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8 Ways to Spot a Bad Self-Defense Product Before It Kills You

Those outside the firearms community often don’t realize that our industry isn’t a home for big businesses. Even the largest, most well-known companies in the gun world are, at best, medium-small when compared with big companies in other industries. In absolute terms, there aren’t many gun-related companies that grow even to that point. For the most part, firearms and their accessories are created, manufactured, and sold by family-owned… Continue reading

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SHOT Show Day One

…n’t care. I think people who handle guns all the time should be more cautious and more careful than the average. But by and large, they are not. Bad gun handling habits are pernicious and contagious. I HATE watching people become so complacent with these gun-shaped objects, so cluelessly unaware of what they’re doing and so casual about how they’re doing it. People have this idea that people who handle guns for a living must be especially safe… Continue reading

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All About Pepper Spray

…e commonly known as “tear gas.” The spray sold today under the Mace brand name is generally an OC spay, not tear gas. But just to keep things confusing, in some jurisdictions it is possible to purchase Mace brand products which combine tear gas with OC. These products are decidedly not legal in most places, however, and generally offer few advantages over a good-quality OC product. Pepper spray itself is not legal everywhere. In some… Continue reading

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Caliber Confusion

…ower in them and will kick less. 10 A really good introduction to basic shotgun knowledge, including a great deal more information about shotgun ammunition, can be downloaded as a .pdf file from Remington Arms Co., at http://www.remington.com/pdfs/shotgun.pdf. More detailed information about shotguns, shotgun ammunition, and shotgun use can also be found on Chuck Hawkes’ site at http://www.chuckhawks.com/index2c.shotguns.htm. Notes: Or he… Continue reading

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“Made by a woman for women!”

…igger from being moved by any force outside the holster. Allows you to get the gun out with a reasonable amount of safe, predictable smoothness. The gender of your holstermaker doesn’t matter. All that matters is their competence. Bad products are bad, no matter who makes them. Good products are good, no matter who makes them. And let’s not even get into the sexism of choosing a holster maker based on her sex. My friend Cerisse… Continue reading

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Like a Cornered Cat

…ars go up, her eyes get wide, her tail fluffs up, and she’s outta there quicker than you can say scat! Don’t Bluff: She doesn’t threaten. You never see her pull out her claws and wave them around. Her claws come out when she uses them, but stay sheathed otherwise. Use Your Voice: Has a wonderful command voice, that low growl that means, “Stay away. Don’t touch me. Keep your distance.” Everything about her body… Continue reading

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Christianity and Pacifism

…re are a lot of them and if you are willing to do some digging through the dross, you may find a gem that helps you come to grips with your own thinking in this area. You can find these articles at the following link: http://www.mouseguns.com/cba.htm. Another excellent research tool for those who are interested in exploring this issue further is Charl Van Wyk’s book, Shooting Back: the right and duty of self-defense, published in 2001 by… Continue reading

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Awareness is Impossible

…and serious thought to these factors. When you look for defensive firearms training, or martial arts training, ask the instructor whether their techniques are designed to hold up when dealing with a sudden threat that “comes out of nowhere.” In martial arts, if you always practice defending yourself from an attack you will see coming, and always start from a predictable ready position, then you are not preparing to deal with this… Continue reading

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