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Trust me…. I’m a Doctor

As an avid follower of many online groups and forums I often see inquiries on people who are looking for advice on firearms, gear and/or ammo. While looking for options is never a bad thing, taking advice from a complete stranger or even a trusted friend or family member is not always the best idea. We have four members who are taking turns writing this blog and I can guarantee that if you were to pose the question on what would be the perfect carry pistol, you would get 4 different answers!

I’m not attempting to say that any of the answers would be incorrect but if you were to go and sit at the gun counter at any local gun shop, it wouldn’t take long to see that some people will buy whatever someone is selling, hook, line and sinker. If you or someone you know is in the market the best thing to do is go to an indoor range and try out different pistols. Personal preference of the salesman or associate should not be the only deciding factor on a purchase. The right firearm to own is the firearm you can use! By saying “use” I mean a firearm that fits your hand and one you can put lead on target.

Contrary to popular belief, there are far more options than the desert eagle or glock that is glorified in most movies! Don’t be afraid to fire multiple different firearms at the range, after all that is what they are intended for! Once you are able to narrow down a weapon that works for you, there are a few different necessities that one will need. Now if this pistol is going to be something that you are going to everyday carry a decent belt is highly recommended. A good rigid belt works best for everyday carry. I personally have tried everything from your $12 dickies Walmart special to the $100 Boxer Tactical Apogee gun belt. From my experience I like either my HSG (high speed gear) or Boxer Tactical. Why spend that much on a belt? I used to always just buy the “Walmart special” but let me tell ya, it is ALWAYS a pain when they fail. It usually happens when least expected and you’re not at home or near somewhere with another belt readily available. My issues were always where the belt buckle itself ripped from the belt. Was it from the excess weight from the firearm or my ever expanding waist? Your guess is as good as mine. After burning through a few belts I decided to get all “tacticool” and purchase a legit gun belt. This was a decision that changed everyday carry for me. The belts are usually overbuilt… hell that high speed gear one you could probably use to tow a vehicle with! The rigidity of the belt also supports the firearm well and you will notice that your firearm seems lighter! With a cheaper belt I always had to cinch it tight in order to keep my pistol from drooping or tipping out which is what I believe caused the issues with the buckles. Once again it is all about preference and it is probably something you have to try and not take my word for. Just as pistol purchasing, you have to go with what works for you.

For anyone looking to check out different pistols and or gear, we are always more than willing to let you check out ours or even go to the range with you and let you run them for yourselves. Between the four of us, we have plenty of different makes, models and sizes to get that ball rolling.

 

Brad Michael – 2017

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USCCA SHIELD vs. NRA CARRY GUARD

Anyone who carries a firearm every day of the week is well aware of the responsibility that it entails. Whether or not someone is a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), or a private citizen, people who EDC carry for defense, but they also realize the liability involved when it comes to use of deadly force. EDCer’s have spent countless hours researching the best firearm to carry, the best ammunition for their pistol, and the most comfortable holster to wear. After procuring the perfect setup that fits their style (which also includes other accessories such as a flash light, a monkey fist, or a knife) many more hours are spent practicing their shooting skills and utilizing the tools they EDC. People who practice EDC do it because it is the inherit right of every living creature on the planet to protect itself. As I like to say “Even a bunny rabbit has sharp claws and teeth”.  Remember, you are your own first responder. 

As I stated above, there is a liability in legally carrying a firearm. Any person who decides to EDC needs to ask themselves a very important question: What happens to a person who EDC’s when, God forbid, the unthinkable occurs and one has to use their firearm to defend themselves, possibly leading to the death of an assailant? What’s next? Will they be greeted by LEO’s and be given a pat on the back for subduing a dangerous perp? Or will the next step turn into one of the horror stories we’ve all undoubtedly heard about where people were arrested after defending themselves? Could you imagine legally defending yourself and the being placed in handcuffs, your firearm is confiscated, and you are thrown in jail facing murder charges? What does someone do if a frightening situation like this befalls them? Most “regular people” (not rich) would be screwed for lack of a better word, but there is an answer. 

There is a service that comes highly recommended and offered by the USCCA, or the United States Concealed Carrier Association. The USCCA offers the self-defense SHIELD which is a subscription membership program of varying degrees of legal and financial protection in the event that you have to use deadly force. They also offer lots of training and access to instructors that teach skills that are vital to know if you’re going to EDC. 

This “EDC” insurance is offered at different monthly subscriptions depending on how much protection you want to give yourself. They give an example that if you are charged with homicide, no credentialed homicide trial lawyer will even begin representing a potential client without at least a $50,000.00 retainer. Who has that much cash lying around to give an attorney even if a person was in the right in defending themselves? I know I don’t. But this is where the USCCA comes in. 

When one subscribes to one of their monthly subscriptions, the USCCA SHIELD will cover your attorneys fees in the event of a homicide charge against one of their members. They will also post bail, and cover any lost monies from missing work. It’s a fantastic program offered at an affordable rate by the USCCA. In comparison an NRA membership only offers insurance on firearms, but doesn’t cover members in the event of a criminal charge or other inconveniences that are paired with such a situation. Or do they? 

Recently the NRA issued a video regarding their brand new offering of the same type of legal protection. Link is below and I recommend watching it: 

https://www.facebook.com/NRATV/videos/10154599844907898/

As seen in the video, the NRA is now offering legal insurance in the event that a member has to defend themselves, and also offering training just like the USCCA SHIELD program.

That being said, which is the better choice? USCCA SHIELD or NRA Carry Guard? Lets find out!

Both USCCA and NRA offer three levels of subscription. 

USCCA                     NRA

Platinum  $30.00    Gold     $31.95

Gold         $22.00    Silver    $21.95

Silver       $13.00     Bronze  $13.95

As you can see they are about neck and neck as far as price goes. Now lets compare the main features:

Platinum vs Gold:

USCCA offers $1,000,000.00  in civil suit defense, civil suit damages, and firearm theft. NRA offers the $1,000,000.00 under the umbrella of “Civil Protection”

USCCA offers $125,000.00 immediate attorney retainer. NRA offers $150,000.00 under the umbrella of “criminal defense”. 

USCCA offers $10,000.00/$100,000.00 immediately for bail/bond if a member is jailed. NRA says that members have “IMMEDIATE ACCESS AS NEEDED TO SUPPLEMENTARY PAYMENTS FOR: Bail, bonds, legal retainer fees, legal, referrals, lawful firearm replacement, compensation while in court, psychological support and clean-up costs”. The NRA doesn’t expound upon how much is allotted for each one. For the remainder of this article we will call it “As Needed”

USCCA offers $500.00 a day compensation while in court. As stated above the NRA says members have “as needed” access to compensation while in court but doesn’t clarify how much.

Gold vs Silver:

USCCA offers $500,000.00 in civil suit defense, civil suit damages, and firearm theft. NRA offers $500,000.00 under the umbrella of “Civil protection” 

USCCA offers $75,000.00 immediate attorney retainer. NRA offers $100,000.00 under the umbrella of “criminal defense”. 

USCCA offers $5,000.00/$50,000.00 immediately for bail/bond if a member is jailed. NRA offers “as needed” access to funds. 

USCCA offers $350.00 a day compensation while in court. NRA offers members “as needed” access to compensation while in court but doesn’t clarify how much.

Silver vs Bronze:

USCCA offers $250,000.00 in civil suit defense, civil suit damages, and firearm theft. NRA offers $250,000.00 under the umbrella of “Civil protection.

USCCA offers $50,000.00 immediate attorney retainer. NRA offers $50,000.00 under the umbrella of “criminal defense”. 

USCCA offers $2,500.00/$25,000.00 immediately for bail/bond if a member is jailed. NRA offers “as needed” access to funds. 

USCCA offers $250.00 a day compensation while in court. NRA offers members “as needed” access to compensation while in court but doesn’t clarify how much.

