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Knives & Improvised Tools

MDTS Defensive Knife Response Guide, page 13 of MDTS Practical Small Knife Skills Student Info Guide. This guide carries over well to knife-like objects and improvised defensive tools as well. On December 1, Rob Pincus and I had discussed improvised defensive tools on the PDN Live broadcast. While we had the opportunity to talk with…

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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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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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After the Action

The critical incident you never wanted to happen just did. The fight looks over: Your assailant is down and your family is momentarily safe. Your heart is beating out of control, mouth bone dry and legs trembling. There seems to be a lull in the action, so what are the next steps? You have spent…

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Getting the Gun Into the Fight: Quick Draw Handgun Techniques

A fellow instructor and I were recently discussing techniques surrounding the draw process. The epicenter of the discussion was what position the support hand should be in during the draw process. The other instructor argued for the support hand to be in a higher, more “combative” position, which allows the hand to be used to…

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