ARRESTED for Defending Yourself: What Would YOU Do?

By now, you’ve probably heard about what happened to the McCloskeys.

You know, that couple who protected their house from a violent mob?

They were worried their home would get burned down, and while it looks like they made quite a few mistakes, nobody was hurt.

But the prosecutor in their city STILL wants to charge them with FELONY crimes.

Now, the McCloskeys have money, so they can hire the best lawyers out there.

(Their governor and the attorney general in their state have indicated a pardon might even be on the table, so they’ll probably be okay.)

But what if YOU were charged with a crime like this… and you didn’t have the benefit of widespread media coverage?

Because I hate to tell you, amigo, but us “regular people” don’t do too well when the government tries to grind us down over our gun rights.

A LOT of the people in charge hate gun owners, in fact.

For a long time now, these same anti-gun dictators have been using the law to hassle gun owners.

Whether it’s requiring insurance, passing laws that say gun owners can’t buy insurance, or suing and prosecuting gun owners into bankruptcy when they do use their weapons, these efforts are all built on you being all alone when they come after you.

Well, that’s where Tim Schmidt’s United States Concealed Carry Association can help.

I’ve been a friend of Tim Schmidt’s for years (since before he even founded the United States Concealed Carry Association).

But more importantly, I’ve been a USCCA MEMBER for years!

Look, you and I both know that the courts aren’t always “gun friendly” and you can’t count on your “Cousin Vinnie” to get you out of jail after a self-defense shooting… no matter if you were 100% legally justified or not.

The attorney bills alone could sink your family’s entire savings – even if you’re found innocent!

That’s why you need a strong legal ally like the USCCA to have your back AFTER you were forced to protect yourself.

And now’s the time to sign up, with the political winds shifting toward even MORE anti-gun laws and bans.

7 Reasons To Join The USCCA

Gun Rights / CCW Legal Defense – USCCA United States Concealed Carry Association

Unfortunately, owning a gun or weapon just isn’t enough to protect your family…

…their future and everything you’ve worked for is STILL at risk in the aftermath of a self-defense incident like a robbery or a break-in!

So, what can YOU do?

Arm yourself and your family with the best self-defense education, training and legal protection available from the USCCA.

You see, when you activate your USCCA Membership you INSTANTLY get access to:

1. Expert Legal Protection When You Need it Most…

As a USCCA Member you’ll have access to incredible benefits like up to $2,250,000 in up-front legal protection, a 24/7 award-winning Critical Response Team, AND a nationwide legal network.

2. Your Subscription to Concealed Carry Magazine…

The “ultimate resource for responsibly armed Americans” and the official publication of the USCCA — your membership gets you INSTANT access to print and digital issues.

3. FREE Admission to the Annual Concealed Carry Expo…

Join thousands of like-minded individuals every year at the #1 destination for American gun owners. You’ll experience 3 days of guns, gear, and expert training you can trust.

4. Industry-Leading Education and Resources…

Learn from industry experts in the fields of legal defense, current events, and the concealed carry lifestyle.

5. World-Class Self-Defense Training…

Take your training to the next level with the USCCA’s videos, broadcasts, and scenario-based training series.

6. Exclusive Discounts and Member-Only Perks…

Who doesn’t like new gear!? Every USCCA Membership comes with exclusive USCCA and industry discounts from top name brands.

7. 100% American Based…

We take pride in our country, and we prove it with our people! Contact our 100% American-based staff any time day or night. We’re standing by 24/7 to take your call.

When you activate your USCCA Membership you’re doing so much more than joining a community of over 300,000 like-minded individuals…

You’re becoming your family’s ULTIMATE protector.

And don’t forget, your USCCA Membership always comes with a 100% Money-Back Bulletproof Guarantee…

If you’re not happy for any reason, just call our American-based Member Services Team for a full refund — no questions asked!

It’s literally ZERO risk…

…and ALL reward!

Don’t wait until it’s too late; activate your risk-free protection now.

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CCW Gear & Tactical Flashlights: You NEVER Want To Say, “Oh No! I SHOT My Kid!”

This Tactical Light Feature Could Cripple You In A Gunfight

“I no… I shot my kid!”

Every gun owner has worried about accidentally shooting the wrong person.

It has happened multiple times, too…

…A father hears a bump in the night…

…He gets his gun…

…He spots an intruder, and fires into the darkness…

…And it’s his own child who has been shot!

The reason this has happened more than once is that most attacks happen in low light.

We’re biologically programmed to fear threats that occur in the darkness… but we also can’t see to identify the threat.

This is why tactical flashlights are so important to gun owners… but I’m seeing a potentially HUGE problem with some of the new lights gun owners are buying.

Read on and I’ll explain…

Why This Tactical Light Feature Can CRIPPLE You In A Gunfight

This Tactical Light Feature Could Cripple You In A Gunfight
This Tactical Light Feature Could Cripple You In A Gunfight

Lots of gun owners understand that without a tactical light, they can’t positively identify a target in low light.

