Mar 132011
 
Daylight Saving 'To Do' List

Some people advocate making the switch to/from daylight savings a trigger event for checking the batteries in your smoke detectors.  That’s a good idea, even though probably all smoke detectors these days have low battery alarms that make annoying chirping sounds when the batteries get low. It is barely conceivable that the low battery alarm might have failed, or that the battery died while you were out of town, so a formal test every six […]

Feb 132011
 
A Pretty Pink Ladies Gun - Fail

So I was doing what I like best the other day – browsing through a gun shop.  As seems to so often be the case, it was busy with lots of people and too few store assistants, and I found myself chatting with a woman waiting to be served.  She was probably in her early 60s. She was considering the purchase of her first ever firearm.  Her adult children were encouraging her in this and […]

Feb 092011
 
Why a Good Shot is Not Necessarily a Good Role Model

I went shooting with an acquaintance the other night for the first time.  He could out-shoot me every which way, and did an excellent job of getting rounds close or exactly on the target bullseye, at quite impressive ranges. But.  And it is a big but.  Although he could shoot very accurately, he would not be a good person to take lessons from in learning the art of prudent firearms-based self defense. Firstly, he was […]