TRAINING TIPS

REAL-WORLD TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE

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Front Sight......

Lately I’ve been reading classic works on pistol use from the mid-1900s. McGivern, Askins, Jordan, Gaylord — these are just a few of the gunmen of that...
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Good Eatin’ In...

The tactics and gear needed from one survival situation to another may vary greatly. After all, a long-term, widespread power outage in suburbia calls for...
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In Praise Of The...

It’s fine to like nice things. No one should feel guilty for sleeping on sheets with a high thread count, driving a sports car, or wearing a watch...
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What’s In Your...

Every survival kit should include at least these items:
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mantis x10

A few years ago, the engineers at Mantis launched a training tech revolution with their MantisX sensor. When paired with a companion smartphone application,...
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Urban Survival

When the subject of survival comes up, people often spend their time discussing how to survive huge natural disasters or long periods alone in the wilderness.
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Prepping For...

Thanks to some of the sensationalistic “reality” shows aired in recent years, the word “prepper” often conjures up visions of eccentric...
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Beating...

The past two-plus weeks we’ve been bombarded, befuddled and bamboozled with the latest “End of the World” scenario. The culprit? Mass hysteria caused...
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Raising Chickens...

Much time and energy is focused on guns, tools, shelter and such in case of an emergency or survival situation. And that’s all fine — you should be...
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Can Competition...

The dichotomy between competition and tactics within the practical-shooting fraternity has existed since the inception of IPSC at the Columbia Conference.
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Leaning Left...

Got your attention I’ll bet, but we’re not talking about “that” left here. Left-handed people in many ways are better off today than in the past.
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‘Tactical’...

Both my grandfathers were lawmen; my dad was a “Green Beret.” These guys were my heroes; even more so as I aged and realized all they had accomplished.
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Consistency And...

Consistently applying the four firearm safety rules greatly reduces the chances you’ll make a mistake, or that your negligence will have tragic consequences.
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SIG’s P320 X5...

A short time ago, SIG SAUER introduced a pair of 9mms that could hardly be farther apart in size and application.
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Being Un-Tactical

Handgun readers include law enforcement, security and military personnel, but the vast majority of us are armed citizens. Our responsibilities are limited...
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More Than Equal

When my editor assigned me to an upcoming concealed carry class, I cringed. Not another “ladies-only concealed carry course,” I thought. Needless to...
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Team Tactics...

“A journey of discovery…teaching married couples a simple yet highly effec-tive communication technique…to grow in their marriage through open and...
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Malfunctions

Everyone practices empty reloads — you just fire til empty and reload. Yet, during a confrontation, an empty reload probably won’t be the deciding...
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Revolvers And...

In the “old” days almost everyone had a “wheel gun” sitting in the sock drawer at home, carried in a leather holster — or sometimes just shoved...
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Ladies Guns

Gunwriters and gun store clerks have tossed around the idea of “ladies guns” for a long time. It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about...
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Help For Hurting...

Sooner or later age catches up with all of us. For some of us, ailments such as arthritis, bursitis or neuropathy affect our ability to shoot any kind of...
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Return Of The...

In 1975, Richard Davis invited three dozen friends for an impromptu shoot. A few gun writers, including our own now-retired J.D. Jones, wrote it up and the...
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Speedloading...

Thumbing (electronically) through the July/August 1982 issue of American Handgunner, the editor's note at the end of the "Speedloading Handguns Takes Skill"...
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Learning To...

For 15 years my handguns and I have had an uneasy marriage. Dating back to my first firearms purchase — a Glock 17 — they and I have been embroiled in...
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Coach & Shooter:

Learning how to use a firearm safely and efficiently requires training and practice. Training teaches what you need to know; practice is when you learn it.
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Will Competition...

Sgt. Matt Little has won many “combat pistol” matches, and feels competition is a stone on which to hone real-world survival skills.
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Gunsite Shows...

Training is paramount — to survival! As a retired copper, I know good training is more important than which gun, ammo or holster you have.
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Training For The...

My introduction to shooting was through the shotgun sports — trap and skeet specifically. It was through my own initiative. My dad didn’t shoot...
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An Individual...

Protecting yourself, family or close friends requires some thought, research and specific skills. Defensive skills are about dealing with a threat in the...
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The Nature Of Danger

To prepare for anything, especially danger, you have to first acknowledge the need for being ready. Then you study the nature of the problem. Where will...
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Why Do I Need...

You know self-defense is a personal responsibility. You understand the best tool to defend against a violent attacker are firearms. Now it’s time to get...
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Tips For Your...

You’ve decided to attend a firearms class for defensive training and are paid-up. Now it’s time to start putting together the gear you’ll need for the...
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Move

One of your first reactions to a threat, or danger of almost any kind, is usually to move. The threat is trying to strike, cut or shoot you. You move to...
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Handgun Home Defense

They’re just tools, keep this in mind. Tools to keep your family safe, just the same as the fire extinguishers you have placed around (right?),...
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Experiencing Gunsite

I’ve known about Gunsite for years, but have never been there before. After attending a media event there, I feel like I’ve missed the boat, big time!...
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Shot Placement...

The recent resurgence of the 9mm, including its re-adoption by the F.B.I., has brought us back into the everlasting debate about its effectiveness for...
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Don't Be...

Let’s assume your most likely deadly force encounter was to involve two assailants, one who faced and threatened you, and another who always lurked in the...
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Are You Training...

If you want to go to one of the fantasy camps, that’s fine. But chalk it up to your vacation account — not your training budget.
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You Don't Need...

A defensive gun has to work, all the time, and you have to be able to hit with it. This simply means the pistol must be capable of reasonable accuracy, and...
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Do All Women...

We need as many armed women as possible.This is fact regardless of whether violent crime against women is rising or in decline.
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What Do We...

Marksmanship at a distance is one of the foundational skills. Practice on a plate out to 25 yards to build it. At first it looks far — until you begin...
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Are You Ignoring...

There’s an old adage in our world: “The timer and the target don’t lie.” In fact the timer is the instrument I see shooters — including me —...
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