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Criminals Prefer Defenseless Victims

man drawing gun from holster against knife-wielding attacker

Since Criminals Prefer Defenseless Victims,It Makes Sense to Learn How NOT to be Defenseless Some Sobering Statistics Each year, 400 out of every 100,000 people are the defenseless victims of a violent crime. That’s a 4 in 1000 probability. Every year. Statistically, your chances of being involved in a violent encounter are about 1 in 250. If […]

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Handgun Calibers – Ballistics and Stopping Power

S&W 500 Mag Handguns Stopping Power

Let’s put an end to the endless confusion about Handgun Calibers, Ballistics and Stopping Power The subject of Handgun Calibers, Ballistics and Stopping Power has been a topic of discussion – and often, heated arguments – among firearms enthusiasts for as long as there have been firearms and enthusiasts themselves. The moment we begin the […]

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Some Thoughts on Firearms Training

ATF Store

A Brief History I first got involved with firearms, firearms training, concealed carry and self-defense at the end of the last century. Haha, that sounds funny; I guess it was 1998 or 1999. At the time, I lived in Colorado, (and I still do).  Back then however, Colorado was considered a “may-issue” state. That means […]

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True Story of an Unintentional Shooting

Shooting Stances

Too Close to Home: The Tragic Tale of an Unintentional Shooting This is the true story of one of my handgun students who was involved in an unintentional shooting. He accidentally shot his brother in the leg with a rifle. I heard about this incident several months after it had occurred, and sent an email […]

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Pistol Caliber Ballistics Chart

Ammo Comparison Chart

Our Pistol Caliber Ballistics Data indicates that pistol calibers — even the venerated .357 Magnum — are not what they’re cracked up to be. As you can see in the pistol caliber ballistics chart below, there’s not a tremendous difference among the major pistol calibers listed. Muzzle velocities, measured in feet per second, are all […]

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1911 Pistol Animations

1911 Pistol Animations

How Does Your 1911 Pistol Work? Understanding how your 1911 Pistol works is a fundamental step toward the mastery of this fine weapon. So here we offer a couple of animations that help explain the ‘magic’ behind John Moses Browning’s beloved handgun design. These videos show the internal operations of the 1911 Pistol. Here are […]

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Five Modes of Carrying a 1911 Pistol

1911 Style Pistol

The Five Conditions of Readiness of a 1911-Style Pistol Let’s define the five readiness conditions that a 1911-style pistol can potentially be in. These can also be termed the five modes of carrying a 1911 pistol. The late Col. Jeff Cooper, father of the Modern Technique of the Pistol, described the five modes of carrying […]

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Every Day Carry Gear for Personal Defense

Tools and ARs

I’ve been meaning to address the issue of ‘gear’ for some time now; and recently I’ve had some inquiries, so I figured this is as good a time as any to discuss this very important topic. I believe that the gear you choose for every day carry is as important as your choice of weapon. […]

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Broken Extractor on a Taurus PT1911 Pistol

Taurus PT1911 Pistol

Here’s the long story of the broken extractor on our (at the time) newly purchased Taurus PT1911 Pistol: Whooda thunk a new pistol would have a broken extractor? Several years ago, my wife & I were in the market for a house gun. We happened upon this Taurus PT1911 Pistol, and we were intrigued. We decided to […]

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Function & Safety Checks for a 1911 Pistol

Function & Safety Checks for a 1911 Pistol

Be Sure Your Firearm Is Functioning Properly and Safely Perform these Function and Safety Checks for a 1911 Pistol after every cleaning, or partial disassembly of the gun. You can also use them when evaluating a pistol for purchase. These are excellent tests to check the condition of a used 1911 prior to purchasing it. […]

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