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The Tactical Reload: A Critical Self-Defense Skill

The tactical reload isn't just a technique for competition shooting. Practicing your reloads and thinking...

Review: Springfield Armory RO Elite Compact

A single-stack 9 mm in 1911 form…That’s something everyone can argue about! Check out the...

Doorbell Defense: Be Alert & Aware Before Opening Up

Home defense is about more than just having a gun. Here's one element of awareness...

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...

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,...

The Importance of Assessment & Awareness in Self-Defense

Just because you find yourself in a situation where you might have to employ your...

3 Must-Have Elements of Personal Defense

Finding the right gear is important, but defensive shooters need to keep several critical elements...

Modern-Day Lessons from Frank Hamer's Sweetwater Gunfight

Some people take “never give up” to the extreme, like legendary Texas Ranger Frank Hamer,...

Defensive Shooting Stances in the Real World

We all know what shooting stances are popular on the square range, but how does...

Reloading the Double-Action Revolver

Last week, Sheriff Jim talked about the trigger skills needed to master the double-action revolver....

Mastering the Double-Action Revolver

Double-action revolvers are coming back, and with it, the need for mastery of the double-action...

Support-Hand Shooting: Setup & Skill-Building Tips

Most of today's handgun training dedicates some time to support-hand shooting, but how does that...

Self-Defense & Communication: Be Careful What You Say

Of course, in the aftermath of a defensive shooting, what you say and how you...

Lights & Home Defense: Firearm Safety Rule 4 in Action

It is a supremely bad idea to break the fourth rule of firearm safety, “Be...

Long-Distance Practice: A Good Idea for the Armed Citizen

Most defensive shooters train at 7 yards or closer, which is great, but Sheriff Jim...

The Benefits of Force-on-Force Training

For the most-realistic training experience possible, try force-on-force training.

Bringing People into the Personal-Defense World

There are plenty of inexperienced people out there who are looking to build their personal-defense...

3 Self-Defense Opinions That Don't Hold Water

Too often, Sheriff Jim hears these three claims in the personal-defense community. Here's why you...

The Object of Defensive-Gun Handling: Stop the Threat

There's a lot of talk about the lethality of certain cartridges, but Sheriff Jim reminds...

Aiming for 'Condition Yellow:' A Lesson in Awareness

Every defense-minded citizen always ought to be in Condition Yellow, but that's not always possible,...
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