#NRAAM2019, Day 1

Today opened the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. Estimates at attendance this year put the head count at somewhere around 70,000, which is a bit down from recent years. It has been rainy and dreary in Indianapolis, which may have thinned the crowd this morning. We’ve seen the usual contingent of protestors, as usually outnumbered by the press interviewing them. They ...

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NRA Annual Meeting 2019 #NRAAM2019

The 2019 NRA Annual meeting begins tomorrow in Indianapolis. This morning I’ll be picking up my media credentials, and tomorrow opens the exhibit hall where I’ll be prowling for article fodder and guns and gear to T&E. Given the recent strife and financial woes of the NRA reported in the media, covering this year’s meeting promises to be… interesting.Expect the ...

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For You EMS Types…

…there’s a new episode of the Inside EMS podcast.           We’re interviewing Dr. James Woodson, CEO of Pulsara, about how to streamline and integrate communication and documentation between EMS, the ED and beyond.  

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For You EMS Types…

“If there’s a place you want to go, I can get you there I know, I’m the map. If there’s a place you need to get, I can get you there I bet, I’m the map. I’m the map, I’m the map, I’m the MAP!” ~ Dora the Explorer   Read, enjoy, opine.

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Fire Department EMS: Are They Becoming Antithetical Terms?

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of the fire department EMS model. I’ve written about it a number of times: Marriage Counseling Part I: The Dysfunctional Fire-EMS Relationship Marriage Counseling Part II: The Dysfunctional Fire-EMS Relationship Marriage Counseling Part III: Detente in the Fire-EMS Relationship A few weeks back, I posted an EMS1 column about the recent ...

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Trigger Time

No, I’m not talking about shooting in general, I’m talking about triggers. I’ve never been a particularly discerning judge about how good a particular firearm’s trigger is. I’m a wingshooter, and pulling a shotgun trigger is more an exercise of “See the bird, BANG!” than in exercising a smooth, consistent trigger pull, or appreciating how well the gun facilitates that. ...

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On Volunteerism and Volunteers

I just returned from the EMS Council of New Jersey Symposium in Parsippany, NJ. The folks that put on the conference are the EMS Council of New Jersey, formerly known as the New Jersey State First Aid Council. Now, according to many of my colleagues in EMS advocacy, the EMS Council of New Jersey is the poster child for everything ...

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Memorial Day

  Monday is Memorial Day. Most of us will spend the weekend grilling burgers and visiting with relatives, or lounging on a beach somewhere, or watching a baseball game in an opulent stadium, overpriced beer and hot dog in hand. And most of us will have forgotten the meaning of the day. So when you partake in your Memorial Day ...

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#NRAAM2018 Product Showcase: Midland Backpack Shotgun

I learned to wingshoot with a Winchester Model 37A chambered in 3″ magnum 20 gauge, my first real shotgun. My friends all had HR Toppers chambered in .410, and I remember feeling smugly superior to them because my Winchester was an objectively nicer shotgun. But that HR Topper was a ubiquitous firearm in the south; seems like every kid had ...

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