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Remember the First Rule of Gunfighting

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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...]

Taurus 738 TCP .380 Review

Taurus 738 TCP .380

Taurus? Really? I never was a huge fan of Taurus. In fact, I thought I’d never own one. However, this little pocket package is quite appealing and something I don’t believe I’ll give up! I began my search for a .380 pocket gun when the need became more pressing. Some days while at work and dressed with slacks and a dress shirt it became too difficult to hide my compacts or even single stacks chambered in 9mm or 45ACP, even with an inside the waistband tuckable holster. On these days I … [Read more...]

Magazine Management During a Gun Fight

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“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...]

Choosing the Right Sights for your Carry Gun

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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...]

PJ Kydex Holster Review

Pj Kydex Holster

PJ Holsters have created quite the buzz in the online concealed carry community. They are an all kydex, one-piece construction. The clip is actually molded out of the same piece of kydex as the holster itself. This lends itself to a simple and slim profile that wears and hides very easily. The holster we tested was an IWB clip on loop with a 15 degree forward cant for a S&W M&P 9c. I was very eager to get my hands on one as the custom nature and build to order philosophy comes with a … [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...]

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