Preventing Careless Discharges

I once went to a training session where the two instructors warned those of us who were watching the other trainees at the targets, that they would shoot us if we aimed our weapon up range at the other instructor or trainees. They smiled and chuckled after, but I...
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5 Things That Don’t Mix with Concealed Carry

You know how we’ve all heard “Don’t swim right after you eat” and other phrases like that? Some of us are skeptical, but there are safety reasons behind it—such as cramps which could cause you to drown. In concealed carry, there are the same cautionary phrases, some...
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Liquor Store Robbery Thwarted When CCL Holding Employee Defends

Last week in Maplewood, Minnesota, two robbers entered Princess Liquors before 8 p.m. where they attempted to rob the store. When they began assaulting a liquor store employee, another employee confronted the two dirtbags firing his weapon, striking one of the...
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Why You Need More than One CCW

This is not the “WHY NOT” conversation, advocating for buying yet another pistol. I don’t know how long I’ve banged the drum of “seasonal carry,” but it’s my first reason why you need to have more than one concealed carry weapon. But there are other instances where...
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Preventing Careless Discharges

Preventing Careless Discharges

I once went to a training session where the two instructors warned those of us who were watching the other trainees at the targets, that they would shoot us if we aimed our weapon up range at the other instructor or trainees. They smiled and chuckled after, but I...

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5 Things That Don’t Mix with Concealed Carry

5 Things That Don’t Mix with Concealed Carry

You know how we’ve all heard “Don’t swim right after you eat” and other phrases like that? Some of us are skeptical, but there are safety reasons behind it—such as cramps which could cause you to drown. In concealed carry, there are the same cautionary phrases, some...

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Why You Need More than One CCW

Why You Need More than One CCW

This is not the “WHY NOT” conversation, advocating for buying yet another pistol. I don’t know how long I’ve banged the drum of “seasonal carry,” but it’s my first reason why you need to have more than one concealed carry weapon. But there are other instances where...

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Customer Stops Armed Robbery of a Pizza Shop

Customer Stops Armed Robbery of a Pizza Shop

In November of 2017, a customer at a Porfirio’s II Pizza in Levittown, Pennsylvania was standing inside with two employees when two armed robbers entered the establishment. The robbers told employees and the customer to get on the ground. One of the robbers began...

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Let’s Talk Tactics

Let’s Talk Tactics

How many of you have been in a fight? If you ever have, you’ll know firsthand some of the advice here and hopefully affirm some of your experience. I won’t get on my soapbox about situational awareness, but when we talk about tactics—any tactics—your first line of...

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Merry Christmas from Marshall

Merry Christmas from Marshall

It’s the day after Christmas, friends. Amy and I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year. For this post, I want to share with you some end-of-the-year thoughts on concealed carry during the holiday season. During Thanksgiving we talked...

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Pocket Guns and Deep Concealment

Pocket Guns and Deep Concealment

Let’s be honest here, folks. There are times in this world that it is absolutely impractical to carry that double-stack, full size, five-inch barrel, “insert favorite gun model here.” In the crazy world we live in, there’s no way I can walk around with my G19 on my...

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Concealed Carrier Saves Florida Police Officer

Concealed Carrier Saves Florida Police Officer

On November 14th, Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Bardes was reportedly pulled from his patrol car and attacked by suspect, 53-year-old Edward Strother. After assisting two Highway Patrol troopers with a vehicle crash, Bardes noted a speeding, grey Toyota Camry, the...

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Walther PPS M2 Gun Review

Walther PPS M2 Gun Review

New to Walther’s single stack, compact series, the Walter PPS M2 offers the signature ergonomics, a slim profile, smooth trigger, and a versatile frame. The PPS M2 is designed with nothing but concealed carry in mind. It’s small, but comes with the same stopping power...

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How to Get Your Woman to Concealed Carry

How to Get Your Woman to Concealed Carry

If you’re like me, you’ve been racking your brain trying to figure out a way to get your wife, girlfriend, fiancé, aunt, sister, daughter, whomever of the female persuasion, to the range—much less get a concealed carry license. But guess what: more and more women are...

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Take Your Hearing Protection

Take Your Hearing Protection

I know you guys don’t think about it when you head out for the deer stand, but we don’t remind one another: “Eyes and ears” at the range for no reason. Don’t scoff. I know you—in fact I’m one of you. “Nah, I don’t need it. I can’t hear anyway, so what does it matter?”...

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Assessing and Avoidance

Assessing and Avoidance

During our initial CCL training, one of the first things we are taught is assess situations and avoid dangerous or potentially dangerous situations. Throughout life we are all going to encounter different kinds of people, in different places—both familiar and strange....

