Personal Defense Modules

Personal defense modules are customized playlists hand-picked by PDN editors to provide concentrated self-defense instruction and to save you search time. Use PDN’s modules to get step-by-step progressive instruction on the topics shown and a more well-rounded, in-depth perspective than a single random video. We hope you enjoy this PDN Premium Member feature.


APPENDIX CARRYShow More >

  • Part 1. Concealed Carry Pros and Cons
    10:52

    In recent years, there’s been increasing interest in the benefits of appendix carry. Rob Pincus looks at the appendix carry pros and cons in this video. On the plus side, it’s easier to conceal small handguns on the front of the body as opposed to on the side or back. You don’t even need to

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  • appendix carry
    7:26

    When carrying firearms, the concerns most commonly mentioned are that people don’t want the muzzle of their gun to be covering them while they are carrying and presenting the gun. Rob demonstrates how there is actually less chance of covering yourself during presentation from appendix carry than from on-the-hip carry. He also discusses safety during

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  • Part 3. Firearms & CrossBreed Holsters for Appendix Carry
    12:12

    In this valuable primer on firearms and CrossBreed holsters suited for appendix carry, Rob Pincus is on the range with a variety of both, to demonstrate options and solutions. Wearing an untucked t-shirt and starting with a bellyband holster concealing an S&W J-Frame, Rob tries to conceal progressively larger handguns until the “too much printing”

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CONCEAL AND CARRYShow More >


DEFENSIVE HANDGUN CONSIDERATIONSShow More >


FUNDAMENTALS OF ARMED HOME DEFENSE FOR WOMENShow More >

  • Part 1: Developing Intuition: Intuitive Decision Making
    16:09

    Humans are hard-wired on a subconscious level to pick up on many of the threats in our environment. For women, recognizing potential danger is not the problem. Due to their cultural conditioning to be polite and kind, failing to act on their intuition of danger is. Kelly Muir gives an in-depth presentation on how women

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  • Part 2: Home Defense: Planning for Expected Strangers
    8:44

    Home is where people tend to let their guard down and relax. But there are times when people at home need to learn home defense and raise their awareness levels in order to keep themselves and/or their family members safe. Kelly Muir, founder of “Be the Wrong Woman,” analyzes one of those times: the Expected

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  • Part 3: Deadbolts and Home Security
    12:52

    In this expanded video, Jay Musselman, owner of Professional Lock, discusses the first line of security for doors: the deadbolt. Jay gives a detailed analysis of various deadbolts from low to high quality, how they work, what features they offer, and where their weak points are. One step to hardening your home against break-ins is

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HANDGUN MODULE: GETTING STARTEDShow More >

  • Part 1. Test Driving Defensive Firearms
    5:16

    Before buying a defensive firearm especially if you are a first-time gun buyer, give it a trial run at the range if possible. The dual purposes of this test drive are to ensure the gun’s functioning and to confirm that it’s suitable for you personally. This is especially important if you’re a first-time gun buyer.

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  • Part 2. Choose a Good Concealed Carry Belt
    6:51

    We may need different types of belts when wearing different types of holsters, but there are some universal things to look for in a belt. Rob Pincus is on the range with a variety of belts and holsters.

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  • Part 3. Advantages of a Quick-Release Holster System
    3:13

    Rob Pincus reviews the advantages of having a holster that holds your gun securely, but also allows for the quick removal of the holster from your body to secure it somewhere else when you cannot carry it, to change clothes, to use the bathroom or for any other number of reasons.

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PRACTICAL BLADE DEFENSEShow More >

  • Part 1: Knife Grip
    2:55

    The first step to knife defense is being able to grip your knife properly, and there are three basic requirements for using a combative knife.

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  • Part 2: Stance
    5:35

    In a real situation that requires you to use a combative knife, your stance is going to be dynamic, but you should at least establish a solid foundation for practicing your knife-wielding tactics.

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  • Part 3: Five Angles of Attack
    11:30

    Once you’ve learned how to hold your knife and the best way to stand, the next step is learning how to cut with it. This involves five basic angles of attack, which Michael Janich shows in this demonstration. The five angles serve as general guidelines for the quadrants or zones of your body that you

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PUMP SHOTGUNSShow More >

  • Part 1: Shotgun Myths
    3:49

    Pump-action shotguns are incredibly powerful tools for personal defense, but Rob Pincus discusses a few of the myths about these weapons that you shouldn't believe.

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  • Part 2: Shotgun Setup
    9:14

    When you consider how you set up your home defense shotgun, you should be aware of the specs that make it optimal for close-quarters defensive situations.

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  • Part 3: Fundamentals of Defensive Shotgun Use
    8:02

    Here’s the first thing you should learn about your defensive shotgun: it works best when you know how to use it. This is paramount. If you don’t know the fundamentals and you don’t how to be effective with your shotgun, you’ll have a much tougher time protecting yourself and/or your family. Rob Pincus demonstrates the

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WOMEN: PHYSICAL DEFENSE AND TOOLSShow More >


ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE: UNARMED RESPONSE CONSIDERATIONSShow More >


ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE: DEFENSIVE HANDGUN DRILLSShow More >


ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE WITH A HANDGUNShow More >