Self-Defense & Home Defense

You Need EDC First-Aid Gear

[embedded content] You are much more likely to use first-aid gear than you are to use your gun. But those of us who carry a gun every day often overlook the need for a good trauma kit. I’m not talking about a “boo-boo kit” with Band-Aids and tweezers for pulling ticks. I’m talking about a …

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Preventive Medicine … the Legal Kind

After an individual survives a violent physical confrontation in which he or she threatened or used lethal force, that individual is often faced with a bewildering array of legal issues, some of which can be almost as traumatizing as the incident itself. As a result, it only makes sense to have an aftermath strategy in …

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Knives: For Fighting or for Opening Mail?

I once had dinner with a man who had just bought a knife company. He bought the company because, he told me, his research showed that the average American owns more than 15 knives, and knives currently rank very high when it comes to “impulse purchases.” He was convinced that a good product supported by …

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Make It Work: Teaching Improvised Positions

Prior to a student shooting from any position other than standing very still, that student should be proficient with the safety and handling of a firearm — particularly the one he or she is most likely to use. Marksmanship, specifically meaning the ability to hit a target on demand at any reasonable distance within the …

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More to Carry? This Is Important…

The list of things you “should” be carrying every day just keeps getting longer. Of course we want you to carry your gun. We also want you to carry spare ammo and a flashlight. Some people won’t leave the house without a knife. A tourniquet is great, but a tiny little trauma kit is even …

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Consistency Is Crucial

Consistency is the foundation of any skill and absolutely vital when it comes to carrying a firearm for personal protection. Obviously, training is a key area in which consistency is crucial, but training applies to more than just shooting. A perfect example — one that too many people neglect — is practicing to rapidly draw …

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Critical Thinking About Defensive Shooting

Being involved in recreational and defensive shooting and training for the past 53 years has allowed me to see a lot of different shooting techniques (and theories) come and go. Some techniques, such as the Weaver stance and its minor variations, have withstood the test of time. Some theories have too; think along the lines …

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Concealed Carry in the Restroom!

[embedded content] Using the restroom while carrying a concealed firearm should not be a problem. But lots of people are asking what they should do with a gun when they really have to go. This whole video started when one intrepid viewer pointed out a problem he had using the urinal while carrying inside-the-waistband appendix. …

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Want to Be a Better Shooter? Grip Strength Really Helps

Do you want to be a better shooter? Of course you do. We all want to be better shooters. Well, you can follow the advice of this (as the kids call it) “dank meme,” or your can take actual steps, such as increasing your grip strength, to improve your shooting. The dankest of memes. First …

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Clearing a Home Is Risky Business

Clearing a home. Like probably many of you, I cringe whenever I see this scene depicted in movies or on TV. You know the one: A man or woman is shown in semi-darkness, suddenly awakened in bed by a noise. Sometimes the camera cuts to the intruder (nearly always clad in black, complete with a …

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