Since that’s when most gunfights are going to happen, carrying a “tactical torch” – and having one with your home defense gun – is super important.

But there’s a new wave of super-bright LED lights on the market that are designed by people who love flashlights…

…but who don’t understand “tactical” features.

And the single worst feature I’m seeing creep into more and more supposedly “tactical” lights?

It’s the on/off switch on the barrel of the light.

Now, back in the day, if your Mom kept one of those awful aluminum flashlights in the kitchen drawer, it probably had a switch on the barrel.

That’s how lights were designed until the first tactical lights, from companies like SureFire, came along.

Those lights had the switch on the tailcap, because in a fight, it’s much easier to hit the switch with your thumb.

It call comes down to adrenaline.

Under adrenaline, and in the stress of a real use-of-force encounter, you’re going to want to clench your fists.

Your dexterity will be a LOT worse, too, again because of the fight-or-flight reaction your body is having.

It’s much easier to thumb a tailcap switch under conditions like that.

But if you have to adjust your grip on the light and hunt for the on/off switch, you’re at a HUGE disadvantage.

Plus, if you hold your light in your fist, you can use it as a striking tool.

You CAN’T do that if you’re holding your light to hit the switch on the barrel.

For these reasons, you should ALWAYS buy a tactical light with a tailcap switch.

But here’s another problem: I guarantee the lights you own are almost obsolete unless you just bought them.

Light technology moves FAST, and the newest, brightest tactical torches are TONS BETTER than the ones of just a few years ago.

For example, the Light Saver tactical torch from Liberty Technologies has tons of great tactical features… is super compact… and will melt your face with how bright it is.

But it doesn’t cost much, and it’s even rechargeable so you don’t go broke buying batteries.

You can see how a proper tactical light should be set up in the linked video below:

You can also check out the Light Saver on this page.

But, look, it doesn’t matter to me which tactical light you buy…

…as long as you buy one that will serve you well during the stress and adrenaline of a real-life gunfight.

Your life depends on it… and so do the lives of your family members.

From being able to identify “friendlies” in low light, to being able to take down some methed-out rapist home invader when the cops are too far away to help…

…a tactical light is a MUST HAVE for any prepared citizen and home defender.

Be safe out there.

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Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

Question…

What do you think of when I say the word, “sniper”?

If you’re like most people, you get that mental image of a soldier covered in a camouflage “ghillie suit” ready to pull the trigger on an enemy combatant…

…A tactical SWAT marksman ready to end a hostage-taker’s stand-off…

…Or a clandestine spy positioned in a window, about to completely disrupt some country’s political system with a single bullet.

But while YOU may not be some state-sponsored covert assassin, have you ever thought about why you SHOULD consider becoming a “sniper”?

If that makes you scratch your head a little, then let me share with you…

5 Reasons Why Every Survivalist Needs “Sniper Training” To Be Prepared…

Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training
Sniper Training For Survivalists: Why Every Prepper Needs Long Range Shooting Training

1. Intelligence Gathering

As they say, “knowledge is power”, right?

Well, sniper tactics are as much about doing reconnaissance to gain valuable intel on an “enemy” as they are about precision shooting.

A sniper can’t pull the trigger on just anything that comes into his crosshairs.

90% of the job is being able to detect, identify, and confirm targets, and developing these skills will make you far more aware during times when danger is around you and most people don’t even know it.

2. Survival Hunting

In any kind of “collapse”, food shortages will hit within the very first few days.

It’s a fact.

That means you’re going to have to find food for you and your family – and you’re only going to get 1 shot at that deer, rabbit, or squirrel that’s 300 ft away in that corn field.

You better make it count… or you’ll go hungry like the rest.

3. “Next Level” Marksmanship

At long ranges, every little mistake makes a BIG difference in how close your bullet hits to where you were aiming.
Sight picture… breathing… trigger squeeze… follow-through…

The training required to become “super-accurate” as a sniper can help you fine-tune ALL of your shooting skills – no matter whether it’s a shotgun, rifle, or even a pistol!

4. Stealth & Concealment

A sniper’s success doesn’t just rely on his (or her) accuracy.

You have to be “sneaky”.

You have to be able to creep into an optimal position without being detected… become “invisible” in any surroundings (even urban areas)… and be able to haul ass out of a “hot zone” without leaving a trail.

Hmmmm… sounds like just the kinda skills that could prove helpful for escape & evasion when the sh*t has hit the fan and the “wolves” of our society are prowling around for helpless victims to prey on, eh?

5. SHTF Defense

If worse ever DOES come to worse, you know that your family’s defense is going to entirely be up to YOU… and ONLY you!

Being able to hunker down in a safe location – and STAY safe – is going to require you to have someone standing watch 24/7 should some sneaky bastard start looking around for his (or their) next victims.

It’s always best to assume that the “enemy” is armed… and in ANY firefight confrontation, distance is your friend.

