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Carry With A Round In The Camber, Or Not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EXzpUuk2V8 Should you carry one in the chamber or not? A common question in concealed carry. With an unloaded gun, we will practice drawing from concealment in a simulated attack. Watch the difference of the added step of chambering a round when drawing. The Israeli's teach it... I know. And for some of you, this may be a reasonable option. However, in a self defense situation we may not have both hands available to us. If you're in a ground fight, … [Read more...]

Intruders and Home Defense Strategies

Our home is our castle and nearly all of us are willing to protect our family, ourselves, and our home. So what is the best strategy should someone break and enter your home? Far too many people have their "nightstand gun" for when they hear a "bump in the night." Now it is only human instinct to go find out what made the noise! Was it your dog? The wind against the door? Or worse yet, was it someone who shouldn't be there? In the end, is it even worth the risk to find out what the noise … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Caliber vs. Shot Placement

9mm versus .45 ACP

Ah, the age old debate. The caliber war. The topic that will drum up page upon page of theory, debate, and “research” on any firearm forum. Which caliber is best? Why is .45 the “man stopper” and 9mm only punches tiny holes? If we spent enough time at the range improving our shooting abilities as we did discussing the perfect caliber we could all be near expert marksmen! Short rant aside, lets dive into this topic in a constructive way. It seems to be general consensus that 9mm and … [Read more...]

Double Tap vs. Controlled Pair

double tap versus controlled pair

What is the difference between a double tap and a controlled pair? Depends who you ask. But if you ask us the difference is skill and understanding. Tell a new shooter to “double tap” a target and guess what happens? They come out of the holster and have sent the first one down range with a wrenching grip on the gun and mash the trigger, under recoil the trigger lets up and they mash the second round off as fast as possible. The fundamentals of shooting have been lost and accuracy is not … [Read more...]

How Important is Practicing your Draw?

pistol draw from holster

The draw, also known as weapon presentation, could be the most important aspect of defensive gun use. How often do you practice? When you are at the range do you shoot from a rest? Is your gun already out on the table? Do you do dry draw/weapon presentation drills at home? The draw sets the tone of your performance. It really is quite simple. The draw sets the tone of your performance. Ever had a poor grip on the gun as you came out of the holster? Your shooting was sub-par wasn’t it? … [Read more...]

Selecting Weapon Lights and Tactical Lights for Home Defense

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You’re dead asleep and you hear the sound of glass shattering. An intruder is making his way to your bedroom and the lights are off. If you turn your light on, you not only gave away your position, but you allow the intruder to have very clear vision! The solution? Keep a tactical light or weapon mounted light for home defense purposes and practice with them to maintain your tactical advantage. Why use a tactical light for home defense? 1. You are familiar with the layout of your house so … [Read more...]

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