Both companies offer 24/7 access to a member hotline to “call for help”. They both also offer a training video course and a monthly magazine. NRA goes on to offer a 1 year membership to the NRA (not sure if this renews every year if you have a subscription or not). NRA goes one step further and offers the same coverage for your spouse at no additional cost.

So to me, at a glance, they both seem to be pretty comparable. The prices vary slightly between the two services and member levels. The coverages seem to be on par between the two. However I have only covered the main differences in key features of the subscriptions, and there are more details that you will need to research before you decide on which direction you will go. Either way you choose, you will be covered in the event that you have to defend yourself. Below are links to each program.

https://www.usconcealedcarry.com

https://www.nracarryguard.com

Donnie you’re out of your element…

“If this is the way were going to act,I am not so sure that I want to be apart of our civilization any more.” This is a direct quote from me, and I say it almost daily. I could use this weeks blog to talk about “not so peaceful gatherings”, and “freedom of speech”… If you want to see that, leave a comment and maybe I can make it happen next week… or you can turn on any news channel, or look at any media sight… It’s all been done.

I want to talk about something that really pisses me off… Stupid, disrespectful, un-aware gun owners… Let me clarify that all my friends, own guns, carry guns, and fight for all of our rights to own guns. And knives, 4 wheel drive pick ups, compound bows, brush burners, American and Gadsden flags (always fly the latter lower, lets be respectful.). We on a daily basis strive to keep ourselves, (and in all reality, all of ya’ll) safe. That being said, people are really, and truly effin’ up! if you haven’t seen this video and read the story, here’s a link. Basically it’s a road rage incident in Oregon where two individuals felt so offended by poor driving decisions that they both pulled to the side of I-205 and had a confrontation, one driver returned to his suv, and grabbed his Glock 19 returned to the confrontation with it pointed at his own stomach no less, in a tactical “come to center, brandish (trying to look like a bad ass)”. he then walks back to his suv, and the confrontation is over… Or is it? A driver, (Russ Ceperich, who by the way, has a concealed carry permit and regularly carries) caught the whole thing on his smart phone and immediately posted it to facebook, he then called 911, stating that the whole situation just was “way out of line”. Hell yes it was way out of line!

This is just one example, if you type “gun involved road rage incident” into the Yahoo search you will literally get 3,890,000 results. That is ridiculous. People are getting so upset about how others drive, that they are willing to risk life and limb, pull off to the side of the road, confront a driver and possible draw a firearm in order to prove a point. This really sickens me for two separate reasons:

First of all: If you think someone is driving poorly, write down there license plate number and call the cops. You are not a cop, you don’t have any authority, and its not your job. I know its frustrating to have someone tailgate you, but you have choices. I was blessed to have grown up in a household where my Dad fixed cars that were broken because people had accidents (or made bad decisions). In so I learned very early to drive safely, and to be very aware of those around me. The down side of that is that I tend to drive a little more on the “old man” side of the tracks. I drive the speed limit, if i get tail gated, I pull over in the next wide spot and let them pass. I refuse to put myself in a situation where I am going to drive unsafely because of those around me. This is a daily occurrence on one lane roads, some people refuse to abide the speed limit, and just don’t have the time to get where there going in a timely matter, I just let them pass, and forget that they even exist. (In fact, if they end up in the ditch 1/2 mile up the road, I won’t even feel obligated to stop and pull them out, that is how good I am at forgetting about them. 😉 )

So if you are placed in a situation where potentially you will be involved in a road rage situation, what should you do? I guess that just depends on which car your in. If you accidentally run a stop sign or cut someone off, do what I do, Act surprised (it shouldn’t be hard. If it was truly an accident you will be surprised.) Then wave and mouth the words “I’m Sorry”, 99 times out of a hundred, the other person will acknowledge the statement, and even if they are not happy about it, they will let it go. That’s pretty simple and effective. On that one random time where someone won’t let it go, what do you do? Do nothing. By no means, pull over and get in a gun fight about a blown red light. That even sounds stupid just to say. Keep on about your day, and try not to make the same mistake next time. obladi oblada life goes on. But what about if you are in the car where someone else is driving recklessly? You have all the power, LET IT GO! You will gain nothing from a face to face confrontation, even if you are right, your loss will be much heavier then your gain.

This brings me to the second thing that pisses me off about the whole situation: Why the hell do you draw a gun? At any given moment, I have a sidearm, an extra magazine or two, as well as a couple knives on me. To quote the title of chapter 8 in Uncle Ted Nugent’s book ‘God, Guns, and Rock n’Roll’ “Wanna go to a knife and gun show? I’ll open my jacket”,But that’s beside the point. I have never in my life been forced to draw my sidearm, or my knife in anger, ever! Why? Because it isn’t the right thing to do. There is a time and place to draw that line in the sand, and stand your ground, I just don’t think a California rolling stop on a stop sign is that time. This goes way beyond “tactical carry” “castle doctrine” or any of that, It goes back to hunters education, and firearms lessons from our Father’s that  we were taught at a young age. “You never point a firearm at anything that your are not willing to destroy.” You remember that lesson don’t you? Is tail-gating worth someone’s life, and more so, is tail-gating worth taking away someones father,child or husband?  I don’t think so. Furthermore, when you go about your daily life, living in a responsible way, being accountable for your own actions, and making the decision to carry some form of protection (I.E. Knife, Gun, ASP, martial arts training, taser or pepper spray.) you HAVE to carry yourself with a different demeanor. You cannot act/react recklessly, You must become the “eye of the storm” let the world spin in a crazy rage, but be calm in the center of it all. If we care about keeping our rights, we must be prime examples of why we deserve them. Step back from potentially dangerous situations, take a deep breath and calm down, don’t take yourself out of your element, act accordingly, and do what you KNOW is right. You represent me, and I you. I take that very seriously. Don’t let your ego fuel a fire that cannot be put out.

-Grant Willoughby 9/24/2016-

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…

15 years ago today, our country was pushed to a limit that only we could withstand. We were attacked on our homeland, by an extremist group, that wants nothing more then to destroy us. We are Infidels, we are Kafir. On that day we lost close to 3,000 fellow Americans, including almost 400 of whom were either EMS, Firefighters, or Law enforcement officials. The fallout is still coming through today, with over 1,140 people who either worked, lived, or studied at ground zero being diagnosed with cancer from the fallout of the blast. Only this country is strong enough to endure that, Only the good Ol’ USA has the ability to take that burden, and still go on about our ways of trying to help those less fortunate. I don’t want to harp on this too much, and it is not what my blog is about this week. I just want us all to take a minute and think about where we were when  9/11 took place, and to think about how our lives are different today because of those events. More then anything, give a smile, a nod, a wave or even start a conversation with your local EMS/Firefighter/Law enforcement officer, tell them that you appreciate all that there brotherhood has done for us, I guarantee that the small amount of time that you will take from your day will be well worth it, both for you and for them. Just like you, they like to feel appreciated for all the sacrifices that they endure. We are truly BLESSED to live in The United States of America.