Being able to engage an enemy (foreign or domestic) from 500-800 yards away will help ensure your own survival… and force them to find their loot elsewhere (if they’re lucky enough to leave).

So hopefully this was all you needed to convince you that this type of training really IS useful for survival purposes.

So now, “what’s next?”, right?

How To Get Started As A “Survival Sniper”…

1. You’re gonna need a weapon. Sniper rifles can get pretty expensive and if you ever go to a gun show, you’ll see them all the way up to about $15,000 or so.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure my dog would have my side of the bed on a permanent basis if I ever dropped that much on a rifle.

The sneaky trick used at these gun shows is to make the rifle “look” like a badass military weapon with a lot of inexpensive add-ons. In other words, they’re selling the “look” so you feel like you’re the next American Sniper.

I recommend (and have) a Remington 700 .308 caliber bolt-action rifle.

These come super accurate and reliable right out of the box and I’ve used it for hunting as well as long-range shooting.

Another option is an AR platform in .308 because it’s a familiar “feel” and deployment as a standard AR-15.

(Note: More on your gun in a few seconds…)

2. Next, you’re gonna need a good scope. These can also run you a ton-o-dough, but it’s a very critical factor in sniping so the more can spend on it, the better… but don’t go overboard.

I recommend a “FIXED variable” scope for long-range shooting.

An “adjustable variable” scope is one where you can adjust the sight picture very tight, which actually changes the power of the scope.

This allows you to get a very fine-tuned sight picture at varying distances, if you want it to.

However, a “fixed variable” scope has a fixed magnification so the power of the sight picture doesn’t change.

That means you don’t have to mess around dialing in the precise magnification when you’re trying to engage multiple targets… and for defense and survival purposes, that can mean the difference between getting a shot – or not!

3. Finally, before you go attaching all kinds of whiz-bang gizmos to your rifle, you’re gonna want to get in some “super accuracy training”.

Don’t worry… there’s no need to shell out a few thousand dollars for some “tactical sniper school”.

One of the best training programs out there for dialing in “super accuracy” with a rifle is through “Project Appleseed” (www.AppleseedInfo.org).

This is a national non-profit “marksmanship heritage” group of volunteers using a standardized set of special skills for training youth and adults in how to achieve superior accuracy with a rifle – just like the American colonists who out-shot and defeated the British forces back in 1775.

I’ve attended their courses and put all my sons through it as well, and I can’t say enough about the professionalism of this group and all of the volunteer instructors who help keep this patriotic skillset alive and well.

And the best part? The training is free!

Of course they’re not going to give you actual “sniper training” because that’s not what they’re about, but it’ll lay a strong foundation for what you need to take things to the next level.

Then There’s Your Gun…

A buddy of mine is well-known in the firearms industry for showing patriotic survivalists how to easily build “underground guns”.

You can get his FREE DVD here for just the cost of shipping it to you.

Untraceable guns like this are often called “ghost guns” because they use a little-known “invisibility loophole” that doesn’t require them to be registered with the government like other firearms.

Trust me, this is important…

You see, if there ever was ANY kind of crisis that triggered civil unrest on a grand scale, it’s a very real threat that the government (federal or local) could impose a mandatory “gun confiscation” program to take peoples’ guns.

Yes, I know this might sound like paranoia, but it’s already happened during scenarios like Hurricane Katrina.

And I mean, just watch the news…

Personally, I think we’re scary close to seeing more and more violent protests in the near future as we become further divided as a nation!

Are you seeing it too?

And with more mass-shootings and more gun-hating politicians taking office, anyone who is serious about their 2nd Amendment rights should be VERY afraid of the possibility of a knock on the door by a uniformed soldier with a clipboard, asking you to hand over your guns for the “greater good of the community” during a violent crisis.

So why take the chance?

Get equipped… get trained… and get prepared while you can.

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Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Do you own guns?

If you do, chances are you own a LOT of guns.

And like a lot of gun owners, you’ve probably got a big gun safe, or you’re considering getting one.

It’s like that old Mark Twain saying: “Put all your eggs in one basket… and WATCH THAT BASKET.”

Well, putting all your guns into the “basket” of one big gun safe might make you feel secure…

…but according to my friend Ox, it’s a mistake from a prepping standpoint!

Especially now, with “medical martial law” a reality of daily life, we need to be more protective than ever of our firearms.

Here is a summary of what Ox told me about that subject.

Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation

Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation
Survival Firearms: Hiding Your Guns From Thieves, Looters & Martial Law Confiscation
Ox

The massive gun safe is sort of the end goal for a lot of gun owners out there.

They dream of the day they can plunk down the cash for one of those huge, nearly indestructible gun safes for their home.

There are three big reasons, however, why your gun safe might actually be a liability, at least if you are a prepper.

Let’s run them down one by one.

Mistake Number 1: It’s All Your Eggs In One Basket

A great big heavy gun safe screams, “Cache of valuables.”

