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Home Defense: The Essentials for Keeping Your Family Safe During a Break-in or Attack

Before delving into the details here, you need to know that home defense is a broad term that typically encompasses defense strategies for everything from an intruder to a wildfire. The goal here is to address strategies to protect against intruders. While all forms of defense are necessary and critical to survival, most people fear and want to prepare for a human attacker. Defending your home against such attackers comes down to preventative and defensive tactics.

Protect and Secure Your Property

The primary goal of a home defense strategy is limiting the likelihood of needing a defense. In other words, focus on tools and methods of prevention.

A burglar does not want confrontation. They will spend weeks casing a neighborhood to identify the most vulnerable targets: homes that sit empty often, have no security lights, no video cameras, and poor quality locks.

Installing motion-activated cameras and lights around your property and positioning doorbell cameras on all your exterior doors is an excellent first step to securing your property and reducing the risk of a break-in. You can take things a step further by installing deadbolts on all doors and window security bars or bar locks on all your windows, especially on the main floor. Finally, purchase a home security system.

Establish a Safe Room in Your Home

With the exterior of your home protected, it is time to think of the worst-case scenario: an intruder is in your home. While your instinct might be to attack, it is better to retreat to an established safe room and barricade the door. 

When most people think of a safe room, they think of a welded-steel room with a vault-like door; while these legitimate safe rooms are nice to have, not everyone can afford them. A safe room within the frame of this article is any room that provides a defensible position. 

For many people, the safest room in their home might be a bathroom or bedroom. When selecting the room, keep in mind that everyone in the house must get to the space quickly. Additionally, you do not want the room to have multiple doorways. Last, you want access to an exit is necessary — a window should work, especially on the ground level.

Keep Weapons and Phones Close

Your safe room needs to have access to your weapons and a phone. When an intruder breaks into your home in the middle of the night, you cannot expect to have the wherewithal to collect everything needed. If your bedroom is your designated safe room, store a gun safe in the closet and keep your phone charger on a nightstand.

Identify Escape Routes

Staying in your safe room and calling for the police is the best decision until it’s not. In most cases, barricading yourself in a room will give you enough time for a police response, but that depends on where you live and how motivated the intruder is. Therefore, no home defense plan is complete without planning for an escape. 

When planning escape routes, you should think of at least two exits from every room in your home. The exits do not have to be complex; for example, the exits might be the door and a window for the bedrooms. 

With a bit of preparation, you can significantly reduce the risks of your home ever being a target of an intruder. However, in the event of a break-in, knowing how and where you will defend yourself is key to your survival.

What are your favorite home defense strategies? Leave a comment.

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Understanding the Pros and Cons of Mandatory or Compulsory Service in the United States

What does it mean to be a productive member of society, and how can the country help instill a national sense of pride, duty, and honor? The answers are vast, but for many people, they revolve around the idea of civil or national service. It is important to note that this does not only encompass military service. While the military is a part of national service, national park upkeep is also an integral part of serving the community and country.

Unfortunately, many people avoid signing up for civil and national service, which has sparked the debate of a mandatory term. Other countries require a commitment after completing high school, and these mandatory programs seem to instill a greater sense of citizenship and social responsibility. If such programs work for other countries, can’t they work for the U.S., and if they can, shouldn’t they be instituted? That depends on who you ask.

Pros of Mandatory National Service

While there are many potential pros to enacting a mandatory service program, most proponents agree on three benefits: community development, adult development, and fiscal savings. Through compulsory service programs, young people would be exposed to other social groups and communities within the country. The mandatory service and interaction would help to foster more robust and more diverse communities, further establishing the U.S. as a place of tolerance and acceptance.

Many proponents argue that the country currently lacks a good stepping stone from schooling to adult responsibility. By incorporating a mandatory service program, younger individuals would be forced to transition into more adult-oriented roles, providing the necessary groundwork for a successful life beyond school.

