Knight Owl Survival Store Blog

  • Are You Looking for a New Gun Safe?

    Are You in the Market for a Gun Safe?

    Gun Safes on Display

    Well, if you are, and if you are anything like me, you'll probably want to do some serious research into what are the good, the better, and the best gun safes available.

    And you'll want to determine which type(s) of gun safes will be the best solution for you. There are so many styles of safes for so many types of applications that it only makes good sense to spend some time learning all you can, before you make a substantial investment.

    I have recently come across a highly informative website that may help you with your research and education. Check out Gun Safe Tips.

    Gun Safe Tips is a blog about safes specifically designed to safely store firearms.

    You'll find just about anything you need to know about gun safes, from brand comparisons to how to pick the best safe for your needs, how to maintain it, and how to solve most common problems with it.

    So head over to Gun Safe Tips and start your research on finding the absolute best gun safe for your needs.

  • Review: Legacy Premium Foods Enchilada Beans & Rice

    A Quick Review of Legacy Premium Foods Enchilada Beans & Rice

  • Farming Practices -- What Does the Label Mean??

    So Many Labels ... So Many Words

    What Does It All Mean?

    If you've ever been to the grocery store – and I'm gonna assume that you have – you've probably noticed a plethora of terms used on labels that describe the product as being 'natural' or 'organic' or 'non-GMO.'

    In an effort to help you understand what some of these phrases actually mean, we've compiled a short list of the more common phrases that producers, packers and advertising bigwigs use to entice you to get excited about their products.

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  • 1911 Pistol Animations

    How Does Your 1911 Pistol Work?

    Understanding how your 1911 Pistol works is a fundamental step toward the mastery of this fine weapon.

    So here we offer a couple of animations that help explain the 'magic' behind John Moses Browning's beloved handgun design. These videos show the internal operations of the 1911 Pistol.

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  • Some Thoughts on Firearms Training

    Some Thoughts on Firearms Training

    And a Brief History

    I first got involved with firearms, firearms training, concealed carry and self-defense at the end of the last century. Haha, that sounds funny; I guess it was 1998 or 1999. At the time, I lived in Colorado, (and I still do).  Back then however, Colorado was considered a "may-issue" state.

    That means that state law was silent on the issuance of permits to allow ordinary citizens to carry concealed weapons. It was up to the individual sheriff of each county to 1) decide if they wanted to allow residents to legally carry concealed weapons, and 2) if so, what the requirements to qualify would be.

    At that time, most county sheriffs in Colorado simply chose not to issue CCW permits to common citizens (subjects).

    Like many other states, Colorado has since become a "shall-issue" state, which means that every County Sheriff MUST issue a CCW to qualified residents of that county, and the state has dictated what those qualifications (and maximum costs) are.  This is a good thing, because no individual sheriff can deny a qualified citizen the legal right to carry a concealed weapon.

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  • State & Local Stun Gun Laws [Rev 2019]

    Restricted Items Information ~ Stun Gun Laws

    State & Local Stun Gun Laws

    (Updated January, 2019)

    We know that State & Local Stun Gun Laws can be confusing, and sometimes even contradictory. Furthermore, those laws are frequently changed, amended, or sometimes (more & more frequently) repealed.

    As a matter of fact, we've recently seen several states and local jurisdictions abolish their restrictions on stunning devices.

    To help you sort through this quagmire, we have compiled below a listing of states that currently have in effect any significant restrictions on the purchase, possession and carrying of stunning devices.

    Although we believe our information is current at the time of this writing, it is beyond our scope to ensure that this summary of stun gun laws is completely accurate or up-to-date. As such, we make no claims whatsoever regarding the accuracy, currency, or applicability of these codes and statutes to your specific jurisdiction.

    Please understand that this information is presented as a guideline only; it is up to you, the purchaser, to ultimately determine the legality of your purchase and usage of any item in accordance with State and Local Statutes.

    We do not agree with any legislation that infringes on a person's right to self-protection, by whatever means he or she feels most comfortable with. In fact, we adamantly oppose most, if not all, such legislation. Unfortunately, we are required to abide by these restrictions, however inane they may be.

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  • Streetwise Stun Guns FAQ

    Streetwise Stun Guns ~ Frequently Asked Questions

    Streetwise Stun Guns ... What Are They ... How Do They Work?

