Incident Analysis: Road raging car vs. motorcycle. How would you handle it?

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I’ve spoken before about the need to be able to protect yourself when you’re not armed, and today’s topic is a perfect example: a video of a motorcycle versus car road rage incident from Florida shows the need to defend yourself when a firearm is either not available or is not the right choice. Not every lethal threat is a shooting situation!

First, watch the video:

Something to keep in mind: we don’t know what precipitated this video. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 6, 2016

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Is it Wednesday again? Holy cow this week went by quickly, but I still found the time to bring you some great information! I have a new article up at the PDN Blog; someone showed me a great prepper blog that’s not scary or offensive; Greg Ellifritz looks at a case where a man shot another man over a dog — but not really; a look at TASERs and stun guns for self defense; being in a rut gives you ...

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Perimeter Defense Rifle in Phoenix is coming up soon — sign up today!

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If you have a rifle for home or farm/ranch protection, wouldn’t you like to learn how to use it to its full defensive capability? Well, just two weeks from now you can do just that — by signing up for my Perimeter Defense Rifle class in beautiful, warm Phoenix, Arizona!

I’ll be working with Phoenix Firearms Training to bring realistic defensive rifle training to their sunny city. Perimeter Defense Rifle is the class that focuses on realistic and relevant defensive rifle ...

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The FireClean/Tuohy lawsuit and its effect on the industry

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I’m going to depart from my usual commentary to talk about something that’s happening in the industry.

You may have heard on social media that a lawsuit has been filed by a gun lubricant company against Andrew Tuohy, a popular blogger. I won’t recount the details here, but you can get the story at the Vuurwapen Blog site, and a third-party account at The Firearm Blog.

I’m not going to comment on the merits of the suit or of how ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 30, 2016

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More great information this week! It starts with a video featuring Rob Leatham and Rob Pincus (yes, they actually talk to each other!); a look at the social side of guns and shooting; some prepper terms you might want to know; how you can learn from other people’s experiences; the dangers posed by an otherwise unarmed attacker; Greg Ellifritz looks at why disarms don’t work on the street like they do on the mat; Claude Werner talks about the OODA ...

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Is “Constitutional Carry” good for the rest of us? Let’s make sure it is through education!

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So-called “constitutional carry” is becoming more popular around the country. This refers to being able to carry a concealed handgun in public without any sort of permitting or licensing process, assuming that the person is legally allowed to possess the handgun.

(The term “constitutional carry” is itself a reference to the Second Amendment’s wording of “keep and bear arms”. As constitutional scholars are quick to point out, however, the term isn’t really accurate; however, since it does have a generally agreed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 23, 2016

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This week I’ve collected quite a few gems for your edification! First up is a look at AR-15 barrel life; then an essay on why the change that comes from carrying a handgun is positive; a link to an article on the pitfalls of the ever-popular slide-mounted red dot sights; Ian McCollum has a video about early lever-action rifles; why you might want to learn how to use a map and compass in this modern age; Claude Werner tackles the ...

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Someone is in your home. Can you shoot him? Should you?

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The other day my UPS route driver stopped by (thank you, Amazon Prime!) and chatted for a few minutes. He had questions for me about defensive shooting during a home break in, specifically when he could and could not legally shoot a person breaking into his home while he was there and whether he could shoot at someone to scare them out of his yard.

These are more complicated questions than the gunstore commandos (or their modern equivalent, the internet forum ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Mar 16, 2016

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Today’s Hump Day Reading list looks at the legal and practical sides of self defense, plus a few things: a home invasion successfully ended by the defenders; good news for owners of 5mm Remington rimfire rifles; a robbery which ended tragically for the defender but didn’t need to; why you need to learn how to respond to an active shooter; why you need to understand the legalities of self defense; Greg Ellifritz shows you what you need to consider before ...

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Boring doesn’t sell, and realistic self defense skills are kind of boring.

