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What Are the Effects of a Contact Shot for Personal Defense?

In your extreme-close-quarters-encounter class, you were cautioned that contact shots could cause a handgun to...

Personal Defense is About Establishing the Right Habits

As Sheriff Jim Wilson points out, personal defense is really about establishing a series of...

The FBI Miami Shootout: Lessons for the Defensive Shooter

Details from past law-enforcement shootings can teach valuable lessons to the armed civilian.

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...

How to Train with a Shot Timer

Whether or not you've got ammunition or want to shoot it, having a shot timer...

How to Use Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication for Self Defense

There’s more to preparing for personal defense than you may think.

Why You Should Practice Drawing From Concealment

The smart thing to do is to make drawing from under the concealing clothing a...

How Much Ammo Should You Carry?

Concealed carriers have to make a lot of important decisions, including which gun, how to...

The Importance of Readiness for Self Defense

Sheriff Jim Wilson talks about the importance of being ready to defend yourself at a...

Immediate Action: The Easiest Way to Keep Your Gun Operational

Immediate action is an accepted definition for clearing a stoppage or jam and making a...

Get Off My Lawn: Great WWII Guns for Home Defense

While purpose-built, modern firearms are all the rage for personal protection, don’t discount that old...

4 Great Dynamic Shotgun Drills

Here are four effective drills you can practice to better develop your defensive-shotgun skills.

When to Speed Up Your Shooting Process

Skillful shooters know when to slow things down and when to speed them up. Sheriff...

Handgun, Shotgun, or Rifle: Which is Best for Home Defense?

Which firearm type is the best for home defense? Rather than try to decide between...

The Effects a Criminal Attack Can Have on the Heart

Criminal attacks are known to raise blood pressure, cause the heart to beat faster and...

Review: Zastava Arms ZPAP92 Alpha & ZPAP92 Alpha FS1913 AK-47-Style Pistols

Zastava Arms recently introduced two new AK-47-style pistols—the ZPAP92 Alpha and ZPAP92 Alpha FS1913—both of...

The Importance of Awareness and Avoidance for Personal Defense

As recent events have made us all aware, staying away from bad things—of any type—is...

Training is Just as Important as the Firearm You're Carrying

It's easy to get fixated on the guns & gear we use for self defense,...

CCW: Expect the Unexpected

We can’t predict when bad things are going to happen and we can’t predict where...

Firearm Practice: Slow and Steady

There's no need to be the fastest when it comes to firearm practice. As they...
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