Self-Defense & Home Defense

Concealed Carry: What About Defending Others?

Just about anyone who regularly carries a firearm for personal protection has also considered under what circumstances he or she might consider defending others who appear to be in danger. Unfortunately, you may have only seconds to decide whether or not to intervene. Just remember: Even though the legal rules and principles of self-defense include …

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Knifed!

Shanked for Fun Shamieke Pugh, 28, was playing cards with three prison buddies when he was attacked by another inmate. Fortunately, although of little consolation to Pugh, the knife attack was caught on video. Greg Reinke stabbed Pugh and three others multiple times. It would have ended worse for the four, none of whom died, …

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Convenience Store Chaos: Should I Shoot?

After six hours on the road, you pull off for gas and a chance to stretch your legs. You’ve got four more hours to go before you get to your parents’ retirement home on the coast. It’s getting late, and your wife and children decide to stay in the car while you gas up, wash …

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One Shot, Two Sight Pictures

If you want to be good at something, you’ve got to focus on the follow-through. One simple trick will improve your shooting accuracy almost immediately: sight picture. Just about every physical activity — from throwing a ball to hitting a ball to shooting a shotgun — requires that you follow through. The same is true …

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Self-Defense in a Trailer Park

As a patrol officer in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb in 1990, I investigated a suicide in a small trailer park. The victim was a male who lived in a single-wide trailer. He had used a 1911 .45 loaded with ball ammo. Standing in the bathroom, he fired a shot through his right temple. He was …

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Defending Others Against Edged-Weapon Attacks

Back in March, I discussed a news story from Maricopa County, Arizona, in “It’s Never a Bluff.” A crazed offender was stabbing his female companion to death inside of his car as he drove down the road. After the vehicle ran off the road, good Samaritans came to the aid of the occupants. One good …

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Seatbelts, Vehicles and Firearms: Firearms Training Beyond the Norm

I had the opportunity to spend some time talking with Jacob Paulson, the founder and president of ConcealedCarry.com, on The Concealed Carry Podcast a few weeks ago. We were speaking about proper techniques and tactics for off-body carry. From that, an interesting topic came up about effective ways for concealed carriers to get out of a …

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School Shootings: What Drives Mass Shooters?

*The following is an excerpt from the USCCA’s Active Shooter: Uncovering What Drives Your Attacker. The material presented below deals mainly with school shootings. There is no single profile that defines the mass shooter. Some could be categorized as psychotic, such as the Virginia Tech shooter. Others are motivated or inspired by ISIS or other …

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Should You Have a Safe Room in Your Home?

Around the year 2000, the concept of panic (or “safe”) rooms gained the attention of the news media. The concept of specially fortified safe areas within the home even resulted in the production of the 2002 film Panic Room. By definition, a panic room is a fortified room installed in a private residence or business …

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Self-Defense in the Great Outdoors

*The following is an excerpt from The Responsible Gun Owner’s Guide to Self-Defense in the Great Outdoors. Self-Defense Has No Boundaries Think about what a criminal really looks for when selecting a victim. Like all predators, a criminal wants some sort of advantage. That usually means he will select a target he believes he can …

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