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I own guns. I’ve had some decent training, but it was a while back. I don’t practice frequently. When I do, it tends to be with a favored few firearms. I haven’t rehearsed clearing a room or firing while “moving in a highly dynamic manner” in ages. Nor do I regularly practice things like shooting with partially obscured vision or slippery hands.

According to certain persons (self-styled experts), this makes me an “irresponsible and incompetent” gun owner.

Now, don’t get…

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It took a long time spent carrying a gun and a badge for me to figure out the secret of reaching that state of “conscious competence” regarding tactical operations: admit your mistakes.

This came to mind today when another officer wanted to meet me immediately following a burglary-in-progress run. I had arrived within a minute of the call and took up a position to wait for backup. As the previous shift had started with a serious stabbing on what was…

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Just look at you—packing a great gun, been to dozens of classes, got a highly tactical backpack covered in cool morale patches and, best of all, you really know how to “talk the talk.”

But I wonder: Can you “do it”?

Get your mind out of the gutter. I mean, do you possess the internal fortitude to commit violent and wholly unpleasant acts upon an adversary who means you serious bodily harm or death?

I know the answer: “Of course!”…

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John Filippidis and his family were returning from a Christmas celebration in New Jersey. Headed home to Florida on New Years Eve 2013, they had no reason to expect trouble. Shortly after entering Maryland on I-95, Filippidis spotted a Transportation Authority patrol car in the rearview mirror. Next thing he knew, he was being questioned by a hostile officer who was only interested in one thing: “Where’s the gun?”

The gun, a Kel-Tec .380, was in a safe in Florida,…

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