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.

Citizen's Arrest

Should You Attempt a Citizen's Arrest?

by Dean Rieck

There is little debate about the right of citizens to protect themselves. However, when a citizen attempts to prevent or stop a crime, the rules of engagement are tricky and may expose you to legal jeopardy.

For example, making a citizen's arrest may be legal in certain situations. According to FindLaw:

Carry Gun Upgrades

Carry Gun Upgrades

by Keith Coniglio

No firearm you own could benefit more from improved accuracy and fit than the one with which you may defend your life, yet many shooters are hesitant to make modifications out of fear that the process is somehow beyond their abilities. The truth is, improvements can be made with easily available drop-in parts, requiring only basic tools that you likely already own.

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Realistic Training

Are You Ready for "Realistic" Training?

by Rob Morse

A variety of courses call themselves "realistic" or reality-based training. To name a few, they could include move-and-shoot scenarios, video-based simulator training, or even force-on-force training with simunitions. Realistic training is certainly an exciting ride. Whether it is good training or an arcade game depends, in part, on you and what you're ready to learn.

Should you take such a class even if it was free? Let's see if reality based training is appropriate for you.

Off-Body Carry

3 Challenges of Off-Body Concealed Carry

by Trent Marsh

The most difficult decision most people face once they decide to start carrying, is how they are going to do so. Inside-the-waist, outside-the-waist, appendix, back, every carrying style has advantages and disadvantages, and varying levels of comfort. At times, none of these carry methods may be suitable.

Criminal Commands

When the Criminal Doesn't Obey your Commands

by Greg Ellifritz

It's a rewarding thing to watch my firearms students as they learn and progress. They start with safe gun handling skills, the basics of marksmanship, and learning when it is legally appropriate to shoot someone. If they continue training, they might learn more "tactical" or combative shooting skills. As their abilities improve, they might move on to more scenario oriented classes using role players armed with Simunition or airsoft guns.

Involuntary Trigger Squeeze

Beware the Involuntary Trigger Squeeze

You've probably read a story or two similar to this over the years ...

A police officer confronts a violent criminal. He pulls his gun and aims it at the suspect, ordering him to turn around and place his hands on his head. The suspect complies, but seconds later, the gun goes off and the suspect is shot in the back, killing him.

The officer claims it was an accident, but a prosecutor claims it was a cold-blooded execution. The officer is convicted for murder and the city is sued for millions of dollars.

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:

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