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Where to Find Inexpensive New & Used Guns for Sale

Most people I know are not willing to spend hard earned money on items they don’t feel are important. This is true in so many ways and it includes hunting and shooting sports. To thoroughly enjoy shooting activities, the enthusiast needs the necessary equipment. For some, it’s not always easy to pursue a shooting activity due to its expense. This includes guns for sports and recreation. It is unlikely that firearms be made affordable all the time, however it’s still possible to find inexpensive quality firearms for sale.

Many households perceive firearms to be expensive. Factually, nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is true that many guns are expensive, that expense is mainly due to high demand in the consumer market. Highly coveted firearms are in short demand therefore the price is increased to meet the supply level. Alternately, as supply levels rise, down come the prices.

There are many manufacturers of firearms that are less known than the major manufacturers such as Colt, Ruger, Smith & Wesson and Winchester, to name a few. These lesser known manufacturers offer quality firearms at very competitive pricing. Most of these firearms come with a lifetime warranty as well. Think of it in this regard: An inexpensive firearm that carries a lifetime warranty versus a brand name gun that carries the same warranty yet costs many hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars more. Either way, if the firearm breaks, it is covered 100% by its manufacturer. That being said, it is not intended to discredit the brand name firearm manufacturer whose quality standards may be to a more exacting standard. Let me add this disclaimer however: if the purchase in question is for a self or home defense firearm, I would certainly save my pennies for the “stricter” manufactured firearm mainly due to potential lives being at stake. That being said: the content of this article is aimed at the budget conscious individual seeking to purchase recreational firearms for sport or hunting.

So how do you find inexpensive guns for sale? There are many ways for you to find the right gun that suits your personality. The easiest method available today is right at your fingertips, literally: the “internet”, of course. Today’s smart shopper can easily research just about any item ensuring they get the best deal they can find online. The internet is without a doubt, a superb tool. However, if you don’t find desirable results online, you can try trusted firearms dealers. It is possible to easily contact some of the most well known online gun sellers and their stores by asking around. Check with your friends or co-workers that participate in shooting activities. They are a great resource and can provide you with a multitude of knowledge. Gun shows or auctions are great sites to search as well. Though you may need to travel, it may still be your best bet in locating the firearm you seek or dealing with the trusted firearm expert you desire.

Hearing Protection is Essential Gear

Ever return from a day at the range or hunting to find your ears are ringing from sounds that you’re faced with when engaging in shooting activities? The effects can last for hours, days or even weeks and in worst case scenarios, longer still. That is why it is important to use protective devices to safeguard your hearing and ensure you’re ears aren’t ringing when you arrive back home!

Arguably, the most effective hearing protection available today is an electronic hearing device that is easy to use and is comfortable. The biggest benefit to an electronic hearing device is that it filters out noises such as a rifle blast while allowing low decibel sounds safe passage.

These devices allow sounds up to 25 decibels to transmit through to your ears, and block out noises exceeding 82 decibels. Not only do these devices preserve your hearing, they offer the added benefit of amplifying faint sounds which many hunters find useful a field. Another possible benefit may be that these devices may help you if you’re one of the millions who suffer from low level hearing loss.

The experienced hunter understands the sense of hearing must be in top order to be alert to what’s going on around them.

Many types of hearing devices are available today from foam ear plugs, to electronic headphones, to noise-canceling phones, to molded ear plugs, etc…. There is a variety of devices to choose from and thorough research should be conducted before making your purchase. Many shooting ranges offer free hearing protection to range users [must be returned at the end of your shooting session]. This is the perfect time to test different devices regarding fit, functionality, comfort, etc… and what better place to test-drive a potential purchase.

In closing, hearing protection, similar to eye protection, is essential gear and must be seriously considered. These safety devices are relatively inexpensive and worth looking into.

Knives: How to choose which is right for you!

