Self-Defense & Home Defense

Be prepared with a variety of concealed carry and firearms tips and tactics that can help keep you and your family safe both inside and outside of your home. Find helpful articles and videos, including the Into the Fray training series, that cover everything from situational awareness and conflict avoidance to cover vs. concealment and the use of force in a critical encounter.

An Ounce of Prevention...
An Ounce of Prevention...
John Caile — February 14, 2019

Regular readers know how often we at the USCCA stress the age-old truth that avoiding a bad situation is always preferable to dealing with the consequences of one. I spend a generous amount of time in my carry classes underscoring how important it is to adopt a prevention mindset.

Security Theater: At Least You Think You’re Safe
Security Theater: At Least You Think You’re Safe
USCCA Editor — February 13, 2019

Have you ever wondered if those stern-looking security features currently littering the American landscape really make you safer?

A Bulletproof Briefcase!
A Bulletproof Briefcase!
Kevin Michalowski — February 11, 2019

Does your briefcase stop bullets? Does it put your gun right where you need it in a hurry? The PDG Slingshot Armor Carrier is a bulletproof messenger bag that will carry your laptop and your office supplies … AND stop bullets! It will also present your pistol in an instant…

Ask an Attorney: Can I Protect a Loved One?
Ask an Attorney: Can I Protect a Loved One?
USCCA — February 9, 2019

In this week’s “Ask an Attorney” video, criminal defense attorney and former state prosecutor Tom Grieve answers a question responsibly armed Americans often ask: “Can I defend a loved one with my gun?” What Is the Difference Between Defending Yourself and Defending Others? As an attorney, Tom…

Accuracy Is a Relative Concept
Accuracy Is a Relative Concept
John Caile — February 8, 2019

When it comes to choosing a defensive handgun, most experienced shooters and self-defense trainers agree on a hierarchy of must-haves. Reliability takes first place, with power (caliber), ammo capacity, simplicity and ease of carry being additional considerations. But benchrest accuracy is not a…

Environmental Advantages: Training to Shoot Using Cover or Concealment
Environmental Advantages: Training to Shoot Using Cover or Concealment
George Harris — February 6, 2019

A very effective way to teach the differences between cover and concealment (and how each can be successfully used) is to answer the questions of “What?,” “How?” and “Why?” as the information is being shared and the practical exercises are being performed. Providing the standard definitions of cover…