Firing a handgun from the retention position

Training is Serious Business

Training is a hard business. If you are serious concerning personal defense—and God help you if you are not—you must train to the best of your ability, use proper tactics, and seek communion with like-minded shooters.

Two people with dark ski masks breaking into a home through the sliding glass door.

Why You Might Need Multiple Home Defense Plans

If you’re like me, on your nightstand you have a gun in a rapid access safe and at least one flashlight next to it. You will also have developed and practiced a home defense plan with your family so that your actions are second nature should you ever have a home invasion. But, for some people, this still may not be enough.

Bob Campbell shooting handgun from the hip

Will Your PDW Be Ready When You Need It? — Firearms and Reliability

When it comes to reliability, firearms and vehicles have much in common. Each is a machine of irreducible complexity—if one part goes bad the machine stops. Each requires maintenance and changing of springs and lubricants. And each may cause loss of life if not maintained. Some shooters have no idea what reliability is, because they have not really tested their firearms.

Man in tree wearing HSS Hanger Utility Harness

Hunter Safety System HSS Hanger Utility Harness

Hanging a tree stand can be tricky. You need to get up the tree, get the stand up the tree, and have about six hands to hold everything you need to attach the stand to the tree—until now. Hunter Safety System has introduced the HSS Hanger Utility Harness, which promises to make hanging stands safer and easier than ever.

Woman with pink ear muffs shooting a Glock handgun

Personal Defense With Limits — Caliber Selection

Personal Defense With Limits

When discussing handguns for personal defense there are arguments put forward that are at odds with the reality I have observed. After several years of university study, and 30 years as an armed professional, I have a rather confined idea of realism. I look for vetted information and demand an internal consistency from experiments and data. I feel that my conclusions are valid.

NSSF Home Defense

Good Judgment Must Accompany a Bedside Gun

If someone were to enter your home with the intent to do harm to you or your family, having a gun by the bedside and reacting just won’t cut it—you need good judgment, too. Clint Smith, president and director of Thunder Ranch Training Center suggests that to stay safe you need a plan and plenty of practice. There are no “do-overs.”