Briefing Room: Caution, Political Correctness Causes Death

In the days following the murders at Fort Hood, I heard on the news that an unnamed person working for the FBI stated, and I’m paraphrasing here, that the FBI would be crucified for going after the murderer without more information because he was a Muslim. In short, they did not want to be accused…

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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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Long Guns: Winchester M97 Trench Gun

I was never one of those shooters who ran out and bought guns because I saw them in movies. Dirty Harry didn’t influence me to buy a Model 29, nor did James Bond films give me an urge for a Walther PPK, though I have owned examples of both. As much as I enjoyed Quigley…

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Smith & Wesson M&P15: Now In .22 Long Rifle!

I’ve shot a lot of battle rifles designed for indoor training with .22 Long Rifle ammo. This has included the excellent German conversion units for the G3/HK91 and FAL, purpose-built AK .22 rifles, AR-15 conversion units, and purpose-built AR-15s in .22 Long Rifle. The M&P15-22 I’ve been shooting for the last few weeks may well…

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Street Smarts: Quantifying Experience

Fire up the poison pens and prepare the nasty Internet postings because, dear reader, we’re going to wade thigh-deep into the waters of controversy. Please sit back and listen as today’s sermon examines the highly charged question of, “Must a tactical instructor have prior real-world experience?” Right up front I will frankly answer that question…

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Training and Tactics: Don’t Be A Zero When You Zero

Zero can mean nothing. Or it can mean everything, relative to the point-of-impact precision desired by a shootist. Obviously firearms with adjustable sighting systems—especially those with non-factory aftermarket additions like telescopic sights and red dot optics—have to be battle-zeroed before being used in any for-real confrontation. Otherwise the operator will have no concept of the…

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