The Worst Self-Defense Advice Ever?

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Between gun stores and the internet, gun owners new and old can learn a lot.  Great information is widely available (including right here at The Truth About Guns!) about gun…

Do Guns and Ammo Belong in Bug-Out Bags?

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Bug-out bags, sometimes known as get-home bags, provide some basics to survive while evacuating from a disaster. While philosophies vary about the bags and their contents, should guns and ammo…

‘Blended Learning’ No Longer Mandatory for NRA Basic Pistol Courses

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The National Rifle Association gave an early Christmas present to their handgun instructors last year, announcing a rollback of “blended learning” NRA Basic Pistol classes. Details of that rollback have…

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How to Focus on Your Front Sight: Guns for Beginners

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…

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Course Review: Rick’s Firearm Academy Michigan CPL Class

The rain was coming down in buckets that Saturday afternoon. A good thing, given that all of southeast Michigan was in a drought at the time. Still, it curtailed most…

Chris Bird’s ‘Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage’: Book Review

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If you like TTAG’s Defensive Gun Use of the Day stories, Chris Bird’s book, “Thank God I Had A Gun:  True Accounts of Self-Defense” belongs on your bookshelf. Mr. Bird puts…

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Valentine’s Day Tomorrow: Take Your Beloved to the Gun Range!

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation writes: One way to get your partner’s blood pumping this Valentine’s Day or any day is by pulling a trigger at a local shooting…

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5 Common Mistakes Good Guys Make In Self-Defense Situations

We all know deadly force is justified when faced with an imminent, credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm. And yet armed self-defenders often make dumb mistakes in the heat of…

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Concealed Carry Tips for Carrying in Sensitive Areas

Those of us with carry licenses sometimes must choose between discretely carrying in sensitive areas or forgoing our ability to defend ourselves.  Plenty of us choose to ignore non-legally binding…

My First Gun Love: Smith & Wesson 686

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Robert, Dan, and I met at Red’s Shooting Range in Pflugerville a few days before Christmas so I could get acquainted with a few more firearms. The two TTAG gurus…

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Three Tips for the First Time Handgun Buyer: Guns for Beginners

Congratulations! You own a handgun. Before you do anything with it, learn the four rules of gun safety. FAST. Teach your children and significant other those rules. Lock-up that bad boy…

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How To Learn the Four Gun Safety Rules FAST: Guns for Beginners

After years of eschewing the gun world into which her husband has delved, and delved deeply, Dan’s wife JZ has the long rage shooting bug. Bad. And that’s good! The…