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Securing Your Self-Defense Weapons

One of the most difficult issues we address in our various Personal Safety workshops is how to correctly store your self-defense weapons.  Regardless of the device, the ultimate objective is to ensure that unauthorized individuals do not gain access to your devices.  Whether the course is on stun guns, pepper spray, Tasers or handguns, the […]

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Guns: Is That Premeditated?

Anyone who owns a gun for self-defense has thought about the repercussions of having to use the gun to protect their life, or the life of another.  I can think of few things that would be more of a emotional jolt than taking the life of another human being. One of the things that would […]

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12 DIY Home Invasion Preps

I don’t know if home invasion robberies have become more common or if they’re just getting more press.  Irrelevant, IMO, because one thing we know is, they DO happen with some regularity. I did a Google news search on, “home invasion” and got 93,400 results.  That was just news articles.  You get a couple million […]

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Get Out Of Your Safety Comfort Zone

Back in the early 1970’s, I spent some time on my uncle’s land up in Redding, California.  One of the most memorable things I did was to learn how to drive a car with a clutch. He gave me a 5-minute explanation and demonstration, then tossed me the keys to an old, beat up VW […]

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Active Shooters: Bring It To The Bad Guys

I’ve been working on another project that involves educating folks about various dangerous scenarios.  I currently have seven of them – things like date rape, home invasions and stalkers.  I’ve been working on adding an eighth scenario for this project:  Active Shooters. A remorseless, instant gratification mass murderer.  This is important to remember. A part […]

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Top 6 Pistol Shooter Errors

In my years as a pistol instructor, patterns have emerged.  These following six items are the most common pistol shooter errors I see – in new and experienced shooters. In my classes, I stress these 6 items, so when my students get into the range, they have a greater probability of success – and with […]

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Using Stun Guns and Tasers

Recently, I have been doing a fair bit of research into personal protection/safety options when guns are not a legal form of self-defense. As I mentioned in my article about pepper spray – nothing is as important as being aware of your environment and avoiding trouble and dangerous situations as much as possible. However sometimes, […]

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Shooting Drills – Keeping It Fresh

I hate jogging. It is unlikely that there is a sport or activity that I dislike more.  I know it’s good for you, it builds your endurance and you can get that “natural high” from the rush of endorphins your body will produce. I still hate it. You’re on a track or out on a […]

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Defend Against Road Rage

In virtually all of my classes geared towards personal safety, we start off with a question:  What is the best way to survive a disaster?  The answer?  Don’t be there! It might seem like a trite answer, but it is much deeper than you might think.  The underlying philosophy is to have high situational awareness […]

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Pepper Spray Selection and Use

In a world that has many dangers; personal safety can be a big concern for people. In some parts of the world it is not legal to carry self-defence weapons such as guns, knives etc. This can leave people vulnerable to an attack. Before we go any further with this – I want to stress […]

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Ladies: Buy Your Own Guns

It’s happened again. I had another lady take my NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation class wanting to learn how to shoot a gun her husband had purchased.  These guns will be used for personal protection, and left in the house.  They’ll be “nightstand guns” to be used when the husband is not home. To date, […]

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Emergency Defensive Weapon Fixes

In all of our personal safety classes, we spend a great deal of time discussing and demonstrating the working parts of each defensive tool.   This is an important aspect of self-defense training, as virtually every defensive tool is subject to failure.  Stuff can break! If you don’t understand how it works, you have no chance […]

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Flinching? Embrace The Recoil

Many years ago – before I became an instructor – I took my wife to the range with me to get her familiar with a new gun I had recently purchased – a Smith and Weston .357 Magnum. The model I purchased had a fairly short barrel – 2 1/2 inches long. I preceded to […]

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