“This is My Safety, Sir”: Proper Firearms Handling

Eric Bana’s line, “This is my safety, sir” in Black Hawk Down has become almost legendary in the shooting community. It has also become a thorn in the side of that community. Safety is required in every aspect of our lives. Cooking, bathing, crossing the street, playing sports, jumping from aircraft, and blowing bubbles in

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Switch Rail: Princeton Tec Low-Signature Task Light

People use lights for a variety of reasons. These lights may be in the visual or infrared spectrum, and they may be handheld or, for some, weapon or helmet mounted. For all users, the light needs to be powerful enough to satisfy their mission requirements. This might range from 100 lumens for a handheld pocket-carried

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One Shot, One Kill: A Contradiction in Terms

[Editor’s Note: The graphic photos accompanying this article are not shown for gratuitous or sensationalistic purposes, but rather to validate the fact that numerous shots may be needed against a determined adversary.] The term “One Shot, One Kill” became a semi motto in the sniper community sometime in the early 1970s. The term was used

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Home-Defense Weapons: Myths and Myth Busting

Personal defense is not limited to when you are out in public. And since you are in your residence more often than not, some thought has to be given to how you will defend your castle. What works for one may not for another: Consider physical condition, injuries, illness, stature, and familiarity with each weapon

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More Light, Less Price: SureFire G2X

Technology is impressive. The computers aboard Apollo 11, which went to the moon, had less processing power than a smartphone does now. PCs are now replaced at the same intervals that some folks change their socks. And we have come to expect that this will happen in all aspects of our lives, and at an

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Firearms Training Prep and Mindset: What Not To Do

People attend class for a variety of reasons. No matter what those reasons might be, they will invest time, money and sweat in order to accomplish those goals. Clearly a positive learning experience is a goal, but not all goals are easily obtainable. People learn at different rates, and the reasons for that divergence are

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Remaining Functional: Safety Rule Number Two

The Four Safety Rules exist for a reason. We—empirical WE—deal with firearms, which by definition are deadly weapons. Any lack of concentration when handling a firearm can—and often does—lead to tragedy. The Four Rules are: All guns are always loaded. Don’t let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. This includes your

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High-Value Target: Reactive Beats Static

For most shooters, targets consist of a flat piece of paper with a scoring ring, a nebulous shape (such as the bowling pin), or in some instances a humanoid representation. These targets often have general scoring rings, apparently to compensate for the lowering of standards and to ensure that everyone is “qualified.” These paper targets

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Distance Shooting: Myth of the Average Engagement

It’s a given that the average pistol engagement takes place at close range. And there are many who base their decision on the distances to conduct their training at by referring to that average. It is a poor decision. While the number of civilians who actually fire their gun at another human being is open

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