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Concealed Carry Habits That Could Get You Killed

Target Shooting

“Fight as you train, train as you fight.” – Unknown Developing a proper training and practice regimen is vital to performing well under stress. When under stress, the mind does not “think” in the traditional sense, fine motor skills go out the window, and we rely on habit and muscle memory. I drive a Ford truck (but I have a Chevy too, so let’s not get that debate started here!). When I get into my truck, I reach for the dial on the left hand side to turn the lights on. It has … [Read more...]

The Right to Use Your Gun – Considering Use of Lethal Force

Hand Firing Gun

Many people strap a gun on their hip and have this new found confidence, arrogance and cockiness. Let us go through a scenario. Say you are out at a restaurant eating with your family. A stranger, whose had way too much to drink, bumps into your table and knocks the drinks over that spill on your wife’s lap. You get up, curse at the guy, and give him a shove to get away. He shoves you back. You shove him once more. He asks to “take it outside.” Your temper is raging because this guy just … [Read more...]

Three Ways a Threat is Stopped

3 ways to stop a threat

A previous article of ours spoke about Colonel Cooper’s purpose for a handgun in stopping a fight that someone else started. Let us dive a little deeper into the three reasons a fight, or threat, is terminated. Psychological You are being robbed at knife-point and draw your weapon. As the assailant realizes you have a gun and begins to see the emptiness of the clean bore being pointed right at them, they have a moment of realization. Their life may be terminated if they proceed with their … [Read more...]

Purpose & Philosophy of a Concealed Carry Handgun

Colonel Cooper

"The purpose of the pistol is to stop a fight that somebody else has started, almost always at very short range." – Colonel Jeff Cooper Colonel Jeff Cooper was a United States Marine who pioneered the “Modern Technique” of handgun shooting, which are still being taught today. Cooper’s “Color Code of Awareness” is still being taught in law enforcement and military communities around the world. He is also the founder of the famous Gunsite Academy in Arizona. It’s safe to say that … [Read more...]

My Gun Fell Out!

Smith & Wesson J Frame

I loved my first carry set up. A S&W J-Frame (5 shot “snub nosed” revolver) with a Clip Draw attached as a carry method. The Clip Draw is essentially a pocket knife-like clip that attaches to the gun and clips over your belt. It was super easy to carry, just grab-and-go! I liked the simplicity and reduced bulk when compared to a traditional holster. Then one day I learned the unfortunate lesson of the importance and value of a quality holster with retention that securely fastens to … [Read more...]

Step Off The X!

x marks the spot

You’re in a gunfight and standing still. The muzzle flash illuminates everything around you like a beacon calling for attention. What does your attacker do? Shoot towards the light!! So in the middle of the gunfight you get a stoppage, malfunction, or run the gun empty. You stand still and look down to assess the situation. Now your body is acting like a lead trap, absorbing the rounds the opponent keeps sending to the light he saw. If you are in a gunfight, you need to be shooting or … [Read more...]

Defensive Gun Use Scenario – In Response to our Facebook Page

What Should You Do?

We regularly post “scenarios” on our Facebook page to spark intelligent, thought-provoking situational responses. On April 8, 2014 we posted the following: “SCENARIO: You see a guy approaching the driver’s side of your vehicle while stopped behind two vehicles at a stop sign on a side street at night. He walks up to your driver’s door and aggressively tries to open it. You present your weapon and DO NOT fire. He runs away at the sight of the gun. What do you do next?” The result … [Read more...]

Becoming Armed and Educated: Legal Preparation – Part 5 of 5

gavel

The financial and legal ramifications for using your firearm in self-defense are often overlooked by the average armed citizen. There are plenty of lawyers will engage in litigation with payment contingent upon financial settlement. Unfortunately, the same does not go for legal defense. The numbers tossed around for the “average” legal defense costs of a self-defense shooting range from $20,000 - $100,000 and beyond. There are documented cases of people going bankrupt after defending … [Read more...]

Carjacking Scenario – In Response to our Facebook page

We regularly post “scenarios” on our Facebook page to spark intelligent, thought provoking situational response. On March 25, 2014 we posted the following: SCENARIO You are driving to the grocery with your wife and two children in the back seat. You approach a stop light and the car behind you stops nearly touching your bumper. You're boxed in. The passenger of the car behind you gets out with a gun and starts to approach your car. What do you? The common responses were quite … [Read more...]

Becoming Armed and Educated: Gear – Part 4 of 5

belt, holster, and gun

Part 4 – Gear Gun owners love getting obsessed with all their gear. They want the world’s most accurate or beautiful gun, the best accessories, and the fanciest laser attachments or rail mounted lights. The gear consumes them, always wanting the best of the best as if the gear itself will create some sense of security. Quality gear is absolutely important. After all, it is the gear you rely on in a life or death situation and it better work! However, getting wrapped up in the gear you have … [Read more...]

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