"This is my Safety."

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"This is my Safety."

“This is my safety, sir.”

If you are unfamiliar with this line, you need to stop reading right now and go watch one of the greatest modern military movies ever, Black Hawk Down.  The rest of you probably remember the scene where one of the Delta soldiers, SFC Norm 'Hoot' Gibson (Eric Bana) is in the chow hall in Somalia and is approached by Captain Stone (Lucious Mallfoy).  Captain Stone chastises Hoot for carrying a hot weapon (loaded and on fire) and reminds him that the safety should be on.  Hoot responds by curling his index finger and delivering this line, before walking off.

In the movie, this scene is intended to show how the uptight Captain doesn’t know anything about combat and how the “real soldier” from Delta doesn’t need to adhere to any kind of weapon safety practices, because...well, I'm not exactly sure what the logic is behind this.  The implication seems to be that, if you are highly trained (as all members of Delta most certainly are) then practicing weapon safety is irrelevant.  As Mark Bowden wrote in the book version

"Ranger rules required that any weapon, loaded or unloaded, have the safety on at all times when at the base.  It was an eminently sensible rule, a basic principle of handling weapons safely." 

The point of this post is not to get into a debate about precisely when and under what circumstances military personnel in a combat zone should have their weapons off safe and ready to fire.  The point is to emphasize that weapon safety should be a primary concern for all shooters, no matter how highly trained.  Anyone who responds with the, "This is my safety" finger curl is telling you that they don't take weapon's safety seriously.   But, you know, don't take my word for it, listen to Paul Howe, Owner of Combat Shooting and Tactics

Why use the safety?

First, it keep you from shooting yourself, your buddy or an innocent person. We are employed in a fast moving high stress job that requires doing the job right the first time. Early law enforcement training impressed upon me the idea that you cannot “unring a bell.” The same holds true for shooting. Once the hammer falls, you cannot bring that bullet back. It is something that is easy to correct with a good range practice. Next and as important is the discrimination issue. It is my belief that the safety requires you to do one more critical thought out act before taking a human life. It is one final thought process or “buffer” if you will, to ensure you have discriminated thoroughly and effectively and the target you are going to destroy absolutely bad and not an innocent civilian or your buddy coming in from a different angle.

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During ten years in military special operations, I can remember at several instances in live fire training where operators shot themselves because their weapon were not on safe and their reliance on a straight finger failed them. In one instance, a piece of gear snagged the weapon when it was dropped to its sling while the operator was fighting with a role player. In another instance, a shooter released a breaching shotgun to its sling to employ his primary weapon. Upon reaching back to re-employ the shotgun, his grab connected with the trigger, discharging a lock-buster round into his calf.

[Taken verbatim from 'The Weapon Safety: Use it or regret it]

Regardless of whether or not you are military or law enforcement, if you are a trained and responsible gun owner, you probably found yourself nodding in agreement and probably remembering back to your own weapon safety 'war story.'  However, if you are one of those "This is my Safety" morons, you are probably rolling your eyes right now asking why you should listen to some random shooting instructor, that those wussies from Veri-Fire are quoting at you.

Well, it's because before Paul Howe was "some random shooting instructor," he was SFC Paul Howe, member of Delta Force, and survivor of the Battle of Mogadishu.   If someone as well-trained and battle-tested as Paul Howe is concerned with weapons safety, you should be too.

Please don't misread this, we are definitively NOT saying that every member of the Special Operations community should be equipped with Guardian on their sidearm before they head out on their next operation.  Just so we're crystal clear, Guardian is not designed or intended for military or law-enforcement use.   However, most of the gun owners out there are not law enforcement or military and even those that are, aren't on duty all of the time.  Guardian is intended to provide an additional layer of weapon safety for home protection, to balance the need to be both ready and responsible.  It won't be the right safety solution for every gun owner, but every gun owner does have a responsibility to store and handle their weapons safely, "Delta or no Delta." 

 

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What’s Next: Crowdfunding the Guardian Product Launch

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What’s Next: Crowdfunding the Guardian Product Launch

With our Product Launch just around the corner on November 16th, 2015, we thought we would take this opportunity to explain how we are go about bringing Guradian to the world.  We will be launching Guardian via a crowdfunding campaign through the website: www.indiegogo.com.  If you haven't had a chance to check out their site, you should take the time. They’ve got some pretty cool campaigns going on right now.  Indiegogo.com specializes in hosting campaigns like ours.  They have been working hand-in-hand with us to make our launch a success (more on this in a later post).  So with that, let’s answer three of the most common questions we have received:

What is a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Crowdfunding by nature is a grass roots, community driven effort.  Basically it is the act of many people or communities contributing money to a project in exchange for a good or service.  It also gives these supporters an opportunity to give the campaign owner feedback on what is important to them or what they want to see in that particular good or service.

