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How to Stop a Deadly Encounter Before it Begins

Awareness and alertness are your keys to staying safe and avoiding potentially deadly outcomes.

Why Staying Alert is Key for Personal Defense

What’s the best tool in your personal-protection toolbox? Here’s a hint: It’s not in your holster.

Fire Behind Your Roast

Legend has it an Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee’s hidden power after his herd ate some of the beans. Their energy soared, they stayed up all night on wide-eyed watch and military and law enforcement minds took note.

The Importance of Situational Awareness

Col. Jeff Cooper proposed four levels of alertness to describe the various stages of paying attention, but how do they relate to daily activities?

Don't Let Ego Get In the Way of Learning

Those who truly want to learn self-defense strategies and techniques need to learn quickly that egos are only an impediment, says Sheriff Jim.

No Safe Spaces: Why We Need Personal-Defense Skills

It’s a sobering thought, but there really is no such thing as a “safe” space, only spaces we make safer than others.

Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

Criminals thrive on your complacency. Having appropriate situational awareness and training to overcome the stress of surprise can help ensure you prevail against an attack.

First Look: Blackhawk Multipoint Sling

Need a convenient, comfortable way to carry your carbine? Blackhawk's new Multipoint sling is now available.

The 3 Keys to a Defensive Mindset

Gunsite Academy Instructor Ed Head discusses the three keys to a proper defensive mindset. Do you practice each of these elements?

The 21-Foot Rule: Why Is It Important?

Most shooters know that a knife-wielding bad guy can cover 21 feet in the time it takes you to draw your handgun and bring it on target, but why is it important practical self-defense?

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