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FIRST GEAR
Must-Haves for Gun Owners
send alerts to your phone and stream
real-time video, are inexpensive and
easy to install and should be part of
any security system. Some of these
products include integrated lighting
as well.
The Safe Room
Your fi nal layer of defense is a safe
room, which will most likely be your
master bedroom. Th is is the place
you and your family will " fort up " in
the event anyone tries to force entry
into the home. Your layered defense
will give you warning and time to
move to the safe room. Practice, so
everyone in the home knows what to
do, and make sure to take your cell
phone with you-you're going to need
to call 911.
Again, working from the outside
in, the safe room should have a sturdy
door, lock and hinges to slow down an
attacker. Personal defensive fi rearms
in the safe room should be secured in
safes or lock boxes that can be quickly
accessed when needed. Th ese might
be pistols, rifl es or shotguns, but in
any case, if you need to shoot, they
are going to be loud. I suggest keeping
sets of electronic hearing protection
handy. Slip on your " ears " and you
will have the ability to hear bad guys
skulking about, while protecting your
hearing if you must shoot.
Tactical Lights
Assuming it's dark, you must be
able to identify a threat before
defending yourself and your family.
Handheld lights are a must,
and weapon-mounted lights on the
home-defense guns are a good idea.
Use the handheld lights to search and
the weapon lights when confronting
a deadly threat. Lights producing
200 to 1,000 lumens of focused light
can temporarily blind an assailant,
or make them close their eyes or look
away, and any of these reactions will
stop them in their tracks.
Take a look at your surroundings,
consider a layered system of security
and, above all else, stay alert!
Photos: Peter Fountain
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❶ GET COMFY Many holsters are
hard or have abrasive edges you
can't help but notice. And, right,
you don't carry for comfort, but-
let's face it-you're a lot more likely
to carry every day if you can do
so without chafi ng! Clinger Cushions
answers this need for comfort. They
are soft, breathable, ambidextrous
and come in multiple sizes to fi t
nearly any holster-inside or outside
the waistband. Simply attach the
hook-and-loop circles to the cushion
and to the inside of the holster
you want to use, connect the two
and step out in comfort. ($19;
clingerholsters.com)
❶ NON-TOXIC CLEANING Sure,
we all love the smell of gun cleaner
in the morning, but odor is not an actual
requirement for eff ective cleaning
materials. Dirty Bore Gun Cleaner
and Bio CLP are American-made,
non-toxic and odorless. They allow
you to terminate gunk and to lubricate
your fi rearms without having to
smell strong chemicals while you're
at it. ($9.95 and up; dirty-bore.com)
❶ IDENTIFY THAT BUMP IN THE
NIGHT One of the NRA safety rules
is to know your target and what's
beyond. So, if you have to check
out a noise in the dark, you will most
certainly need light. A light can also
blind, discourage or even chase off
an unwanted person. It's especially
helpful to have a light right on the
fi rearm so you don't have to fumble
around for it separately -this
way you can keep both hands fi rmly
on your gun. And, of course, you
shouldn't have to break the bank to
identify that bump in the night. The
Crimson Trace CMR-209 Rail Master
Universal Pistol Light might be
long on name, but it's also low on
price. This fl ashlight is easy to press
on and off , puts out a 200-Lumen
LED light and is impact- and water-resistant.
And yes, it fi ts most railequipped
handguns. ($104.99;
crimsontrace.com)
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