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Do You Draw On An Unarmed Assailant?

October 30, 2014 1:37:11 PM PDT

Do You Draw On An Unarmed Assailant?  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Here’s a scenario to ponder while reading the rest of this post.

It’s a warmer fall evening in September. You are walking to your car after meeting some friends for dinner after work. In your state it’s legal to carry in a restaurant if you’re not drinking alcohol. You’re texting your wife to let her know you’re heading home. About halfway to your car, you’re punched in the back of the head and hit the pavement. ...


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Pink is the New Green

October 28, 2014 2:25:41 PM PDT

Pink is the New Green  

By Sharon Chayra | Contributing Editor
 

Not that long ago the folks who bought guns as well as the basic functionality of firearms, holsters and assorted gear dictated their design: Black, utilitarian, masculine. Today it's not unusual to see a pink Glock perched on the retail display next to signature black Sigs and Berettas. And as female consumers continue to exert their influence through their pocketbooks, the weapons and accessory industry is responding with products and marketing geared to the fairer sex ...


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The Truth About Silencers

October 24, 2014 10:41:11 AM PDT

The Truth About Silencers  

By Mike Searson | Contributing Editor

 

To the uninitiated, silencers or sound suppressors have a very negative connotation due to their depiction in films and books as the tools of assassins, spies and criminals. However, for firearms instructors, hunters and shooters; they meet a number of needs. ...


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Common Hang-ups In Handgun Shooting

October 22, 2014 1:45:22 PM PDT

 

 

By Clayton Collier | Contributing Author

 

It’s a great day out on the range. You’ve just plopped your range bag down, tacked up a target, and pulled out your favorite handgun. Moment of truth! You’ve put some distance between you and that target, not too much, but enough to let everyone else know you mean business. Take aim… BANG! Your first shot hits paper, but not in that ten ring. BANG! High, right. BANG! Good elevation, shooting left. BANG! WHAT? Low left!?! ...


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The Return of The Revolver

October 17, 2014 12:32:27 PM PDT

 

   

By Mike Searson | Contributing Author

 

When it comes to handguns there is probably no American pistol that is more iconic than the Colt M1911. Built for battle at the request of the US Army prior to World War 1, the 1911 pistol has remained in military service for over 100 years in one form or another and has won countless shooting matches from Bulls eye to Three Gun. Despite its detractors, the 1911 boasts a legion of fans and attracts more every year ...


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It's Not About Guns; It's About Control

October 16, 2014 1:14:31 PM PDT

 

   

By Benjamin Worthen | Contributing Author

 

The world of guns is very much controlled by the community at large. The firearms industry as a whole has an extremely close relationship to the industry itself, including even the largest manufacturers. It’s not uncommon to find a move and shaker in the industry in a forum, to either release information for a new product, or even seek feedback on an item. The large forums out there allow the industry to directly interact with customers and gain insightful feedback from their direct consumer ...


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Legal Advice on Forums

October 15, 2014 10:39:03 AM PDT

 

   

By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

The world of guns is very much controlled by the community at large. The firearms industry as a whole has an extremely close relationship to the industry itself, including even the largest manufacturers. It’s not uncommon to find a move and shaker in the industry in a forum, to either release information for a new product, or even seek feedback on an item. The large forums out there allow the industry to directly interact with customers and gain insightful feedback from their direct consumer ...


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Take The Steel Challenge

October 10, 2014 10:49:30 AM PDT

 

   

By Richard Bogath | Contributing Author

 

The catch, is that you've got to shoot those five targets fast. Really fast. The more bullets you use, the more time gets racked up on your score. Oh, and in addition, while you can shoot those targets in any order you would like to, one of them will be marked with something (usually an orange flag of some kind) to indicate that it is the “stop plate” ...


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Range Essentials

October 9, 2014 12:20:55 PM PDT

 

   

By Troy Touchstone | Contributing Author

 

Headed to the range this weekend? Then make sure you have everything needed. First and probably most obvious is, of course, your weapon and ammo. Some may laugh, but I have seen people pack everything but the kitchen sink and still somehow forget to grab all the guns they wanted to shoot, or even enough or any ammo for the day. Secondly, you also will want to bring your “ears and eyes” ...


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Not All 1911s Are Created Equal

October 8, 2014 2:56:22 PM PDT

 

   

By Mike Searson | Contributing Author

 

When it comes to handguns there is probably no American pistol that is more iconic than the Colt M1911. Built for battle at the request of the US Army prior to World War 1, the 1911 pistol has remained in military service for over 100 years in one form or another and has won countless shooting matches from Bulls eye to Three Gun. Despite its detractors, the 1911 boasts a legion of fans and attracts more every year ...




