• Trigger Assembly

    Assembling the Fire Control Group

    In this step-by-step video, Mike Centola from Allstar Tactical shows how to put the fire control group together. He has all the pieces laid out, so everything is visible. The pieces are: trigger, trigger spring, hammer, hammer spring, two identical pins, disconnector, small disconnector spring, safety selector, safety spring, and safety detent. Trigger Assembly The…

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    Training Versus Practice

    The concepts of training and practice are very different. Of course at the Personal Defense Network, we are talking about training and practice for personal defense. The Difference Training is when you are learning something new. Practice is when you are working to maintain the skills you have learned during training or to develop those…

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  • What’s Better for Home Defense: Rifle or Handgun?

    What’s Better for Home Defense: Rifle or Handgun?

    Should you use a rifle or handgun for home defense? PDN Contributor and Owner of Bearco Training in Covington, Louisiana, Barret Kendrick explains why it’s best to keep, train and practice with both a handgun and a rifle or shotgun. Rifle for Home Defense Barret is carrying a shorter rifle, which works very well from…

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  • Carrying Firearms

    Carrying Firearms: The Myth of Empty Chamber Carry

    One significant myth of defensive shooting is the idea that, when carrying firearms, you are equally as well prepared to defend yourself if you carry a firearm with an empty chamber as when you carry with a round in the chamber. Some people advocate carrying firearms essentially unloaded — with no round in the chamber…

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  • Self-Defense Techniques

    Self-Defense Techniques: Outside 90 Position

    Tony Blauer, President of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc, and Jason, a BTS instructor, demonstrate some self-defense techniques using the startle-flinch conversion. This kind of training doesn’t require any special equipment or place. It requires the commitment to practice. Flinch Response to Danger If someone is getting too close to you, your hands will naturally move…

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  • Self-Defense Tools

    Self-Defense Tools: Types of Chemical Agents

    David Nance of Security Equipment Corporation presents a variety of chemical agents that can be used as self-defense tools. Three chemical agent aerosol irritant projectors are available to the general public. Tear Gas CN tear gas was the first one on the market. It causes profuse tearing of the eyes and mild skin irritation. Though…

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  • Birdshot for Home Defense

    Birdshot for Home Defense

    Rob Pincus is on an indoor range at the Bristlecone Shooting, Training and Retail Center to talk about birdshot for home defense. When it comes to home-defense shotguns, one of the most commonly asked questions is, what about birdshot for home defense? There are many purpose-designed rounds to go into a shotgun, especially a 12…

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  • How to Wear a Holster

    Proper Adjustment for AIWB Holster

    Many people, especially those of smaller build or with a large stomach, are concerned with how to wear a holster centerline or appendix carry and keep it properly concealed without a lot of bulky clothing. PDN Executive Director Rob Pincus is wearing a lightweight athletic-cut shirt and completely concealing a full-size Glock 9mm handgun. How…

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    Trained Response for Self-Defense

    When it comes to self-defense skills, you practice them in order to be able to execute and apply them when most needed. Rob Pincus explains the O3R theory, which helps you to understand the best way to envision yourself being able to use these learned responses for self-defense in the middle of an incident, especially…

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