Good Guys Win! Second Amendment in Action

It was just before lunchtime on a Thursday in August at a cell-phone store in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. The neighborhood was a quiet one that hadn’t seen an armed robbery in 15 years—a streak that ended when two men entered the store, one of them brandishing a handgun. While the gunman held the clerk at gunpoint, his accomplice prepared to gather loot.

Against All Odds: Survival Trees of the Eastern Woodlands

Being able to identify basic trees in wilderness areas you frequent is beneficial for survival. The British Thermal Unit (BTU) is a standard unit of energy that is used to measure the amount of thermal energy necessary to raise the temperature of one pound of pure liquid water by one degree Fahrenheit. Wood should be

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Briefing Room: Atrocity in Las Vegas

In the late evening on Sunday, October 1, evil incarnate came to Las Vegas, Nevada. Before committing suicide, a madman killed 58 people and wounded over 500 at an open-air concert. It was the lead story on all the networks for over a week. But unlike the mainstream media (MSM), we won’t sink to mentioning

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Enemy at the Gate: Blaming Guns for Vehicular Violence

On August 12, the toxic ideology of white supremacy prompted an alleged Neo-Nazi to drive his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. The scene of this horrific attack was the so-called “Unite the Right” rally, organized by white supremacists whose tender sensibilities were offended

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Frontline Debriefs: LAPD SWAT Tactics

LAPD SWAT has had four major shootouts in the last four months. I do not recall there having been this many shootings in as many months in SWAT’s history. For whatever reason, the bad guys in L.A. have decided to go to guns as opposed to relinquishing their freedom voluntarily. The whys, wherefores, and rationale

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Street Smarts: Security Checkpoints

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a gun writer get angry, you should have been with me two days ago at the security checkpoint for a major event. With wisdom gained from countless hours spent manning and planning similar security posts, I somehow managed to keep my rage hidden while undergoing the exceptionally lax screening.

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Against All Odds: EDC Trauma Kit Basics

Everyone should carry a med kit. If you have made the choice to responsibly carry a firearm for defense, it’s irresponsible not to have the tools to render aid as well. A med kit should be lightweight, compact, and easy to use. It needs to be convenient to carry on your person. When life is

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Training and Tactics: I Am the Bullet

I am the bullet—and I have no conscience. You will treat me with respect because, once I leave, you have no control over my actions. Once I’m gone, I will do as I please, governed only by the laws of physics. And the next time you see me, I will have done my work, bringing

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Street Smarts: Suicide Isn’t Painless

Are you going to kill yourself? That abrupt query is not our usual attention-grabber meant to draw the reader into a discussion of some technique designed to save your sorry hide. Nope, I’m earnest and serious: Are you thinking about putting a gun in your mouth? Hopefully not a single reader answered in the affirmative,

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Frontline Debriefs: Newhall Incident Revisited

Virtually from my first day in the LAPD Academy in 1976, I was instructed in all matters relative to officer safety. Los Angeles was a dangerous place. If the traffic, smog, or femmes fatale didn’t get you, the bad guys certainly would! A seminal event in California was the Newhall Incident. It was undoubtedly the

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