Ranch Cookin’; The Origin

What would I do if I could go anywhere and do anything? I decided that I wanted to work on a ranch for a year. That kind of environment seemed appealing…

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The Evolution of Pistol Sights

When my friend Jacob Herman of Night Fision approached me and asked my opinions regarding what kind of pistol sights should be on a gun that would be used for fighting/self-preservation, I naturally had some strong thoughts. For three decades plus I have trained with handguns using fixed (black) iron sights, painted…

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4 Items Every Armed Citizen Should Carry

“I have my gun. So I’m good.” That was the response one man gave in regards to the question about what kind of gear people with concealed carry permits, or an armed citizen, should carry. Yes, I was standing at the counter of a gun store as you might imagine…

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Strength Training and Marksmanship Parallels

Matt Reynolds introduced me to the Starting Strength program as taught by strength training legend, Mark Rippetoe. Matt’s company, Starting Strength Online Coaching is a training and coaching resource that was developed to give everyone, everywhere, the opportunity to get physically strong…

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School Shootings: You Can’t Sterilize the World

Editor’s Note: This Article on school shootings was Originally Written in 2006 for a law enforcement journal. Nobody likes a Monday Morning Quarterback, I know I don’t, but the FAA Investigator at the scene of an airplane crash is not a Monday Morning QB.  He is there to try and prevent whatever happened from…

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An Artificial Life: the Incremental Loss of the Survival Instinct

Loss of the Survival Instinct. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the “Storm of the Century”, I was dismayed and saddened to hear of people living in desperate conditions without water to drink and food to eat. It seemed almost impossible to me that with more than three days warning that adults were not able to…

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[Listen Louder | SOTG Radio] Gun Bans & New California

This week on Student of the Gun Radio, we talked a lot about Gun Bans. In one case the incoming Virginia Governor is attempting to put a Ban on private gun sales, meanwhile in New England, they are demanding that the citizens turn their property in to the state. On the Grad Programs we talked about short barreled…

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Church Security: More than Guns

In my youth, Church Security meant locking the doors at night and perhaps installing an alarm system to detect burglars. Today, when we say Church…

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[Flash Report] Go Fast Guns

Professor Paul got a new toy recently, the Echo II trigger system from Fostech Outdoors, and he’s played with it a bit. Now he’s here to tell you about…

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[Flash Report] Everyday is Leg Day

Fight Strong January 2017   Attend “Fight Strong” class at Tactical Response, Camden Tennessee, Met Matt Reynolds for the first time. Learn proper form for barbell lifts and exercises. July 2017   Sit down and evaluate results of the Starting Strength program as taught by Matt Reynolds during the previous January. Summary: Author’s Note: I have coached and taught a number of…

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Beretta M9 Threaded Barrel

Beretta M9 Threaded Barrel June 6 2017- Place order from Brownell’s for Silencerco threaded M9 Beretta replacement barrel. June 7 2017- Brownell’s sends confirmation email that order has shipped, provides tracking number. June 14 2017- 0900 Track package, FedEx says it was turned over to USPS and delivered to  Michigan. I don’t live in Michigan, so there is a problem. 1030…

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.22 Nosler Cartridge

Professor Paul takes the time to tell you good folks about the .22 Nosler Cartridge & how he used it in the field. If you’re a hunter, you wanna read this…

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Canik TP9DA 9mm Pistol

The Canik TP9DA 9mm pistol performed admirably during the initial testing and evaluation phase. All manual controls functioned as expected. The gun…

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Wilderness Survival Pt. 5: Navigation – Know Where You Are Going

I have a challenge for you. Gather your spouse and kids together outside and ask them individually to point to the North. Ask them which direction the sun rises and in which it sets. Wait for a clear and star-filled night, now ask them all to find the North Star. Basic land navigation or “orienteering” is not rocket surgery. Anyone with the desire can learn to navigate with a map and a compass.

