Author Archive | Michael Jenkins

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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Open Carry Revisited

Open Carry Revisited

The worlds of firearms, concealed carry, and self defense are all constantly evolving. For me, that’s part of the fun of this job—I’m constantly learning new things and engaging with new ideas. 2017 has been especially interesting—a lot’s changed. The political situation in the US has shifted dramatically, the nature of the threats we face…

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A Guide to Understanding Crime Statistics

A Guide to Understanding Crime Statistics

Let’s get it out of the way: figures never lie, but liars always figure. And while accurate statistics can tell us a lot about the subject under discussion, it’s very easy to misinterpret them, and even easier for an ill-intentioned person to misrepresent them. So with that in mind, how can those of us in…

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How to Keep Track of Firearms Legislation

How to Keep Track of Firearms Legislation

I don’t think I’m making any great revelation when I say that Second Amendment advocates and CCW types spend a lot of time worrying about potential or pending legislation. Over the last several years we’ve dealt with consistent attempts to pass anti-2A bills in Congress, and currently many of us are watching the growth of…

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Security and Safety at Events for CCW Types

Security and Safety at Events for CCW Types

So let’s say that there's a major event coming up in your life: you or someone close to you is getting married, hosting a large party, or some other social gathering that will bring a fair-sized group of people together in one place.  Now let’s say that you’ve been asked to help keep things safe…

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Backup CCW Weapons: Finding the Best Approach

Backup CCW Weapons: Finding the Best Approach

Following this year’s SHOT Show, there seems to be a renewed interest in backup weapons among the CCW community. This seems to have been fueled by a couple of interesting products we got to see at the industry’s premier trade show. Watching the online discussion of the various approaches and merits of backup pieces got…

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“Lone Wolf” Terror Attacks: Should You Adjust Your EDC?

“Lone Wolf” Terror Attacks: Should You Adjust Your EDC?

You’ve seen the news, over and over: “Lone Wolf” terror attacks—defined for purposes of discussion as an individual acting without the support of a larger organization and inflicting a terror attack on the public—have become a fact of life in Europe and are increasingly common here in the US. Guns aren’t the only weapons in…

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Avoiding Paranoia in an Ugly Media Landscape

Avoiding Paranoia in an Ugly Media Landscape

We live in a media rich world, we’re bombarded by information, and this isn’t doing any favors for our mental and spiritual well-being. I’ve noticed that Second Amendment supporters tend to pick up a touch of paranoia as they become more and more aware of the events unfolding in the US and around the globe.…

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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Constitutional Carry

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Constitutional Carry

Even outside of CCW or Second Amendment circles, constitutional carry is making headlines right now—and ruffling more than a few feathers as a result. There’s a lot of media hype around the issue, and a great many talking heads and pundits tossing quips back and forth. But getting down to brass tacks, what is constitutional…

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