It’s your worst nightmare. Something went Crash! in the living room You’re lying in bed, shocked awake and quietly trying to hold your breath while straining for tendrils of sound. The sole focus of your existence at this moment is trying to classify the problem as routine or something far worse. Fortunately, if you are among the growing group of truly prepared Americans, you have an extraordinary advantage that gives you the figurative high ground against any threat: thermal imaging and night vision devices (NVD). [Read more…] about Thermal: A Sixth Sense for Home Defense
Responsible gun storage is a key element to gun ownership. Far too often have we read about a firearm accident due to careless firearm storage. Likewise, as cool as a firearm hidden in a piece of furniture or flag frame may seem, criminals will find them. Have you ever looked up the stats of crimes committed with stolen firearms and wondered how the criminals are able to steal so many guns? [Read more…] about Responsible Gun Storage
All skills are an amalgamation of basic skills and things we have learned. The problem is that many folks do not study, and if they do, they study things that are of no utility in personal defense. Most shooters engage in superficial dabbling. They may try the inside the waistband holster and the appendix draw briefly, and sometimes try the crossdraw, but not thoroughly examine any of them, which means they have failed to prepare for a close quarters battle (CQB). [Read more…] about 3 Things You Should Know About Close Quarters Battle
One of the most serious, and frankly scary, situations you can find yourself in is the active shooter. It has happened and could happen anywhere across the nation—in a shopping mall, at holiday party, night club, restaurant, shopping center, or perhaps most tragically, a school.
This video will help you gain insight as to your rights and options should you find yourself in one of these tragic situations. [Read more…] about Video: Active Shooter — Run, Hide, Fight
While this episode of Just the FACTs may start off a little slow, give it a few minutes and you will hear some of Massad Ayoob’s best advice that a gun owner can receive—along with a few facts, pointers, and zingers to use the next time you find yourself in a verbal gunfight with an anti-gunner. [Read more…] about Viridian: Just the FACTs: With Massad Ayoob
Odds are, you’ll never be in a riot or have need to try and break one up. However, the apply named riot shotgun, also called a combat shotgun, is arguably the the best all-around personal defense firearm in the world. With its shorter, 18-inch barrel and high capacity magazine, knock-down power and intimidation factor, the riot gun offers the edge in close-quarters personal defense that cannot be overstated. [Read more…] about Combat Shotguns: Ready for a Riot or Home Defense
As a young man, my constant companion on duty and when hunting and hiking, was not a 10mm, but instead a Smith and Wesson Combat Magnum. While the four-inch barrel .357 Magnum is a great all around handgun for personal defense, I moved to the 1911 .45, which I found ideal and managed to carry on duty. With the 1911, safety, reliability, and hit probability are all that could be desired. Occasionally, I wondered if it was practical to combine the features of the 1911 with a hard-hitting 10mm cartridge to make a suitable outdoor 1911. [Read more…] about 10mm Automatic or Magnum Revolver?
Which model should I buy for my first concealed carry handgun? The question is common enough, and for good reason. At times, you may choose to carry more than one firearm for self-defense, different guns—depending on the weather and clothing, or even a back-up gun (BUG). Whichever route you go, here are six tips to consider when choosing your first handgun for concealed carry. [Read more…] about Concealed Carry: Choosing Your First Handgun
There is no shortage of concealed-carry chest thumping going on when people start talking about how heroic they would be in an active shooter situation or during some type of robbery. And, may I add, bless the patriots who are willing to answer the call, by deciding to carry concealed. However, having the ability and willingness is different than the responsibility or understanding of knowing whether or not getting involved is actually going to help the situation or potentially cause confusion that could get innocent people killed, including you. [Read more…] about Concealed Carry: Can You Get Involved, Legally?
For the third time, a legally-armed private citizen has intervened in a church shooting, underscoring the importance of the right to keep and bear arms and the Second Amendment. [Read more…] about Second Amendment Enabled Armed Citizen Intervenes in Texas