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Lumintop SD20 Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts A bright, dependable flashlight is probably the most important piece of self-defense gear, behind a gun and a phone. It is far more important than an optic or magazine pouch and it’s definitely more important than the flavor of ammo in your magazine.

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 […]

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.

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.

Can Shooting with a Laser Improve Your Shooting

I have to admit, I haven’t done a lot of shooting with a laser. We had some in my units in the military but I never got comfortable with them. At the same time, a lot of people swear by them.

Loading and Unloading a Semi Auto

  As with most shooting tasks, loading and unloading seems pretty straight forward. Add in darkness, stress and maybe someone shooting at you, it can be pretty hard. Also you want to make sure you do it in a safe manner, whether on the training range or in a gunfight.

4 Gun Myths That Will Get You Killed

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts 4 Gun Myths If you have been around guns long enough, you have probably run across an “expert” who has been kind enough to share his wisdom with you. He might have been wearing a greasy John Deere hat and overalls or he could have had his […]

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 […]

Fight the Flinch

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester I’ve seen shooters at all levels that struggle to some degree with “flinching,” or what we commonly call anticipation.

Basic Rifle Techniques for Beginners

Rifles can be intimidating for beginners. They have a good kick to them and can be unforgiving to bad technique especially if you are trying to shoot standing. That’s why you need to know good basic rifle techniques.

Firearm Fundamentals

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester No matter how great of a shooter you are… or think you are, the one common thread that determines success on the range is a solid understanding and practice of the 7 Firearms Fundamentals.

Handgun Tips for Beginners

We found a nice little video on handgun tips for beginners. We recommend as a beginner you watch a lot of video and take as many courses as your budget will allow. This will allow you to see what are the common themes among successful marksmanship techniques.

Weapon Mounted Lights

Unless you have some sort of superhuman powers and can see at night you need some sort of light for home defense. The question is whether you want a weapon mounted light or a hand held light. There are arguments for either one. The weapons mounted light will always be there. You can open doors, […]

Proper Trigger Pull

Proper trigger pull is one of the foundational skills you have to master if you want to be accurate. If you don’t get it down, you will jerk the trigger and constantly miss.

Instinctive Shooting

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Instinctive Shooting or Point Shooting or Unsighted Fire Shooting a handgun without using your sights may seem like voodoo magic to a lot of shooters. While it is a difficult skill to master it is not really magic or difficult if you apply your fundamentals of handgun […]

One Handed Shooting

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester One Armed Man – One Handed Shooting Despite what I’m doing it always seems like I have something I need to carry. Be it a folder, grocery bag, holding a door, holding a phone or my daughter’s hand, I usually have something in my non-gun hand. If […]

Pistol Shooting from the Prone Position

Shooting from the prone position is a skill you should work on. You don’t see a lot of people on the range practicing it.

Drawing a Weapon in a Struggle

It’s a worst case scenario, but you need to know how to get out a weapon in a struggle.

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