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What is the Greatest Defensive Skill?

You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.

5 Great Gear Choices for Everyday Carry

The following pieces of equipment help carry your essential EDC gear while providing the greatest level of concealment.

Tips on Sheltering in Place

Whether social upheaval or simply bad weather, there's a right way and a wrong way to shelter in place. Here are some tips in doing it the right way.

Review: IWI US Masada Pistol

Don’t make the mistake of dismissing the IWI U.S. Masada pistol as just another striker-fired, polymer 9 mm. It’s more than that.

Review: Winchester Wildcat .22 LR Rifle

Whether for plinking or utility, the Wildcat is the purr-fect companion for your rimfire needs.

Medical EDC: Critical Gear You Should Carry

Realistically, all you need in a micro-IFAK is a tourniquet, properly staged on a carrier, an absorbent bandage such as an Israeli battle bandage or Cederroth Bloodstopper, a pack of QuikClot Combat Gauze, a pair of gloves and a Hyfin Chest Seal.

Reflex Sight 101: Choosing the Right Optic for You

With so many options available today, it’s hard to decide which sight is best. Here’s a quick primer to help with decisions.

Review: Springfield Armory Hellcat

Concealability, cutting-edge features and unbelievable firepower. Oh, yeah—this is the Springfield Armory Hellcat.

Surviving Animal Attacks: Get a Shotgun

What’s the best method of deterring four-legged interlopers? Well, as I'm the Shotguns editor for Shooting Illustrated, you can probably guess my answer.

'My Way or the Highway:' The Wrong Way to Teach & Train

Instructors who insist on one way of doing things or students who refuse to learn do nobody any favors, says Sheriff Jim. Here's how to approach training.

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