How Many Lumens Do I Need for Self Defense?

how to use a tactical flashlightSome say that a tactical flashlight may be the most underestimated tool for self-defense. Some can’t really get it, but a good tactical flashlight is essential not only for low-light shooting, but also for emergencies. Better yet, you can carelessly carry a tactical flashlight on an airplane or a movie theater where a gun is typically banned. In the countries where the weapons law are very strict, you may always get some help from some of the best tactical flashlights for self-defense.

A good tactical flashlight helps you get a better look at a potential threat as many attackers use darkness to their advantage. A bright flashlight helps you better see a threat in a low-environment, increasing your chances to surprise your attacker. Sometimes, a simple shining of your flashlight may scare away your attacker.

Have you ever looked into a bright light, when it’s dark outside? If you did, chances are you felt quite disoriented and slightly blinded for a bit. As a matter of fact, it’s a natural reaction to bright light and to try to escape it as fast as you can. Therefore, a bright flashlight disorients your attacker for a short time.

You should shine your flashlight directly in his eyes and “own” the space with it. It should give you at least three seconds, which is quite a lot when you’re running for your life.

However, how many lumens makes a flashlight bright enough to become a threat to an attacker? Well, you’d need at least 120 lumens of light output so that you can rely on your flashlight in life-threatening situations. Don’t get fooled by any commercials: the more lumens your flashlight has, the better the chances for you to disorient your attacker.

Don’t fall in the typical trap “less is more” as it’s not the case when trying to use a flashlight as a tactical weapon. The brighter the flashlight is, the more efficient the flashlight gets into giving you time to run and get advantage over your attacker, especially if there’s more than one.

It’s also a good thing to give a second look at your flashlight. Many tactical models feature serrated or toothed bezels, which makes them rugged enough to break a car window when in need. As always, you may need to put some effort in it, as it seems easier to say than done.

Don’t fall in the trap of a sophisticated tactical flashlight. Even though it’s tempting, when you instantly need the maximum output of your flashlight, you may not have all the seconds you need to switch between the operating modes. So, try to keep it simple so that you get the best out of your tactical flashlight.

Always keep in mind to get a flashlight that is waterproof. It’s not impossible to be attacked on a rainy day (who says that you are attacked only on a nice, warm summer night??) which makes it essential for your flashlight to work even when it’s pouring outside.

Your flashlight has to be durable and able to take a drop or to. Look for a flashlight with hard-anodized aluminum body that is both lightweight and tough enough to take a beat.

No matter your final choice, keep in mind that this little tactical tool may be the key to your life if it the previous description.

Reference: www.Rangermade.net

Learn to Fish

View this video from Larry Dahlberg, lead fishing instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports. Then select a link below the video to start your fishing adventures. We suggest you start with Becoming an Angler.

Introduction

Hi, I’m Larry Dahlberg, lead fishing instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports.

Being outside, in the real world, is a big reward, all by itself. But we want you to learn the secrets to success, too, because it’s also rewarding to get what you’re after.

To catch something when you go fishing, there are skills you need to learn. Here they are, in simple language everyone can understand.

If you have questions as we go along, it’ll be easy to ask ‘em. Welcome to the real world, and the great sport of fishing!

Becoming an Angler (Overall Basics of Fishing)

(This is the first step, the overall essential basics, no matter what species of fish you’re after, no matter if it’s in freshwater or saltwater.)

Becoming an Angler: Intro
Intro to Finding Fish
Search with Sonar
Search Using Maps
Using Underwater Cameras
Seasonal Movements of Fish
Intro to Catching Fish
Choosing and Using Artificial Lures
Live Bait, Pt 1 (Catching Minnows)
Live Bait, Pt 2 (Float Fishing)
Hook ‘em and Hold ‘em
Stealth Catches Fish
Launching & Loading a Boat
Basics of Boat Control
Docking a Boat
Overall Basics of Trolling
Basics of Trolling, continued
A Simple Trolling System
Trolling with Planer Boards
Trolling with Downriggers

Good Luck Fishing!

 

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Ice fishing

Introduction to Modern Ice Fishing

Hi, I’m Dave Genz, Lead Ice Fishing Instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports.

Ice fishing has changed completely in the recent past. It has become an active sport, where you hunt for fish, see them below you, and figure out what it takes to catch them. We want you to learn the secrets to modern ice fishing, because it’s more fun when you’re out there catching fish!

Here are the essential basics, so you can quickly learn my system that took many years to refine. Watch the lessons, and if you have questions as you go along, click on ‘Ask Questions’ and fire away. We’re standing by to make sure you don’t have to learn by yourself.

Welcome to the great sport of modern ice fishing!

Learn how tactics have changed over the years to improve our success on the ice. Then move on to the other videos and learn even more about this exciting sport.

The Basics of Modern Ice Fishing
Part 1, Understanding Ice Periods
Part 2, Daytime vs. Prime Time
Part 3, Advantages & Challenges
Part 4, Mobility & Efficiency
Part 5, Presentation Details
Part 6, Detecting Bits
Part 7, Set the Hook, Land the Fish
Part 8, Have a Plan
Part 9, Become a Fish Finder

Learn to shoot

Learn to Shoot

View this video from Kevin Muramatsu, lead shooting instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports. Then select a link below the video to start your shooting adventures. We suggest you start with Becoming a Shooter.