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The 9mm Revolver

October 7, 2014 11:06:53 AM PDT

   

By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

Well the title may be the 9mm revolver, but there are quite a few revolvers out there chambered in a variety of auto cartridges. I chose the 9mm revolver as title due to my inspiration for this article. Ruger recently released their 9mm LCR revolver. This has brought some interest to the idea of revolvers in auto cartridges and started some debate on the subject ...




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[Video] This Is My Holster

October 3, 2014 4:11:23 PM PDT

   

By Alien Gear Holsters

 

Click here to watch our "This Is My Concealed Carry Holster" video ...


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By Ryan D | Contributing Author

 

Ok, maybe minimal compromise. But we’re used to that, right Southpaws? Finding a firearm suitable for left handed use without compromising functionality can be a challenge. Finding a firearm suitable for concealed carry that also happens to be suitable for left handed use is even harder ...


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By Benjamin Worthen | Contributing Author

 

As alluded to in the title of this piece, often times as gun owners we get a bit cocky about our skills and tools. Specifically many of us feel almost invincible with our 1911 or our Glock 23 in a holster by our bedside. It’s all well and good to be confident, but if you really had to evaluate your preparation ...


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The Night Concealed Carry Saved My Life

September 24, 2014 10:53:35 AM PDT

   

By Grayson Herrera | Contributing Author

 

Had I known what was going to happen to me that night I still would have gone. Some people may find that crazy, but the man I always want to be is the man I was that night ...


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The Unpracticed Home Defense Gun

September 23, 2014 9:59:54 AM PDT

   

By Richard Bogath | Contributing Author

 

Far be it from me to tell any American how to protect the lives or his or her family. Be it high-tech alarm systems or the lowest tech Louisville Slugger in hand, we prepare ourselves for the primal need of defense when we or our loved ones are in danger. There is, however, a caveat to this position and when it comes to firearms for home defense ...


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By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

If the world and culture of modern firearms is ever graded on any form of scale it will have one inevitable black mark on it’s history. This black mark with be the 10mm Automatic round and the world that forgot it. The 10mm Automatic is one of the most under rated cartridges of all time. The 10mm automatic enjoys a cult like following these days, but only one modern and well known and respected weapon’s manufacturers ...


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Federal Gun Control: How It All Started With the NFA

September 10, 2014 2:02:51 PM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

The National Firearms Act (NFA) passed June 26, 1934 was the first piece of federal gun control legislation passed in The United States of America. It was basically a feel good piece of legislation that Congress passed to give the illusion of “fighting crime.” In order to understand the roots of NFA’s inception we need to take a look back in time to almost a century ago ...


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Constitutional Carry

September 9, 2014 9:39:57 AM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

Vermont was the first state to have Constitutional Carry after its State Constitution was ratified in 1777 (before The Bill of Rights even). The prohibition on regulating the carrying of arms was future upheld in 1903 by the Vermont Supreme Court in the State v Rosenthal, 75 Vt. 295 case ...


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Semi-Automatic vs.Revolver: Which is Right for You?

September 5, 2014 10:44:02 AM PDT

 

By Brian Belko | Contributing Author


Range time is absolutely essential for any shooter who is serious about improving and maintaining their skills. However, it is not enough to simply head to the range, put a couple of boxes of ammo down range, and then calling it a day. Shooters must introduce variety into their shooting practice in order to sharpen their skills most efficiently. Here are some of the best ways to hone your skills on the range ...


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Fire Mountain Outdoors - Cloak Tuck 2.0 Review

September 4, 2014 8:17:11 AM PDT

 

By Alien Gear Holsters


Fire Mountain Outdoors has done a review on the Cloak Tuck 2.0 in detail. Click to watch! ...


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Why It's Important to Dehumanize Your Attacker

September 2, 2014 10:28:51 AM PDT

 

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Pointing a gun at someone who is intending on taking your life is a serious matter. Being a civilized person, a lot of guilt and second guessing will cross your mind. However, this is not the time to wonder if they are going to have second thoughts and let you go. For whatever reason, you have been put into a you or them situation and one person isn't going to make it
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Hunting: Carrying A Backup Handgun

August 29, 2014 9:04:06 AM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

Many people carry a firearm for self-defense each day while going about their daily lives in the city. Then when fall hunting season comes around, they pick up their rifles and shotguns and head out into the wilderness while leaving their everyday carry (EDC) piece at home. Some people do this because certain laws prohibit such activity but others seem to do it out of ignorance. They forget the primary reason to carry a weapon and that is self-defense ...


