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How to Create a Diversion for Personal Defense

One of the best things the armed citizen can do is to create a diversion that will mess up the crook’s pre-planned agenda.

How to Protect Your Personal Space

It's an everyday phenomenon that people are closer to us physically than we may even be aware of. Sheriff Jim Wilson talks about how you can stay alert to these encounters.

Why You Should Practice Drawing From Concealment

The smart thing to do is to make drawing from under the concealing clothing a regular part of defensive practice.

Why You Should Trust Your Gut With Personal Defense

While not every gut feeling leads to a dangerous personal defense situation in which we have to use force, we shouldn't ignore our instincts about potentially hazardous circumstances.

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.

More Than a Gun: Other Essential Elements of Self-Defense

There’s a lot more to self-defense than merely being able to draw a handgun and hit a target.

Close-Quarter Confrontations: Defending Yourself at Short Range

In many self-defense scenarios, armed citizens don't have the luxuries of distance and time. Here's what to think about if you have to defend yourself in close quarters.

The Importance of Assessment & Awareness in Self-Defense

Just because you find yourself in a situation where you might have to employ your self-defense gun doesn't mean things are what they seem. Sheriff Jim explains with an incident that occurred during training.

How to Stop an Attack Before It Starts

The easiest way to win a gunfight is to avoid having one entirely.

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