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A whole bunch of good articles that although they are oriented toward senior citizens the information and lessons there in apply to anyone and all of every age.

A Clear View of Your Defensive Security Needs

Do you have a clear view of your defensive and security needs? Your personal safety depends on it. If you are too paranoid, you may become overly focused on perceived threats to the exclusion of all else. If you are not paranoid enough, you may walk into an ambush. The world is a dangerous place, and you don't want to become some scum bag's lunch, but you do want to be able to enjoy your own lunch. What is the solution? To continue reading click here.

Refuse to be a Victim

We can only speculate about the outcome had the intended victim been unarmed and unprepared. In this case, he was armed and hopefully prepared to use his handgun to defend himself if he had to. Fortunately, he didn't have to. His would-be attacker probably decided that his would-be victim wasn't going to be an easy target and wouldn't be worth the trouble. To continue reading click here.

Choosing a Defensive Handgun
for Concealed Carry

As a senior citizen, when you go to purchase your first defensive handgun for concealed carry, you may find yourself feeling nervous, confused, or "out of your element" at the gun shop. If this is what you experience, join the club! We've all been there and done that! After all, you've experienced a lot of things in your life, but this is a new experience for you. Know that this is where the value of a truly concerned and dedicated professional can shine through. That would be the gun shop sales person from whom you decide to buy your first gun, or second. To continue reading click here.

Psychological Preparedness
for Combat Survival

Winning a fight for your life and surviving depend on both psychological preparedness and well practiced fighting skills. In this article, I shall focus on psychological preparedness for combat survival in the context of self defense. It encompasses four key elements and I shall discuss each of these: Situational Awareness; Positive Self-Talk; Fear Control; and Mental Rehearsal. When you are psychologically prepared for survival you are tuned into reality, and the reality is that the world is a dangerous place. In the real world, unawareness of an imminent threat, lack of preparedness to effectively deal with it, or denial of its presence mean not surviving. So let's keep it real and survive. To continue reading click here.

A Concise Primer On Concealment Holsters

Beginners at concealed carry often ask the question, If I carry my handgun loaded with a round in the chamber, how do I prevent an accidental discharge? The answer is that you have to have good equipment. The heart of your concealed carry package consists of your handgun and your concealment holster. Both should be quality. To continue reading click here.

Firearms Research & Instruction's
Level II Defensive Handgun Course

As an individual that carries concealed weapons, when you seek defensive handgun training, what are you going to look for? Ponder this question for a few minutes, then read on.
To continue reading click here.

The Element of Surprise

The other day, I was eating breakfast at my favorite diner, and I observed an interchange that inspired this month's column. A "seventyish" year old "senior citizen", who I knew to be a retired Philadelphia cop, was putting on his coat when an elderly couple seated nearby complimented him on his coat. He responded, "thank you, but you wouldn't like what's in the pocket". That really drew my attention!
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Trust is not cheap.
It can cost you your life!

Trust is not cheap. It can cost you your life! The elderly woman had just been telling her daughter the day before how much she trusted her cleaning lady, how nice she was. Nevertheless, her daughter advised her not to leave the cleaning lady with her keys. She did anyway. Two days later, when the elderly woman came home at around 9:30 PM from the movies, she was assaulted in her apartment by an intruder who had let himself in with those keys. The intruder beat her into unconsciousness. Now she was barely hanging on to life in the ICU. To continue reading click here.

"Sloth:" One of the "Seven Deadly Sins"

Sloth is the desire for ease. It is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. Whatever we do in life requires effort. The slothful person is unwilling to do what is necessary because of the effort it takes to do it. In Christian theology, sloth is considered a sin when it slows down or blocks the energy we must expend in employing the means to salvation. Medieval theologian, Thomas Aquinas, said that sloth is "sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good... [it] is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds." Good deeds include protecting and defending your life, the lives of your loved ones, and the lives of innocents. To continue reading, click here.

Ruger's new P345R .45 for Concealed Carry

Let me be up front. I am going to begin this brief report by admitting that I like Ruger firearms. They make great single-action and double action revolvers, centerfire pistols, rimfire .22 caliber target pistols and carbines, such as the Mini-14, Mini-30 and the PC series in 9mm and .40 caliber. The company's integrity and emphasis on safety and customer service in the law enforcement and civilian markets, reflect the values of the company's founder, the late William Ruger. To continue reading, click here.