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CCL Holder Stops Attempted Robbery

CCL Holder Stops Attempted Robbery

Earlier this month, CCL holder thwarted an attempted robbery in Detroit. This incident was caught on HD surveillance video on a Sunday night. Police identified 29-year-old Sanchez Quinn who tried to rob two men at gunpoint outside a super market. To Quinn’s surprise,...

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Picking the Right CC Holster

Picking the Right CC Holster

The concealed carry world is changing and moving at a constant rate and in fact, is on the rise. There is an overwhelmingly huge amount of concealed carry holsters out there. If you’re like me, you probably have no idea where to start (honestly, I’m looking for a new...

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Knife Attacker Runs from a Woman with Her CCW

Knife Attacker Runs from a Woman with Her CCW

In Moline, Illinois this week, a woman was in her parked vehicle at a shopping mall and was attacked by a man who fought into her car, wielding a knife. According to police, the man slashed the woman’s arm with the knife, then ordered her to drive to Rock Island...

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Keeping your CCW at Home

Keeping your CCW at Home

As a concealed carry holder, it is important to keep your weapon when you go out, but at home as well. Maybe it’s even more important at home, because that’s where our families are, right? And that’s also where you spend most of your time with your loved ones. There...

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Would-Be Robber Shot by Victim After Gun Jams

Would-Be Robber Shot by Victim After Gun Jams

Outside a Myrtle Beach church on a Thursday around the end of September, the security guard for Grand Strand Baptist church was approached by the suspect. The church was holding a meeting inside to prepare for a weekend event. The suspect asked the security guard for...

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M&P M2.0 Compact

M&P M2.0 Compact

The newest addition to the M&P polymer pistol line has arrived with the M&P M2.0. According to Smith and Wesson, the pistol has “innovative features in nearly every aspect” from stem to stern, or rather, trigger to muzzle. All About Details One of the first...

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Printing, No One Notices

Printing, No One Notices

As a first-time concealed carrier, the first time—as many of you remember—you went grocery shopping, standing in line, you were sure someone was going to notice. And then what? What were you going to say? So, you grabbed your items and checked out as quickly as...

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Glock 19 Gen 5

Glock 19 Gen 5

The much anticipated Glock 19 Gen 5 has arrived! The gun has some new upgrades that have solved some of the previous generations’ issues. It may appear to look like its predecessors, without the finger grooves, but according to Glock, Gen 5 has 35 new or upgraded...

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Change Your Carry Ammo Often

Change Your Carry Ammo Often

When was the last time you switched out your CC ammunition? Six months? A year? If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t changed it out for the winter. One thing you need to understand is that primers and power are highly susceptible to extreme heat, cold, and...

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5 Ways to be a Better Marksman

5 Ways to be a Better Marksman

1. Get Yourself to the Range You can never get enough range time and if you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t got some trigger time this month. Probably not even last month. I get it, you have a life and responsibilities—but you also should take the time to...

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CCL Holder Stopped a Potential Mass Shooting

CCL Holder Stopped a Potential Mass Shooting

Earlier this year in Arlington, Texas, police praised a concealed carry holder naming him a “hero” for preventing a mass murder by killing a gunman at a Zona Caliente sports bar. Before the gun man, later identified as 38-year-old James Jones of Grand Prairie, was...

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Overcoming Training Boredom at the Range

Overcoming Training Boredom at the Range

Listen, I get it. Many of you don’t get to the range enough—myself included. And perhaps when you go, you get a little bored 30 minutes in. So how in the world can we improve our shooting beyond merely hanging up a target and putting holes through it? I’m glad you...

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Springfield Armory XDE

Springfield Armory XDE

Springfield Armory presented their newest original model at this year’s NRA Meeting. Say hello to the Springfield Armory XDE. After first impressions, I want to be one of the first to be able to add the XDE to my range bag and my IWB holster. The XDE is a...

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5 Things to Remember When Buying First Gun

5 Things to Remember When Buying First Gun

  Why do you need it? Why do you need a handgun? Concealed Carry or Home Defense? For concealed carry, you want it to be smaller, lighter, and less obtrusive. For home defense, you may want something larger and heavier. So… before you start shopping- figure out...

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Little Rock Man Shot

Little Rock Man Shot

Twenty-four year-old Ricky Higgs signaled the local police and told them he had been shot. Higgs had a visible wound in his right arm and was taken to receive medical attention. Higgs claimed that he was shot whilst walking up to a house located in the area of Pecan...

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We Salute the Arkansas Airman

We Salute the Arkansas Airman

35-year-old Air Force Lieutenant Brandon Teel, of the 189th Airlift Wing, at Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) was driving past 10 Marie Lane, located in Austin, Arkansas, on his way home. He noticed something odd as he drove by. As he got a closer look, he noticed...

