Posts Tagged ‘Defensive Tactics’

Man holding a blue gun pointed at another man

Properties of Survival

In order to survive a threat, three primary elements need to work together. First and foremost, you need to become aware of the threat. You then need to assess the threat. And finally, you must decide upon and carry out the appropriate response.

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Speed and Accuracy: Accurate Aimed Fire Ends Fights

Like many instructors, I prefer a student with no prior experience. Hopefully they have done their homework and understand how to manipulate the handgun, and load and unload it safely. However, if they have picked up bad habits and continue to exhibit these bad habits, there is some difficulty encountered during the class. I have to avoid terms like getting the student up to speed, because sometimes I have to slow them down.

Gray haired man in green shirt, blue jeans and red ear protection practices his shooting skills with wooded area in the background.

Active Shooters

Our personal defense and firearms expert takes a hard look at a difficult problem. The problem is not the lack of a plan. The problem is being willing to implement the plan. When a discussion of active shooters and mass shootings comes up, the right-minded among us want to do something and to have a plan. 


Advanced Tactics

Part 4 in series on concealed carry.

Once you have passed the basic course, you need to become a proficient shooter. Few will become expert marksmen in a short time, but the ability to become proficient personal defense shooters is well within your reach. First, you address the basic skills and then you learn tactics. Facing the criminal element with skills and tactics to dominate the situation is a formidable problem for which the police train constantly.

Book Excerpt: Shooter’s Bible Guide to Concealed Carry

It is your right to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family. However, it is your responsibility to know how to operate that gun correctly and safely. In the Shooter’s Bible Guide to Concealed Carry, author Brad Fitzpatrick delivers on-target tips and valuable information on familiarizing yourself with firearms and gaining the confidence you need to protect yourself in the worst of situations.

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Beat the High Cost of Ammo and Shoot More

Ammunition is in short supply, but high demand these days. As soon as it is delivered at the loading ramp, the line starts forming in anticipation of when it will hit the shelves. The high demand has also caused prices to follow, but that doesn’t mean we can afford to let our hard-earned skills suffer as a result.

Ed Friedman, a contributor for the NRA publication Shooting Illustrated, chose the M134 Minigun as his "just one gun."

Just One Disaster Gun: What Would You Choose?

Some of the editors and contributors at NRA Publications made their choices, which included the Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 (Mark Keefe, American Rifleman); the SRM Arms Model 1216 12 gauge (Shawn Skipper, Assistant Online Editor); and the M134 Minigun (Ed Friedman, Shooting Illustrated). What would you choose? Let us know in the comments section below.

 —Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle Staff

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Terminal Ballistics

This is the third part of our study on ballistics. First, we looked at interior ballistics which is what happens when the shooter fires and the bullet is still in the gun. After that, we briefly examined exterior ballistics, which is what happens once the bullet leaves the muzzle of the gun and the forces that act on it as it travels to the target. Now we will look at terminal ballistics. This is what happens once the bullet arrives at the intended destination.

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Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight

By Roger Eckstine

You’ve ended up in a confrontation because someone surprised or tricked or trapped you. You’ve moved to get to your carry gun, but the attacker (or attackers) are trying to take your sidearm away from you. All of this can take place in just a second or two.

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What Makes Good Cover?

Picture yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to find a barrier to block incoming fire. You are standing about 30 yards from your attacker and he is about to shoot. To your left is a standard brick wall; to your right is a small economy car. Which one is going to stop those bullets from passing through? The answer can be complicated. The caliber of the attacker’s firearm, the angle of fire, as well as distance are all potential factors in whether or not your chosen barrier will keep you safe. While in public, I realize that many of you would be armed, but for argument’s sake, let us explore what makes a good barrier, just in case you forget your Concealed Carry Weapon!

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Close Quarters Battle: An Overview

Close quarters combat, or close quarters battle is an especially dangerous type of combat where small units engage enemies with personal weapons at short-range. Typically, the attackers try a very fast, violent takeover of a structure controlled by the opposing force. There is usually no easy way to withdraw for the defenders in this situation.