CCW Redundancy

Two is one. One is None.

by Drew Beatty

How much redundancy is enough for concealed carriers?

"Two is one, one is none, and three is for me!" This old Navy Seal saying is often repeated in the military community, the preparedness community, and other circles — because it's true.

Mainstream Gun Owners

Gun Owners Are Mainstream, Not Extreme

by Drew Beatty

To listen to the nightly news, you might think that gun owners are the bad guys, as the media tells only stories of criminals and mass-murderers. The media point to the horrible tragedies of Newtown, Columbine, and Aurora, with their 24/7 endless media coverage and insist that these predators, these criminals, are the standard. They are wrong, and they know it.

Voodoo Gun Owners

Voodoo Gun Owners and Superstitious Self-Defense

by Rob Morse

We make two large mistakes about self-defense. Some of us think guns are good, and some of us think guns are bad. Both viewpoints, as I'll describe them here, are wrong.

There is no place for superstition in self-defense. The people who think guns are bad don't belong to Second Call Defense, so let's talk about our superstitious friends who think guns are good. It sounds silly when I describe our actions in such unflattering terms, but we all know many of these voodoo gun owners.

Personal Safety

Personal Safety: 7 Ways to Diminish Your Chance of Being a Victim

by Michelle Cerino

Over the years I've attended several courses and read many books and articles about personal safety. Offered here are 7 key aspects to increase your safety, no matter where you are.

1. Awareness

Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness

by Drew Beatty

How aware are you of your surroundings as you carry concealed? We carry concealed so that we can respond appropriately should a life or death encounter become unavoidable. If an attack happens without you being aware that it is developing, you are seriously behind the curve. How can you make sure you have appropriate situational awareness at all times?

Fitting a Firearm

A Fitting Solution: What Makes A Firearm Right For You

Keith Coniglio

Modern materials and design have allowed a lot of firepower to be jammed into a very diminutive package. In fact, manufacturers seem to be in constant competition to develop the most compact, lightweight pocket rocket to corner the concealed carry market.

Not Ready for CCW

Not Quite Ready to Carry Concealed

by Rob Morse

Many people don’t carry a firearm every day even though they have their concealed carry license. Are you one of them?

There is a world of difference between the theory of armed self-defense and the practice. Here are small steps that make carrying concealed feel comfortable.

Keep & Bear Memories

To Keep and Bear Memories

by Keith Coniglio

Given the current state of our nation, it's easy to fixate solely on the practical and political aspects of our Second Amendment. But I'd like you to take a moment to consider another facet; something deeper, more fundamental, and frankly more important.

Several weeks ago, I took my seven-year-old son to the range for some practice with his .22 rifle. As we left, we ran into another family unit - a boy and a girl about my son's age, their father, and his father - coming in for an afternoon of plinking.

Practice Time

Making The Most Of Practice Time

by Drew Beatty

I attempt to get to the shooting range regularly - at least twice a month. With limited time and ever-increasing ammunition costs, I've made the decision to maximize my practice time in an attempt to get the most value and benefit possible from the limited opportunities available.

We all have busy lives, but we know we need to stay sharp on our firearms skills. When there is only limited practice time available, what are the best skills to practice?

Planning for Failure

Planning for Failure

By Keith Coniglio

There's a tendency in the human psyche to seek safety in the perfect answer, the magic talisman, and the "right thing" that will be foolproof and fail proof. In the world of concealed carry, that usually leads to a great deal of research to identify the most reliable gun, the best-performing ammunition, and the most widely accepted training practices for our defensive shooting skills.