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A gun safe can be one of the most important purchases you ever make as a gun owner. A number of preventable gun accidents can be mitigated with the proper purchase and committed use of a gun safe. Though some safes are expensive, there are plenty of deals to be found on both new and used gun safes. Below are a few tips on finding such deals.

Determine Your Needs

The success of your purchase of any type of firearm security device including gun safes is greatly enhanced when one takes into account proper considerations. Some of the things you may want to consider which affect the prices are:

  • How large of a gun safe do you need?
  • What types of guns will you be storing?
  • How long do you plan on owning this safe?
  • Do you want a key-pad, dial, or bio-metric (fingerprint) activation system?

Conducting proper research and making informed decisions will save you time and money. Now on to where the best deals can be found.

New Safes:

If you decide to purchase a new gun safe a trip to a sporting goods store may be in your future. Most national sporting goods chains, such as: “Bass Pro Shop,” “Gander Mountain,” and “Dick’s Sporting Goods” offer a wide variety of gun safes including the biometric versions. Before visiting any chain store be sure to check their websites for upcoming and on-going deals. Most chains offer coupons by registering with their website. Registering with websites may not be particularly appealing, but a potential savings of 10% – 20% may change your mind. Web based stores such as “Amazon” can be an attractive option when free shipping is offered. Stores such as “Lowes” and “Home Depot” sell safes as well. Coupons and sales occur frequently at these national chains and occur like clock-work (Labor Day Sale, Black Friday Sale, etc). The price range for a new gun safe is approximately:

  • Small Safe: $30 to $200+
  • Large Safe: $200 to $2,000+

*Please note a $200 large gun safe will afford you the most basic of models designed to keep children out.

Used Safes:

If you have decided to purchase a used safe there are many resources available. With websites such as “Craigslist”, “Backpage”, or “eBay”, finding a deal on a used gun safe has never been easier. In most cases these safes are up to 50% off what can be found new in a store. Also, some sellers may allow you to trade items in lieu of a cash purchase. Understandably some people may shy from buying anything used. Keep in mind you do not need to be an expert in determining if a gun safe is in proper working order.

  • Does the safe close/lock? Test the safes function at least 3-times before purchase.
  • Does the safe appear to be damaged (drill marks, torch marks, dents, etc.)?

Good luck in your new purchase. Again, the most important addition to any gun collection is that of a good gun safe. It’s always important to consider where you will be storing the safe, and make sure you have selected a safe that will contain a firearm of the appropriate size as well as finding a secure place in your home to store it.


We cover all kinds of gadgets on our blog. Most of the time, we talk about gadgets and gizmos in the entertainment realm – TVs, computers, video games, that kind of thing. Today, though, we wanted to chat with you about a few of the weird skin care gadgets out there. We’ll cover a few in detail, but we’ll also be talking about them in general because we think it’s such an incredibly weird phenomenon.

So, if you haven’t seen in the recent years (or if you’ve been dead, since we don’t know how you could have missed it), the skin care market has become increasingly flooded with weird gadgets. Some are totally absurd. I mean really absurd. And it’s obvious to most people with a little bit of common sense that these absurd gadgets have never worked and are instead very elaborate marketing ploys to extort money out of a complacent populace.

What does work?

Some, though… some of these crazy things actually work. And, really, it’s something we at Stop SPP didn’t even want to admit. I mean, what self-respecting skeptic and tech geek wants to admit that rubbing a radio-wave-emitting magic wand over your face can help reduce bags under your eyes? We certainly didn’t, so it was almost painful (and funny) when a few of these damned things actually worked.

Before I tell you which ones worked, I should tell you that our round of product testing was a bit nostalgic for me. Why? Well, when I was a teenager, I was really just a dork who stayed in my room building computers. I had a few friends, but they were also dorks who stayed in their rooms building computers. I wasn’t anti-social, really. I actually did like hanging out with people. I was just shy, and it certainly didn’t help that I had acne. If you’ve never had acne, one of the things you may not understand is the weird effect it has on your personality – namely that you’re always just moderately embarrassed to be seen by anyone, which makes it hard to hang out with anyone except your good friends. Even after I got my breakouts under control, I usually still had dark spots.

Anyway, the point is: this stuff hits close to home, because while there’s usually no absolute cure for acne. I would have given my right pinky toe to get my hands on anything that could have made it even a little bit better.

It’s not a magic

That’s why I was shocked, amazed and even a bit sad (sad because I didn’t have these a decade ago) to find out a few of these wacky products actually worked. Which ones?

First, the Dermawand. The Dermawand is a weird magic wand that tightens your skin and pores via radio waves. Seriously. And (again, seriously), it actually works. It works better for people with less fat in their face, but it really does work. It’s great for older folks with sagging skin or for younger people who tend to have large pore openings that get clogged.

The other one was the No No Skin. This is an electric, laser, skin spot treatment thingy. Really, we have no idea how it works, but again, against all odds, the damned thing works.

There are plenty of other products out there, but if you don’t take anything else away from this piece, it should be that skin care technology is taking a turn for the awesome.


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Why Survivalism?

A survivalist lifestyle in the U.S. means taking pro-active precautions and preparations for macro scale emergencies. Such emergencies would result in catastrophic disruptions in the established sociopolitical and economic order.

Simply put, survivalists are preparing for the collapse of society either due to natural disasters, economic failures, global pandemics or terrorist acts by gathering and storing materials like food, water, gear, self defense items (think sharp survival knives or hunting knives).

Natural Disasters

Most survivalists prepare primarily for natural disasters of epic proportions like blizzards, solar storms, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. The preparations of survivalists include stockpiling food and water, undertaking medical training, learning self-defense techniques, purchasing guns and ammunition and learning engineering skills in order to re-build structures. Many survivalists have gone as far as building underground bunkers in order to survive such apocalyptic events.

Many survivalists fear that there is a small cabal of power brokers that runs the world’s affairs in a conspiratorial manner. These survivalists believe that such a cabal would never notify the public in case of a pending devastating solar storm, tsunami, alien invasion etc.

Do It Yourself – DIY

So, survivalists take it upon themselves to prepare for these worst case scenarios. Most survivalists have adopted the “DIY” motto which means Do It Yourself. They understand that it is not prudent to rely on government officials to provide disaster relief aid and that anyone who seeks power is likely not a trustworthy person.

On the surface, the actions of survivalists appear to be extraordinarily paranoid. But once you dig deeper, you may find yourself becoming a bit of a conspiracy theorist and begin to side with the survivalists. After all, what harm is there in preparing for a potential country wide or global disaster?

Survivalists are learning valuable skills and storing food and supplies that can be used as barter in case currencies or banks collapse. These actions actually seem quite prudent when you give them some serious consideration. If you have ever had your power out for a week due to inclement weather then you have experienced how much we take for granted in terms of electricity that provides hot water and will heat up our food.

A Way of Life

Survivalists also break behavior patterns that would hamper their lives in the event of a disaster. These behavior patterns include watching television, eating processed foods, depending on alcohol and cigarettes and general consumerism. By ditching these bad behaviors, survivalists are preparing themselves for a simple and easily maintainable lifestyle.