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I came across this really great information today and thought we would share.  This came from The American Suppressor Association.  Their information can be found on their website: http://americansuppressorassociation.com/

All information in this post is theirs, we are just adding to our website for your information.  Please consider supporting their organization by becoming a member at: https://store.americansuppressorassociation.com/

Since the ASA’s formation in 2011:

∗ 18 states have legalized suppressor hunting 
 15 states have passed “Shall Sign” or “Shall Certify” legislation 
3 states have legalized suppressor ownership 

THE ROLE OF SUPPRESSORS

Suppressors, also known as silencers, are the hearing protection of the 21st century sportsman. Despite common misconceptions, suppressors are not silent. They are simply mufflers for firearms, which function by trapping the expanding gasses at the muzzle and allowing them to slowly cool.

SUPPRESSOR LEGALITY AND OWNERSHIP

Suppressors are regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934, which falls under the purview of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). To legally purchase or possess a suppressor you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age to purchase a suppressor from a dealer.
  • Be at least 18 years of age to purchase a suppressor from an individual on a Form 4 to Form 4 transfer (contingent on state laws).
  • Be at least 18 years of age to possess a suppressor as a beneficiary of a trust or as a member of a corporation (contingent on state laws).
  • Be a resident of the United States.
  • Be legally eligible to purchase a firearm.
  • Pass a BATFE background check with a typical process time of 4 to 9 months.
  • Pay a one time $200 Transfer Tax.
  • Reside in one of the 41 states that currently allows civilian ownership of suppressors.

Benefits of Suppressors

HEARING PROTECTION

Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shooters and hunters. Everyone knows that gunfire is loud, but very few people understand the repercussions that shooting can have on their hearing until it’s too late.

Suppressors reduce the noise of a gunshot by an average of 20 – 35 dB, which is roughly the same as earplugs or earmuffs. By decreasing the overall sound signature, suppressors help to preserve the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters, and hunting dogs around the world have a peek at these guys.

SAFER HUNTING

Most hunters do not wear hearing protection in the field because they want to hear their surroundings. The trouble is, exposure to even a single unsuppressed gunshot can, and often does, lead to permanent hearing damage. Suppressors allow hunters to maintain full situational awareness, while still protecting their hearing. The result is a safer hunting experience for the hunter, and for those nearby.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

As urban developments advance into rural areas, shooting ranges and hunting preserves across the country are being closed due to noise complaints. Although it can still be heard, suppressed gunfire helps mitigate noise complaints from those who live near shooting ranges and hunting land.

ACCURACY

One of the most common problems for shooters is decreased accuracy caused by flinching in anticipation of the firearms discharge and recoil. By containing the explosion of the gunpowder at the muzzle, suppressors reduce recoil, and help decrease muzzle flinch. These benefits lead to improved accuracy, better shot placement, and more humane hunts.

How To Purchase A Suppressor

In order to purchase a suppressor from your dealer, you must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the U.S. residing in one of the 42 states that currently allow civilian ownership of suppressors, and be legally eligible to purchase a firearm. Once you are ready to purchase your suppressor, you will submit forms and information to the ATF, and your local CLEO, varying slightly depending upon your method of purchase.

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Why Lifestraw is not the water purification for you…

 

How many of you have heard of Lifestraw? I would venture to guess several have. So why would I make the bold statement that the Lifestraw is not the water purification process for you?

 

Let me give you a few facts about Lifestraw and then I will explain.

Fact 1: Lifestraw filters 1,000 liters (264 gallons)

Fact 2: Lifestraw uses no chemicals

Fact 3: Lifestraw removes 99.9999% bacteria

Fact 4: Lifestraw removes 99.9% protozoa including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

Fact 5: Lifestraw can be stored indefinitely

 

All these facts about Lifestraw all seem great right? They are. So here is the biggest problem…Lifestraw leaves us vulnerable in a few categories. Lifestraw does not filter out any virus nor does it filter out any dissolves solids.

 

So let me tell you about Seychelle. Seychelle is a company that makes a filter that they sell to a few different companies. We carry a product in store called NDUR that uses a Seychelle filter.

Let me give you some facts about Seychelle products:

Fact 1: Seychelle filters 100+ gallons depending on the quality of water you are putting through it.

Fact 2: Seychelle uses no chemicals

Fact 3: Seychelle removes 99.9999% bacteria

Fact 4: Seychelle removes 99.9% protozoa including Giardia & Cryptosporidium

Fact 5: Seychelle can be stored indefinitely

Fact 6: Seychelle removes 99.9999% of VIRUS

Fact 7: Seychelle removes up to 99.99% of dissolved solids such as: Chromium 6, Chlorine, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Aluminum, and Copper

Fact 8: Seychelle makes a Radiological filter that does all of the above PLUS it filters radiological products such as Gross Beta, Radon 222, Alpha Radium 226, Uranium, Plutonium, Cesium 134 and Cesium 137.

 

The last point that I want to make is that the Lifestraw is just that…a Straw. Can you imagine cooking for your family and needing clean water and what you have is a straw to filter your water? What we like about the Seychelle brand is that you can buy the filters that you can put on any number of products: water bottle, canteen, straw, pump, etc. The products all come with the filter and you can buy additional filters if needed.

 

Prices:

Lifestraw: $24.95

Lifestraw Replacement Filter: None that I have found when doing research for this blog.

Seychelle Water Bottle or Canteen: $39

Seychelle Replacement filter: $29

 

In conclusion, the filter from Seychelle is about $5 more but filters more than Lifestraw. Seychelle has a lot of options available to you in multiple forms. You should have 2 gallons per person per day of water for you and your family in case of a disaster.

We feel like it is our job to inform you of what is out there so that you can make the best decision for your family. While Lifestraw is not a bad filter (and way better than nothing!), it isn’t the best out there and there are other options that do more for a very small additional investment.

Please let us know if you have any questions about your water filtration needs.

 

(All facts from lifestraw.com and seychelle.com)

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