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The Differences Between A “License To Carry” Permit And A “License For Concealed Carry” Permit And Why It Matters

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Differences Between A “License To Carry” Permit And A “License For Concealed Carry” Permit And Why It Matters

In a day and age where citizens can now carry concealed weapons, the gun control issue has become the forefront of many political debates. Some people feel that it was a right given to them by the Founding Fathers to carry a concealed weapon, but that particular interpretation of the Constitutional Amendment may not be quite accurate. Still, you can choose to exercise that privilege by taking a class for “concealed carry.” You can also take a class for a “license to carry,” which is a slightly different matter altogether. Here are the differences between these two permits/licenses and why it matters. License to Carry A “license to carry” is that piece of paper you apply for that states you can and are able to own, carry and use a firearm. You can acquire this license one of three ways: By being in law enforcement By taking a gun safety class and passing a criminal background check By applying for the license and waiting the required time in your state to buy a gun (this may be in lieu of a criminal background check or in addition to it, depending on the state in which you reside) Once you have acquired your license to carry, you can show this to any gun seller and make a purchase of one or more guns. Without the license to carry, you cannot legally purchase or use firearms. The license to carry is not the same as a “concealed carry” permit, and cannot be used in place of this permit when you are carrying firearms on your person or in your vehicle. The “Concealed Carry” License/Permit This document may be an actual license in some states and just a permit in others. When it is a license, you are usually required to take a complete course on carrying concealed weapons before you are given the license. As a permit, you may not have to take a course beyond gun safety, something which you may have already taken to get your license to carry. The “concealed carry” license/permit allows you to carry at least one firearm on your person or in your vehicle that is hidden from view. This document is in addition to and separate from your license to carry. If you encounter police officers, you may have to announce that you are carrying and then show them your permit/license so they do not shoot you. Typically, you do not have to announce that you have a weapon in your vehicle that is unseen, nor do you have to allow a police officer to search your vehicle. The concealed carry license/permit has some other restrictions you will need to follow in order to continue carrying this piece of paper and an unseen firearm on your person. Contact a business, such as 4HrLTC.COM, for more...

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Fencing Footwork Begins With A Fundamental Stance

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fencing Footwork Begins With A Fundamental Stance

Every beginner fencer needs to focus his or her concentration on learning the most important aspect of fencing: the stance. Everything in fencing begins with a proper stance. Without a good foundation, you will soon find that you are vulnerable to your opponent, plus unable to successfully attack your opponent’s weaknesses when you notice an opening. A poor stance will also make it very difficult for the beginner fencer to correct any mistakes. The fencing stance begins with what is termed the on-guard stance. This is the initial foot position from which every move in fencing begins. Rear Foot To set the on-guard beginning stance, the fencer should take the foot that is opposite their handedness and establish that firmly as the rear foot. The foot should be turned perpendicular the center of the body and your opponent. While this foot needs to be established as a firm base, you will also need to practice adjusting this foot as you lunge and retreat away from your opponent. A beginner should start with this back foot, bending slightly at the knee, repeating slight dips backward and forward in a rocking motion. The Lead Foot The lead foot is positioned with your toes facing your opponent and is the same foot as the hand you will use. This foot moves more than the back foot in fencing, because sometimes you will only lunge and not retreat. Often the lunging maneuvers will be necessary to score points, or keep your opponent on his guard, but if your opponent does not change his position, you can leave your rear foot still. You will need to practice the basics of the advance and the retreat hundreds of times before you begin to get comfortable with the weight balance on your lead foot. Upper Body & Torso The last part of the basic fencing stance involves the upper body and also needs to be practiced. While the upper torso and the head of fencer do not move much, their positioning is important. You are going to want to keep your back as straight as possible at all times, and your head perfectly above your shoulders. Since the lunging with your lead arm is how you will successfully score against your opponent, any tilt or bend to your back and torso will require you to waste time with compensating movements. This will leave you immediately vulnerable to an attack. Once, as a beginner fencer, you have an established basic stance and can perform these standard steps with perfection, you will easily be able to learn the more intricate moves of an expert fencer. Find a full size mirror in a room with enough space to make at least 5 to 10 approach attacks and retreats, watching how your feet move. With some dedicated practice you will be able to establish the most important part of fencing for the beginner – a good stance.  It’s also crucial to have the right clothing as you practice so your body can get used to the range of movement. Contact a store like Fencing Armor for more...

