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Dealing With the Double-Action Trigger

The double-action handgun, whether revolver or autoloader, is a great threat management tool. The long, heavy trigger means that accidental discharges under stress are less likely to occur than with a light, short action. What happens, though, when shooting has to be done? The trigger that requires deliberate action to fire also requires more attention…

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The Well-Balanced Training Diet

If we decide to take on the responsibility of being our family’s first responder, a serious training regimen becomes a necessity; a lifestyle choice. Considering how the brain retains information, the body masters skills, and the fact that time, budget, day jobs, and environmental factors are difficult to negotiate, a well-balanced diet of training can…

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Setting Your Sights for Success

As a defensive instructor and shooter, I convey the concept that “the target dictates the need for precision.” This is based on the size of the target or the relationship of distance between the intended target and that of the shooter. PROPERLY ZEROED SIGHTS When a higher level of precision must be achieved, the shooter…

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When Does a .380 Beat a 9mm?

Have you ever heard the phrase “Friends don’t let friends carry mouseguns”? I have; in fact, I’ve uttered it more than a few times myself over the years! The implication, of course, is that calibers below a certain threshold, arbitrary though it may be, are not suitable for protecting one’s life. What that threshold is,…

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Diversify Your Self-Defense

Commit yourself now to the reality of your responsibility to protect yourself and those you care about in a worst-case scenario. If you’re reading this, I assume you already think you’ve accepted that reality. But have you committed to being able to do it without your preferred tools? Have you committed to being able to…

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Pistol Reloads, Blue Guns, and Brain Function

Editor’s Note: Repeated student errors in defensive handgun classes sent the author on a mission to understand why these mistakes were happening, and what we can learn from them about reloading pistols. Not long ago, I saw a post in an online firearms forum (Best advice, all too often: “Never read the comments!”) and followed…

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