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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Trains are possibly one of the most fuel efficient modes of ground transportation in the country. And for those living in densely populated areas, they're also the safest. However, that doesn't stop crime from happening on the platform or rail car. A big question a lot of concealed carry permit holders ask us is, “can I take my gun on an Amtrak train?” ...


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Having The Right Mentality For Concealed Carrying

February 27, 2015 11:37:25 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Everybody has the right to protect themselves and their family from harm – gun or no gun. However, those who can have a concealed carry firearm are in a unique position to be able to protect themselves and their family with the power of a fully loaded handgun. That truly is unique when we look at everywhere else in the world where the common citizen is not eligible to wield a firearm much less conceal it legally on his or her person ...


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Top 5 Jobs That Should Allow Concealed Carry

February 24, 2015 10:56:27 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The fundamentals of a good firearm owner begin when we're young. In some places, it's getting increasingly difficult to find the right programs, though, that foster the basics of marksmanship and above all – safety. This is why we've compiled a few programs to look for when scouting for good youth shooter programs in your area ...


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4 Great Nationwide Youth Shooting Programs

February 23, 2015 8:31:26 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The fundamentals of a good firearm owner begin when we're young. In some places, it's getting increasingly difficult to find the right programs, though, that foster the basics of marksmanship and above all – safety. This is why we've compiled a few programs to look for when scouting for good youth shooter programs in your area ...


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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

It's a classic problem in the concealed carry world – we have a legally valid permit and we're allowed to use it. Yet daily things like taking off our coat or bending down to pick up the newspaper can inadvertently reveal that we're armed. While in an ideal world, those who legally conceal carry can simply nudge off the added exposure – there's other incidents where it simply turns irrationally bad...


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Concealed Carry Handgun Techniques

February 17, 2015 1:54:57 PM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

There are no secrets of combat hand gunnery that cannot be deduced by experience. However, the point of combat handgun drills is to acclimate a shooter in a simulated environment whereby he or she can learn these principles without having to worry about survival. This is why we're including several techniques that are extremely effective with concealed carry pistols to increase your chances of accurately responding to threats in tense environments. Take a look ...


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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

To paraphrase the Marine Corps Close Combat Manual, on the battlefield anything can and should be used as a weapon. Bringing that concept back to the world of concealed carry firearms, it's important to dispel some myths that cloud what is otherwise a matter of self preservation. Take a look ...


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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Whichever the case may be, it's always best to be upfront and direct. If you're legally carrying a concealed firearm and you intend to take it with you on a date – your date should be aware of that. That's an ethical choice that can only be made by you. Depending on your state's permit requirements, you may not be legally required to disclose whether or not you have a concealed pistol on your person. Take a look ...


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Can I Conceal Carry At Work?

February 10, 2015 12:15:27 PM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Better than trying to write an all encompassing piece detailing out the different laws in fifty states alongside court specific statutes – we're running down a list of questions you should ask yourself prior to entering your workplace with a concealed firearm. This is not only for your own safety but also for legal purposes. As was the case recently in Tampa, FL, a bank manager for Wells Fargo was fired for legally carrying a concealed firearm into her workplace. The decision is expected to have its day in Florida courts but the issue still remains: can you conceal carry at work? ...


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Concealed Carry On Motorcycles

February 9, 2015 8:14:57 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

There are a couple requirements that need to be met before an inside the waistband concealed carry holster becomes a good option for a motorcycle rider. First, the holster itself must have a tight grasp of the pistol. That pistol needs to be firmly secure prior to riding down the road at 60 mph. Secondly, it's highly recommended that an adjustable clasp system is used for securing the holster to the waistband. While some riders will swear that simply a stand-alone holster tucked into the waistband is perfectly sufficient – it still poses an unnecessary risk if the rider has a forward leaning drive position ...


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States Push For Concealed Carry On Campus

February 5, 2015 3:32:23 PM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Many colleges and campuses across the United States have seen tragedy after tragedy unfold as active shooters enter from any number of avenues – classrooms, dormitories, cafeterias, libraries – and proceed to cause untold amounts of grief and sadness. While state run campuses have placed an increased focus on reaction drills for campus police forces, there is still major concerns that students and faculty are left woefully unprepared to handle an active shooting crisis ...


