Young Adults and Firearm Responsibility – MAC Outdoors Podcast 032

032 MAC PodcastThere are a lot of things we don’t understand so today Mia and Lea are talking about one little piece of a large topic. — Young adults and firearms responsibility. Tune in, share your comments, and hopefully learn a little from a responsible young gun owner.

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Each week the dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.

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Must Haves for Every Gun Owner – Christmas Gift Idea

I’m stopping by with another Christmas gift idea every gun owner should have — A gun safe, or maybe two or three. However many it takes to secure all those valuables and your firearms is what you’ve got to have.

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We have one or two ourselves and store more than just firearms in them. Along with the shotguns, handguns, and rifles, we also store important documents, coins, certificates and the like. That means, even non-gun owners could use a safe.

We have a Liberty cabinet style safe, which we find to be more than secure. It’s also easy to use. It locks and unlocks, with the combination, easily and smoothly. I mention this because we have another brand safe that we have to lift and push the door to get it to close.

Click – ‘How To Choose a Gun Safe’ to learn about key features you need to look at when choosing one. Information about this Field & Stream model showed up in my mailbox. I look forward to checking it out.

Protect and Store Firearms in Field & Stream® Gun Safes

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 5, 2017) — Field & Stream, a specialty outdoor retailer and product brand owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, offers a variety of gun safes designed to securely store and protect your firearms, providing you with long-lasting peace of mind.

The Field & Stream gun safes can be found in Field & Stream and DICK’S Sporting Goods stores nationwide and at and

Field & Stream Sportsman 24 Gun Fire Safe

Field & Stream Sportsman 24 Gun Fire Safe

The Field & Stream Sportsman 24 Gun Fire Safe is available in three sizes that can store 10, 16 or 24 long guns. The safe is QAI verified to 1400 degrees for up to 30 minutes and includes five total locking bolts. It is also drill-resistant and features external hinges.

Available in three sizes to store up to 10, 16 or 24 long guns (rifles/shotguns/muzzleloaders)
24 long gun safe can also store four handguns
QAI verified 1400 degrees / 30 minutes
Three-number combination lock (10 and 16 gun)
Three-number Electronic Lock with Customizable Code (24 gun)
Five total locking bolts: three live action and two dead bolts
1-inch steel bolts are located on each long side of the door
Drill-resistant, hardened steel plate behind lock provides a higher level of security
Recessed door is pry resistant and features external hinges
Black matte pebble external finish with Field & Stream name
Full interior gray carpeting on the body and door of the safe
Four fully carpeted and adjustable shelves
Full length top to bottom shelf adjustment notches
Barrel rests to hold up to 10, 16 or 24 long guns
Stand-off barrel rest adaptors for scoped rifles
External Dimensions vary

Field & Stream Pro 54 + 8 Gun Fire Safe with Electronic Lock

Field & Stream Pro 54 + 8 Gun Fire Safe with Electronic Lock

The Field & Stream Pro 54 + 8 Gun Fire Safe with Electronic Lock protects and organizes your assortment of firearms. The Pro Series is available in sizes that store 36, 46 and 54 long guns. It keeps firearms away from children or intruders thanks to the safe’s electronic lock, which operates 10 locking points. The interior is carpeted for long guns and the door features room for 6 to 8 handguns (six handguns on 36 and 46, eight handguns on 54) plus accessories. The Field & Stream Pro Series Gun Fire Safe provides extensive security to keep your mind at ease.

Fire-resistant for 30 minutes up to 1400°F
Electronic lock with customizable code
Includes a back-up key
Four-way locking mechanism with 1.5″ live action locking bolts
Door storage includes additional pockets
Carpeted interior with gun rests
Hardware included for fastening
California DOJ approved
Dimensions, interior area and weight vary

Field & Stream 1871 series 57 + 8 Gun Fire and Water Safe

Field & Stream 1871 series 57 + 8 Gun Fire and Water Safe

The Field & Stream 1871 Series 57 + 8 Gun Safe protects your most valuable guns and possessions from the elements. The water- and fire-resistant steel safe secures belongings, thanks to 10 locking points and a drill-resistant steel plate behind the lock. Protect your gear in the best way possible with the Field & Stream® 1871 Series 57 + 8 Gun Fire and Water Safe.

