Health & Self-Defense: The Physical Effects of an Attack

Staying in shape can help you survive the attack after the attack.

Let me begin by saying that I’m not a doctor and have never even played one on TV. But it doesn’t take a medical degree to understand the great amount of stress that a criminal attack can place on your heart and what you can do about it.

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Good Triggers: A Must-Have for Self-Defense Guns

The 667 AR-15 Competition Trigger Assembly by Timney Triggers
The 667 AR-15 Competition Trigger Assembly by Timney Triggers

I was recently working with a class of new shooters. It was pleasing to see that the vast majority of them had gone to the trouble of acquiring decent pistols that were suitable for personal defense. However, I noticed that several in the class were obviously jerking their triggers and putting their shots low on the targets. Calling a break in the class, I checked several of these guns and found that, in every case, one of the contributing culprits was a creepy trigger that was entirely too heavy.

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The Return of the Pistol-Caliber Carbine

Photo credit: Gordy & Sons Outfitters


Pistol-caliber carbines are popular now, once more illustrating that what’s old is new again. I have always had an affinity for pistol-caliber carbines, specifically the lever actions. Back in the 1970s, I bought a Marlin Model 1894 in .44 Mag. and set out to do some mild customizing work to meet my needs. I had a gunsmith cut the barrel and magazine tube to 16 inches and re-crown the muzzle. A ramp front sight was installed with a brass bead. Then he removed the rear sight and instead mounted a Williams Foolproof peep sight on the receiver. 

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Surviving A Gunfight: Go Back to Basics

Photo Credit: USCCA

Recently, I was watching a video by my friend Dave Spaulding. Dave was mulling over all of the efforts that we make to understand what goes on with a person during a violent confrontation. He talked about adrenaline dumps, increased heart rates and those folks who could manage to get the job done—and those folks who never would be able to meet the challenge. At the end, he talked about the old-time gunfighters and their philosophies about fighting.

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