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Keep Calm And Carry Concealed

February 3, 2015 3:28:01 PM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

In the entrance of a Walmart in Brandon, Florida, Clarence Daniels walked in looking for coffee creamer. A law abiding citizen with a concealed carry permit, the Tampa Bay Times reported that once inside the building, a concerned citizen saw him place his pistol into his inside the waistband concealed carry holster and decided to take matters into his own hands ...


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Using the Bathroom with a Concealed Carry Weapon

February 2, 2015 8:28:54 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Do you recall that scene from Unforgiven where the Schofield Kid ambushes Quick Mike in the outhouse? If not that scene than certainly the part in Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis discovers John Travolta's fully automatic SMG while he's indisposed. Going to the bathroom is a fact of life and as a concealed carrier, we have to make additional considerations for how we handle our firearms in these situations. While it's extremely unlikely any of us will ever be ambushed in a similar situation, we must be cognizant of where our firearm is situated...


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5 Cinema Characters Who Conceal Carry

January 30, 2015 8:20:51 AM PST

 

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Sure, Dirty Harry is the quintessential bad-guy/good-guy cop who takes justice into his own hands on and off duty. However, for the majority of us wandering around with a concealed carry permit, we're not wondering if today will be our lucky day. Let's take a look at popular cinema and see how concealed carrying is depicted versus reality ...


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Concealed carry in Illinois  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

The State of Illinois marks its first full year of allowing concealed carry permits. Prior to the 2013 enactment of a federally mandated law, Illinois was the last state in the union to prohibit concealed carrying of firearms in public. Ruled as unconstitutional by a Chicago-based federal appellate court, the state moved to enact laws to support the Second Amendment of its citizens...


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Concealed carry while traveling across state lines  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Say you wanted to drive from Ohio to Maine to go fishing on the Saco River. Why wouldn't you want to take your favorite concealed carry pistol and Inside the Waistband ( IWB ) holster? Let's take a theoretical road trip to illustrate reciprocity – aka which states honor each other's concealed carry permits ...


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Looking Back at Shot Show 2015 - Then and Now

January 23, 2015 9:00:35 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

As long as firearms have been a central part of America culture, there has been a definitive need to let the public view and experience the various improvements in design that firearms manufacturers have in store. The SHOT Show is a firearms and equipment exhibition that has been ongoing since 1979. This year, hosted at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, proves to be the most ambitious one yet. With over 67,000 attendees arriving for the 2014 show, the 2015 exposition is already shaping up to vastly increase those numbers...


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2015 SHOT SHOW - Pistol Upgrades for Old Favorites

January 21, 2015 12:54:36 PM PST

2015 Shot Show Alien Gear Holsters  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Israeli Weapons Industry, Ruger, and Smith & Wesson are some of the highly anticipated gun manufacturers featuring new firearms at the 2015 SHOT Show. With tough competition from the likes of Sig Sauer, Taurus, and Glock, each pistol manufacturing team is trying to out do each other in terms of making a pistol more light weight, more compact, and featuring room for add-ons such as flashlights, laser sights, and extended clips....


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Shot Show 2015 - Anticipated Firearms

January 19, 2015 9:08:42 AM PST

2015 Shot Show Alien Gear Holsters  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Handgun and long rifle enthusiasts are gearing up for this year's premier gun show which features a host of big name firearm producers alongside lesser known up-and-comers. For commercial buyers and manufacturers, it's a great chance to see what changes are happening in the world of firearms and more importantly – what commercial products are getting the most attention...


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22LR - The Infamous Deuce-Deuce

January 16, 2015 12:13:15 PM PST

The Infamous Deuce-Deuce  

By Travis Box | Contributing Editor

 

The .22LR is a popular round, perhaps even the most popular in America if the ammunition shortage is any indication of its popularity. It flies off the shelf faster than most stores can stock it. The .22LR is also a versatile round with many uses ranging from plinking to hunting and many shooters have at least one in their arsenal

This begs the question that many firearms owners ask themselves and others; is a .22LR an adequate self-defense round? ...


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Should Journalists Be Encouraged To Conceal Carry?

