We often get asked questions about sound suppressors, the laws regarding their legal ownership, and why you would want one. Let's explore some information about them.
A resource to get some more information is Advanced Armament Corps.' (AAC's) excellent website CanU: Silencer University.
Paladin Lead Delivery Systems is an FFL and Class 3 SOT holder. We deal in the full line of sound suppression products from popular manufacturers such as Yankee Hill Machine, AAC, AWC, and Surefire, as well as many others.
Getting a copy of the Hazard Vulnerability Assesment (HVA) for your community allows you to focus disaster preparation priorities on threats known to affect your area. It helps to know what to prepare for, right? Local municipalities often take advantage of expensive professionals to analyze pertinent threats in your area, and compile these reports. And you can often get access to this quality information, for free!
Just contact your Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for your town or community. For our company, that was contacting our local police chief. While our town didn't have an HVA by name, the chief was able to provide us with the following, which is a portion of the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for Firestone, CO. Notice all the threats they depict, that you may not have thought of before!
[blockquote class="default"]Vulnerability Statement:
Geography- The Carbon Valley communities are located in the northeastern plains of Colorado, in the southwestern quadrant of Weld County. Major bodies of water in the Carbon Valley communities include the St. Vrain River, Milavec Lake, Little Dry Creek (seasonal), St. Vrains State Park. Major transportation routes include Interstate 25 and State Highways 52 and 119. Future Colorado Department of Transportation construction plans will create an expansion of County Road 13/Colorado Blvd into a major arterial route. There are a significant number of abandoned mine shafts throughout the region at varying depths beneath the surface. Natural gas and oil drilling sites and pipelines, both active and inactive, permeate the Carbon Valley communities.
Demographics- An estimated 17,000 people live in the Carbon Valley communities. In addition, Interstate 25 functions as a major north-south transportation route for commercial interstate trucking and commuter traffic to Denver metropolitan area to the south and Longmont/Loveland/Fort Collins region to the north.
A disaster can occur at anytime within the jurisdictions of Weld County and any of its municipalities. All areas of Weld County are at risk for three types of emergencies:
Local government has the responsibility to protect life and property from the effects of hazardous incidents or events, as much as possible. This is accomplished by use of government and volunteer agencies which have the capability of providing emergency services resources.
Front sight focus, trigger squeeze.
If you've had the fortune of attending one of our 100-level training courses, you'd know that there are 5 marksmanship fundamentals, and several best-practices. Remembering all those things at once, to shoot your best, can be a daunting task, especially to a new shooter. One way to approach this, is to simplify the problem, then work up in complexity. Something that works good is an "80/20 solution". Is there 20% of the problem that you can focus on, and get 80% of the results?
With shooting, a lot of this is embodied in the saying "Front sight focus, trigger squeeze." It's probably a little more true of pistol shooting, than rifle shooting, but is a great start for both. The two most critical tasks for shooting are sight alignment, and breaking the shot without disturbing your aim. Focusing on the front sight post gives you the maximum opportunity to align the sights correctly, as opposed to focusing on the target for example. Squeezing the trigger smoothly, straight to the rear, and with continuously increasing pressure until the gun fires by surprise, will make sure you do not disturb your aim with poor trigger manipulation.
Work on these two things first, and once you're comfortably doing them both well, without much thought, then add in other tasks, such as improving breath control or following through after each shot. It's a great way to set yourself up for success.
Remember, "You don't rise to the occasion. You fall to your level of training."
In the abstract, one thing I notice a lot is that people tend to bring way too much, both in weight and "creature comforts". It's really important to give a no-BS assessment of what you need, not just want. In the military we used the phrase "Travel light, and freeze at night", and even there we were constantly needing to re-evaluate and cut nonessentials out. In the civilian world (e.g. students in my survival courses), it's taken to a whole new level... people bring all kinds of things. A lot of the problem stems from people not actually using their gear in a realistic setting, so they have only hypothetical notions about what they need, how to use it, and how it will perform.
It seems hard to argue with the idea that more gear, meaning more capabilities, is better, but you must be ruthless in your pursuit of minimizing to the truly bare essentials.
Are you considering purchasing a gas mask, called a promask (short for Protective Mask) by professionals, as part of your survival preparations? It may be more useful than you imagined.
For what they cost, they are an effective tool required to deal with a spectrum of threats that would otherwise be difficult to address without one. Most people weigh the decision from the context of some kind of extreme terrorist nerve gas attack, or similar event, which is realistically one of the least likely occurrences. However, if you live in a [sub]urban environment, or near any major shipping/transportation arteries (e.g. rivers, railroad tracks, highways), you could be aided by a Protective Mask (ProMask) to combat threats such as riot control agents, hazardous chemical spills, wildfire smoke, or other toxic or irritating agents.
If you've ever watched the Bio channel's show "I Survived...", they have had a number of episodes that demonstrate clear cases, not related to the worst-case uses, where a promask would have greatly and positively influenced the timeline of events. Here is one example, when a train full of chlorine gas derailed nearby: http://www.biography.com/tv/i-survived/episodes/06-wayne-maryhollylinda
I recommend the Scott M98 CBRN promask (formerly NBC "Promask 40"). It has several excellent features:
I would also recommend a quality carrier, to protect your mask, and keep in handy in the event of an imminent emergency. The Blackhawk Omega Elite gas mask carrier has both a shoulder strap and belt/thigh straps, and costs about $65.
For the contextually low price, and range of flexible capabilities that a pro mask offers, I find it a wise addition to any serious preparedness load-out.
NOTE: CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) is a modernized standard of the previous generation NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) terminology and certifications.