Holster Retention

Which Holster Retention Level is Best for You?

by Drew Beatty

To safely carry a pistol, whether open or concealed, you need a proper holster. There are numerous holster manufacturers selling nearly limitless styles and designs. One important key to having a proper holster for your needs is the idea of retention — meaning in what manner and how well the holster retains the pistol — and how quickly you are able to draw from the holster.

4 Hard Truths

4 Hard Truths of Defensive Shooting

by Keith Coniglio

"Defensive gun use." It's a pretty dry, almost clinical phrase, but with heavy connotations. While there are many reasons to own a gun, those of us who carry them do so as insurance against violent attack. Unfortunately, many of us haven't considered the reality of that kind of violence, confusing recreational or competitive shooting with the reality of an aggressive stranger suddenly closing into "bad breath distance," with intent to do bodily harm.

Ability, Opportunity, Jeopardy

The Lethal Force Triad: Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy

by Drew Beatty

Use of deadly force is determined to be justifiable or not in the eyes of the courts and/or a jury. Of the many factors that come into play regarding use of force, the determination whether the use of force was justified or not, depends on the defendant demonstrating that three criteria were present in the incident: Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy, or AOJ.

Essential Range Equipment

Essential Personal Protection Equipment for the Range

by Drew Beatty

Thousands of articles have been written about essential range safety equipment, but it is always worth reviewing again. If you spend any time shooting recreationally, ear protection and eye protection are essential, and some other personal safety items are strongly recommended.

Hollow Point Ammunition

Why Hollow Point Ammunition is the Safer Choice

by Drew Beatty

Hollow point ammunition is often vilified by politicians and the media. Many of you are likely old enough to remember the attacks on Winchester Black Talon hollow point ammunition in the 1990s, which was designed with law enforcement needs in mind. News reports suggested that we should all be very afraid of this ammunition, as if the manufacturers were horrible mad scientists obsessed with killing and causing bodily damage.

Bad Carry Habits

3 Bad Concealed Carry Habits

by Trent Marsh

Carry a defensive weapon often enough and you will develop habits. Some good, some bad.

The single greatest advantage the concealed carrier has is the element of surprise. A hostile party who is unaware of a concealed weapon is unlikely to prepare for a defensive retaliation. Sadly, many inexperienced or uneducated carriers engage in activities that give away their defensive weapon.

Pistol Shooting Stances

3 Common Pistol Shooting Stances

by Drew Beatty

Shooting a handgun is an individual pursuit. Individuals have many different body shapes, sizes, and arm and leg lengths. What works well for one person may not work well for another. Also, different situations or terrain might require different stances or methods to put accurate shots on target, like shooting around or over obstacles and cover. This article describes three common handgun shooting stances and outlines the specifics of each stance.

One-Handed Shooting

Do You Practice One-Handed Shooting?

by Drew Beatty

While at a live fire training class, one of the live fire drills was one-handed shooting at an IPSC torso target at 12 feet. I produced a reasonably tight fist-sized pattern on the target. The young man next to me in line asked, "Do you practice one handed?" My answer was, "Yes, of course I do."

Order of Operations

The Order of Operations for Personal Self Defense

by Drew Beatty

In mathematics, "order of operations" refers to a specific application of rules or tasks that must be used in sequence to solve equations. There is also an order of operations for the approach to personal self-defense. And almost all of us do it out of order.