Gun Culture

The Myth of the Monolithic Gun Culture

Keith Coniglio

It would be nice to think that we gun owners are a culture - that we share certain core values; that we can be counted upon to support each other; that our motives and actions would be universally understood among "our kind."

Distracting Questions

How criminals use questions to set up an attack

by Greg Ellifritz

In order for a criminal to get close enough to commit his crime, he has to appear non-threatening. If he appears dangerous, his "prey" are likely to spot him earlier and either run away or call for help. Hence, the criminal will close the distance, often using the pretense of asking a question to appear less threatening.

Guns & Kids

Guns & Kids: Should you be armed around children?

by Rob Morse

A young couple needed a break. I’d agreed to babysit their children in my home. Observing the room, most of the things I wanted to keep intact were above munchkin height.

I’d watched these two children before and I love them, but there are complications. I carry a concealed firearm all the time. Now, I had second thoughts. With the kids under foot, should I carry the gun or put it away? What if the children bumped into the gun or noticed my gun and asked about it? What should I do?

Deciding to Carry

Making the Decision to Carry a Concealed Handgun

Drew Beatty

Like most of you reading this, I made the decision to carry a firearm after a long period of contemplation and forethought. Owning and carrying a firearm for personal protection is not a light decision. No one in my family while growing up even considered carrying, partly because it wasn’t a right that was as easily exercised then and partly ... well ... because they never even thought about it.

Clearing Malfunctions

Clearing semi-auto handgun malfunctions

by Michelle Cerino

If you’ve shot a semi-auto handgun more than just a couple of times, it’s happened to you. Malfunctions are the bane of self-loading firearms. There are many causes of semi-auto handgun malfunctions; common ones include poor technique by the shooter, mechanical problems, ammunition, dirt, improper lubrication, weak springs and magazines. With so many potential failures facing us, it’s important to know how to get our pistols quickly back in the game.

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Pocket Carry Part 3: Avoiding the Fine Print(ing)

by Keith Coniglio

You can't predict or mitigate every scenario for discovery when pocket carrying, but there are some simple steps you can take to minimize your risk:

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Pocket Carry Part 2: Leaving a Bad Impression

by Keith Coniglio

You may have the impression that a diminutive pistol in a quality pocket holster frees you from being mindful of your wardrobe and activity choices - that pocket carry is an alternative to "dressing around the gun" for concealment. If so, you might want to sit down, because it's not good news. Underestimating the human power of observation (even when employed subconsciously) is a tremendous mistake.

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Pocket Carry Part 1: Why Pocket Carry?

by Keith Coniglio

With advances in both modern materials and design, concealed carriers now have the viable option of carrying a duty-sized caliber in a "mousegun"-sized package, and many citizens are choosing pocket carry for these diminutive defensive tools. However, there are valid safety and reliability concerns with this method of CCW. So ... why choose pocket carry?

Spare Magazines

Just in Case: The Rationale of Spare Magazines

by Keith Coniglio

Whether it's because of the inconvenience of yet another item to carry (and conceal), or the old saw, "if I can't get it done in [insert an arbitrary number of rounds here], more probably won't help," many gun owners who carry a defensive firearm "just in case" deride fellow CCW holders who choose to carry one or even two spare magazines ... "just in case."

CCW Reading List

3 Essential Books on Concealed Carry

by Drew Beatty

Part of the arsenal of any lawfully-armed citizen should be a library of books to enhance mindset, tactics and skills. Books written by authors who have been there, have trained others, or are subject matter experts provide the best education. Below are three books I recommend to help the lawfully-armed citizen stay sharp.

Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self-Defense - Massad Ayoob

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