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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

How to Choose the Right Holster: Pros and Cons of a Holster

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 2, 2017 2:59:49 PM

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The forever-asked question in the concealed carry market is, “Which holster should I purchase?” I’ve been asked the question numerous times, and my answer is never brief. Heck, there’s a lot that goes into choosing a holster to safely hide a firearm on your body. This list of criteria gets even longer when it’s a woman who wants to know which holster is going to be best.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

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

The Dangers Of A False Sense Of Security (Gun Training)

Posted by Tom McHale on May 30, 2017 1:49:58 PM

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If you’ve bought a gun for self or home defense, one of the most important things you can do is eradicate your assumptions. What’s that mean? One of the biggest dangers that defensive gun users need to overcome is that of a false sense of security.

Let’s start this discussion with the direct and blunt approach. Having a gun does not make you safer.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Two Mistakes Rookies Make With Concealed Carry - And How To Fix Them 

Posted by Tom McHale on May 12, 2017 8:25:56 AM

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Everybody has a first time. You know what I mean. You might start to perspire. Perhaps you develop a nervous tick. Everyone I know is, at the very, least anxious their first time. And if we’re all honest with ourselves, there’s probably more than a bit of outright fear bordering on panic. That’s right: I’m talking about the first time you go out in public carrying a concealed firearm.

It’s OK. All of those reactions are perfectly normal. And if anyone tells you they didn’t have any trepidation their first time, they’re probably fibbing. Not only is some healthy apprehension expected, but it's also probably a good thing. After all, you’re venturing out into the world carrying a lethal weapon. Of course, you have no intention or desire to use it. It’s there in case you experience that really bad day that far too many others have encountered. The world can be an ugly place.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense

10 Ways To Conceal Carry

Posted by Tom McHale on May 5, 2017 1:15:04 PM

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Choosing the right method of carrying a concealed gun from the myriad of options isn’t a big deal, right? After all, the only downside of making the wrong choice is that it can get you killed.

That’s a harsh statement, but then again, carrying a gun is serious business. The various methods of concealed carry have pros and cons that you need to carefully evaluate and weigh against your particular routine. Choosing a carry method based on convenience or comfort alone can lead to a false sense of security, and that’s where the danger lies. If you ever need to use your gun in self-defense, your carry method needs to facilitate the act of you getting fast, reflexive, and consistent access to your gun in time to do something about the problem at hand.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

What You Must Know About Cover and Concealment in Self-Defense

Posted by Jim Grant on May 2, 2017 11:52:00 AM

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While there are dozens of reasons people purchase a firearm, home defense often tops the list. In a home defense scenario, it's important to understand two related, but very different concepts: cover and concealment.

When buying a firearm for defense, either at home or on the go, it's important to get professional training because defense isn't just about shooting. One of the topics that a good defensive instructor will cover is that of cover and concealment. The average home has numerous examples of both, and you need to know how to use each along with their respective advantages and disadvantages. Knowing in advance which items in your work constitute cover or concealment just might make all the difference one day.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Tap/Rack as a Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Apr 5, 2017 10:35:00 AM

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Today, it seems there are more trainers than there were shooters just a few years ago. Many train by teaching sound principles that apply to the real world while others tend to make their training sessions look like a Special Forces exercise, with students rolling around under cars and jumping out of windows. There’s no doubt those classes can be fun but do you really have the skills you need firmly entrenched in your psyche? Those skills must be sufficiently ingrained to allow you to perform under real pressure, not just the pressure of not embarrassing yourself in front of other people.

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

5 Things To Know Before Buying A Home-defense Handgun

Posted by Jim Grant on Mar 30, 2017 1:14:00 PM

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Picking the right tool for the job is essential in all walks of life; hammers make terrible screwdrivers, and pocketknives are useless for digging post holes. The same can be said for deciding on a firearm for home defense.

Many shooters gravitate towards a handgun for such a purpose but fail to understand both the limitations of them and what makes an ideal home defense tool. Handguns are a compromise by design; they aren’t as effective at stopping a threat as either a carbine or shotgun.

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Topics: Self Defense, Handguns

How To Overcome Training Boredom

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 28, 2017 7:28:45 AM

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I know, I know…boredom at the firing range? Perhaps boredom is the wrong word; perhaps not. But if you shoot enough, you want to go beyond just hanging a target and blasting holes in it. Sure, we all have to do that sometimes. There are basic gun handling skills that need to be developed and cultivated, and the best way to do that is through repetition. Repetition can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Concealed Carry, Self Defense