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Utah Bill: 18 Year Olds Concealed Carry Proposal

Utah Bill: 18 Year Olds Concealed Carry Proposal

Interesting developments in Salt Lake City, Utah. A Davis County lawmaker wants to lower the minimum age to obtain a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18. Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, the sponsor of HB198, said she wants younger college students to have the...

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Bill Introduced for Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Bill Introduced for Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.8th) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which simply allows lawful firearm carriers from any state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state. The bill addresses our nation’s patchwork of concealed...

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Colorado Arms Teachers

Colorado Arms Teachers

A Colorado school district has voted to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons, following a growing number of schools that have made educators an integral part of their school security policies. In a 3-2 vote, the board of Hanover School District 28 supported a...

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Do You Practice What You Shoot?

Do You Practice What You Shoot?

When you get your CCW permit, you go out and get yourself a nice gun for EDC and a box of ammo, the question is… what ammo? I ran right out and bought a box of Winchester Supreme jacketed hollow points. Why hollow points? Well, because they’re the ultimate in...

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Trump Wins! NRA Goes on Offensive.

Trump Wins! NRA Goes on Offensive.

In case you have been living under a rock the last two weeks… DONALD J.TRUMP WON THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!!   The National Rifle Association took a huge gamble back in May when they endorsed him for a Presidential nomination.  It appears that gamble...

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“Do You Concealed Carry?”

“Do You Concealed Carry?”

Those who concealed carry are, at some point, bound to be asked their opinions on concealed carry. The question is, how will you respond? Someone noticing that you’re printing may force the subject, but it’s also likely to come up in a normal conversation. Do You...

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Concealed Carry Traffic Stop

Concealed Carry Traffic Stop

It can be a little unnerving when you see police lights flashing in your rearview mirror. When you’re carrying concealed and you get pulled over by a police officer, an already stressful moment can take on new shades of paranoia and uncertainty. Just take a deep...

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3 Reasons You Should Never Limp Wrist

3 Reasons You Should Never Limp Wrist

There is a mistake that a lot of first time shooters suffer from. That is when they limp wrist a pistol.   Limp wristing is allowing your firing grip to lessen as the slide cycles following a discharge. This is not only tactically a disadvantage but it can also...

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Can You Pocket Carry A 9mm?

Can You Pocket Carry A 9mm?

There is a huge debate out there about 9mm Pocket Carry. There are some that believe it is not feasible or practical to carry a 9mm in the pocket.     When I did my Glock tests a few months ago, I also put that to the test.   If you recall I changed my EDCs for a...

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3 Keys to Success: Traveling with Firearms

3 Keys to Success: Traveling with Firearms

I have to tell you what happened to me the other day. I was standing in the airport about to board a plane returning from a destination that will remain secret for now. (Future post will explain it.)   Anyways, I had my gun in the case with 2 locks and the key in...

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Are Revolvers Still Relevant?

Are Revolvers Still Relevant?

We have all seen the Old Western movies, where the reluctant hero (Eastwood or Wayne) has a showdown at High Noon and whips out his 6 shot and drops the bad guy. The crowd cheers, and the little boy in his mom’s arms stares at the revolver and smiles. As if to say, “I...

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Is an Active Safety Really Safe?

Is an Active Safety Really Safe?

Most guns nowadays do not have an active safety. They have a passive safety.   Springfield has the Grip Safety, which ensures you have a good firing grip in order to access the slide in any way. Only problem with that is I can only use the XDs because I have...

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Glock to Non-Glock?

Glock to Non-Glock?

I am not going to lie, I felt like a Mythbuster while writing this…   BACKGROUND There is a huge debate out there about Glocks. There are some that believe that once you EDC a Glock, you can’t switch to another gun as your EDC because the muscle memory is too...

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3 Keys to Recognizing a Potential Threat!

3 Keys to Recognizing a Potential Threat!

Unfortunately, we live in a society of predators and people who seek pleasure by attacking others. Sometimes, an average day can become a day that could change your life. The question I have for you is, will you be ready? Can you recognize the threat before it is too...

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Do You Even Train, Bro?

Do You Even Train, Bro?

HAPPY (late) 4TH OF JULY!   When I was at the range a couple of months ago, I saw something that got me thinking.   This gentleman, walked up to the table. Placed 4 magazines on top of the table along with 2 unopened boxes of 9mm ammo. He then drew his gun...

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4 Reasons Off-Body Carry Is Dangerous

4 Reasons Off-Body Carry Is Dangerous

There are many ways that a person can carry a firearm concealed. There is one way that is especially dangerous though, and that is through off-body carry. Off body carry is when you carry in a purse, briefcase, or a bag of some kind.   Lack of tactical advantage....

