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Reality Check — What are you training for?

After recent events in Barcelona, Orlando, Paris, Las Vegas and other places, the prospect of a lone wolf or organized attack with severe consequence seems more and more plausible. I am certain any right-minded person would stop a terror attack if it was within their ability. But that is the question: “Do you have the ability?” The first thing you have to consider is that you may be killed. Many terrorists, unlike common killers, are on a hell-bound trip. Holding a gun on them or threatening them will be meaningless.

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Tackling Trigger Jobs — Top Tips for Triggers

Trigger pull, trigger jobs, trigger reset—the trigger has as much (or more) to do with accuracy on a handgun as the sights. However, there is a lot of bad information on how and when you should look into having a trigger job done on your favorite pea shooter, and the best trigger pull weight for your purposes.

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Video: Gun Range Safety and Etiquette — A Beginners Guide

Going to an established range is one of the best ways to be introduced to the shooting sports. While getting your start in shooting by going with a friend or family member who is already an experienced shooter is always recommended, shooting at an established range with a professional Range Safety Officer (RSO) or certified instructor is your safest option.

Rob Leatham and Rob Pincus on the firing line

Video: Assessing the Environment During a Self Defense Confrontation

There are a lot of tactical trainers to choose from these days. Some trainers are better than others—as are some students, but that is another story. Occasionally, the lesson may have been taught correctly, but as the word (lesson) spreads, each copy gets a little fuzzier. Before long, self-professed experts, well-intentioned neophytes, and keyboard ninjas are parroting once solid tactics, but their version has drifted so far from the original intent, that the lesson has morphed into something that has wandered over the line into being dangerous.

In this video, Rob Latham and Rob Pincus discuss the differences between the assessment of a stage at a competition and a tactical situation. Common mistakes competition shooters habitually bring to a tactical situation, and the correct way to assess your situation during a confrontation. Are you making some of these mistakes? How many of these mistakes have you seen in live training classes or other online videos.

Share the lessons you learned, tips for others, or general thoughts about the video in the comment section.

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What to Do with Firearms and Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters

You do not have to be a victim of a hurricane to experience the destructive effects of flooding. A broken pipe, ruptured water heater, or a sump pump that goes out during a storm is enough to do it in some areas. In any case, flooding and firearms are not only a bad mix, it can be a financial disaster. This leaves firearms owners who have seen their guns and stored ammunition submerged by flood waters wondering whether their firearms and ammunition can be salvaged and used safely. Fortunately, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) have the answer. Here is the full release.

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Training: Shooting Well — Shooting to Win

There have been many books written on shooting from Hit the White Part by my friend Massad Ayoob to Paul Weston’s book on combat shooting for police and Ed McGivern’s Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting. Some are dated and while Chic Gaylord’s Handgunner’s Guide is worth a look, the gear is outmoded. All are worth a read. Anything by Jeff Cooper and his able student Gabriel Suarez, is worth the money.

NYCPD police scramble to answer a terror threat.

Into the Mind: Lone Wolf Attacks

The lone wolf attacks of the past few years have been called a leaderless Jihad. This is essentially correct. From the Boston Bombers to the attacks in Orlando, we are seeing those with mental illness to one degree or another, marginality, and difficulty sustaining relationships becoming cyber-radicalized. The problem of cyber radicalism is a current one that sees no sign of abatement.

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NSSF: Safely Loading and Unloading the AR-15

The single most popular firearm in America today is America’s rifle, the AR-15. Sportsman, hunters, competitive shooters, law enforcement, home defense—the number of uses and users may be impossible to count, but the fact that America’s rifle is here to stay is unequivocal. Many of us already own one or more AR-15s, others are still looking for the right deal or to build their own.

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Home During a Break In — How Will You React?

We have all watched a movie, and most likely felt at least a touch of anxiety for the innocent victim, as the bad guy breaks into an occupied home. It is not hard to put yourself in the victim’s shoes. While the comment section on an article like this is often filled with bravado, in reality, your shorts might end up filled with something not as sweet smelling or quite as likely to impress or intimidate the would-be burglar.

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The Dangers of the 21-Foot Rule

The word “rule” has been carelessly tossed about by law enforcement and CCW trainers for decades—perhaps it was just misunderstood. In truth, when talking about the 21-foot rule, most are referring to the “Tueller Drill.” Careless lips have led to some dangerous conclusions, especially among the civilian population. It’s a confusion that’s being cynically exploited to get headlines, and it has even reared its ugly head in the courtroom a time or two, but it needs to be addressed for safety.

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Video: Drawing Your Pistol in a Car

There are those that do and those that do not, but guessing from the majority or comments The Shooter’s Log receives, I’d say most of us believe carrying a firearm means concealed. However, there are multiple ways to carry, both on your person and off body. In my vehicle, I have a holster between the seat and the console. I have also used a magnet or holster under the steering column. All of these methods carry advantages and disadvantages, but the reason I employed these solutions was a belief that I could not effectively draw my handgun from a waistband holster while seat belted.

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Should Employers Require Employees to Get a Carry Permit?

For years, the anti gunners have railed against concealed weapon permits putting law-abiding self-defenders on the defensive (no pun intended). Many businesses and business owners have followed suit by posting the places of employment or placing a negative stigma on anyone who carries. This has forced most concealed carriers to hide more than their handgun. But why?

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After You Get a Concealed Weapons Permit 101

It is encouraging to see so many Americans obtaining their concealed weapon permit. These new shooters are supporters of the Second Amendment and have taken steps to be responsible for their own safety and security. Yet, in many cases, there are people among them that are armed with a deadly weapon but unable to defend themselves well.