Category: Personal Defense

Self-Defense Tip: Check Your Luggage CAREFULLY Before Flying

(courtesy The Truth About Guns)
It happened to me! Foolish human that I am, I decided to use my range bag for a carry-on for a trip to the UK. Before departing The Land Of the Free and the Home of the Brave for The Land of Hope and Glory, I searched the bag with a fine-toothed comb. OK, nit-pickers, I used my hands. Anyway, I missed a single, solitary .22 cartridge – worth $42.70 at today’s prices – wedged deep into a side seam. The TSA missed it as well (they were busy frisking someone in a wheelchair). But not the UK scanners. My ten-year-old and I were given the third degree. Thankfully, eventually, the MP5-wielding police let us go without a cavity search or sanction, save a stern talking to. We could have been arrested. Check this tale from Pakistan [via] . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Everyone Gets Firsts Before Anyone Gets Seconds. Maybe.

In the video above, Dom Raso does some game theory on who Rambo should have shot first and whether or not the cinematic victory was even possible. Raso rags on Rambo’s draw, grip and flinch. What he doesn’t mention: Rambo shoots TWO rounds at the first bad guy before serving one dose of lead into the remaining threats. Not necessarily the best plan. Generally, if an armed self-defender faces multiple threats it’s boarding house rules: everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. “You want to slow everyone down as fast as possible,” Armed Response Training gun guru David Kenik tells TTAG.  “That way it’s less likely that someone will shoot/stab/attack you while you’re shooting someone else.” Then again . . .

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Elgin, IL Cops Go All Tactical-Like for Escaped Felon

TTAG reader MS writes:

More of a local story, but a violent felon escaped from the Elgin Mental Health facility. [Click here for the Trib's take.] One guy, in handcuffs. Cue the lockdowns. People are freaking out on social media. Even if he managed to get OUT of said handcuffs, does it really justify the MRAPs and assault gear? Heck, there’s even a photo of an officer with both an M-4 and a shotgun. It’s like he’s girding himself for a zombie attack. Meanwhile, across town, I’m perfectly content hanging out around the yard, knowing that my puny little sub-compact 9 will do just fine, in the highly-unlikely event he comes charging out of the back woods at me. I like the Elgin cops I’ve met, and I know they’re only doing their jobs, but since they deal with armed gang bangers on a daily basis, isn’t this just a bit overkill for 1 unarmed man on the run? [More tacticool pics after the jump] . . .

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Barracuda Door Barricade Designed to Thwart Active Shooters

While a good guy with a gun remains the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, local laws and policies don’t always allow for said good guys to be armed in certain locations. These places are commonly known as “gun-free” zones, places in which those who have to live and work are forced to rely on the honor of bad guys to leave their guns elsewhere (not to mention luck, guile, foot speed and local LEO response time). Troy Lowe, a Columbus, Ohio firefighter and SWAT medic, however, figured those relegated to these honor system zones might need more than just a stapler and a prayer to protect themselves in an active shooter situation . . .

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Detroit Police Chief Credits Armed Citizens for Reduced Crime Rate


“Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies in 2014 than during the same period last year, 22 percent fewer break-ins of businesses and homes, and 30 percent fewer carjackings. (Police Chief James) Craig attributed the drop to better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.” Of course, that good news lede is buried behind an anecdote about an 88-year-old opening fire on a news crew. The Detroit News can’t allow un-alloyed gun-related positive news to go unchallenged. But don’t try telling Chief Craig that firearms in the hands of law abiding Detroiters is a bad thing. Oh wait, the CSGV’s Josh Horwitz is doing just that . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Location, Location, Location

A Jonesboro store that has been robbed several times in the past hired a security guard to keep the store safe,” reports. “While on watch, the security guard noticed a man approaching the store wearing a mask. When the masked-man opened the door, the guard saw the robber had a weapon, and drew his own gun in defense.  However, the security guard’s weapon was on safe, but luckily, the robber was a bad aim and shot the door instead.” GLOCK Fan Boyz unite! Your blog post is at hand! Anyway,  that could have turned out nasty. My most important takeaway . . .

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