Category Archives: Personal Defense

Purpose-Built Defensive Ammo: Find It and Use It

I have to confess that, somewhere along the line, I became an ammo snob. Now this wasn’t something that I had done intentionally; it just happened. While there is some really good defensive ammunition out there built for all kinds … Continue reading

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Head vs. Holster: The Importance of a Solid Self-Defense Mindset

I saw a statement on social media to the effect of “personal defense begins in your head, not your holster,” and wish I could remember whom to credit for this piece of wisdom. I wish I had thought it up … Continue reading

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Surviving a Gunfight: Tips for Preparation & Problem-Solving

You can engrave this in your brain–A gunfight is going to be what it’s going to be. It will probably come as a complete surprise. The attack will most likely come much faster than a person expects. And it will undoubtedly … Continue reading

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5 Handling Tips for a Home-Defense Shotgun

This article ran originally in the December 2016 issue of Shooting Illustrated as “Managing the Defensive Shotgun.” There is no doubt that the shotgun is an excellent defensive tool, generally stopping close-range fights with a certainty no handgun ever possessed. … Continue reading

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