How Important Is Bore Lapping?

Bore lapping is an old technique that is used to help make bore cleaning easier, make it less likely to foul, and to improve overall accuracy. Bores can be uneven and rough in the inside of the cylinder, even fresh from the factory. Bore lapping is a way of breaking in the barrel to get […]

Making Birdshot Useful for Defense

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts At this point, most people should be well aware that birdshot is an extremely poor choice for defense. Sure, the knuckle dragging window lickers will proclaim that it has killed people, but so has heart disease. That doesn’t make a bucket of KFC a good home defense […]

10 Gun Myths Debunked

This is a guest post by Lauren Ventosa Shotguns don’t need to be aimed Shotguns should be aimed similarly to rifles.  It’s not a good idea to simply point, pray and shoot. In an average home defense situation, your attacker might enter a room and be between 10 and 20 feet away.  Being 20 feet […]

Handgun Fundamentals

We’ve mentioned before that we are suckers for old firearm videos. When we found one by COL Jeff Cooper we had to put it on the blog.

Patterning Your Shotgun

A lot of the “experts” out there will tell you that you can pick up a shotgun with any type of ammo in it and simply point in the general direction of a bad guy and you will hit them.

Shotgun Drills

As with any firearm, if you are going to own a shotgun for home defense you are going to need to practice shotgun drills in order to get and stay proficient.

Why a BB Gun Will Help You Shoot Better

This is a guest post by David Denholm  BB Guns are good for teaching gun safety and learning to shoot well. Long before you let your child use a .22, have him start practicing with a BB gun. A BB gun is a fun gift for Christmas, a birthday party, or even the 4th of […]

“Cruiser Ready” Is a Bad Idea

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts How Should I Store My Home Defense Gun? By its very nature, a home defense gun should be ready to use as quickly as possible yet be secure from unauthorized use. Some folks also bend over backwards to find additional issues to worry about. For example, it […]

How to Store a Home Defense Shotgun

One of the questions we get asked a lot is how to store a home defense shotgun. One thing you have to think about with especially pump shotguns is that they are not drop safe. That means if you drop it with a round in the chamber, it can go off. For this reason, most […]

Introducing a Newbie to Firearms

Girl Fires Machine Gun for the First Time. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next! This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Spoiler: She has a fun time and no one gets hurt or embarrassed because she was experienced with firearms and started with short bursts, having a reasonable expectation of what was to occur. […]

Home Defense Firearm Drills

Going out to the flat range, pulling out your pistol, taking steady aim at a stationary target is all well and good but isn’t at all like what you are going to experience in a home defense situation. You need to do firearm drills that will prepare your mind and body for what could possibly […]

Getting a Good Pistol Grip

You can pretty much shoot one shot out of a semi auto pistol holding it anyway you want and as long as your sight alignment and trigger squeeze are good you will hit dead on. However, getting a good pistol grip is critical if you want to be accurate with follow on shots.

Should You Carry with an Empty Chamber?

Should you carry with an empty chamber? You are going to get some very heated arguments for and against.

Everyday Combative Mind

This is a guest post by Cory Monroe             I frequently find myself being asked by students in my pistol courses questions about equipment. What type of gun should I get? Is a revolver OK? Ammunition types etc. While these are all very good base questions that I’m glad to see any of my students asking, […]

What is Your Defensive Fitness Level?

This is a guest post by SSG Daniel Shiffler  In the self-defense world, we scrutinize everything we feel is important. From what firearm to own to the locks on the doors and windows, we research everything. The one aspect that is often overlooked however is physical fitness or defensive fitness.

What is Accuracy?

What is accuracy? Is one gun more accurate than another? There is a lot thrown out whether a certain pistol is more accurate than another type or brand. You might hear how one might group better than others.

How to Use a Flashlight with a Handgun

  It takes a bit of practice to use a flashlight with a handgun. Most people don’t have a tactical light attached to their pistols and if you conceal carry, it’s pretty much impossible.

Clearing Malfunctions

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester At some point in your shooting career you are going to experience a malfunction with your handgun. Be it a semi-auto style or revolver, both with occasionally experience problems and knowing how to clear a jam under stress is an essential survival skill.

Shooting for Survival

I have to admit that I’m a sucker for the old FBI training videos. There’s a lot of wisdom in them. We found a good one, “Shooting for Survival.” This one concentrates on shooting from cover. Remember the old saying, “If you are shooting from behind cover, you should be moving towards it.”

How to Avoid a Negligent Discharge

How to Avoid  a Negligent Discharge By Home Defense Gun Staffer Shana Most shooters know someone who has had an accidental—or more commonly known as negligent—gun discharge at some point, or at least have heard of someone that another shooter knows. There are countless stories about them: items being shot, holes in walls, people being […]

Shooting a Gun Underwater

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Shooting a Gun Underwater So you’re serving ice cream poolside at your kid’s birthday party when suddenly Bigfoot crashes through your backyard fence and knocks you to the ground with a crushing hammer fist blow. He grabs you by the ankle and drags you into the pool […]

Racking a Shotgun

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There are a great number of folks that advocate racking a shotgun for home defense. Is this a viable strategy? Should you do it?

How to Safely Obtain Firearms Experience

This is a guest post by Tim Randolph Firearms Experience Home defense and proper handgun training, aren’t factors to be taken lightly. The possibility of home invasion is real regardless of where you live, and having a gun in the home, kept safe and secured but accessible in case of emergencies, can mean the difference […]

The Disabled and Home Defense

by Home Defense Gun Staffer Travis The Disabled and Home Defense We live in a world that has an unfortunate amount of predators in it. Fortunately these two legged vermin are rare when compared to the rest of the populace, but they are still predators we should be aware of. Predators makes them sound dangerous, […]

Finding the Right Shotgun for a Woman

By Home Defense Gun Staffer Shana The Right Shotgun for a Woman More women these days are getting into shooting and hunting, which is a great thing. But finding the right gun, especially a shotgun, for a woman can be tricky at times. Many women borrow a gun from a man the first time they […]

The Scout Rifle

The idea of a general purpose rifle for hunting and home defense is good one. The scout rifle concept was developed by Jeff Cooper in the early 1980s. Cooper’s idea was to make “a handy, light instrument that will do a great many things equally well..”