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Wilderness Survival Pt. 2: Water

Continuing our series on wilderness survival, no one ever plans to get lost or to be injured and stranded in the woods. Just as we don’t wear our seat belt because we “plan” to be in a crash, and we don’t have a fire extinguisher in our kitchen because we “plan” to have a fire.

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Wilderness Survival Pt. 1: Fire

Welcome to the first in a series of short articles dealing with the subject of wilderness survival. Every year thousands upon thousands of Americans step off…

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Safety is Dangerous

“What is the most important thing on the range?” yelled the Navy Firearms Instructor to the group of young sailors amassed in front of him. “Safety!”…

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3 Reasons Every Gunfighter Should Learn to Box

“I don’t need to know Karate, I know Ching-Ching.” (mimics racking the slide on a pistol) so said the man standing at the counter in a small gun store many years ago. In my younger days, I spent a great deal of time at gun shops and at gun shows. Sadly, most everyone one who frequented gun stores, at least in my experience, viewed themselves to be a gunfighter.

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Voter Fraud: Who will Pick Up the Turd?

“There isn’t a need for you to wait in line anymore. Took care of it for you. Gave you a straight Democratic ticket.” said a North Carolina man via Facebook as he bragged about committing voter fraud.

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Comrade Barry: Preserving His Legacy

Given this desire to focus on the legacy of Comrade Barry, we find it fitting to consider the condition of the United States of America and the world since January 2009…

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Candy

I was in elementary school when America was in love with disco music, Reggie Jackson, and mood rings. Looking back, it was a great time to be a kid.

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How to Survive your CCW Class Without Being Shot

The question we should ask is, what can we or should we as members of the gun culture do differently in the aftermath of such an incident? Or, are we the clinical definition of insane, doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome?

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Confessions of a .40 (Cal) Lover

It was beautiful. I opened the black plastic container and there it was, a Glock 23 chambered in .40 Smith&Wesson. (Glock does not like to advertise for…)

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Liberty is Light

Just as light is a result of the positive application of energy, liberty also requires effort and energy. If a people desire to have individual liberty,…

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The Cigar and the Student

Let us consider for a moment the premium hand rolled cigar. For those unenlightened, neither the Black and Mild nor Swisher Sweet Cherry flavored tobacco products are “premium cigars”. A premium cigar is compose of numerous distinct parts.

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“There’s Been An Accident!” Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

“There’s been an accident, we are on the way to the hospital.” Those words heard through the earpiece of a telephone are enough to make any parent’s knees weak and their heart begin to pound in their chest. Although we don’t like to think about it, any time we let our kids out of our sight, let them stay over…

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Breaking: BATFE set to Expand NFA 1934

Based upon the fact that the NFA gave them the authority to define with is and is not a firearm, what is and is not a destructive device, what is and is not a handgun, shotgun, or long gun, and what is “Any Other Weapon”, more detailed classifications are necessary.

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Call to Action: Stand Up for the Marine Corps

The Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, an Obama appointee with ties to the Clinton presidency has decided the time to screw with the Marine Corps is now. A January 1, 2016 memo from Mabus to Commandant of the Marine Corps Robert Neller instructed the Corps to begin “gender integration of officer and enlisted training”.

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President Hillary Clinton signs Assault Weapons Ban of 2015

After a whirlwind first quarter as the first female president of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton was joined by congressmen and senators in the oval office for the official signing of H.R. 4269 “The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015”.

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M85 PAP, the Steel-Cased Solution

If you have been paying attention, and shame on you if you have not, we featured the M85 PAP pistol from Century Arms in the pages of this site last year. The M85 is unique as it uses a Kalashnikov action but chambers the .223 Remington cartridge.

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Urban Defense Course; more than just Marksmanship

“Don’t just stand around watching, find some work.” was the advice offered to a dozen students during the Urban Defense Course held at Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) in Nacogdoches, Texas during the long weekend of October 23 to 25.

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Stop! Don’t Shoot! Beware of Dangerous Targets

People who use cheap or damaged steel targets soon get to play a little game we call “pluck the jacket pieces out of your skin”. The biggest bullet splash injury I have ever witnessed was about a 3/4 inch cut across a guys forearm, not life-threatening, but not fun either. In that case the injured party was struck by splash from someone else’s shot.