Finally, compulsory service is a way for the country to save money and ultimately give back to individual communities. In one cost-benefit analysis, the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies found that national youth service programs returned a value of $6.5 billion while only costing about $1.7 billion to manage; that equates to more than $3.9 billion in social benefits.

Cons of Mandatory National Service

As with the pros for compulsory service, there are many potential cons; however, most opponents agree on three: lack of need, constitutional violation, and possible service manipulation. Most opponents of mandatory service explain that there is no need for such action because volunteer services are thriving; nearly 28% of millennials have volunteered for community service — approximately 1.5 billion hours; 26% of Gen Z volunteered, and roughly half want a job in volunteer sectors.

The primary argument against mandatory service is found in the constitution, specifically under the 13th Amendment. The amendment dictates that involuntary servitude is only OK for the punishment of a crime and only when the defendant is found guilty through due process.

Finally, many opponents of compulsory service worry about the manipulation of the system. It is not a far stretch to see how wealthy individuals could manipulate the system in favor of their families, meaning low-income Americans are at risk of being unfairly treated.

Despite ongoing debates about compulsory service, the country is often evenly split between those for and against. Where do you stand? Is mandatory service a good idea, and why or why not? Leave a comment below explaining your opinion and help keep the conversation going.

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Why the Right To Bear Arms Is Still Extremely Relevant

Quick! How many times within the last year have you heard that you don’t “need” to have guns? If you’re like many outspoken gun owners, you have probably lost count. People have various reasons for their favorite anti-gun arguments. Some say that no one needs guns because they can just call the police when they need help. Others insist that you can fight off a gun-wielding attacker with a knife, baseball bat, or another inferior weapon. Still others claim that if all guns are outlawed, no one will be at risk of gun violence anymore.

If you’re confused by all the pro- and anti-gun rhetoric, you’re not alone. Many people struggle to understand how necessary guns really are in today’s world. Could those calling for more gun control be right, or could they be horribly misguided? To help answer your questions, here are a few reasons why the right to bear arms is still extremely relevant today.

The Second Amendment Is Not Outdated

Our forefathers were very wise people. They willingly fought and risked their lives to escape a tyrannical government. The last thing they wanted to do was create a new government that had any chance of becoming like the one they ran away from. This was the primary reason they included the Second Amendment in the Constitution of the United States.

By giving the people the right to keep and bear arms, the founders protected citizens of the United States from forced government encroachments and takeovers. With how divided and caustic our country has become in recent years, it’s clear to see we still need that protection today.

Tyranny doesn’t have an expiration date, and there’s no reason we should think it’s limited to governments of yesteryear. In fact, there are several dictatorial governments in the world already (Cuba is just one example), so there’s no reason to think the heads of our government wouldn’t try it too if they could successfully disarm the citizens of our great nation.  

Crime Rates Are Rising Fast

Crime rates in major cities are rising at unprecedented rates. From April 2020 to April 2021 alone, homicide rates in major American cities increased 33%. Taking away the peoples’ right to protect themselves from criminals makes no sense in our current situation.

Some claim that if there are no more guns, you can’t be killed by one. But savvy criminals always find a way to get their hands on the things they want. As a wise man once said, “when guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns.”

Guns Create Equality

Equality is a buzzword these days, right? A growing number of people want equal outcomes when it comes to professional pay, education, and living standards. But when it comes to defending oneself, there are some who suddenly abandon their equality ideals. It’s a strange phenomenon.

If you look at guns as the great equalizers, you’ll see that they are very necessary today. They help put people who might be physically disadvantaged (such as females, people with disabilities, and the elderly) on equal ground with their attackers. If you have a gun, you have hope of fighting off anyone who tries to harm you, no matter how much larger or physically stronger they may be than you. Sometimes, all you need to do is show a gun and the bad guy runs away (though it’s an unspoken rule that you should only pull a gun out if you are prepared to use it).

