Door Jamb Armor

Just wanted to let everyone know about a great product that I installed on all my doors recently. It is well designed and very easy to install, well worth the money to beef up the strength of your existing doors.

Door Jamb Armor. The Door Security Product that Started it All…

Door Jamb Armor was the first door security solution introduced by Armor Concepts.
Door Jamb Armor was designed by an engineer and was created with the sole purpose of keeping intruders from breaking into properties that we were renovating. We never intended to sell Door Jamb Armor. As a result, Door Jamb Armor was designed to be extremely effective but it is much more difficult to install than other Armor Concepts products.

Door Jamb Armor is a set of sleeves that wrap around the jamb, hinges and the lock area of the door.
This patented wrapping technology allows Door Jamb Armor to be used for instances of extreme jamb repair and in extreme security situations but makes installation more challenging. Door Jamb Armor is intended to be used by professional contractors and installers. For all but a few applications, we recommend using Door Armor because it is much easier to install.

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Umarex Colt 1911 A1

I recently bought a Umarex Colt 1911 A1 CO2  pellet gun and thought I would do a review on this beautiful gun.

If you have ever wanted a 1911 this gun will not disappoint. It is about as close to the real thing as you can get and makes a perfect training tool as well.

The gun is all metal, except for the rubber grips and has all working safeties that are used on the real version. It also has the same single and double action that the original incorporates which makes for realistic training when cocking and de-cocking the weapon. This version doesn’t have a slide blow back which would have been nice, but it was a trade off. If you go with a blow back version it will not have the 495 fps muzzle velocity that this gun delivers and you will go through way more CO2 cartridge’s with the gun having to cycle the slide. Also the blow back version is steel BB only with a smooth bore barrel. I went specifically with this model because it shoots .177 pellets and has a rifled barrel with a respectable twist rate. This makes the gun unbelievably accurate, right out of the box I was shooting a 1 inch grouping at 30 feet having not adjusted the rear side from factory position. Because it has a rotary clip you will have to use wad cutter pellets or flat nosed hollow points in this gun as any pointed tip pellets will jam the weapon.

Over all I would give this gun a 4.5 out 5 rating. The only features that I do miss is the drop out clip, blow back slide and ability to authentically field strip this weapon. But giving those features up for more power and muzzle velocity and accuracy is a pretty even trade off.

It is simply beautiful to shoot and with it being so accurate compared to other pellet / BB guns it makes for a very enjoyable session on the range.



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Dealing with a home break in

5 Ways to Cope with the Emotional Aftermath of a



by Greg Jensen on September 25, 2012

Having your home robbed is considerably less traumatic than actually being mugged, but the psychological after effects of a home intrusion are just as intense as a mugging. Take it from someone who has been a victim of both crimes.

In my early 20’s, my roommate and I were walking home from a late-night breakfast run and we were mugged. Eight months after that, while I was on vacation, I received a call from my apartment complex that my unit had been broken into. When I arrived home, it appeared as if my apartment had been through a war. Not only were many of my cherished possessions stolen, all of the remaining items were completely destroyed with paint and a machete. (It most likely wasn’t a machete, but that’s what it looked like). To this day, I don’t know if the two crimes were linked; all I know is that it took me a long time to feel safe again.

I think it’s fair to say I know a thing or two about recovering from the emotional aftermath of a burglary. With that said, let’s address what you’re going through and how you can overcome the negative emotions that come with being victimized. It is important to note that people respond to traumatic events differently, depending on a variety of factors, including personality, coping ability, values, beliefs, and life experiences. You may have one or all of the following reactions in a variety of ways, just keep in mind these reactions do not always take place in a linear fashion.

Shock and Disbelief

Immediately after a traumatic event, like a robbery, it’s extremely common to experience feelings of shock and disbelief. It’s hard to wrap your mind around what just happened; you feel disconnected from the event and your feelings. The immediate inability to accept what happened doesn’t last too long. By the time I was filing out police reports, I had accepted it.


This one used to trip me up because I didn’t fully believe I was in denial. I thought that because I never denied it happened, I couldn’t be in denial, but I was. Denial doesn’t mean that you don’t accept that the event took place; it simply means that you refuse to accept that it’s bothering you. Others may comment on your strength or easy-going attitude, when in truth you are avoiding dealing with the topic.


After you process and accept what just happened, you will likely feel a sense of loss. It’s especially upsetting when you lose sentimental or irreplaceable items. You will never be able to put value on sentimental items, and you will probably always feel a sense of sadness that they were taken from you.


