As I start my search for a home here in Ontario (not likely until spring, but we’re looking a bit now), I find myself pondering how to best secure it, whether home or not, as well as how to protect the family if someone does break in.
Obviously, here in Canada we are not allowed to protect ourselves. The government and police would prefer that we just exit our house if we suspect that there is an intruder. And if that fails, just give up and allow ourselves to the raped and murdered.
But for the non-sheeple out there, some of the following videos I found informative 😉
Home Defense Tips:
Shotgun for Home Defense:
I’m not sold on using a rifle in your house, but it’s always worth watching James Yeager’s videos:
Sootch00 always has helpful insights and gear. This is his “Intruder Bag”
My thoughts on the Canadian (Restricted) Firearms Safety Course
I recently completed the education course required to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) from the RCMP. Non-restricted and restricted firearms are handled separately here in Canada, and you must complete a second course to apply for your Restricted or RPAL. If offered to you, it is well worth doing your CRFSC – restricted firearms safety course – at the same time as your CFSC.
The course that I attended took place over three evenings after work. Each session was four hours long. This method I highly recommend, since four hours is not too long or too much material for one sitting. I took my course through Silvercore Advanced Training Systems and I highly recommend checking them out if you are in Vancouver, the lower mainland BC, or Vancouver Island.
I just recently brought home my newest acquisition and couldn’t be more pleased. I purchased my 9mm Jericho 941 from Wanstall’s in Maple Ridge and was thoroughly satisfied with their service and helpful advice. I have to admit that their store is addictive for me and I’d soon be broke and divorced if I spent anymore time and money there than I do now. Nothing like getting up close and personal with all kinds of awesome hardware!
Anyway, pics are where it’s at so, I’ve included a few. One of my favorite things about the Jericho 941 RPL or full sized model is the large, molded grip. I have larger mitts I guess and I like the bottom of the grip on a handgun to come to at least the bottom of my hand or slightly past; which the RPL model does.
For a first firearm, you must compare the Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870.
In the USA it is easy for people to buy handguns, so they often do for their first gun. Plus they are able to carry it with them if they are in the right state and have the correct permit. But in Canada, pistols and revolvers are more difficult to get. So your first gun should likely be a shotgun.
For my first firearm, I will likely be getting a Mossberg 500, Mossberg 590 (HD military verison of the 500), or a Remington 870. These are such versatile weapons, allowing you to hunt and protect your home from intruders. Load in a 1 oz slug and you can take down a deer. Bird shot will take down birds. Buck shot will take down medium game and two legged rats (i.e. home intruders). Finally, you can have a heck of a lot of fun shooting targets or skeet with a shotgun.
The following videos will help you to decide the eternal battle of Mossberg 500 vs Remington 870. But a couple of the points that I noted were:
The programs & web applets I use for computer privacy
Between hackers, competitors, nosy kids, and nosier NSA agents, computer privacy is a very hot topic. Well in Canada we have to also watch out for the nosiness of the CSIS, CSEC, and I’m sure that the CRTC wants to make sure we’re not using any naughty language.
Here are programs that I use or am looking into for my own computer privacy:
Spend a few hours at your local indoor shooting range
You can only learn so much from YouTube, movies, video games, and websites. This is especially true when it comes to firearms. When learning to fire guns and rifles, nothing can replace experience and professional instruction. Putting rounds downrange with your own finger on the trigger is the best way to learn – then supplement with books, online courses, and even quality YouTube Channels.
This past weekend I decided to head off to the indoor shooting range in our city. This gave me the opportunity to get familiar with and try out various handguns, shotguns, and even some carbines. Whether you are just getting started with shooting and aren’t sure it’s for you, or maybe you are just trying to decide between a few different weapons for your next purchase – a trip to a gun range is likely the right move for you. Continue reading →