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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: 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...]

Becoming Armed and Educated: Training – Part 2 of 5

Concealed Carry Almanac

Part II - Training Training is by far the most overlooked and ignored aspect of concealed carry by armed citizens. Away with the belief of, “I got a gun, I’ll shoot it at the range once a year to make sure it works, and I’ll be ready for anything!” This fictitious mentality can get you killed. Standing at the range in a perfect weaver or isosceles stance, taking precise aim with one eye open, and gently squeezing the trigger for that bullseye (or as close as you can get) shot is far … [Read more...]

Becoming Armed and Educated: Know Concealed Carry Laws! – Part 1 of 5

What do I need to know about concealed carry before becoming an armed citizen? This 5 part series cuts through the theory based and opinionated information flooding the internet and delivers the 5 most important aspects to focus on as an armed citizen, including additional information and resources pertaining to each. This 5 part series cuts through the nonsense and provides a concise, yet comprehensive guide for all things concealed carry that pertain to both the novice and advanced armed … [Read more...]

Is the Smith and Wesson M&P Replacing Glock?

Smith and Wesson M&P

The Smith and Wesson M&P has been taking market share away from Glock in the Law Enforcement world since its launch. This momentum has been keeping up at an extraordinary rate. Smith and Wesson is getting the M&P in the hands of the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, Texas DPS, and is now approved by many Federal agencies for duty carry. In fact, many City, County, and State departments are issuing the M&P. So why is this all happening? What is happening to Glock? We all know … [Read more...]

Getting/Giving a Hug While Carrying Concealed

couple hugging

So you just got your concealed carry permit and it’s your first few days facing the mean streets of your town while armed. The paranoia of carrying a loaded weapon in public for the first time has your mind racing: “Did they see my gun? Am I printing? Crap, I bumped into her; did she notice the steel on my hip?” In the grocery store you run into your old high school best friend. You run towards each other and he/she begins to initiate a “I haven’t seen you in years!” type hug. … [Read more...]

Is the Glock 36 being replaced by the Springfield XDs .45?

Glock 36 versus Springfield XDs

The .45ACP has developed a Colt-like following over the years (pun intended). For those that didn’t want a manual safety on a 1911, the cost of a 1911, or the occasional reliability concerns of a smaller frame 1911, the answer was a Glock 36. There are other single stack .45s on the market such as the S&W CS45, Sig P220, Kahr CM/PM45, but none have gained the popularity of the Glock 36 to fill the niche of the officer-sized 1911 carry alternative. The Glock simplicity, trigger, aftermarket … [Read more...]

Tagua Slide Holster Review

I typically carry inside the waist band (IWB) and was looking for a less expensive outside the waist band (OWB) rig for range duty for my M&P 9c and M&P full size. I came across the Tagua Slide Holster which would accept both. Tagua is a larger manufacturer and stocks their holsters so they ship right away. Their price point is right, but you don’t get the same fit and finish as you would with a custom set up. When I got this holster it was stiff, and that is an understatement. I … [Read more...]

The Battle of the Slim 9mm Carry Guns

Walther PPS 9mm Pistol

What do people typically want in a carry gun? Short grip, short barrel, slim, and as high capacity as possible in a convenient to carry package. This niche is filled with slim single stack 9mm carry guns. The popular choices are the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield in 9mm, Walther PPS, Beretta Nano, Springfield XDs, Sig P938, and Kahr CM9/PM9. How do these guns compare and how should you approach them as a fit to your carry needs? Let’s start with the Shield. Smith and Wesson Shield The … [Read more...]

How small of a gun should you conceal carry?

Many people decide to carry concealed and seek the smallest pocket gun they can find. They say to themselves, “I’m more likely to carry it every day if it’s convenient and comfortable. After all, it’s better to have and not need, than to need and not have, right?” Carrying a weapon concealed is a series of compromises. We compromise our weapon presentation time (due to our cover garment), our clothes selection, and even our holster selection. But what about selecting the right … [Read more...]

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