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Kevin Creighton

Kevin Creighton is a writer and an active competitor in USPSA, IDPA and 3 Gun. He's trained with Bob Vogel, Rob Pincus, Rob Leatham, Gabe Suarez, Massad Ayoob and others. He writes on the new realities of gun ownership on his own blog, MisfiresAndLightStrikes. You can follow him on Facebook at /MisfiresAndLightStrikes, on Twitter @ExurbanKevin and on Instagram @exkev.
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Tactical vs. Gun Lights: Which to Use?

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Jun 7, 2018 8:25:00 AM

 

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It’s 8:20 on a summer’s evening as I type this, and twilight is starting to settle in over the small town in Florida where I live. My wife and I will go for a walk after I’m finished with this article. I’ll have a concealed carry pistol with me as I usually do, along with a mobile phone, some other stuff, and a powerful handheld “tactical” flashlight. I consider a small, powerful light to be an absolutely essential part of my everyday carry, and I’ve come to see the benefits of having a light on my firearm as well. Both are useful, and both have their roles for self-defense.

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Is Competition a Proving Ground?

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Jun 5, 2018 8:24:38 AM

 

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The sport of practical shooting requires you to make fast, accurate shots under the pressure of a shot clock, giving your body a taste of what it might be like to deal with the stress of a real-world encounter.

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Why Off-Body Carry Can Be a Bad Idea

Posted by Kevin Creighton on May 10, 2018 11:18:38 AM

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There are times when the need to be discreet is going to mean carrying your defensive firearm somewhere other than on your waistline. There is also the fact that in our society, it’s quite normal for women to walk around with a purse on their shoulders, and a purse is useful for carrying any number of things such as a self-defense pistol.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Getting Ready For Your First Match

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Apr 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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If you’ve been around the gun-related internet for any amount of time, you’ve seen how much fun it is to shoot action pistol matches like IDPA or USPSA. Action pistol (also known as practical pistol) is a ridiculously fun sport, but getting started can be intimidating for both men and women because you’re going to shoot an unfamiliar course of fire in front of your friends and others. Admittedly, the potential for embarrassing yourself is pretty high.

Ask me how I know this.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Getting Started in IDPA

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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In my previous article, I talked about getting starting competition in the United States Practical Shooting Association, or USPSA, with your everyday carry 9mm service pistol. In this article, we’re going to talk about shooting the USPSA’s stepchild, IDPA, which stands for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Getting Started in USPSA

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 22, 2018 11:49:56 AM

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If you’re one of many new gun owners who has bought their first gun these past few years, now is a great time to think about different ways to enjoy going to the range. Along with thousands of other people, I’ve found that practical pistol is a great way to have fun with a handgun and learn how to use it safely under the stress of competition.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

10 Reasons to Shoot a Practical Pistol Match

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 6, 2018 10:21:18 AM

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If you carry a defensive pistol, you should really consider making it a habit to shoot a practical pistol (USPSA) match on a regular basis. Here are ten reasons why this is so.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Self Defense

Using discipline during range time

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Feb 26, 2018 2:05:21 PM

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Walk down the firing line of any public pistol range, and you'll see people having a grand ol' time throwing rounds downrange towards their target. Most of the targets will have a great many holes scattered about them with no visible rhyme or reason and no evidence of any marksmanship skills at all.

But yet, if you ask those people if they can shoot, to a person, they'll say "Yes," even though their targets are saying things to the contrary. So what is "being able to shoot," and how do you get better at it?

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Topics: New Shooters, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

What to Look for in a Firearms Trainer

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Feb 5, 2018 3:20:16 PM

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I live in a rural section of south Florida. I constantly see signs by the freeway exit ramps that advertise concealed carry permit classes for ridiculously low prices. On one hand, I understand how money (or the lack thereof) can affect buying decisions, but when you're choosing a firearms instructor, you are choosing someone to teach you how to potentially save your life and the lives of those close to you.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns