Author Archive | Michael Jenkins

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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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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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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The Best Gun Handling in Film and Television

The Best Gun Handling in Film and Television

Contemporary folks have an odd relationship with media: we know that most of what we see on the screen isn’t real, but we somehow buy into it anyhow. Let’s make the obvious “Matrix” comparison: the line between image and reality is blurry at best. Books have been written on the subject, and I suggest taking…

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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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Revisiting the Role of Revolvers

Revisiting the Role of Revolvers

It’s an interesting time in the firearms industry, particularly around the subject of CCW and pocket pistols. This year’s SHOT show saw a host of weapons intended for those roles, and brought to light—at least for me—an interesting debate in the CCW community: what role do revolvers play in concealed carry and self defense with…

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The Future of the Firearms Business

The Future of the Firearms Business

While I was unable to attend, all reports indicate that the 39th annual SHOT Show was a resounding success. Attendance numbers were through the roof, and there were more than the usual number of innovative new firearms and accessories. The folks behind the event are justifiably pleased, and hail SHOT’s success as a portent of…

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Training at Home: DIY Gear to Give You the Edge

Training at Home: DIY Gear to Give You the Edge

Let’s get this out of the way: few if any of us train as much as we should. I know I don’t—while I frequently hit the range for some casual shooting I’m not running handgun drills, practicing tactical movement, or drilling transitions between weapons or from to hand to hand as much as I should.…

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