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4 Bachelor Party Ideas for Boat Owners

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Bachelor Party Ideas for Boat Owners

A guy’s last weekend as a bachelor should feature all of his favorite hobbies and pastimes, and this is especially true for boat owners. What many bachelors don’t realize, however, is just how many options there are for boating-based bachelor parties. If you spend all your time on the weekends out on your boat, then why should your bachelor party be any different? Here are four ideas for a seaworthy bachelor party that are perfect for any boat owner.  Dockside Gatherings Many boat owners will compare their native dock to a local bar in that everybody’s friendly and the regulars are a tight-knit crew. Therefore, even having a traditional bachelor’s party on your boat while it’s docked can be a fun way to shake things up from the typical bar crawl, and maybe even include some people from the dock that you might not otherwise get to hang out with.  Shallow Water Fishing This one is perfect for owners of smaller boats or center console models that are well suited to this type of fishing. Shallow water fishing can be far less stressful than deep sea fishing, simply because you don’t have to deal with the peril of being caught in a major storm or the drudgery of making it to an offshore fishing spot. If you’re really up for something new, then shallow water bow fishing is another option to up the ante. Just make sure to keep the beer drinkers and bow fishers in two separate categories. If your boat needs a tune up before the big weekend, consider taking it to a local servicing specialist, such as Boater’s Landing. Cigar Tasting No bachelor party or wedding weekend is complete without a good cigar or two, and if you and your friends are aficionados, then a cigar tasting is a fun way to explore new flavors with your buddies on a relaxing night out on the boat. Boats are well suited for this activity because you won’t be imbuing your home, car, or neighbor’s noses with what they might consider an unpleasant scent.  Offshore Cookouts Sure, a backyard cookout is a classic way to enjoy your last few nights as a bachelor, but to take this idea a step further, heading to a small offshore island for grilling and yard games is just the ticket for many. To combine this idea with fishing, nothing beats a traditional shore lunch of freshly caught fish served up fresh on a portable grill. Even if you don’t want to anchor at an island or sand bar, picking up a gunnel-mounted grill can keep all of the fun offshore for a floating...

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The Art Of Gun Stock Checkering Explained

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Art Of Gun Stock Checkering Explained

Few stock modifications add as much to your gun as a checkered pattern, which pays dividends functionally and aesthetically. This ancient art lets you grip your gun better in wet weather and gives it a sharp, modern look. Whether you need to refresh the checkering on an older gun or if you want to add it de novo on your own firearm, knowing the basics of this intriguing craft will serve you well whether you want to do the job yourself or ask a master gunsmith for a very specific pattern.  Tools of the Trade While many beginners may think that this simple task can be done with a pocket knife and a free afternoon, the fact is that, just like many other subsets of woodworking, checkering uses very unique and specialized tools to get that classic grip. Actual checkering tools come in single and double edged versions, and you’ll need both for hand checkering. Other essentials are the checkering cradle and a vise to hold your work steady.  While It May Look Random, There Are Rules Complex checkering patterns might just look like a series of very small cuts that happen to make up an array, but the truth of the matter is that these cuts are very carefully planned out in three dimensions. On the surface, the larger diamond pattern that makes up a checkering pattern is typically made by lines that intersect at 33 degree angles, but you can increase or decrease the specific angles based on personal preference. Another specific factor to keep in mind is that those beginning checkering should start out with checkering tools that cut 20-22 lines per inch, since this size will let you correct your errors fairly easily.  Why Should I Checker My Gun Stock? Checkering your gun stock not only makes your gun much easier to grip and hold steady, but it also can breathe new life into an older gun without checkering or where the checkering has faded with age. Checkering is a common part of any gun restoration and will be sharp and clear on very valuable guns. Another reason to consider having some checkering done on your existing gun is that it can completely change the look of your gun since there are simply so many specific styles of checkering for different types of guns. A skip line pattern, for example, can invoke Scottish tartan patterns of old and breathe new life into an otherwise unremarkable firearm.  For more information, contact Lock’s Philadelphia Gun Exchange or a similar...