All hunters know that a quality hunting knife is worth its weight in gold. It is a vital piece of equipment that must not be over-looked. A quality hunting knife is normally heavier [though not always] in weight than a traditional kitchen knife and usually come equipped with a sheath or pouch to carry it. Most hunters will carry a combination of knives afield as blade shape plays a vital role when field dressing an animal.

To determine which knife is correct for you, we must begin with the type of hunting you will engage in. A knife suitable for cleaning a rabbit may not as easily dress out an Elk. I personally carry along a kit [one of many offered] by Outdoor Edge.  It contains all the blades necessary for game preparation.

Once we determine what species we will hunt, we consider the blade design needed to field-dress the animal. For example, a moose will not only require a “caping” blade to make surgical incisions, but will also require a “deep-bellied skinning knife equipped with gut hook” and also a “bone saw” or “cleaver” for quartering the carcass. Remember, when decision making, that the knife needed afield may not be the knife needed at home when preparing the “quarters” for final packaging and storing. While it is possible, a “caping” knife is hardly suitable for “boning/filleting” or a “skinning” knife considered acceptable for “carving” roasts, when a butcher’s knife is the wiser choice. Plan to purchase knives for both afield and for home preparation.

In addition to the design of the blade, the butcher should consider the entire knife’s design as well. The knife should be well balanced for easy wielding and the handle should be made to fit the hunter’s hand. The tang should run the full length of the knife, including through the handle. Other style knives are double edged stabbing design. Gut hook knives for “zipper-like” hide separation. As well as assorted Bowie, skinning, and drop point knives. A good hunter identifies the type of knife that best fits their needs and uses them correctly.

The hunting knife comes in many shapes and sizes and can be useful in variety of jobs. When buying a hunting knife, the hunter must choose the one that best fits the needs of a hunting excursion. They are important pieces of gear that should accompany every outdoorsman into the wild.

Why Carry a Gun?


Why Carry a Gun?

My grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I  don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I  don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun  because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a  cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because, unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron.
Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin’……author unknown (but obviously brilliant)


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany  established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China  established gun control in 1935; From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.

You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are ‘citizens’.  Without them, we are ‘subjects’

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

If you value your freedom, please spread this anti-gun-control message to all of your friends.

The purpose of fighting is to win.
There is no possible victory in defense.
The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.





Caribou Hunting: An Adventure Unto Itself

Caribou hunting is not common among the hunting adventures of today. It occurs in the arctic or the sub-arctic regions. Nonetheless, there are still many outdoor enthusiasts who desire this hunt. For those adventure seekers, there are lots of caribou to hunt. Unless you are a resident of the arctic region, you will surely need a few guidelines and most likely a wilderness guide to take you through.

You should decide on the season and the type of caribou hunting you are planning: such as by Bow, Muzzleloader or by rifle.

When choosing a guide, make sure they are from [or very familiar with] Alaska or Canada. They need to be knowledgeable of the terrain. Ask about transportation such as airlifting to gain access to the herds of Caribou.

Clothing is next in importance: camouflage is mandatory. Ask your guide for recommendations regarding camouflage pattern. Be sure to wear warm clothing. Start with a base layer then add additional layers as needed. If you find yourself too warm, peel off layers until you achieve the desired body temperature. Avoid cotton clothing! Moisture must be able to escape the surface of your skin and evaporate to avoid sweat buildup and wet clothing. Failure to wear moisture wicking clothing [such as polypropylene and/or synthetic fleece] can rapidly lead to hypothermia.

If your adventure takes you into or through Canada, make preparations with the Canadian Customs to transport and/or use firearms in their country. Again, your guide will be able to assist you with these transactions. It is important that you take your guides advice seriously. Remember that while you may be efficient in hunting, your guide is more experienced with the terrain, herd, customs and local traditions.

Caribou hunting is an exciting adventure so plan for a minimum of 6 to 8 days. Since caribou are hunted mainly for their hides, the best season would begin after the second week of September. This is when Caribou will shed their old skin and get new ones.