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Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's time to go full size!

Which firearm do you carry around everyday?  Do you carry everyday and everywhere you go?  Have you become comfortable carrying it and don't feel self conscious anymore?  Do you train regularly and actually feel awkward when you are not able to carry your handgun at your waist?  Do you carry a spare magazine?   There is a reason for all these questions.  Stick with me.  

Do you carry a small "pocket" gun like an LCP or Diamondback?  Or maybe something a little larger like an LC9, XDS, Shield or Glock 42/43 because they are so much thinner and lighter than a full size? Do you feel like it's time, and that you're ready to take the next step?  I think maybe you should. 

If you ask me, it's time to go full size.  The truth is that a small pocket gun, or anything smaller than a sub-compact, is more difficult to manipulate, reload, and be accurate with than a full size handgun.  Let me throw in the caveat that I realize that there may be an exception or two to this statement.    

Times are changing, social and economic conditions are getting worse and Mr. Trump can't do anything about most of it, at least not right away.  We must take care of ourselves and those who we have stewardship over.  If you have chosen to carry a firearm every day I know that you already realize all of this very well.  I believe that it's time for each of us to step up.  Time to take another measurable step forward to increase our skills and ability to defend ourselves.  For me, it's time to go full size!   

Springfield XD-9 Sub-compact, 3" barrel.

When I say "It's time to go full size." a sub-compact version of a handgun may be your next step as it is the same frame size as the full size version.  Take this XD-9 Sub-Compact for example.  The grip is shorter and the barrel is shorter making it a bit lighter and easier to conceal.  The compact version of this gun (actually an XDM) has the shorter grip but a longer barrel.  There are exceptions such as the Sig Sauer P320 which sub-compact version has a slightly smaller grip size (but same frame) which accommodates smaller hands better.  The compact and sub-compact models of the XD's have an extended magazine with higher capacity and provide a full length grip.  The shorter magazine makes the gun easier to conceal because of the shorter grip.  

Springfield XD-9 Mod 2, Service - 4" barrel.

Those who know me understand that I am very serious about defending myself and more importantly about defending the ones I am responsible for.  The correct choice of firearm for me is nothing smaller than a sub-compact model, which I have been carrying for several years.  This has been an evolution for me.  A process starting with smaller, less capable firearms just like I am recommending to you.  I now feel it's time that I stepped up my game a bit, not just because I am more comfortable with my skills but because times are changing and I feel I need to step it up a notch in order to be adequately prepared.

As to capability, I'm not going to discuss caliber.  Just like the model of handgun you choose must fit your hand like it's meant to be there, as if it's an extension of your hand, the caliber you choose is a personal decision because it more about shot placement than caliber.  This is where your personal choice of handgun, as well as holster, is vitally important.

A full size hand gun adds more benefits including higher round count, longer grip for better control and a longer barrel and sight radius for better accuracy.  The longer barrel also adds some weight which helps to minimize recoil which then allows for quicker follow up shots.  I believe in having the right tool before I need it.  This concept applies perfectly here.   

I already carry a sub-compact so I'm stepping it up to true full size 4" barrel and full length grip as my concealed carry firearm.  Because I already carried a sub-compact I don't really need to make any changes to my clothing or how I carry my firearm.  If you carry an LCP and decide to move up to a full size you'll likely need to make some changes to how and where on your body you carry.  


Smith & Wesson, M&P, 4" barrel, with some nice work done by Salient.

As I already mentioned, selecting, learning about and carrying concealed various different firearms over the years has been an evolutionary process for me.  Now I am making yet another evolutionary step for me in the size of my EDC firearm.

I'm sure you have heard the phrase "Go big or go home."  This couldn't be more true when choosing between a pocket pistol or a full size handgun.  If you carry an NAA Pug in .22 magnum you're only good for a few feet of accuracy whereas if you carry a 4" M&P 9 or Glock 19 your capabilities are far greater.  The more capable handgun will serve you much better in many more situations than a less capable handgun.

That being said I certainly hope that you'll carry something, anything.  Keep in mind that it's not much more difficult to carry a Ruger LCR than an NAA Pug in .22 magnum but the LCR in 38 special, 9mm or even .357 magnum is far more capable.  I hope you see where I'm hoping to lead you.  If you can, go big.  If not, go with as much gun as possible.  


Ruger LCR in .22 WMR, also available in 38 special, 9 mm, .327 and ,357 magnum


NAA Pug in .22 WMR


Prepper Talk Radio Episode 65, 12 28 16 What to prepare for in 2017 - Pt. 2

Our last broadcast of 2016 and we will then find ourselves in our third calendar year broadcasting the Prepper Talk Radio show.  Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks for listening!  We love what we do!

We feel very lucky to be at the K-Talk Media station broadcasting live every Wednesday at 9AM  MST on AM 630 in SLC, UT.  Great people and one of the oldest independently owned stations in America!  You can listen online at www.ktalkmedia.com or with the ktalk radio app.


What are your biggest concerns for this new year?  What are you preparing for in 2017?  Like, comment and subscribe to our YouTube channel(s) and post your questions there. We love interacting with our callers on live radio as well as on social media.  We hope you'll want to be a part of our show!



In 2017 you'll be able to find us not only on K-Talk Media but also KNRS 105.9 and 570 AM iheart radio.  We hope to expand from there to many more stations by the end of 2017.

