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  • New From Smith&Wesson - The M&P22 Compact

    Smith and Wesson has introduced a new pistol into their popular M&P line, the M&P22 Compact.

    First impression: If you're one of the many people who own and carry the popular M&P Shield in either 9mm or .40, this is the perfect gun to have as a training gun/practice gun/plinking gun. While the dimensions of the M&P22 Compact aren't exactly the same as the Shield, the new gun feels like a Shield in your hands and would make an excellent gun to help newer shooters accustomed to smaller guns. The MP22 is longer than the Shield and is slightly wider, but the grip and ergonomics feel 100% like a Shield.

    The safety is larger and easier to operate than on the Shield, and the trigger weight on the gun we tried was about 8 pounds or so, with no stacking, a crisp break and decent resent. Sights were the standard 3 dot style and the accessory rail on the front of the gun is longer than the Shield.

    If you're looking to get more practice with your carry gun or want a gun that's fun to shoot without the snappier recoil of a mini 9mm, the M&P22 Compact should be on your shopping list.

  • New Rebates from Remington

    Remington has rolled out some new incentives that run through the end of the year.

    Consumer rebates are mail-in only. Valid on purchases made from 8/1/14 through 12/31/14. All requests must be postmarked by 1/24/15. More information and rebate forms available from Remington.com/rebates.

  • The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry - Secret Number Three

    The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry

    Secret #3: Know How to Operate Your Defensive Firearm and Train With It Regularly

    There's a cliché in firearms training that goes "When your life or the lives of people you care about are on the line, you’re not going to rise to the occasion. You’re going to fall to your lowest level of training."

    Yes, it's a cliché, but clichés don't become clichés because they're untrue. A gun isn’t a magic talisman of self-protection: It confers no special abilities of marksmanship onto its possessor and grants no ability to protect a life beyond the will of it's owner and his/her capabilities. Owning a gun doesn't actually make you safer any more than painting racing stripes on a car makes it go faster.

    Knowing how to defend your life or the lives of your loved ones isn’t a skill we’re born with, but it is one you'll need to acquire if you own a defensive firearm. You didn't acquire the skill of dealing with rush-hour traffic during your driver's license exam and you're not going to acquire the skill using your gun as a defensive weapon at your CCW class either.

    Volumes and volumes have been written about what makes "good" firearms training, and making the decision with whom to train can be confusing. Heaven knows there are a lot of bad trainers out there (and I've trained with a few myself...), but in general, a instructor who is accredited with a national organization like the NRA would be the first thing I'd look for. Beyond that, I would suggest getting a small amount of training from a diverse amount of trainers before making the commitment to a week-long school or similar course.

    Why? Three reasons.

    Variety. I've taken classes that are rooted in the Modern Technique of the Pistol, which dates back to the mid-60's, and I've taken classes that offer the latest in cutting-edge pistol and rifle instruction, and none of what I've learned in those classes has stepped on or diminished what I've learned in other courses. "Tools in the toolbox" is another cliché, but having a wide selection of skills allows you to adapt to a wide variety of situations.

    Legal. Every person who trains you is a potential witness for your defense if you have to use your firearm and wind up going to trial. Think back to the George Zimmerman trial: Mr. Zimmerman had only one person testifying as to how well he was trained with a firearm. Would you rather have one person testifying about the extent of your firearms training, or twelve?

    Cost. Money doesn't grow on trees, and the cost of a week-long class in ammo, fees and time off can be intimidating. Making a week-long commitment to a class that ends up teaching you little of value is a waste of time and resources.

    Beyond that, learn how to use your gun. Don't just go to a range and punch holes in a paper target, but consider all the steps needed before, during and after the shot. Does your gun have a safety? How easy is it to use? Can you easily reach the safety without looking at your gun or shifting your grip? Is your gun a double action/single action semiautomatic that has a different trigger pull for the first and second shots? How easy are the sights to acquire after each shot? Do the magazines stick in the gun when the release button is pushed?

    These are just some of the details that make little differences on the range but make a big difference when your life is on the line. 

    In addition to this, consider going to at least one practical pistol match. Nothing will teach you how you deal with stress like a Range Officer saying "Shooter ready? Standby!" and having a timer buzzer go off in your ear. What should be easy ("Walk over there, shoot two each holes in those two targets, then walk over there, shoot two more targets") suddenly becomes a nigh-impossible task under a massive adrenaline dump. In addition to the adrenaline inoculation, shooting a practical pistol match will quickly teach you how well your gun and gear works under stressful conditions. A practical shooting match like USPSA or IDPA isn't the "real thing", but it's the closest that 90% of us who don't carry a gun for living will ever experience to the real thing. Because of that, and because they're really fun to shoot, it's an eye-opening experience for anyone who owns a gun for defensive purposes.

