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Competition Shooting: Potential Pitfalls for the Casual Competitor

I like to participate in shooting competitions, as do many hobbyists who primarily own and carry guns for personal defense. As I’ve written before, I believe that competitions are great ways to meet other shooters and have a good time shooting your gun. They also help you fine-tune your skills and practice different shooting positions…

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2017 PDN Training Tour

The 2017 PDN Training Tour is a little less than a month in, and we’ve already offered courses in 10 states across the country! We have over 75 classes left to go during the next few months, and we’ll be at about 50 more locations. Our team of instructors is more diverse than ever this…

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Safety in Defensive Gun Training

When it comes to defensive gun training courses, safety is the responsibility of the instructor. The instructor’s job is to make constant assessments to ensure that the benefits of the training activity significantly outweigh the risks involved in that specific activity. Students come to defensive training courses to learn how to lead a safer life…

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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 not only a necessity, but 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…

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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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