57 + 8 gun steel safe
Fits 57 long guns plus 8 handguns on the door
Fire-resistant for 75 minutes up to 1400°F
Waterproof in up to 2 ft of standing water for 72 hours
Backlit electronic lock with customizable code
Includes a back-up key
Drill-resistant, hardened steel plate behind the lock
Four-way locking mechanism with seven 1.5-inch live action locking bolts and three dead bolts for 10 locking points
Five-spoke steel handle
One easy-access and 2 high-capacity barrel rests
12 adjustable shelves
Door storage includes additional pockets
Factory-installed 120V electrical outlet
LED light kit installs easily to illuminate the interior
Fully lined fabric interior
Hardware included for fastening
California DOJ approved
Dimensions: 72″H x 43″W x 26″D
Weight: 908 lbs

Field & Stream Personal Fire Safe


Field & Stream Personal Fire Safe

The Field & Stream Personal Fire Safe keeps your personal belongings safe and protected from accidents, house fires or unwanted eyes. Available in small, medium and large, this safe features four 8-inch steel live-action locking bolts, in addition to two deadbolts for superior protection. The safe has an electronic lock with back up key to secure your valuables.
Personal Fire Safe – Small, Medium or Large
Fire rated at 1400 degrees for 30 minutes
.8-inch steel live-action locking bolts and two deadbolts
Electronic lock with backup key for enhanced security
Fully carpeted interior
One adjustable shelf for storing items that vary in size

About Field & Stream Specialty Store

Named for the iconic brand that for more than 140 years has been synonymous with outdoor experiences, the Field & Stream store offers a vast assortment of outdoor equipment, accessories and services in hunting, fishing, archery, camping and more. As of October 28, 2017, the Company operated 35 Field & Stream stores offering top of the line in-store services along with a wide variety of top national brands including Remington, Huk, Carhartt, Shimano and Yeti, in addition to its exclusive offering of Field & Stream products. The Field & Stream trademark is owned by American Sports Licensing LLC, and is not associated with Field & Stream Magazine. For more information, visit

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When Should Your Children Learn About Firearms

This site is here because I like inspiring others, be it into the outdoors, hunting, shooting, mentoring, cooking or other activities. Today I want to share a tip about encouraging youngsters and when it’s appropriate to teach them about firearms.

Many of us own guns for various reasons. I like to collect them. My aunt has hers for protection. Then, my friend Josie likes to compete with hers. Lanny competes and hunts with them. Regardless of the reason, there are some things to consider before we include our children.

This tip is featured in this week’s episode of Armed Lutheran Radio.
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I’m not much of a competitor, but my daughter partakes in shotgun sports. This week her team, Los Gatos Negros, took first place in their fall league series at the trap range. Her team is comprised of five members. She’s the youngest and the only girl. It’s inspiring to see the team captain, Jimmy, a man who’s not quite of retirement age yet, put together a team where he can mentor and encourage youngsters to take up shooting.

The other three members of the team include a gentleman near Jimmy’s age, a man who’s probably a youngster, like me, and then another boy who’s near Lea’s age. You see, there’s a whole gamut of generations out there, and they all come together to shoot guns.

That leads me to a conversation last week at our church’s book club meeting. A couple parents asked a very common question. “What age should I teach my children to shoot?”teaching-firearm-safety-to-young-children-mia-anstine-photo

In my experience as a shooting instructor I most often, along with my husband and daughter, teach children safety and then how to shoot. Let me tell you some of my thoughts and experiences on the matter of what age kids should learn to use guns, but first, a few questions.

Click to download – Parent’s Q&A Checklist for Teaching Children About Firearms

At what age did you learn to shoot? I learned to shoot at five-years-old. Is this an appropriate age? You know your children, their capabilities and how mature they are better than anyone else. Do you think they’re old enough to begin handling a firearm?

I learned to shoot at five years old because my dad wanted to make sure my brother and I were safe. My brother was ten, and he and my dad were beginning to hunt together. My dad wanted both of us to know that guns are not toys.

Was I of age to go hunting? According to some state laws, no, but that’s not what the shooting lesson was about. It was about safety. He wanted to make sure his family was safe. He knew I’d see my brother with a gun, and he had to eliminate my lack of knowledge to get a jump on curiosity.

CLICK HERE for the ‘Rules of Firearm Safety.’

