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Carry Mode Consistency: Essential for Self-Defense

Carry Mode Consistency: Essential for Self-Defense

Most people that carry a gun regularly develop a favored carry mode. Carry mode refers to the position on the body and the general manner in which you carry a handgun. For example, Inside-the-waistband (IWB) carry typically refers to carrying a gun on the strong side hip in an inside-the-pants holster. Appendix-inside-the-waistband (AIWB) refers to…

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An Argument for the Mid-Size Revolver as a House Gun

An Argument for the Mid-Size Revolver as a House Gun

The polymer frame striker-fired auto-loading pistol dominates the current era of defensive firearms. I think there is a good reason for this. I carry one almost every day. The older all-steel technology of classic handguns is by no means obsolete, but the modern plastic pistol has a lot going for it, particularly concerning capacity-to-weight ratio. A…

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Do You Need Body Armor for Home Defense?

Do You Need Body Armor for Home Defense?

I strive to be ever reasonable about “realistic” defensive skills as opposed to the fantasy band camp that we see among many in the shooting and defensive community. While I am all for every citizen being ready to fight I also think they should focus on the skill set that is most applicable to the…

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Hybrid Holsters

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Holsters for Concealed Carry

The term “hybrid” originally referred to a holster made of two materials, typically leather and kydex. The traditional hybrid concept used leather as a comparatively larger “backer” for the holster that rests against the body and affixed to this is typically a shell made of kydex or other hard material that houses the gun. I…

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Night Sights on Handguns: Useful or Unnecessary?

Night Sights on Handguns: Useful or Unnecessary?

There is a staggering array of available sighting systems for handguns today. One variety, which have been around for some time, is night sights. These rely on small vials of tritium, a radioactive agent, that perpetually glow to illuminate the sights in dark environments. Night sights tend to be loved or dismissed depending on who…

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Guns in Schools: What are the Laws?

Guns in Schools: What are the Laws?

Despite the right to keep and bear arms as specified in our Constitution the armed citizen still faces many jurisdictions and locations where this right is denied. Schools are a particular point of concern for armed citizens since many of us have children and need to spend varying degrees of time on school property. So…

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No Clip Holsters: Useful or Liability?

No Clip Holsters: Useful or Liability?

A “no clip” holster is one that has no apparatus for securing to the belt. While ankle and pocket holsters obviously do not secure to a belt, the no clip holsters under discussion here are the variety that are designed for in-the-waistband carry. These holsters rely on friction to stay in place. These designs utilize…

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An Argument for the Double-Stack as a Carry Gun

An Argument for the Double-Stack as a Carry Gun

The newer breed of single-stack 9mm handguns, epitomized by such weapons as the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield, Glock 43, and the Walther PPS, are all the rage among concealed carriers these days. Such handguns provide adequate shootability, sufficient ammunition capacity for general civilian needs, and prove very easy to carry. Civilian defenders rarely encounter…

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The History of Concealed Carry in the United States

The History of Concealed Carry in the United States

Carrying a gun is as American as apple pie for those of us that do it. We are blessed to live in the only nation on this earth that truly honors this essential liberty, at least in most places. Americans have been heavily armed since the inception of our nation, and even before. The European…

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