Gunning for the Job: Extended Weapons Qualification Course

or the class I mainly used a Springfield chambered in .45 ACP with a SureFire X300 light on the rail (supplemented by a SureFire LX2 Lumamax on my belt) and equipped with LaserLyte’s RL-XD rear sight Laser. Holster was Blade-Tech’s Tactical Modular Mounting System worn on a Blackhawk belt with Safariland magazine and cuff pouches.

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Small Solutions: Making The Most Of Pocket Guns

An ever-increasing number of lawful citizens are arming themselves with small revolvers and pocket pistols. With this in mind, Gunsite recently ran a two-day course called “Pocket Guns and Penlights” designed around a product seminar sponsored by XS Sight Systems. My Dad, Denny Hansen, and I were invited to attend.

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Lawful Carry: Tuff Products Pock-A-Roo Holsters

Many officers and private citizens choose to carry a five-shot, .38/.357 Snubbie as their primary handgun, off duty or as a back-up gun (BUG). While I normally prefer to carry a larger handgun in a more formidable caliber, there have been occasions when an event has dictated I change my normal manner of attire to

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Lawful Carry: Field Holsters

It is not always practical to carry the same type of holster on and off duty. For example, if I am out hunting, there is no need to wear a Level Three security rig. For such occasions, a field holster is a little more to my liking. One holster I wore years ago on the

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Lawful Carry: Fanny Packs

There are many ways to carry a handgun for personal defense: a standard belt holster, inside the waistband, cross draw, shoulder rig, ankle holster, Mexican carry with the gun simply shoved into the waistband, belly band, waist pack and a few others. My personal preference is usually an inside the waistband holster made of Kydex,

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Lawful Carry: Garrett Industries Freedom Line

As NRA instructors, my Dad and I teach a course that allows law-abiding citizens to obtain a concealed carry permit (CCW) in our home state of Arizona. A large percentage of the students—young, middle aged and old—in our classes are new shooters. While that may initially sound like a bad thing, my Dad and I

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Lawful Carry: Safariland Model 6378 ALS Paddle Holster

When purchasing a holster for defensive use, the holster must be able to accomplish several things. First, consider what you will be doing while wearing the holster. If you’re carrying a gun all day, every day, either as a law-abiding citizen or a plainclothes officer, you want a holster that blends in, especially if you’re

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Lawful Carry: Safariland 6280 Holster

There are a couple of sayings I remember from when I was young: “Dress to impress” and “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” As a young boy I can remember watching my dad take off his gun belt with all the necessary accoutrements—holster, magazine and OC pouches, cuff cases—and polish

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