High Noon Holster's Slide Guard

The 1952 movie, "High Noon," was about a lone marshal (played by Gary Cooper) who chose to stay in town and take on the bad guys while his friends turned their backs. When the shit hits the fan and we are in a life or death struggle, there will be no time to wonder if we have the right equipment to get the job done and survive. We need to be prepared. Those of us who carry a concealed handgun need a holster that conceals well, that is comfortable and that is at the ready, should we need quick, unimpeded access to our gun. To continue reading, click here.

Bear Arms In A Wheelchair

Having to use a wheelchair to get around is no reason to be without personal protection and defenseless. You may look like a target of opportunity to Mr. Bad Guy, but your physically challenged “getup”can be your cover, just like “Sergeant Granny” of the Police Department’s Decoy Squad. Furthermore, being in a wheelchair does appear to widen the disparity of the strength and force gap between you and Goofy the Goblin. This article is about taking the appropriate measures to reduce that disparity, so you’re empowered to defend yourself. To continue reading, click here.

Concealed Carry Basics: Have A Plan

What would you do if... you saw a stranger in your shed, that stranger had just dragged your granddaughter or your wife into that shed, you were attacked, someone tried to carjack you, someone began to beat you up, or someone broke into your house? People usually answer with, “I really don’t know!…You really have to be in the situation to know how you’d react...I’d probably freeze…” Such lack of preparedness is not conducive to survival. To continue reading, click here.

Essential Guide To Handguns

One of our writers just finished co-authoring a book and asked me to do a review for the magazine. I told him to send me the book and if it was any good I’d consider it. After reading the book, I will tell you that Bruce Eimer and Steve Rementer have done an outstanding job putting together a valuable and very readable book. To continue reading, click here.

John & Vicki Farnam's
Defensive Handgun Course

Defensive shooting is all about training to fight with a gun, and the key word is fight. This is very different business than competitive target shooting. Recently, I had the opportunity to take John and Vicki Farnam’s Defensive Handgun Course.
It was reality-based training at its best. John and Vicki are the principals of Defense Training International, Inc., a mobile, tactical, firearms, training school. What follows is an overview of their defensive handgun course, a preparatory course on how to survive in a real fight for your life, and how to avoid one if at all possible. To continue reading, click here.

Cleaning Your Glock Made Simple:
10 Easy Steps

Given the common maladies of aging, such as arthritis, which affect hand strength and dexterity, old geezers like myself who carry a handgun everyday for self-defense want something reliable, that’s easy to operate and simple to maintain. Amongst big bore, defensive, semi-automatic pistols, that spells G-l-o-c-k. To continue reading, click here.

Hold Onto Your Gun!
Weapon Retention Means Survival

If you carry a gun, it is for self-defense. As a responsible gun owner and concealed carry permit holder, the last thing you ever want to do is to have to use your defensive handgun for self-defense. The last thing you ever want to happen is for someone else to use your own gun on you or on anyone else! Both horrible scenarios can be prevented through proper equipment selection, the judicious and tactical use of well rehearsed avoidance and disengagement strategies (Farnam, 2005), and learning some basic weapon retention skills. To continue reading, click here.

Six Defensive, Emergency Rescue Tools That Could Save Your Life

Spare keys, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, electronic security systems, flood lights, cellular phones, first aid kits, flashlights, safety matches, butane lighters, candles, knives, hammers, and axes are emergency rescue equipment. All these tools go together as part of an emergency rescue system, and no well equipped home should be without any of them. Defensive firearms are also emergency rescue equipment. However, many folks who choose to own a defensive firearm do not realize the necessity of coupling it with other essential defensive tools as part of their defensive, emergency rescue system. To continue reading, click here.

Massad Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institute I and II Teaches the Skills, Responsibilities and Psychology of Armed Self-Defense

When is it right to kill another human? That is just one of the questions that are studied at the Lethal Force Institute (LFI). To my knowledge, LFI is the only defensive shooting school that spends as much time addressing the judicious use of lethal force (the legally armed citizen’s responsibilities) as it does concentrating on combat shooting skills and tactics. When you carry a gun, you must subscribe to a higher standard of care in exercising your rights of self-defense. This is because with greater power, comes greater responsibility, and a person with a gun holds the power of life and death. To continue reading, click here.

- Janq
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