So,now ill talk about what was really my topic of conversation for the week… I am extremely tired of the the Johnny-come-lately  Prepper/tacticool/SHTF scene. If I see one more dude who is wearing a scarf trying to tell me about how open carry is so passe, and that in a SHTF ( If you haven’t figured it out yet, I also am not a fan of acronyms)situation, open carry makes you a target, I am going to puke. This isn’t a fad to me, I’m not a prepper, I’m not tactical, I don’t believe in basing my life around one huge event. To ME, that just doesn’t make sense. If I played basketball, should I constantly practice full court, one handed shot’s because at some point in time I may be called to do it? I don’t think so. How does the fact that you have 1000 pounds of fava beans, and a fedora make you more prepared then me? Cool, you have 10,000 rounds of Soviet 5.56, you have 12 Ar-variants, and class IV body armor…Cool stuff man, but how does that relate to anything? We that have grown up in the woods, and have spent our lives refining our skill sets, value things a little differently I guess.  Being prepared is no different then growing up.
My Son just started kindergarten,in so he now is doing real school stuff. No more toys in class, and he is actually expected not only to learn, but to retain the knowledge. In so we work him at home pretty hard in order to solidify what he has learned, repetition makes the heart grow fonder right? 😉 But anyways, the other day he was supposed to write numbers, and was having some trouble writing the number 2, so we drew guide lines for him, then dots, then a starting point and an ending point. he still wasn’t getting it. He quickly lost focus and became frustrated. So we just gave up right? No way in hell, I looked him straight in his eyes and said “If you give up on yourself, then you have nothing to believe in ever. Just stick to the path, Keep going and it will all make sense. Just never give up on yourself.” Then magically he could draw a 2… Wait a minute, no he couldn’t. And that was never the point, as he worked towards refining his skill, he learned that he will earn his ability. Being prepared has nothing to do with looking the part, or ownership of the tools. It has 100% to do with proficiency earned through practice. Owning a guitar makes you no more Eric Clapton, then having a McMillan tac-338 makes you Chris Kyle. It is the work that makes the difference. We, having the luxury of growing up in the Great Northwest, have been blessed with the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time hunting, trapping, tracking, shooting and being prepared. It wasn’t (and still isn’t) a fad, it is just part of life. All the ammo in the world shows me nothing about your ability. Show me targets with tiny groups and barrels that are wore out and you will have my attention. Tell me stories of 1000 yard elk kills, and I will listen. Show me a freezer full of head shot squirrels and you will have my undivided attention. That isn’t something that you stumble into. That is hard earned knowledge, and I respect that.

As  children, we are expected to learn the things that will make our lives better. We learn to add and subtract.  We learn to read and to write. We learn to speak, and more importantly, to listen. As we grow up we are given opportunities to listen to those that have gained there knowledge through hard work. If we spend enough time with our mouths shut and our ears open in presence of people like that, we may gain the the ground work for our own knowledge. But that all depends on our willingness to practice what THEY have preached. True knowledge is something that is crafted, and cultivated, not something that you can buy in a box or read on a forum. May your pursuit of knowledge never falter, and may your willingness to shape your craft never grow tired.

-Grant Willoughby 9/11/2016-

A country boy can survive…

Lately my Blogs have grown long and pretty serious. This week I will try to refrain from both. I think its time that we lighten up a bit. But if you guys have anything that you would like us to do some research about and throw into a blog, leave us a comment. For that matter, if you just like what we have already done, leave us a comment too. Video ideas? How about you leave us a comment? Maybe I should do a review on shovels, for all the digging I’m doing for a comment here folks. I want to keep the Post World Patriot fire burning, and as much as I like to run my unfiltered mouth through my finger tips, I want to write about something that interests you. And if you are already a loyal reader of my nonsense, and you appreciate what we are doing as a PWP community, then share us with your friends. As we learn more together and we grow as a family, we all get closer to true enlightenment. But as for now your just going to get good ol’ fashioned run-on, over-hyphenated, Grant speak. lets let-er-rip tater-chip!

  Hank Williams Jr. said that all you need is a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4 wheel drive and a country boy can survive… And that’s one hell of a starter kit. But you and I both know that that’s just the tip of the iceberg, Cool beans, you got a rifle and you shot a deer for food, but how are you going to clean and butcher it without a knife? I don’t know if you have ever tried to clean a critter with a shotgun or  a 4 wheel drive, but it ain’t easy brother! (Notice I said it ain’t easy, I never said it was impossible 😉 ) So what I am going to do is go through my list of mandatory items for survival. Yes I will start with the the trinity ,with explanations for each, But then I will add a few of my own.

  1. shotgunShotgun. Everyone needs a shotgun. Period. Some will say that a shotgun is grossly overrated as a weapon, to that I would simply say “prove it”. A shotgun is one of the most versatile weapons ever created, even without the ability to aim every single pellet individually, a shotgun lays a swath of destruction that almost nothing can compete with. Shotguns bank on the laws of averages and math. Without going to far into multiple-hit theory and cumulative-kinetic energy, lets just agree that even a load of #8’s out of your lowly shot-sucker is pretty impressive. And name me another weapon that can be used for as many purposes. From hummingbirds, to home defense to charging bears (with proper shot selection of coarse), its pretty hard to find a match for a good shotgun.
  2. weatherbyRifle. Those that spend any amount of time in the great outdoors, know the true value of a rifle. From gathering food, to protecting the homestead from vermin(be they 4 legged or 2) its hard to beat a good rifle. Especially if you own a rifle in an easy to find caliber. In selling firearms, I have sold literally hundreds of rifles, In every caliber from .17 hmr to .50 Bmg, but the caliber that I sold the most of was the good ol’ 30-06 springfield. Why?  Well it has been said that the aught 6 is about the most recoil that the average shooter can handle, And to an extent I can agree. I personally have quite a few rifles that kick harder, but for a new shooter the 110 year old cartridge seems to cover just about every situation. With standard bullet weight from 150-220 grains, everything walking the  north american continent (save for the largest of coastal bears) is fair game. And the ammo is still reasonable priced, and readily available. Everyone should own at least one rifle…for each member of there family… in each caliber. Oh boy here I go again.
  3. 4x44-Wheel drive.Maybe my opinion is just super skewed because I live in North Idaho, But I cannot imagine owning a vehicle that isn’t 4-wheel drive. I know someone will come out of the wood work and say that a good front wheel drive car with studded snow tires can go almost anywhere that a 4×4 will. The imperative word in that statement is “almost”, Yes a front wheel drive car does better on the snow and ice then a real wheel drive car does, but lets be honest here, do you really believe that your 2010 Honda civic will go anyplace that my 1993 Ford F-350 crewcab 4×4 will?  Sure my truck can get stuck just like anything else, but it has 2 things going for it that are hard to replace: Ground clearance, and 4 tires pushing me where I want to go. “But I live in California, and I have no need for a big gas sucking truck” Yes you do, you should trade in your Prius, and get a truck, then load all of your belongings into it, then move out of California. Quality of life greatly improved just by buying a truck. Funny how stuff like that works.
  4. randallA Good Knife. Ok you will probably want more then one, but lets start off with one. A good knife is a tool that it is almost impossible to live without.From cleaning critters to making dinner, a knife is a must have. A good fixed blade knife is hard to beat, They range in price from $35 dollars to pretty much as much as you would want to spend. Think of it as an investment, if you buy a solid knife made with quality components (quality steel blade, quality handle material etc) and you take care of it (keep the blade sharp and free of rust) it will outlast you and provide many lifetimes of service.
  5. 10-22A .22 lr.  Everyone needs a .22, from honing your skills at the target range, to use as a hunting instrument, a .22 lr. (pistol or rifle) is really hard to beat. Even with the elevated prices that have now become standard on ammo, the .22 is still pretty reasonable to shoot, and it is still probably one of the easiest calibers to introduce a new shooter with. Plus they are just a ton of fun, its amazing the accuracy that you can muster out of such a tiny cartridge. Everyone remembers there first .22, and all of the adventures they had because of them. Why do we all throw one in when we head up into the woods? Because its tradition, and just in case you get stopped by the country boy inspector, you don’t want to get demoted for that one.
  6. ms261cmA Chainsaw. No Self-respecting red blooded American, would even consider themselves a country boy without a good chainsaw. Just saying chainsaw makes me smile, I recorded the sound of my chainsaw and I use it as the ringer on my phone for petes sake! I had a hand me down McCulloch  pro mac 10-10 for years, it was given to my Dad 40-some-odd years ago by a guy who worked at the factory. That saw is HEAVY, but it always starts on the third pull, and in all the years of service, we have never even had to change a plug on it. Just sharpen the chain and cut. But last year I decided to make the investment and get a newer saw. I ended up getting a lightly used (were talking all of the stickers from Ace hardware store are still intact and still on the original factory air filter and plug) Stihl MS290. I know that the 290 is not a pro-level saw, but holy nuggets man, the new saws are awesome. With a 20″ bar and a 55.5 cc motor, the saw rips. anytime I head up in the woods I throw my saw in, it doesn’t matter how good your 4-wheel drive is, if there is a big log across the road, your adventure is over.
  7. fnxA Pistol. You need a pistol, there is no way around it. caliber isn’t as important as some would lead you to believe, but a quality pistol is definitely a good investment towards your country boy merit badge. Be it a revolver, or a semi-auto it doesn’t matter. Just get one that you love, carry it always and shoot it constantly. If you hunt, a sidearm  (in my mind at least) is a necessity, not only for personal protection, but also for dispatching game humanely. If you have ever tried to deliver the coup de grace from close range with a .338 Win mag you will know what I mean.
  8. gloomisA decent fishing pole. If only once in your life, buy a decent fishing pole. Not that there is anything wrong with a store assembled combo, but there is something special about searching out the correct rod for you. I personally like a 7′ 2-piece medium spinning rod, and a decent midsize spinning reel that holds a fair amount of 10-12 pound test line. I want it to balance well, be light enough to be able to cast it all day, but have enough backbone to be able to horse pike or bigger bass off of the bottom. If you primarily fish for pan fish (perch, crappy, blue gill etc.) you may want a lighter profile rod with extra length for casting smaller lures, if you primarily target catfish you may want a heavy weight rod that is built for presenting huge baits on the bottom. No matter what you target you owe it to yourself to use the right equipment, you wouldn’t use your kid’s sled and try to qualify for Olympic bobsled, the same can be said for using a down-rigger combo to ice fish. Can you do it? Sure. Would it be more enjoyable with the right gear?  You bet.