    Streetwise Stun Guns are an excellent means of self-defense; first as a deterrent and, if need be, they can disable an attacker temporarily by delivering a non-lethal, high-voltage electric shock.

    Just test firing one of them into the air is often enough to stop an attack or aggressive activity.

    As the bright electric current pulsates between the test prongs it creates an intimidating electrical sight and sound. An attacker with any sense at all will stop in his tracks.

    If the sight and sound doesn't stop him a jolt from the unit certainly will!

    Simply touching him with the device will deliver a high voltage shock causing loss of balance and muscle control, confusion, and disorientation – bringing him to his knees and making him incapable of further aggressive activity. Full recovery takes about five to ten minutes. There is no permanent harm.

    Here is an actual quote from Sgt. Robert Williams who had to use one of our stun guns while working for VPS Security Company in California: "I would like to say what a well made product it is. It enabled me to take down 2 people safely and without any injury. This deterred the crowd that they were with until the police arrived."

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  • State & Local Pepper Spray Laws

    Restricted Items Information ~ Pepper Spray Laws

    Pepper Spray Laws by State (Updated October, 2017)

    We know that State & Local Pepper Spray Laws can be confusing, and sometimes even contradictory. Furthermore, those laws are frequently changed, amended, or (sometimes) abolished. As a result, keeping current on your local laws can be overwhelming.

    To help you sort through the various state statutes, we have compiled below a summary of each state's laws on the possession and use of non-lethal aerosol weapons.

    The information was obtained from letters sent to each State Attorney General, requesting information on current state laws regarding chemical aerosol sprays used for self-defense.

    The following summary reflects the various laws on the sale and use of non-lethal spray weapons. In no way should this be regarded as the final word on the legal status of said laws.

    This report is not intended to take place of legal counsel nor should it be looked at as being any form of legal advice. Please check with your local authorities to obtain the latest information, as our politicians and bureaucrats have a tendency to change laws from one day to the next.

    Remember that Federal law prohibits the carrying of any type of chemical weapon on commercial aircraft, in federal buildings, prisons, and courts.

    We do not agree with any legislation that infringes on a person's right to self-protection, by whatever means he or she feels most comfortable with. In fact, we adamantly oppose most, if not all, such legislation. Unfortunately, we are required to abide by these restrictions, however inane they may be.

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  • Streetwise Pepper Spray FAQ

    Streetwise Pepper Spray FAQ

    What Is Pepper Spray?

    Our Streetwise Pepper Spray is a top selling brand of pepper spray. Pepper spray is generic name for a family of defense sprays which are, essentially, non-lethal chemical compounds that cause immediate and extreme inflammation when sprayed at an attacker, especially when aimed at the eyes and face.

    These inflammatory properties make pepper spray an ideal tool for personal self-defense, as well as crowd control and riot suppression.

    The primary ingredient in pepper spray is Oleoresin Capsicum (OC). This is also the chemical that makes chili peppers hot.

    Commercially available Pepper Spray is typically a combination of capsaicin, water, propylene glycol, and nitrogen or some other gas used as a propellant. Pepper spray is not always based on naturally occurring capsaicin. Some types of pepper sprays are made using synthetic substitutes of oleoresin capsicum..

    Regardless of the method used to produce it, when properly used, pepper spray has proven to be extremely effective as a self-defense tool and for crowd control and riot prevention.

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  • Expandable Baton Laws

    Restricted Items Information ~ Expandable Batons

    Federal, State & Local Laws – Batons

    To the best of our knowledge, at present there are no Federal restrictions on the purchase or possession of batons, expandable or otherwise.

    However, we cannot positively assert that claim as accurate. Nor can we speak to any State or Local statutes that may impact the sale or possession of batons.

    Therefore, we must state that it is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that the purchase and/or possession of any of our self defense products is in compliance with any and all State and/or Local regulations.

    We do not agree with any legislation that infringes on a person's right to self-protection, by whatever means he or she feels most comfortable with. In fact, we adamantly oppose most, if not all, such legislation. Unfortunately, we are required to abide by these restrictions, however inane they may be.

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  • Surveillance Gear Laws

    Federal, State & Local Laws – Recording Devices

    We know that Federal, State & Local codes and statutes can be confusing, and sometimes even contradictory. Furthermore, those laws are frequently changed, amended, or sometimes even repealed.