Guns aren’t the evil things they’re often portrayed to be. After all, they’re just inanimate objects. It’s the people who wield them who determine whether they are used for good or ill, to harm or to preserve.

What do you think about the recent talk on gun rights? Do you think guns should be more tightly controlled or that the Second Amendment should not be infringed upon? Let us know in the comments section!

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4 Ways to Improve Your Situational Awareness

It happens all the time in movies. An unsuspecting victim is living blissfully unaware of his or her surroundings when a shady character sneaks up and attacks him or her from behind. Or there are those maddening movie scenes that depict a brain-dead homeowner who hears a noise in the basement and goes down to investigate without so much as a baseball bat for protection. These movies show an embarrassing lack of situational awareness and basic preservation skills.

Though real life is nothing like the movies, there are still some parallels that can be drawn between the two. In real life (just as in the movies), you’re more likely to become a victim if you aren’t aware of what’s going on around you. Simply paying attention to your surroundings can make you a much less desirable target for a criminal.  

Increasing your situational awareness can increase your likelihood of escaping dangerous situations. Here are five ways to improve your situational awareness so you don’t become an unsuspecting victim.

1. Be Aware of What a “Normal” Situation Looks Like

If you want to improve your situational awareness, you first have to establish a “normal” environmental baseline. Determine what sounds, sights and behaviors you should expect in your current situation so you can immediately pinpoint anything that falls outside of “normal.”

For example, if you’re hiking in the woods, you can expect to hear few noises except for insects, birds, and the occasional passing hiker. If the woods are abnormally quiet, you should be on alert for predators (of the human or animal variety), or for dangerous weather.

If you’re driving on a busy street, you should expect the normal sights and sounds of traffic. If something seems “off” from the usual, keep an eye out for potential danger.

2. Assess Your Surroundings for Potential Threats

Situational awareness is not synonymous with paranoia. You shouldn’t be overly stressed when you’re living your daily life. However, you should be consistently checking your surroundings for potential threats. You can do this in a casual, low-stress way. Here are a few habits that can increase your situational awareness:

  • Pay attention to what’s going on around you (including sounds, sights, smells and the overall feeling in the air).
  • Make note of anyone or anything that seems out of place or suspicious. Watch the person or thing in question to assess whether or not you’re in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Consider whether a suspicious individual could be carrying a weapon or could have access to a nearby item that could be used as a weapon (such as a chain, baseball bat or shovel).
  • Look for suitcases, bags or other similar items that are left in a crowded area without an owner nearby. This is a common way criminals hide explosives.

If you have an uneasy feeling about a specific individual or your environment, move on to the next step.

3. Look for an Escape Route

If you’re generally a calm person but you can’t shake an uneasy feeling, pay attention to your instincts. Look for different escape routes you can use to get out of the situation or place you’re currently in. Once you have identified a good escape route, use it to get away from a potentially dangerous environment.

4. Plan How You Will Respond

If you feel a little suspicious but don’t have an opportunity to get away from the situation, imagine different scenarios in your head and imagine how you will respond. If someone attempts to attack you or people near you, what will you do? If someone draws a weapon such as a gun, are there places nearby that will provide you with shelter (such as desks, pillars, cars, etc.)? A good plan can help you avoid freezing up and becoming a stationary target.

These are all important components of situational awareness. Do you have any other situational awareness suggestions? Let us know in the comments section!

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Installing a Panic Room To Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe

A survivalist knows how to survive, but typically, the word brings to mind people in nature, working with the natural elements. However, sometimes, people are forced to endure in their own homes against criminals or those wishing to harm them. A survivalist can take a lesson from a prepper and build themselves a safe or panic room in such situations.

Understanding the Safe Room Concept

A safe room, also referred to as a panic room, is a secure place inside your home, somewhere only you have access to. The walls are typically constructed of durable material, like reinforced steel or 1-foot thick concrete. The door is usually installed with a vault-style lock.