    The bottom line is, you want to survive a violent armed encounter, and your loved ones want you to survive a violent armed encounter as well. Owning a gun is just the first step; mastering its use is the journey.

  • Building the perfect home defense AR-15

    Image courtesy of Tom McHale

    Ever since the first days of the double-barreled break action, the shotgun has reigned supreme as the home defense long gun of choice. But that is changing as the AR-15 and related guns becomes more and more popular with American gun owners as a range gun, competition gun and hunting rifle.

    But how does it work for defending your home?

    Very well, thank you.

    First off, let's talk about what we want a long gun (i.e. "not pistol") to do in a home defense scenario. Whether's it's buckshot, rifle rounds or higher-veloctity pistol ammo, a long gun should "bring more to the party" than what your CCW gun does. A home-defense long gun should also extend the engagement range beyond the 25 or so yards, yet still be able to maintain a decent volume of fire and not be too big our unwieldy inside the home. Taking all of that into account, today's AR-15's make a lot of sense for keeping your home safe.

    So what would the ultimate home-defense AR look like?

    I'd suggest starting with a pistol-length AR-15 for size and ease of maneuver inside your home. Then add a SIG Sauer pistol stabilizing brace for comfort and accurate fire, along with a laser sight for accurate fire from awkward positions, a rail-mounted flashlight for navigation and target identification and a sling for keeping it near you moving around the house. Lastly, because rifle rounds like .223 are LOUD compared to pistol ammo, consider adding a suppressor to your rifle in order to protect your ears and the hearing of your family.

  • The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry - Secret Number Two

    The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry

    2. Don't Make A Lifetime Commitment To The First Gun You Carry

    In part one, we talked about the importance of having your gun near you at all times, because having a concealed carry permit and not having your gun with you is like having a drivers license and a car but always asking your friends for a lift.

    So let's talk about the gun you carry. First, the bad news: There's a good chance your first choice for a concealed carry gun won't be quite right for you. Now, the good news: That gun can be used for something else.

    Back in 2006, I did extensive research before I purchased a CCW gun about what I thought was the best gun for me. I tracked down features and prices, weighed in size and power, and after weeks and weeks of research, I bought what I considered to be the be-all and end-all of concealed carry guns; a pocket-sized, 10 round 9mm handgun from a new manufacturer that cost less than $300.

    And I made a bad choice.

    • Sub-compact or "mini" 9mm's aren't known for their shootability and aren't a good choice for a first-time concealed carry gun.
    • Its small size made recoil unpleasant and it was full of rough edges and sharp corners that physically hurt my hand after fifty rounds.
    • To make matters worse, because the manufacturer had just started making guns, my gun was unreliable and broke often.

    I bought a "pocket sized" 9mm because I thought I was getting the best of both worlds: A pistol that I could easily conceal but that still gave me 10+1 rounds of 9mm when I needed it. I still have that gun, but it's a tertiary weapon for me, at best. After that experience, rather than try to find one gun that "does it all", I've settled into a rotation of three guns for concealed carry:

    It's important to remember that my choices are just that: Mine. Would I be happier with, say, a SIG 938 or an XD-S instead of my Shield? Maybe. The truth is, however, we are living in a Golden Age of handguns. Almost *any* pistol from *any* reputable manufacturer these days is up to the task of defending your life, and it's up to you to find the one that works best for you for price, accessories and features.

    When it comes to concealed carry guns, buyer's remorse is no big deal: Unless you're used to carrying the equivalent weight of one or more cans of soda around on your waist, carrying a gun every day of your life will be a learning process, and part of that learning process is learning which gun works best for you. This is even more true about holsters: You are going to buy more than one, and the sooner you accept that fact, the better. You don't have one pair of shoes for dress and work and sports, and you're going to have more than one holster for your gun as well. Don't chase fads, but don't put up with something that is uncomfortable, hampers a smooth draw or does not carry your gun in a safe manner. 

    Next up in Part Three: Know the limitations of your gun and yourself.

  • The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry - Secret Number One

    The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry

    1. Make the Commitment to Carry Whenever and Wherever You Can

    Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to carry a firearm and protect yourself and your loved ones from the threat of deadly force. Carrying a firearm is the most adult decisions you will ever make, because by carrying a a self-defense sidebar you are taking responsibility for your own self-protection. You have realized (as many people before you have realized) that there WILL NOT be a policeman near you when you need one the most, and have chosen to become your own first responder.

    However, having a gun nearby means rearranging your lifestyle and wardrobe to accommodate your gun, and that requires effort and commitment because thankfully, chances are you won’t need to use your gun, and that’s a very good thing indeed. A good analogy would be the smoke detectors in your home: No, you probably won’t ever need to use them, but if you do, they can save your life.

