Author Archive | S.E. Rakowski

Summertime Self-Defense: CCW at the Beach or Pool

Summertime Self-Defense: CCW at the Beach or Pool

As summer looms and temperatures rise, my thoughts turn to sun, sand, and surf. While a trip to the beach promises fun and relaxation, it also presents special considerations for personal protection: Will your usual CCW setup work with a swimsuit? How do you protect your weapon from sand and salt water? What do you…

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Why You Should Carry a Tactical Pen in Your EDC

Why You Should Carry a Tactical Pen in Your EDC

This past Christmas I was fortunate to receive a practical (and cool) self-defense item – a tactical pen.  After playing around with it for a couple weeks, I think I have a good grasp of the pros and cons of adding this implement to my self-defense arsenal. The first and most obvious advantage is that…

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Are You Covered? Homeowner's Insurance and Firearms

Are You Covered? Homeowner’s Insurance and Firearms

Americans buy insurance for a lot of things: homes, cars, their health care—even their lives. But what about firearms? Homeowner’s insurance can provide coverage but . . . it’s complicated. Our own S.E. Rakowski breaks it down for you: As a firearm owner, there are special considerations that must be made when purchasing homeowner’s insurance. …

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Shooting into Your Golden Years

Shooting into Your Golden Years

My 89 year old Grandmother still shoots the rifle my Grandfather used to hunt with.  The rifle is more than a link to her deceased husband and farm roots. It also provides a sense of security.  Although my Grandfather has been gone almost 20 years, the old .22 has stood by Gram, letting her know…

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Holsters for Her (With Humor)

Holsters for Her (With Humor)

If I were the heroine in an action movie or video game, I’d wear a tactical corset every day.   Unfortunately, I have yet to achieve Black Widow status and thus, I must find a holster that functions with non-superhero attire.  While there are several things to consider when selecting a holster, my main concerns boil…

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Mental Illness and Gun Ownership: Some Thoughts

Mental Illness and Gun Ownership: Some Thoughts

Mental illness is a hot topic for both 2nd amendment advocates and proponents of gun control. Incidents such as the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut and a theater in Aurora, Colorado have made it an unavoidable topic for both sides. No matter your stance on firearms, most agree with the statement “mentally…

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CCW on the Job

CCW on the Job: Do Your Research

Personal protection is often given a main reason for owning and carrying a handgun. Hopefully, you feel secure in your home, and, if you stay there all day, the question of protection is covered.  However, most of us have to venture out into the world, and that makes the issue of security more complicated.  Unfortunately…

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CCW Permit Holder Foils Burglary Attempt

CCW Permit Holder Foils Burglary Attempt

Firearms owners operate under the assumption they should be prepared to use their weapon, if necessary, but hope the occasion never arises.  When Terry Robbins, a West Virginia concealed carry permit holder, was asked to housesit for a friend, his readiness with a firearm foiled a burglary. Robbins received a phone call from the homeowners asking…

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2015 To Set New Record For Gun Sales

2015 To Set New Record For Gun Sales

With the shooting in San Bernardino, CA fresh in the public’s mind, the FBI expects December firearm sales to push 2015 totals to a new record high.  Final numbers for the month aren’t in yet, but if the past is any indication, reported sales will be robust.  This in turn raises the question: what’s driving…

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