Your Hump Day Reading List for February 17, 2016

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More goodness for you to peruse! Today we have an article on police response times to 9-1-1 calls; a look at how to prevent “the runs” and why you need to; buying a gun for your wife and why you shouldn’t even go there; Ian McCollum looks at a Mexican autoloading rifle (no, this is not a joke); a newspaper actually presents a good article about the use of deadly force in response to a break-in; avoiding a carjacking; and ...

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Maintaining your pocket revolver: 8 tips to keep your defensive gun in tip-top shape.

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If my emails are any indication, there are a lot of people out there carrying a revolver in their pocket. It might be a backup or secondary gun, but for a lot of people — especially those who live in warmer climates — it’s a primary defensive arm.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that here in Oregon we don’t get a lot of truly hot weather. This last summer was an exception to that rule (I endured a record ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Dec, 16, 2015

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This week we take a look what to do AFTER you’ve defended yourself; paper really can stop bullets; Ian McCollum with another rare and unusual antique revolver; Massad Ayoob covers some court cases gun owners should be aware of; how a holster is made; the Ruger Mini-14 story; what delayed blowback looks like in action; and understanding why blunt trauma is a lethal threat.

 

If you only have time to read one article this week, make it this one.

Let’s say you’ve ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 25, 2015

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, and you know what I’m thankful for? All of the great articles I found this week! We’ve got Greg Ellifritz commenting on a particularly ridiculous gun article; some talk about talking with business owners who ban guns on their premises; Richard Johnson reviews an interesting new pistol caliber carbine; saving money while reloading ammunition; Claude Werner looks at the case of a woman who pulled her gun when she really shouldn’t have; and Ian McCollum has the ...

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Don’t like your holster? Try changing your pants!

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A new holster recently taught me something valuable about concealed carry comfort that had nothing to do with the holster — it had more to do with my pants!

I’ve been accused of being a Luddite, and to some degree I can see why people might think that. Yes, I like revolvers and lever action rifles — but I also like polymer striker fired pistols and bullpup rifles with battery-powered scopes. In essence, I like what works and if it works, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 11, 2015

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This is really a “Hump Day” for me — it’s been a hectic week! Not so hectic that I didn’t collect a few things for your reading enjoyment, however: Ian McCollum has a video about one of the very rarest Colt/Browning pistols, the Model 1909; Greg Ellifritz takes a different view of an active killer response; some myths about women and concealed carry; a high-tech way you might be helping people to break into your own home; some frank talk ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 28, 2015

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Another Wednesday, another batch of interesting articles for you to read! On today’s episode: I appear on The RoadGunner Podcast to talk about lever action rifles; Greg Ellifritz dissects a violent purse snatching; shooting a gun from a “man purse”; Julie Loeffler talks about other women’s reactions to your gun; and The Handgun World Podcast talks about revolvers and gun-owning doctors. Let’s get started!

 

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I recently appeared on The RoadGunner Podcast with “The Un-Named Trucker” (quite possibly the worst-kept ...

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What were the best things I saw at the NRA Show? Tables and foam!

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As you may have heard, I attended the annual NRA Show & Meetings this last weekend (frankly, I only go for the show; the internal machinations of the NRA interest me not in the least) and I did see a couple of things that were pretty darned neat.

The NRA Show is the largest consumer trade show in the shooting industry, with some 500 vendors showing their wares and everything open to any NRA member who wants to attend. It’s the ...

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Flying with guns: some tips to make it a little less stressful

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Yes, you can fly with guns — but it can be an intimidating experience. Here’s how to make it a little smoother.
I have, on occasion, flown with a gun. The procedures have changed over the years (and it was a whole lot easier in the pre-9/11 era), but it’s not an uncommon practice. It is common, however, for people to have trouble with the practice!

I’ll admit it can be a little frustrating, particularly if you don’t ...

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How do you carry a gun when it’s not easy to carry a gun?

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I’ll be honest: I find carrying a firearm to be work. I know, someone out there will chime and and tell me that it’s not really work, that they “never notice” their gun, and so on. Frankly I think that’s nonsense!

