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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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Does Exercise Improve Concealed Carry?

Does Exercise Improve Concealed Carry?

In this article, we’re going to explore some opinions on how exercise affects concealed carry skills.  Why do we need exercise in the first place?  Isn’t having a gun more important than a workout? There’s two basic forms of exercise that really improve overall readiness: Aerobic fitness - your ability to safely sustain cardiovascular activity…

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AR-15 vs. Shotgun for Home Defense

AR-15 vs. Shotgun for Home Defense

A few days ago, I got this excellent question from a fellow named Karl L... “I find it interesting that you recommend a rifle over a shotgun for home defense. All the other experts I have talked to and research I have done point to a shotgun because with 00 buckshot you don't have to…

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