Jeff Gonzales: The Lesson of Hurricane Harvey

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While we work to rebuild from the recent storms here in Texas, a lesson: just like dealing with a historic storm, you can’t wait until the last-minute to prepare for…

Jeff Gonzales: Backup Gun? Maybe Not . . .

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I’ve recently read a few articles promoting the backup gun (BUG). The authors concluded that a backup gun is a better option than learning to reload and perform malfunction clearances….

Jeff Gonzales: Revolvers for Self-Defense

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Is the modern revolver making a comeback in the concealed carry world? I don’t have any statistical data, but Smith & Wesson and Ruger don’t seem to be the hurting…

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Jeff Gonzales: The Truth About Self-Defense Ammunition

In his video below, The Range at Austin‘s gun guru Jeff Gonzales simplifies the whole “what ammo for my carry gun” equation. Which is just as it should be. Obsessing…

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Jeff Gonzales: Why You Shouldn’t Carry Your Defensive Handgun Behind Your Back

A lot of concealed carriers wonder: where should I carry my gun? While there’s a wide variety of options — shoulder holsters, appendix carry, pocket carry, thigh carry, belly bands…

Jeff Gonzales: Practice vs. Training for Armed Self-Defense

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I see so many folks come through our doors to practice the same drills over and over. Many of these drills are “tests” at various schools. Some even have clever names and…

Jeff Gonzales: The Perils of Re-Holstering

During a recent class, we discussed some tragic accidents involving concealed carry. I’m not sure they could have been avoided, but hopefully folks can avoid making the same mistakes. When…

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Jeff Gonzales: The Folly of the ‘Press Check’

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…

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

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…