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Head vs. Holster: The Importance of a Solid Self-Defense Mindset

Proper self-defense starts with the right mindset, regardless of the tool in your holster.

Skills Check: The Hostage Presidente Drill

Shooting quickly and accurately is of utmost importance to effective self-defense. Here’s a hostage drill,...

3 Powerful AR-15 Cartridges for Survival Use

A large hole in the muzzle of your AR-15 might help keep you alive if...

Front-Sight Focus: An Essential Aspect of Defensive Shooting

Some defensive-shooting techniques eschew the traditional front-sight focus, saying it slows down a defensive shooter....

Behind the Gun: Pistol Training vs. Pistol Choice

As Sheriff Jim highlights in these anecdotes, there's much more to personal defense than just...

Skills Check: The Dozier Drill

History shows neutralizing multiple threats at close range is possible, but only if you’re properly...

5 Critical Mistakes Made by Defensive Gun Owners

We’re all human, we all make mistakes. The true student will always learn from the...

Understanding Gun Safety Rule No. 1

When Col. Jeff Cooper founded what became Gunsite Academy, he set forth four safety rules....

Shoot Twice: The Benefits of the 'Double-Tap'

In a life-threatening encounter, firing two rounds can be more effective than one. Here are...

Review: Mossberg MVP Scout Rifle

The Mossberg MVP Scout rifle reflects the late Col. Jeff Cooper’s concept of his ideal...

Review: Savage Arms Model 11 Scout Rifle

The Savage Arms Model 11 Scout provides the scout-rifle market with a platform built on...

Review: Mossberg MVP Patrol Rifle

The Mossberg MVP Patrol rifle is capable of handling most any task from home defense...

The Evolution of Personal Defense

Firearms, gear and training all evolve; sometimes it’s worth looking back to see how far...

The 1911 Pistol: 100-Plus Years of Dependable Service

With more than a 100 years under its belt, John Moses Browning’s most-famous design, the...

Gunsite Academy Rangemaster: Ed Stock

Manners need not always be in “stock” when it comes to being a rangemaster at...

The Fight-or-Flight Response: Other Coping Skills

Knowing how to deal with your natural fight-or-flight response to a potential threat can help...

The Scout Rifle: Where Did It Come From?

Let's be clear about this: Col. Jeff Cooper did not invent the Scout Rifle. He...

Dealing With Fear in a Self-Defense Situation

One of the hardest aspects of a self-defense situation to deal with is the overwhelming...

Six Must-Have Self-Defense Books

The Sheriff picks six top self-defense books that are the necessary foundation for any library...

Col. Jeff Cooper's Modern Technique of the Pistol

Through the 1960s and into the 1970s, Col. Jeff Cooper began to develop a discipline...
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