    Therefore, we must state that it is the sole responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that the purchase and/or possession of any of our surveillance products is in compliance with any and all Federal, State and/or Local regulations.

    Given the aforementioned disclaimer(s), we will offer the following as a very general guideline concerning the purchase, ownership and use of covert surveillance equipment:

    • In most states, hidden video surveillance is legal, so long as it is not done in an area where reasonable privacy is expected. These areas include, but are not limited to, bathrooms, bedrooms and dressing rooms.
    • In most states video surveillance does not require the consent of the parties involved.
    • In some states, the use of audio recording or surveillance requires the consent of at least one, and sometimes all, of the parties involved.
    • There also may be various State or Local Laws regulating the use, and possession, of some types of audio surveillance equipment.
    • We recommend that you check all Federal, State and Local Laws regarding the use of video cameras with or without audio.
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  • True Story of an Unintentional Shooting

    Too Close to Home: The Tragic Tale of an Unintentional Shooting

    This is the true story of one of my handgun students who was involved in an unintentional shooting. He accidentally shot his brother in the leg with a rifle.

    I heard about this incident several months after it had occurred, and sent an email to the shooter, let's call him JC. He had graduated from of one of my handgun training classes a few years before this event took place.

    He replied to my email with the details of the incident, and offered his gracious permission for me to publish his story.

    As he describes, there were several factors which culminated in this tragedy. Remove any one of them, and this unintentional shooting would not have happened.

    Here is his story, as he described it in an email he sent to me.

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  • Self-Defense Training

    The Right Self-Defense Training & Gear
    Might Just Save Your Life

    When Seconds Count
    And Help Is Minutes Away

    Self-Defense Training and  Bad Guy w/ Knife

    The Right Gear & Training
    Might Just Save Your Life.

    'Chances Are'
    This Will Never Happen to You

    You'll Probably Never Find Yourself Face To Face with an Armed Attacker Who Is Intent on Doing You Harm

    But If It Ever Does

    That Is Not the Time to Be Thinking:
    "I Can't Believe This Is Happening And I Don't Know What To Do"

    Now Is the Time

    For You, Your Family and Your Loved Ones to Get the Tools and the Self-Defense Training That You Can Use to Survive a Deadly Encounter

    Be Prepared ~ Have A Plan ~ Your Life Could Depend On It

    Refuse to Be a Victim!

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  • Color Codes of the Combat Mindset

    "I Can't Believe This Is Happening ... And I Don't Know What To Do!"

    Apparently, whoever said that didn't have a plan. What's worse, they didn't even know that they didn't have a plan.  Because they never thought that they’d need a plan ... for this!

    Whatever THIS is, it took them completely by surprise.

    We often forget that even really good people in really good neighborhoods living really good lives, can be confronted with really really bad things.

    Through no fault or design of their own. Pardon my sounding glib, but life happens. And life includes all sorts of ... stuff.

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  • GMO-Free Foods: What Does It Really Mean?

    GMO-Free Foods: What Does It Really Mean?

    For a food to be certified "GMO-Free," the suppliers must be able to certify that their ingredients do not contain more than 0.9% GMO.

    This means the supplier must prove that farmers planted non-GMO seeds, and prevented pollen or other contaminants from neighboring fields from drifting onto their fields. And that they stored and transported the crop separately from GMO crops. And that the separation between GMO and non-GMO crops was maintained throughout all phases of processing, right up to the finished product.

    Legacy Foods has established a series of procedures that they employ in order to assure their customers that their foods are GMO-Free. Additionally, Legacy has partnered with Honeyville Foods, who is now the sole supplier of Legacy Foods products.

    Honeyville has over 60 years in the food industry, and currently has facilities located in Salt Lake City and Honeyville, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Cincinnati, Ohio. Their facilities are among the highest-rated in the country, with SQF Level 2 (NSF) certifications, and third-party certifications in non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, halal, and organic products.

    The partnership between Legacy and Honeyville further ensures that all Legacy Food products maintain the highest quality standards as well as their GMO-Free certifications.

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  • Function and Safety Checks for a 1911 Pistol

    Function and Safety Checks for a 1911 Pistol

    Be Sure Your Firearm Is Functioning Properly and Safely.

