Don’t Be a Square: Practicing Off the X

Many of us train frequently in the various martial arts, including firearms. If you live in a city, most available gun ranges are indoor square ranges. While you can work on plenty of basic and advanced skills in that environment, other equally important skills and drills you may only be able to work on in

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“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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Good Guys Win!: Second Amendment in Action

Out on parole, the driver of the black Nissan Altima had six robbery convictions and one for facilitating a kidnapping under his belt when he pulled into the parking lot of a Nashville, Tennessee convenience store late one Tuesday night.

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Star Pupil: Get the Most Out of Firearms Training

The last couple of years have seen truckloads of new shooters of all ages and backgrounds join the community. Whatever the motivation, these shooters—as well as many established gun owners—are at a point where they are considering attending training. This is outstanding and matches well with the veritable explosion of trainers and schools. Bottom line:

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Charge!: Ruger .22 Charger and .22 Charger Takedown Pistols

The Ruger Charger pistol is not exactly new. It was introduced in 2007 but then discontinued. A few months ago, Ruger released the re-engineered .22 Charger pistol with enhanced features and introduced the new .22 Charger Takedown pistol. I acquired one of each and spent quite some time putting them through their paces. Charger has

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Bug-Out Bag 101: Planning and Packing

You’re sitting quietly at home, watching TV with the family, when something unimaginable happens. The “why” or “what” doesn’t really matter—what does matter is that you only have a few minutes to gather up your family and evacuate your home. It’s uncertain what you will face or when you might be able to return. If

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Driven Performer: Adams Arms C.O.R. Rifle

Professional competition shooters are some of the most skilled weapon handlers in the world—after all, that’s what they do for a living—and get to expend copious amounts of time and money on improving their skill levels. I have seen reports of certain Tier 1 Special Operations units inviting world-class competition shooters to train with them

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Street Smarts: The 15-Second Bug Out

Well, I hope you’re happy: the EMP event has finally occurred, widespread looting and race wars have started, zombies have risen from the grave, Canada has invaded the U.S., dogs and cats are living together in sin, and your mother-in-law just announced she’s moving in for six months. It’s time to bug out. You quickly

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