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How to Find A Gun Expert for Real Handgun Training

Posted by William Starnes on Jul 7, 2014 11:39:00 AM


Critical self-defense skills used to be taught from master to student, and students were chosen with great care. A typical student might spend years on just the basics before receiving his master’s approval. Today we live in a world of fake credentials, instant masters, and impatient students who want to be considered proficient after watching a few videos.
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

12 Reasons I Concealed Carry A Gun

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 27, 2014 8:58:00 AM


1. A fire extinguisher is a lousy self defense weapon.

No one seems to have an issue with folks keeping a fire extinguisher in the house, right? I mean, people don’t question your paranoia level even though there are fire departments just about everywhere. So I thought about just carrying a fire extinguisher for self defense too. I figured I could foam at least three people in the face before it emptied, and then it becomes an excellent impact weapon. After discovering that finding a concealed holster was near impossible, I gave up.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

I'm Not a Criminal: Debunking the Myths About Choosing Concealed Carry

Posted by Jaci Janes on Jun 23, 2014 11:52:00 AM


Once again, the news is awash with anti-gun stories, the Internet is buzzing about gun ownership and the right to carry, and the stupid has been turned up to 11. I am absolutely exhausted from being unfairly attacked by the media and others who blindly follow the disinformation and smear campaigns against law-abiding gun owners. It’s disheartening and extremely irritating to see so many myths, hyperbole and out-and-out lies being spread by people that are willfully ignorant and incredibly misinformed about making the choice to carry a firearm.  You’re not alone if you feel like you’re talking to a brick wall when it comes to getting the average person to stop and simply listen to the facts about gun owners.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Refuse To Be A Victim, The Choice IS yours.

Posted by Tiffany "Duchess" Tesmer on Jun 13, 2014 4:48:00 PM


There is a term floating around the internet right now that seems to be used incorrectly every time I see it typed in a forum or comments section of a self-defense/pro gun post.... Victim Blaming.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Turn Your Handgun Into An Effective Home Defense Tool

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 10, 2014 1:10:00 PM


When it comes to home defense, cheating is an acceptable, and desirable, strategy. If you’re ever forced to defend your loved ones in your home, and you find yourself in a fair fight, you tactics suck, or so the saying goes.

Put into more practical and actionable terms, when preparing your home defense strategy, it makes sense to identify all reasonable advantages and put them into action.

Also see: Deadly Force During a Home Invasion

One big advantage you can easily implement is the addition of lights and lasers to your home defense gun. Neither of these tools replaces good gun handling technique nor are they designed to. They are designed to give you more options in a bad situation.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Thinking about Concealed Carry? Read this first.

Posted by Kenn Blanchard on May 22, 2014 11:39:00 AM


According to Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, “concealed carry laws that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people are exactly what the public demands to keep communities as safe as possible.” While that sounds good for a sound bite, the reality is dangerous. Criminals do not obey gun laws.

What about those of us who do? Why should we, the law-abiding citizens, place our fate in the hands of criminals?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Justifying Deadly Force - 7 Areas Courts May Examine (Self Defense Tips)

Posted by Sara Ahrens on May 13, 2014 11:07:00 AM


“When am I justified to use deadly force?”

This question, or any of the thousands of variations of it, is probably the most common question asked of police use-of-force trainers and concealed carry instructors. Whether asked outright, or hinted at through a variety of ‘what if’ and hypothetical questions, the intent is always the same – to lock the instructor into a concrete response, which the student believes he or she can depend on later. Many people seek to know exactly when, and under what circumstances, they will be safe from criminal and civil prosecution if they use deadly force. This game poses grave danger to all who participate. Whether teaching police officers or civilians, I never play this game because no one wins.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Gun Rights, Self Defense

Home Defense and Castle Doctrine - Know Your State Laws

Posted by Sara Ahrens on May 2, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Is Your House Your Castle…Legally?


It seems like every day there are examples of citizens using deadly force.  Today is no exception. Not long ago, in the middle of a dark Texas night, a child alerted a father to the presence of a stranger in another child’s bedroom. This child happened to be a teenage girl, and the stranger was a teenage boy. The father responded to the bedroom with a firearm. The media reports that the homeowner confronted the intruder and his daughter. She denied being acquainted with the boy. The homeowner then alleged that the boy reached for something. Fearing for his life, the father shot and killed the boy, who turned out to be unarmed.

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Topics: Gun Rights, Self Defense

Gear for Your First Defensive Pistol Course

Posted by Jason Hanson on Mar 10, 2014 12:12:00 PM


One of the biggest questions I get from new shooters attending one of my courses is whether they’re prepared for it with the right gear. This is understandable.  Nobody wants to pay hard earned money for a course and then not be able to get the most out of it just because they didn’t bring the correct items with them.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Self Defense After Self Defense

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Mar 10, 2014 8:15:00 AM


With the passage of Illinois’ concealed carry law, all fifty states now offer their citizens some sort of opportunity to legally carry a concealed firearm. The intent of these laws is to allow citizens to protect themselves in life-threatening situations. Illinois’ law requires sixteen hours of training and/or approved experience to secure this right to self-defense through concealed carry. Having prepared curriculum for this training, I find there is one component of self-defense that is negligibly covered: articulation.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense