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.

The Proper Use of a Shoulder Holster

They’ve been around for a while. Don Johnson made them famous again in the 1980s. Shoulder holsters offer real benefits… Read More >

Is That a Gun on Your Belt?

Concealed carry means your gun should stay hidden until it is needed to save a life. But what should you… Read More >

What Is the Paradox of Self-Defense?

The majority of those who prepare for the worst have no desire to be involved in such activities. Do you… Read More >

You Will Be Held Accountable

It’s your gun and you own every bullet you fire. If you carry a gun for self-defense, you can’t slip… Read More >

Old Pepper Spray Still Burns

So you haven’t used your pepper spray in a decade or two? Guess what? It very likely still works and… Read More >

Never Fire a Warning Shot

You are responsible for every round that comes out of your muzzle. A warning shot does nothing to help you… Read More >

An Immediate Action Requires an Immediate Response

I believe in the axiom that a firearm is “a piece of emergency lifesaving equipment” and should be treated as… Read More >

“No Thanks, I Know How to Shoot…”

If you carry a gun for personal protection, regular practice is essential. In addition, a commitment to ongoing training is,… Read More >

If You’re Old, Just Fight

After we talked about using combative skills and attempting to move away from an attacker, many older readers reached out… Read More >

Effective Firearms Stopping Power Calculator — Smartphone App

By the time I started my law enforcement career in 1980 with the Licking County Ohio Sheriff’s Office, I already… Read More >

Your Training Will Be Questioned

In a recent edition of my video blog, Into the Fray, I suggested that you should keep track of all… Read More >

Tourniquet Etiquette

Don’t make the use of a tourniquet too complex. Find where the blood is leaking out of the body. Place… Read More >

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