Guns for Christmas

Why You Should Exchange the (wrong) Gun You Got for Christmas

by Rob Morse

Our friends meant well when they got us a gun for Christmas, but lots of Christmas gifts don't fit their recipient. I've several sweaters that are the wrong color and wrong size. Like a sweater, a firearm has to fit you, so don't be shy about returning the gun you got for Christmas if it isn't the right gun for you. A firearm is as personal as a pair of shoes. Finding the right fit is hard to do. Sometimes we are partially to blame.

Dry Fire Drills

Enhance Your Pistol Skills with 3 Dry Fire Practice Drills

by Drew Beatty

Dry fire practice — the practice of firing a firearm without ammunition — is an essential part of your handgun shooting skill development. Most modern pistols can be dry fired thousands of times without issue. It's inexpensive, it takes recoil out of the equation, and it's easy to do at home. While it's not as exciting as live fire, there are some key fundamental skills you can enhance with dry fire practice.

First, a reminder about the four rules of gun safety:

Self Defense Class

The First Steps are the Biggest: Your First Self-Defense Class

by Rob Morse

You signed up for your first self-defense class. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the new ideas. Here is a review of what you'll learn, and what you'll need to unlearn.


You thought safety was for beginners. Firearms safety is a lifelong skill for both beginners and professionals. We simply hold the professionals to a higher standard of performance.


Off-Body Carry

3 Challenges of Off-Body Concealed Carry

by Trent Marsh

The most difficult decision most people face once they decide to start carrying, is how they are going to do so. Inside-the-waist, outside-the-waist, appendix, back, every carrying style has advantages and disadvantages, and varying levels of comfort. At times, none of these carry methods may be suitable.

Expect the Unexpected

When You Least Expect It

by Drew Beatty

October 31st, 2015 started like many other Saturdays for me. I was scheduled to meet some friends in a field outside town to train our Labrador Retrievers for hunting. I had loaded up the dogs and was heading out to meet them.

Concealed Carry 101

Concealed Carry 101

by Richard Turnquist

Before I was a concealed carry permit holder, I used to wonder what it took to be able to legally carry a concealed firearm — it can seem daunting to someone just starting out.

Here are a few things to think about as you go on your journey from disarmed citizen to armed self-protector.

Low Light Upgrades

Out of the Dark Ages: Low-Light/No-Light Upgrades for Your Defensive Pistol

by Keith Coniglio

The importance of identifying potential threats and engaging them accurately doesn’t fade when the sun goes down. Just a few simple additions to your defensive pistol can help you see what you might otherwise be missing.

Caliber Shamer

Don't Be A Caliber Shamer

by Trent Marsh

You've met them. You might be one of them. The "caliber shamers" are not only unproductive, but they can unknowingly promote dangerous behavior.

Bad Training Habits

Bad Training Habits at the Range

by Drew Beatty

Even if you are spending enough time at the range, are you inadvertently reinforcing bad habits?

What you do on the range repeatedly will become a habit, even if it's a bad habit. If you consistently drill a detrimental skill into muscle memory, the consequences could be deadly if you had to use your gun in self-defense.

Inadvertently training yourself to do something unfavorable is referred to as a “training scar." Here are several examples that I've seen or caught myself doing on the firing range:

Concealed Means Concealed

Concealed Means Concealed

by Drew Beatty

Concealed carry is not a hobby or some casual pastime; it's a lifestyle choice. Because of that, many of the decisions you make revolve around this lifestyle choice. If you decide to carry a concealed handgun, it is paramount that you take the idea of "concealed" carry very seriously.

Consider the following two examples of what can happen when a concealed firearm is not properly concealed.