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Detecting People Carrying Guns

I’ve seen this picture around the internet several times over the years, and I’ve seen it making the rounds again recently. It came up in a post where someone was asking whether or not this sort of thing was applicable to people carrying lawfully. I spent a long time working a job where I conducted a lot of video surveillance on the general public. I used to play “spot the concealed carrier” and I like …

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When You’re Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Be Skeptical

It seems like any time someone who’s made a name for themselves on the internet opens their mouth and says that something is good, bad, or whatever, there’s an army of fanboys who jump on board and claim whatever this person has said as gospel without even taking the time to verify what they were told. It happens with both technique, and gear related issues, and I don’t think competitive shooters are any less susceptible …

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In 2016, Printing Doesn’t Matter Anymore

If you carry concealed, you’ve probably been concerned about printing (having the outline of your gun showing through your clothes) at at least one time or another. Now that we’re in 2016 and everyone and their brother has a giant cell phone on their hip, I don’t think printing matters anymore. Listen to the Podcast: I spent about 12 hours this past weekend watching the general public (I was doing something else while the general …

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A Lot of Things The Internet Tells You About Shooting Aren’t Important

The ‘Gunternet’ would have you believe that shooting is a pastime that has strict rules about all sorts of things. You must carry this gun, in this caliber, in this position, with this many spare magazines, and when you’re shooting that gun, you must hold it this way, stand this way, and wear these clothes. Fortunately, like a lot of things on the internet, a lot of this just isn’t factual. Here’s a few things …

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Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Are We Encouraging The Right Things?

Jeremy sends in today’s Q&A podcast question asking about the call the arms after the Orlando nightclub shooting. Are we just encouraging people to start shooting at the first sign of trouble? Absolutely not. We’re never encouraging people to start shooting at the first sign of trouble. I’m also not telling people that they should always be armed if they’re going out with friends to a night club to have a few drinks and a …

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Is it okay to compromise on a CCW gun, if you’ll actually carry it?

Ben in Fayetteville sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about whether or not it’s alright to compromise on a concealed carry gun if you’ll actually carry the gun you choose. I think so, and it’s what I practice in the summer months. I’d love to be able to comfortably carry a Glock 19 IWB in 100* weather, but it’s just not always in the cards when I also have to keep it concealed. Most of …

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Tinkering Won’t Get You Where You Want to Go

Tinkering with making your own gear is interesting and it can be fun, but after spending a few years messing around with trying to squeeze every single penny out of my gear by making my own stuff all the time. I’d spend 3 or 4 hours making something to save $25, which comes out to like $8/hr. I don’t know about you, but my practice time is worth a lot more to me than $8 …

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How do I vet a defensive shooting instructor?

Tyler in NC sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about how to vet a good defensive shooting instructor. Here’s the things I’d look for: Do they use objective standards in their training? (Use of shot timers is a big thing here) Do they enforce minimum standards for accuracy? Not hitting the target doesn’t win competitions or gunfights, so teaching students to be as accurate as possible should be a big part of their training philosophy. …

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How do I keep from banging my gun on things while carrying IWB?

Tom in Wake Forest sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about carrying his S&W Shield in an IWB holster. He’s a bigger guy, and he finds that when he carries it, he bangs it on all sorts of stuff all the time. He mentions that the issue specifically happens when he carries it near his hip, which (for me at least) would be the widest part of the body, making it wider when you add …

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Stop Making Lame Excuses

It must be the smell of spring in the air or the upcoming competitive shooting season being in the air that brings out all sorts of lame excuses from people about their poor/lack of performance. “There’s not a division that exactly fits my one-off gun that I modified myself!” “I can’t shoot exactly how I carry concealed, and I can only draw from my concealed holster ever because muscle memory.” “This gun doesn’t “fit my …

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