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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...]

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...]

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...]

Nighttime, Criminals, and Your Concealed Carry Weapon: Protecting Yourself in Low Light Encounters.

When do criminals like to come out? When it’s dark! Many violent crimes and thus, defensive gun uses, occur in low light or no light situations. So how much training and consideration do you put into preparing for a potential low light encounter? First consideration is the most obvious: your sighting system. Can you actually see your sights in low light situations? The answer is likely “no” unless you have night sights. If you do not have night sights, go buy some. Night sights should … [Read more...]

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