It’s impossible to miss and it’s difficult to hide.

Having a giant safe is like waving a huge red flag that says, “Hey, come steal this stuff.”

That’s why many people who keep safes for valuables also hide them behind pictures and whatnot.

Authorities and thieves will assume there is a lot of value inside if they find see that safe.

They’ll figure that anything worth keeping in that giant Fort Knox will be something worth taking…

….and they will do what is necessary to get in there.

A far better strategy is to have things in multiple locations that are not visible, like in the walls, in an attic, under cupboards, and in dead spaces inside cupboards.

Mistake Number 2: Too Close, Too Close!

Next, if you’re trying to hide stuff, space and distance are friends.

They will serve you very well.

This is why you want to spread your valuable items and weapons around in different hiding spots.

If one of those caches is found, you don’t lose ALL your stuff.

What this means, though, is that if you decide you want to hide stuff in the walls of your house, make sure the individual caches are very far apart.

If somebody finds one cache, they won’t just keep looking nearby and find everything else.

You’re counting on being able to outlast the searchers’ willingness to hunt for your stuff.

Mistake Number 3: Failing To Layer Up

Finally, consider layering your caches.

Let’s say you’ve got your real cache and it’s a 55-gallon drum, and you dig a hole and you bury it.

Then as you’re burying it you put a foot or two of dirt on top of it, and then you put an ammo box with some other good cache stuff in it, but not near as valuable as was in the 55-gallon drum.

Then you finish covering the hole.

That way, if somebody finds the ammo box, they may stop digging on the theory that they’ve found what they were looking for.

They’ve found the first layer only, but they won’t keep looking for the next layer.

All these strategies hinge on deceiving the people who want to take your gear.

When it comes to hiding your weapons, don’t make yourself look like a good target.

Don’t make yourself look like a good target.

Don’t make yourself look like you’re worth extra effort.

Be one of the good guys in advance.

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Real Analysis of Close-Quarters Gunfighting: 3 Tips To Stay Alive In A Criminal Ambush!

Real Gunfight Analysis: CQC Gunfight Criminal Ambush Survival Tips for Concealed Carry
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It’s a harsh but very real fact of actual gunfights:

If you stand still while someone is shooting at you, you will get killed.

Some instructors call it “getting off the X.”

It is the practice of getting out of the way so you don’t get run over.

Are you actually training to hit somebody while on the move?

I talked to expert CQC instructor Chris Fry about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

Close-Quarters Gunfighting: 3 Tips To Stay Alive In A Criminal Ambush!

Real Gunfight Analysis: CQC Gunfight Criminal Ambush Survival Tips for Concealed Carry
Real Gunfight Analysis: CQC Gunfight Criminal Ambush Survival Tips for Concealed Carry
Chris Fry

When they picture real-life gunfights, a lot of shooters think they are going to be able to move as fast as they’re humanly capable of moving…

…and shoot accurately at a moving, hostile target the same time.

Everybody in the movies always hits what they shoot at, right?

Wrong.

In a real gunfight, the skills you learned shooting at static paper targets will NOT be enough.

So why is there so much of that type of shooting training out there?

It’s because we put too much stock in immediate feedback in the United States.

We like the idea that we can shoot at a paper target and see a bullet hole appear.

But that’s not realistic training for accurate shooting under threat!

Here are some things to consider:

1. The Drawstroke Is Critical

You probably think of actually shooting when you think about shooting in close quarters gun battles.

Would it surprise you to learn that just pulling your gun out of its holster is just as important as shooting it?

Getting your gun out of a concealed holster and into action is a critical skill.

You’ve got to be able to do it consistently…

…and you’ve got to train to do that while you’re in motion.

If you don’t, you’ll fumble the gun.

You’ll fail to get a good grip on it, fouling your shots, or you won’t able to acquire your sights, causing your return fire to go wide.

If you can’t draw, then shoot, and move while you’re doing these things, you will not survive a CQC gunfight.

Remember: Movement is survivability.

2. Lateral Movement Is Critical

You can’t afford to fight on railroad tracks, dumbly moving forward or back.

You’ve got to be able to move off the attacking line.

This means you’ve got to move laterally, or side to side.

It has been shown repeatedly that offset or lateral movement, just a little bit to the left or to the right while drawing, can cause an adversary to pause while trying to track you.

If you just back up, from his perspective, you’re still right where you were — just a little farther away.

If you move to the side, though, he’s got to reacquire you.

That split-second in which they try to relocate you buys you just enough time to clear your cover garment and get your own gun on target.

That fraction of a second could save your life.

3. Aimed Fire Or Point Shooting Depends On The Scenario

It takes time to use the sights and deliver aimed fire.

If you don’t have that time, you’ll have to point shoot.

Can you point shoot when it matters?

Can you also aim and fire at great distance to hit a target accurately… such as the face of a man holding a gun to your child’s head?

If you’re three feet from your target, do you really need to aim with your sights?

