Home-Defense Weapons: Myths and Myth Busting

Personal defense is not limited to when you are out in public. And since you are in your residence more often than not, some thought has to be given to how you will defend your castle. What works for one may not for another: Consider physical condition, injuries, illness, stature, and familiarity with each weapon

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Firing off the Ruck: Tactical Considerations

As every experienced shooter knows, accurate rifle shooting requires the application of the four key fundamentals of marksmanship: steady position, sight alignment, breath control, and trigger squeeze. When artificial support is available, it should be used to steady the position and support the rifle whenever practical. When artificial support isn’t available or practical, the bones

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Crisis Situations: Every Man’s a Medic

While dressing for work one warm summer morning in 2000, I turned on my police radio. I had just put on my uniform shirt when I heard the unmistakable sound of a fellow officer calling to report that he was chasing someone. I could hear the stress in his voice as he gasped for breath

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Firearms Training Prep and Mindset: What Not To Do

People attend class for a variety of reasons. No matter what those reasons might be, they will invest time, money and sweat in order to accomplish those goals. Clearly a positive learning experience is a goal, but not all goals are easily obtainable. People learn at different rates, and the reasons for that divergence are

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Remaining Functional: Safety Rule Number Two

The Four Safety Rules exist for a reason. We—empirical WE—deal with firearms, which by definition are deadly weapons. Any lack of concentration when handling a firearm can—and often does—lead to tragedy. The Four Rules are: All guns are always loaded. Don’t let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. This includes your

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Hideouts in High Gear: Running Back-Up Guns At Speed

How do .38 and .380 hideout guns stack up against a full-size service pistol up close and fast? We put them to the test. In a previous issue, we looked at just how far the back-up gun, or BUG, could reasonably hit from realistic positions (HUNDRED-YARD POCKET GUNS: Stretching Out The Backups, February 2014 S.W.A.T.).

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Duel of the Carbines: M1 Carbine vs. M4

Is the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1 still viable in a post-AR world? I began to kick that question around at the height of the recent AR buying frenzy. A variety of longtime M1 Carbine owners probably had a similar question as lines formed at gun counters. I knew several trainers who had advocated the

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Knife Attack: Edged Weapons Self-Defense

It’s 10:00pm and you’re walking to your car after work through a dark and desolate parking lot. You’ve done this same walk thousands of times, but something seems a little off tonight. As you approach your vehicle, you notice two males striding quickly toward you. Only a few feet away, you see the unmistakable glint

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