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  • Pepper spray

Pepper Spray: 10 Reasons NOT to Use It

May 13th, 2022|

Pepper spray is frequently recommended as a primary or secondary defensive tool. It’s easy to see why some people suggest it, considering pepper spray’s history and accessibility, especially for those not yet old enough to legally carry a firearm. However, if you’re thinking about adding pepper spray or a similar defensive spray to your self-defense toolbox, there are a multitude of reasons not to do so. Want to know more? Here’s our list of the top 10 reasons not to use pepper spray.

  • Pepper Spray vs. Mace

Pepper Spray vs. Mace What’s the Difference? Does It Even Matter?

May 12th, 2022|

“What’s the difference between pepper spray and Mace®?” is a fairly common question. It’s understandable, because there are many variations on defensive sprays: pepper spray, pepper gel, pepper foam, Mace, and OC spray, to name a few. Today, we’ll focus on the specific differences between pepper spray as a general product and the brand name product Mace.

  • Pepper Spray Primer: Is Pepper Spray Legal for Self-Defense?

Pepper Spray Primer: Is Pepper Spray Legal for Self-Defense?

May 11th, 2022|

While it’s true that pepper spray, also called OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, is an incredibly popular self-defense tool, it’s not the one-size-fits-all answer that many see it as. Police officers, security guards, and private citizens interested in self-defense have all utilized pepper spray effectively inside of self-defense incidents to prevent falling victim to violent crime. In fact, pepper spray is so popular and socially accepted that in most states you can find pepper spray in the checkout line of your local hardware or big box store, right alongside the other products they sell. But there’s an important question to ask: Does the popularity of pepper spray lead to people ignoring the potential issues that could come from having it or using it?

  • John Moses Browning: America’s Gunmaker

John Moses Browning: America’s Gunmaker

May 10th, 2022|

The hand of John Moses Browning is evident across firearms — everything from semi-automatic pistols, to shotguns, Winchester lever-action rifles, even military weapons such as the “Ma Deuce” .50 caliber machine gun that Browning designed — from the late 19th century into today. Browning’s designs took firearms from the single-shot rolling block rifle to the machine gun, and influenced almost all types of firearm design, particularly autoloading ammunition. His inventions included significant improvements to single-shot, lever-action, and pump-action rifles and shotguns, and he developed some of the first reliable autoloading pistols by inventing a telescoping bolt and integrating this bolt and barrel shroud into a slide.

  • Raising Them Right: Moms Training Future Hunters and Shooters

Raising Them Right: Moms Training Future Hunters and Shooters

May 5th, 2022|

The pre-dusk Texas sunlight cast a glowing haze over the trees and fields, surrounding my oldest daughter and me as we sat in an elevated blind, waiting. Watching. Trying to be patient. It was time for a management deer hunt, meaning the season hadn’t yet begun state-wide but here we were, using the landowner’s tags to cull the herd. My daughter was 16 at the time, and it was far from her first hunt. Her ability to sit and wait wasn’t quite as developed as mine, but there she was, looking to put meat in the freezer.

  • Top 10 Coolest Weapons of Star Wars

Top 10 Coolest Weapons of Star Wars

May 4th, 2022|

There’s no question that the Star WarsTM franchise hosts some of the best weapons in sci-fi. But out of all the lightsabers, blaster rifles, and flammable weapons shown in this galaxy far, far away, which ones are the coolest? Here’s our list of the top 10 coolest Star Wars weapons.

  • Gun Terminology: Handgun Edition

Gun Terminology: Handgun Edition

May 2nd, 2022|

Firearms, handguns, pistols, and guns. These are all words for the same thing, so it follows that it’s no wonder why many gun owners get confused by terminology. There aren’t hundreds of gun terms, there are thousands, and it can be a challenge knowing where to start your verbal gun education. To help you along the way, we’ve put together this guide to handgun terminology.

  • Stand your ground

Stand Your Ground: Legally Defending Yourself Outside the Home

April 29th, 2022|

“Stand your ground,” one of the better known yet poorly understood self-defense policies, has received a lot of media and legal attention since its inception—most of which has been inaccurate or misconstrued.

  • CCW Insurance

What is CCW Insurance, And Why Do I Need Coverage?

April 28th, 2022|

If you’ve made the personal decision to invest in the concept of armed self-defense, whether concealed carry or open, with firearms or without, then you know how important it is to prepare yourself for unlikely, but important scenarios to stay safe. It’s, as they say, not the odds, but the stakes.

  • Self-defense Insurance

Do You Need Self-Defense Insurance?

April 27th, 2022|

As a gun owner, you might be wondering if you should have some form of self-defense insurance. Whether you’ve been debating the pros and cons of getting coverage or are considering a new plan, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s consider the most common reasons you might need or want self-defense insurance.

  • Peace of Mind: Bail Bond & Expert Witness

Peace of Mind: Bail Bond & Expert Witness

April 26th, 2022|

The aftermath of a self-defense incident can be incredibly stressful. You may know based on what was going on at the time of the incident that the only way you could save your own life was to use force, but sometimes police or prosecutors may see things differently. It’s even possible that the details of the incident are just too ambiguous. Either way, good lawful people who need to use force to defend themselves, can end up arrested and even prosecuted, just for saving their own life or the life of someone they love.

  • Concealed Carry Positions

Do You Know the Basics About Holsters and Concealed Carry Positions?

April 14th, 2022|

Online conversations regarding concealed carry positions for a concealed carry weapon (CCW) oftentimes devolve into the worst sorts of arguments, with people on one side arguing that their preferred concealed carry positions are far superior to the people on the other side’s preferred concealed carry positions. The fact of the matter is that concealed carry is much more nuanced than a black and white argument can ever fully capture. All the concealed carry positions in existence have pros and cons. While it’s true that some carry methods have many strengths and few weaknesses, or vice versa, that doesn’t negate the fact that there might be legitimate reasons or circumstances to choose any of them for concealed carry.

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