Sheepdogs vs. Porcupines

Newsflash for unarmed Americans: We gun owners don't carry for you

by Jeff Knox

This is an editorial dealing with the difficult issue of whether gun owners should intervene to stop a crime that does not directly involve personal self defense. While Second Call Defense believes this can only be decided on a case-by-case basis, we also think the point of view expressed in this article makes sense for most people with average firearm and self defense skills and training.

Flying with Guns

TSA rules for flying with guns and ammo

Everyone knows how much trouble you can get into if you walk into an airport or try to board a plane with a firearm. But did you know that many gun owners routinely take their guns and ammo with them when they travel by air?

The trick is simply to follow the rules outlined by the Transportation Security Administration:

CCW and Law Enforcement

CCW and Law Enforcement: First Impressions Matter

What do you think when you see a man walking down the sidewalk in a nice suit, carrying a briefcase? You probably assume he's a businessperson, that he's professional and courteous, earns a good living, and presents no threat to you at all.

CCW Mistakes

5 Serious CCW Mistakes to Avoid

The number one rule for winning a gunfight is to have a gun. But even if you do, you may be doing things wrong that put you at risk both physically and legally.

If you carry concealed, here are five mistakes you definitely want to avoid.

Warning Shots and Brandishing

CCW Tips

3 Concealed Carry Tips for "Experienced" Gun Owners

No one likes to be thought of as a "senior" these days. Maybe you use another word, such as "mature" or simply "experienced." But whatever you call it, the fact is we all get older.

And just as we need to be practical in our approach to other things in life, we need to be equally practical in assessing our ability to carry and use a firearm in self defense as we age.

So here are 3 simple tips to consider if you're an "Experienced American Gun Owner."

Reconsider Your Caliber

FBI Carry 9mm

FBI Decides to Carry 9mm - Should You?

It seems like gun owners have been having the "caliber debate" forever.

Which caliber is best for concealed carry depends on who you ask. Some say you should have a big, slow bullet, like a .45 caliber, for maximum stopping power. Others say smaller, faster rounds work just fine. There are even proponents of tiny calibers, including .32 and .22, arguing that minimal recoil aids in shot placement.

Attack Reaction

How will YOU react when you're attacked?

When was the last time you were in a fight? We're talking about a real, physical altercation where someone was punching you in the face or wrestling with you on the ground and trying to hurt you.

If you're like most men, your last fight was probably in grade school, assuming you've been in a fight at all. If you're a woman, you've probably never been in a fight.

Post Shooting Syndrome

12 Effects of Post Shooting Syndrome

Defending yourself with a gun is not something any rational person ever wants to do. It's something you do only when there is no other choice.

And the personal toll it can take on your mental wellbeing can be surprising, often referred to as "post shooting syndrome." TV dramas and blockbuster movies portray good guys shooting bad guys in heroic fashion. But in the real world, it seldom feels heroic.

Compliance Safety

Compliance Doesn’t Always Ensure your Safety!

by Greg Ellifritz

Many of my students tell me that, should they ever be robbed, they plan on complying with the robbers' demands. While I can't presume to tell anyone the individual best course of action during a dangerous situation, I can provide some general statistics about past events.

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