Maybe all you really need is a shotgun, rifle, and a four wheel drive, but if I’m going, I’m gonna be loaded for bear, There are plenty of other things that I would have liked to put on my country boy list, I love my ATV, and don’t get me started on bows, arrows, muzzle loaders, air-boats, brush burners, loud guitars, a good dog and mud tires, but that’s just me I guess. The most important factor in country boy survival is (and always has been) the want to survive. Be proactive in your quest for knowledge, be prepared, and surround yourself with others that are striving for the same goal. Learn from, and teach each other daily, become well rounded, and most off all never lose your drive, not only to survive, but to thrive.

-Grant Willoughby 07/17/2016-

today…

Thursday morning I was thinking about what I was going to write for you guys this week. Should I do that story I had been planning about suburban horticulture and how you can utilize your back yard as a grocery store? Should I go off on a crazy tangent about how cooking with cast iron is the only way to go, and how no non-stick pan ever created can give you the elegance of 50 year old cast? What about a write up about the AR-15, and its potential to be one rifle with infinite uses? How about the correct way to site in a rifle, or sharpen a knife, or how to get in shape for archery season? All ideas seemed valid, They could be informative, funny and most of all, they could give you and I an escape from the world outside our window’s. But then I woke up Friday morning and turned on the news… Any hopes of escaping the outside world have disappeared. This issue has been growing for along time now, and we have all seen the writing on the wall. People have decided which side of the fence they wish to stand on. That is our right, and I am not going to speak to that point… Per se. But I am going to talk about the facts though, in all there gory details. We need to be informed, and we have to be smart with our actions. Let’s see how this one works out, If I offend you with what I have written, I am truly sorry, and if you want to leave a comment, I will do my best to address whatever the problem may be. But lets get down to the nitty gritty.

Racism is wrong. Mass shootings are wrong. Living in fear is wrong. We are currently living in a situation where all three of these wrongs are totally acceptable, every one believes that they are more important then the man sitting next to them. We have lost the ability to stand as one united front. But why? Well lets just take those three wrongs and see what happens when we give them a closer look.

Racism is wrong.  We all know this, and for the most part, we all live by this. We as human beings, and citizens of the United States of America, are all granted protection EQUALLY from discrimination, no matter what our race, color or creed. Know how I know? Its in the Constitution, The 14th amendment to be exact. You know, That same historical doctrine that is constantly trying to be dismantled. Its truly a shame too, because that “piece of paper” is the basis for our freedom, It single-handedly draws a line in the sand, that separates us from the rest of world. Our side is freedom, tolerance, and hope… Then there is the other side. People have no problem trying to take out the 2nd amendment, but there is no way that they would even consider doing it to the 14th. I guess “shall not be infringed upon” only counts if its something that you personally believe in huh? Not this guy, Our Forefathers wrote them all down for a reason, because they work, and because they are ALL needed to insure Our freedom. “But Police officers all over the country are discriminating against African American’s daily. There were 2 officer involved shootings just this week”. Yes there were two shootings this week, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and both of those losses are tragic to say the least, and without having personally witnessed either I will keep my opinion’s to myself. Were the law enforcement officials acting exactly correct in both situations? Like i said before, I don’t like to give opinions without more information then what I have. Could the officers have made a mistake? Sure, in the heat of the moment, with an ultra-high stress situation taking place, it is possible. But like I said, I wasn’t there and I don’t know all the details. Did you know that a white unarmed male was shot by police in Fresno, his name was Dylan Noble, and he was 19 years old? I didn’t either, because the news didn’t cover that one, its the same situation, I was not there and in so I don’t know what could have been done or if the situation transpired correctly or not. What I do know are some facts. In the last week,  Americans lost there lives to gunfire, and that is truly heart breaking. I, as a responsible firearms owner, hate to see guns used in that manner. It sounds weird to some, but I have reached a true balance with my firearms. They have as little meaning, and as much meaning as I am willing to put into them. They are only a tool, a tool that allows me to provide food for my family, to protect them, if God forbid, something happens, and to provide me with recreation and fellowship with those in my life that share the same feeling. Many people own pens, and with those pens they have written hateful, horrible things. But others also own pens, and have done beautiful things. A Bad craftsmen always blames the tool right? So here are the facts about officer involved shootings brought to you by Heather Mac Donald, from her book  “Are Cops Racist”.

  1. Cops killed nearly twice as many whites as blacks in 2015. Wait a minute here, we don’t see this on the news at all. 50% of all cop shooting victims are white. 26% are African American. Those are actual stats for the year 2015.
  2. More whites and Hispanics die from police homicides than blacks. Whites and Hispanics account for around 12% of the homicides due to officer shootings. African American’s account for 4%. Percentages are just numbers, every life matters and is important. White, black, brown ,color doesn’t matter,but the lives do.
  3.  Unarmed black men are more likely to die by the gun of a cop than an unarmed white man. But if you look at what else the report shows you might be surprised at what constitutes  “unarmed”.  If an assailant tries to wrestle the gun away from a police officer, or has taken the officers night stick and is using it against him, he is technically “unarmed” If they didn’t enter the conflict with a weapon, they are classified as unarmed. Stray bullets also count against this total, in situations where an officer was justified to take a shot, and a bullet either passed through or struck a bystander, it also counts towards the unarmed statistic.
  4. Black and Hispanic police officers are more likely to fire a gun at blacks than white officers. This statistic was actually discovered by a criminologist at the University of Pennsylvania by the name of Gary Ridgeway. He concluded that in Philadelphia, according to the Department of justice in 2015, a black officer was 3.3 times more likely to fire his service weapon then any other officer at the scene.
  5. Blacks are more likely to kill cops than be killed by cops. According to the FBI, 40% of cop killers are African American. In fact a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by an African american, then he is to kill one who is unarmed.

What else has happened, that hasn’t gotten much media publicity, is what has been termed “the Furgusen effect”. The Furgusen effect states that law enforcement official have become reluctant to police certain areas for fear that they will be labeled racist.There fear for there own lives, as well as the lives of there own family’s,  has made it so that they cannot do the job that they were sworn to do. TO SERVE AND PROTECT. In 50 of the largest cities in the US, the murder rate has spiked 17%, and you can’t tell me that  has nothing to do with the absence of a police officer presence.

