Dry Fire Drills

Enhance Your Pistol Skills with 3 Dry Fire Practice Drills

by Drew Beatty

Dry fire practice — the practice of firing a firearm without ammunition — is an essential part of your handgun shooting skill development. Most modern pistols can be dry fired thousands of times without issue. It's inexpensive, it takes recoil out of the equation, and it's easy to do at home. While it's not as exciting as live fire, there are some key fundamental skills you can enhance with dry fire practice.

First, a reminder about the four rules of gun safety:

Self Defense Class

The First Steps are the Biggest: Your First Self-Defense Class

by Rob Morse

You signed up for your first self-defense class. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the new ideas. Here is a review of what you'll learn, and what you'll need to unlearn.

Safety

You thought safety was for beginners. Firearms safety is a lifelong skill for both beginners and professionals. We simply hold the professionals to a higher standard of performance.

Preparation

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.

Concealed Carry 101

Concealed Carry 101

by Richard Turnquist

Before I was a concealed carry permit holder, I used to wonder what it took to be able to legally carry a concealed firearm — it can seem daunting to someone just starting out.

Here are a few things to think about as you go on your journey from disarmed citizen to armed self-protector.

Low Light Upgrades

Out of the Dark Ages: Low-Light/No-Light Upgrades for Your Defensive Pistol

by Keith Coniglio

The importance of identifying potential threats and engaging them accurately doesn’t fade when the sun goes down. Just a few simple additions to your defensive pistol can help you see what you might otherwise be missing.

Caliber Shamer

Don't Be A Caliber Shamer

by Trent Marsh

You've met them. You might be one of them. The "caliber shamers" are not only unproductive, but they can unknowingly promote dangerous behavior.

Protective Parenting

Planning for Protective Parenting

by Michelle Courtney

The most basic duty of a parent is to care for and protect her children. I live with this reality every day as the mother of 3 young children. Caring for them is usually the easy part. It's the protection part that takes a bit more work. Thankfully, the majority of that work is protecting them from their own curiosities, and from each other.

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.

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