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.

Defanging the Snake: Knife Stopping Power

»IN A LETHAL-FORCE ENCOUNTER, especially at close range, the longer you allow the threat to continue to attack, the more… Read More >

The Balance Board Draw

The Drill: The Balance Board Draw is a dry-fire drill that involves drawing from the holster while standing on a… Read More >

Close-Quarters Fighting

If you remember just two things from this video, they should be: Protect your head. Aim low. In a… Read More >

What Do You Have Planned for the New Year?

We are well into 2017, so I guess it’s time for my New Year’s column about my plans for the… Read More >

When Firearms Training Falls (Terribly) Short

At the USCCA, many of us are long-time firearms and carry instructors ourselves, so we are always curious about what… Read More >

A Midday Encounter: Analyzing Decisions After Close Call

»ABOUT A MONTH AGO, something happened that still bothers me greatly. It was midday during the middle of the week… Read More >

Situational Awareness is NOT “Preemptive Victim Blaming”

When it comes to avoiding potentially dangerous encounters or escaping life-threatening situations, we try to focus on things like staying… Read More >

Use Your Cover Effectively

Don’t crowd your cover. When bullets start flying, people often try to get as close to cover as possible. That… Read More >

What Does It Mean to be a “Responsibly Armed” American?

We use the term “responsibly armed” American quite often around the USCCA, but have you ever thought what that term… Read More >

If You’re Standing Still, You’re Moving Backwards

One year, when I was getting ready for our high school basketball season to begin, I remember looking around and… Read More >

Responding to a Verbal Challenge

A viewer asked what he should do if someone was catcalling or being rude to his wife. The right answer… Read More >

The Potential Pitfalls of Deadly Force

I gotta tell you, if you missed Sunday’s Armed American Radio program last weekend, you missed one of the most… Read More >

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