What is really important to remember is that racism isn’t just an action that take place where a Caucasian treats someone of another race poorly, racism is the action of treating someone of a different race differently because they are different then you. If you don’t believe it go to another country, or even a different area in the United States. In Mexico were “gringos”, in Hawaii were “haoles”, in the south, (and strangely enough in Canada) we are called “Yanks” or “Yankees”. Technically that is being racist. Even if you treat someone nicer then you need to just because they are different then you, that is racism too.  It’s pretty sad, but it is the truth. And we have to remember that police officers are just like us, some of us are nice polite individuals that have nothing more then the best of intentions at heart. Others do not. But, law enforcement officials deal with a different assortment of people then most of us do. Can you imagine going to your job everyday, knowing that 95% of the people you are dealing with are going to lie to you? As soon as you get pulled over you immediately start calculating your story. “well I was late for this or that”, or “I got new tires and they must cause my  speedometer to be off”, no one just says, “yep I know that it is a 35 mph zone, but I just felt the need to do 47 mph, my bad”. To me ,that would be pretty hard to deal with on a day to day basis.  That doesn’t even take into account the risks that they face everyday just doing there job. If you work at a machine shop, you have the potential to have mill or lathe slip, and potentially you could be injured, but you can use the safety clamps and tilt the scale in your favor . I work at a beer distributor, yes I could have a keg fall and potentially crush me, but there is a safety cage that covers our forklifts, so in the rare occasion that a keg falls the potential of bodily harm is very unlikely. If you are a police officer, your job is filled with potential for bodily harm or death. A routine traffic stop can become anything but routine quickly, all it takes is someone not paying attention, or taking there eyes off the road for a second and you could be struck by there vehicle, or worse, someone could have something inside the vehicle that they feel the need to protect (I.E. drugs, weapons, they fact they have been drinking etc.) and they decide to use there weapon, (be it hand held or the vehicle itself) to take the police officer out of the situation, in order to save themselves. That is a true worry, and completely terrifying to me. The stress level would have to be incredible.

Mass shootings are wrong. I shouldn’t even have to type that. The idea of going on a “shooting spree” is so foreign to me that it is really hard for me to wrap my head around it. So far this year, according to the mass shooting tracker, there have been 229 multiple shootings, accounting for 841 injuries and 337 deaths. What in the Hell is this world coming to? When did it become common practice for someone to feel like they had been slighted by the system, or to get there feelings hurt, and instantly go directly to the idea of inflicting death and destruction upon others? Call it what you want, but I call it terrorism, and in all reality, how far away is the idea of racism and the idea of terrorism? They seem like one in the same to me. Both are loosely based, one way or another, on the idea of invoking fear or “terror” by means of threatening, or actually using violence, as a way of achieving  religious, political, or ideological goals. What a sad existence it is where people have to live in fear that someone is going to be so fragile and so broken that the only way that they feel they will be heard is to start popping off rounds at a peaceful protest, or a school, or into a random hotel or mall. If that is the way that our civilization is going, I don’t want to be a part of it any more. If you feel that you have been mistreated, do something about it. I am sure that you are not the only one. Stand up, and use your words not your bullets. Build a better world for those that feel the same way you do. Get help, unite, and stand strong together.

Living in fear is wrong. I really believe that this one goes without saying. People should be able to walk down the street, or spend time with there family’s without having to have an escape plan for all of there activities. I make a personal choice everyday to be more observant of my surroundings then I probably need to be. My feeling is that I like to know whats going on around me at all times. In the words of Jeff cooper, I go about my day in condition “yellow”, which pretty much means that my eyes are always surveying, and my ears are always alert. Since I make the choice to carry, I also have to be more aware of my surroundings . But I don’t do all this because I live in fear, I do it because I strive to be prepared. We as Americans, should be able to live our lives without fear, our Constitution grants us liberties that no other country has. Our ground work was laid so that we could venture out into this beautiful country, free of the burden that other country’s have to endure. Living in fear, is really not living at all. We, even in times of hardship, must stand tall as a nation. We must walk proudly, banded together, knowing that we can conquer all things, But only if we do it together. Each one of us important, each one of us is special, and each one of us is an integral component in this super machine that we call freedom. I want to make this world a better place for my family, my Son,and for you. Will you stand with me?

-Grant Willoughby 7/10/2016-

…Be this Guy…

I guess that I should have stated last week that the “Don’t be that Guy” post was going to be a two-parter of sorts. Yes there are some people, that without the aid of the internet would have absolutely no knowledge about firearms what-so-ever. With our modern technology and smart phones that have the ability to access more information then we use to be able to find in a whole series of Encyclopedia Brittanicas, it is no wonder that mis-information is rampant. But there is also a lot of good information out there too, and for those that have decided that trying to memorize every firearm that has ever been  created is not their thing, There smart phones can do the work for them. Try this little experiment next time you are around people that are tech-savvy and recreational firearm aficionados. As you are loosely chatting about firearms, post the question “hey do you guys remember Miami Vice? What was that pistol that Don Johnson carried?” I’m putting the odds pretty high that almost everyone listening will pull there phone from there pocket and sort there way through 3 Wikipedia pages, to find that it was the Bren Ten pistol that Sonny carried.  We have all seen it, and in fact it happens on such a regular basis, that it does not even register to us anymore. Question posed, phone retrieved, answer found. Who makes a .22 WMR semi automatic pistol? Phone out, beep-beep-boop… Well it says here that Kel-tec makes the PMR30, Grendal makes the P30, AMT formally made the AutomagII (it was currently resurrected by High Standard) and Excel Arms has the MP-22 Accelerator pistol.  That is pretty slick information to have, but what do they shoot like? Or feel like? Do you have to have gorilla mits to be able to hold the grips? How is the recoil? These are all important questions, and no matter how many dimension sheets you look at on google, nothing compares to laying flesh to steel, and letting your hand make a decision for itself. The same can be said for video reviews. If you watch any of the  Hickock45 video’s you would believe that ever handgun is a pocket pistol, and every long gun has got to be a carbine. He is just a big dude, with even bigger hands. Just because he makes a Desert Eagle look like a good concealed carry choice, doesn’t mean that it actually is. This is where a well outfitted gun shop can do a lot to help you, but even better then that is a friendly, knowledgeable gun-owner, who personally owns the firearms and is willing to take you out and let you send a few rounds down range. We, as possibly the last generation of Americans who will have gun collections, are responsible for helping to keep the traditions of recreational shooting, hunting, marksmanship and personal defense going. If no one new gets introduced to the shooting sports, shortly “WE THE PEOPLE” will become “I THE PERSON”, and that just don’t have the same ring to it. So how do we “Be that Guy”? Well here are a few steps that I believe will help keep this train of firearm freedoms rolling, as well as help us grow together as not only a “second amendment family”, but also as community… “Be this Guy”…