    Perform these Function and Safety Checks for a 1911 Pistol after every cleaning, or partial disassembly of the gun. You can also use them when evaluating a pistol for purchase. These are excellent tests to check the condition of a used 1911 prior to purchasing it.

    Generally, if a firearm that I'm considering buying fails any of these tests, I would pass on that particular gun. That's not a hard-and-fast rule, but unless the gun was of such value that it was worth the time, effort and expense of an immediate trip to a qualified gunsmith, I would look at other guns.

    Before performing these or any other tests, please ensure that your gun is UNLOADED, and that the gun is ALWAYS pointed in a safe direction.
    And, by the way, you do NOT keep ammo near by when you clean or disassemble your guns, right? RIGHT? Right.

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  • Five-Count vs Four-Count Drawstroke

    A quick look at the classic Five-Count Drawstroke,
    and why I have come to prefer a Four-Count Drawstroke.

    I'm not saying that the four-count drawstroke is necessarily better than the five-count. However, I will say that personally, I have come to prefer it.

    As shown in the video, the four-count drawstroke allows you to acquire a firing position almost immediately after your firearm clears the holster. Simply pivot your weapon so the muzzle is facing forward, and you're in a one-handing firing position. This is similar to the "Speed-Rock" one-hand shooting technique.

    The four-count drawstroke also raises the "smack" position (where your firing hand meets your support hand) to your mid- to upper chest area. In my opinion, this is a significant improvement because your two-handed grip is now close to eye level, which allows you to attain your sight picture almost immediately.

    I'm sure that some folks will still prefer the classic five-count drawstroke. However, I would urge any serious shooter to at least give the four-count drawstroke some thought. Experiment with it for a while, and then see which one works best for you.

  • Five Modes of Carrying a 1911 Pistol

    Five Modes of Carrying a 1911 Pistol

    The Five Conditions of Readiness

    Let's define the five readiness conditions that a 1911-style pistol can potentially be in. These can also be termed the five modes of carrying a 1911 pistol.

    The late Col. Jeff Cooper, father of the Modern Technique of the Pistol, described the five modes of carrying a 1911 pistol using the terms "Condition 0," "Condition 1," "Condition 2," "Condition 3," and "Condition 4". These conditions are listed in the order of readiness the pistol is in.

    In Condition 0, the pistol is ready to fire; in Condition 1, it is one step away from firing; in Condition 2, it is two steps away from firing, and so on down to Condition 4, which is a 'transportation' mode, about as far away from ready to fire as possible, short of disassembly.

    These conditions apply primarily to the 1911-style semi-automatic pistol, which was Cooper's favored combat pistol. I have added my explanations and descriptions to his definitions of the Conditions.

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  • Broken Extractor on a Taurus PT1911

    Here's the long story of the broken extractor on our (at the time) newly purchased Taurus PT1911 Pistol:

    Whooda thunk a new pistol would have a broken extractor?

    Several years ago, my wife & I were in the market for a house gun.

    We happened upon this Taurus PT-1911, and we were intrigued. We decided to check it out a bit further, and ultimately purchased the gun.

    Most of the details are covered in the accompanying video, but for those of you who prefer the written word, here's the story:

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  • Handgun Calibers, Ballistics, and Stopping Power

    An Overview of Handgun Calibers, Ballistics, and Stopping Power

    Trying to put an end to the endless confusion

    The subject of Handgun Calibers, Ballistics, and Stopping Power has been a topic of discussion – and often, heated arguments – among firearms enthusiasts for as long as there have been firearms and enthusiasts themselves.

    The moment we begin the discussion of caliber and caliber choices, you can hear the age-old rumblings of the ongoing debate between 9mm vs 45, vs 10mm vs 357, etc etc ad nauseum.

    We are not going to delve into that discussion; not now anyway. Hopefully, not ever.

    In preparation for the day when we do, it's important to first understand the terminology, and second, to have a rudimentary grasp of the physics behind it all: ballistics.

    People have devoted entire careers to understanding ballistics. Whole industries are built around the development and production of guns and ammunition that perform to maximum effectiveness for particular situations, and often utilize new handgun calibers. The science behind all this is astoundingly complex, utterly fascinating, and often quite incomprehensible to those of us who are not MIT graduates.

    Rifle and Handgun Caliber Comparison Chart

    A Sampling of Rifle & Handgun Calibers

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