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The scout motto is “Be Prepared.”  From Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys:

[Being prepared] means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.

– Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.

– Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.

Scouting for Boys

Many GunLink readers have undoubtedly outgrown their scouting years, but that is no reason not to abandon those principles.  Life comes with many uncertainties and the world around us is filled with the potential for unexpected situations which could turn out to be dangerous.  Spending one’s entire life in a secret underground bunker isn’t feasible (or, likely, healthy) so one must venture forth into the world and meet those dangers head-on.  The best way to do that is to be prepared for those situations ahead of time.

Don’t misunderstand – obviously not all of these situations are life-and-death scenarios.  Preppers are often derisively dismissed as end of the world whack jobs preparing for some just-over-the-horizon doomsday.  Those who choose to carry a concealed handgun are sometimes seen as paranoid.

The truth is, prepping can be as little as carrying a multi-tool or learning a useful skill or as much as stocking your de-milled missile silo with a decade worth of food and water.  Training can be as little as hitting the range with your single-shot hunting rifle or practicing your family’s fire escape route or as much as taking a lengthy course from a professional.  Survival skills can mean as little as navigating back to town when your vehicle runs out of gas to staying alive when your three hour boat tour turns into an extended stay on a deserted island.

Whatever you’re training for, preparing for or planning on surviving, you can share your tips, ask your questions and join the discussion in the Training, Survival and Prepping board on the GunLink Forums.  See you there.

A CCW Permit Online? In Under an Hour?

Carry AcademyGet a carry permit online in under an hour?  Sound too good to be true?  Well, it is – but keep reading anyway because it is almost that easy.  There is an online resource called Carry Academy that, although it doesn’t get you your actual permit, could save you a lot of time and money on your path to concealed carry by taking care of training requirements online in about 45 minutes.  Then all that’s left is for you to apply for your permit.

Expedite Your Permit Process

A common course of action for many, if not most, applicants goes something like this…  You decide you want to carry a concealed weapon so you start hunting around for information about how to get a license and (usually) find that the process involves some sort of training.  So then you look for instructors in your area who teach the required class and hope that you can find one that fits into your schedule.  If you get lucky and find one that fits, you wait for training day to roll around, pay the course fee, spend the whole day in class and wait for your certificate of completion to show up so that you can submit it with your permit application and start the real wait.

The Carry Academy fast forwards the process for many by providing an on-demand firearms safety course online any time you want and costing only $50.  The online course condenses much of the material that you would otherwise get in the classroom into  Continue reading

Keep Your Skills Sharp with New Dry Fire Practice Accessories

TLB1In a perfect world, we would all be able to hit the range a couple times a week for some target practice and burn through a couple hundred rounds of ammunition to keep our drawing and shooting skills honed.  Even without skyrocketing ammo prices (when you can find ammo, that is) this still requires packing up all your gear, traveling back and forth to the range and cleaning everything once you’re finished.  Dry firing practice at home can be a useful way to practice drawing, trigger pulling and manipulating firearm controls while saving your ammo and range fees, but it isn’t quite as good as the real thing.

We got a chance to look at a number of products at SHOT Show 2013 that provide a happy medium between range time and standard dry fire practice.  These products include the Beamhit line from L-3 (think EOTech), Top Gun computer-aided shooting training system from Op.Electronics and the Laser Trainer line from Laserlyte, each of which allows you to train at home with your own (unloaded!) firearm. Continue reading

Preparing to Survive an Active Shooter Incident

On any given day, the possibility exists that a dangerous situation may arise.  While it is impossible to completely eliminate such occurrences, steps can be taken to mitigate their effects.  Just as you (hopefully) have a plan in place for what to do if a fire starts in your home (and practice that plan!), creating a plan and training for dealing with other potentially dangerous situations can be a life saving endeavor.

Violence in the workplace and other public locations, including “Active Shooter” situations, are nothing new.   From disgruntled (ex-)employees to upset customers flying off the handle to drug-fueled fiends, we hear about these situations all too frequently.  Despite this, a tremendous number of people adopt a “it could never happen to me” attitude and do nothing to prepare for the possibility of such a situation.

While they certainly may be helpful, dedicated tactical training  and personal defense courses aren’t the only way to prepare for a violent threats during the course of everyday life. Continue reading

GunLink Directory Helps Promote Firearms and Gear Related Businesses

The GunLink website has numerous facets, most of which have been added due to feedback from visitors as the site has grown.  In addition to a blog with firearms news, product reviews, event coverage and more, GunLink offers forums for general discussion (firearms related or otherwise), user generated reviews, a Second Amendment grassroots meeting place and more.  We are currently working on re-seller programs for firearms related software and other products and, again based on visitor feedback, are considering the addition of a classified ads section for firearms and accessories.

With all of these more recent additions, we don’t want to forget the single purpose for which GunLink was created; the feature from which our site takes its name.  GunLink started out as a business directory for firearms related businesses.  Basically, a link to guns …hence the GunLink moniker.

The Directory in the Eyes of the Visitor

Although many visitors come to the site to Continue reading

Free Downloadable Pistol Correction Targets

Get in the Ten Ring In No Time With These Free Targets

GunLink Pistol Correction Target - Right Handed - With Score Rings

Having trouble getting your pistol rounds to go where you want them to?  There are many factors that go into becoming a proficient handgun shooter.  After perfecting (or, at least, moderately developing) core shooting principles like safety, stance, sight alignment and consistency it’s time to dial in other fundamentals like proper grip, trigger finger position, trigger pull/squeeze and work on consistency, proper breathing, not flinching, etc.

GunLink is here to help with free targets that you can download and print to help diagnose and remedy some common issues that pistol shooters face.  Whether you are a pistol pro, a handgun hack or a revolver rookie, these targets are a great tool to troubleshoot your rounds right into the ten ring. Developed from data in the United States Army Marksmanship Training Unit Manual, the UIT (now ISSF) pistol book by John Chandler and the Target Pistol Shot Analysis documents from Target Shooting Canada, these targets are perfect for anyone wanting to improve or maintain their pistol shooting abilities.  We have had good results using these targets to correct bad shooting practices and have got positive feedback from forum users who have tried them.

These targets are not just for live fire practice, either.  If you have a laser training tool or a laser sight that lets you see where your dry-fire “shots” go, these targets are a valuable resource.  Print off a target, aim at the bullseye, and pay attention to where your laser beam goes.  GunLink staff keeps at least one spare in our range bag for reference to compare to where shots impact when shooting any target.  Download and print the targets below.

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Download Targets

Use the following links to download targets in PDF format.  Continue reading





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