Maybe you do, and maybe you don’t; it depends on how much time you have to react.

If you’re fifty feet away and trying to pick out a target among non-combatants, however, that’s a DIFFERENT story.

It all depends on distance and just what the adversary is doing.

Take all these factors into consideration… and train accordingly.

If you can’t both point-shoot and take accurate aimed shots, your training is very much lacking.

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[Gun Gear] Don’t Make These “Operator” Rifle Mistakes

best operator rifle sling

I remember reading an old snippet of what was probably a “Soldier of Fortune” magazine years ago.

A team leader in Rhodesia told his men, who were complaining about the weight of their FN-FAL rifles,

“It’s not a handbag, ladies. You don’t need a sling on it like a purse.”

The thing is, what even experienced, old-school operators sometimes don’t realize…

…is that a modern sling is essential, especially to civilian defenders.

Here’s why.

3 Reasons You DO Need An “Operator Sling”

best operator rifle sling
Best Operator Rifle Sling

A rifle without a sling is, well, just a rifle.

If you don’t have a sling, though, you’re making a mistake.

In fact, you’re making 3 potential mistakes:

1. A Sling Is The Only Way To “Holster” Your Rifle

Picture this: You use your rifle or carbine for home defense.

Then the cops come, because you called them…

…and your rifle is still in your hands!

That’s a good way to get shot, amigo.

But unless you want to put the rifle down, out of your control, the only way to “holster it” is to sling it.

And you can’t do that if you don’t have one, right?

2. A Sling Lets You Transition To A Pistol

A good sling lets you drop your rifle without dropping it.

If you have a single-point sling, for example, you let the rifle fall to the end of the sling, where it is safely against your body…

…and you draw your pistol to engage the threat.

I’ve seen videos of some operators who can do this “lightning fast.”

That brings me to…

3. A Sling Aids In Weapon Retention

A sling attaches the rifle or carbine to your body.

This means that if someone tries to take your weapon, it’s tethered to you.

Now, that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually wrench it free…

…but it does give you an unfair advantage when it comes to weapon retention.

In a fight for your life, always fight unfairly!

There’s just one problem when it comes to all these “operator sling mistakes.”

By now you’ve probably realized why you need a sling for your weapon…

…But a “normal” sling is almost as bad as no sling!

By “normal,” I mean the kind of sling that is basically just a “belt” from one end of the rifle to the other, the kind of thing you use to throw your trusty huntin’ rifle over your shoulder.

That kind of sling CAN’T be used for transitioning to a pistol, because you’ll never get it over your shoulder in time.

It can’t aid in weapon retention or transition, either, because it isn’t over your body when you’re shooting.

No, if you want a PROPER tactical sling, you need an “operator” style sling.

C7 SlingA great example is the C7 Hawkeye Sling.

This is an adjustable, ambidextrous sling that is perfect for your weapon.

With this sling, you can easily attach your “assault rifle,” securely and with full maneuverability.

Need to “drop” your rifle to draw your pistol?

The C7 Hawkeye Sling lets you do that, while keeping your rifle with YOU (not lying around for a bad guy to pick up).

And with the rifle attached to your body at the end of this “operator” sling, you’ll also have a much easier time hanging on to your weapon if someone tries to take it from you.

(This is, without a doubt, the EXACT type of sling you need when it comes to using your rifle (and your pistol) for self-defense and home defense.)

You can learn more on this webpage.

But even if you DON’T buy that one, you need a similar, operator-style sling for your home-defense and self-defense rifle or carbine.

This is important – which means the one thing you don’t dare do is… nothing.

Get a good sling and you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself and your family, which is what it’s all about, you know?

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MCS 311 – Fixed Pistol Lights: Should You Use One?

CCW Pistol Fixed Gun Lights: Yes Or No?
CCW Pistol Fixed Gun Lights: Yes Or No?
CCW Pistol Fixed Gun Lights: Yes Or No?

It’s an accessory we’ve all thought about buying.

Gun-mounted lights for our CCW autos.

There’s no doubt that there are a LOT of whiz-bang, fancy gizmos out there.

Some even lave lasers built right in.

But do you NEED one of these things mounted on your gun’s accessory rails?

And if you DO add one… Are there hidden drawbacks you should be considering?

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson gives you 5 things to consider when YOU make the decision to add… or not add… a fixed light to your carry gun.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The reason a tactical flashlight serves as a “preventive” measure for self-defense.
  • Why a gun-mounted light might cost you valuable seconds when engaging a threat!
  • The fine-motor movement that is almost ALWAYS necessary when engaging a threat with a fixed pistol light.
  • The weird reason you won’t be able to check your immediate area for threats if you have a gun-mounted light!
  • How and why a gun-mounted light might actually require that you modify your grip…

This is bound to be a controversial episode… and one of the last episodes of our podcast under the Modern Combat & Survival brand.

Tune in to hear what YOU may be missing if you’re considering a gun-mounted light… or if you already have one!

