Category Archives: self defense

When Someone Just Hates Guns

I love telling people what I do. Firearms instruction is a really rewarding job on many levels. Because I treasure my right to own and carry a gun, I am committed to teaching as many people as possible to do the same. One way to keep a right from being infringed is to make sure it is popular…politicians like to be re-elected, and they are less likely to go after something that will make the electorate unhappy. There is also a great deal of pleasure to be had in watching someone realize that, not only can they learn how to Read More […]

Bad Advice Part 5

One last piece of advice that should be addressed concerns the often-heard admonition to say nothing at all in the immediate aftermath of a defensive shooting. It’s not really good advice…but it’s not bad, either. Some things need to be said, but you need to be very careful about what you say. There are several views on what to say, and what follows is only one opinion. It might not fit every scenario, but hopefully it will at least get you thinking carefully about the repercussions of what you do and do not say. First Things First The immediate moments Read More […]

Bad Advice Part 4

A lot of terrible advice gets tossed around in life – some of it, if followed, will only cause minor or temporary trouble. But sometimes the advice is so misguided that the results of following it could be catastrophic. Drag Him Back Inside “If someone is breaking into your house through the window and he falls outside, drag his body back through the window.” This advice is offered because of the assumption that, should the body of the bad guy be lying outside your house, the investigating authorities will decide you didn’t have the legal right to shoot him in Read More […]

Bad Advice Part 2

It seems everyone has a word of advice for any situation one might face, and this includes the unlikely but complicated possibility of a defensive shooting. Unfortunately, not all advice is equal. Just because it sounds good, or comes from someone who appears confident and intelligent, does not mean it is actually good advice. Shoot Until He’s Dead I hear this one a lot. I don’t think it grows out of some sort of bloodthirsty desire to kill anyone, but rather out of a fear that the assailant will manage to inflict harm on you after you thought he was Read More […]

Bad Advice Part 1

I have heard them all myself – the bad ideas people like to share with others. The problem is that these bad ideas don’t always sound bad at first – sometimes they have a certain logic to them that can fool the listener into thinking they are actually good ideas. No, I am not talking about politics (although a lot of bad ideas masquerading as good ones find their way into that field) – I am talking about what to do if you are ever involved in a defensive shooting. Something that seems to make sense at first glance could Read More […]

Off-Body Carry Part 3

When you have to carry your firearm in a handbag, briefcase or backpack, there are many things to consider. Beyond all of the issues of safety in an off-body carry situation, one also needs to consider the practicality of the method. It is astonishing to me how many people I know carry using one of these methods, yet have never practiced drawing and firing from a bag. They would likely be surprised by how difficult it is to do so, and by how long it takes them.                                                               When You Need it, You Need it Fast I have seen many Read More […]

Off-Body Carry Part 2

There are few areas of concealed carry debate that are more contentious than the issue of off-body carry. Just bring it up with a fellow gun-owner, male or female, and you will likely get an earful of opinion. Many have no issue with it, and many think it should never be done, and most fall in between with a myriad of legitimate concerns. It’s worth a realistic look at the merits and disadvantages…after all, off-body carry happens a lot and information on what to look out for and how to mitigate the problems would be useful.     Your Bag Read More […]

Off-Body Carry – Part 1

I am not a huge fan off off-body carry; there are too many disadvantages and chances for things to go wrong. However, there are times when it is the only option for carrying a concealed firearm. I wish I could always use a dominant-side holster. It is, without question, the most efficient way to keep my sidearm close and quickly accessible. However, because of wardrobe and activity choices I often have to move to ankle, corset or purse carry. This is more of an issue for women than men, as women’s body shapes and clothing styles make it difficult to Read More […]