The goal of this column is to inform Shooting Illustrated’s readers of top shotguns, shotgun techniques and training for self-defense. But, when I talk about a specific gun, it often alienates one camp from the discussion.
Transform your trusty Ruger 10/22 into a true tack-driver.
What can you keep in your proverbial tool kit to help galvanize your own self-trust, burgeoning skills and personal confidence? The answer is personal resilience and self-defense.
Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 owners can now enjoy a much quieter shooting experience using an integrally suppressed upper receiver from the company’s Gemtech suppressor brand.
In the hands of a competent practitioner, a tactical pen can be used to distract, deter, delay and even stop a violent physical assault. Unlike your firearm or a folding knife, it is a low-profile, personal-safety option for your toolkit that can be used to help mitigate an active threat.
When we can, we need to tell the new shooter that they really need to learn to walk before they can run. And then we need to help them find the kind of training that will give them the basics of safe gun handling and marksmanship.
Grip and hold on the firearm are often viewed by handgun shooters as one and the same. However, seasoned defensive and competitive shooters break down handgun shooting stability into two distinctly but equally essential subcomponents: grip versus hold.
Once the armed citizen has advanced to the point that he or she can draw and shoot their defensive handgun safely, accurately and quickly, it would be a very good idea to start adding movement to the defensive response. Movement has the potential to momentarily confuse and surprise an attacker, allowing the citizen to gain a bit of advantage.