Once you begin to move through the grief of your loss, you will start feeling angry. You will want to find the person responsible and make them pay for what they have done. You may even turn that anger toward your landlords, neighbors, friends, or yourself. It’s perfectly normal to want to blame someone for the injustice that was done to you. The trick is to not allow your anger to consume you. Embrace it, accept it, and then work to move past it. Carrying around intense feelings of anger isn’t going to bring your stuff back and it won’t help you move past the burglary.


This is probably the worst stage of them all. Not only have your valuables been taken, you have to accept the fact that your home – your sanctuary – has been invaded. Most of us think of our home as a safe place; it’s extremely unsettling to have your line of defense breached. It’s not uncommon for burglary victims to feel anxious or fearful of being alone in the home that was robbed.

How to Move On

Now that you know the stages, the next step is to conquer them. Here are some things you can (and should) do to get over your burglary:

1. Get Support

Support can be found through numerous avenues, including friends, family members, clergy members, or a therapist. Don’t be afraid to lean on others for emotional support and comfort.

2. Let Yourself Feel

Don’t let others minimize your feelings by saying things like, “Good thing you weren’t home,” or “You were lucky. At least they didn’t destroy your sofa.” Just because you weren’t home or all of your items weren’t set ablaze does not mean that you shouldn’t feel anything. You have been victimized – it’s okay to be upset about it.

3. Do Not Give in to Fear

While it’s perfectly normal to feel afraid, don’t let it control you. Take action to protect and empower yourself. Consider installing a security alarm system in your home and enrolling in self-defense classes.

4. Keep Your Routine

Try to get back into a routine as soon as you can. The more normalcies you have in your life, the easier it will be to move past this event.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Don’t give into self-pity. Continue to eat well and exercise and don’t overindulge in food, drugs or alcohol. You are stronger than a break in. Don’t let a burglar rob you of your good health and mental well-being.

While it may not seem like it right now, you will be able to move past the negative feelings associated with the burglary. Allow yourself the freedom to move through these emotional stages and remind yourself that this, too, shall pass.


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Key Lock Box

Another thing that I think we all take for granted is the security of our keys inside our home. You lock your house when you leave so everything inside must be safe and secure. Our Cadillac would still be in our garage if we had the key fob in a secured location in the house rather then in a kitchen drawer or hanging on a hook on the wall.

That is why we now have a key lock box for all our keys to various out buildings and vehicles left on the property when we leave. If nothing else if slows a theft down and makes a quick smash and grab less likely to happen. Well worth the money as a camera system in your house will only show them taking the keys to your truck, while this deters them from gaining easy access to your other buildings and vehicles.

Just remember to locate the box in an out of the way spot that is convenient to you and your family members, but not obvious to potential criminals.

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Acreage security gate

If you live in the country and are on a more isolated piece of land, I highly recommend you look at installing a driveway security gate system.

We had a break in last week to both our house and garage. A fair bit of stuff was stolen along with one of our vehicles. We had pictures of the people and their vehicle, but unfortunately this will be of little help getting our stuff back. The police indicated that on rural properties criminals are not scared of security camera’s and or security systems. They know that most responders to a break in will be 20 to 30 minutes, which gives them plenty of time to take what they want and be on their way.

In my opinion the best way to prevent or mitigate theft from your property is to bar access to your property with a security gate. It also prevents would be thieves from gaining access to your property saying that they are lost or need directions giving them the opportunity to case the place.

We are looking into what companies are the best and I will pass the information along once we have ours installed.

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Our aquarium didn’t come with a stand so the first order of business was to find a stand. When dealing with large tanks over 55 gallons, I started to realize that most of the stands are custom built by the owner. So trying to find one at your local pet store could be a problem.

Next you can’t just put these tanks on any old stand you find that matches the tanks dimensions. Once filled these tanks are going to weigh in excess of 1200 pounds, that is some serious weight. Which explains why most of the stands are custom built for the tank and where the tank is going to live in your house.

I am still in the process of finding a set of plans that will work for the way I want to set the tank up, but will share that with everyone once the details are worked out.

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Last weekend a friend was moving and couldn’t take their aquarium with them so asked if we would like it. Turns out this aquarium is 130 gallons, not exactly a starter tank for the beginner.

Not one to run away from any challenge I gladly accepted the aquarium and got to researching what I need to do to get this beast up and running.

So I figured I would start an aquarium thread that outlines my journey down this path and offer some tips on what to do and not to do based on my experience with this venture.

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