On Target: Practice Shooting Range Etiquette

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The sport of guns and ammunition continues to flourish, but some things remain the same despite the sport’s history. Etiquette and initial learning is incredibly important – perhaps the most crucial moment to a hobbyist.

Those with experience, highly stress etiquette and the simple yet integral rules of gun safety. Before target training and entering a gun range with experienced people with little tolerance to those who may place them in danger, consider the following information.

Know the 4 Gun Laws

To begin, there are four cardinal rules of gun etiquette.

- Always assume a gun is loaded, meaning approach with great care and caution, not pointing in the direction of people and non-target things
- Never point the gun at anything you do not intend to destroy
- Always be sure of the target (and what is behind it)
- Keep your finger off the trigger until the target is in sight

These are stressed continuously until the notions become automatic, ingrained in a hobbyist’s brain, influencing ongoing behavior.

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How the Skateboarding World Has Transformed From What It Used to Be

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Skateboarding appears as fresh-faced as some young women and men riding boards to school, the market, or local skate parks. What’s surprising to some, despite its popularity and association to exercise, is skateboarding’s age! The sport has been around since the 1960s.

Skateboarding, like those who mature, gain experience, and evolve, has transformed; the moves, direction, and riders look different today as compared to skateboarding’s beginnings.

The Beginning

It’s difficult for skate historians to attribute one event, invention, or person to the beginning of skateboarding; it seems multiple stories place the advent of skating around the same time. At some point, surfers, looking to replicate the experience on land (especially when waves were minimal), fused roller skates to a flat board, emulating the skating experience but with two (free) feet on one board.

Like surfing, the ‘new’ way of riding was considered alternative and ridiculous by most, yet a select few, enjoying the sensation of paving streets in style and speed, continued the practice. Despite athleticism of riders, the clay wheels, getting caught in cracks and sidewalks, often pitched riders off boards.

If smooth riding was an end goal, improvement was needed.

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Cobra 28-Mile Range Walkie Talkie

Cobra CXT 545 Walkie-Talkie

We checked out the Cobra CXT 545 28-Mile Range Walkie Talkie and had plenty of fun trying it out. It’s the ultimate gift for kids of all ages and anyone who loves the outdoors and activities like camping, hiking, the beach, road trips etc. Walkie Talkies are also great for safety purposes as well in a wide variety of situations.

The Cobra units performed very well and are loaded with features:

- Rubberized grips and belt clip,
- Micro-USB charging,
- Digital Display,
- 22 Channels combined with 121 privacy codes,
- Water Resistant,
- Built-in LED Flashlight,
- dedicated weather button
- VibrAlert® to notify users of a call in noisy or all-quiet environments,
- Voice-activated transmission frees hands for other tasks, and
- rechargeable NiMH batteries and a two-port charging dock.

It’s amazing how advanced these units are compared to what we had years ago. You can’t help but have fun with walkie talkies, but they also have tons of practical uses as well. With the holidays around the corner this Cobra Walkie Talkie makes for an excellent gift or stocking stuffer!

  

Top 5 Running/Athletic Shoes

Adidas Springblade

The number of athletic shoes available is utterly mind boggling. With well over 600 options from just the five brands listed below—finding the best shoe is a daunting task. First, to select the right shoe it is important to know more information about your feet and your gait: do you have a high arch, normal arch, or are you flat footed? Do you supination, pronate, or over-pronate when you walk? These questions are outside the scope of this article, but can be addressed easily by any shoe specialist in a reputable shoe store carrying higher end shoes. Once you have an idea what size/type of shoe is right for you, discuss with your shoe specialist the following top-rated shoes to find the best for you.

5. New Balance Minimus HI-REZ

The New Balance Minimus HI-REZ is a lightweight, barefoot-style running shoe with independent cushions on the outsole moving along with the foot’s natural motion. This delivers superior flexibility and a connection with the ground that is not possible in traditional running shoes.
If you prefer traditional running shoes, check out the New Balance 990v3. The 990v3 is a new release of the classic Made in USA 990—this shoe can do it all. For an absolute cutting edge traditional running shoe, have a look at the New Balance 2040.

4. Adidas Springblades

Adidas has taken a revolutionary approach to the barefoot running trend with the Adidas Springblades. These shoes quite literally have 16 polymer “blades” which articulate individually and hold onto the energy from your stride—in order to give you a little “spring” into your next stride. The Wall Street Journal did a great write up about these shoes. The shoe is reported to have a sock like fit and is in high demand this fall. For a more “traditional” barefoot shoe from Adidas, consider the Adidas Adipure Crazyquick.

If you just do not want a barefoot style shoe, try on a pair of Adidas Energy Boost shoes.

3. Asics Gel Kayano 20

The latest and greatest shoe from Asics is the Asics Gel Kayano 20. Improved technology adapts to the users foot creating a glove like fit, and with all kinds of features aimed at providing excellent stability and cushioning with a lightweight competition-ready running shoe—this shoe is tough to beat.

If you prefer a barefoot running shoe, the Asics Blazingfast shoe should get a look.

2. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 is a new shoe from one of the old-guard in running. A new lace design evens out lace pressure to create a very secure fit, and Brooks improved their Segmented Crash Pad by adding full ground contact for a better transition. Combined with a no-stitch design for great looks, this shoe offers the best in support, balance, and cushion.

For a great barefoot running shoe, look at the Brooks PureConnect series.

1. Nike Free Trainer 5.0

The Nike Free Trainer 5.0 is an amazing shoe with some incredibly unique and innovative features. Starting with the laces—this shoe has a dual-pull lace system that wraps around the bottom of the foot and attaches to the midsole; with the sidewall wrapping up to cradle foot—making for a very good fit. The flex grooves in the midsole and forefoot allow the foot to move easily and engage better during stride—giving it a barefoot style feel. The no-stitch construction adds to the minimalist feel. But the real kicker is that this shoe can be totally customizable! With NIKE iD you can choose the colors of the shoe and even customize the traction pattern to fit your needs best. Mind. Blown. Can’t quite figure out how you want to stylize your new Free Trainers? Check out the Nike iD section over at Sneaker News.

For a more traditional shoe option, the Nike Pegasus lineup consistently gets rave reviews.

After learning more about your feet and stride, and armed with this top 5 list, you should be able to navigate the endless sea of shoe options and narrow down your shoe search in short order. Any shoe in this list is worth trying on, and will serve quite well as each has its own strength…but that Nike Free Trainer 5.0 is an amazing combination of looks and features which would make any shoe enthusiast smitten at first sight.

  

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