BRIEFING ROOM Dangerous Trends

Lately I have seen some dangerous trends developing. The first is not maintaining control of your firearm, and the second is carrying a pistol with an empty chamber. Let’s address the latter first. Rule 1 states, “All guns are always loaded.” I like training on a “hot” range, where everyone’s guns are always loaded. The

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ENEMY AT THE GATE “Smart Guns” Still Dumb

The newest push to replace reliably useful guns with so-called “smart guns” came in June, courtesy of U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT). Himes’ H.R. 6109, the “Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology (SAFETY)” Act of 2018 would provide significant tax relief for gun manufacturers’ efforts to design, produce, and market “smart guns”—guns that are specifically

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FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS Police Habits Die Hard

Brett, my wife, is a saint. Anyone who knows us comprehends what she has to put up with. My mother viewed her as saintly simply due to the fact that, as sophisticated and well educated as she is, through some obtuse rationale, she saw fit to associate with me. She’s a nice girl from Minnesota,

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GOOD GUYS WIN! Second Amendment in Action

Third Time’s the Harm After midnight on a Friday in July, a would-be burglar attempted to force his way into two homes in the Bay Area city of Richmond, California. He succeeded in breaking a window and gaining entry into the third home he tried. The sound of breaking glass alerted the homeowner, who armed

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STREET SMARTS Ten Major Tactical Mistakes

Want a quick and easy read that doesn’t tax your brainpower with monotonous things like storyline, plot development, and resolution? Here’s our quick-n-dirty guide to ten major tactical mistakes that too many people make … yes, maybe even you. 1. They don’t carry a gun. This is actually a bit of a misnomer: I’m not

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Brokos talked about the importance of getting a supported firing position if possible.

GET THE LEAD OUT: Lead Faucet Tactical Pistol Course

“If at the end of the next three days of pistol training, you’ve learned one or two good take-aways, I will have done my job.” Dan Brokos began his Training Day 1 brief with this humble statement. He didn’t promise any magic and honestly shared with us the evolution of fighting with a firearm based

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Practicing potential responses to a threat may increase your effectiveness. Author practices addressing a threat through passenger window of her vehicle.

MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Fighting Edge for Women

This year in the White Mountains of Arizona, a 43-year-old woman was killed by a 14-year-old boy. The boy had broken into the woman’s home. She confronted him with her pistol and proceeded to call her lawyer husband, who was 200 miles away, on her phone. While he listened helplessly, his wife attempted to talk

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6.5 Creedmoor typifies short and efficient cartridge principle.

LONG-RANGE PERFORMANCE: Christensen Arms CA-10 G2

Photos by Ethan Burgreen Any mention of Christensen Arms brings forth an association with their precision bolt-action hunting rifles featuring carbon-fiber-wrapped barrels. This is understandable, as these were the initial product offerings. Various models of Christensen weapons have been brought forward since Dr. Roland Christensen (Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering) saw a way to apply his

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Close supervision is mandatory when instructing young shooters.

MENTORING NEW SHOOTERS: Training the Next Generation

We’ve all seen Internet videos of someone trying a high-powered gun for the first time. Often it ends with an incident of “scope-eye,” a bruised shoulder, dropped weapon, or busted lip. These incidents are supposed to be funny examples of shooting novices grabbing a tiger by the tail. Regardless of spilled blood or damaged limbs,

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