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As A Shooter, Are YOU Making These Killer “Square Range” Mistakes?

CQC Shooting Training - Square Range Mistakes

Jeff Anderson

If you’ve followed Modern Combat & Survival at all, you know how we feel about traditional gun ranges.

There are some things this type of traditional shooting training does well, and some things it doesn’t do well.

And, honestly, some people bash on gun ranges and how they’re semi-useless for practical firearms training.

According to my friend Ox, even experienced shooters are making some critical mistakes when it comes to their gun training if that training takes place on the good ol’ “square range.”

Here is a run-down of what he had to tell me.

As A Shooter, Are YOU Making These Killer “Square Range” Mistakes?

CQC Shooting Training - Square Range Mistakes
CQC Shooting Training – Square Range Mistakes

Ox

We live in interesting times for firearms owners.

There’s more realistic tactical training out there than here has ever been before.

That doesn’t mean training has gotten less expensive, though.

In some cases, it’s even more expensive.

And a lot of people are still using the same old traditional practice routine of going down to the local gun range and shooting at paper targets.

That’s a mistake for a number of reasons.

I’ll go into just a few of them here.

#1: Safety Issues

The biggest negative that I run into when I go to indoor ranges is actually safety.

I absolutely cringe almost every time I go to an indoor range during public shooting hours, and the reason is fairly obvious.

There’s lot of people out there who don’t understand muzzle disciplines.

They think that because they’ve checked to make sure it’s unloaded, they can point it anywhere they want.

I just don’t agree with that.

I don’t like having guns pointed at me, and most people don’t.

#2: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Another big problem that happens at ranges, especially with newer shooters, is “monkey see, monkey do.”

They’ll see someone with a bunch of cool gear.

They’re doing something in their lane.

The new shooter doesn’t know what they’re supposed to do at the range, so they just copy what the guy next to them is doing.

The guy next to them may not know what he’s doing, and he may not be shooting to a standard that the new shooter should really try to imitate.

You’ll get these wannabe shooters who look like an operator and smell like an operator, but they‘re spraying rounds all over the place.

The new shooter sees that and thinks that that’s the standard they need to live up to, and they don’t need to be any more accurate than that because the cool guy’s putting rounds all over.

#3: A Lack Of Dynamic Shooting

Another big problem with traditional shooting training is you can’t do dynamic shooting at most ranges.

You can’t move around.

The targets don’t move while you shoot them.

You can’t shoot at the speeds that you would shoot at in a self-defense situation.

You can’t yell.

Hell, in many indoor ranges you can’t even draw from concealment and then shoot.

That’s a big training issue when you’re training for self-defense shooting, because yelling and drawing from concealment are components of realistic self-defense shooting.

You want to verbally confront your attacker, if possible.

You want to train as realistically as you can to simulate the real thing.

And even if you’re behind the curve and have to draw your gun, and that’s the first thing that you do in a conflict, you still want to be yelling and making it very obvious to everyone around who the intended victim is and who the attacker is.

Those are all things that you can’t do at most ranges during open range time, but they all have a place in realistic shooting training.

When you look at all these factors together, it tells you one thing:

You need to get OFF the square range and start doing some realistic shooting and force-on-force training if your gun training is going to save your life in a real-life encounter.

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Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I’m sure you’ve probably heard the term, “never bring a knife to a gunfight, right?

I mean, who in their right mind would do something so stupid, knowing that there’s no way a knife could “out-power” a firearm – ANY firearm?!

Except there’s just one problem:

This just isn’t (always) true!

In fact, there are a LOT of reasons you might choose to (or be forced to) “bring a knife to a gun fight.”

I know… sounds nuts, right?

Well, hear me out, because I’m about to explain to you. . .

3 Reasons To Bring A KNIFE To A GUNFIGHT

Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
Knife Beats Gun: 3 Reasons To Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

Ok, first of all, NO… I’m NOT saying that if I were to go toe-to-toe with a gun-wielding bad guy that I would pull out my combat folder knife instead of my Glock 9mm.

That would be stupid… IF I had the time, space, and option of using my gun instead of my knife.

But let’s face it…

If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll realize that only a FOOL assumes you’ll always have the time, space, and option to go for your gun.

For starters, there are places you can’t carry a gun, right?

In those cases, that’s no choice at all — it’s just you going with the best available weapon.

But let’s look a little closer, because there are (at least) 3 good reasons why you should carry a knife specifically for self-protection purposes – and may even be the “winner” in a real attack…

1. A Knife Takes Almost No Muscle

A knife “works” because the point or the cutting edge are very thin.

This means that all the muscle power behind that knife is concentrated on that very, very small area.

Think about it: If you put the palm of your hand on your buddy’s chest, it doesn’t hurt.

If you press your index finger into his chest, though, it hurts enough to annoy him.

Put the same amount of pressure behind an ice pick, and you’ll puncture his skin.

If your knife is sharp, it takes almost no muscle power at all for you to do damage with it.