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Firearms Freedom Act: Nine States and Counting

August 28, 2014 9:43:39 AM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

So far nine States have passed some form of a Firearms Freedom Act (FFA). Montana was the first State to do so in 2009 and Kansas was most recent State to pass legislation in 2013. Over a dozen other States have introduced legislation but have been unsuccessful in getting it passed ...


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Introducing New People to Firearms and Shooting

August 27, 2014 10:51:02 AM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

Introducing new people to the art of shooting can be quite a daunting task. A lot of people don't have any sort of background in firearms besides seeing them on television or in movies. Introducing them properly to firearms and shooting sports in general is essential to keep gun cultural alive and thriving in America ...


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Advertising Your Weapon: Is It A Good Idea?

August 26, 2014 9:23:28 AM PDT

 

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Collecting guns is a fun hobby. Just like any other hobby, you have associations you can join and items you can buy to show your support for the hobby and it's vendors. It’s part of what helps spread the word about the associations and hobby itself.


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By James Eder | Contributing Author

 

The Talk - explaining your views on firearms and your intent to carry to your significant other - is one of the most important conversations you will have in a relationship. Let's face it: firearms are a very touchy subject, especially if the two of you have different views on using them. Today, I'm going to walk you through the process of having the Talk and ending the conversation in a way that won't drive a wedge into your relationship ...


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Is Your Concealed Carry Teacher Qualified?

August 20, 2014 4:15:10 PM PDT

   

By Joe Warnimont | Contributing Author

 

Consistent handgun training is a responsibility when we decide to carry. However, it's not all that reassuring when the people training for concealed carry are the ones that we purchase guns in order to fight against. 


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Should You Carry With One In The Chamber?

August 19, 2014 9:46:59 AM PDT

 

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Imagine removing your handgun from the holster, pointing, aiming and pulling the trigger can seem like it happens in slow motion when you’re in a stressful situation. Your mind is trying to comprehend everything going on, your heart is pumping and you’re trying to do anything you can to stay alive ...


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Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared.

August 15, 2014 4:48:01 PM PDT

 

 

By Douglas Copenspire | Contributing Staff Member

 

In todays world, a false sense of security is more widespread than the common cold. We hear “I thought it would never happen to me!” frequently when someone experiences a horrible situation. The truth is, horrible things happen often, even in communities with low crime rates that are considered statistically safe ...


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The Great Debate: Concealed Carry VS Open Carry

August 14, 2014 11:29:54 AM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

All too often concealed carry advocates are pitted against open carry advocates. There seems to be an innate blood feud rivalry like the Hatfield and McCoy families had. The media has played a major role in this animosity by drumming up publicity through fear mongering, in order to demonize and subvert the Second Amendment ...


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Tactical or Practical?

August 13, 2014 12:09:30 PM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

Every year technology is getting better and better and gadgets are getting smaller and smaller. I remember when cell phones were a rare sight and if someone did have one they were bulky and in black and white. Today, everyone seems to have a cell phone or smartphone I should say, they are small enough to fit into their pocket...


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Situational Awareness and Why It's Important

August 12, 2014 2:01:42 PM PDT

 

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Situational awareness, what is it really? We were taught as kids to look both ways before crossing the street. As we grow up, among other things, we learn to drive. Part of driving means we need to be ever vigilant and watch the other drivers and what they are doing ...


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The Best Ways To Hone Your Skills On The Range

August 11, 2014 10:57:56 AM PDT

 

By Brian Belko | Contributing Author


Range time is absolutely essential for any shooter who is serious about improving and maintaining their skills. However, it is not enough to simply head to the range, put a couple of boxes of ammo down range, and then calling it a day. Shooters must introduce variety into their shooting practice in order to sharpen their skills most efficiently. Here are some of the best ways to hone your skills on the range ...


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By Joe Warnimont | Contributing Author

 

A concealed carry handgun typically needs to address two areas to be considered effective: The ability to take out your target and how well it conceals. I can sit here and tell you that this or that handgun is the perfect option for you, but the truth is, no gun is perfect for every single person. Women often feel more comfortable with different firearms than men, and people of different sizes, strengths and experience vary drastically in how comfortable they feel with concealed carry handguns.


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Draw to Deter or Draw to Kill?

August 7, 2014 3:01:15 PM PDT

 

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Drawing your weapon on someone is a serious matter. When your gun leaves the holster, you are drawing it for one of two reasons. Picture these two scenarios and really think about how you might act when drawing your weapon is needed to save your life or deter harm to your family....


