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Post OIS — The Long Game

After a shooting, there are agonizingly long investigations … and then, more than one jury to face. After an officer-involved shooting (OIS), there will...
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What You Need to Know...

I’ve been a firearms instructor and federally licensed gun dealer for about 12 years now and been asked a whole lot of questions about how to carry a...
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Beretta Tomcat
The Tiny (But Not Really)...

Sure, .32 ACP isn’t the ideal caliber for self-defense, and the Beretta Tomcat isn’t nearly as small as it could be to package and launch the relatively...
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Controversial Death of a...

Situation: A police command is met with gunshots and the police return fire. Lessons: Manhunts can take surprising turns, and alternate histories of what...
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Summer Clothing Carry Tips

It’s getting hot. Well, maybe not where you are, but where I am (South Carolina), it always seems hot as shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops are just shy of...
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When Master Instructors...

Rangemaster’s Tom Givens gathers master instructors to brainstorm on teaching issues.
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Going Back: 45...

A cop who became famous for switching to a 9mm with 145 rounds on his person after a gunfight returns to a .45.
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The S&W Fighting 500

I should receive very few arguments about using “enough gun” about this little test. Is it “too much gun?” I’d imagine your perspective on the...
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GunZee Holster...

Pokey IWB holsters got you down? IWB carry is great for concealment and gun retention, but many of the Kydex models can poke and stab sensitive body parts...
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Kimber’s R7...

Carry optics are the current thing, and the Mako was designed for one from the ground up. The slide either comes with the mounting cut (OR) or with a...
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100 Rounds

Here is a simple perspective of what I think you should do with 100 rounds at the range.
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Lessons From a...

Situation: Early in your life, you find yourself set against the most dangerous and vicious criminals of your place and time. Lessons: You will be proud of...
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Three IWB...

I think 1911 Government models get a bad rap. Sure, few would argue about their proven ability in fights, at least as far as pistols go, but there are lots...
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The Handguns of...

Founded with ten brave men in the year 1823, the Texas Rangers are now celebrating their 200th Anniversary. Their first leap forward came with the very...
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Restoring a...

If you like old guns, you probably also like old holsters. I’ve collected a nice assortment of vintage leather over the years from digging through the box...
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Eggshell Skull:...

Situation: A 250-pound bouncer smashes the head of a brain surgery patient into a floor … and it’s deadly force time. Lessons: Expect to have to...
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DIY Gunleather

You might find creating your own gear will save you money — and quickly become a satisfying hobby.
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Armscor Rock...

The Armscor Rock Ultra CCO is one of the best-priced .45 launchers around
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DEATH OF A MONSTER

We now explore the death of one of the most wicked participants in the Second World War. Reinhard Heydrich was chief of Reich security at the time of his...
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Old West CCW

Frontiersmen and Indian Scouts likely carried, and of course Texas Rangers and all sorts of other lawmen certainly carried handguns openly. Pocket pistols...
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Solutions for...

Like any of us who carry a firearm for whatever reason, I need holsters. And like most of us who live the concealed carry lifestyle, I’m not a big-shot...
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Protecting Hands...

For some running-and-gunning drills, I wear gloves and kneepads, which keep me out of trouble. I wear Bolle Sentinel Platinum eye protection and Ironclad...
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Lightning...

I learned that Rippy himself had been involved in three fatal line-of-duty shootings during his own 32 years of service, first as a municipal police officer...
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The 1911 Pistol...

I started carrying a 1911 Colt .45 auto in uniform in the early ‘70s, in a time and place where it was uncommon. I heard other cops mutter, “He’s a...
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Boutique Holsters

Mainstream leather companies provide a wide selection of products, from holsters to slings, cartridge carriers, and more. There are occasions when the...
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False Assumptions!

I’m saying you can carry a larger gun concealed — every day even. To be clear, I’m not talking about one more powerful or in a larger caliber
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Bravo...

If you’re an appendix carrier or considering the method, a spare mag solution is clearly in the benefits column. Consider the new LINKed Holster from...
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Driving While Armed

The trickiest things about carrying inside a vehicle are being mindful of changing laws driving cross country, being able to access the arm while driving...
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Pocket Carry

I am an advocate of pocket carry, specifically strong-side, front-pocket carry. I teach it. I practice it. I carried a gun in my pocket both on and off duty.
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Team Tactics:...

Humans are naturally confident, bordering on arrogant. In our minds, we’ve got all the correct answers, and for those situations we haven’t yet...
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Less-Offensive...

We talk about firearms for self-defense, and less-lethal options to a lesser, but still respectable degree. What we never discuss is non-lethal —...
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Ayoob Files Davy...

Crockett was a justly famous frontiersman before he got to the Alamo. He had been elected to Congress… and then not re-elected. He had been a close friend...
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Carry Options...

Three of my favorite carry pistols are the Staccato C2, Springfield Armory SA-35 Hi-Power and Springfield Armory 4" EMP Ronin 1911. All have some weight,...
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Gunfights,...

We all train in the basics: straight shooting, fast reloads, fast draws and clearing malfunctions. We have decided we will not be victims; we will...
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Cop Talk The...

As a young patrolman in the 70s, I got into the habit of mostly keeping my hand on a holstered weapon with the retaining device released. Jim Lindell in...
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Tactics and...

Move, Communicate, Use Cover, Shoot — if necessary — and Think. These are the fundamentals of responding to a threat.
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The Theory Of...

Today’s most modern concealed carry pistols offer capacity and performance of a WWII GI service pistol but now in a package that will comfortably hide...
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Nighthawk...

The folks at Nighthawk Custom coined the phrase, “One gun, one gunsmith” to capture their manufacturing philosophy. It means what it says.
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Make Ready...

No manufacturer is immune from a faulty product. If they were, there would be no reason for the “customer service department.” All the ballistic tools...
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Better Shooting...

Shooting stance is a topic I try not to get too dogmatic about it. In formal bullseye shooting, there is plenty of time to settle in a solid stance. In a...
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Guidelines To...

When it comes to carrying a concealed firearm, there are 10 specific rules everyone should follow.
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Tactical Foolery...

It seems all the “cool kids” are carrying concealed in the appendix position these days. So, is it a “tacti-cool” fad or a responsible and effective...
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