Course Review: Rick’s Firearm Academy Michigan CPL Class

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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…

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

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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…

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No Plan Survives First Contact with the Enemy: Guns for Beginners

The People of the Gun are nothing if not predictable. Start talking about the philosophy and practice of armed self-defense and it’s only a matter of time before they trot-out what’s…

Know Your Target And What’s Beyond It AND What It’s Made of: Guns for Beginners

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“Robert Liebkemann, 77, (above) was at the camp in a marsh near Delacroix over the weekend with two young relatives,” Louisiana’s sunherald.com reports. “Liebkemann and the boys had returned to…

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Three Must-Haves for Concealed Carry: Guns for Beginners

When it comes to entering the world of concealed carry, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. You have to choose the type and brand of handgun, the size of the…

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H.L. Harris’ Journey Into Gun Ownership Continues . . .

By H.L. Harris Part two of my journey into gun ownership (see: A Newbie’s Tale from Texas) brought me to South Austin. When RF told me to meet the TTAG team at a gun range,…