Why Veri-Fire is doing Crowdfunding?

Manufacturing a product like Guardian is quite expensive and, in order to bring it to you, we need your help.  Crowdfunding is a community effort and allows us to start down that path.  Veri-Fire’s mission is very much community-oriented.  We want to lead and inspire our communities to realize the reality of practical firearm safety.  Our families are just as important to us as yours are to you.  As such, we want Veri-Fire to be built and informed by the communities we all belong to.  We know this is bigger than ourselves and look to you, our community members, who are willing to be a part of this journey with us.  Guardian is a revolutionary product but not the only thing needed to help inspire greater firearm safety in all of our homes.  It’s our communities…it’s you that is needed!  You are the key to moving Guardian forward.  We hope to have your support as we bring ready, reliable and responsible firearm safety options to the world.

How Can You Participate?

On Monday, November 16th at 9 am CDT, Guardian will officially launch via our Indiegogo Crowdfunding site.  By accessing any of our announcement links distributed here at www.veri-fire.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VeriFireLLC), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Veri_Fire), you will gain access to links sending you directly to our campaign page.  During our campaign, you will have an opportunity to purchase discounted products, lifetime memberships in exclusive community groups or even contribute money to help worthy causes that promote firearms safety.

Through the same links, you will be able to amplify the message and help our campaign grow through referrals.  As the amount contributed increases, we will be able to make more options and product capabilities available to our supporters through “stretch goals”.  We’ll tell you more about referrals and “stretch goals” in the coming days.  In the meantime, please join us in our “two-week out” preparations by letting your friends and family know about our campaign and spreading the word to everyone you know.  Finally, don’t forget the pre-launch discounts for Guardian that are available now.

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The R3 Forum

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The R3 Forum

We are pleased to provide the inaugural post to the R3 Forum.  R3 encompasses the Veri-Fire slogan of “Ready, Reliable, Responsible” and this forum will address a wide selection of topics.  Those topics will include: Personal readiness (do you know how to prepare for or handle a crisis?); the reliability of technology, as it applies to firearms products; and the responsibility of being a gun owner.  If you have ideas for topics or have content that fits in the forum, please email us at info@veri-fire.com.

How Do I Choose A Handgun For Protection?

As I talk with people about Veri-Fire and Guardian, the conversation frequently turns to handgun makes and models.  One question that seems to always come up is: “I am thinking about buying a handgun…how do pick the right one?”  This usually leads to a 10-15 minute conversation that includes me asking questions like: Who will use the handgun…you or your spouse?  What will you use the handgun for…home defense or concealed carry?  It’s always interesting conversation and I quickly realize that each person has a specific requirement that doesn’t necessarily work for every other person.

So, when I saw this video from the folks over at Personal Defense Network (PDN), I knew it would be a great first topic for our R3Forum.  Kristin Larson, lead instructor at Prime Defense, does a great job of summarizing the considerations you should take when choosing a handgun.  As a bonus, she summarizes my typical 10-15 minute “ramble” into a little more than 2 minutes.Not bad huh?

http://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/video/handgun-shooting-tips-find-right-handgun-006850/

PDN has a ton of other great content that you’ll probably see shared here periodically.  Give them a visit over at www.personaldefensenetwork.com and follow them on twitter: @P_D_N.

At Veri-Fire, we believe in the power of the community and encourage opinions and healthy debate.  That said, please be respectful and refrain from personal insults and profanity.  We reserve the right to monitor and remove comments that do not conform to these guidelines.

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Law Enforcement Community Testimonial

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Law Enforcement Community Testimonial

Over the last few weeks, we've been humbled and pleased to receive several testimonials expressing support for Veri-Fire, our mission and Guardian.  Today, we are sharing one we received from Mr. Mark Ashby.  

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The Story of Guardian

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The Story of Guardian

Almost 6 years ago, Skylar and I were sitting around the kitchen table in my house in San Antonio, TX watching our children play.  As we talked, we wondered why such a solution didn’t already exist?  We believed that there had to be a way to balance a gun owner’s desire to be both ready and responsible.  In 2012, we began work on a design in earnest and, in 2013, Veri-Fire, LLC was formed.  We started Veri-Fire with a mission to save lives by providing ready, reliable, and responsible solutions to the challenge of firearm safety.  Our vision is to be the industry leader in high-tech, weapons safety accessories, but we need your help.  Guardian is the revolutionary solution to the dilemma of handgun safety and will be available April 13, 2015 for pre-order.

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