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No matter what you’re trying to get people to buy — from cars to breakfast cereals to political candidates — you have to make it exciting, because if it’s not folks will just pass it by. (Yes, political candidates. Anyone remember Scott Walker? He was an early entry into this year’s Republican field and widely regarded as being phenomenally boring. He went nowhere. Older people will remember Walter Mondale; nice guy, smart, pleasant — and as boring as getting socks ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Mar 9, 2016

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For this Hump Day we have an educational look at an actual attempted home invasion — from the intended victim himself; some resources for learning how to deal with an active shooter; some historical revolvers from a famous revolver shooter; trying to shoot a hole through titanium; a seasoned shooter finds out difficult it is to shoot a small gun; a blogger takes me up on a challenge; Greg Ellifritz analyzes what to do if you’re seated in your car ...

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You don’t need to be a SEAL to defend yourself with a firearm. You need more relevant skills.

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Last week I got two emails about my front page headline: “You don’t need to be a Navy SEAL just to be safe!” One applauded me for “telling it like it is”, but the other one insisted that I was doing people a big disservice by saying that, because if everyone trained to the level of a SEAL they’d definitely be safer. “It’s a matter of priorities”, the writer concluded.

Sorry, but I really don’t think so.

I believe those of us in ...

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Training Talk LIVE premieres tomorrow night!

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I know that you’re used to seeing the Hump Day Reading List every Wednesday, but today I’ve got some exciting news for you!

Tomorrow night is the premiere episode of my new live webcast show at the Personal Defense Network, called “Training Talk With Grant Cunningham.” Training Talk is all about defensive and preparedness training; it’s a great new way to keep up on the latest news and information about the world of self defense.

Training Talk will focus on self defense, ...

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Airsoft for defensive shooting practice: good idea or a waste of time?

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A question I’m frequently asked regards the value of non-firearm projectile launchers like Airsoft and BB guns as training devices for defensive shooting. This is a discussion that doesn’t lend itself to soundbites; there are some important principles which need to be understood to be able to gauge, for yourself, the value of any non-firearm alternatives.

When we talk about the physical skills of defensive shooting we’re talking about things like drawing the gun, getting it indexed on target, manipulating the ...

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Choosing the ‘pool gun’ for your family and home defense: what’s best?

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If you keep a firearm for home defense (more specifically, defense of yourself and others while in your home — we don’t use lethal force to defend mere property), it’s entirely possible that there may be more than one person who is authorized, capable of or likely to need to use it. You may have a spouse or responsible children who would need to use a firearm to defend themselves and the family should a threat present itself. It’s under those ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 24, 2016

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My week has already been a whirlwind, but I came up with some great links for you! We start with looking in the eyes of evil; finishing the fight is more important than worrying about your choreography; how to escape from an active killer incident; the get-home bag and why you should have one; an unexpected benefit of being the “grey man”; Greg Ellifritz looks at one area where violent crime is rising significantly; Ian McCollum shows you an extremely ...

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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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Incident Analysis: Warning shots are a bad idea, especially when the run you out of ammunition.

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Over at The Firearm Blog we read the story of one Bart Bryson. In investigating what appeared to be a burglary in progress he made a number of really bad decisions that could have left him very vulnerable.

The short version of the story: he pulled up to an unoccupied home that he owns and spotted fresh foot prints in the snow. He got out of his vehicle, walked up to the front door only to notice that it had been ...

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Protecting others is a noble act. It’s also a dangerous one.

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Today’s blog post was suggested by a reader. I wrote a piece a while back about the dangers of intervening in an active incident, and he asked if I could extend my comments to intervention in a chronic incident: one which has been going on for some time. Such situations do exist, and they can be very dangerous to both the victim and the person who intervenes.

When someone is being stalked

Stalking and domestic violence are crimes that are, unfortunately, very common. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 10, 2016

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Hump Day brings us more knowledge! This week, we look at kids who’ve protected themselves with firearms; Ian McCollum with a very unique “automatic” pistol; Claude Werner looks at another negative outcome, this time based on unreasonable fear; tips for handloading ammo for your AR-15; why crowds are dangerous, and what to do if you’re in one; Greg Ellifritz has some lessons from a recent series of terrorist attacks; the repercussions of not having a good teacher; and the fallacy ...

