Briefing Room: A Penny Saved…

Sometimes at the range, the old saying “A penny saved is a penny earned” proves not to be true—at least when it comes to buying defensive products. I attend any training class that I can, believing I can get something from every instructor, even if it’s what not to do. A few months ago, I

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Briefing Room: Know Your Enemy

As this is written, a point of contention for journalists and the general public is the fact that people in the White House—from the President to press secretaries—won’t use the word “Islamic” when describing terrorists. The term used is “radical extremists.” I suppose the reason for such political correctness is not wanting to offend peaceful

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Briefing Room: Stay Frosty

Whether formally declared by our “leaders” or not, make no mistake that the world is at war. Police officers have been assassinated while sitting in their patrol cars, and publishers have been murdered for having the audacity to print a caricature. And race baiters continue to drive a wedge between private citizens and peace officers

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Briefing Room: Rehabilitated Gun Snob

Almost 30 years ago, my wife and I were visited by her then 66-year-old father. As a young Marine, he had served in the Pacific in World War II. Among his decorations were a Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. On the second day of his visit, he asked me if I would take

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Briefing Room: Louis

On June 24, 2014, Louis Awerbuck went to join Musashi and Bruce Lee. Born in South Africa, in his early years he was a boxer, evaluated racing motorcycles for magazines, and participated in some of the first practical pistol competitions. He held a degree in publishing and worked for the local newspaper. He also served

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Briefing Room: Forbidden Fruit

I grew up in a home where firearms were readily accessible. Some were always loaded, some were not. Indeed, my bedroom was where Dad kept all the firearms, with the exception of his pistols. I never felt any unusual fascination with them. They were just there. However, I knew exactly what was in the drawers

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Briefing Room: Then And Now

I’ve been involved with firearms and training since 1974. A lot has changed over the years, and I’ve had the chance to make some interesting (at least to me) observations. The only authorized load when I started in law enforcement was the .38 Special 158-grain round-nose lead bullet. Hollow-point bullets were later issued and, for

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Briefing Room: Open Vs. Concealed Carry

This month I’m going to weigh in on a topic that’s hotly contested by both proponents and opponents, open versus concealed carry. Full disclosure: I am a resident of Arizona, where open carry is allowed. Additionally, although available for those who want one, a concealed weapon permit is available, but not required, for concealed carry.

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Briefing Room: DOs and DON’Ts When Training

As I have said many times, the best investment you can make when it comes to firearms and tactics is attending training from a reputable instructor. The following are just a few DOs and DON’Ts when attending a training course. DO be an empty cup when you arrive. You’re there to learn new (or sharpen

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Briefing Room: Let’s Get Real

What constitutes “realistic training”? Ask half a dozen instructors this question and I’ll give you even odds that you will receive six different answers. To me, realistic training is acquiring, and then perfecting, skill sets that are unique to your perceived needs. For example, in the last four pistol courses I have attended, the majority

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