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Smashing the Gun Control Argument in 3 Easy Steps

Smashing the Gun Control (human control) argument is so easy that even a Columbia journalism major could do it, if they some how possessed the courage to try. What follows is a simple three step process to addressing the argument for civilian disarmament.

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Uncomfortable Truth, Cold and Timid Souls

Dismiss the “cold and timid souls” and enter the arena. As you are likely aware, Jarrad climbed back into the cage a couple of weeks ago for his first fight in over four years. His budding professional MMA career was interrupted by shoulder surgery and then the agonizing physical rehab that followed.

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Deadly Harvest: Reaping the Bloody Fruit of the Class Warfare

The Democrat Party may as well list “Prolonged Class Warfare” as an official policy plank at their convention in 2016. Class warfare, as ugly and dirty as it is, has normally had as its goal the siphoning of votes away from one candidate to another.

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WDBJ Roanoke Double-Homicide and the Perfect Victim

If there is a useful takeaway or lesson to be learned from this vicious criminal act, it is this; the Victim State produces vile and verminous monsters like our boy, Excrement. When you fully embrace victimization you abdicate all responsibility for your own actions.

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Coach vs. Equipment Manager; Know the Difference

I know what you are thinking, “Paul, understanding the specs of the gear does not mean that you can coach or teach people how to use that gear, especially in a real game where they are keeping score.” Coaching is not about gear, it is about learning skill, maintaining skill, and executing that skill on demand.

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Weakness is a Disease and the #1 Plague in America

What fosters this type of behavior? Intellectual laziness or a weakness of the mind. When considering the day to day news stories, the myriad crises facing those who still care about the fate of the United States of America, it is easy to become frustrated and be overcome by a sense of hopelessness.

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Being a “Gun Owner” is Not Enough

The implication of the report was that we right-wing, conservative types need to be “inclusive” and recognize that left-wing, Democrat voters are gun owners as well. My response is, as Col. Sherman Potter used to say, “Horse Hockey!”

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3 Things Your Concealed Carry Gun Cannot Do

A short video about concealed carry aimed at the gun culture choir would not seem to be all that controversial or difficult to understand, but we are dealing with the Internet here.

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3 Methods to Prevent Your Son From Becoming a Pussy

Coddling your sons, attempting to shield them from all that is rough, ugly, and dangerous is the greatest form of child abuse you can inflict. I’m not telling you to name the poor kid “Sue”, but stop treating your sons like fragile little babies.

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Hey Gun Culture; Your Priorities Suck and Here is Why

Am I telling you not to argue Weaver vs. Isosceles or Leather vs. Kydex? No, I am not. What I am going to tell you is that the United States of America as founded as a representative republic is in dire peril. It is far beyond time to get our priorities in order.

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3 Popular Fighting Shotgun Myths: Busted

The shotgun is a tremendous fighting tool surrounded by mythology. You don’t need a doctorate in history to realize that the saga of human conflict is cyclical. Consider the history of modern warfare. One of the most noteworthy instances of the shotgun’s use in combat came from WWI and the infamous Winchester “Trench Guns”.

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4 Steps to Carrying a Full-Size Pistol Every Day

You are reading this article because you are either a pistol carrier or are considering carrying a pistol. What I am going to ask you now is to consider what kind of pistol you are carrying or thinking about carrying.

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Win a Gun with Brownell’s Edge Program

WELCOME TO SERIOUS VALUE Brownells EDGE is the latest innovation to make your shopping experience with them even easier and more convenient. Place as many orders as you want – standard shipping on all of them is covered by the $49.95 annual membership fee. With FREE shipping*, your membership fee will be paid for with just a few orders. Bought the wrong…

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2016 Presidential Campaign: Searching for a Savior

As we look out at the landscape and consider the stable of potential candidates for the highest office in the land, we desperately search for a savior. Not an ecclesiastical savior, no, instead we sort through a short list of politicians and hope upon hope that we can choose one that will be the nation’s savior.

