• Part 1: Advantage of Striker-Fired Pistols

    There are several variations on the defensive handgun, from single-action to double-action, short trigger to long trigger, and hammer vs. modern striker fired guns.

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  • Home Defense Weapons

    Home Defense Weapons: .45 ACP vs. 9mm pistol Rob Pincus argues that mechanical efficiency dictates that the 9mm pistol is superior to the 1911 pistol for defensive purposes. His arguments against the 1911 include its lower capacity, higher recoil, more complicated operating system (which means it is less reliable to begin with due to operator…

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  • Part 3: 9mm vs 40 Caliber

    Wondering what caliber gun to get? Rob Pincus gives his expert recommendation and explains why he thinks 9mm is the best caliber for defensive shooting and why you should consider it.

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  • Part 4: Single Stack 9mm

    The single stack 9mm handgun is the most exciting category of firearms designed specifically for personal defense on the market today. Why are people so interested in them? In addition to the facts that they are new and affordable, the single-stack is thinner than a double-stack. This makes it more concealable and more comfortable to…

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  • Part 5: Selecting a Back-Up Gun

    In a critical incident, you may need to use a back-up gun to replace the primary gun that has ceased functioning or run out of ammo. Selecting a back-up gun is not as easy as some think. Many factors should be considered, including whether your primary handgun is one that you really will carry every…

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  • Marksmanship: The Myth of a Good Shooter

    In this video, Rob Pincus contrasts simply being a “Good Shooter” with being prepared to defend yourself with a firearm. This video begins with a demonstration of typical choreographed, mechanical technique resulting in good hits on a target, but not representing the efficient use of a defensive firearm. Simply being a good shooter is not…

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  • Common Shooting Challenges with the Snub Nose Revolver

    Claude Werner of Firearms Safety Training, LLC is on the range doing target analysis of shots fired from a Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolver. Claude discusses some of the common shooting challenges with the snub nose revolver. Due to the extremely short sight radius on the J-Frame, the shooter must place the front sight exactly…

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  • Gander Mountain Academy: Strategic Course Progression

    Gander Mountain Academy offers a plethora of courses and several different types of training ranges that you can take advantage of. Understanding the options is the first step to making the best choice for your needs and planning a route through the offerings. Each of the Gander Mountain Academy locations offers a live fire range,…

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  • Shotgun Ammo Types and Considerations

    The shotgun is the most versatile firearms design because of the great variety of ammunition that is available for it. In any gauge (size) of shotgun, you will be able to find dozens of types of shotgun ammo. The variety of shot loads, power and sizes can be very intimidating when it comes time to…

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