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Safety and Training

How to Create a Home Defense Plan That Really Works

Homeowners need to use comprehensive home defense strategies to protect their property. The most effective strategies require proper planning and the best information to prevent these incidents from happening in their homes. Here’s how to create a home defense plan that really works.

4 GI type 1911 pistols

Camping & Survival

Preppers: Choose Your Weapons

The question is, when the man says to choose your weapons, what is the choice? The real question must be what is the threat. I think most of us realize we need a handgun to always be with us and a long gun to even the odds and provide real protection. For a long term prepper to cover the needs and situation from a fixed base, the list is longer.

Maggie Reese shooting a Colt 1911 competition pistol

Concealed Carry

Match Grade Pistols for Carry and Home Defense

Many of us use a match grade pistol—the IDPA gun or the IPSC gun—for home defense. The reasons are simple. The pistol is accurate, easy to use well, and one that we are likely most familiar with. The pistol may have fired many thousands of rounds without a failure. When it has needed new guns springs, or a magazine has failed, it has been at a high round count. But then you say the authorities on personal defense say you should never carry a modified gun for personal defense. What’s the answer?

Bob Campbell shooting a pump shotgun

General

Thoughts on Home Defense Preparation

The most dangerous places are outside the home. Inside the home, we have barriers including outer doors, glass, and hard interior doors. Hopefully, the family has your back, and you have a plan. If not, you have more problems than even this article can address.

Picture shows a group of children in costumes, trick or treating on Halloween.

Safety and Training

Throwback Thursday—How to Stay Safe on Halloween

October 31 is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for many kids. Thoughts of all that candy, getting to stay out late, parties at school and a chance to be a superhero for a night are all innocent thoughts in a child’s mind. However, for adults we see the sinister side behind all the sugary treats and silly scares. Many states report higher crime rates on Halloween night.Are you planning to let the little ones trick-or-treat this year? If so, consider our safety tips compiled from various law enforcement agencies from around the country for a safe and fun Halloween night.

1911 pistol on top of several shooting patches

Safety and Training

Training: Shooting Well — Shooting to Win

Most shooters advance quickly. They go from having difficulty controlling their shots to what they think is good shooting. If they do not have other shooters to gauge their accuracy by, they often have an overinflated idea of their own skills. A few rounds of IDPA competition will put things in perspective. It is tempting to get pretty good with the handgun and then empty the pistol into the target. Machine gunning a paper target is fun but it isn’t viable training, and you do not learn much.

Breaking and Entering caught on film

General

Home During a Break In — How Will You React?

Is a home break in likely to go down the way you see it in the movies? Should you go all Rambo on the burglars and turn your home into the Ok Corral, or shelter in place in the closest closet? This article takes a look at items to consider when you realize an intruder is in your home.

Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm top vs. .45 ACP bottom

General

Choosing Your First Handgun

The most common question presented to trainers, writers, and the family ‘gun person’ is, “Which handgun should I purchase for personal defense?” The bottom line is dependent upon the shooter and how much or how little time, effort, and training will go into the final choice. Here are a few tips to get you on the right path.