In Defense of . . . IPSC, IDPA and OFWGs

A recent Truth About Guns QOTD questioned the value of the “practicool” shooting sports for self-defense oriented shooters. This was not the first time RF has mooted the idea that these games are unrealistic and encourage bad habits. In RF’s world, shooters looking to practice self-defense techniques have the range to themselves, perform whichever maneuvers they feel like doing that day, take as much time as they like and get as many do-overs as they need. And no matter what, THEY ALWAYS WIN! I am a self-defense oriented shooter who lives in the real world. There’s a reason that some 75 percent of my precious bullets leave the barrel “after the beep” . . .

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A recent Truth About Guns QOTD questioned the value of the “practicool” shooting sports for self-defense oriented shooters. This was not the first time RF has mooted the idea that…

Gear Review: XS Lever Scout Mount

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As a boy, I daydreamed about how cool the world would be if an asteroid hadn’t taken out the dinosaurs. I really wanted my very own Triceratops to ride around…

Self-Defense Tip: If Your Revolver Doesn’t Work, Reload!

My New Year’s resolution: learn to shoot and carry a revolver. For four months I carried a wheelgun every day. I shot around 1200 rounds through my revolvers at matches and a 40-hour advanced handgun course. During this time I learned that wheel guns are not as fool-proof as gun-counter lore would lead us to believe. Where as a modern auto pistol could easily run 1000 rounds or more without cleaning, to operate efficiently, revolvers need their chambers scrubbed out at least every couple hundred rounds. Otherwise ejection and reloading slows from sloth to slug speed . . .

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My New Year’s resolution: learn to shoot and carry a revolver. For four months I carried a wheelgun every day. I shot around 1200 rounds through my revolvers at matches and a…

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Self Defense Tip: Know Where You Are

By far, my favorite way to hurt myself is exploring the vast expanses of deserts, mountains, and forests in the great state of Arizona on my dirtbike. I wouldn’t dream…

Hands down, my favorite subject at the MAG 80 course: Handgun Retention 101. Do not confuse this with the implication that I am any good at the skills required. It’s a matter of public record that I dance with all the poise and grace of the late Herman Munster. Fortunately, stomping on your “Partners” feet might net you some bonus points in this discipline . . .

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MAG 80 Pt IV: Holdin on to your Hogs Leg . . .

Hands down, my favorite subject at the MAG 80 course: Handgun Retention 101. Do not confuse this with the implication that I am any good at the skills required. It’s…

MAG 80 Pt III: Long Guns and Small talk

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[Click here to read Part I, click here to read Part II] Throughout the week our long gun training, our instructors emphasized the fact that stance is absolutely crucial to…

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MAG 80 Part II Advanced Handgun

[Click here to read for Part I of this series] Roy Rogers had his Trigger. So do you. The cowboy’s horse was probably a lot more controllable (and less temperamental) than…

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MAG 80 Experience Pt 1

In early 2010, I had the epiphany: I needed to bite the bullet. I needed some heavy-duty gun training. I did some asking around. I was overwhelmingly directed to Massad…

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Self-Defense Tip for Hand Loaders: Write it Down!

In a recent post, TTAG scribe Benjamin T Shotzberger admitted to carrying hand loads in his self-defense gun. When the topic of roll-your-own for self-defense comes up, the most obvious…

Question of the Day: Savagely Beaten By 3 “Unarmed” Attackers. WWYD?

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Most of us would probably agree this constitutes clear Disparity of Force. We’d be on solid legal ground, using lethal force in defense of ourselves and loved ones. Would it…

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The Truth About Carrying A Second Gun

Do you carry a back-up firearm? Most people would answer quite reasonably, “Dude, I’m not Rambo; and I wouldn’t want a jury to think that I thought I was either.”…

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Are Academia’s Anti-Gunners Bigots?

arizonarifleman.com shares an email from “The Regents Professors (RPs) at the UofA, ASU, and NAU…” in response to the Arizona Legislature moving towards passing Campus Carry. (SB1467) “Gun Safety Charter: We…