  1. Be an ambassador of the sport. Sounds pretty simple huh?  if you look at its multiple definitions, you will see that it can simply mean to be “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” So what does that mean? well lets go all “Occam’s Razor” with this one, and break it down to the simplest answers. If you care about the shooting sports, don’t do things that would jeopardize your ability to do them. Be friendly, be informed, obey the laws, and be the voice and face of the second amendment. If everyone that owned a firearm did this, you would be amazed and how the world would view us.
  2. Teach someone to shoot. Maybe its your kid, or a co-worker, or even your spouse. Take someone who has never shot before, take a day, start with the basics, and do it the right way.  Teach them correct gun safety with eye protection and  ear protection always worn. Teach proper stance and posture, train them to shoot with both eyes open, and teach them proper trigger squeeze and about the “shooters breath”. Then load up the guns and have some fun. Start with small calibers, a .22 lr rifle is priceless for this kind of learning, the simpler the better. As the familiarity grows, so will the smiles. Then you can move up to other calibers, or even classes of firearms. Make the activity fun, reactive targets are great, and  more enjoyable to those who are new, then bench rest shooting for tiny groups. My wife grew up in the Silver valley, in so you would believe that she was born with a pistol in one hand and a rifle in the other… That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact it took a couple of years after we had been married for her to shoot any real firearms (she had shot BB guns as a child, but that was it) But after having a child she made the decision to learn to handle a firearm, for the protection of herself and our son. Open went the gun safe, and I loaded up everything that I thought she could shoot. Pistols that I hadn’t shot in years got cleaned and prepped, and  off to the range we went. She was able to shoot a couple of .22 pistols, my old Taurus 85, and by the end of the day she even shot the M&P 45c. Always call it a day on a good note, and you will be amazed at who is asking who to go shooting next time.
  3. Open up the gun cabinet every once in a while. We all need to do this every once in a while. We all have become so accustomed to our carry weapon and making sure that we practice with it constantly, that we neglect the other firearms that we own. It’s really a shame too because we bought those other guns because we planned on “shooting them all the time”. Its good for you, and its good for the firearm. Take some friends with you, or maybe even the newbie that is showing interest in the sport. Next time that a friend has some questions about a CCW sidearm, invite them out and brake out the artillery. The experience that they receive from trigger time is worth more then a million hours researching on there phones. As a bonus, when you let your buddies put a couple rounds down range with your guns, they will almost always return the favor, and there is something special about sharing time and experiences, especially when firearms are involved.
  4. Show them the tricks of the trade.  Who among us hasn’t burned up the better part of a box of ammo trying to sight in a new rifle? Boy I know that I have, Federal should have sponsored me with all the lead that I slung trying to figure out how to get my first rifle zeroed. It took someone who had literally done it hundreds of times SHOWING me the errors of my ways for me to finally get it. How many of you with your first pistol believed that your pistol sights were off because you always shot low left? Then someone who has a lot more experience with a pistol says “Those sights are fine.Quit flinching and start pulling the trigger with the tip of your finger as opposed to the first knuckle.”  Magically all your shots are centered on the target. We all have had to learn a few lessons the hard way, but we also got a lot of help from others. When you see someone at the range doing the old “spray and pray” rifle sight-in technique, and getting frustrated, start up a conversation with them, and if there receptive give them a few pointers and maybe even give them a hand getting there shootin’ iron into shootin’ shape. I guarantee they will appreciate not only the help, but also the shared knowledge.
  5. Take them hunting. Hunting is an expensive hobby. when you tally up the money that you spend on a license, tags, firearms, ammo, clothing, cover scent, tree stands, duck boats, dogs, decoys, knives,  and gas just to get out to your hunting spot, its pretty overwhelming. But we have already spent that money, and if we had it to do all over , we would gladly spend that money again. To a novice though, it is a pretty imposing amount of money to spend just to walk around in the woods in hopes of seeing a deer. So what can we do about it?  Take them hunting. Let them borrow your back up rifle, and an old camo coat, and take them out. Wake em up at 3:30 am, and drive them out to the woods and give them the experience that we all care so deeply about. Yes it will cost them a few hard earned dollars for a license and a tag, but it is money well spent on some spiritual enlightenment. I have a couple friends that are avid duck hunters, and a couple years ago they asked if I would like to go. “I don’t have waders, I don’t have decoys, I don’t even own anything in wetland camo.” I told them. “Doesn’t matter” Tom replied, “Go buy a duck stamp, and some steel shot for your shotgun, Will has the rest of the gear that we need.” Tom was right, Will had everything we needed to make the hunt a success. At that time Will had a broken foot and in so he couldn’t wear waders over the cast, so he let me borrow his, he had decoys a plenty, and Will is one hell of a dog breeder.( If you are in the market for a gentleman’s sporting dog I wholeheartedly suggest that you look at Northwood retrievers.) Lucky, Will’s big lab, hunt’s harder then any animal I have ever seen, and the scolding look that he gave me every time that I missed a bird was priceless. I was hooked, and still am. I now have a decent set of waders, decoys of my own and even a shotgun dedicated just to waterfowl. All because they asked me to go, and showed me how it was supposed to be done.

“Being That Guy” can be as simple as showing someone how to sharpen a knife, or how to tie a tippet onto fly line. Or it can be as complicated as starting a petition to legalize open carry in your home state. To “be that guy” you first have to realize what is truly important to you, and be willing to do whatever it takes to keep those freedoms. Become informed, become knowledgeable, and most of all don’t sit back and watch what you love fade away. Each time that you share your knowledge, and time, with another person you are laying ink to paper in writing your own personal legacy. By “being that guy” you are making a conscious effort to improve the quality of life of those around you. We should all strive to “be that guy.”

…Don’t be that guy…

Just about every other gun blog has done one of these but, I think that Post World Patriot will have a little different take on the whole situation… Some call it gun shop do’s and dont’s… but I would like to just call it “don’t be that guy”.

Yes that picture above is me (the little guy holding the rifle” circa 1986.) It is pretty safe to say two things. First of all, I’ve had my hand wrapped around a shootin’ iron for a long time. Second, I’m getting old. I have always loved all of the shooting sports. My Dad isn’t a hunter and for the most part he wasn’t a gun guy. As you can see in the picture he did have a sidearm (ruger mk.2 govt., that is now mine :)) but that was pretty much all he had firearm wise until he finally broke down and bought a Ruger super Blackhwak .44 mag (also mine now) after a hike up around Smith creek. But I still became a gun nut, mostly thanks to  gun annuals and American rifleman’s that my Dads friend Fred would bring me every time he had a chance. I memorized everything, if Fred bought a new rifle I would grill him about it. You got a Remington huh? What caliber? Box, floor plate,  or blind mag?  What finish? Then I would tell him what he bought… ” oh, thats cool that you bought a 700 bdl, did you know that you could have got a cdl with a longer barrel.blah, blah, blah.” he would laugh, then tell my dad that I had found my calling…Who cares that I was only 6 years old. Fast forward 25 years and guess who is working at a sporting goods store selling firearms? And was pretty good at it? Upon finishing my training, they sent me out to the floor to have a hands on safety check with my supervisor (I will tell stories about him later, but its safe to say that Stu is a God among men gun wise.) When he walked me through and gave me the “fng” speech, (for those of you who don’t know “FNG” is an acronym for eFfin New Guy) he realized that I actually knew my stuff. He didn’t treat me like I was some dumb kid, he treated me as a co-worker and respected what I knew. as opposed to handing me a baikel over under, he handed me a Benelli 828.  Where someone else would have safety checked a stoger side-by-side shotgun, he handed me a Perazzi (if you have never felt the craftsmanship of a Perazzi shotgun you should do yourself a favor and pick one up, wear mittens and lift it over a box of kittens, because it $25,000 plus dollars. But it gives you a whole different respect for craftsmanship.) The first pistol he handed me was a Colt 1911 that was made in 1925 and had a full manuscript of both world wars that it had seen… yeah I was winning and winning big!  One thing that Stu always instilled in me was “don’t bullshit, tell the truth. People see through stories, just be honest and everything will be good.” I took that sentiment to heart, it’s just too bad that the people across the counter didn’t receive the same lesson…

So who is “that guy”? Well “that guy” is the one that you see at your local gun shop that is always “just seeing if anything new came in”, which in all reality means he is waiting for an actual customer to be talking to a salesmen, and with perked ears and mis-information a plenty he will dive in and try to hijack the conversation. Don’t get me wrong, some customers are super knowledgeable, and will sometimes have personal experience with a particular firearm, those customers are awesome… But then there’s “that guy” and In order to keep this blog slightly shorter then the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I will keep this list of my favorite “that guy” statements on the short side.

