Imaginary Dangers

The Real and Imaginary Dangers of Firearms Training

by Rob Morse

The most dangerous thing about guns is….

... I could accidently wound my pride.
... I need a new gun before I can take a class.
... I could make a mistake in a self-defense class.
... I might look clumsy or unsafe, and leave my ego bleeding on the classroom floor.

Ammunition Capacity

Do you have enough ammo to stop the threat?

by Drew Beatty

A gun is used to preserve your life in the face of a violent encounter. If you are forced to use your firearm, you are likely in a fight for your life or the life of someone relying on your protection. You are using the gun because the threat is real, it is imminent and unavoidable, and it needs to stop. NOW! Right now.

Defensive Ammunition

How to Choose Your Defensive Ammunition

by Keith Coniglio

Even the most cursory review of gun-related websites will illustrate how much research and effort concealed carriers put into their selection of firearms, holsters, and belts. "The best" might not exist, but that doesn't stop us from trying to find it, just in case.

Not Just a Gun

It's Not "Just a Gun"

by Keith Coniglio

For most of my life, firearms have simply been inanimate objects to me, tools no more capable of influencing one's character than a hammer or a microwave. But as calls for limiting citizens' right to be armed grew under the previous administration, I heard repeatedly how firearms were more than that. They were symbols. They bordered on supernatural talismans whose very presence could influence your character and behavior.

Citizen's Arrest

Should You Attempt a Citizen's Arrest?

by Dean Rieck

There is little debate about the right of citizens to protect themselves. However, when a citizen attempts to prevent or stop a crime, the rules of engagement are tricky and may expose you to legal jeopardy.

For example, making a citizen's arrest may be legal in certain situations. According to FindLaw:

Protecting School Children

Protecting School Children from Mass Murderers

by Drew Beatty

Part 2 of 2

In part one, we reviewed the phenomena of school shootings, or spree killers. We covered some of the history of this phenomenon and also looked at the evolution of responses to it. Given what we know, what can be done about these incidents?

Murderers in Schools

Murderers Running Amok in Schools

by Drew Beatty

Part 1 of 2

The horror known as the mass shooting (or spree killer, school shooter, or a whole host of other names) has unfortunately become a part of our modern culture.

Malls, movie theaters, churches, and in particular schools, offer soft targets for mentally and/or emotionally unbalanced or otherwise distraught people to exact their vengeance on the world. It is a sad fact of human existence that criminals evolve in their criminal behavior. The spree killer is an example of this.

Carry Gun Upgrades

Carry Gun Upgrades

by Keith Coniglio

No firearm you own could benefit more from improved accuracy and fit than the one with which you may defend your life, yet many shooters are hesitant to make modifications out of fear that the process is somehow beyond their abilities. The truth is, improvements can be made with easily available drop-in parts, requiring only basic tools that you likely already own.


Realistic Training

Are You Ready for "Realistic" Training?

by Rob Morse

A variety of courses call themselves "realistic" or reality-based training. To name a few, they could include move-and-shoot scenarios, video-based simulator training, or even force-on-force training with simunitions. Realistic training is certainly an exciting ride. Whether it is good training or an arcade game depends, in part, on you and what you're ready to learn.

Should you take such a class even if it was free? Let's see if reality based training is appropriate for you.

Member Incident Report

Special Report

Second Call Defense Member Incident

by Trent Marsh

"I just shot a kid."

Words nobody wants to say.

When a 72-year-old man we'll call “Gary Russell,” left work on his bicycle to go home, I doubt he thought he would be saying those words. Sean Maloney of Second Call Defense certainly wasn't expecting to hear those words when his phone rang at five that evening, but that's how the call started.

"I just shot a kid."