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The Great Equalizer: Shotguns & 00 Buckshot

Rifles and handguns certainly have their place in certain scenarios, but there's one platform that...

Split-Second Self-Defense: Acting Quickly in an Attack

When you're attacked, there are often a few seconds where you have room to act....

Speed Holstering: Why It's a Bad Idea

Quickly jamming a firearm into your holster can cause all sort of problems. Here's why...

Snubnose Revolvers: Still Meeting Defensive Needs

The snubnose revolver, staple of 1950s cop shows, has a storied heritage and is still...

Health & Self-Defense: The Physical Effects of an Attack

When you're in a fight for your life, your body is creating all kinds of...

Defensive Shooting: A Quickly Diminishing Skill

You've taken some training classes? Shot well in your last club competition? Good! But don't...

Documentary Highlights Career of Sheriff Jim Wilson

In conjunction with Panteao Productions and Nighthawk Custom, Shooting Illustrated Field Editor Sheriff Jim Wilson...

Good Triggers: A Must-Have for Self-Defense Guns

So, you've got a solid self-defense gun for concealed-carry and home defense. What should you...

Overcoming Threat-Fixation & Tunnel Vision

Fixation on a threat is natural, but it needs to be overcome immediately to survive...

The Return of the Pistol-Caliber Carbine

The pistol-caliber carbine market is hot right now, but Sheriff Jim reports that this is...

Surviving a Gunfight: Go Back to Basics

While more than a century has passed since the days of the Wild West, there...

Avoidance: The Best Strategy for the Armed Citizen

For those who carry a gun for personal defense, it's worth keeping in mind that...

5 Essential Tips for Choosing a CCW Holster

In the market for a new concealed-carry rig? Here are five expert tips to keep...

Dress for Success: Attire for the Armed Citizen

Whether carrying openly or concealed, it's important to think about how and why we dress....

Security Tip: Support Your Local Sheriff

Think you know what to do when things go bad in your neighborhood? Have a...

Collecting vs. Training: Spend Your Time & Money Wisely

Having a collection of neat and interesting guns is great, but it's worth considering spending...

Studying Self-Defense: Do Your Homework

If you have a solid defensive firearm and have taken training classes, you're doing better...

In a Fight, Time is Short—Don't Waste It

Anecdotes and statistics surrounding self defense paint a clear picture: a fight is likely to...

Movement & Distance in Self-Defense

When fighting for your life, every advantage matters. Here's how the dynamics behind movement and...

Practice Priorities: Self-Defense Skills You'll Need Most

While money is certainly a consideration in your practice budget, so is your time and...
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