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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 Use Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication for Self Defense

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

Why You Should Trust Your Gut With Personal Defense

While not every gut feeling leads to a dangerous personal defense situation in which we...

Can You Use Wadcutter Ammunition for Personal Defense?

Can you use wadcutter ammunition for personal defense? George Harris answers this question, which may...

10 Best Ways to Defend Yourself Against Civil Unrest

When it comes to self-defense, anything can happen, but these 10 best ways to defend...

Where Should You Carry Your Reload?

It’s unlikely you’ll ever need to reload your handgun in a self-defense situation. But if...

Personal-Defense Plan: Turn It On & Turn It Off

One of the reasons that it is so important to have a personal-defense plan is...

I Carry Spotlight: Red Dot vs. Iron Sights

In this "I Carry Spotlight" episode, we use two models of the Springfield Armory Hellcat...

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,...

Mag-Load a Revolver: A How-To & Practice Drill

You can't reload a revolver with a 1911 magazine...or can you? Here's one thought-provoking method...

Shooting Stance: What's Right for You?

Confused about the proper pistol-shooting stance? Check out our breakdown here.

Surviving an Attack: Stay Calm & Take Care of Business

How do you survive an attack or a gunfight? Lessons learned long ago point modern...

Personal-Defense Partners: Working Together for Survival

Working with a partner can greatly increase your odds of surviving a criminal attack.

Defensive Decisions: Making & Modifying Personal-Protection Plans

Making split-second decisions is critical in life, but especially so in life-threatening situations.

Home-Defense Planning: Threat Response & Training

Developing a home-defense plan ahead of time will prevent mistakes, help you consider all options...

Personal-Defense Skill-Building: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

An experience at a recent training event led one Shooting Illustrated contributor to reflect on...

Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

Criminals thrive on your complacency. Having appropriate situational awareness and training to overcome the stress...

Hollywood Gun-Handling: Don't Believe What You See

As shocking as it may be to hear, what you see on television and in...

Will You 'Get Killed on the Streets?' Personal-Defense Myths Debunked

People tend to form opinions on many things that just aren’t based on fact. The...

14 Great Pocket Pistols for Personal Defense

The best gun for personal defense is the one you have on you, and these...
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