January 16, 2015 8:39:04 AM PST

Should Journalists Be Encouraged To Conceal Carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

A recent rash of American journalists being held-up at gunpoint has prompted the question – what is the role of concealed carrying in the world of journalism? Long thought to be protected by constitutional First Amendment rights, a recent violent robbery of a crew of freelancers for Xinhua News Agency in Ferguson, MO, has brought the topic back into the limelight ...


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Students for concealed carry  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

American universities and institutions of higher learning have had a storied history with guns on campus. With many schools outright prohibiting the carrying of firearms, these protocols haven't prevented catastrophic mass shootings from making the news and striking fear into our nation's future leaders of industry. It begs the question – are students on campus safer with or without concealed firearms?


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Why Hybrid Holsters Make Great Travel Buddies

January 12, 2015 10:58:28 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

A hybrid concealed carry holster is a great opportunity to let you switch back and forth between an inside the waistband IWB and an outside the waistband OWB style of holster. The gun you wear on your body is only as good as the training and maintenance you pour into it. While you CAN train yourself to become proficient in nearly any gun carry technique – concealed carry holsters add an immediacy to your readiness ...


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Concealed carry and alcohol  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

First thing's first – just because you're in a bar doesn't mean you can't legally protect yourself. However, depending on which state you're in, there are very specific prohibitions against you carrying your pistol on your person. Before you take a sip of that frosty brew or down a cowboy's shot of whiskey, here's a few things to keep in mind ...


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Your Purse Is Not A Concealed Carry Holster

January 8, 2015 8:37:27 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Are you the type of person who fumbles in your purse looking for your keys? No matter if it's Gucci or a Katie Spade, these bags are designed with one thing in mind – fashion. As a secondary idea, many are quite good at carrying a whole host of odds and ends. But fishing around for one's keys is an entirely different matter than defending yourself in a life and death situation ...


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Don't Be Scared, Be Prepared.

January 7, 2015 12:26:02 PM PST

 

 

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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Concealed Carrying While Running Errands

January 7, 2015 10:19:41 AM PST

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By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Being a concealed carry permit holder is not always easy. We need to balance a lot of details to make sure we are compliant with local and federal laws while keeping ourselves and families as safe as possible. One of the monkey wrenches we have to deal with on a daily basis is a posted business ...


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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Just because inclement weather is raging all around you, that's all the more reason to carry your favored sidearm. The issue, amongst both veteran and beginning marksman, is how to keep one's firearm within reach beneath all those layers. The good news is that it's still possible to take along a concealed carry holster. The maybe-bad news is it's truly only effective if you train for the environment ...


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By Travis Box | Contributing Editor

 

Many people think about joining pro-gun organizations all the time but never take that final leap and actually do so. Some of these people are on a tight budget which is understandable given the economic situation we are currently facing but many make a conscious choice not to support these organizations for another reason; because they don’t want to be on some ‘government list.’ The best way to protect your Second Amendment rights is to join a pro-gun organization that is pro-actively doing something to secure those rights ...


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Gun Shot Wounds Emergency Care Essentials

December 31, 2014 11:06:50 AM PST

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By Sharon Chayra | Contributing Editor

 

Safety is the cardinal rule when it comes to firearms and unless they're drawn for competition, target practice, cleaning, hunting or self-protection, they should be holstered or otherwise secured. In the real world, however, there will always be situations where equipment fails or misfires, accidents occur, and yes, ass hats get a hold of a weapon. Emergency preparation should be a fundamental aspect of your kit and that includes first aid items, investing in emergency training and developing contingency plans in advance of an emergency ...


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Control Your Anger

December 30, 2014 4:29:02 PM PST

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By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Life is a big ball of stress. Something is always waiting around the corner to evoke a fire inside you where you’re waiting for the last little thing before you snap. The thing is, as a person with a firearm on your person, you can’t exactly go on a rampage to take out your aggression. You could get in big trouble and possibly lose your right to carry and/or own a firearm ...


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3 Myths About Handgun "Stopping Power"

December 29, 2014 10:16:39 AM PST

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By James England | Contributing Editor

 

When we walk into a gun store, almost everyone naturally gravitates towards the .45s, .40s, and the coveted .44 when thinking about stopping power. The natural instinct ingrained in so many intermediate shooters is that a bigger round equates to neutralizing a target faster. In a defensive situation, no one wants to second guess whether or not the rounds they're exchanging will stop an aggressor. In this article, we'll dispel the myth but keep the fact about several misconceptions about the lethality of firearms ...


