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Jason Hanson

Jason Hanson is a former CIA Officer and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry. He is also the creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience.

Recent Posts

Gun Storage Options for Every Price Range

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 27, 2014 11:55:00 AM

slide-to-unlock-thumbEvery gun I own is always locked up, unless it’s on my hip or I’m taking a rifle or shotgun to the shooting range. I have a one-year-old daughter who gets into everything, and I obviously don’t want her accessing any of my guns.

Recently, a New Jersey man left his .22 rifle unlocked in his home. The man’s 4-year-old son found the rifle and accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old friend with it. The New Jersey man has been charged with child endangerment and he's rejected a plea bargain that would have sent him to prison for seven years. Now, the man is going to trial and faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Topics: Firearms Safety

The 3 self-defense tools you should carry every day

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

3tools-thumbUnless it’s illegal, I believe there are 3 self-defense tools you should carry every time you leave the house. Since life is strange, you never know what you’re going to encounter so you want as many ways to protect yourself as possible.

The first tool you should carry is a gun. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking a long trip with the family (though, in this case, keep in mind these key rules for inter-state travel with firearms) or running out for 5 minutes to get milk. You and I know that attacks can happen at any time, which is why it’s a huge mistake to ever leave your house unarmed.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

The best ammo for self defense

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 23, 2014 8:25:00 AM

ballistic-GelYou and I are blessed to live in a time in which there have been incredible advances in ammo technology. It seems every day an ammo manufacturer is releasing a new personal defense round that is superior to everything else on the market.

The thing is, because there are so many different self-defense rounds on the market, a lot of folks aren’t sure what’s right for them. Today, I hope to clear up a bit of that confusion.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

What you need to know about Sako and Tikka

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 17, 2014 10:05:00 AM

While walking around the Beretta booths here at SHOT show I noticed two names that many folks don’t know a whole lot about. The names are Sako and Tikka.

Sako is a Finnish company that makes high-end bolt-action rifles. In fact, the company only makes bolt-action rifles. They don’t make semi auto rifles and they don’t make pistols or shotguns.

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Topics: News, Other

Deadly Force in Self Defense During a Home Invasion

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Deadly_Force_thumbThis past weekend, I was talking with a gentleman who survived a home invasion. The intruder broke a window and entered the house. The gentleman’s wife alerted her husband about the intruder and a shootout ensued. Both the homeowner and intruder fired shots, but neither of the men were hit by any of the rounds.

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Topics: Self Defense

Where You Can and Cannot Carry Your Gun

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 14, 2014 12:00:00 PM

No_Guns_Sign_CTOne of the questions I often get asked from new gun owners is where they’re legally allowed to carry their firearm. This is a great question to ask because obviously none of us wants to get in trouble for bringing a gun some place we shouldn’t.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

SHOT Show Update

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM

How are things going at SHOT Show this year and what products should you be on the lookout for?

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Topics: News

10 New Year’s Resolutions Every Gun Owner Should Make

Posted by Jason Hanson on Dec 31, 2013 12:22:00 PM


1. Carry your gun more often. I know a lot of gun owners only carry concealed when they might be driving through a “bad” part of town or when they’re traveling far from home. But you and I know attacks can happen any place and any time. Even if you’re running out to pick up some milk at 7-11, how do you know someone’s not going to try and rob the place as you’re paying for the milk? Obviously, you don’t. The good news is, there are so many shapes and sizes of guns on the market that we have plenty of choices in what we can carry. You don’t have to always carry a full size gun, you can simply slip a .380 in your pocket as I often do. Never forget the oft quoted words, “the best gun is the one you’re carrying at the time.”

2. Go to the range more. Shooting is a diminishing skill, which is why you need to train as much as you can. I realize we all have busy schedules, but go to the shooting range at least once a month if you can, and even once a week if you can swing it. The best way I’ve found to help people make sure they get to the range is to have them put it down on their calendar. For instance, you could make the 1st Friday of every month your range day. If it’s written down in your calendar then there’s a much better chance you’ll end up practicing at the range. Of course, in between going to the range you should do dry fire practice. I spend at least 10-15 minutes a day dry firing and I know it helps improve my accuracy and will help improve yours too.

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Topics: New Shooters, Other

Gun Tips - Traveling with Your Gun on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted by Jason Hanson on Dec 12, 2013 8:00:00 AM


Americans love to travel. Holidays are especially busy for families and airports across the nation. Whether it's for Christmas, Thanksgiving or summer holidays, every year Americans travel long distances to be with family. The majority of drive, but many fly and some take trains.

Because I think it’s important to be armed wherever you go, I’m going to cover how you can have your gun with you wherever you end up spending the holidays. And since most of us will be driving, let’s start there…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Other

Gun Gear for the Holidays

Posted by Jason Hanson on Dec 9, 2013 7:14:00 AM


I like shopping about as much as I like going to the DMV to renew my driver’s license or going to the post office to mail a package when there are 10,000 people in line and only one person working the counter. However, the Internet has made shopping a heck of a lot easier, and when my shopping includes buying guns and other gear it becomes enjoyable, even necessary. (At least that’s what I tell my wife.)

And with the shopping season in full swing, there’s plenty of gear to choose from this year.  I thought I’d cover the essentials that every gun owner ought to have.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Other