A safe room should seal you inside, allowing no access from the exterior. In so doing, intruders cannot harm you. However, it would be best if you kept a few things in mind when designing the room.

Key Components of Every Safe Room

When not in use, the safe room can act as any other room. However, if possible, make the room comparable to the heart of the home by installing the main circuit breaker inside, ensuring criminals will not have access to the electricity. Additionally, establish a secure landline in the room so that you can communicate with the authorities. Securing a phoneline means ensuring the line is tamper-proof from the outside. You will also want video monitors installed, allowing you to watch what is happening inside and outside your home. Finally, you will need a ventilation system because you never know how long you might need to stay inside.

Personal Amenities for Survival and Comfort

With your room constructed, it is time to stock. First, consider medications, first aid, food, and water. You will need at least several doses of necessary medications because you do not know how long your stay will be. You’ll also want to keep a stocked first aid kit in the space in case of injury. When it comes to food and water, stock up with several bottles of water and non-perishable food items to last a few days at least.

Second, you will need a place to use the bathroom. A portable toilet provides a decent option, but a safe chemical treatment is essential. Additionally, stock up with moistened wipes, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.

Third, an individual or family will need options for rest and comfort. You will want to plan for seating. However, at a minimum, keep pillows and blankets in the room. Also, store a phone charger inside and have alternative light sources at the ready in case the criminals find a way to access your electricity and phone line.

Finally, keep a firearm inside your panic room in a gun safe or lockbox; make sure you store plenty of ammunition. The gun is a last resort, and you will most likely not need to use it if you follow the above suggestions. However, a firearm can be a necessary means of protection if all else fails.

Do you have any experience with panic rooms, or are you currently designing one? Leave a comment below discussing your expertise or your concerns to keep the conversation going.

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Erasing Your Digital Footprint for Safety

Erasing your digital footprint is not a quick process, and it requires subdued expectations. While it is possible to eliminate a significant portion of your online presence, true elimination is likely impossible.

Expectations and Adverse Side Effects

There is no way to completely remove yourself from the internet, especially if you had an active social media presence or maintained any form of digital communication in the past. Your information has likely been spread out far and wide with no realistic expectation of privacy. 

Despite this proclamation, removing most of your digital presence is possible, making a data leak or identity theft less likely. Unfortunately, taking the following steps will also make it challenging to communicate with potential employers.

Are you still committed to deleting as much of your footprint as possible? The following four steps will take time, but they provide your best chance for removal.

1. Delete Active and Inactive Accounts

Are you currently or were you ever active on social media platforms, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram? If so, you will want to log in to each of these platforms and close or delete your profile. Each forum will probably have its own process.

It is also vital to deactivate shopping sites, like Amazon, Macy’s, Gap, etc. Remember, deleting these accounts will probably result in the loss of any benefits or discounts, so be sure you want to eliminate your profile.

2. Eliminate Data Broker Access

Data broker sites are often the bain of internet users’ existence. These sites, such as Spokeo and Whitepages.com, gather your personal information and hand it out. Many turn over your data to advertisers for a small fee, and others give it away.

Unfortunately, the process of removing yourself from a data broker can be a bit of a nuisance. Most companies require paperwork, faxing, or some other archaic and bureaucratic process. If you do not have the time or the patience for such a process, consider subscribing to a platform like DeleteMe. These services go through the process for you and continually check back to make sure your information doesn’t pop up again.

It is worth noting that deleting yourself from data brokers could also remove you from Google search results. Without search results, it can be challenging for people to find you, which might be your point.

3. Remove Personal Information From Sites

If you want to eliminate old blogs or posts on social media, you might have to work with the webmaster directly. The problem is that these sites’ owners are under no obligation to pull or delete your posts.

If you cannot remove the information directly, you can contact the webmaster. If they ignore your requests, you can try sending a legal request to the host or owner. Typically, one-on-one communication is best.

