Guns for Beginners: How Not To Lose a Gunfight

Much is made of the “fight or flight” response afflicting people in life-threatening danger. Yet most people do neither. They freeze. It’s a normal, natural response. Predators look for movement. Not moving – especially in a large group of people – is a strategy wired deep into our subconscious or “lizard brain.” That’s why firearm self-defense trainers spend the vast majority of their time teaching students to react quickly, instinctively and aggressively to a lethal threat. While there’s a great deal to be said about drawing your gun and moving without conscious though, most of it having to do with speed, it’s just as important to . . .

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Why You Should ALWAYS Carry at Home

By Brandon via

Many of us look forward to settling down after a long day at work. It’s natural, to just unbuckle the belt, unclip the holster and put the gun away. Especially for those folks looking forward to the embrace of their children or significant other – home is the place we can relax. It’s where we settle down for the evening. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of people hoping that’s the exactly what you do . . .

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Gun Review: Walther PPQ .45 ACP

Courtesy Joe Grine

(The Walther PPQ .45 for this review was provided by the Kentucky Gun Company.)

If you only carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46, then Walther pistols have probably never been on your radar. It would be the ultimate understatement to say that the venerable German gun manufacturer Walther GmbH Sportwaffen has been slow to embrace John Browning’s greatest cartridge. But all that changed with the release of the PPQ 45. Simply stated, the PPQ 45 is an upsized version of the excellent PPQ. Question is, can you upsize a 9mm PPQ and still maintain its excellent handling characteristics and ergonomics? . . .

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When Seconds Count, the Dayton Police Are Only an Hour (and Two Phone Calls) Away

So the Dayton police dropped the ball. A 911 caller clearly stated her situation – a home break in – and waited for the promised police response. Nada. An hour later she called to inform the police that she’d dealt with situation herself – as she had in a previous home invasion. This time, the burglar left the premises with an extra orifice or two and soon assumed ambient temperature. Result. Still, the paperwork! And the possibility of revenge from the dead assailant’s homies. It would have been SO much better for the beleaguered citizen if the po-po had made the collar or perforated the perp. Oh well. Once again . . .

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A Quick Reminder: When Seconds Count the Police Are Only Minutes Away [VIDEO]

What would you do, ladies, if a man with a rifle was attempting to drug and rape you? I would highly suggest shooting the perp as soon as you recognize the threat. There are, of course, non-ballistic alternatives. If you don’t have a gun, use those. But if you do, you are well within your rights to perforate the perp. Best case: you have a gun. Because the scenario described above is an anomaly. If you’re disarmed . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Ask for an Ambulance After A Defensive Gun Use


Dan and I spent a fascinating evening recently with the endlessly gregarious Rick Bongiovanni (above). The Operations Manager at Houston’s minimalist Athena Gun Club (think Apple Store for guns and shooting) is a firearms instructor, former cop and Hollywood make-up artist (no I didn’t make that up). Rick made an excellent point of what you should say to 911 operators after a defensive gun use. He recommends telling the operator “Someone’s been shot. I need an ambulance and the police at XXXX. I’m a concealed handgun owner. I was in fear for my life.” The important point here . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Stay Armed, Vigilant After A Defensive Gun Use

I carry an expensive Wilson Combat X-TAC Compact 1911. I do so because I have more confidence shooting the Wilson than any other pistol I own (or have tried) and it conceals better than any other pistol I own. A regular argument against carrying an expensive gun: the cops will confiscate the weapon after a defensive gun use. And? Once the job’s finished, I’ll deal with the loss. More importantly, I’m ready to tool-up with another trustworthy pistol. Because God knows I may need it. As does the El Cerrito homeowner above, whose post-DGU story below [via] is instructive . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Do Not Engage the Rage. Unless You Have To. [Video]

I suspect that this video is of Eastern European extraction, where drivers routinely mount cameras on their dashboards to record the demolition derby that typifies their roadways. It’s a particularly good example of what to do should someone engage in road rage here in The Land of the Free and the Home of the Second Amendment. Initially, of course, do nothing to encourage road rage. Be polite on the roads. If someone cuts you off, so be it. Lay on, Macduff, and damn’d be him that first cries, ‘Hold, enough!’ (i.e., chill). If however, you find yourself stopped with someone preparing to verbally or physically assault you, leave. Driving away requires some space; whenever possible . . .

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Gun for Beginners: Stick Your Butt Out! [VIDEO]

The number one mistake I see new shooters – and plenty of experienced shooters – make: they don’t stick their butt out when they shoot. The “standing tall” position is a loser on three major fronts. First, it makes a shooter susceptible to recoil, which pushes them backwards, which knocks them off-balance, which makes it difficult to maintain the stance and makes it harder to bring the gun back on target. Simple physics folks; the higher your center of gravity, the easier it is to disturb. Try this simple test . . .

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Force Science Institute: Memory of Shooting Inherently Unreliable

According to a Force Science Institute study [full report after the jump], a police officer’s memory after a shooting is highly unreliable. Same goes for you. That’s why you should never agree to a post-defensive gun use police interview without a lawyer present (but do provide details that can help the police apprehend criminals or identify witnesses). “Investigators need to remember that an officer who misses or misstates information about an event that later becomes significant is not necessarily being deceptive or self-serving,” the report recommends. That’s true for both cops and [non-LEO] citizens, although you’re hardly likely to get the same slack as brother officer. Just sayin’ . . .

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Question of the Day: Are You Ready to Fight With Your Knife, Too? [VIDEO NSFW]

Well that was gory. Still, I don’t suppose one should be overly squeamish when fighting for your life. That’s when you should go all-in, no-holds-barred, hoping that the resulting blood spatter belongs to your opponent. To that end, most gun guys carry a knife as well as a gun. I don’t now about you, but my knife-fighting skills are just this side of non-existent. Ninja juggling one of my way cool survival knives (which I use for kitchen prep), JWT told me there are two schools of thought . . .

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