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One-Handed Shooting

One of the most important, yet most commonly over-looked shooting skills is shooting with one hand.  Many people will give it a brief try while at the shooting range.  They’ll generally stop their practice shortly thereafter once they see how their accuracy is MUCH less than when using two hands. THAT’S the idea of practice!  […]

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Spotting Concealed Weapons

We had an incident in my bullion store yesterday that I thought I’d share. Because of the nature of our business, we have a number of, “risk mitigation” policies.  Identifying individuals with concealed weapons is one of them.  We discuss these policies at length with our employees – what they are and why we do […]

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Routines For Personal Safety

Developing various routines for common tasks is commonplace for most people.  For instance, you may start a pot of coffee each morning. Every morning, you follow the exact same process:  You go to the same cupboard, take out the beans, grind them, pour them into a filter, put the filter into the coffee machine, add […]

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4 Fundamentals Of An Accurate Shot

When I’m teaching my introductory pistol class, I tell my students to think of shooting a gun as an integrated system.  All parts need to be in sync to work well. As an example, to ride a bike, you must have inflated tires, a good chain, handlebars to steer, and pedals to push.  If any […]

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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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Distance and Movement Equals Life

There is a saying in the preparedness world:  The best place to be during an emergency is somewhere else. The idea being, be alert to bad situations and act accordingly.  If you see a situation deteriorating (such as the recent events in Furguson) or become aware of pending events (hurricane warnings, politically-charged court verdicts, etc.), […]

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Guns and Minors

Guns and minors.  Quite the touchy subject. A couple of months ago, I was teaching my FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation class, and one of the employees of the range came up to me with a question. He said that there was a person in the lobby that wanted to know if I taught minors about […]

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Shooting From Your Weak Side

The vast majority of people who go to the practice range do one thing: They stand in front of their target with their favorite two-hand stance and blast away. Clearly, this has a place in any practice routine, but the likelihood of that stance being the optimum presentation of your firearm during an emergency is […]

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Prepping Now For After The Shooting

There is a ton of information – lots of it right here on BoomerPreps.com – on how to prepare yourself for using a gun for self-defense. Tactics, weapons, training. But there is very little information on what you should do after you’ve been placed in the situation of having to shoot someone in defense of […]

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Traveling With Guns

I find myself traveling with guns quite a bit.  Mostly locally to my businesses and to my gun classes for the most part. California is a “may issue” state.  Depending upon the county, the chief of police or sheriff can set his or her own rules as to who is worthy of possessing legal self-defense. […]

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10 gun grabber lies

10 Things Gun Grabbers Lie To You About

A while back, I read an article in MarketWatch.com titled, “10 things the gun industry won’t tell you” (MarketWatch?  The financial website?). I want to address their lies, so I’m going to go point-by-point down their list, and tear them a new one. For us Baby Boomers, in particular, this is a critical issue.  There […]

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practice like its real

Practice Like It’s Real

I had a new Advanced Pistol student a while back. This was a gentleman who was a part-time security guard who I crossed paths with at the shooting range. His objective was to increase his accuracy and rapid target acquistition. Before the first session with any of my Advanced students, I spend 15 or 20 […]

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proper technique saves lives

Proper Technique Will Save Your Life

In one of my recent beginner pistol classes, I had a student ask about why technique is so important.  He was saying how he’d been shooting before and did just fine.  He knocked all the beer cans off the log, and had a great time. I told him that if his reason for taking my […]

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