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A Little Variety in Your Practice

Practice doesn't have to be boring, and it should include components of your day-to-day life to make it most applicable. Don't be afraid to change things up!

December 18, 2014

Ride That Safety

On handguns so equipped, keep the thumb safety fully depressed at all times. After all, no one likes a happy thumb safety.

December 11, 2014

Adding Confusion to a Gunfight

Variety may be the spice of life, but too much variety in your daily carry piece could lead to problems should the rubber meet the road.

November 24, 2014

Extra Ammo for the Defensive Revolver

"I had too much ammo in that gunfight," said no one, ever. Carry reloads for your revolver and practice recharging those cylinders.

November 13, 2014

Winterize for Defense

With cooler weather comes greater options for concealment, but it also brings heavy coats and gloves. Plan accordingly.

November 5, 2014

What Do You Do?

Dealing with the little curve balls life sends your way is much easier if you've planned ahead.

October 28, 2014

It’s On You

If something doesn't seem right at a training course, no matter who's teaching, don't be afraid to ask questions, sit things out or even leave.

October 17, 2014

Mouse Guns

Sheriff Jim explains why he's not a fan of "mouse guns"—small, concealable firearms chambered in less-powerful cartridges.

October 13, 2014

Combat Mindset: Revisited & Rethought

While the "Combat Mindset" is hard-to-define and may differ greatly from one person to the next, quality training and copious practice are always a good idea.

September 29, 2014

Thoughts on Rule Number 3

Keeping your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot sounds so simple, yet is often broken with bad results. A little extra care will go a long way to prevent unintentional hole-punching.

September 16, 2014