Author Archive | Michael Jenkins

Winning a Gunfight by Tim Rupp [BOOK REVIEW]

Winning a Gunfight by Tim Rupp [BOOK REVIEW]

I read a lot—as a working writer, it’s more or less a requirement for the gig.  Working for USA Carry, I get to read a lot about guns, gunfighting, and the related questions and challenges that come with them. Toward that end, I’ll admit that I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic when I received my copy of…

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Dardick Model 1100 and Model 1500

4 Strange and Unusual Firearms

We live in an era of relative conservationism in firearms design. The AR15 in its various forms dominates the semi-automatic rifle market, Mossberg’s 500/590 and Remington’s 870 represent the bulk of the sporting, tactical, and defensive shotguns out there, and while there’s more diversity in the handgun world, let’s be honest: most of you are…

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[DVD REVIEW] PDN “Violent Criminal Actors” DVD

[DVD REVIEW] PDN “Violent Criminal Actors” DVD

Once again, Personal Defense Network brings William Aprill to the screen, interviewed by Rob Pincus.  Aprill is one of the foremost experts on violent criminal actors, having worked in law enforcement before pursuing a career in mental health care and research.  Violent criminal actors (henceforth VCAs) are complex actors, with a wide variety of motivations,…

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CCW in Cold, Wet, or Otherwise Inclement Weather

CCW in Cold, Wet, or Otherwise Inclement Weather

Let’s start with this: I’m going to assume that you’re smart enough to keep your concealed carry gun clean and dry regardless of conditions. We’ve got some excellent resources about that here on the site, so take a look if there are any questions. Concealed Carry with Layers of Cold/Rain Gear Moving along from there, the…

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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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Getting a CCW Permit? Do This First . . .

Getting a CCW Permit? Do This First . . .

Getting your CCW permit for the first time is a multi-faceted experience. There's the personal freedom, the celebration of liberty, the deep sense of responsibility—and what may seem like an endless forest of legal and bureaucratic requirements. And Americans, as a species, are deeply suspicious if not resentful of officialdom. If you doubt this at…

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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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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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