If your digital information is related to an inaccurate or outdated Google search result, you can try Google’s URL removal tool. Essentially, the tool red flags the URL and submits it to Google servers requesting an update. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee this process will work.

4. Delete or Close Email Accounts

Deleting your email accounts should be the last step you take when attempting to delete your digital footprint. The previous steps require an email address. Once you finish those processes, you can go to your email provider and find the tab for closing or deleting your account.

The above will help eliminate your digital footprint, but it will not erase your entire online presence. Have you ever used these steps, or do you have more suggestions? Leave a comment below.

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How To Pick Your Very First Gun

You know you want a gun, but you have no idea what type of gun will best suit your purposes, right?  With so many different varieties out there, how can you possibly decide which gun should have the honor of being your “first”? While there is no single “right” gun for everyone, there are some things you can do to determine which gun is right for you. Here are some helpful tips to make the first-time gun selection process much easier.

Figure Out the Purpose for Your Gun

Before you purchase your first gun, you need to think about what its primary purpose will be. Are you buying a gun primarily for home defense or for target practicing at the gun range? Do you want a gun you can carry with you (concealed or open), or are you searching for a home-defense gun that will do the most damage to an intruder with murderous intent?

The intended purpose for your gun may not fall into a single category, and that’s OK. You may want to use it for both home defense and target shooting. But as long as you at least have an idea for how you’ll use it, you’ll be able to avoid purchasing a firearm that doesn’t meet your most important needs or expectations.

Try a Few Types

Remember how your mom always encouraged you to date a lot of girls so you get an idea of what’s out there? The same holds true when you’re gun shopping. You don’t want to make a commitment to the very first gun you hold in your hands, because you don’t know if there’s something better out there for you. Try a variety of guns. If possible, go to a gun range and test shoot multiple guns so you can see how they feel in your hands, how much recoil they have, etc. When it comes to choosing your first firearm, “playing the field” is a good thing. It will help you make a wise investment when you’re ready to commit to your first gun.

Consider Ammo Availability

As a first-time gun buyer, you may not be aware of how difficult it’s been to find ammo lately. Hopefully, everything gets back to normal soon, but it is wise to at least consider ammo availability before purchasing a gun. Though every type of ammo is more difficult to find right now than usual, there are some types of ammo that are more popular and are generally easier to find when there isn’t a general ammunition shortage. They include: .22, 9mm, .223, 12 gauge and .308. In normal conditions, if you have a gun that takes any of these ammunition types, you should be able to find the ammo you need pretty easily.

Figure Out Your Budget

Firearms can be expensive, but you can also get decent models for a reasonable price. When you’re shopping for your first gun, set a realistic budget, then look for a gun that fits within that budget.

In addition to these tips, you’ll also need to consider gun weight and size when purchasing your first firearm. If you’re still not sure what type of gun is right for you, don’t be shy about talking to a salesperson at your local gun store. He or she knows a lot about different gun models and will be able to help you select the firearm you need.

Are you an experienced gun owner who has a favorite gun you consider ideal for first-time gun buyers? Or maybe you have a few models you’d advise inexperienced gun owners to stay away from. Either way, let us know in the comments section!

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22 vs. Shotgun for Survival

The world has gone a little bit crazy lately, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll protect yourself and your family if it ever comes to that. One of the most effective survival tools available is the one government is constantly trying to take away: the firearm. Though some people seem to think they’re all equally dangerous, the truth is that some firearms are more lethal than others. And no, it generally has nothing to do with how “scary” the firearm looks.

Those who have real-world experience with guns know that the .22 and the shotgun are both highly desirable for home-defense purposes. But what about survival in general? Which one is the better choice for your overall survival needs, including staving off predators (both the human and animal varieties) and obtaining food? It turns out the answer isn’t obvious at first glance, so let’s break down the pros and cons of each gun in detail.