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www.preppercon.com  April 21-22, 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center will be our 3rd year of PrepperCon.   We hope you'll join us!

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 64, 12 21 16 Possible disaster in 2017 - Pt. 1

Part one of two discussions concerning the potential upcoming events in 2017.  We hope you are not sitting back taking it easy because Trump won the presidential election.  This should be the time when you are doubling up on your preps.  We think we know what to expect next year but the truth is that we really don't know exactly what the future brings.  We should expect the best but be prepared for the worst.


 Hopefully the Donald will bring good things for us in 2017 but about many different possible disasters there isn't a thing he can do.  We must be ready to take care of ourselves.  Listen in and comment on YouTube.  We'd love it if you subscribed to our channel!



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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 63, 12 14 16 Christmas gifts for preppers

This has become a Christmas tradition for us.  We are gear heads and we love giving those inconspicuous prepper gifts that help our friends and family become more prepared.







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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 61, 11 30 16 Prepper Groups

Our primary sponsor for Prepper Talk Radio is Survival Medical.   The owner and founder of Survival Medical Jon Roberts joined us this week to talk with us about prepper groups.  They have the only first aid kits and supplies that are packaged to be tougher than nature with a shelf life of up to 20 years.  


The fact of the matter is that surviving an SHTF event by yourself will be much more difficult that if you have a trusted group of friends or family or a group you have already set up specifically for that purpose.  Listen in on our discussion and comment on YouTube.   




You can listen to all of our previous broadcasts on the KTalk Media archives at http://ktalkmedia.com/ktalk-radio/ 

Listen in each Wednesday morning at 9AM MST on AM 630 in SLC, UT or on the K-Talk Radio app.


Prepper Talk Radio Episode 62, 12 07 16 Growing food in winter, time to ...

Yes, it is possible to grow food in the winter in cold climates.  But you have to be prepared and know how to do it.  Listen in/watch this episode of Prepper Talk Radio for some good info.


In this episode we also talked about how it seems that many of you preppers out there have been lulled in to complacency, at least a little bit, because of Trumps win.  We are at a very dangerous time in history right now.  We hope you don't think that everything is going to improve from here.  Because it's not.  It's actually time to double up on the prepping! That is, if you want to be adequately prepared for what is coming. 




www.preppercon.com  is coming up soon.  April 21-22, 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, UT.  You won't want to miss it! Seriously!

www.preppertalkradio.com  We are expanding the show to new stations and markets. In addition to KTalkMedia AM 630 in Salt Lake City, UT every Wednesday at 9AM MST we are joining the iheart radio group at KNRS where our show will be broadcast every Sunday night at 8PM MST.  You can listen on the iheart radio app.

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Portable solar charging; always be prepared.

With all of the high tech devices we rely on every day we can become inconvenienced when they run out of power.  While being able to charge a device is relatively convenient from our vehicles or even from charging stations made available at airports and other public places, do not dismiss the need for alternative charging methods.

When I leave the house I make sure that all of the devices I count daily on are fully charged.  I also have different ways to charge them while I'm away including a power pack and vehicle charging cables.  Because communication is a critical part of my work I try to be as prepared as possible.  In addition to work, my family counts on me as well.  Communicating with them is not only important, it can be critical, and is much more important that just doing my job.         



There are many different brands of solar chargers like this one that are made specifically for the very purpose of charging USB devices.  This particular portable solar panel has two USB outlets for charging anything USB compatible such as your smart phone or tablet.

My EDC flashlight is also charged with a USB cable.  I also carry a portable battery pack which serves to charge my devices when I'm away from a power source.  Any of these devices can be charged with this portable solar panel.

The primary reason that most people would picture themselves using this type of solar panel to charge their phone is when they are hiking or camping in a remote location but still want the conveniences of electricity for lighting around camp, charging a GPS or flashlight batteries for example.        

The secondary reason that I would use a portable solar panel is in case of an emergency, when grid power has been cut off to me.  Being able to charge batteries for flashlights or radios for communication and information is essential.


Another way that I can use a small portable solar panel is on the dash of my vehicle while I'm away to charge a device.  I leave the panel on the dash or otherwise on a seat in the direct sunlight.  It will continue to charge my devices without having to run the vehicle.  Even if you're in your vehicle you can save gas by turning off the vehicle if all you have to do is charge a phone.  And if you really need to be mobile you can attach the panel to a pack or put it over your shoulder and still keep charging.


If you're at a park, sporting event or otherwise away from an outlet you'll be virtually guaranteed to always be able to power your devices.  Now, obviously the solar panel needs to be placed in direct sunlight for full power output but even in overcast conditions this panel is putting out enough juice to light up the output LED and run a very small charge to my phone.  Any little bit can help in many cases.


This particular panel was provided to me by Archeer.  I was not previously familiar with their products but I find that the quality and performance has been just as good as any of my other portable solar panels, which include some of the big brand names.  At the price that I have seen this one online the value appears to be superior to the other ones I own.

The bottom line is that you can not be adequately prepared for all situations if you don't have a portable solar panel like this one, whether smaller or larger.  This Archeer solar charger has found a permanent home in the PrepperCon 4Runner Evader.  I have been using it over the past few months and am quite pleased with it so far.  This is one of those devices that you didn't know you really needed until you have it.  My standard is and has always been to have the right tools BEFORE you need them.  Because when you need them it may already be too late.


The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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