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If You Ain’t Imagining, You Ain’t Practicing

If You Ain’t Imagining, You Ain’t Practicing

Last month this column discussed the best mode of carry for personal protection. It was argued that for all possible scenarios one could come upon, only concealment puts the carrier in the best position. That article received a lot of negative feedback as a result from open carriers who took offense after incorrectly believing the […]

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Keep It Secret. Keep It Safe.

Keep It Secret. Keep It Safe.

There is much to be learned by Gandalf the Grey when it comes to being the responsible possessor and carrier of a source of extraordinary power. What typically makes a great lie believable is when there is a little truth mixed in, and what generally makes for a great fiction novel is when the reader […]

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New York Castle Doctrine

New York Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground Laws Facts and Myths

Since the recent tragedy of Trayvon Martin, and George Zimmerman’s trial, in Florida, there has been a significant reaction to not only the highly controversial philosophy of gun ownership for personal protection, but also the amount of leverage given to those who do by the laws. The laws that seemingly receive the most praise by […]

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Getting Out of Dodge

Getting Out of Dodge

It has been said that the greatest question you will ever ask when searching for the meaning of life is, “Why am I here?” It can also be said that the worst question you could ever ask when faced with a lethal encounter is, “Why am I here?” All too often though this is precisely […]

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Oh Come To Old Faithful

Oh Come To Old Faithful

As Christmas nears and the busy-ness of getting prepared weighs in heavier, those familiar two things seems to always happen; we become very focused on shopping, decorating, baking, standing in long lines, filling out Christmas cards, and running out of time, and we develop an almost magical belief that everyone in the world is a […]

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Even Doctors Have Doctors

Even Doctors Have Doctors

The other day I had a doctor’s appointment and when sitting in the waiting room I thought to myself, “I wonder who my doctor goes to when he’s sick.” I thought the same thing when sitting in the barber’s chair about my barber. “I wonder who cuts my barber’s hair.” Of course my mind wandered […]

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Close Retention Ready Position

Ready, Ready, Ready, Set, Go!

After having the opportunity in my extensive training to be instructed by not only some of the best minds and experiences, but also some of the most different styles around, I have found that each individual instructor seems to pick a specific shooting stance that they swear is the only way you should hold a […]

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Speed Reload

Running Full Capacity

So there you are with your firearm drawn to the Low Ready Position after having just stopped two assailants who tried to run up on you with knives for no apparent reason at all. Your heart is racing, your mind is working overtime, your hands are sweaty, and if it wasn’t for all that fabulous […]

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Proper Sight Picture “six o’clock hold”

Sometimes Seeing Isn’t Believing

If you have ever had any kind formal handgun training, you probably heard the instructor say, “Focus on the front sight!” The drill is to get you to first line up with the target, then line up the front sight with the target, then line up the rear sight with the front sight, followed by […]

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