Range

When it comes to your survival, the shooting range of your gun is very important. In this category, the .22 is the clear winner. The average .22 long rifle is effective at 150 yards. A shotgun, on the other hand, is meant for close-range targets. The estimated effective range of the average shotgun is just 25-40 yards with birdshot, approximately 50-75 yards with smoothbore slug, and closer to 100-125 yards with a rifled slug. So, in the category of range, the .22 wins if you’re planning to shoot targets far away from you. Of course, accuracy also depends on the skills of the person doing the shooting, as well.

Weight

It’s not unusual for shotguns to weigh as much as 12 pounds, though there are lighter-weight options available. The average .22, on the other hand, weighs just 5-7 pounds fully loaded and scoped. When it comes to survival purposes, even a few pounds makes a big difference. The lighter the gun, the less energy you’ll expend lugging it around. So in terms of weight, the .22 comes out on top.

Versatility

The more versatile a gun is, the better it generally is for survival purposes. A .22 can only use one type of ammunition, while a shotgun can take a variety of ammunition options. This can make it easier for you to choose the right variety for the type of food you’re trying to take down. In terms of versatility alone, the shotgun has the upper hand.

Damage

In a real-life survival situation, you’ll probably care more about the damage your gun can inflict than how much it weighs. You’ve probably already guessed which gun is the winner when it comes to mortal damage, and it’s the shotgun. For up-close encounters, such as if a robber is trying to kill you or make off with your supplies, a shotgun is more desirable than a .22. It also requires less accuracy, which is important when your adrenaline is pumping and your arms are shaking.

You’ll also want a shotgun at your side if you encounter large predators in the wild. A shotgun will probably take down an attacking bear quicker than a .22.

The bottom line is that both of these guns are great to have for survival purposes. However, out of the four categories listed above, the .22 wins two and the shotgun wins two. We hate to decide the outcome of a tie-breaker (though we’re leaning toward the shotgun), so we want you to let us know which one you’d rather have by your side in a survival situation. Have you had to use either of these guns for self-defense? If so, how did it turn out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Our Thoughts on Carbon Fiber Firearms

Carbon fiber is a polymer that is very strong and rigid, but also impressively lightweight. Though the versatile material was invented in 1958, it has recently experienced a sharp uptick in popularity as its many potential uses and benefits are explored. Recently, the availability of carbon fiber firearms has increased. You may even know someone who’s purchased a few carbon fiber firearms for hunting and/or home defense. There are a lot of things to like about carbon fiber firearms, but do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks? Here are our thoughts on this latest firearms trend.

Benefits of Carbon Fiber Firearms

As anyone with a carbon firearm will be quick to tell you, they’re popular for a reason (for several reasons, actually). Let’s go over some of the benefits they can offer over traditional firearms.

First, a carbon fiber barrel is extremely durable when compared to its steel counterparts. While a typical steel barrel will be good for approximately 10,000 rounds (unless it’s been enhanced in some way), a carbon fiber barrel is even more effective at standing up to high heat and high pressure. That means you can likely fire more rounds through it than you could through a standard barrel. Most carbon fiber barrels are constructed with stainless steel cores with rifling. This dual-layer construction helps to maximize the strength and durability of the barrels.

Another benefit of carbon fiber barrels is that they are resistant to most chemical damage. They’re also extremely resistant to changes in temperature. These features help make carbon fiber guns immensely reliable, no matter how or where you plan to use them.

If you’re not a fan of recoil (and who is?) you’ll appreciate the fact that the rigidity of carbon fiber guns helps minimize recoil. It also dampens rifle vibration so you have an easier time controlling your weapon when firing.

Last but not least, carbon fiber barrels are exceptionally lightweight. That means you’ll have an easier time carrying your gun around and firing it. Some experienced gun owners claim that their accuracy is even better when using a carbon fiber firearm.

Drawbacks of Carbon Fiber Firearms

Now that we’ve gone over the many benefits carbon fiber firearms can offer, let’s talk about some of the potential drawbacks. Knowing the pros and cons will help you make the most educated decision when purchasing a new firearm.