    Because carrying a gun requires you to make changes in your routine, it can be tempting to only carry your firearm when you “feel you might need it”, like when driving through a dodgy part of town or going on a long trip. The fact is, though, that we don’t get to decide when we’ll need to use a gun to save our lives, that choice has been made by the criminal who decides we are prey.

    Carrying a firearm for self-defense isn’t like owning a firearm for hunting: There is no “open season” on bad guys. We don’t decide to go looking for trouble, it’s trouble that (regretfully) finds us. Therefore, carrying a gun only when you “feel you need it” is like owning a fire extinguisher only when you’re planning on cooking creme brûlée or some other flammable dish: You don’t get to decide when to have a house fire or not, and you don’t get to decide when you might be mugged (or worse).

    Making a commitment to owning and carrying a defensive pistol is just that, a commitment. Fortunately, today’s holsters and pistols are designed to be easy to wear and easy to carry, so the changes you’ll need to make to your routine are very minimal and soon you’ll be carrying your gun wherever and whenever you can.

    More on that in Part Two of this series.

  • Competition is not training, which is not real-life

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    Jim Glennon has a thought-provoking article on LawOfficer.com.

    Think about what many officers do when it comes to range practice. They begrudgingly report to the range, take off their jackets, maybe their body-armor, stretch their arms, put on their “ears and eyes”, get themselves in the right frame of mind, maybe practice drawing and aiming, and then finally, when physically and mentally prepared they raise their hands and say “Ready.” Which is exactly how real gunfights happen.

    I shoot USPSA and/or IDPA at least two times a month, and I've had over 200 hours of firearms training at this point in my life, and I was "Ready" for every single shot I sent down-range.

    There's many good reasons why this happens, and safety is the biggest. Chaotic activity is the norm in a violent encounter, but chaotic activity on a shooting range tends to get people killed. This is where airsoft has been such a boon to "civilian" firearms training:, allowing us to safely use force-on-force training to practice and prepare as close as we can to the "real world".

    If all you do is punch holes in a paper target, consider shooting IDPA or USPSA. If you compete, why not mix in some "tactical" courses to break you of the double tap habit? If you train, expand your horizons with some force-on-force or a friendly airsoft duel.

    The life you save may be your own.

  • SIG Sauer Rebates Are Ending Soon

    Thinking of buying a new SIG Sauer pistol or rifle?

    Think fast.

    The SIG Sauer Summer Rebate programs are coming to an end. $200 back on the purchase of select SIG rifles ends on July 31st (that's in three short days) and two free mags and a soft case ends four days from now on August 1st. You'll have a couple of weeks after the purchase date to redeem your rebate, but the rebates themselves are ending soon.

    REAL soon.

  • Is Firearms Training Your Single Point of Failure?

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    "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." 
    - Murphy's Law

    "Murphy was an optimist." 
    - Anonymous

    There's a saying in the "prepping" community, "Two is one and one is none", which means that if you rely on one item or plan to get you through the bad times, that single item will fail you at some point.

    This is true in industry, communications, warfare or any other endeavor that relies on equipment or processes. Things break, people forget stuff, and Murphy's Law reigns supreme.

    So how come people get their concealed carry license and think that's all the training they'll need? Or why do some people latch onto a single "style" of firearms training rather than seek out different trainers with different techniques?

    I've had training from many different firearms trainers, from local NRA-approved instructors to bigger names like Rob Pincus and Gabe Saurez. I've had training in pure "combat" techniques but also have attended classes from top-notch competition shooters like Rob Leatham.

    And you know what? None of what I learned in all those diverse training classes has stepped on or hurt my ability to learn other styles of training. The "balance of speed and precision" you learn in a Combat Focus Shooting class works just dandy in an IDPA match, and the quick target transitions I learned from shooting USPSA helps me be a better student in a self-defense class.

    In addition to all of those benefits, consider this: If (God forbid) you are involved in a self-defense shooting and wind up needing to go to court to defend your innocence after you've defended your life, the people who have trained you how to safely and efficiently use a gun can (and probably will) be called to testify on your behalf. Think about it: Would you rather have one person take the stand in your defense, or have a half-dozen people (or more) talk about how you were trained by them to safely use your gun?

    Strength in numbers is true on the street, and it's true in the courtroom as well.

    So if you've had some training beyond what's required for your concealed carry permit, consider branching out to new trainers and new classes to broaden your horizons and improve your ability to deal with whatever life throws at you.

  • Are you finished, PETA? Well then, allow me to retort.

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals posted this provocative (and wrong) image on social media last week.

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    Now there are some people who will tell you that soccer is not a sport, but having played in high school and college, I can tell you that yes, soccer is a sport, and a darn demanding one at that.

    But that's not my first response. This is.

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    And that's all I need to say.

     

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