Carrying When the Heat’s On: Summer Handgun Carry

Summer, summer, glorious summer! The weather is warmer, days are longer, the living is easy, and seasonal affective disorder retreats to the shadows from whence it came. Who doesn’t love sunny weather? For the person who carries a firearm, the change of seasons brings new issues. Knowing what they are and how to mitigate them

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Decocker 101

Although recent trends in the law enforcement and commercial markets have favored striker-fired semi-automatic pistols for home and holster, the more traditional double-action semi-auto retains a strong presence. Many of these guns utilize a mechanical system to return a cocked single-action hammer to the resting double-action position. Commonly called a “decocking lever,” this device allows

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Maximizing the Combat Handgun Grip

Understanding, developing and refining an effective and consistent combat or final firing grip on the pistol are essential to repeatedly engage a designated target with both fundamental (precision) and combative (getting the hits necessary to stop the threat) marksmanship. While a less than optimal grip will allow us to hit a target once, follow-up shots

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The Revolver Malfunction Drill

Revolver shooters tend to be a pretty smug lot when it comes to dealing with malfunctions, enjoying the reality that serious revolver malfunctions are fairly rare. When severe malfunctions do happen, however, they usually take the gun out of commission. The usual prescription to “stroke the trigger again” doesn’t solve these unusual problems, and most

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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 4

Complex Carbine Malfunctions In Part 3, I analyzed the first two complex carbine malfunctions: deep failure to eject and failure to extract. In this final part of the series, we’ll look at the other three complex malfunctions: double feed, triple feed and failure to unlock. Keep in mind that the remedial action process for these

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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 3

Complex Carbine Functions In part 3 of this series of articles/tutorials, I am going to demonstrate the more complex malfunctions on the AR-15 weapon platform. Keep in mind that the skills outlined are applicable across a broad spectrum of weapons. Whenever conducting any firearms-related training, it is important to review and follow the four firearm

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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 2

Common Carbine Malfunctions and Refunction Procedures I am going to reference each malfunction via a brief description of the malfunction. Labeling a malfunction as Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, etc in my opinion does nothing to aid the operator in determining what is wrong with the cycle of operation of the firearm. Malfunctions are

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