Surprisingly, there is just one major drawback to purchasing a carbon fiber firearm, and that is the price. Carbon fiber is an expensive material to manufacture, and that increased price is passed on to the consumer. That means you’ll need to be prepared to pay a pretty penny to purchase a gun barrel made from carbon fiber.

However, it’s important to understand that your carbon fiber barrel will probably last longer than its steel counterparts. So even though you’ll pay more up front, you may actually save money in the long run. There is also the possibility that carbon fiber firearms may become cheaper in the future (once they are not so “new”). You may also consider saving money by simply upgrading one of your current firearm barrels to a carbon fiber barrel.

Though they consistently get great reviews by gun enthusiasts, carbon fiber guns may not be preferred by everyone. Before purchasing one, it’s wise to give one a try if you can. That way you can decide if the many benefits outweigh the initial cost for you and can avoid making a purchase decision that you’ll later regret.

How do you feel about carbon fiber firearms? Do you like them or do you prefer a standard steel barrel? Let us know in the comments section below!

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How To Navigate Online Gun Auctions

There’s no question that buying a gun online is simpler than the alternative. Plus, it’s much easier to discover unique and collectible firearms online than it is to find these rare gems in gun stores. If you purchase through an online gun auction, you can get some incredible treasures for a steal of a price.

Whether you’re an enthusiastic gun collector or you’re just getting ready to purchase your first home defense weapon, it’s important to know where to go to find high-quality firearms through online gun auctions. Here are a few things you should know about navigating online gun auctions effectively.

Take Your Time to Find the Right Bidding Service

As with all things in life, some online auction webcasting services are exceptional, while others fall short. Here are a few tips for finding the best online bidding services when you’re looking for your next firearm.

  • Make sure the bidding services provider utilizes a secure website so your purchases are protected.
  • Take time to research various bidding services to make sure they have a trustworthy history and consistently good reviews.
  • Don’t waste your time with online bidding providers that don’t bother to work with licensed auction companies. You want to make sure the auction company is licensed so you have peace of mind that your firearm is coming from a trusted source.
  • Choose a provider that provides access to auction archives. That way you can research the market value of any firearms you’re interested in placing a bid on.
  • For the best possible experience, look for a provider that offers live streaming of the auction.

The best online gun auction providers are also great at communicating. Before deciding which provider to go with, check to make sure you can speak with an auction specialist as needed to make sure you understand what’s going on and that your needs are being adequately met.

How to Bid Effectively

If you don’t know how to navigate the fast-paced world of online bidding, you’re likely to miss out on a lot of great gun-buying opportunities. Here are some tips to help you play the game like a pro, whether it’s your first time bidding or your 100th.

  • Take time to educate yourself so you make wise purchasing decisions. Don’t bid on a firearm simply because it looks cool. Spend time researching it before placing a bid to make sure it’s something you really want. Research can also reveal whether a gun seems to be authentic or if there are subtle indications it may be a counterfeit.
  • Don’t get caught off-guard by unexpected shipping and buyer’s fees. Make sure you review the terms and conditions of the online auction before you agree to them.
  • Quickly register for events so you have enough time for approvals.
  • Bid early and often if you’re serious about a particular firearm. If you’re not engaged and vigilant, you could easily miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • Keep in mind that if you get the highest bid on a gun, you’ll need to have it shipped to an FFL dealer near you. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot simply buy a gun in an online auction and have it shipped directly to you. Laws do not allow guns to be shipped to anyone without an FFL license via interstate shipment. So do your research in advance and locate an FFL dealer near you.

Once you become familiar with the process, you’ll see that bidding online is easier than you think.  It can also be a fun and exciting process that can yield great rewards in the form of cool and unique firearms you couldn’t find anywhere else.

Are you a gun collector? Let us know what kinds of tips and tricks you use to navigate online gun auctions.

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