Everyone on the homestead has access to or wears a firearm. Usually the first thing I do when getting dressed in the morning before breakfast is tie on my Glock 17 9mm. Wearing a firearm is just something that most people do in this county.
This was also the case on homesteads all across our country back before telephones and motor vehicles were the norm. The firearm was a tool that when needed was absolutely relied upon to get the job done. The frontiersmen and women would not have thought for a second to traverse the rugged countryside without a reliable weapon in good working order. But Zac! This is the 21st century. Why do you need to carry a gun? These are modern times!
True, we are living in modern times and I can make phone calls across country to anyone and hop in my car and drive anywhere. So let me give you my 3 reasons why we carry firearms on An American Homestead!
- When we first moved here, the neighbors who also have livestock filled us in on the concerns we would have being livestock owners ourselves. Just a year ago last fall, a mountain lion killed a baby horse that belonged to our nearest neighbor. Additionally, everyone around us has sighted a number of bear families in the immediate area. In fact I’m pretty sure we are we not the only ones picking the blackberry patch this year. The good news is, at least nobody has seen any tigers around.
Lions, no tigers, but bears, OH MY!
So when someone who is not used to seeing people with steel strapped on their waist ask me why I carry a firearm, (this has happened) I remind them that I don’t live in a subdivision in suburbia and that in these woods, there are other creatures who think they are at the top of the food chain.
- We are 30 minutes (at least) from any police response and there are a lot of crazies running around the world right now. I feel very safe on my remote homestead out in the middle of nowhere. But being out in the middle of nowhere means you need to know how to look out for number one. I totally feel good about knowing that we have the ability to handle 4 legged critters and just as confident to handle crazy 2 legged critters as well.
- Snakes this time of year. This year so far we have seen copperheads and a rattlesnake. In fact I just shot a copperhead in my greenhouse the other day. They love hanging out in there. Last summer Jaimie found a copperhead near some stuff laying next to the house. A big one! These snakes have the ability to kill those they encounter. We have children on this homestead. Small ones. If these poisonous snakes are found near the living areas, we deal with them.
The first round loaded in my glock right now and all summer and fall is snakeshot. It’s hard to come by online but if you can find that kind of ammo, get some. It will dispatch a snake very effectively.
Everyone on the homestead has had some sort of formal firearms training except Joann. Tim was in the USAF and served in Vietnam. I was in the military while serving in the Army Infantry. Jaimie has taken a shotgun course and we all have been through concealed carry permit training.Firearms are nothing new to me. I served on the board of directors for the Missouri Sport Shooting Association and I founded a website called MissouriCarry.com back in 2003. I have documented 80 civilian hours of classroom time when it comes to firearms training. That is not counting range time spent in training. I was also certified by the NACFI in 2004 as a firearms safety and CCW instructor.
Firearms on An American Homestead are just a way of life. They are tools and like all tools need to be respected and proper instruction needs to accompany their use. We are also raising our children with the proper respect and use for firearms. Both my wife and I feel very comfortable and safe knowing that the right tools are always a hands reach away.