Jeff Gonzales: The Folly of the ‘Press Check’

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Something’s bothered me for years: students asking if they can perform a “press check” — what’s properly called a weapons check — to confirm their firearm’s condition. Some pick up…

Jeff Gonzales: How to Use a Flashlight for Armed Self-Defense Pt. 2

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The problem with low light defensive techniques: they’re based around shooting, not searching. Most gun owners fail to put a significant amount of time and resources into learning how to search…

Jeff Gonzales: Dressing For Everyday Carry Success

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There is a lot more to carrying concealed than simply throwing a t-shirt over your rig. You have to change your style and lifestyle to accommodate your everyday carry gun, and…

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Jeff Gonzales: How to Use a Flashlight for Armed Self-Defense Pt. 1

At a recent class at The Range at Austin, a student asked me about using a flashlight for self-defense while carrying concealed. My first response: are you carrying a good handheld light?…

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Jeff Gonzales: When it Comes to Everyday Carry, Size Matters

Training at The Range at Austin, I see many first-time gun owners bringing small handguns to class. Guns like the Smith & Wesson hammerless snub-nosed 642 revolver (above) and Ruger’s LCP…

Jeff Gonzales: What To Do After A Gunfight – Systematically Speaking

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So much of what I see on the firing line is built to fail. By failure, I mean the training won’t apply in a real world incident. If you don’t…

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Jeff Gonzales: Let There Be Light!

We spend a large part of our lives in low-light conditions, much of it on foot. Attackers often use the cover of darkness to take their victims unawares. Put two and two together:…

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Jeff Gonzales: Are You Ready for Trouble?

Danger is all around you. Whether you can see danger and act if necessary that’s the real question. Put aside all your prejudices and ask yourself: are you ready when…

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Here’s The Real Reason You Need to Clean Your Handgun on a Regular Basis

Should you clean your handgun after every use? Most modern-day service handguns are built to handle tremendous abuse; they’ll continue to function even when they’re filthy dirty. Just Google your favorite polymer pistol…

How to Focus on Your Front Sight: Guns for Beginners

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Understanding the sight/target relationship is one of the most important and elemental goals for accurate shooting. If you can’t master this relationship you stand a good chance of failing to hit the…