually use. The Inmarset network provides you with reliable coverage from latitude 82 degrees to -82 degrees regardless of longitude. Satellite phones can save the day of you become injured or require assistance, but you can also use them to call back home if you just miss the family too.

Lifesaver Water Filtration System

Carrying water is a lot of work, and spending time on extended hunt makes it highly impractical to carry everything you need to drink with you. The Lifesaver Water Filtration system filters out all waterborne viruses, bacteria, and parasites without the need for chemicals, ultraviolet light or power of any kind. By simply filling the container and pumping it, water from any stream is filtered to become drinkable, saving you the need to carry clean drinking water.

BioLite CampStove

The ultimate backpack stove, the BioLite CampStove creates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices while providing you with warmth, light, and a cooking surface. By burning wood, the BioLite can generate two watts of electricity and can boil a liter of water in just four and a half minutes.

Navy Responds to Reports Sailor Will Be Charged for Returning Fire Against Chattanooga Shooter

The U.S. Navy said no charges have been brought against the sailor who admitted to returning fire against the Chattanooga shooter, despite reports flying around that such charges are coming.

Former Republican Florida Rep. Allen West wrote in a blog post over the weekend that he was “fighting dog mad and seriously pissed off” after a source told him the U.S. Navy was bringing charges against Lt. Commander Timothy White who discharged his gun on federal property as a defensive maneuver against the Muhammad Abdulazeez last month.

The conservative commentator’s blog post from Saturday went viral on many websites, but the Navy, after fielding an onslaught of negative comments, has at least said no charges have been brought at this time.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/03/navy-responds-to-reports-sailor-will-be-charged-for-returning-fire-against-chattanooga-shooter/

Training Done Wrong

 

 

This is what a #DarwinAward looks like.

SAFETY TIP: Live ammo and laser targets don’t mix! This target was errantly double tapped and then sent to LaserLyte for repair. As a safety precaution, we suggest unloading all your live ammo into a shoe box before laser training, and stashing the box in a gun safe or up in a closet. Or, buy one of our blue guns!

Always practice safe and responsible firearm handling: keep those booger fingers off the trigger until you make sure your firearms are unloaded before laser training!

Stay safe and have a happy #friday

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The History of Bulletproof Vests

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The mere mention of the word ‘bulletproof’ bring to mind images of war and gunfights. Who hasn’t watched movies or heard stories about knights in their armors, bravely engaging in bloody battles and coming out alive and victorious all because their body armor kept them protected from arrows, swords and of course, firearms?

The scenario today isn’t very different, except that the loyal body has been evolving right since the medieval times. However, the early armor wasn’t very comfortable or convenient to use. It was only in the mid-1970s that bulletproof vests became more pragmatic and functional with respect to their design, size, weight, comfort and cost.

Ever since then, there have been gradual and continuous developments in areas related to artificial fibers and manufacturing techniques. Armors have gotten better and more reliable over time, which is indicative of greater advances in the future.
In this post, we take a look at how the modern-day bullet proof vest, considered one of the safest and the most reliable forms of body armor, came into being.

A Quick Rewind
Body armor first came into being as a part of the warfare attire in the middle ages, when knights were required to wear heavy defensive gear. In addition to that, they would also carry a shield, which was akin to a protective screen or a barrier, which they could hold in front of themselves to ward off the incoming barrages of arrows, and strikes from swords, battle axes, maces or other weapons.

With the discovery of gun powder by Chinese alchemists in the 800s, came the firearms which led to the early body armor to become obsolete. The first recorded use of firearms has been sometime in the 1100s. However, it was only in the 1500s that solid metal armor that could withstand firearms made its appearance.

In 1538, the Italian Duke of Urbino, Francesco Maria I della Rovere commissioned Filippo Negroli, an armorer in Milan, to create the first bulletproof vest. It is believed that this armor was made of Damascus steel. He breathed his last soon after that after being poisoned.

The term ‘bulletproof’ dates back to the late 1500s, which points towards the increasing awareness and appreciation of the concept at that time.

During the English Civil War from 1642 to 1651, Oliver Cromwell’s troops were fortified with double-layered metal vests, which were meant to be bulletproof.

Softer body armor was developed by the Japanese in the 1800s. It was made from silk and proved to be effective against low-velocity bullets.

After President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901, the US military tested the soft body armor as well. It was found to be ineffective against the improved firearm technologies and speeding bullets, and was also found to be expensive, which is why they decided not to go with it.

