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How to Improve Home Defense with a Security Camera

Adding a security camera you can monitor from your smartphone can help create a layered defense system for your home and provide advanced notice of a potential threat.

The Importance of Communication for Personal Defense

The stress and confusion of a violent criminal attack is not the place to try to work up a system of communication.

Why Lightweight Carbines Are a Game Changer

Technology and demand are driving a light-rifle trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Purpose-built, flyweight guns are a dream to carry and shoot, but the additional machining, exotic materials and manufacturing methods that can bring something like an AR rifle down to 4.5 pounds make it expensive.

The King of Tactical Shotguns Benelli’s M3 Super 90

The goal of this column is to inform Shooting Illustrated’s readers of top shotguns, shotgun techniques and training for self-defense. But, when I talk about a specific gun, it often alienates one camp from the discussion.

Do One Thing Everyday to Make Yourself Better at Personal Defense

Hailing from the world of professional protection comes this phrase: “Do one thing every day to make yourself a better operator.” As the de facto protective agent of your family and loved ones, you are responsible for their safety. What is that one thing you can do every day to be a better agent?

Why Determination is Essential for Personal Defense

Determination is a word that ought to be part of every armed citizen’s vocabulary. The dictionary defines it as “firmness of purpose; resoluteness.”  Determination is how we master the skills necessary to defend ourselves, and it is also how we deal with the violence of a criminal attack.

Best Size for a Pistol Red Dot

What size is best for the red-dot you mount on your pistol?

What Causes Light Primer Strikes?

Light primer strikes aren’t always indicative of faulty ammunition. Judicious troubleshooting should be applied to the gun and multiple types of ammo to isolate the culprit.

Why High-End Handguns Are Made to Use

Way back in the Dark Ages—well, OK, it wasn’t actually the Dark Ages, it was more like 2008—I attended a Tactical Handgun I class from the late, great firearm trainer Louis Awerbuck.

Skills Check: Training to Shoot a Handgun with Both Hands

Simply alternating your handgun from one hand to the other between rounds helps to develop your skills with both hands while conserving ammunition.

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