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3 Tips For Successful Inverted Poses

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Successful Inverted Poses

For many people new to yoga, inverted poses can be difficult to master. Not only do they require strength and balance, but it also takes a bit of courage to flip yourself over and balance on your head, hands, or upper back. It is important to recognize your hesitance regarding inverted poses and to create a plan to work up to the poses that you want to master. Here are three tips to make inverted poses easier.  Work Up To Each Pose  While each yoga pose has unique physical benefits, it is often the process of getting into a pose and building your strength, awareness, and confidence that you will most benefit from. Instead of simply throwing yourself into new inverted poses, you should ask your instructor for a series that you can practice to build up to the poses you want to achieve. Your instructor may give you a series of poses to practice at home and they will also likely offer a few ways to modify poses during your class, such as using a partner or a wall for added security or staying in dolphin pose while your classmates rest in a handstand.  Increase Flexibility  The success of sustaining inverted poses depends heavily on your balance and upper body strength. However, getting into and out of inverted poses can be made easier if you concentrate on increasing your flexibility, especially in your hamstrings. With greater flexibility, you can ease yourself into poses instead of hopping or jumping from one position into your inverted pose. This can make it easier for you to adjust your balance and concentrate on slow, controlled movements.  Develop Deeper Understanding of Your Muscular and Skeletal Structure  While strength is important, understanding how your skeletal structure supports your muscular system can allow you to make adjustments in your posture that will take away some of the strain that you may feel in inverted poses. This will allow you to relax into a pose and maintain it for a longer period of time than you would be able to if you depend solely on your strength to achieve the pose. Consider studying basic anatomy outside of class and paying attention to the way postural changes affect other poses in order to apply the information to your inverted poses.  If you feel ready to try inverted poses but are not sure exactly how to add them into your practice, consult with your instructor for some hints and tips. If you’d like to find out more about various body strengthening techniques, visit a variety of disciplines, including schools like Olson’s Martial Arts...

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Keeping Your Kids Interested In Golf

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Kids Interested In Golf

Golf is unlike almost any other sport. It is a long game and requires a good bit of practice if you want to get your score down. Unfortunately, kids can be quick at losing concentration in the middle of a golf game. Playing 18 holes of golf can be difficult on any kid. However, there are so many benefits to kids playing golf including burning calories, learning positive competitive behaviors, and developing critical thinking skills. One study even showed that golfers could burn up to 721 calories by walking and carrying their own clubs. If you have tried to get your kids involved in playing golf and they still aren’t showing any interest, here are some tips to help. Reduce Their Frustration It can be frustrating to line up your ball at the tee only to know you have to make it travel a good 300 yards. This seems like such a big feat for a child. Instead of requiring them to do something that is geared more towards adults, you could help eliminate their frustration by moving their ball up a good 150 yards. By moving the ball and allowing them to drive it much closer to the hole, they are still learning about the game and practicing their skills. This puts it more in range with what they are capable of until they improve their skills further.  Start Slow Not every golf course is best for kids to play on. You want to check out what the course looks like and how many hazards it has around each hole. There are par threes located all over the country. Par threes are much shorter and make it easier for kids who are still learning the game. Before hitting a major course, you may want to try playing a par three with your child until they are comfortable on the golf course. You can also try taking them to the local driving range and letting them practice their different strokes. They should have the opportunity to try putting, driving, and chipping.  Create Small Goals When you feel like you have unattainable goals, it is much harder to concentrate on the individual stroke. When helping your child, you want to focus on each stroke separately. For example, if they have a long putt, then you may want to have them try and break the distance in half. This will help them learn how to control their putting and also avoid over doing it so that the ball goes beyond the hole.  If you’re unsure, consider contacting a local golf course, such as Chaska Town Course, to discuss kid friendly approaches to their...

