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How to Handle a Mugging

How to Handle a Mugging

According to the most numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, crime rates continue to fall in these United States. Violent crime and property crime in particular are approaching historic lows, and there’s an argument to be made that we live in the safest period in the country’s history. However, sometimes trouble come looking for…

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AR15s and Home Defense: Some Thoughts

AR15s and Home Defense: Some Thoughts

It's not secret that the AR15 is the most popular model of rifle in the United States. It's a flexible platform that allows for aftermarket additions and customization, can be adapted to a wide variety of calibers, and offers a user-friendly design. Its Eastern Bloc counterpart/arch-nemesis the AK family of weapons is also fairly popular…

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Protests, Demonstrations, and CCW

Protests, Demonstrations, and CCW

2016 was a tumultuous year politically, with a great many protest and demonstrations around the country over various issues. As 2017 seems to be following suite, I thought it might be time for us to talk about how to handle large, emotionally charged crowds when you’re carrying your CCW. First and foremost, let’s get one…

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CCW vs. Multiple Assailants

CCW vs. Multiple Assailants

Let’s get it out of the way: fighting more than one assailant, armed or unarmed, is really tough. The odds are not in your favor and you’re going to have to find a way to even the odds fast. First off, an observation. Just because you think an incident is one-on-one does not mean that…

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Dealing with Mass Knife Attacks: A CCW Perspective

Dealing with Mass Knife Attacks: A CCW Perspective

Whether fueled by mental illness or terrorism, mass knife attacks are becoming more common these days—and with the increased media coverage, I suspect additional copycats are inbound. We’ve talked about how to handle a mass shooter or a terrorist attack, but looking at the many tragic examples of mass knife attacks from the last few…

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How to Spot a Bad Neighborhood

How to Spot a Bad Neighborhood

We’re a mobile culture. The days of folks living out their lives in the same neighborhood they grew up in are over. Most of us move, travel, or relocated several times throughout our lives, and this may put is into unfamiliar territory. So as we journey through this thing called life, how can we identify—and…

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Concealed Handguns vs. Hand Weapons

Concealed Handguns vs. Hand Weapons

It’s easy to get overly focused on handguns when you CCW. I think a great deal of this comes from the process of getting a firearm, learning to shoot, getting the permit, and learning the applicable laws for interstate travel. It’s fairly involved and detailed oriented and thus becomes central to our thinking. In reality…

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Preventing A Home Invasion

Preventing A Home Invasion

One of the most common scenarios where people have to defend themselves against a violent criminal is a home invasion, or to be more specific a home invasion robbery. A burglary, by definition, is different as the victim isn't present. This is the reason why people keep a gun in the home, just like how…

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Security and Safety at Events for CCW Types

Security and Safety at Events for CCW Types

So let’s say that there's a major event coming up in your life: you or someone close to you is getting married, hosting a large party, or some other social gathering that will bring a fair-sized group of people together in one place.  Now let’s say that you’ve been asked to help keep things safe…

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S.C. Man Saves Family From Home Invasion

S.C. Man Saves Family From Home Invasion

In a scary turn of events, a South Carolina father was able to save his family from an armed intruder determined to commit a home invasion. Imagine this: It’s 8 o’clock on a Tuesday evening and someone rings your doorbell. Your wife answers the door and there is a lady claiming to be from your homeowners…

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