Becoming a Shooter

(This is the first step, the overall essential basics, no matter what type of firearm you’re shooting.)

Learn to Shoot Introduction

Hi, I’m Kevin Muramatsu, lead shooting instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports.

Shooting is fun, and you can spend a lifetime learning to shoot different types of firearms. If you’re a hunter, it’s important to learn to shoot well and handle firearms safely.

We want you to learn the secrets to hitting what you’re aiming at.

Here they are, in simple language everyone can understand.

If you have questions as we go along, it’ll be easy to ask ‘em. Welcome to the real world, and the world of shooting sports!
Becoming a Shooter (Overall Basics of Shooting)

(This is the first step, the overall essential basics, no matter what type of firearm you’re shooting.)

Becoming a Shooter: Intro
Choosing Firearms
Gun Fit and Aiming
How to Shoot Pistols
How to Shoot Rifles
Basics of Wingshooting
Final Shots

become a hunter

Learn to Hunt

View this video from Ray Eye, lead hunting instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports. Then select a link below the video to start your hunting adventures. We suggest you start with Becoming a Hunter.

 

Becoming a Hunter

(This is the first step, the overall essential basics, no matter what species of game you’re after.)

Hello everyone, I’m Ray Eye, lead hunting instructor for the School of Outdoor Sports.

Being outside, in the real world, is a big reward, all by itself. But we want you to learn the secrets to success too, because it’s also rewarding to get what you’re after.

To get close to wild game animals, and hit what you aim at when you go hunting, there are skills you need to learn.

Here they are, in simple language everyone can understand.

If you have questions as we go along, it’ll be easy to ask ‘em. Welcome to the real world, and the great sport of hunting!
Becoming a Hunter (Overall Basics of Hunting)
(This is the first step, the overall essential basics, no matter what species of game you’re after.)

Becoming a Hunter: Intro
More Than One Way (to be successful)
Quiet in Many Forms
Different Types of Hunting Spots
Good Hunters Walk Naturally
Scent is a Factor
Learn to Spot Game
Never Give Up
Creating Your Shot
Your Animals are the Same
Go Every Time
Spirit of Fair Chase
Safety is Rule #1

Be a mentor

Find a Mentor – Be a Mentor

Young anglers, hunters, and shooters need somebody to take them. All beginners do best when they keep going after they get started. The School of Outdoor Sports will help you Find a Mentor or Be a Mentor.

There are several ways to make it happen:

A parent, relative, or family friend can act as mentor. This is more possible than ever, because the School of Outdoor Sports can quickly teach mentors what they need to know to lead outings. (All you adults out there: even if you don’t feel qualified to lead outings, you can quickly learn what you need to know by studying our basic lessons.)

Youngsters can apply to be matched with a mentor. It’s best to get involved with a mentoring program that has strong mentoring guidelines, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors. Click on Find a Mentor and we’ll help you get started.

Youngsters can look for special opportunities, such as hands-on instructional events and mentored fishing, hunting, and shooting programs offered by state agencies and many great sporting groups.
We will help you locate these opportunities in our ‘Find a Mentor’ department. Let’s get started!


Find a Mentor

If you need a mentor, we can help you find one!

Think about whether a parent, relative, or family friend can be your mentor, with a little training. Ask someone you know if they would be willing to study the basic lessons here in the School of Outdoor Sports, then lead you on outings. (It’s fun to watch the lessons together!)

If you don’t know anyone who can be your outdoor mentor, you can apply to be matched up with a mentor, through Pass It On Outdoor Mentors or other established mentoring organizations.

To get started, completely fill out the form below and we’ll help you find someone in your area. All fields are required.


Be a Mentor

Thank you for considering the call to help!

There is a great need for adult mentors, but you do not need to be an expert to do a good job.

We will teach you what you need to know, so you can feel confident, no matter what aspect of fishing, hunting, or shooting your young beginners want to try.

Mentors, in our new system, include parents and guardians. You might be leading your own kids or grandkids on outings, but would like some help learning the basics before going into the field. We will train you, quickly, at your convenience.

In the case of youngsters who do not have anyone to take them, there is a great need for adult mentors who go through training and a background check, then get matched up with a youngster in their area.

There are also mentoring opportunities at events.

To get started, complete this form and we will welcome you into the new system that is creating a bright future for our outdoor traditions!

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A-Z of Bushcraft – survival and wilderness skills

Who is the Presenter?
Andrew Price has spent every spare moment in the pursuit of Adventure. He is an experienced practitioner of a wide range of outdoor pursuits including Kayaking, Cycling, Rock Climbing, and Mountaineering. He is also passionate about the Dramatic Arts, graduating with a Degree in Media and Theater studies. This background in performance arts lends an infectious spontaneity and energy to his teaching. As well as drinking too much tea, he also hosts Bushcraft & survival courses open to all via Dryad Bushcraft

Who made the videos?
The video production was done by Paul O’Connor who co-founded an award winning alternative video news agency, Undercurrents in 1994.He has produced programmes for Channel 4 and BBC. He is a professional cameraman, editor and producer and his images are regularly used in current affairs programmes all over the world. His interest began in Bushcraft after attending one of Andrew Prices workshops and a partnership was formed to produce a series of regular videos.Through hard work and determination, the online video series has grown from strength to strength. Paul has never liked tea.

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