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

The three elements of the 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 because it says so much about what it takes to stay safe in today’s world. As gunwriters, we spend most of our time talking about defensive firearms. And firearms are a big part of the personal-defense picture. But, they are in truth only a part of the bigger picture.

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Surviving a Gunfight: Tips for Preparation & Problem-Solving

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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 involve elements that the person has not thought about. In short, it creates a life-threatening problem that the armed citizen has to solve and solve quickly.

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Mossberg Celebrates Centennial with Launch of MC1sc Handgun

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NORTH HAVEN, CT – In celebration of the company’s 100thAnniversary, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., is announcing the release of a full-featured, 9mm concealed-carry handgun: the Mossberg MC1sc(subcompact). Coming full circle from the company’s first firearm design, called the Brownie, a 22 caliber, four-shot “pocket pistol,” Mossberg has incorporated 100 years of engineering expertise in developing this superb concealed carry handgun. The MC1sc is available in five initial 9mm offerings: the standard MC1sc and an optional cross-bolt safety version; two standard offerings with sighting systems, choose from TRUGLO® Tritium Pro™ Night Sights or a Viridian® E-Series Red Laser; and a Centennial Limited Edition with a production run limited to 1,000 commemorative models.

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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. Moreover, in the hands of a determined individual, the presence of a shotgun has often kept fights from starting in the first place. Here are a few tips, in no particular order, that will help individuals make their shotgun an even more effective defensive tool. Continue reading

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