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Who the Hell is Hunter S. Thompson?

“The guy says his name is Hunter S. Thompson, does that mean anything to you?” To my relief, rather than being annoyed, the promoter exploded in laughter…

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Saving Detroit?

Detroit: The Crime Scene The Dodge pickup truck rolled west on Eight Mile Road. Eight Mile road unofficially the line of demarcation. It separates former East Detroit, now East Pointe, from the incorporated war zone know as Detroit, Michigan. At Gratiot Avenue we had to make a “Michigan left turn”. That is we turned right onto Gratiot, merged to the…

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Holster or Deathtrap?

In the 1970’s and ’80’s the market for concealed carry holsters was pretty thin, certainly nowhere near what it is today. For other than duty rigs, there…

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The Death of the Editor

Before the time of the Internet and self-proclaimed “gun enthusiasts”, we had this vetting process called an Editor. During the age of dead tree…

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Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Gun Clips

When I speak of gun clips I am referring to the spring-steel device mounted to a handgun in order to allow it to be “clipped” to clothing in some fashion…

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The MBV: the Donut that Could Save Your Life

Originally developed to be used in bloodless surgery on limbs, the Mechanical Blood Volumizer or MBV is a medical device that can be carried in a pack or kit and applied to victims of trauma at the base level.

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First Time Gun Carrier: Gear Check List

This morning I had a meeting with a fellow business professional. In addition the business at hand, the topic turned to guns and concealed carry. My friend is a military veteran with some experience as a “Special Investigator” with a government agency, but he hasn’t carried a gun on a regular basis for nearly twenty years. The specifics of our discourse focused on concealed carry for himself and for his wife.

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Hardware vs. Training: Fighting Rifle

Regardless of your individual motivation, if you are like tens of thousands of other Americans, you have purchased at least one AR-15 style rifle. These rifles, based on the original Gene Stoner design, come in numerous configurations from myriad manufacturers, but for all intents and purposes, they operate or function the same way.

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What is the Color of Stupid?

We have seen it play out time and again, a piece of human debris goes on a killing spree and the immediate reaction of the Progressive Statist is to pass more legislation, i.e. changing a color. “There ought to be a law!” is the rallying cry.

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“We’ve Always Done It That Way” Intellectual Laziness and Fear in the Firearms Training World

Though I have previously read various versions of the psychology experiment referenced below, this morning while perusing my email it occurred to me that this is an excellent avenue to consider an all too prevalent phenomenon in firearms training. Take a moment to consider the following: Have you rated us on iHeartRadio yet? Click Here to “Heart” us and Leave a…

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Century AK63D: Classic Upgrade

The AK63D is Century’s version of the classic AK-47 “underfolder” model. This iteration of the venerable Kalashnikov was inevitable as most every battle rifle in modern history has at one point or another been modified for paratroopers or mechanized infantry.

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5 Handguns Every Instructor Should Master

Regardless of your personal leanings, if you have taken the steps to become a firearms instructor, it is time to set your bias aside. There are tens of thousands of part-time or occasional firearms instructors in the United States.

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Are you Prepared or Playing Dress Up with Your Gear?

Gut check time. Many of you folks went out during the last few years and spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on guns and gear. With a collective effort, you set the black rifle market on its ear and pushed sales and production to record levels.

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AK Pistol Follow Up

We’d like to take a moment to follow up two previous AK pistol articles “Best of Both Worlds” and “The Ultimate Truck Gun”. Both of these firearms are Kalashnikov style pistols available from Century Arms. The M85 PAP is imported from Serbia and the C39 is made in the USA.

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Killing With No Regard to Healing. Are Your Priorities Backwards?

Take note of the date and time. Check your clocks and your calendar. Write it down if you have to, I’m about to admit an error on my part. That’s right, my judgment was clouded. I mistakenly thought that when addressing the matter of traumatic first aid, life-saving measures used to stop-gap a potentially terminal injury that “the choir” would understand.

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