I’ve been carrying a concealed firearm for a long time now, and while it’s not uncomfortable it’s definitely not as liberating as walking around without that extra weight on my belt. (Yes, I do have top-end holsters and belts; it ...

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A photographer asked 17 people in Alabama why they carry a gun. What’s your answer?

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Since this is Friday, I thought I’d leave you with something a little lighter for the weekend.

Last year the Alabama News Group (which owns the Birmingham and Huntsville newspapers) sent a photographer out to talk to seventeen concealed carriers (CCW holders) who carry their guns regularly. The premise was simple: why do you carry a gun? The resulting pictures show normal, everyday Alabamans who exercise their right to self protection, ...

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How often do you think about your belt loops? Some thoughts on clothing for concealment.

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Sometimes it’s the little things that affect us the most. For concealed carry, take some time to think about the little things in your wardrobe!

The other day I came across this article by Jeff Gonzales at the Trident Concepts blog. Jeff was examining the belt loops on his pants and discovered that not only weren’t they all the same size, they weren’t even consistent about placement. He then figured out ...

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DVD review: Backup Guns – Selection, Carrying & Training

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A while back the folks at the Personal Defense Network sent me a bunch of new DVDs for review. The DVDs cover a wide range of topics, and I’ll be reviewing all of them over the next few weeks. Today I’m starting with one that I think a lot of you will be very interested to watch: how to choose, carry, and train with a backup gun!

Disclaimer: These DVDs were supplied ...

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Can you draw your gun one-handed? Should you be able to?

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One of the overlooked aspects of getting the gun into play involves things we do that impede the draw process. Here’s why I think you need to pay closer attention to how you draw your handgun.

In my Threat-Centered™ courses I teach a block on one-handed (strong hand) shooting and the plausible reasons it might be necessary, but I’ve never really been as diligent about applying the same logic and analysis ...

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Is defensive education sexist?

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A recent article on another site suggests that female gun carriers are being “told” what they should or shouldn’t do. How valid is that criticism?

A few weeks back I wrote about the problems with off-body carry (as in a purse, satchel, or briefcase.) While I was careful to make the article as gender-neutral as possible (I even used a picture of a man instead of a woman), the reality is that off-body ...

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Illustrating the issue with off-body carry.

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Off-body carry, such as in a purse or handbag, brings with it a peculiar risk. Sometimes all we need to do is look at the news to understand it!

As I’ve mentioned previously, Off-body carry (OBC) is a convenient way to tote a defensive firearm. It doesn’t require any changes to one’s wardrobe, and the gun is ostensibly “always” there.

Except when it’s not.

A news report out of Austin, Texas chronicles a series of violent purse snatchings that have made the ...

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Purses and bags – are they really a good place to carry a gun?

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Lots of people do it, but what are the downsides?

“Off-body carry” (OBC) is a catch-all term for carrying a gun in something that is not attached to your person. We usually think of OBC as being in a purse (female-centric), but that’s not always the case; many men, I’ve found, carry their personal defensive firearm in a shoulder bag (“manpurse” or messenger bag) or a backpack.

The first major issue with OBC is the speed of employment. It’s much slower to ...

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Something I discovered while working with appendix carry

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I’ve been investigating appendix carry since last fall and have already talked about some of its advantages and disadvantages in other venues. I noticed something the other day, though, that surprised me.

Appendix carry (placing the firearm in front of your body, somewhere between the navel and the point of your hip) is quite popular these days. Some people think it’s wonderful while others deride it as nonsensical. I fall somewhere in ...

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CCW: Some more thoughts on the appendix position for concealed carry.

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The appendix carry position (so named because the gun is on the front of your body, between your navel and the point of your hip; roughly on top of your appendix if you’re a right-hander) has gotten quite popular in recent years. That popularity has made it the subject of both scorn and praise, with some believing it’s the work of Beelzebub himself and others opining that it’s the best thing since a bunch of duck hunters in Louisiana decided ...

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Book Review: Concealed Carry For Women by Gila Hayes

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I recently received (courtesy of the author) a copy of the new book “Concealed Carry For Women” by Gila Hayes. (In the interest of full disclosure, I assisted Gila with some pictures for this book and there is at least one picture of me inside. I’ve also known her for many years and consider her a friend, which is not a word I use frivolously. Even if I didn’t know her, however, I believe my review would ...

