Author Archive | Michael Jenkins

Knives and CCW

Knives and CCW

We tend to focus on firearms here at USA Carry, for obvious reasons. However, we have discussed the role of knives in the CCW world in the past, and it’s fair to say that knives and CCW have a very complicated relationship. So I thought we ought to sit down and take a look at…

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Dealing With A Violent Incident in Your Neighborhood

Dealing With A Violent Incident in Your Neighborhood

Recently, a man was shot and killed in my neighborhood. I didn’t know him, nor do I know what lead to the incident. I can’t pass judgment or offer commentary, beyond extended my thoughts and prayers to his family. However, the whole thing got me thinking: what’s the best way to handle something like this?…

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North Hollywood Shootout

Tactical Breakdown: The North Hollywood Bank Robbery

Here at USA Carry, we’ve talked a lot about training. We’ve broken down various approaches to CCW, EDC, and other self-defense issues. We’ve offered examples of good gun handling and tactics from movies and television. In this article we’re going to take a different track and look at one of the better documented shootouts of…

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Storing Guns During a Hurricane

Storing Guns During a Hurricane

As I write this, large portions of Texas, the Caribbean, and Florida are still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Charleston, South Carolina saw its share of flooding, and the entire east coast is potentially a target for incoming Hurricane Jose. Given the nature of the region affected, a whole lot of…

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CMP 1911s and the Changing Nature of Surplus/C&R Guns

CMP 1911s and the Changing Nature of Surplus/C&R Guns

As anyone who watches the news knows, the times they are a-changin’. Our current political situation and the ongoing disaster in Houston aside, there are some big changes unfolding in the world of gun ownership and CCW, particularly when it comes to surplus and C&R eligible guns. A great deal of this centers on the…

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Incorporating Failure Drills into Training

Incorporating Failure Drills into Training

It’s a sad truth in the concealed carry community: most of us don’t train as much as we should or would like to. And the training we do is incomplete in that we tend to focus on the “fun” parts of concealed carry and tactical training. We love to shoot, or run a tactical course, or…

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Avoid These 5 Bad CCW Habits

New to CCW? Avoid These 5 Bad CCW Habits

First off, let me say that there is no judgment in this article: we were all newbies once. No one is born knowing how to shoot, CCW, or most other skills. That having been said, the beginning is foundational to all that comes later. The old saying about shooting remains true: there are no advanced…

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CCW During Outdoor Activities

CCW During Outdoor Activities

Americans are outdoor specialists. Across the nation we’ve created outdoor activities to suit every taste, age, or level of ability. Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, geocaching, rock climbing, base jumping, spelunking, mushroom collecting, boating, bird watching—they all have their aficionados and they all serve the same purpose: getting people to enjoy some time outside. This is…

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Concealed Carry for the Disabled

Concealed Carry for the Disabled

This is a tough one to write about. I’m not disabled in any way, nor have I ever been. In order to get the information I needed for this article, I had to talk to some CCW folks who are. They prefer to remain anonymous, but I would like to acknowledge their contributions. The first…

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Trends and Gimmicks in Ammo Design

Trends and Gimmicks in Ammo Design

Like a great many of you, I get a lot of fliers, catalogs, and mailers from various vendors and manufacturers within the firearms industry. Some are physical, some are digital, and all seek to separate me from my cash in exchange for new gun-related toys. While I very rarely see a firearm that catches my…

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