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Chicago Sees Increase in Concealed Carry Permits

Chicago Sees Increase in Concealed Carry Permits

The City of Chicago saw a sharp increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued in 2016, DNAinfo reports. According to statistics gained from Illinois State Police, in 2016, about 38,700 Chicagoans received a Firearm Owners Identification card compared to the 23,700 in 2015. That equals a 63 percent increase in permits! So what’s…

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“Lone Wolf” Terror Attacks: Should You Adjust Your EDC?

“Lone Wolf” Terror Attacks: Should You Adjust Your EDC?

You’ve seen the news, over and over: “Lone Wolf” terror attacks—defined for purposes of discussion as an individual acting without the support of a larger organization and inflicting a terror attack on the public—have become a fact of life in Europe and are increasingly common here in the US. Guns aren’t the only weapons in…

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Why You Should Carry a Tactical Pen in Your EDC

Why You Should Carry a Tactical Pen in Your EDC

This past Christmas I was fortunate to receive a practical (and cool) self-defense item – a tactical pen.  After playing around with it for a couple weeks, I think I have a good grasp of the pros and cons of adding this implement to my self-defense arsenal. The first and most obvious advantage is that…

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Whatever Happened To .32 Caliber

Whatever Happened To .32 Caliber?

Years ago, there were a good number of firearms chambered for one of the .32 caliber rounds but they have all but died out. In some cases, with good reason; some of the .32 rounds weren't good for much more than rabbits and such. Others were more potent, and were (and still are) viable defensive…

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Avoiding Paranoia in an Ugly Media Landscape

Avoiding Paranoia in an Ugly Media Landscape

We live in a media rich world, we’re bombarded by information, and this isn’t doing any favors for our mental and spiritual well-being. I’ve noticed that Second Amendment supporters tend to pick up a touch of paranoia as they become more and more aware of the events unfolding in the US and around the globe.…

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Springfield Armory XD(M) OSP Red Dot 9mm [FIREARM REVIEW]

Springfield Armory XD(M) OSP Red Dot 9mm [FIREARM REVIEW]

Above is the XD(M) OSP. What is it? Well Springfield Armory (SA) has entered the reflex red dot (RD) optic handgun market with this pistol. Definitions: XD(M) means "X-Treme Duty Match" (match-grade barrel and more), according to Wikipedia. OSP means "Optical Sight Pistol." The XD(M) OSP 4.5-inch barrel pistol comes in two configurations, both fitted…

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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Constitutional Carry

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Constitutional Carry

Even outside of CCW or Second Amendment circles, constitutional carry is making headlines right now—and ruffling more than a few feathers as a result. There’s a lot of media hype around the issue, and a great many talking heads and pundits tossing quips back and forth. But getting down to brass tacks, what is constitutional…

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Social CCW: A Guide to Meeting Like-Minded People

Social CCW: A Guide to Meeting Like-Minded People

  From a Second Amendment/CCW point of view, now is a pretty decent time to be alive. Constitutional carry is on the march, anti-2A legislation in Congress is in a relatively lull, and the community as a whole seems to feel pretty optimistic. This isn’t to say that there are no potential concerns or that…

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