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Tom McHale

Tom McHale was born helpless, hungry and shooting-deprived. He's finally given up the corporate life to pursue his passion of creating slightly offbeat, but educational, content related to guns and shooting. So far, he's published six books and nearly 1,500 articles on various topics related to shooting and self-defense.
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How to Draw from a Holster

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 27, 2017 9:21:50 AM

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If you own a handgun, you need to know how to draw from a holster. Even if you don’t plan on carrying your handgun concealed, you’ll need a holster if you ever plan to attend a training class. You're planning on that, right? A good holster is also a handy, and safe, accessory that you can use at many outdoor shooting ranges. If you do plan to carry a handgun for defensive use, then it’s imperative to know and practice proper holster use.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Getting a Gun for Self-defense? You Need These Five Things

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 14, 2017 12:48:00 PM

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Even though aggregate crime rates have been trending dramatically down over the past two decades, the world feels like a dangerous place. Maybe you’re thinking of getting a gun for self-defense. Whether you intend to use it to protect your home or to carry it on your person (being careful to follow your state’s laws on the matter), there are some other things you’ve got to have.

Here are the top five things that you need besides the gun itself.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Tips for Carrying Concealed Inside the Waistband

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 26, 2017 11:14:58 AM

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The great thing about Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters is that you get to go to the clothing store and order pants a full size larger than normal. Larger pants allow you to stuff a big, fat handgun fit between your pants and your tender midsection. 


Let’s think about this for a minute. I’m really about a 36-waist size, although I am sharing that information with you in confidence and I really expect that you won’t tell anyone else. When I go to buy pants, I have a choice of whether to buy size 36 or, if I add the margin for IWB carry, size 38. Hmmm. What to choose... 36 of course! Yes, we’re all just a little bit vain, right?

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Topics: Concealed Carry

How to Choose the Right Handgun

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 6, 2017 12:01:13 PM

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If you're buying a new handgun, it's good to approach the process with just a bit of strategic planning. The more you can think through some basic decisions, the better the choice you'll make. Not only will you be happier with your purchase, but you also won't experience the dreaded buyer's remorse. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: New Shooters

Do Handguns Have Knockdown Power?

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 11:16:04 AM

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Let’s clear something up. Hollywood does a lousy job of portraying the performance of handguns. Pistol shots cause villains to fly through windows, cars, and buildings to explode and nameless henchmen to surrender by the thousands. In other words, TV and movies show that handguns have serious “knockdown” power. Let’s talk about that for just a sec…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Handguns

How to Deal with Pistol Malfunctions

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 10:57:09 AM

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The loudest sound in the known universe is that of a “click” when your gun is supposed to fire. We’ll refer to that sound as a malfunction. Sometimes there’s not even a click and the gun still won’t fire. We’ll call that a malfunction too.

Fortunately, unless something physically broke on your gun between shots, malfunctions fall into a couple of common categories. Let’s take a look at how to deal with them.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

How to Survive Your First Gun Store Visit

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 2, 2017 2:38:46 PM

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Not too long ago, a visit to a local gun store might become a rough experience, involving store clerks sitting around the counter with a few buddies, talking about yuppies who occasionally wander in by accident. The highlight of their day might have been glaring at those “new people” who had not yet earned the right to hang out and spin gun yarns.

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Topics: New Shooters

Concealed Carry Tips: How to Improve Your Situational Awareness

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 5, 2017 9:48:22 AM

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There’s an old saying that goes something like this.

"You win 100% of the fights you avoid."

Sounds, simple, doesn’t it? The hard part is the avoidance. Before you can avoid something, you have to know it’s headed right at you. If the “detect and avoid" part was easy and came naturally, the Titanic would be an obscure footnote in history.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

How To Add a Suppressor to Your Beretta Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 3, 2017 3:44:59 PM

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I think those Simon and Garfunkel guys were onto something with The Sound of Silence. Even though shooting suppressed handguns isn’t anything like it’s portrayed in the movies, it’s a whole new experience that offers not only a whole lot less noise but more enjoyable shooting characteristics.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

How To Buy A Suppressor

Posted by Tom McHale on Jul 18, 2017 9:30:06 AM

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Whether you’re a rifle aficionado, pistol enthusiast, or both, suppressors just might spoil you rotten. I can speak for most suppressor users when I say, “Once you shoot suppressed, you never go back.”

Why? While a suppressor doesn’t completely silence the noise of a gunshot, it reduces the sound to tolerable, and often hearing safe, levels. A day at the range is a lot more fun without being subjected to the sound of Thor’s Hammer every time you pull the trigger. Additionally, suppressors tend to smooth out recoil. While energy is energy and recoil is still present, suppressors dampen the feel. Since their purpose is to tame the sudden release of hot gases from the muzzle, you’ll feel a much more mellow sensation.

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Topics: Gun Rights, Other, Dynamic Shooting