  1. “A women should only carry a revolver, its less for them to think about if they actually have to use it”. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard one of those idiots drop that stupid line. Pretty much they are saying that women are inferior and can’t understand how to rack a slide or use a safety, and that is completely ignorant and wrong. Yes I personally sold quite a few Ruger LCR’s and Smith and Wesson J-frames to women as there  carry pistols, But it was not because they weren’t smart enough to manipulate a semi-auto. More frequently then not it was because they lacked the hand strength needed to pull back the slide. We all have physical limitations in one way or another, and they were smart enough to know there’s. My wife can put on make-up, be styling her hair, talking to our son, and giving me the stink-eye, all at the same time. Needless to say being able to flip a safety off, or rack a slide is not beyond her skill level.
  2.  “A 9mm is garbage, and it won’t kill anybody”. Let me actually expand on that a bit, its not just the 9mm, it is actually any caliber that “that guy” isn’t fond of. .22, .38 spl., .380, .45 acp. etc. You name it, I’ve heard it. One of my first days behind the gun counter I had a guy drop that exact line, out of no where Stu came to my rescue and said “a 9mm won’t kill anyone huh? I can kill you with this pencil”. I don’t know who was more slack-jawed, me or “that guy”. And the best part is that Stu was completely correct. Its a proven fact that we have a predetermined number of holes that our  body can function with, any time that a new hole is introduced, there is a negative reaction. Ask anyone that has been shot, it doesn’t matter how big the hole is, or how fast the bullet was going, its all  about where it hits. I have had people tell me that a leather jacket will stop a .22 bullet, when I inform them that I often carry a NAA mini revolver and that I have a leather jacket that I would gladly let them borrow, none of them ever take me up on the offer. Kind of strange huh? Shoot whatever firearm that you feel comfortable with, and practice as often as possible.
  3. “Just the sound of racking a shotgun slide will scare away anyone trying to break into your house”. Yeah cool story, and maybe sometime it has scared away  a potential burglar. But lets be honest here, wouldn’t you get the same reaction if you were to yell through the door ” I’ve got the Cops on the phone, and a gun in my hands, do not come any closer”? Most burglars are looking for a house where they can enter and steal things without having to put up a fight. Most of the time if they know that there is someone home, they will just go to another house. On the rare occasion that someone breaks into a residence where they know the homeowner is there, they are usually prepared for a battle. In a situation like that I seriously doubt that the sound of an 870 slide is going to be that big of a deterrent. Now on the other hand, even a modest load of number 8 shot coming out of that 870  will probably be enough reason for any bad guy to start re-evaluating there life decisions. If you are willing to take up arms in defense of your life, you had better be willing to pull the trigger.
  4. “I would never have a laser on my pistol, the bad guys will just follow the red line right back to where you are and shoot ya”. Holy cow man, have we really played so many video games that we believe that a Crimson Trace is just a road map to  the firearm? This isn’t Splinter Cell, this is real life. In all reality a laser can be a visual deterrent, but just like the sound of a shotgun being racked, that isn’t always enough. If a situation arises where you feel the need to pull your pistol , you had better be prepared to use more then just a laser. If the sight of the laser de-escalates the situation (I.E. the bad guy runs away.) that’s great, but remember the first rule of firearm safety, “do not point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy”.
  5. ” I would never carry one of those, it doesn’t hold enough ammo FBI statistics say…” O boy, get ready for a run on sentence or two. People, especially those new to personal carry, always try to search out “averages” in order to establish a base line for what they need to carry in order to best defend themselves. So the first thing they do is google up “average gunfight statistics”, bang there are all the numbers you need right? The FBI has released a set of statistics for the year 2012 called Law enforcement officers killed and assaulted, and if you read through all of the  graphs its plain to see that there is no average gunfight. But after doing a little math, it looks as though on average 8 rounds are fired. These are FBI agents in altercations with bad guys who are intent on having a firefight, not your basic armed citizen. The more that you look around (especially in forums, or by watching gun channels) you will start to notice a lot of conflicting stories. So once again, I  did a little math and tried to establish an average.. Once again there is no average gunfight, but it looks as though most firearm incidence happen at a distance of several inches to as far away as 35 yards (yes I said yards) and somewhere between 1 and 16 rounds are fired (back to an average of 8). but what this doesn’t take into account is the number of times that  a firearm is drawn, and that is the end of the situation. If you were to factor in every scenario where a firearm is involved, and were to then find an average I would be willing to bet that the average number number of shots fired in each situation is probably between 2 and 3. The one thing that no one wants to say is that gunfights (much like fist fights) are all ended with one shot. When the nervous system is interrupted, the fight is over. Period. “But my friend has a buddy who is a cop and he said that he shot a guy all hopped up on PCP one time, he shot him like 16 times in the head and the guy just kept coming…” Maybe he did, and maybe he didn’t. But for the sake of being fair lets just say that situation actually happened. So dude hopped up on PCP takes 16 rounds to the dome and keeps fighting, would 17 rounds have done any better? how about 30? Is a person “under-gunned” by carrying a 5-shot .38 snubby ? Or for that matter would any kind of firearm short of the Paris railway gun have stopped the situation any faster? Who knows for sure, but one thing that I can say about this scenario is that it is not “the average gun fight” in fact it is so far away  from what any normal human could possibly endure that I really feel that it carries almost no relevance what so ever as to what should be your carry pistol. “But no one has ever lost a gunfight because they had too much ammunition”. Yeah that’s probably true, but how practical is it for a guy to have to strap on a tac-vest just so that he can run down to the store and get a gallon of milk. For that matter why don’t we all just carry a CZ Czechmate with only the big mags, if you carry 3 extra mags with you that’s 105 rounds of 9mm (26 per magazine and one in the pipe).O, wait its only a 9mm and that won’t do anything against a bad guy right? Boy we could “well what about?” on this one forever, but the truth is the best gun you can have, is the one that your willing to carry all of the time, and practice with constantly. Remember 1 shot inevitably stops all situation, and no amount of ammo will ever make up for inaccurate shooting.

So what I beg of you is to not be “that guy”. If you walk into a gun shop and you already have the answers that you believe to be truth, don’t waste your time (and the salesmen’s) by trying to start a debate. If you are asked for your opinion, or if you feel that the guy behind the counter is doing a disservice to someone who is trying to take the first step in become a responsible gun owner, by all means speak up. The other instance where I think it is wonderful to help out, is when you have a lot of experience with a given discipline, and your input may be able to give a potential buyer a little more incite into there buying decision. I had this happen several times while I was selling firearms. The first time I was helping an individual with an over-under shotgun, he wanted something that he could upland hunt with as well as shoot sanctioned trap and skeet competitions. As we worked our way up the ladder from shotgun to shotgun trying to find something that he thought felt comfortable with, a older gentlemen came up and started chatting  with both of us. He then looked at the customer holding the shot gun and asked a very simple, but very important question. “Are you a hunter or are you a target shooter?” To which the man replied, “well I hunt birds every chance that I get, but I also like to be able to shoot some trap in the off season to keep my reflexes sharp”. To this the older gentlemen smiled and said “you can shoot trap with anything that will fling shot, and there ain’t a clay pigeon in the world that won’t turn to dust with the same exact equipment that you use for putting meat in the freezer. With that trap gun your holding you have to change your shooting form in order to make it fit you right. Why try to fix what ain’t broken?” With this the customer handed me the trap model he was oogaling and exchanged it for the same gun, just set up in the “hunter”configuration. He snapped it up and low and behold, he was looking right down the bead and was grinning ear to ear. The other gentlemen just wandered away with a nod. About 15 minutes later one of my co-workers walked over to me and asked if I knew who the gentlemen was that had helped on that over-under shotgun. I said that I did not, but he seemed to be really knowledgeable about sport shooting. “Well he ought to be, he and his brother are both nationally ranked trap and skeet shooters. They have been shooting rounds of 100 since before you were in diapers.” boy was I humbled, but I had learned something, and every time that he came into the shop I made sure to ask him lots of questions, and listen to what he said like it was gospel. He didn’t walk into the store to give advise, or to brag. He usually just came in to pick up a case of ammo, but if a situation arose where he felt that he could help someone out, he would add a bit of advise and knowledge gained through experience. He genuinely just wanted to help, and if you go about helping people in that manner I commend you.   But if your whole purpose is just to lurk around in the gun department waiting for your opportunity to climb upon your soap-box and and show the world how smart you are… Save your breath. Most firearm knowledge is gained through practical experience and is largely based on opinion. And you know what they say opinions are like…

-Grant Willoughby 06/04/2016-

Don’t be a Fudd…

It’s getting close to that time of year again where we all have to sack up and pretend like were taking standardized testing… Otherwise known as the elections. Yeah we have a few months to go before the Electoral College decides who will be our next President,  and the local news channel tells us how important our vote is. (Even if the race is decided before the polls close, or before you get there. Step up to the box and vote for whomever you want. Its a freedom and right that we have, You might as well express it, and even if its not worth what it use to be, it still is something that we should stand up for.) But were not going to talk politics today, were going to talk about peoples character (sometimes including politicians). So what is a “Fudd” and why don’t you want to be one? A “Fudd” as they are sometime referred to is a  person who is a sporting gun type,  that has no care for gun rights except to what we  refer to as “hunting guns”. (Iraqveteran8888 does an awesome video about the subject.) So why don’t you  want to be one you may ask? Because you don’t! Ok maybe I need to elaborate a little bit upon that. Gun rights are rights (I know it sounds like a steak sauce ad, but hear me out.) Whenever one of our rights gets infringed upon it shows that there is a “chink in our armor”. As one right goes away, it opens the door for others. The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution states that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I am no English major, and I have never been mistaken for one, But as I read that I don’t see anything talking about only side-by-side shotguns and 30-06 bolt action rifles. Given there are rules in place that make the ownership of “Class III Weapons”  only lawful through the purchase of tax stamps. But we’re not talking about those, that is another topic, for another day.

So why does it matter if they outlaw “black rifles” or “semi-automatic high capacity pistols”? Well it all comes down to the good ol’ law of averages. (Anyone who knows me knows that many-a-long winded rant has been based upon “the Law of averages”) The law of averages pretty much states that if you take a sample of anything on a small scale, it usually equates to growth in relation to the sample amount. (If one in three people like chocolate chip cookies, then that would mean that 100 in 300 do too… or 1000 in 3000… or 1/3 of the world. The other basis that is often used is the old “if-then statement”, you probably remember it from junior high geometry class. An if-then statement is simply the “proof” for a hypothesis followed by a conclusion. So for example we could say “If Bob practices with his bow, then Bob will become a good shot”… Mind you, statistics, numbers and proofs, contrary to popular belief, can and will lie. It all just depends on the point that you are trying to get across). So how does that relate to banning certain kinds of firearms? Well if you look at the number of mass shootings that have came about. What weapons have been the main ones carried by lunatics that have no respect for life? Well Glocks and AR-15s of course. What weapons do the police carry in most towns in America? Same weapons. What about our military?  The use a Beretta M9 as there side arm of choice for the most part, but they use The  M4 carbine (AR-15 lineage) as there long gun. So if we  look at this in a “law of averages” sense, we would say if there is a mass shooting tragedy   an AR-15 rifle and some sort of “high capacity pistol” will be used. If we look at it as an “if-then statement”, it might say that “if you have an AR-15 and a so called “high capacity Pistol”, then you will be involved in some sort of mass shooting, or you are  law enforcement or military”. Obviously Both these statements are horribly flawed. But in the public eye, where all they know about most events is what the news force-feeds them, this is what they believe to be truth. The same can be said for some politicians. In their mind “high capacity  weapons of destruction intended to kill people, should have no place in the public’s hands”. You and I both know that statement has no credibility. But lets look at why, by breaking it down a bit. First of all, what makes a high capacity weapon more likely to injure or kill someone then something of normal capacity? The State of California has its own gun laws, and defines “a high-capacity magazine” as 10 rounds or more. Lets look at a couple historical firearms that comply with that classification. The Luger P-08,  and the Colt M1911. Both of these firearms have  what would be deemed a “safe and sane” number of cartridges in there magazine, 8 and 7 respectively. But if you look back at each firearms history, especially where and what they were used for, its pretty simple to see that more ammunition does not constitute a more proficient firearm… Secondly, “weapons of destruction intended to kill people”, is just a media inspired buzzword string used to evoke emotion in bleeding hearts.Yes any weapon, can and does have the potential to cause serious injury and potential loss of life. But a weapon, just like any other tool, is governed by intent. To quote the Motor City Madman himself, Ted Nugent, “If guns cause crime, all of mine are defective.”

So what happens if we let the  “evil black assault rifles” and the “high capacity semi-automatic pistols” get ban? Well first of all, WE FAIL. Not only ourselves, but also our Forefathers. And you can bet your last dollar, if they do get banned, more firearms will follow. In all reality what is the difference between your AR and a Mini-14? What about  your Browning  Bar hunting rifle? Or for that matter you Benelli super black eagle shotgun?  If your Glock 17 gets ban because it has 17 rounds in the magazine, what will they (the law makers) deem that a safe number is? Will it be 10? or 8?  Or will the semi-automatic handgun become illegal all together. Then will it be your revolver that gets fazed out? The point is, allowing our Constitution to get “reworked” shows that it is not only possible for the foundation of our freedoms to be taken away, it also condones it.If you have a dog that begs at the table, and you don’t correct that action, you are condoning that behavior. It may start with guns, but where will it end. Taxes, Religion, Free Speech, The right to vote… Its a pretty scary thought if you ask me. So Don’t be a “Fudd”, and stand up for ALL of your rights, these are OUR freedoms.. Remember what happens when one opens  Pandora’s box

-Grant Willoughby 5/22/2016-

April 2016 Newsletter

April 30th, 2016
Thoughts from Post World Patriot….
Morels are popping like crazy! If you are on social media, which you obviously are since you are reading this, you have undoubtably seen posts of people’s bounties! Foraging for mushrooms is not only relaxing but can save you money or even be a source of income. I see posts of people selling them for around $20-$25 dollars a pound. Using them in dishes or as a side will also save you money and give you exercise as well. It is also a great time to bond with people or children and teach them ways to become self sufficient. Feel free to post any pictures on our page. If you have any tips, tricks or questions feel free to contact us at PostWorldPatriot@gmail.com, http://www.Facebook.com/PostWorldPatriot or on our forums at http://www.PostWorldPatriot.com/forums. We look forward to any questions or comments.
Post World Patriot News
In March we completed our AR Armorer course and are now certified armorers. This month we are happy to announce that we also have obtained our FFL. We are now able to help you with more of your needs! Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We are also now making custom Kydex sheaths for knives.  Every job is custom and we will require you send us your knife for the molding process.  Contact us with your needs and we will discuss pricing.
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4 Concealed carry tips
Find a pistol that you can shoot. I know this sounds obvious but you would be surprised how many people just buy pistols because “that’s what so and so uses”. Go to the range and shoot several different brands, models, calibers, etc. what works and feels great to one person may not for another.
Buy a quality holster. Two things you definitely don’t want to skimp on is your firearm and your carry system. There are many styles and brands out there and if you’re like me, you will end up with a box of holsters because you will find ones that meet your needs and ones that don’t.
Get a gun belt! Gun belts are essential. It took me several low quality belts to realize that they don’t hold up for too long when you carry everyday. Gun belts are rigid and help disperse the weight more evenly. Once you use one you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Training is crucial. One can never have enough knowledge. Proper training and know how is extremely important. You should know when and where you can legally carry, how to disassemble, clean, lubricate and reassemble your firearm, proper technique and even general first aid are a must.
2nd Amendment news
Take a few minutes and watch this video.
This video is exactly on point, we as gun owners need to stop drawing battle lines and exploiting differences between each other and come together for our common purpose. A strong group is a lot harder to impose will upon than a fractured one. One thing that we are trying to promote here at Post World Patriot is that of unity, we encourage others to not only share knowledge, insight and personal preference but expect others to be receptive in return. We need to become united, we need to be heard, We the People need to stand strong! Be sure to post any insight you want to share on our facebook page or on our forums . We are also available to answer any questions at either one of those links to the best of our ability. We look forward to your questions and comments.
Firearm Tip
While at the range with your firearm try shooting one handed, off handed, drawing and shooting from holster or even off a timer. Be sure to practice all of these. Being caught off guard is something that is very difficult to train for but face it, when attacks happen are often when people are less suspecting. Training like this will definitely help. Just remember to take it slow and safe. Speed will come with practice.
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