Personal Safety

Personal Safety: 7 Ways to Diminish Your Chance of Being a Victim

by Michelle Cerino

Over the years I've attended several courses and read many books and articles about personal safety. Offered here are 7 key aspects to increase your safety, no matter where you are.

1. Awareness

Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

by Drew Beatty

How aware are you of your surroundings as you carry concealed? We carry concealed so that we can respond appropriately should a life or death encounter become unavoidable. If an attack happens without you being aware that it is developing, you are seriously behind the curve. How can you make sure you have appropriate situational awareness at all times?

Fitting a Firearm

A Fitting Solution: What Makes A Firearm Right For You

Keith Coniglio

Modern materials and design have allowed a lot of firepower to be jammed into a very diminutive package. In fact, manufacturers seem to be in constant competition to develop the most compact, lightweight pocket rocket to corner the concealed carry market.

Not Ready for CCW

Not Quite Ready to Carry Concealed

by Rob Morse

Many people don’t carry a firearm every day even though they have their concealed carry license. Are you one of them?

There is a world of difference between the theory of armed self-defense and the practice. Here are small steps that make carrying concealed feel comfortable.

Keep & Bear Memories

To Keep and Bear Memories

by Keith Coniglio

Given the current state of our nation, it's easy to fixate solely on the practical and political aspects of our Second Amendment. But I'd like you to take a moment to consider another facet; something deeper, more fundamental, and frankly more important.

Several weeks ago, I took my seven-year-old son to the range for some practice with his .22 rifle. As we left, we ran into another family unit - a boy and a girl about my son's age, their father, and his father - coming in for an afternoon of plinking.

Practice Time

Making The Most Of Practice Time

by Drew Beatty

I attempt to get to the shooting range regularly - at least twice a month. With limited time and ever-increasing ammunition costs, I've made the decision to maximize my practice time in an attempt to get the most value and benefit possible from the limited opportunities available.

We all have busy lives, but we know we need to stay sharp on our firearms skills. When there is only limited practice time available, what are the best skills to practice?

Securing Your Guns

Armed Security – Securing Your Guns

by Drew Beatty

Your firearms can't be operated safely if they fall in to the wrong hands, so gun owners need to have a strategy for keeping their arms secure.

I remember driving through a neighborhood one day and seeing a house with the garage door wide open and a large gun safe in plain view. Another time I saw a two men get out of a car in front of a house and safety check their firearms in the street next to their vehicle. They were clearly returning from a trip to the range.

Planning for Failure

Planning for Failure

By Keith Coniglio

There's a tendency in the human psyche to seek safety in the perfect answer, the magic talisman, and the "right thing" that will be foolproof and fail proof. In the world of concealed carry, that usually leads to a great deal of research to identify the most reliable gun, the best-performing ammunition, and the most widely accepted training practices for our defensive shooting skills.

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.