That means even if you’re older, injured, much smaller than your attacker – or otherwise at a disadvantage – you can deal out a HELL OF A LOT OF FORCE at close-quarters.

That makes the knife a very real option, particularly for people who might have trouble racking the slide of a full-sized auto.

It also makes the knife a great one-handed backup if you’re injured, disarmed, or run out of ammo.

Speaking of which. . .

2. Your Knife Never Needs Ammo

I’ve fought in combat, and I can tell you that there’s one piece of gear that will always have a place in a soldier’s arsenal…

It’s a knife.

Why does a high-tech military with fighter jets, machine guns, and smart bombs issue a bayonet to its infantry troops?

Because the military knows that no matter how much ammo a soldier carries, he could run out.

When that happens, his only option is to fix his bayonet and use it as a pike to stab his enemies.

Well, no matter how much ammo you have for your gun, sooner or later, it’s going to run out.

If you’re out and about and carrying concealed, you’ve got a lot LESS ammo on you than you have stockpiled at home.

And the reality is, most people don’t carry extra ammo at ALL.

You’re going to run out of rounds FAST in your auto or that 5-shot snubby revolver you’re carrying. . .

. . . and that’s when your knife will HAVE to come into play for self-defense.

3. A Knife Is Devastating At Close Quarters (And Almost Can’t “Miss”)

Guns are extremely powerful.

They are, however, powerful only in a straight line.

In fact, every gun disarm relies on getting out of the way of that single straight line in front of the barrel.

That means that, even at close quarters, it’s possible to miss your target.

Adrenaline dump, tunnel vision, shock, and other physical effects of a gun fight turn your aim to garbage in a real gunfight.

But if you have a knife…

You can slash.

You can thrust.

You can put the sharp edge between you and your attacker and just push, cutting them open with pressure.

With a knife, you almost can’t miss.

That makes a sharp blade your best friend in the adrenaline dump of a fight.

Now, there are a lot of great knives on the market for fighting and self-defense, so…

Here’s What To Look For In A “Fighting Knife”…

Ask a million “blade experts” what knife you should carry for personal defense… and you’ll get a million suggestions, right?

Well, when it comes to FIGHTING with a knife, I have a few things I look for…

First, I won’t carry a knife that doesn’t have an ambidextrous design. Period.

Curved handles and blades limit your options for how you hold your weapon – and in a real attack, I like to have all the options I can get for fighting back.

With an ambidextrous design, it doesn’t matter how you hold it: left hand… right hand… point up… point down… no matter which way you grab it, it’s always ready for business!

It (of course) also has to be able to open lightning-fast!

I personally find “thumb studs” to be the best openers – especially if the knife is also “spring-assisted” so all it takes is a little nudge of your thumb to unleash the blade into instant action.

I also like as thin a design as possible so it’s easy to conceal, yes… but also so that it “stabs” more effectively – especially if facing an attacker who is heavily clothed (maybe even in a leather coat!

Your preferences may vary, but these are mine.

Anyway, I think you can see the value in WHY you need to carry a knife with you for personal defense… you just need to make sure it’s the right one in order to be ready for the reality of a violent attack.

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Home Defense Shotgun: 3 Tactical Mistakes Even Experienced Shooters Forget About!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The shotgun.

For many, it is the end-all, be-all of home-defense, the mighty “boomstick” that, on television, cleaves automobiles and walls in two as if it were some kind of handheld howitzer.

The shotgun isn’t THAT powerful — no firearm could be — but it is a very popular choice for defending the home.

There are, however, things that even experienced shooters forget when it comes to the home-defense shotgun.

The late, great Louis Awerbuck and I once discussed this very topic.

His untimely death was a loss to the firearms industry, and we miss him.

Here is a summary of what he had to say to me.

Three Things Even Experienced Shooters Forget About Shotguns!

Best Tactical Home Defense Shotgun Tips
Tactical Home Defense Shotgun Mistakes

Louis Awerbuck

Shotguns can be complicated, even for a weapon that is mechanically relatively simple.

There are some basic concepts every shooter needs to remember.

Forget these and you run the risk of missing your target or experiencing a negligent discharge.

All the movie lore about shotguns out there doesn’t help matters.

Here are three things even experienced shooters forget, or don’t know, about shotguns:

1. Most Shotguns Have Just A Simple Bead Front Sight

Some shotguns have “ghost ring” sights, or more substantial sights, and this is not uncommon on combat weapons.

The basic combat shotgun, though, just makes use of this bead arrangement.

Do NOT make the mistake of thinking that this means you don’t have to aim!

It’s not enough to just point the shotgun in the direction of the bad guy.

Especially if you follow our advice and load slugs instead of shot, you’ll need to be very careful where your rounds go.

2. Always Press-Check The Magazine Tube

In other words, check to see if there’s a round in the tube as opposed to a round in the chamber.

This varies from the manual-of-arms for most other weapons, such as pistols, carbines, and so on.

