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The Shotgun Fear Factor of Home Defense

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

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There’s a great deal of debate when it comes to creating and training for a home defense plan. The decisions you make and the tools you select will come down to what you personally believe you’re trying to accomplish.

Do you believe the best plan is to silently “retreat, retreat, retreat” and hide in hopes either the authorities will arrive or the bad guys will leave on their own before they find your hiding spot? Or are you of the mind to aggressively confront and repel the intruders … shooting if necessary in the process? Or is it your goal to more passively repel them – scare them off – hopefully, without a shot being fired?

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Topics: Dynamic Shooting, Self Defense

Home Defense: Why I Choose a Shotgun

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 3, 2018 8:08:00 AM

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The instructor of the course I attended to acquire my first Minnesota Permit to Carry was a goofball. The six-plus hours of classroom instruction were heavy on his tales of bounty hunting adventure and his personal political and religious views. They were vapidly light on meaningful content. Though this was nearly a decade ago, and I have attended much better “thinking man’s” carry training since, one piece of good advice from “GI Joe” still rings loud in my head:

“There is nothing worth killing for that isn’t worth dying for.”

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Can You Shoot to Police Standards?

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 5, 2018 9:26:00 AM

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Without pictures, it didn’t happen. Unless you bring back a t-shirt, you didn’t go. And without skill and progress measurement, you can’t improve.

One way to exercise your skills and measure your progress is to practice with a structured course of fire. A good routine will “walk you through” a variety of skills like strong hand only, support hand only, two-handed shooting, draws from a holster, and magazine changes. While the shooting community has developed hundreds of such practice scenarios, you don’t have to look any farther than your local law enforcement agency to find one. While every agency differs in the details, most have a structured qualification course of fire that every officer has to complete on a regular basis.

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Topics: Dynamic Shooting, Concealed Carry, Handguns, Law Enforcement & Military

How Lack of Time Can Make You a Better Shooter

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 9, 2018 9:41:00 AM

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With many things in life, I deliver better results with aggressive time limitations. There’s nothing like a tight deadline to make me focus and produce. Unfortunately, shooting isn’t one of those activities. In fact, adding a time crunch to basic shooting tasks has the opposite effect of degrading performance, sometimes to near comical levels.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Handguns, Dynamic Shooting

What You Need to Know About Shot Timers

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 7, 2018 9:15:00 AM

IMG_555292978If you want to become a better shooter, you must measure your both your current skill level and your progress. You can measure and track accuracy results, and depending on your personal goals, that may be enough. For recreational shooting and some types of competition, time may not matter. However, if you want to improve your defensive shooting capabilities or perhaps move up the action pistol sports ladder, being able to shoot accurately under time pressure becomes important.  

A simple shot timer is a great addition to your range kit. Here’s what you need to know about how they work. 

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Topics: Handguns, Dynamic Shooting, Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting

Why Mount a Red Dot Sight on Your Pistol?

Posted by Caleb Giddings on Jul 10, 2018 9:22:12 AM

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Not too long ago, iron sights were the king of sighting systems for pistols and rifles. Rightfully so, as the fundamental designs of iron sights have remained largely unchanged for 300 years. Iron sights are thus a very mature technology that had been proven to be reliable and rugged. But slowly things began to change.

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Topics: Handguns, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Competitive Shooting

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: Handguns, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

6 Things You Need in Your Range Bag

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 1, 2018 7:50:00 AM

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There are plenty of things that are obvious additions to a range bag. You’ll need eye and ear protection. If you like to bring guests, then pack extra safety glasses and hearing muffs, so everyone has a set. Targets, a stapler, and spare staples are also a given. Is that all you need? Not if you want to guarantee an interruption-free outing.

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Topics: Handguns, Dynamic Shooting, New Shooters

Pros and Cons of Pistol Optics

Posted by Tom McHale on May 10, 2018 11:30:17 AM

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Some decades ago, conversations over newfangled inventions for guns went something like this...

Hold on there son; you want me to put a thing made of GLASS on top of my trusty rifle? Are you kidding me?

The discussion was about the idea of adding a scope to a rifle to perform the task of accurately getting sights on target. For hundreds of years, shooters had relied on a solution of simplicity and extreme durability: iron sights. Adding a potentially fragile, and more importantly, unproven invention had to be just asking for trouble, right?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting, Self Defense