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The Top 5 Upgrades To A Glock

December 19, 2014 9:43:51 AM PST

The Top 5 Upgrades To A Glock  

By Richard Bogath | Contributing Editor

 

The sheer fervor that the great majority of Glock owners have for their pistols is such that any attempts at recommendations, advice or instruction can be received with equal amounts of both hostility or acceptance. Read any Glock-based blog, message board or Facebook post and you can marvel at the sheer volume of feedback—both negative and positive—on any subject involving the firearm. So, of course, I’m about to suggest to you that there are 5 upgrades to a Glock that are more popular, recommended and suggested than any others. ...


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Comparing Ballistic Plate Materials

December 18, 2014 11:32:30 AM PST

Comparing Ballistic Plate Materials  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

No matter what level of preparedness you'd like to maintain, ballistic plates have been instrumental in increasing combatants' chances of survival. But how do the different materials compare? We'll examine this question taking into consideration it's not just the first bullet you want to stop – it may be the third or fourth as well ...


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Concealed Carry With Arthritis And Other Handicaps

December 17, 2014 8:34:04 AM PST

Concealed Carry With Arthritis Or Other Handicaps  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Having a handicap is difficult. Many people are born with a disability and know no other way of life. When you acquire a debilitating handicap later in life--arthritis for example--it’s usually pretty difficult to get used to. Just because you have different needs doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself. In fact, you may need greater protection because some sick minded individual may see you as being weaker and therefore an easy target ...


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Guns Of The Soviets

December 16, 2014 12:05:14 PM PST

Guns Of The Soviets  

By Karmali Abid | Contributing Editor

 

The Cold War for a fascinating time. The fierce competition between the Soviet Union and the United States generated some of the greatest technological advances of all time. Advances were made in numerous military tactics, equipment, and even espionage. The Soviet Union and especially Soviet Russia had some fascinating small arms that have left their mark on the world ...


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7 Reasons Why Firearms are Important to the American Family  

By Troy Rogers | Contributing Editor

 

There has been much debate in recent years over guns. Should citizens be allowed to own them? Should they have access to them? These questions, and many more have been asked in recent history. Most of us have strong opinions on each issue. Rather than giving my take on each of the above questions, I want to share 7 reasons why I believe firearms are important to the American family ...


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Liberty Quotes

December 11, 2014 8:34:20 AM PST

Liberty Quotes  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

I like quotes because they tend to inspire me. They remind me that a guy, just like me was so committed to a cause, he spent every moment of his life fighting for it and even died for it. I think about that and think damn ... I need to get off of my butt and fight harder for what I believe in. What about you? ...


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Modifications: The Spirit of Vanity and Necessity  

By Sharon Chayra | Contributing Editor

 

There are perhaps few items that benefit from customization like that of a gun or rifle. With countless manufacturers, configurations, treatments and accessories, you can virtually design your own gun. A firearm to help you find your place in the world whether that place is on the range, in the field, or defending the family. Sometimes these changes are improvements like getting more accurate sights and sometimes these enhancements do little more than look good. It seems that modifying your gun is nearly as personal as which way you vote and can be almost as controversial ...


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How Tough Are Your Bullets?  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Sometimes at the gun store we'll see a variety of different styles of ammunition and we'll wonder – how much more effective is one from the other? Are you curious to see how one brand performs against another? We've enclosed some fun activities that can be done cheaply and reliably to test the effectiveness of different rounds. It's one thing to read about them and it's another thing to see it for yourself ...


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The 1911’s Fatal Flaw

December 5, 2014 10:32:02 AM PST

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By Steve Allen | Contributing Editor

 

Many years ago I was part of a peacekeeping force sent into the former Yugoslavia during the Bosnian War. As I drooled over a custom M1911 in the magazine; a Bosniak soldier looked over my shoulder, at the glossy pictures of the gun and inquired if I liked the M1911. The M1911 is also a weapon that I carry the most. The Bosniak soldier nonchalantly shrugged and said “Is nice pistol to shoot but has fatal flaw" ...


