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Carrying a concealed firearm involves building and maintaining a wide variety of shooting and tactical skills.  From basic handgun training to more advanced shooting practice, we’ll help you stay sharp.

[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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process of gun safety

Gun Safety Is A Process, Not A State

Gun safety is not confined to a single thing a person does when it comes to carrying, storing or using firearms. It's a holistic process and a philosophy of owning and carrying firearms. Gun safety isn't a state of existence; it's something a person has to practice all the time. Safe Gun Storage Shooting safety…

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Prioritize Your Defensive Firearms

Prioritize Your Defensive Firearms

I am a through-and-through gun guy. I like to train with them, talk about them, even write about them on occasion as you can see! Some people are into cars, some are into golf, you and I are into guns. That’s great. Shooting is a great sport, it is great fun, and it has the…

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Making Competition Part of Your Defensive Training

Making Competition Part of Your Defensive Training

I write this a day after shooting the first IDPA match I have shot in about six months. I did not do as well as I hoped. I won my division of CCP (Compact Carry Pistol) and technically you only “compete” within your division in the shooting sports, but I try for top place at…

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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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DIY Target Stand for Shooting

DIY Portable Target Stand for Shooting

Everyone needs a target stand for practicing and improving their handgun skills. I am not sure if you have priced a basic target stand lately, but you can pay anywhere from $50. and up for a very simple stand. When you add in the high cost of shipping or delivery, you can have a lot…

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Three Examples of Why You Must Follow the Four Laws of Gun Safety

3 Examples of Why You Must Follow the 4 Laws of Gun Safety

Despite the fact that accidental shootings have reached an all-time low, recently there has been a string of accidents from the people we should least expect a negligent discharge: Firearms instructors. One instructor in Michigan may face charges after accidentally shooting a man during a CPL class. The instructor unholstered his gun during a demonstration,…

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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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Fun Gun Clubs For Concealed Carriers

Fun Gun Clubs For Concealed Carriers

After a lot of concealed carriers finish their pistol safety course and get their permit, many are often left wondering what left they need to do. As someone who carries a handgun, I get asked quite a lot about ways someone can get involved in fun shooting events. Some people are just naturally competitive while…

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Transitioning from Handgun to Hand-to-Hand: A Wakeup Call

Transitioning from Handgun to Hand-to-Hand: A Wakeup Call

While this article is of  course written “for information purposes only”, I have to open by stressing that there’s a lot to learn about this topic and that these skills really need to be taught by a professional and practiced regularly and often. You can’t armchair-commando your way to success this time; we’re all going…

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