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By Joe Warnimont | Contributing Author

 

What would John Wayne say about his favorite holster? When he attempted to rescue his niece in The Searchers can you remember how quickly he grabbed his pistol from the holster? How about when he took on old west murderers in True Grit? Although I love those movies, the real answer is ...


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By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Your gun is like any other tool, it needs to be maintained to operate the way it was designed to operate. When a gun, be it a range toy, great grandad’s old Winchester or an everyday carry self ...


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Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster Review

July 31, 2014 9:37:39 AM PDT

 

 

By Brandon | ConcealedNation.org

 

This is the first time that you’ve probably ever heard someone say the following sentence: This is the holster that I’ve been looking for my whole life...


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Top 5 Calibers For Concealed Carry

July 29, 2014 11:43:00 AM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

Choosing a caliber for concealed carry can be a tedious task for many. The options are endless and everyone has a preference they will try and push on you...


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5 Reasons To Become A Gun Owner Today

July 28, 2014 9:24:23 AM PDT

 

By Spencer Durrant | Contributing Author

 

Contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe, owning a gun doesn’t make you a right-wing backwoods zealot. All owning a gun signifies is that you’re exercising your very American right to own weapons as a means of self defense and recreation...


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By Joe Warnimont | Contributing Author

 

Where you place your handgun is your prerogative, but it's always nice to chat about the benefits of each holster option and figure out which ones work best for your safety. Ankle holsters have a few benefits, but they should rarely be used for...


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By Spencer Durrant | Contributing Author

 

Concealed carry guns might be one of the most debated topics in the gun industry. Deciding between calibers, size...


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Choosing a Holster: A Scout Helicopter Pilot's Experience  

By Jon Brantingham | Contributing Editor

 

As a scout helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, I spent fifteen months in Northern Iraq flying with an M4 and an M9 Beretta. We we're lucky enough to have specially manufactured M4 mounts on the dashboard of our OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopters, but I always carried my 9MM on me. In this kind of situation - tight space, open doors, and in combat - you want to make sure your holster is a perfect fit for the job. There are several things you want to consider when purchasing a holster ...


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Winter VS. Summer Concealed Carrying - What You Should Know  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


The Midwest has some pretty cold Winter months. To be honest, it seems like winter is about 10 months long some years. It's a must to wear multiple layers of clothing. The plus side is ...


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The Dark Side: 5 Reasons People Choose NOT To Carry  

By Travis Box | Contributing Author


People often cite many reasons why they choose to carry a handgun. While that is fine and dandy, many often do not discuss why they CHOOSE NOT TO carry a handgun. I believe we need to look at both sides of the spectrum and identify the causes and reasoning for both ...


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5 Reasons You Should Practice Drawing Your Concealed Carry Weapon  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Author


Concealed carry permit holders are not always what you might call “gun people”. Many times there is a reason they wanted to carry a weapon other than expressing their Second Amendment right. Reasons might range from a single mother wanting to protect herself and child to living in an area where the crime rate is higher ...


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Lots of Guns, Little Violence

June 27, 2014 9:15:08 AM PDT

Lots of Guns, Little Violence  

By Theodoros II | Contributing Author

 

The vast majority of the people who fully support gun control are not the enemy, of course, and all they truly want is peace and not to see so many massacres and deaths taking place in this country on a now daily and weekly basis due to the illegal and inappropriate use of firearms. Ironically, the people who are for legal gun possession want exactly the same thing: fewer deaths and crime in this country and any country on the planet ...


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Keep Your Chops Fresh: How To Fit Handgun Training Into Your Life  

By Joe Warnimont | Contributing Author


Law enforcement officials have a hit rate of about 15 percent with handguns. This means that the best trained professionals miss the bad guys 85 percent of the time. What does this mean for you? How can you match up with a threat when you hardly have time to practice with your handgun?


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How to Select a Concealed Carry Holster

June 5, 2014 10:45:06 AM PDT

How to Select a Concealed Carry Holster  

By RK Campbell | Contributing Editor

 

The Initial Experience - Needs and Wants


When preparing for concealed carry you have to look at the whole picture. A beginner will often adopt a firearm and holster combination to adapt to his mode of dress. He may deploy a light handgun and a pocket holster to fit his dress trousers. He may select gear based upon a cool factor with little thought to practical use. One example is a poorly made shoulder holster. The overbuilt rig printed under the jacket and the fellow gave the impression he was wearing a brassiere beneath his windbreaker ...


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