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The Perfect Gift for The Avid Shooter in Your Life

December 5, 2014 9:32:03 AM PST

Choosing a Holster: A Scout Helicopter Pilot's Experience  

By Megan Spencer | Contributing Editor

 

We as shooters certainly love the holidays and we are always excited when we get unique shooting gifts in our stockings. So hopefully this quick guide to gift giving will help you make the holiday gift giving season special for the shooter in your life, or maybe even for yourself ...


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Don't Shoot! Media Day At The Range

December 4, 2014 4:49:38 PM PST

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By Bob Ryan | Contributing Editor

 

This might sound weird coming from a gun writer, but I didn’t go to a shooting range until I was about 25 years old. It’s not that I hadn’t been doing a lot of shooting in my youth - there just aren’t many shooting ranges in Montana. Then I got to go to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas where they have what is known as “Media Day at the Range.” Free ammo and all the brand new guns for that year: you’d have to be crazy to miss that ...


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Resources For Concealed Carry Gun Laws

December 3, 2014 8:19:38 AM PST

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By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Gun laws change all of the time. Not knowing what is legally allowed and what will land your butt in jail or lose your right to own and/or carry a weapon is your responsibility. Losing your Second Amendment right would really suck. In this article we provide some resources every concealed carry gun owner should know about ...


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The Caliber Wars Are Over

December 2, 2014 8:37:57 AM PST

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By Travis Pike | Contributing Editor

 

The Caliber wars were a brutal time, a bloody time, a messy time. The caliber wars were waged across the internet, through the videos of Youtube, on the forums of places like Defensive Carry and AR15.com. Articles proclaiming the new wonder gun in this caliber or that caliber, would have comment sections that devolved into full blown wars. These wars were waged most often by the proponents of 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP, and occasionally the revolver aficionados ...


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Duty To Retreat Or Castle Doctrine?

December 1, 2014 9:35:09 AM PST

Castle Doctrine  

By Ryan Newhouse | Contributing Editor

 

In society’s terms, it’s called “fight or flight.” In the courtroom, it’s discussed as Duty to Retreat or Castle Doctrine. In reality, it is knowing when to use deadly force in a situation or when not to. The lines aren’t always clear, but it is important to know the laws and how to train for these scenarios ...


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4 Things Not To Do With Firearms

November 26, 2014 7:50:51 AM PST

4 Things Not to Do with Firearms  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

As advanced shooters, those specialized techniques are developed in earnest through gradual, slow, and safe steps. People who learn to fast draw and shoot accurately with one hand probably didn't start off doing either very well. They focused on just simply drawing a pistol. And then shooting accurately with it. If, in a culminating feat, they're able to demonstrate that technique with any degree of proficiency – it's likely due to careful and diligent practice ...


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Are You Prepared To Use Lethal Force?

November 25, 2014 7:19:48 AM PST

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By Jerry Desko | Contributing Editor

 

A while back I strolled into a shop owned by a friend of mine. During our conversation he informed me that he was concerned for his safety at his store since there had been a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood of late. He knew I had a fair amount of firearms knowledge and that I am a retired police officer. Later during the talk he stated, "Oh, I would never shoot anybody, I just want the gun to scare the guy." WRONG! ...


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Common Misconceptions About Gun Owners

November 24, 2014 8:55:28 AM PST

3 Common Misconceptions: About Gun Owners  

By Troy Rogers | Contributing Editor

 

If you are an avid gun owner, chances are you have found yourself in at least one awkward conversation. You are having a conversation with a new acquaintance, it seems to be going so well. Then they begin to ask you about your hobbies. You begin to talk to them about your guns. You tell them which one is your favorite and why. This is the point that you notice a change in their demeanor. You watch them raise their eyebrows, change the subject, or simply end the conversation ...


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A Well Regulated Militia…

November 21, 2014 9:40:55 AM PST

A Well Regulated Militia  

By Travis Box | Contributing Editor

 

Gun grabbers pretend and would like everyone to believe that the Second Amendment doesn’t exist. The exception to this rule is whenever they think they can try and exploit the wording and use it to their own advantage. These anti-gunners commonly get hung up on the militia portion of the Second Amendment ...


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