John Boch: What I Carry and Why

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I have a confession to make. My gun accompanies me every day in every place it’s legal. No surprise, right? Different folks carry for many reasons. There’s a reason I…

Jeff Gonzales: The Folly of the ‘Press Check’

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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…

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

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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…

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3 Tips for Beginning Long Distance Shooters

I recently shot a suppressed Savage precision rifle out to 1000 yards. It was a deeply satisfying experience. The sound of the gun’s report, the delay, the spotter’s call (HIT!) and the…

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Training Course Review: Tactical Fitness Vehicle Close Combat

I get tired of basic firearms courses. They teach the same techniques, often the same way. So when Ron Grobman of Tactical Fitness of Austin invited me to his Vehicle Close Combat course –taught by…

John Farnam: Are You REALLY Ready for a Gunfight?

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John Farnam writes [via ammoland.com]: At a recent ARTA Course (Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack), I orchestrated many drills where students have to run to where their rifle is,…

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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?…

Jeff Gonzales: How And Why Not To [Intentionally] Shoot Low

Recently I coached a student whose shots were were hitting low on the target. This was much more than the result of a mechanical offset issue, so it got my attention fast….

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The Truth About ‘Israeli Carry’

The People of the Gun have little time for “Israeli carry.” They scoff at the idea of carrying a pistol with an empty chamber. “Why add an extra step to a defensive…

The NRA’s Gun Safety Rules Need Improvement

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When it comes to firearms training, safety rules are like the tuna nigiris at a sushi bar: something so fundamental in which perfection should be the goal, and evidence of…

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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…

Empty Chamber Music? Just Thought I’d Leave This Here

I give VODA INC credit for speed, surprise and violet of shirt. OK, yes, I’m colorblind; I’ve been informed that his shirt is blue. But in this business, you don’t cut funny. Or,…