Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NRA Update: Arizona: Legislature Adjourns Before Concurrence on State Preemption Bill

In the early hours of Friday morning, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1291, the state preemption bill, with a 35 to 23 vote, as amended. Unfortunately, the Senate was in the process of adjourning sine die by the time the bill was returned for concurrence.  As previously reported, SB 1291, introduced by state Senator Steve Smith (R-11), would have improved the state firearms preemption law to ensure consistency throughout the Grand Canyon State.  This would have been done by providing a mechanism to declare unlawful regulations null and void in addition to providing penalties for knowing and willful violations by localities. 
Thank you to all our members who contacted legislators on behalf of this bill and for your continued support throughout the 2015 legislative session.  Your NRA will continue to fight for this important pro-gun measure.
Original Article Source: NRA-ILA

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blog Update

Hello! We are back and looking forward to another great year. Let's talk about what we have been up to. We have taken a break for a while to do a few things. One is to get education and training and the other is to determine what Arizona Outdoors will do and focus on.

While school is still in the works for some of us, we are also re-branding. As we love all things outdoors, we struggled to find a focus on what we wanted to really set us apart. We love camping, outdoor cooking, bow shooting and hunting. Thus our first logos appear to be more focused towards that.

However, we also love all things guns! We love shooting them, teaching others about them, collecting them and all things guns. Thus we developed a new logo that would center around a symbol of Arizona: A Star. A copper star for the copper state to bring it all into focus. This way we can focus on both. One can not talk about guns without thinking of the outdoors. One cannot also think about guns and not think about hunting or recreational shooting.

We have been working to develop partnerships with warehouses located only in the US that ship "Made in USA" products and we are also currently developing designs for our own guns. These will be designed, engineered and manufactured right here in Arizona. One we think we have the drawings down, we will be applying for a FFL to add to our services.

We hope you enjoy what is coming and look forward to be servicing all of you in the near future!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Lifeproof Nuud Case for iPhone 5S Quick Review

We did a quick review of the Nuud Case for the iPhone 5S. We will be updating a more in-depth review with pictures and videos soon.

Let us know what you think and what you would like us to review next!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Stupidity of Smart Guns.

The Armatix iP1
Our world is covered with smart objects. Smart Phones, Smart Watches, Smart TV and the list goes on. Now they are coming out with Smart Guns, which Jo Biden and other Anti-Gun Groups love. They will try to promote this as a way to keep guns safe.

If you were to look all over social media about this, you will see it has caused quite an uproar. The NRA doesn't like it and the anti-gun groups hate it. It is a lose-lose.

If you have ever taken any of my classes, you will know that I strongly discourage any self defense gun that has finite skills to operate. Gun safes with keys and pass codes are another issue. When your adrenaline is running, your small motor skills are not as accurate as you would think, unless you have the proper training. With your heart pounding, your larger motor skills work the best. So secure your firearm and ammo in such a way that you have access them safely and securely. This "Smart Gun" requires you to stick a lock down a .22L barrel (that's very small by the way") type a code on buttons that are smaller than you pinky-nail and then load it. It would make a great prop or paper weight, but not a good gun to protect yourself. Plus, what if the batteries died or your wrist watch which activates and deactivates the safety is not near you or dead? Thats trouble!

So many people do not like this gun, that a gun seller  in Maryland has decided not to sell it on accounts of death threats and hate mail he has received. That is very extreme. In today's world, however, the Bill of Rights as a whole has been under attack from both sides of the field so I can understand why people are upset about it. It's too bad they would go to such lengths as to threaten death to someone.

In the end, smart guns are the dumbest idea one could think of for protecting one's self. If you are really wanting to have guns but keeping them safely away from children or the mentally ill, I have a few suggestions for you.

  1. Store your unused firearms and ammo in a high place that kids normally would not get into such as the top of your closet.
  2. Any gun that is in use should either be on your person or secured in a fast catch safe. 
  3. Take your kids out shooting regularly. The more they know about guns, the less curious they will be about them when your not around. Teach them about guns and gun safety.
  4. Take a gun safety course. Arizona Outdoors offers classes to youth and adults and are taught by instructor certified by the NRA. 
If you have any other suggestions or comments, let us know below. We want to hear them!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Look Up. An Important Message.

If you were to ask any of my friends about me, you would probably hear about how tech savvy I am and that I keep up on all the new tech gossip. I LOVE technology. I love what it can do for me and essentially make my life easier. No matter how good it gets with tech, too much of one thing goes from virtue to vice.

I created Arizona Outdoors in 2011 to promote getting outdoors. I grew up in a life where we were outside all of the time. Playing sports, going camping and fishing were all part of who we were and were not just things that we did. I rode my bike to my friends house every week and we would play racquetball, basketball and football. This is not so much the case with our own kids now.

Now that I am an adult (aside from popular belief among friends and family), I see my own kids growing up in a world where kids do not want to go camping anymore unless there is a wifi connection. They freak out when they are not connected to the internet. Do you see something wrong with this picture?

I found this excellent video on Saturday while my kids were down for their naps and thought I had to share this. Let us know what you think down in the comments below. Remember, tech can be a good thing, but too much is bad.

In my college finance classes, we spoke about opportunity costs. That is when you weigh your options when spending your money. Techie's know it as "Don't buy that phone now, wait for the new model in two months!" I see that there is another opportunity, opportunity experience.  If you really want to live. Set times to check your phone for things, use it to record the real moments in your life, and have fun!

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