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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...]

Fatigue While Shooting

Bad Day Shooting, Good Day Work

Range time is the best time of the week. A bad day shooting, beats a great day at work any day! Sometimes I get so excited for a range visit that I bring 3-4 handguns and a backpack full of ammo. But how do you balance your shooting and fun to make sure your shooting session is actually training versus creating bad habits? Fatigue is very important to watch out for. Loading a Glock 19 full of .9mm and doing slow fire through an entire magazine (or two or three) will get your arms tired. It's … [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...]

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...]

Shooting From Behind Cover

shooting from concealment

When behind cover it is a very natural urge to get as close to it as possible and even snug up right against it. It feels safer, but is it? No! If you are all the way up against cover and you need to lean out to shoot, you will not have your weapon at the ready. This means that as you pop out, you will have to present your weapon. This extra step takes more time and results in a much slower target acquisition. Now what happens if you have to get behind cover again quick if you are taking … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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