New from UTM: Home Live Fire Practice Kit for Civilians


Going to the range can be a major pain in the ass. The noise, the expense, the time it takes to get there, the crowded firing line, the oppressive rules… It definitely isn’t ideal. In an ideal world, you should be able to practice with your firearm in the comfort of your own home — the backyard, basement, garage, what have you. Maximizing your time spent on drills and pulling the trigger rather than the administrative BS of going to a range. That has never really been available before for the average American, but UTM has just released something that will let you practice with your own rifle in your own home, without any major modifications: the UTM Civilian Target Ammo kit.

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Have a Plan to Kill Everyone You Meet…And One to Let Them Walk Away



Albuquerque police officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez were charged on Monday with murder for the March 16, 2014, shooting of James Boyd, a 36-year-old homeless man who (allegedly) was illegally camping in the Albuquerque foothills. Officers Sandy and Perez shot Boyd after a standoff that lasted four hours. Boyd allegedly had refused to leave his ersatz campsite after officers approached him guns drawn. The entire confrontation was captured on a helmet camera . . .

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TTAG Charlie Hebdo Simulation: Preliminary Results

I don’t have all the data from the event yet — all the videos are still en route, for example — but Robert wanted me to post something about the event immediately, so I obliged. The office shooting simulation we ran in Plano, Texas involved two scenarios, and was repeated for a total of 9 repetitions. There were some problems with the event, but we also had some interesting findings and noted some areas to investigate further with a larger test. Here’s a quick look at the methodology, issues, and initial results…

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Non-Lethal Threat Responses…And Why They Don’t Work


I often hear good legal advice about armed, non-lethal responses when faced by a lethal threat to yourself or others. Some of these options include displaying your firearm prior to firing, or yelling “Stop or I will shoot!” or something similar prior to shooting. You could fire a warning shot or even a wounding shot rather than aiming center mass. I’ve read this advice in literature by quality instructors, and I’ve been in reputable classes, primarily aimed at civilians, that taught many of these tactics. When I think about those tactics, they seem like good, sound legal advice that may help keep you out of jail, and may even keep you from firing upon a threat that was perceived, but not real. But I reject those tactics . . .

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Alaska Course Teaches Teenage Girls Armed Self-Defense

Elaine Spraker (right) courtesy

You might think Alaskan teenagers would know what to do if a two-legged varmint makes camp, ballistically speaking. T’aint necessarily so. Enter Teens on Target, a firearms class that teaches youngsters in the Land of the Midnight Sun basic firearms safety and armed self-defense. Course founder Elaina Spraker told that the instruction was inspired by a conversation with her son . . .

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Question of the Day: How Do You Convert an Anti?

It is often said that a liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet. I can certainly attest to that. My road to Damascus moment happened in downtown Providence. I was a teen, doing some Christmas shopping, when a knife-wielding youth demanded my money. I gave it to him. But I’ll never forget the dead look in his eyes. He literally didn’t care whether I lived or died. So here’s the thing: pro-gunners wouldn’t want a liberal to get mugged to come to his or her senses. Or would we? Patriot Protection in Dallas, Texas has challenged antis to come to their training range and go toe-to-toe with a foe. [Press release after the jump.] What are the odds? So, short of that, what? . . .

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Question of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Shooting Drill?

Tis the season when getting outside to shoot in space can be painful or downright impossible depending on the weather. While shooting and moving is preferable, that doesn’t mean you can’t get some useful work in on a square range, too. Whether it’s something like dot torture, the tri-10 or the circle drill, there are always opportunities to improve your speed and accuracy, even in an indoor environment. While you probably have a variety of routines you run though when you find the time to hit the range, what’s your favorite?


Navy Vet: 80 Hours of Training = Common Sense Gun Control

Shawn VanDiver (courtesy Twitter)

“Shall not be infringed.” The last four words of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution are pellucid: the right to keep and bear arms is a no-go area for government regulation. Any government regulation. Because all government regulation is an infringement on Americans’ gun rights. Take government-mandated firearms training for concealed carry license holders (or not). It may seem like a damn good idea, but like all infringements it’s a slippery slope to tyranny. Writing for, former Navy weapons instructor Shawn VanDiver is our teacher . . .

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Basic Practical Riflery For The New Shooter


By Brian P.

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to become a rifleman. A practical rifleman. Through disciplined self practice, and help from the online community, I have been able to ever expand my skills from a 100 yard skill-set to a 600 yard comfort zone. If I can do it, anyone can, but a lot of people don’t think they can make that jump. I have run into many AR owners who think that if they can’t shoot 1-2 inch groups like they see online, that they aren’t shooting well. They perceive their rifle equipped with a red dot as being too imprecise to carry them past close range shooting. They doubt their skills, but they haven’t tried applying the skills they have. Because they don’t think they can do it, they don’t shoot at longer ranges. But I’m here to tell you that you can . . .

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Brownells Launches “Survival Pandemic” Kits


I’m a HUGE proponent of keeping an emergency medical kit and/or a bugout bag in your car. Terrible things happen all the time, and being prepared to meet any challenge is part of staying alive. It’s the same mentality that keeps me tooling up with a 1911 every morning. It looks like Brownells is trying to cash in on the Ebola epidemic by offering a slightly upgraded version of their existing first aid kit with some extra gubbins, and while I prefer rolling my own it’s not half bad. Presser after the jump . . .

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Shoot Like the Pros – “Old” Federal Air Marshal Course of Fire


The Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Service has existed in one form or another since 1962.  Originally begun under the auspices of the FAA as the FAA Peace Officers program, their basic role has not changed much in the last sixty-plus years. While the FAA originally started the idea of armed agents on planes, it was the U.S. Marshall’s Service that started a “Sky Marshal” program out of the Miami field office in 1969 to combat air hijackings, many of which took place out of Miami. This was totally separate from the FAA’s program. In the early 1970’s the programs were merged into a formal 1970’s “Sky Marshal” program run as a joint project between U.S. Customs and the FAA . . .

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