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Three Types Of Boat Lift Canopies And What You Can Expect From Each

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types Of Boat Lift Canopies And What You Can Expect From Each

When you dock your boat on a boat lift, you want to be sure that your boat will stay dry and be reasonably protected from the environment. Unlike docks themselves, which can be constructed from multiple materials, most lifts are constructed of one or two specific materials, and the canopies overhead are only made of three different materials. Here are the three types of boat lift canopies and what benefits each provides to your boat. Canvas Canvas canopies are similar in thickness, color, design and structure to the canopies used on pontoon boats. They are rectangular in shape, may or may not have a decorative fringe, and are generally stretched out over the tops of the boat lifts. Canvas canopies can be treated with a waterproof agent that repels rain and will not allow the rain to seep through and soak the interior of your boat while it is lifted. If rains are especially heavy, the rain may pool on top of the boat lift canopy and cause it to sag, but it should still be resilient enough to keep your boat drier than it would be without a boat lift canopy. Sloped Wood Some boat lifts are constructed from rustic knotty pine and split rails to make them look more “wilderness-like”. If that is the case with your boat lift, you probably have a sloped wood roof as your boat canopy. As long as you keep the logs tarred with pine and keep the cracks filled, your sloped wood boat lift canopy will prove even more durable and resilient than a canvas canopy treated with a water repellant. It is comparable to having your very own wooden “boat garage.” Steel or Aluminum These two metals are probably the most common type of canopy material because they are cheaper to buy and cheaper to maintain. They can be flat with channels that help the rain move off their edges, or they can be sloped, like the sloped wood canopy. Either way, you do not have to wash them, polish them, pitch and tar them or shake them out after a storm; and both steel and aluminum canopies can be ordered with your steel/aluminum boat lift or added later as an accessory. The extra benefit is that they never look out of place on a steel or aluminum boat lift. (Steel will outlast aluminum, but either material makes the best boat lift canopy money can buy.) For professional boat lift covers, contact a company such as Waterway Boat Lift...

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How To Make Your Child’s First Duck Hunting Trip A Success

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Child’s First Duck Hunting Trip A Success

Getting your child excited about hunting is all about their first experience. If your child is new to duck hunting, you want to do everything you can to ensure a successful hunt. Here are ways you can make their first duck hunting trip memorable and adventurous. Hunt during migration Migrating waterfowl are always on the lookout to strengthen their numbers, so migration season is the best time period to hunt ducks. Your decoys and aggressive duck calling will be much more successful as flocks fly overhead, since ducks will be interested in congregating with new waterfowl. Check your hunting season’s open days for duck hunting and keep an eye on your weather reports–ducks often begin migrating within a few days of the season’s first cold front. If you time your child’s first hunt just right, you should be able to call in many migrating birds for a successful hunt. Consider a guided hunt If you or your child are brand new to the world of duck hunting and don’t know where to start, consider a guided duck hunting tour. A guide will take you to prime duck nesting and migrating locations and show you the best way to lead the waterfowl for successful aiming. Once your child has bagged their first duck of the season, they will be more likely to want to continue duck hunting in the future. Pick duck recipes Everyone knows the key to a successful hunt lies in proper use of the animal that has been taken. Pick recipes you would like to try with your child once they have bagged their first duck. You can smoke duck jerky, cook a duck similar to a goose, or even place duck in a stew for a unique dining experience. Buy the supplies you need to cook any ducks you bring home before your hunting trip to help boost confidence in your child. If your child knows that they get to help prepare a meal with the duck they bag, they may be more ambitious about their first hunting adventure. Success with duck hunting lies in knowing the proper times to hunt, having great recipes on-hand to prepare fresh birds, and using the assistance of a guided duck hunt if you don’t know where to start. If your child has a great experience with their first duck hunting adventure, they will be more likely to want to continue hunting waterfowl in the future. Use these tips to make your child’s first duck hunting trip a great...

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3 Tips For Planning A Whale Watching Tour In Hawaii

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Planning A Whale Watching Tour In Hawaii

