Firearm Education In High School

A new piece of legislation introduced in North Carolina aims to give high school students a little extra learning: firearms education.

House Bill 612, filed this week by Representative Jay Adams, would give the state room to develop a firearms education course and allow the class, which would include “firearms safety education as recommend by law enforcement agencies or a firearms association”, to be offered as an elective to high school students.

The course, which would be developed by the North Carolina Board of Education, would not allow live ammunition in the classroom and would also cover the history and mechanics of firearms with a firm emphasis on the importance of gun safety.

I would love to see this sort of curriculum in as many schools as possible!

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Recoil Management

Should be “muzzle flip,” as that’s the ‘springboard’ for this feature: I received a screen capture depicting someone shooting a light, powerful revolver. The muzzle was directed skyward, presumably by the crushing power of the load in the lightweight gun. A grimace, closed eyes and the impression of a high-order detonation implied ‘punishment.’

Muzzle flip is a component of recoil expressed due to a loose grip and/or poor stance. Recoil is a function of projectile weight and mass, velocity and the weight of the launching device. It’s something you feel – for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. It’s like politics.

Control of recoil is control of the ultimate force option: If you keep the gun in line – or nearly in line – with the point of ignition, you can reset the action and continue firing. It’s a rate of (accurate) fire thing.

You’ve seen videos of the inexperienced types shooting X-frame .500 Magnum revolvers. For one press of the trigger, it appears they’re getting the “hammer” – two shots. It has to do with the abrupt jarring impact, trigger finger relaxing due to impact and immediately retightening to keep the gun in hand. The second round is coming out nearly vertical, close to covering the shooter’s head.

That’s a problem. It’s potentially a self-resolving problem in a permanent sense.

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Tips and Tools for Packing Out Your Big Game After a Hunt

Hunting’s popularity keeps growing. More than 11 million Americans went hunting with a rifle in 2015, according to the Outdoor Foundation. And nearly 9 million people went hunting with a shotgun, while nearly 4 million went bowhunting during that same period. Hunting can be a lot of fun, but the real work begins when it’s time to pack out your game. Here are some tips and tools to help you with packing your big game trophy and getting your kill from the field to the butcher.

Packing Principle: Pack Light

A hunter who’s in good shape can carry between 50 and 70 pounds of dead weight, according to Petersen’s Hunting. A large, fully-grown bull elk may yield as much of 300 pounds of meat, and depending on how far you are from your vehicle, you may have to haul your kill several miles over multiple trips. This makes packing light one of the most important principles for packing out game. In other words, don’t bring along more than you need.

This includes not packing out parts of an animal that you’re not going to use or eat. For instance, if you don’t plan to mount your game, you can remove hide and meat from the skull. And, if you only want to mount the antlers, you can cut the skull plate in half below them.


Following the principle of packing light, you’ll normally want to avoid carrying a huge knife or heavy saw. Fixed blades are more rugged and easier to clean, but can be less safe to carry than folding knives. So if you pack a fixed blade, make sure it has a good sheath. A safe knife should also have a finger stop or contour. A reasonably-sized, sharp, qualify knife with an all-weather sheath, like the Behring Made Pro LT, is a good choice. Make sure you also bring along a reliable knife sharpener, such as an ARC Carbide Sharpener.

Packs and Game Bags

Your backpack must be rugged enough to handle the load of meat you’ll be carrying, plus whatever supplies you’re already carrying. If you’re camping while hunting and you need to carry a sleeping bag or tent, this means you’ll need a bigger pack, such as a 4,700 cubic inch Badlands Summit backpack with AirTrack suspension and a polycarbonate frame.

Alternatively, if you want to carry a smaller or separate pack — and you don’t mind making an extra hike back to your vehicle — you can store an external frame meat pack in your vehicle and retrieve it after you’ve processed your animal and hung it to cool.

How you pack your backpack is important for comfort and safety. When filling your pack, keep your meat as close to your back as possible, but off the bottom of your pack so that you don’t feel unbalanced. Extra clothes and sleeping bags can go in the bottom of the pack, with smaller items in the outside pockets so you have room for your meat. To avoid getting blood in your pack, you can place meat in garbage bags. You should also carry quality game bags from a reputable brand like Caribou Gear. Game bags should be durable yet breathable, so that your game can cool off.


At this point, unless you’re lucky enough to have pack horses or an ATV nearby, it’s time to load your backpack and start hiking. You’ll probably need to take several trips if you’ve caught larger animals. Between trips, leave meat hanging at least 100 yards away from the carcass and out of any bears’ reach. Carry bear spray on your belt as a precaution.

When you get back to your vehicle, keep your meat cool by packing it in a cooler with some ice. A few pounds of dry ice, blocks of ice and some bags of crushed ice will provide ice for up to a week of camping. Last but not least, make sure your vehicle is equipped with good, quality tires that can handle the extra weight as you head home for your feast.