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postheadericon Goggles provide a variety of eye protection

Goggles Provide a Variety of Eye Protection

With today’s medical science and technology, physicians and scientists can do remarkable things that were unknown only a decade ago; organ transplants, cloning, microsurgery, etc. But still, we have only one pair of eyes. Many of us enjoy activities or occupations that can cause serious injury and even blindness if we treat our eyes carelessly. This is where a good set of goggles can save our eyes! For example, when you enroll in a welding school, the first thing you’ll learn is that safety goggles are essential to protect your eyes from sparks and gasses. Military and law enforcement personnel learn the importance of night vision goggles to conduct reconnaissance missions. In fact, sunglasses-type goggles are currently in use by the US armed forces in Iraq to protect their eyes from both blowing sand and the glare of desert sands.

Sports enthusiasts of all kinds know the importance of a well-made set of goggles from manufacturers like Smith, Scott and Oakley. If you ride motorcycles, for example, goggles protect your eyes from debris and insects that, at high speeds, become projectiles that can cause permanent eye damage. Though many cyclists prefer the feeling of freedom of the open road, there is no doubt that goggles and helmets save lives!

Frequent swimmers, especially professional athletes, use water-resistant goggles to prevent damage to their eyes from chlorine in swimming pools and ocean salt water. Long-distance swimmers who swim the length of the Great Lakes or the English Channel regard goggles as a life-saving necessity!

Winter sports enthusiasts know just how essential goggles are to protect their eyes and increase their chances of obtaining championship status among their peers. Ski and snowboard goggles protect these athletes’ eyes from both blowing, freezing ice and snow as well as reducing glare from the stark white snow. The sports of extreme downhill skiing or snowboarding are extremely dangerous without goggles as essential eye protection.

Are you a marksman who enjoys competition shooting or a hunter of large game? You’ll need to add a quality set of goggles to not only keep your vision clear for an accurate aim, but also to protect your eyes from stray high-velocity bullet casings that can cause permanent blindness. Bullet casings are very hot from the gunpowder that fires the ammunition round; a large, hot casing can cause irreparable damage to the cornea and the optic nerve.

Paintball competitions have become enormously popular in the past few years; it’s fun, exciting, and unfortunately, potentially extremely dangerous without protective eyewear. Military and law enforcement personnel have long used paintball games to determine the accuracy of their abilities to subdue an enemy with one shot. Without the protection of snug-fitting goggles, a paintball to the eye, traveling at about 40 mph, can literally pulverize a human eye in seconds.

It’s possible to enjoy the sport and occupation that suits your interest without taking unnecessary risks to your ocular health. Goggles, depending upon their intended use, are relatively inexpensive compared to your welding torch or snowboard. Why assume the risk of a serious injury that is entirely preventable?

postheadericon Improving your hunt and game with the ghillie suit

Improving Your Hunt and Game With the Ghillie Suit

Ghillie Suits are a proven tool in hunting, military operations and for snipers. Ghillie Suits have been used to improve hunter’s outcome for over more than a century now. Ghillie Suits are thought to have been invented for military purposes, when in fact they were first used for hunting. It was the Scottish gamekeepers who used Ghillie Suits as a portable hunting blind. Today Ghillie Suits are used for any camouflage purpose; used by hunters, military personnel, paintball enthusiasts, law enforcement offices and snipers.

What are Ghillie Suits? Ghillie Suits are camouflage outfits which are made from netting, or cloth, then attached with loose strips of twine material, when put together looks like scattered leaves and twigs. When a human and especially an animal first looks at you in your Ghillie Suit, their natural and first instinct will conclude that your Ghillie Suit is just a collection of natural shedding or heaving foliage.

Depending on who is using the Ghillie Suit, they provide various reasons of protection or invisibility. For military personnel and law enforcement, the main use of Ghillie Suits is for the camouflage it provides, which is very important for these individuals for capturing the target and protecting ones body. For the paintball enthusiast and the hunter, the Ghillie Suit’s importance is more on providing greater invisibility and less emphasis on protecting one self.

As you can image wildlife animals are eradicate and when hunting they need to be approached carefully and quietly. Have you crept up to a deer, then a branch snaps, the deer see you and it runs away. Well if were wearing a Ghillie Suit, and the exact situation occurred, when the deer turn around to see where the sound came from, they would just have seen another “bush”. This is why a Ghillie Suit give you better odds of winning.

When snipers and hunters sear their lives off the Ghillie Suit and know that it allows someone to better blend into a forest or heavily wooded and bushed area; you know the Ghillie Suit will improve your hunt and game. The genius of the Ghillie Suit, is that it assists the hunter or sniper to hide & blend and brake his human frame; deceiving their target right before a tactical attack against your target.

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postheadericon My first skydive

My First Skydive

My first Sky Dive was a Tandem Jump (this is where the parachute deploys as soon as you jump out the aircraft) with the Silver Stars of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Being as they are run by the army means military personal get a discount which always comes in handy.

The first day was all training, theory and practical, paying for membership with the BPA (so that you are covered for insurance). There were a few warnings, with the instructor informing us that if the weather wasn’t good enough the next day we wouldn’t be able to jump.

The next day came and the sky was clear, lovely warm sun, perfect for it. A little bit of a recap followed, we jumped out of a pretend plane, spread our arms out and shouted 1….2…..3…..Check (turn head left) Canopy (turn head right). This was so we gave the parachute enough time to deploy then checked that it had deployed properly. If it hasn’t you then pull your reserve chute. Easy I hear you cry! How can you forget such a simple thing! Well I did!

We (by we I mean the 3 other people jumping, the instructor and myself) bundled into a small aircraft (by small I mean you sit on the floor with the person in front of you between your legs and you can just touch the ceiling of the plane) and to my horror the door on the side of the plane is not closed.

So imagine at this stage you are sat in a line of people all facing an open door of a plane, no seatbelts or straps of any kind, the plane starts to move off, up the runway, starts to take off. You are now tilted so that you feel like you are just going to slide out that doorway. One long line of you crashing out the doorway all at once and the pilot looking over his shoulder exclaiming “bugger, i’ve done it again”. But alas we didn’t fall out, didn’t even move it was all perfectly safe, our parachutes were attached to the plane so would have deployed when we left the aircraft anyway.

The feeling of dread was soon replaced with one of awe as I looked through the door and marvelled at the amazing landscape that was now laid out before me. If you think the Cotswolds are beautiful then you should see it from the air. Suddenly the instructor was shouting, we were about to start jumping out. Everyone in front of me jumped out until it was only me left. Now ahead of me is one of the scariest things you can ever imagine doing, sitting on the edge of a plane, looking down at the ground 100’s of feet below you and jumping.

I cautiously slid myself to the edge, so worried about slipping out, going to early, hitting part of the plane, messing it all up and falling to my death. I had to concentrate. I began to shake, what if I mess it up, what if I don’t push myself far enough from the plane what if . . “GO GO GO” Shouted the instructor patting me on the back. So I did.

Everything now slowed down, the ground below was static, it wasn’t getting any closer, still so far away. I could see for miles, the rivers and lakes in the distance, the large army camp below me now looked so small and insignificant. The view was breathtaking then I felt a tug as my parachute opened and I remembered to check my canopy (not that I needed to because I felt it open but all the training the day before had been completely forgotten as I jumped out that door.) The slow decent back to earth was breathtaking I could have stayed up there for hours but before long the ground was rushing up to meet me like a child who missed their parents. I hit the ground running like your supposed to do but despite any male bravado I’d be interested to know if anyone has stayed on their feet after their first jump (everyone thinks they will before).