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Welcome to the Family: Integrating New or Alternate Carry Guns

There are many things that I like about my job. Teaching at Black Wing Shooting Center, handling new guns and...  drawstroke-lead

Defensive Detour: Coping With Limited Mobility

Life throws us the occasional curveball. Circumstances beyond our control can compel us to change the way we do things,...  hsgi-gear-belt

Gear for the Bump in the Night

You’re asleep, all snuggled in your bed, when breaking glass at your front door awakens you. During the haze of...  training-300

A Handgun, Two Magazines, and $1000

What’s next? Many people who buy a handgun fall into one or more categories: recreation, competition, or self-defense. Normally I...  taser-standard-draw-lead-300

Human Error in High-Stress Encounters

In my previous article, Psychological Principles of Combat Training, we looked at some basic human behaviors and how to design...  application-of-this-skill-with-a-person

Family Defensive Strategies: For the Armed Individual

I write this in the wake of numerous active-shooter incidents, including the Colorado movie theater shooting that killed 12 and...  ecq-dynamics

Why It’s OK To Lose in Training

Too often I see people — whether students in a class or those practicing solo — training for impractical situations....  evade-safe-room

Five Fundamentals of Home Defense

As a law enforcement officer, I have a front-row seat for watching crime trends grow or decline. I use that...  mike-seeklander-150

Mike Seeklander

Mike Seeklander has extensive experience behind the gun in a variety of arenas, including as a combat veteran of Desert... Read...

New Carry Gun Testing Procedure

Have you ever bought a gun and immediately loaded it, put it in a holster and then relied on it...  andy-loeffler-120x160

Andy Loeffler

” One characteristic our instructors/contributors here at PDN have in common is that they started early and have never given... Read...


Small autoloading pistols, whether referred to as pocket pistols, hideout guns, backup guns, or mouse guns, get no respect. Frequently... 

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