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10 Reasons to Shoot a Practical Pistol Match

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


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

What to Look for in a Firearms Trainer

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


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

Do You Need Two-strike Capability In Your Pistol?

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 12, 2018 4:17:11 PM

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I think some issues, preferences, and beliefs just get passed around the gun community with few stopping to consider and evaluate what they really mean. You know, things like “The batteries will just run out of your laser or light when you need it most!” Or maybe, “It only takes one .45 ACP bullet to end a fight.” You know the drill and have probably heard dozens of such nuggets of wisdom passed down.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

Handgun Lasers Aren't a Crutch; They Add Capabilities

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 8, 2018 1:17:39 PM


Laser sights get a bad rap from gun know-it-alls. You’ll hear pithy and condescending comments like these…

• Laser sights are a crutch.

• Lasers are only for people who can’t use iron sights properly.

• Laser sights are slower.

• What are you gonna do when you’re laser battery runs out in the middle of a gunfight?

• Lasers are delicate and will break at inopportune times.

• Serious shooters don’t need them.

Those folks are missing the point. Completely. Lasers add capabilities to your existing knowledge, skills, and equipment without taking anything away. Who wouldn’t want that type of tradeoff?

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

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


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


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


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


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