How mature is your child?

Is your child attentive?

Does your child follow the rules and show signs of respect?

All of these questions need to be considered when you’re deciding what your child should learn about firearms, but there’s more.

You have guns in the house. Are they locked up? If you need trigger locks or other means of safely storing your firearms, you can look to NSSF’s Project Childsafe for help. Never rely on a hiding spot for your gun. What game did you first learn to play? Yep. Hide and Seek. Do you think your children aren’t going to be good at this game?


Have you ever thought about what your child will do if they’re at a friend’s house and they come across a gun? A great place to start teaching a youngster about guns is with NRA’s Eddie Eagle program. If you’d like a workbook, click here.

You should teach your children safety, way before you give them the hands-on of a firearms experience. Ultimately, the choice is yours. It’s up to you. As I said, you know your children better than anyone else, and you should be able to decide. And, just as with a treat at the store, it is okay to say, “No” if they’re not ready, they’re not ready.

Teaching your children is a bonding experience and one that is empowering to them. Once you’ve made up your mind to get them to the range for live-fire, and always remember to focus on safety.

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Keeping Firearms and Protecting Children [Video]

Teaching kids firearms safety at the range.LG and I are happy to hear more gun owners are protecting their kids. Banishment isn’t the answer but education is. Thank you to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), firearms retailers, sporting clubs and conservation organizations for providing necessary safety equipment and education.

Mia & LG are supporters of the promotion of safe gun-handling. Before you strike out in fear, educate yourself.

Project ChildSafe Gains 500 Supporter Organizations

Firearm industry program distributes free safety kits
in 47 states since January

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced today that more than 500 retailers, sporting clubs and conservation organizations have signed on to support its Project ChildSafe program and promote the message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” to help prevent firearm accidents.

“Reaching 500 supporter organizations for Project ChildSafe speaks to how the shooting sports community understands the importance of safe firearm storage,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. “This broad spectrum of support amplifies our industry’s safety message and lets people know there are resources available to help firearm owners take action – right now – to help prevent firearm accidents.”

The program began recruiting supporter organizations last summer to expand the reach of its safety message nationwide. The Wild Sheep Foundation, a national organization dedicated to enhancing wild sheep populations, promoting professional wildlife management and providing public education on hunting’s role in conservation, became the program’s 500th supporter this week. It joined a host of local and national organizations including USA Shooting, the Mule Deer Foundation, Law Enforcement United, National Association of Sporting Good Wholesalers, US First Responders and USA YESS, among others.

“As an organization dedicated to ethical hunting and safe shooting, we believe any discussion on the importance of gun safety and responsibility must include storing guns responsibly when they are not in use,” said Ryan Brock, Ph.D. and youth education coordinator for the Wild Sheep Foundation.  “Project ChildSafe is the nation’s leading program in getting that message out, and providing the means firearm owners can use to help prevent accidents.  We’re glad to be partnering with them.”

Together, Project ChildSafe and its supporting organizations are reaching out to the firearm-owning community to stress the importance of proper and responsible firearm storage.  Central to that program are the Project ChildSafe Firearm Safety Kits, which include a free cable-style gun lock.  NSSF, which launched Project ChildSafe in 1999, provides the safety kits and locks to more than 15,000 law enforcement partner agencies across the country at no charge.

Thanks in part to the work of Project ChildSafe supporters to promote the “Own It? Respect it. Secure It.” message on their websites, advertising, storefronts and in social media, demand for the safety kits has surged.  More than 53,000 safety kits have been shipped to local law enforcement agencies in 47 states nationwide since January, adding to the more than 36 million safety kits donated throughout the U.S. and in five territories since Project ChildSafe began.

“We’ve partnered with Project ChildSafe and NSSF to distribute locks and educational materials at several events in the past year. At each event, the response from the community has been tremendous, demonstrating that Project ChildSafe is the right approach to firearm safety,” said Joe Huggins, Hunter Education Coordinator with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “Reaching this milestone shows that the vast majority of gun owners are committed to being safe and responsible. We look forward to continuing our work with Project ChildSafe to provide resources and tools to help them do that.”


About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

About Project ChildSafe
NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. The program was originally supported by federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. Since 2008, when this funding was cut, the firearms manufacturing industry has solely funded the Project ChildSafe program through the members of NSSF.

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