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Straight Talk about Situational Awareness

Straight Talk about Situational Awareness

Those of us in the US inhabit a fairly peaceful nation. Crime has been dropping steadily for years and we are, in general, safer than we've been in living memory.  And while that's comforting, it doesn't change the fact that sometimes trouble comes looking for you.  We've talked a lot on USA Carry about the…

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Guns and Road Rage

Guns and Road Rage

There always seems to be some inconsiderate jerk dangerously cutting you off in traffic, quickly switching lanes in front of you, and making you angry. Some bozo on their cell phone oblivious to those around them, talking and slowing way down in the left lane as you want to pass. Some young, inexperienced driver tailgating…

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CCW on the Job

CCW on the Job: Do Your Research

Personal protection is often given a main reason for owning and carrying a handgun. Hopefully, you feel secure in your home, and, if you stay there all day, the question of protection is covered.  However, most of us have to venture out into the world, and that makes the issue of security more complicated.  Unfortunately…

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Things CCW Folks Should Never, Ever Do!

Things CCW Folks Should Never, Ever Do!

There's a lot that goes into carrying a concealed weapon as part of your lifestyle. Finding the right equipment, and training with it are the first step. Learning your state's laws and going through the process of getting the permit generally come next.  These are relatively easy portions of the road; they're documented and understood…

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Preemption Laws and the Use of Firearms and Ammo

Preemption Laws and the Use of Firearms and Ammo

There is a lot of discussion now in our states, cities, and counties and at the federal level about Preemption laws and relationships among and between Federal, State, and city/town/municipal local laws regulating firearms and ammunition. There are certainly several issues and pros and cons to consider. So what is Preemption about? "Preemption" generally means…

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Proper Draw Techniques Are Important

Beyond Basic Handgun Skills: 8 Essential Concealed Carry Skills

Once you have completed your basic handgun skills and safety class, learned the fundamentals and legal requirements and parameters for concealed carry (CC), and earned your state's CC license or permit, it is important to take that critical next step. That step is getting proper professional training beyond the basics to help yourself learn and…

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Fight or Lay Down? [EDITORIAL]

Fight or Lay Down? [EDITORIAL]

Today, we live in a world of knee-jerk, reactionary politics. Case in point, the TSA. The TSA was the brain child of “The Department of Homeland Security”, whatever that is, so that we could standardize the level of scrutiny at airports after the 9/11 attacks. Ostensibly, this new agency would be better suited than the…

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USA Carry's Top 10 Articles of 2015

USA Carry’s Top 10 Articles of 2015

Each year we post an article showcasing the top articles of the year. Well, it is December 28th and it is about that time. So here is USA Carry's top articles of 2015. Some of these you may have read already and some you may have missed. http://www.usacarry.com/basic-firearms-quiz/ http://www.usacarry.com/basic-firearms-quiz-2/ http://www.usacarry.com/concealed-carry-permit-reciprocity-changes-8122015/ http://www.usacarry.com/top-21-concealed-carry-guns/ http://www.usacarry.com/what-does-brandishing-mean/ http://www.usacarry.com/always-carry-round-chamber/ http://www.usacarry.com/10-things-concealed-carriers-should-never-do/ http://www.usacarry.com/concealed-carry-checklist/…

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5 Mistakes Great Concealed Carriers Never Make

5 Mistakes Great Concealed Carriers Never Make

When I read online discussions about concealed carry, I'm both impressed by the depth of knowledge of the hive mind and by some glaring omissions in the discussion. The gaps tend to fit a broader pattern I've noticed, and with which regular readers—if there are such things—will be familiar. As a community, we tend to…

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CCW Threat Assessment - What's Your Biggest Priority?

CCW Threat Assessment – What’s Your Biggest Priority?

As a concealed carrier, you’re already aware that situational awareness is your best friend.  It’s how you know what’s brewing before it comes to a head.  But how do you decide what’s the most important?  This is an ongoing struggle for most concealed carriers - but for a few, it ends up being the difference…

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