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My job is helping my students discover what’s important. Sometimes that takes guts.

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Techniques, gear, and even concepts can be cool and exciting — but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily important to your self defense. My job, the way I earn my living, is to figure out what’s really important for my students and readers and then how to explain it to them. How and why do I do that?

Some people miss the point

One of the more interesting comments I hear (and I’m not the only one who gets these) comes in the form ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 3, 2016

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Another great collection of articles for you this week! Rob Pincus shows you how to take your guns with you when flying; Ian McCollum takes apart a Savage .45 pistol; a look at why safety isn’t in the gear you carry; how to recycle range brass for reloading; a detailed explanation of what “going gray” really means; how to keep your defensive handgun in perfect operating condition; and why 100-yard headshots with a pistol don’t make any sense. Read, learn ...

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What self defense ammunition is best for the 9mm carbine?

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I’ve often said that I’m in favor of the pistol-caliber carbine, either autoloading or lever action, as a home and homestead defense weapon under some circumstances. Why the carbine? Because it affords the defender some advantages over the handgun as a defensive tool without the disadvantages of going to a full-powered rifle.

First, it’s easier to shoot to any given level of precision than a handgun. The carbine’s four points of contact with the body versus the single point of contact ...

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.22LR rifle reviews suck. Here’s why.

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The other day I posted an article to social media about Eley’s newest .22LR hunting ammunition, suggesting that people who’ve never tried really good rimfire ammo haven’t a clue how much difference in performance it can make in their rifles. That comment reminded me of a .22 rifle “test” I read a couple of months ago, one which reinforced a simple fact:

.22 rifle reviews suck.

Darned near all of them, anyhow (and I’m only hedging my bets on the off chance that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 27, 2016

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Gosh, is it Wednesday already? This week renowned author Sam Harris expounds on self defense; we look at how people try to sell you fear, and how you can avoid it; Rob Pincus does his best to demystify the gun for non-shooters; how to keep your flashlight in perfect operating condition; a great article on the historical basis of self defense and why firearms are tied to that ideal; and Greg Ellifritz has some good advice about dealing with the ...

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Grant’s SHOT Show 2016 Adventure, Part 1: the Kimber K6s revolver and new FourSevens flashlights

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I’ve got a lot to talk about, so this post will be longer than usual. I hope you’ll take the time to read, however, because I think there’s some really interesting news.

First things first: SHOT Show, for those who don’t know, is the shooting industry’s annual trade show. Held in Las Vegas, it attracts some 60,000 people over four days (five, if you’re in the media and attend Range Day before the show opens) of displays and seminars. Any company that’s ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 20, 2016

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This is SHOT Show week, but that hasn’t stopped me from bringing you another crop of great articles! First, Greg Ellifritz explains castle doctrine; then a PDN video about improvised weapons; after that, a look at shooting rifles to extreme precision; some talk about intuition and why it’s important; Ian McCollum looks at a gun so crude no one wanted to shoot it; I found a great article about flashlights and their beams; and The Tactical Professor talks about gunhandling ...

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Do you carry religiously? You may not be as safe as you believe.

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I know that most of the people reading this blog are here to learn about defensive shooting, concealed carry, firearms training, and related topics. The rest are interested in things like rifles, revolvers, reloading, and other technical issues. In other words, regardless of the group into which you fit, if you’re reading this you’re probably a “gun person” — and despite what the media might try to tell you, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. It can, however, limit your ...

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The problem with defensive shooting is that it’s dominated by enthusiasts. That’s not necessarily good for you.

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I have a confession to make: I once screwed up a lot of people who came to me for advice. Wait, it’s not what you think! It does, however, directly apply to what I do today, and probably why you’re reading this blog. Allow me to relate my short story.

Back in my much-younger days I ran a chain of camera stores and taught photography classes. It was the early 1980s and photography was the fad of the day, spurred mainly ...

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