Pistol Caliber Carbines: the Rodney Dangerfield of defensive firearms

“I don’t get no respect, no respect at all!” — Rodney Dangerfield If there ever was a gun which “experts” delighted in ridiculing, it’s the pistol caliber carbine or PCC. “No use for them”; “inferior to a rifle”; “why bother?”; these are some of the predictable comments made by shooting enthusiasts and tactical training hobbyists

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The Defensive Shotgun Part I: Accessories

Consider the shotgun: traditional provider of meat for the pot, defender of hearth and home, and long regarded as the ultimate in anti-bad-guy ordnance. Having conducted a fair number of shotgun home-defense courses over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of different people, with a lot of different levels of experience,

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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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Survival Rifle-Shooting Techniques: Operating a Rifle With One Hand

I’m an avid believer in practicing skills that might be considered extreme, such as one-handed survival shooting skills. With all the high-quality training available today, it’s common to find instructors teaching one-handed manipulations with a handgun. But one-handed manipulations with a rifle are an often-overlooked skill that should be addressed, especially for those who may

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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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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis & Remediation: Part 1

In this multi-part series of articles/tutorials, I am going to demonstrate the various malfunctions on the AR-15 weapon platform. It is important to note that the skills outlined are applicable across a broad spectrum of weapons. It is my hope that the student or instructor reading this will gain a better understanding of how to:

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