Why Every Gun Owner Should Invest in a Gun Safe

These days you can never be too careful with your firearms, gun safety in the home should be priority number one if you have children or a home that is susceptible to break-ins. Of course, we are not talking about home defense weapons; we are talking about your hunting rifles, shotguns and crossbows.

When I was growing up, my grandfather had a gun case, an oak shelving unit with glass doors that you could see through, back then, it was sufficient, but these days you need a gun safe to keep your firearms out of the reach of children and criminals. A simple key and lock are not enough to secure your valuables, and what happens if you lose your key? Are you going to call a locksmith to come to open up your safe and get a sneak-peak at your valuables? No, that doesn’t make sense either! Investing in a safe with a combination lock is your best bet. Combination locks are far more secure than a traditional lock that can be picked or broken open. If you own firearms, you need to be responsible. Shotguns and rifles are some of the most accessible guns in American homes. Investing in a heavy-duty safe to keep your firearms out of the hands of children and criminals should be a priority.

Every year there are thousands of young people killed by guns, some of it intentional, and some of it is accidental. We can’t keep every gun out of the hands of our children, but we can start by locking up our hunting weapons and making sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. Keeping our hunting gear unloaded and ammunition in a separate location is another way to avoid an accidental shooting. Easily accessible firearms and ammunition can quickly turn into a disaster if in the wrong hands.

Keep Your Guns Locked Up

Keeping your guns locked up is the responsible thing to do; however, education is equally important. For young people, they need to understand the dangers and risks associated with owning and handling firearms. It’s not like the movies or video games, and sometimes it’s a harsh lesson learned for these kids. If you hunt or just shoot for recreational enjoyment, you need to take your child out and teach them how to handle a gun properly, load, unload, and clean it. Teaching your kids the responsibilities involved in gun ownership is a necessity if you keep firearms. A gun safety class is a great place to start, but buying a safe so that absolutely nobody can get ahold of them without your permission should be a priority for us all.

If you are careless about the safety of your hunting rifles or shotguns, it could come back to haunt you. All it takes is one criminal to break into your home, steal your hunting shotgun, and commit a crime with it. Now, if you purchased that gun legally, your personal information will be associated with it. The last thing you want is a criminal running around with a weapon that is tied to your name. Keeping your guns out of the hands of criminals is easier than ever with a modern, secure, safe.

Making The Investment

Investing in a safe can be costly, but it will protect your other investments. Quality hunting rifles, scopes, and cases are not cheap, nor are top-shelf hunting shotguns. Keeping those investments secure only makes sense. A good gun safe can also be used to store additional valuables such as social security cards, passports, jewelry, cash, precious metals, and anything else of value that you wouldn’t want to lose to a thief or a house fire. Many safes are fireproof and can withstand the extreme temperatures of a house fire. Anchoring your safe into the foundation of the home will also prevent thieves from rolling it out of the house.

The world is a crazy place, and it’s only getting more insane as the days pass. Protecting your family is your right, and the second amendment of the United States Constitution gives all citizens of this great country the right to bear arms. With that right to bear arms comes a responsibility to keep them out of the hands of children and criminals. Make sure you protect yourself, your family, your rights, and your firearms by investing in a heavy-duty gun safe.

What to Wear While Fly Fishing in the Fall

Whenever the stress and strain of our working lives gets too much, whenever we tire of spending our days under fluorescent lights and hear the call of the wild, whenever we yearn for quiet and solitude in an increasingly hectic and interconnected world… fly fishing really is the hobby that keeps on giving. It provides us with calm and solitude. It releases our senses from a world of screens and digital chatter and allows us the opportunity to spend some quality time with mother nature. Whether you choose to eat what you catch or throw it back, fly fishing is a great way to leave the stress of modern living behind and reconnect with yourself or strengthen your relationship with friends and family.

But as the colder weather sets in, you may think that it’s time to hang up your rods. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Can I really carry on fly fishing in the fall?

Absolutely! In fact, it’s arguably the best time to do it. The natural world is at its most beautiful in the fall months. Approaching a river shrouded in mist surrounded by trees adorned with red and golden leaves? What could be a more idyllic way to spend a lazy October morning?

Of course, as the weather grows colder and wetter, you’ll need to make sure you’re well prepared for whatever the weather brings.

Dress in layers

The fall weather can be unpredictable. A gray and murky morning can become brilliantly bright and sunny by lunch time. Likewise, a bright and sunny fall day can turn into a dark and drizzly evening. So be sure to dress in layers which you can take off or put on accordingly. Start out with one of our stunning Drift Hook Fly Fishing t-shirts and a pair of jeans or shorts and layer up with…

Waders and boots

Your waders are essential in keeping your legs warm and dry in those frosty fall waters. Many experienced fly fishers don’t always wear these, especially in summer. But given how cold waters can get at this time of year it’s always a good idea to pack them.

Make sure you also pack reliable wading boots to keep your feet warm and help you to get traction underwater. A good wader belt is also recommended to secure your waders and prevent water from getting into them.

Fishing vest

A fishing vest can not only help to keep you warm, it’s also a very useful place to keep everything you need for a relaxing day by the water. It can store things like your wallet, glasses and car keys as well as clips for bigger items like water bottles. It can help to keep your belongings near and is a good alternative to a bag or backpack which can affect your balance.

And don’t forget your sunglasses!

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that your eyes don’t need to be protected from the sun’s rays.

Check our range of fly-fishing apparel

We carry a wide selection of apparel for men and women to ensure that they get the most out of their fly-fishing experience. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our store page!

About the Author

Matthew Bernhardt, a third-generation Coloradan, grew up at the forefront of the state’s fly-fishing revolution, enjoying time on the water side by side with experienced guides and lifelong anglers.

By combining his passion for fly-fishing with input from other experienced fly-fishers and guides and his fine arts degree from Colorado State University, Matthew spent five years carefully developing the Drifthook Fly Fishing System, built to help every angler catch more trout.

When he’s not spending time with his wonderful family, you’ll find him out on the water catching MONSTER trout, and he anxiously looks forward to the day when his kids are old enough to join him there.