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Sights for Old Guys & Older Eyes

When I was starting my law enforcement career, I had excellent vision. Since then I have been very lucky and was able to avoid needing glasses up until only a few years ago. Carrying a firearm as part of my job, and for self-defense when not on duty, I had a serious interest in being able to see my sights, and be able to quickly get them lined up on a target. Over the years I have seen Continue reading “Sights for Old Guys & Older Eyes”

Choosing Self-Defense Ammunition

We are very lucky today. The choices in quality self-defense ammunition that are available now are greater than they have ever been. I’ll go into greater detail in a moment, but for now, know that most questions about what ammo you should buy are easy to answer. Most major ammunition manufactures produce a line of self-defense ammunition, and the differences in performance between Continue reading “Choosing Self-Defense Ammunition”

What’s The “Best” Self-Defense Caliber?

I get this question a lot. Some people really want advice and direction, others just want an affirmation that their favorite is mine as well. Here’s the deal – If you have a favorite caliber, intend to continue carrying that caliber for self-defense, and you shoot it well, then you can stop right here. If it works for you – more power to you. If you are undecided, then please continue – maybe I have something to offer, Continue reading “What’s The “Best” Self-Defense Caliber?”

Low Light Firearms Training

Several years ago a cop buddy and I decided to do some low light live fire training at the range. We headed out in the late afternoon, and when we got to the range there were several people still out there shooting. We took advantage of the time and did some sighting in of his new .308 rifle and scope set-up. Soon we were all alone at the range – it being too dark to do much shooting, Continue reading “Low Light Firearms Training”

The Carbine for Self-Defense Use

In self-defense or home protection, you generally have three choices – the handgun, the shotgun, and the carbine rifle. Later I’ll talk more about the handgun and the shotgun, but today, let’s talk about the carbine. Specifically, the AR-15 pattern carbine. I’ll start with some background and history on why it’s popular, then make some suggestions on how to set up your own AR for Continue reading “The Carbine for Self-Defense Use”

What Kind of Gun Should I Get?

Specific Recommendations: A quick foreshadowing: I will be making some recommendations on equipment, products, and brands. When I do this, I won’t tell you that any one is the best – instead, I will suggest several items or products, techniques or services that in my knowledge and experience have proved themselves to be of high quality and/or high value. Let me give you this advice to begin with – Continue reading “What Kind of Gun Should I Get?”

Why I do Things the Way I do

I was hired by a police department in 1983. I realized pretty quickly I didn’t know a lot about being a cop, but I knew enough to know I didn’t know much. So, I went to a lot of training – just about every class I could go to, I did. Because in the very beginning I was a reserve officer, I went to a lot of classes on my own time – the department let me go, it didn’t cost them anything, Continue reading “Why I do Things the Way I do”

Delay & Scan Before Re-Holstering

At the range, we get into habits. Draw and fire one round. Draw and fire two rounds. Draw and fire three rounds. Unload & re-holster. These drills are great for the person running the range. The degree and level of control is heavy, and the chance for mistake or injury with new shooters is reduced. As a new shooter, these types of drills will probably serve as the range Continue reading “Delay & Scan Before Re-Holstering”

Realistic Training for Real Situations

There is no way to train for every possible scenario. Instead, look to the most common situations encountered in shootings and use those as a basis for your training. From the very beginning, use techniques that will be applicable in high stress situations (train for those things that have most often occurred in actual shootings), and you will be as prepared as possible. Continue reading “Realistic Training for Real Situations”

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