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Family Defensive Strategies: For the Armed Individual

This article addresses tactics and techniques that will serve the armed person during a situation where they may have to use their gun while with friends or family members. I write this in the wake of numerous active-shooter incidents, including the Colorado movie theater shooting that killed 12 and injured 58, and the Sandy Hook…

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Help Wanted

If you’re reading this, you likely see the wisdom in thinking about your safety and that of your home and family. And if this is not your first visit to the Personal Defense Network site, you put some value in learning about and preparing for personal and home defense. Preparation means training and, as a…

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Choosing an Optic for an AR-15-Type Carbine

I recently helped someone navigate one of the most challenging aspects of modern defensive firearms ownership: choosing an optic for a general-purpose AR-type semi-automatic carbine. What makes this such a potential ordeal is the nearly limitless variety of options available. From red dot to reflex, holograph to etched reticule, fixed power to variable and everything…

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Safety in Rural Environments

I’ve talked to numerous friends, coworkers, students, family, and others about their perception of security in rural environments. The majority assume that living outside of heavily urban or suburban areas decreases the likelihood of their encountering a situation in which they would have to defend themselves or their loved ones from a lethal threat. I…

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Fighting with a Home Defense Shotgun

Shotguns are incredibly versatile weapons that can be used very successfully as self-defense tools. I am often asked about using a shotgun for home defense, probably due to the fact that the majority of the population owns one for hunting purposes. This article will address using a shotgun for self-defense purposes, including my preferred set-up,…

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Controlling Your Rifle

Do you control your rifle? More specifically, can you shoot it accurately, yet very fast, at distances of 25 yards or more? This article focuses on a high-performance stance/mount system that will ensure you can not only shoot accurately with your rifle, but also get it on target quickly and shoot with superior speed. Once…

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