Meanwhile, various countries and their armies continued to work around developing solid protective garments. By the time World War I was declared, the US was arming some of its soldiers with an armor that consisted of a headpiece and a breastplate which came to be known as the Brewster Body Shield. This armor, which weighed 40 lbs., was made of chrome nickel steel and offered protection against rifle bullets.

By World War II, flexible body armor such as massive flak jackets, made of ballistic nylon, had been developed and adopted. But, not only were they a hassle to put on, they were also ineffective against rifle and pistol fires. However, because they offered a certain level of protection against shrapnel and ammo fragments, they made the soldiers feel protected, thereby boosting their morale.

The Revolutionary Discovery
It was in the 1960s that things finally started to move forward for the better. New fibers were developed, which were more effective, lighter and bullet-resistant.

In the 1970s, DuPont came out with their Kevlar ballistic fabric, which was exceptionally strong and meant as a substitute for steel belting in tires.

Kevlar had to undergo waterproofing and include additional layers of fabric to become wearable and more durable. Upon testing several versions of the Kevlar vest, the National Institute of Justice found that it could offer protection against some of the most common lead bullets: 38 Specials and 22 Long Rifle Bullets.

Thanks to the invention of Kevlar, the modern-day body armor or bulletproof vest exists as we know it today. Even after 40 years, Kevlar continues to be used in the manufacturing of body armor for protection against pistol bullets.

The original Kevlar was, however, outmoded by Kevlar 29, which was first used for manufacturing prototypes of bulletproof vests in the 1970s. In 1988, these models went on to be antiquated by Kevlar 129, which DuPont declared as the second generation of Kevlar fiber.

The year 1995 witnesses the debut of Kevlar Correctional technology, which had stab-resistant abilities. This was followed by Kevlar Protera in 1996. There have been no further developments in Kevlar products thereafter.

Kevlar Substitutes
Ever since the 1970s, several new bulletproof fibers have been developed. Apart from Kevlar, there is The Netherlands-based DMS’s Dyneema, Honeywell’s Gold Flex and Spectra, Akzo Industrial Fibers’ Twaron, Pinnacle Armor’s Dragon Skin, and Japan-based Toyobo’s Zylon. The manufacturers of these materials claim that their products are lighter, thinner and more effective than Kevlar, although they are also considerably expensive.

The U.S. Special Operations Command has been working to develop a new full-length armor based on rheology (the technology that supports elasticity of liquids in skin care and automotive products) called TALOS since 2004. This technology is being developed for use in the future.

Conclusion
Crime and wars have been around for centuries, and human beings have always used some sort of body armor to keep themselves protected in such scenarios. Thanks to the technological developments in this field and the advancements in the manufacturing processes, human lives can be protected better. The history of bulletproof vests is interesting and fascinating and gives a clear idea about the future of such products, and it looks like it will get only more hi-tech.


Judith Wright is a passionate blogger in the areas of adventurous, perilous and outdoor activities. Judith is also extremely enthusiastic about skiing, hill climbing and trekking. Currently she is an editor at Outdoorhill.com – a provider of gears, rifles and guns for outdoor activities like hunting and fishing.

Most Anti-Gun Senator In The US Pleads Guilty To Gun Running

San Francisco, CA — Last year, San Francisco Democratic Senator Leland Yee was arrested and charged for multiple acts of corruption. The allegations against him ranged from public corruption to running guns.

The hypocrisy involved in these charges was shocking as Yee was one of the state’s strongest advocates for gun control. However, on the large scale scope of the state, this fraud is to be expected.

In March of 2014, Yee, 65, was seized at his home during a string of FBI raids.

Among other charges of bribery and extortion, Yee was also accused of offering to broker a major weapons sale between a gun dealer and an undercover agent claiming to be a member of the New Jersey mob in exchange for campaign donations.

“Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money,” the senator said, according to the complaint. “Do I think we can get the goods? I think we can get the goods.”

The fact that one of the most staunch anti-gun politicians in the US was caught trying to run guns to the mafia speaks volumes as to the level of corruption within the US political ranks.

On Wednesday, over a year after the allegations, Yee pleaded guilty in a courtroom after taking an oath before US District Judge, Charles R. Breyer.

Read the rest of the article: http://www.rightwingtribune.com/2015/07/28/breaking-most-anti-gun-senator-in-the-us-pleads-guilty-to-gun-running/