Relaxing on the beach or pampering yourself in a resort are both fun ways to spend a vacation in Hawaii. But if you want more out of your trip than a suntan, then a whale watching tour is a fun, educational, and unique way to spend some of your time in Hawaii. The key to making sure that you have a great time and see plenty of whales is to do some planning before you go. Here are a few tips that can help you create the perfect whale watching experience in Hawaii. Go at the Right Time You can find humpback whales off of Hawaii’s shores between December and May, which means that a whale watching tour won’t make a great summer trip. Instead, plan to go whale watching in January to celebrate the New Year, or in March or April to kick off the spring season. Choose the Right Boat If you have children, you should definitely pick a larger tour boat so that there will be railings. A whale sighting can cause a lot of commotion on deck all at once, and you don’t want to lose anyone overboard. You should also choose a tour operator that guarantees whale sightings – this lets you know that they know exactly where to look for the whales. Don’t waste a day on a tour that’s not a sure thing. Look for a company that respects the laws that have been put in place to protect the whales, such as staying at least 100 yards away from the whales at all times. Make sure you ask the tour operator about their policies to protect the whales you’ll be watching. Bring the Right Gear There are a few things that you’ll definitely need to bring along with you on the tour. You’ll need sunscreen to protect your skin, and you should also bring a jacket – depending on the conditions of the ocean, the air may be unexpectedly chilly once you’re out deep enough to see the whales. Check to see if the tour offers food and beverages on board; if not, you’ll need to pack your own. Bring plenty of water so that you stay hydrated. If you’re prone to seasickness, or if you’re not sure whether you’re prone to seasickness, bring a seasickness remedy just in case. You should bring a pair of binoculars to help you get a closer look at the marine mammals. Whether or not you bring a camera is up to you. Some whale watchers find that the whales move too quickly to be captured by an amateur with a camera, and stopping to aim and focus a camera can cause you to miss a glimpse of the whales entirely. On the other hand, you may wish that you’d had a camera if you don’t bring one and the perfect shot opportunity presents itself. It’s also not a bad idea to spend a little time studying the behaviors of whales before you go. That way, you can have some fun identifying the behaviors when you get to see the whales up close. Some of these tips will apply no matter where you do your whale watching. For more tips, contact whale watching companies like Orca Enterprises...

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New To Camping? Prevent Mishaps With These Careful Planning Tips

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spending a few days in the company of nature can be an excellent way to unplug from a high stress lifestyle and force your family to put down their smartphones. Even better, a camping trip can be just as much fun as the typical beach resort or ski lodge vacation and much more economical. Camping trips often involve remote locations where it is inconvenient or even impossible to replace forgotten items or get assistance. Because of this, it is important to make careful plans and preparations before you go to ensure that your family remembers every camping trip as a truly great adventure. Create an Emergency Box Even the most well planned camping trip can go awry. The trick to handling these little emergencies without ruining the fun is to have a few versatile supplies in your camping gear that can be used in a number of ways. To assemble this emergency box, you will need a compact, water-resistant container, such as a five-gallon bucket with a snap on lid or a durable, plastic tote box big enough to hold the following items: An extra flashlight and spare batteries An extra supply of waterproof matches Tarps to use for shelter during storms, barriers under tents or to solve the problem of a leaking tent A recent map of the area where you will be camping Basic first-aid supplies for emergency use A roll of duct-tape to seal a leaking radiator hose, patch tents and secure loose items A tube of super-strength glue and poly patches to patch inflatable mattresses and rafts A compact, manual or battery operated air pump (with extra batteries) to inflate mattresses, rafts and toys Rope or cord to lash items together, create a camp clothesline or make a pet leash An amount of cash that could be used to purchase a tank of gas, food or other needs in a situation where credit cards cannot be used A pocket or folding knife, preferably one with extra tools, such as a saw blade, screwdriver and bottle opener A spare manual can opener, in case the main one in your camping gear is lost or broken Water purification tablets to ensure a supply of potable water in primitive conditions Protein bars or other high-energy foods that could be used for nutrition in an emergency An emergency roll or two of toilet paper, just in case your main supply gets rained on When packed carefully, these items will all fit into your emergency bucket or tote. Remember that these items are not meant to replace your normal camping supplies. Instead, this container should be inventoried and freshly restocked before each camping trip, as a backup supply for emergency use. Verify Your Vehicle’s Safety before You Head Out In addition to packing an emergency box, you will need to make sure that the vehicle you will be pulling your camper with is ready for the stress of hauling a heavy camping trailer and traveling on rough or hilly roads. Start by having the oil changed and checking fluid levels and the condition of the belts, tires and brakes. Next, make sure that your vehicle’s trailer hitch is in good condition and rated for the weight of your camping trailer, including the weight of the supplies and equipment. If your...

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