Before and After

The Before and After of Using a Gun

by Keith Coniglio

As concealed-carriers, we tend to spend a good deal of time thinking about the gear and mindset that would get us through a violent confrontation as it unfolds. Gear, such as our firearms, our ammunition selection, our holsters and mode of carry, are all the things that make up the "during" of a defensive shooting. This forethought and contemplation is absolutely worthwhile, but it shouldn't preclude paying equal attention to both the "before" and "after."

The Before

Defending Others

Making the Decision to Defend Others

by Keith Coniglio

On September 24th, 2017 a man bent on murder opened fire in an Antioch, Tennessee, church, killing one and wounding six before being stopped by an incredibly brave private citizen, armed with a pistol of his own.

No Warning Shots

Why Warning Shots Are Such a Bad Idea

by Rob Morse

You've heard the saying a thousand times. You will never need a gun until the moment when you need one immediately. Like a parachute or a fire extinguisher, a gun is a life saving tool and not a toy. We use a firearm to stop an immediate and lethal threat. That is why we don't fire warning shots.

You probably heard this in your concealed carry class, but here are the key factors that need to be present to justify using lethal force:

Handling 911 Call

Handling the 911 Call

by Drew Beatty

It's happened. You've had to defend yourself from a violent attack. You could not avoid it. You've either presented your firearm or actually fired it to stop the unavoidable threat to your life or the lives of others. There's no turning back. What is your next step, once you and all other innocents are clearly safe from the threat?

Dial 911.

Exciting Changes

Good News! Second Call Defense Membership Just Got Better!

We told you recently that some exciting changes were coming, and now they're here.

Second Call Defense has always been about protecting the right of gun owners to defend themselves. We believe we've fulfilled our mission over the last 5 years. 

However, we've been working on several ideas to make membership even better. Specifically, to increase your protection and decrease your costs, and we've done just that.

Cancellation Notice

Cancellation Notice Message

Second Call Defense is aware of the “Notice of Cancellation-NRA Self Defense Policy” notices you have received. Rest assured, very shortly you will be receiving information on our new replacement policy, created specifically for you, a member of our Second Call Defense family. Information on our new membership program and insurance policy will be available for you before your current policy cancellation date.

Imaginary Dangers

The Real and Imaginary Dangers of Firearms Training

by Rob Morse

The most dangerous thing about guns is….

... I could accidently wound my pride.
... I need a new gun before I can take a class.
... I could make a mistake in a self-defense class.
... I might look clumsy or unsafe, and leave my ego bleeding on the classroom floor.

Ammunition Capacity

Do you have enough ammo to stop the threat?

by Drew Beatty

A gun is used to preserve your life in the face of a violent encounter. If you are forced to use your firearm, you are likely in a fight for your life or the life of someone relying on your protection. You are using the gun because the threat is real, it is imminent and unavoidable, and it needs to stop. NOW! Right now.

Defensive Ammunition

How to Choose Your Defensive Ammunition

by Keith Coniglio

Even the most cursory review of gun-related websites will illustrate how much research and effort concealed carriers put into their selection of firearms, holsters, and belts. "The best" might not exist, but that doesn't stop us from trying to find it, just in case.

Not Just a Gun

It's Not "Just a Gun"

by Keith Coniglio

For most of my life, firearms have simply been inanimate objects to me, tools no more capable of influencing one's character than a hammer or a microwave. But as calls for limiting citizens' right to be armed grew under the previous administration, I heard repeatedly how firearms were more than that. They were symbols. They bordered on supernatural talismans whose very presence could influence your character and behavior.

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