Pocket Carry 1

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

CCW Idiot

Don't be a CCW Idiot

by Greg Ellifritz

I'm guessing that most of you who are active in the firearm-related blogosphere have seen this story. But if you haven't, please check it out:

4 People Hurt By Gunfire In Dallas Walmart

Editor's Note: This is a news story from 4 years ago, but similar events are reported frequently every year.

Gun Safety & Kids

Gun Safety at Home - Make Your Kids Part of the Solution

You've probably heard stories like this from time to time: Some children are playing inside. They start snooping around the house and find a gun on the top shelf of a bedroom closet. One thing leads to another and *bang* one of the kids pulls the trigger and his friend gets shot.

Who's at fault is a legal question. But the question of who's "responsible" is clear. The gun owner, in this case the adult home owner, is responsible for making sure that his guns are not misused.

Criminal Commands

When the Criminal Doesn't Obey your Commands

by Greg Ellifritz

It's a rewarding thing to watch my firearms students as they learn and progress. They start with safe gun handling skills, the basics of marksmanship, and learning when it is legally appropriate to shoot someone. If they continue training, they might learn more "tactical" or combative shooting skills. As their abilities improve, they might move on to more scenario oriented classes using role players armed with Simunition or airsoft guns.

First Aid & Self Defense

Should I Provide First Aid to the Attacker I Just Shot?

by Greg Ellifritz

I had an interesting question posed to me by a student in the Systems Collapse Medical Class I taught [recently] in Virginia. He asked me:

If I have to shoot a criminal in a gunfight, should I provide first aid before the paramedics arrive?

It’s a good question. I’m probably going to ruffle a few feathers with my answer, but I maintain that an armed citizen SHOULD NOT approach a suspect he just shot in order to provide first aid.

Home Intruder Sues

Home Intruder Sues Man Who Shot Him?

This is the sort of thing we warn people about. It sounds too incredible to be true, but this is proof that it happens.

Here's a story reported by CBS Affiliate KPIX 5 in San Francisco about a man who shoots a home intruder then gets hit with a civil lawsuit from the guy he shot.

Note: You'll have to sit through an advertisement before the news video begins.

Shooting Intruders

I’m going to kill anyone who breaks into my house!

by Greg Ellifritz

You hear noises in your house at night. Upon investigation, you find a drunk man you don't know sleeping on your couch. What do you do? Shoot the intruder?

No doubt many of you would make this decision. There isn't a week that goes by when I don't hear someone saying, "I don't care who it is. If I find somebody I don't know in my own house, I'm going to kill him."

Involuntary Trigger Squeeze

Beware the Involuntary Trigger Squeeze

You've probably read a story or two similar to this over the years ...

A police officer confronts a violent criminal. He pulls his gun and aims it at the suspect, ordering him to turn around and place his hands on his head. The suspect complies, but seconds later, the gun goes off and the suspect is shot in the back, killing him.

The officer claims it was an accident, but a prosecutor claims it was a cold-blooded execution. The officer is convicted for murder and the city is sued for millions of dollars.