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What’s a SnagMag, you ask?

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Today I’m bringing you a review of a product for autoloaders. Why? Because I often carry a semiauto pistol, I’m sure most of you do as well, and I’m always looking for ways to make doing so a little easier. I think I’ve found such a product, one which I didn’t even know existed until a couple of months ago. Note that I said “think”; you’ll see why in a bit.

I was recently introduced to a fellow who makes a very ...

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It’s official: Defensive Revolver Fundamentals has been released!

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My latest book, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals, officially launched yesterday! The Outdoor Wire carried the press release, saying “In his new book, Defensive Revolver Fundamentals, Cunningham makes an informed and convincing case for the revolver as a personal defense firearm.”

This is the book I’ve wanted to write for some time. It distills everything I’ve learned about defensive shooting up to this point, focusing ...

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Is appendix carry for you?

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I received an email last week, to which I’ve finally managed to reply, asking my opinion regarding appendix carry. For those who don’t follow this stuff, the appendix carry has become quite popular over the last few years, being touted by many trainers/schools and serving as something of a trademark for some of them.

The carry method usually employs an in-the-waistband (IWB) holster positioned on the front of the body, between the hipbone and the navel. The holster is usually of ...

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Rob Pincus enrages America. And England. Is France next?

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In case you missed it, the biggest news event to come out of the NRA Annual Meeting and convention this last weekend came from an unlikely source: a seminar on home defense concepts by Rob Pincus. (Those who know Rob may say it isn’t all that surprising he’d make headlines, but with the election of a new and indiscriminately vocal NRA president intent on reliving the 1990s it was surprising the press would focus on Pincus instead. Probably just as ...

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Two new revolver holsters from Crossbreed and DeSantis.

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I’m always looking for good revolver holsters. It seems we get the short end of the stick from everyone! This week, however, there are a couple of new holsters I’d like to bring to your attention, as they both offer something unique.

The first is the DeSantis Ammo Nemesis. It’s a synthetic pocket holster for a small revolver (J-frame, possibly a Detective Special.) The outside of the holster has a very grippy rubber covering, which should help keep ...

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Someone is spying on me and stealing my story about concealment vests. You can read my version here.

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Here’s how things work around here: I collect interesting snippets of information that are relevant to the topics of this blog (namely revolvers, shooting, and self defense) and write posts inspired by those snippets. Sometimes it’s a news story that sets things in motion, sometimes it’s my own experiences, and occasionally it’s a remark by another blogger.

I usually write something up and hang on to it for release when I have room. For instance, Fridays are always devoted to an ...

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Relevance and role models: what your instructor wears may be a bad influence on how you train.

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A few weeks back I saw a picture of a self-identified defensive shooting instructor which bothered me. I couldn’t put my finger on why, but something about it gnawed at my subconscious. I know the fellow only by what he’s written (and by his association with a much better-known trainer), so it isn’t anything that would stem from a personality conflict, and yet the feeling remained.

It finally hit me the other day: in the picture this fellow is wearing what ...

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What’s in MY holster? Nothing esoteric – just solid, reliable guns.

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I get many emails asking what I carry on a daily basis. While my choices are mine alone, and aren’t meant to be prescriptive for you, why I choose certain items may be of some help to you.

As most probably already know (or, from the pictures on this site, have managed to guess) I often carry a revolver. Not 100% of the time, mind you; there are many instances when I carry an autoloader, and have done so for many years. ...

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Perfectly suited: concealed carry (for men) in a professional environment.

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I get a surprising number of inquiries about carrying in an office (suit and tie) environment. I spent a few years wearing expensive Italian suits (and a few actual custom suits) while selling to upper-echelon corporate types, so I’m passingly familiar with the problems involved.

There are a number of ways to carry a gun in a suit: belt holster, shoulder holster, pocket carry, bellyband, Thunderwear (aka ‘crotch carry’), and in an ankle holster.

Belt and shoulder holsters can be considered together, ...

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