Defending Property Or Defending Yourself? It’s A Blurry Line People Often Get Wrong.

A recent story of a shootout in a wealthy north shore Chicago suburb demonstrates that deciding whether someone is defending their property or defending themselves can be complicated. According to the video, neighbors in Winnetka thought they were hearing fireworks, but what they were actually hearing was a gun battle between a homeowner and several […]

Pro Tip: Don’t Confuse Skill Building With Armed Self-Defense

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By Dave Spaulding A few years ago, I was teaching a combative pistol course to a group of law enforcement professionals and legally armed citizens. Although many instructors call basic handgun skills “fundamentals,” I prefer to use the word “essentials” since shooters must have these skills to use a handgun for their personal security. I […]

Henderson: ‘I Can’t Afford to Wait on the Police, so I Armed Myself’

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“I’m not telling people to go out and start spraying [bullets], that’s not what I’m telling people to do but we also have to be realistic about what we are up against,” [Keisha] Henderson said.  Safety concerns and what she says is a lack of action from the city is why she became a licensed […]

Tearing Down The Concealed Carry Paper Ceiling

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You might have to hit me over the head a few times, but I like to think I eventually learn. Thanks to Karl Rehn, we learned that most gun owners never take more advanced firearms classes than the minimum required to get their concealed carry permits. Add to that my state becoming the 28th state […]

DGU Chronicles: Learning From the Mistakes of Others

I’m forced to keep track of defense gun uses and firearm-related accidents as part of my job. I keep an eye out for issues that become “learning moments” for me as well as for others. One way to do that is to subscribe to blogs, news aggregators and to follow people who, like me, see […]

In a Time of Terrorism, Restricting Lawful Carry is a Deadly Mistake

FBI Director Christopher Wray must be frustrated. He issued one of the strongest terrorism warnings earlier this week, but few seemed to notice and even fewer seemed to care. Instead, the legacy media remained fixated on the testimony of former special counsel Robert K. Hur, who concluded that Joe Biden committed multiple federal crimes but, […]

Felony Stupid: Hammer-Wielding Man Tries To Force Entry To Rural Texas Residence

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What happens to bad guys in Texas who try to force entry upon residences while armed with a hammer? They stand a significant chance of suffering gunshot wounds. Sometimes multiple gunshot wounds. Particularly in the Lone Star State. An unnamed man committed a profound error in the victim selection process last week in Denison, Texas. […]

SHOT Show: The New Diamondback SDR Self-Defense Revolver

Diamondback has successfully moved past a reputation for extremely small 9mm pistols and budget ARs into a rather interesting market. In that market, they’ve finally brought out a revolver. Who saw that coming? The latest from Diamondback is the SDR, which stands for Self Defense Revolver. It’s a revolver aimed at the concealed carry market, […]

LEAPS: A Simple Technique You Can Use to Deescalate a Bad Situation

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The anti-gun crowd would love to believe that people who carry for personal defense are blood-thirsty killers, or people who “wish a motherf— would”. But, in the words of Harold Fish, a man who got run through the criminal justice meatgrinder in Arizona a few years ago, “It’s not the ultimate big game tag” to shoot a fellow human being.