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Stop Worrying- No One Sees Your Gun!

Stop Worrying- No One Sees Your Gun!

I was walking around one of those outdoor malls the other day. I believe they are called promenades. (I thought that was just a square dance move.) I was talking to a church buddy about guns and stuff. He knew I did this blog but that’s about all he knew. We have...

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Trump Endorsed by NRA for President

Trump Endorsed by NRA for President

Once again we have a candidate for the White House that actually cares about the 2nd Amendment. His name? Donald J. Trump At this year’s NRA Convention, the titular NRA hosted and openly endorsed Mr. Trump as their Republican Candidate in the Presidential...

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Choosing the Best Concealed Carry Ammunition!

Choosing the Best Concealed Carry Ammunition!

When people receive their concealed carry permit, they primarily focus on choosing the right gun, the right holster, and where to carry. Those are all crucial decisions, but the bullets you load in the magazine could be the difference between life and death. Situation...

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My 7 Favorite Subcompact 9mm Pistols

My 7 Favorite Subcompact 9mm Pistols

I write a lot about CC tactics and guns that I like. Naturally, people ask me: What guns do I recommend? What do I carry? What are my favorite guns? First, let me say that, I am not paid by or represented by any of the following gun companies/manufacturers. This post...

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3 KEY REASONS TO LEARN SELF DEFENSE

3 KEY REASONS TO LEARN SELF DEFENSE

Everyone who takes a Concealed Carry course understands that you have to be ready for any potential threat. That is after all why we carry. I have a question though… What do you do if you aren’t able to reach your gun? What if you have it, but you...

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5 Best 1911s for a Tight Budget!

5 Best 1911s for a Tight Budget!

(All prices are found as an average through slickguns.com) There are so many pistols on the market. In many different shapes and sizes. There is compact, subcompact, ultra compact; single-stacked, double-stacked, even striker-fired vs hammer-fired. It is enough to...

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SHOT SHOW ’16

SHOT SHOW ’16

Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade The 2016 Shot Show was a success for concealed carry. While the selection was few, the ones that were revealed and re-released are awesome. I can’t tell you everything I saw, there was far too much. Kid in a candy store ring a...

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I’m BACK!

I’m BACK!

Hey guys, Wanted to say sorry for not posting anything the last couple months. The holidays were a lot busier than I anticipated. But, I’m back and got a whole list of stuff I wanna talk to you about. A few things to look forward to… SHOT SHOW The 5 Best...

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Where Can I Carry?

Where Can I Carry?

Most instructors in a CCW class will go over a couple of the places that you don’t do it. The following locations can result in a felony if caught with a firearm: Schools Public- No Private- Depends* *In certain states, a K-12 private school operated by a church...

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Top 3 CC Shooting Stances

Top 3 CC Shooting Stances

There are many different shooting styles out there. Some may be ideal for surprise altercations, e.g. firing from the prone position or having to react quickly from being knocked on your back. These are the top 3 that are the most ideal for drawing and firing from an...

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Concealed Carry: Pocket vs IWB?

Concealed Carry: Pocket vs IWB?

There is a lot of confusion out there about how and when to carry. The answer to when is always. Now “the how” is a different story entirely, here is some insight into how you should carry for absolute concealment. What size weapon do you plan to carry?...

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5 Keys to Reloading Success!

5 Keys to Reloading Success!

Everyone who carries a firearm, whether at the range or concealed in their daily lives, knows you can never have enough ammunition. If you do carry a spare magazine or two, here are some tips to speed up the reloading process and hopefully not cause misfires. 1....

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5 REASONS TO HAVE A SAFE IN YOUR CAR

5 REASONS TO HAVE A SAFE IN YOUR CAR

We all know as carriers (concealed and open) there are some places we can not go with a firearm. I am not going to drone on about all the places, we know what and where they are. There remains a very important issue we should consider before we get out of our cars....

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How Many Guns Do You Carry?

How Many Guns Do You Carry?

Let me preface this by saying that there is no right or wrong answer (As long as it’s at least 1). THIS IS OPINION BASED This is not so much a blog post, as it is a basic survey. What I Carry and Why. I carry a primary IWB (Inside the Waistband) and a pocket...

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How Big Should your EDC Be?

How Big Should your EDC Be?

The reality is you can and should carry as big as possible. There is a common misconception that only compact 9mm and .380s are suitable for concealed EDC. That is simply not true. There are 2 main considerations when considering gun size: concealability vs firepower....

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Are you Prepared for Danger?

Are you Prepared for Danger?

When you leave your house, what do you take with you? The obvious ones are keys, wallet, and phone. If you are reading this article, I hope you have your EDC gun with you too. What I want to focus on are the more unorthodox items you should carry at all times. My EDC...

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