3 Popular Fighting Shotgun Myths: Busted

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

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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3 Reasons Your Hybrid Holster Failed

3 Reasons Your Hybrid Holster Failed

“I’d never own one of those things (hybrid holster), they are junk.” so said one self-styled expert at a shooting class I attended this year.

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Win a Gun with Brownell’s Edge Program

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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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Fighting Guns: Tools not Trophies

Fighting Guns: Tools not Trophies

Every firearms instructor worth their salt will tell you that when it comes to choosing a defensive handgun, or any firearm for that matter, that function is the number one consideration. That advice is really is a no-brainer or a truism.

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Kahr K9: The Cadillac of Concealed Carry?

Kahr K9: The Cadillac of Concealed Carry?

While sitting down to pen this review of the Kahr K9 pistol, the previous statement seemed to be the most natural analogy I could use. There are dozens of compact pistols available for the American shooter.

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Gun Control Works

Gun Control Works

Recently a colleague offered the observation that anti-gun or gun control laws are blatant and obvious failures. He pointed to the crime rates in Chicago, D.C. and New York as examples of areas with severely restrictive gun control policies and yet record-breaking violent crime.

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Could this Gun be the Best of Both Worlds?

Could this Gun be the Best of Both Worlds?

Early this year, while perusing the quarterly catalog/flyer from Century Arms, I came across a product that piqued my interest. The Zastava PAP M85 NP is advertised as an AK-style pistol chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO feeding from standard AR-15/M-16 magazines.

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Why the Russian AK Ban Matters to You

Why the Russian AK Ban Matters to You

The simple response to the recent Executive Order issued by Our Dear Leader banning the importation of small arms from Russia is to say “I don’t care. I don’t own or desire to own an AK.” An additionally common response is, “No big deal, I’ll buy one of the new American AK’s or one from a country other than Russia.”

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Disspelling the Tourniquet Boogeyman

Disspelling the Tourniquet Boogeyman

When I attended USMC Infantry School, our first aid training mirrored that of the Red Cross civilian program. While battlefield trauma was talked about, little emphasis was put on self-aid and buddy-aid. The primary care giver on the battlefield was the Navy Corpsman and your first aid kit was carried merely to give the Corpsman some extra gear with which…

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Will is More Important Than Skill

Will is More Important Than Skill

When it comes to deciding to use deadly force, is will more important than skill? We’ve all seen the dash-cam videos available on BluTube, YouTube, or “Insert-Cool-Name-Here” Tube.

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Useless Horror and the Slow-Learner Syndrome

Useless Horror and the Slow-Learner Syndrome

It’s happened again, another lone nut-job has murdered innocent citizens. No I’m not going to add to the infamy of this piece of human debris that is for some inexplicable reason still stealing oxygen from our planet. This week I add one more to the innumerable reasons why I am glad I don’t subscribe to cable television: 24/7 non-stop Useless Horror.

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The Illusion of Neutrality: Eventually You Have to Choose a Side

The Illusion of Neutrality: Eventually You Have to Choose a Side

“I’m not right-wing or left-wing, I consider myself more of a centrist.”. So said one of my acquaintances during a recent conversation. That’s not the first time I’ve heard such a statement or similar expression. Statements like that are nothing more than an illusion of neutrality. The truth is that it is far more common for people to say they…

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Neutral? Eventually You Have to Choose a Side

Neutral? Eventually You Have to Choose a Side

“I’m not right-wing or left-wing, I consider myself more of a centrist.” so said one of my acquaintances during a recent conversation. That’s not the first time I’ve heard such a statement or similar expression. The truth is that it is far more common for people to say they are a moderate this or that than it is for them to pick a definitive side. We’ve seen this play out for decades as people publicly declare themselves to be “undecided”, “centrist” or “neutral”.

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The Fire Extinguisher Gun: Ready When You Need It

Do you have one or more fire extinguishers in your house? If not, shame on you. Stop reading this and go out and buy one. Now, when is the last time you moved your fire extinguisher? Do you play hide and seek with it, constantly shuffling it from one location to the next? Of course, you don’t. A fire extinguisher is…

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Hear While You Hunt; Protect Your Hearing for Life

Hear While You Hunt; Protect Your Hearing for Life

“Your ears will get used to the noise.” or “Your ears will toughen up.” are two of the stupidest statements I have ever heard regarding gunfire and hearing protection. The sad truth, unfortunately, is that I heard those words or similar ones uttered far too often during my formative years as a shooter and hunter.

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The Other Black Rifle: Accessorize Your AK

The Other Black Rifle: Accessorize Your AK

If you consider firearms today, the vast majority are built with the one size fits all or happy medium concept. Military battle rifles are designed to fit the body size of the “average soldier”. Whether we are discussing the M-16, AK-47, or G3, these rifles were sized for what was considered “average” and that concept has worked very well in practice.

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Night Fire: Three Things You Realize When the Lights Go Out

Night Fire: Three Things You Realize When the Lights Go Out

For the last three decades I’ve had the good fortune to take part in some of the best firearms and tactics training available to the US Military, Law Enforcement, and citizen alike. Small arms trainers realized long ago that for any training program to be practical, the troops needed to shoot at night.

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Negligent Discharges: Preventable or Inevitable?

Negligent Discharges: Preventable or Inevitable?

More than twenty years ago I recall one of my firearms instructors saying, “There are two kinds of shooters, those who’ve had negligent discharges and those who will.” At the time some of the other students scoffed and made comments about it not ever happening to them or only ‘untrained’ people having them. From…

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The Shooting Instructor and Coach: Gearing Up for Success

The Shooting Instructor and Coach: Gearing Up for Success

The old saying goes, “Those who cannot do teach.” While there may be some validity to that, when it comes to coaching others, some of the best shooting instructors are those who have not only done it, but done it well. Consider professional sports leagues like the NFL and the NBA. Many of the most successful coaches are those who…

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