Concealed Carry

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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Making Competition Part of Your Defensive Training

Making Competition Part of Your Defensive Training

I write this a day after shooting the first IDPA match I have shot in about six months. I did not do as well as I hoped. I won my division of CCP (Compact Carry Pistol) and technically you only “compete” within your division in the shooting sports, but I try for top place at…

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CCW with Different Platforms

CCW with Different Platforms

I’ll open with a confession: this article was written in part to help me work through some issues I had with  CCW, and as a result it may raise more questions than it answers. Caveat Lector. Recommendations for CCW abound, as do thoughts about backup weapons and finding the right gun for the circumstances: what…

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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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5 Great Double-Action Pistols For Concealed Carry

5 Great Double-Action Pistols For Concealed Carry

The plastic striker pistol is a modern phenomenon; the double-action handgun was the dominant firing mechanism for concealed carry guns and service pistols since...basically around the start of the 20th century, as that was when the S&W Model 10 was released. But does that mean the DA pistol has gone away? Far from it. There…

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Another Good-Guy with a Gun in Illinois!

Another Good-Guy with a Gun in Illinois!

What’s better than a feel-good story about a good-guy with a gun defending themselves even though they were in a state that strongly discourages gun ownership? How about two of them? This time it was in Elmwood Park, Illinois when a motorist defended his life from a robber at a gas station. Surveillance of the…

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Concealed Carry on College Campuses: Issues & Updates

Concealed Carry on College Campuses: Issues & Updates

A very hotly-debated topic now is the right to conceal carry a handgun on college campuses and school property. What seems an obvious or pretty basic decision by many, is not by others. It can become complicated. Some even add the issue of faculty and students carrying a gun at ANY school-related event or activity…

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Chicago Concealed Carrier Shoots Carjacker in the Worst Place

Chicago Concealed Carrier Shoots Carjacker in the Worst Place

Chicago is known as the land of opportunity—for criminals. This reputation comes from years of being an urban center with many gang related shootings in a state that makes the lawful buying and selling of firearms and ammunition a cumbersome and expensive endeavor. And because Illinois was the last state to allow concealed carry (by…

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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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