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Tunnel Vision & “After Action Drills”

tunnel vision

Know what tunnel vision is? It’s a physiological response to stress and fear that enables ones vision to be so sharply and acutely focused on one thing (the threat) that the periphery becomes blurry or obsolete. It’s like looking through a paper towel roll. Most of us have experienced this at some point in our lives, but why does it matter if you’re carrying a gun? Since tunnel vision is a natural response to stress and fear, it becomes ever-present for most people during violent … [Read more...]

“Do unto others as they would do unto you – but do it first.”

Take a moment to watch this video of an armed robbery and notice how the adversaries used the elements of speed, aggression, surprise, and violence to initiate the attack: Criminals most often use these tactics to catch the victim off guard or gain a competitive edge in an encounter. Often times their level of force becomes so overwhelming that the victim has no ability or desire to fight back. So the quote goes, “Do unto others as they would do unto you – but do it first.” How … [Read more...]

Concealed Carry and Loved Ones

Paper family in hands

Carrying a gun is a hot topic and an emotionally charged one for many. For those of us that are familiar and comfortable with guns, it’s really no big deal. We feel very comfortable with them, confident with the idea of having to use it, and actually feel naked without one on. But what about our loved ones? Our wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, and kids? Does it matter? To most, it does. Carrying concealed is one thing. For that simple fact alone it is very important to have the … [Read more...]

Critical Response Tactical Lo Pro Holster Review

lo pro holster

Critical Response Tactical sent CCA a Lo Pro holster (inside the waistband) and Q-Mag carrier and asked me to give it an honest review. Let me first start off by saying I am not associated with the nice folks over at CRT and dive right into our review! The Lo Pro holster and Q-Mag carrier are an all kydex construction. The fit, finish, and definition in the kydex is superb. The holster has adjustable retention (a big plus) and has a very smooth and predictable draw. For the testing I was … [Read more...]

Multiple Target Engagement

engaging multiple targets

Let’s face it. Shooting at one target all the time can get a little boring. Its way more enjoyable to shoot at multiple cans, targets, bowling pins, steel plates, or whatever else is fun (and safe) to throw lead at. So how do you properly and quickly engage multiple targets? Eyes and head first, gun second. Just like when you are driving a car and your back end is sliding out you look into the direction of the slide and then steer into the direction of the slide. This is the same practice … [Read more...]

Remember the First Rule of Gunfighting

have a gun

Remember the first rule of gunfighting... have a gun. - Colonel Jeff Cooper Simpler words have never been spoken. This quote by Colonel Jeff Cooper (who I’ve written about before) is frequently discussed in the concealed carry community. The lesson is simple – always have a gun on you. But let us expand and dive in just a bit deeper. Is this a quote based on maintaining a constant level of paranoia that one must always be armed? No. It simply means “be prepared.” If taking measures … [Read more...]

Taurus 738 TCP .380 Review

Taurus 738 TCP .380

Taurus? Really? I never was a huge fan of Taurus. In fact, I thought I’d never own one. However, this little pocket package is quite appealing and something I don’t believe I’ll give up! I began my search for a .380 pocket gun when the need became more pressing. Some days while at work and dressed with slacks and a dress shirt it became too difficult to hide my compacts or even single stacks chambered in 9mm or 45ACP, even with an inside the waistband tuckable holster. On these days I … [Read more...]

Magazine Management During a Gun Fight

gun magazines

“Train how you fight, fight how you train.” Ever been on the firing line during some drills and run the gun to slide-lock empty in the middle of the drill unexpectedly? Most people don’t even think twice about this event. They simply reload and continue the drill or course of fire. A cardinal guideline should you ever be in a gun fight is never to run out of ammo, and never let your gun run to empty. Yes, yes, yes. I know this is idealistic and history can prove that this may be … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Sights for your Carry Gun

gun sights

There are three very important aspects to a concealed carry gun that differ for each person: 1. Fit (comfort in the hand) 2. Trigger 3. Sights. These three aspects play a very vital role in the ability to shoot accurately and proficiently. Fit and trigger are pretty inherent to the gun and your preferences. There really isn’t much that can be done aftermarket to make a gun “fit” better, and we do not recommend modifying triggers if you are going to carry it (for potential liability … [Read more...]

PJ Kydex Holster Review

Pj Kydex Holster

PJ Holsters have created quite the buzz in the online concealed carry community. They are an all kydex, one-piece construction. The clip is actually molded out of the same piece of kydex as the holster itself. This lends itself to a simple and slim profile that wears and hides very easily. The holster we tested was an IWB clip on loop with a 15 degree forward cant for a S&W M&P 9c. I was very eager to get my hands on one as the custom nature and build to order philosophy comes with a … [Read more...]

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