The reason for checking the magazine tube is that when you press the trigger on a pump-shotgun or a semi-auto shotgun, and it does not fire, you know whether you have more rounds in the weapon available to you.

In other words, if you point the shotgun, pull the trigger, and nothing happens, if you hadn’t checked the magazine tube, you would have no idea whether there would be another round available once you pumped the slide or ran the bolt back.

By contrast, if you check the chamber but DON’T check the magazine tube, you know at most that you have just one round.

That’s the only thing you’re verifying.

3. The Ejection Port Is Not For Loading!

That port is an EJECTION port, not a LOADING port.

It is never meant for loading rounds.

To safely load rounds in a shotgun, load the magazine first, then operate the action.

This is a seemingly small but important distinction, mechanically.

As we’ll see, however, mechanical differences can be a matter of life and death.

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Home Defense Tactics: A Risky Way To Save A HOSTAGE In A “Home Invasion” (That May Be Your ONLY Way To Survive)!

Home Invasion Hostage Rescue

This may be a tough situation for you to consider…

But it’s important for you to have a plan NOW so you know how to react if your home is ever invaded and your family’s life is on the line.

You see, home invaders thrive on power and intimidation.

So let me ask you…

What would you do if an attacker was holding a loved one hostage?

Here’s a technique I developed for our home invasion survival program at that could save their life…

Home Defense Tactics: A Risky Way To Save A Home Invasion Hostage…That May Be Your ONLY Way To Survive!

Home Invasion Hostage Rescue

One of the most horrific scenarios you may find yourself in when home invaders break into your home is that they’ll often take a family member as a hostage.

They know that if they put a knife to the throat of your child or spouse, you’ll do pretty much anything they tell you to.

You’ll lay down your weapon… you’ll back away… you’ll even handcuff yourself to a railing if they tell you to!

Why?

Because the alternative is that they’ll kill someone you love right before your eyes, right?

Besides, what if you’re armed and “take the shot” but miss and kill your family member instead?

Look, you have to make the judgement call yourself.

But personally, If I’m armed, I’m not going to place my trust in some scumbag thug with no decency or respect for human life.

Here’s a tactic that could help you save your loved one’s life if they have a weapon on them and you’re armed…

First, I understand that the home invader’s brain is focused on YOUR actions, NOT on killing your family member.

Most likely, he’s concentrating on yelling at you to put your gun down.

This is where you ask him, “Ok, where do you want me to put it?”

Here’s why this is important…

When you ask him a question, his brain “disconnects” from harming your loved one to answering your question.

This is called a “break state” and it’s added insurance there won’t be an accidental discharge when you employ this next move…

As he’s answering you, he may motion with his gun or knife away from his hostage and in the direction he wants you to throw your weapon.

At this point – WHILE he’s talking – shoot about a foot over his head and to the side away from your family member.

The shock of the gunfire will create a split second moment for you to immediately rush forward (you can be anywhere within about 20 feet and pull this off at lightspeed).

At point blank range, shove your gun right into the attacker’s body (or head) and pull the trigger.

If you can move his weapon away at the same time, great – but you’re not looking to get into a wrestling match.

What you’re going for is a point-blank kill-shot!

I know the courts frown on me using the words “kill-shot”, but the God’s honest truth is that in this dangerous of a scenario, you may only get one follow-up shot… and it has to end the standoff instantly!

Is it risky?

Hell yeah! But home invasions are the most violent and unpredictable of all crimes.

You can’t wait for the perfect moment to make your move.

It may NEVER come!

That’s why you need every single dirty home defense trick you can get your hands on so that you can CREATE your own opportunity to counterattack or escape.

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(3 Castle Doctrine Pics) Why My Neighbor ISN’T A “Gun Nut” Anymore. . .

Castle Doctrine Legal Firearms Laws

Just when I think my words are falling on deaf ears, God sends me a message to keep on preaching…

No, not about the coming biblical (or zombie) apocalypse.

I’m talking about how to stop gun-owners from making stupid mistakes that can put YOU in prison right next to the street scum you’re trying to defend against.

Let me explain…

Remember a few years ago when I made this video about how my “gun nut” neighbor thought his funny “No Trespassing” sign (photo #1 below) was protecting his property?

Basically, his sign at his front gate said…

“No Trespassing. Violators Will Be Shot. Survivors Will Be Shot Again!”

Well I guess my neighbor saw my video because not long after that, I went for a run and saw he had taken a magic marker and wrote over it so it just said…

“No. Keep Out” – with a little smiley face! (photo #2 below)

Well, it took a while, but look at photo #3 below and…

Here’s Why These New Signs Have Now Made This Guy My FAVORITE Neighbor…

Castle Doctrine Legal Firearms Laws

I was happy as a little girl scout who just sold her millionth box of Thin Mints when I took a jog and saw these 2 signs replace the old “funny” ones.

Not just because the old ones could literally have put him in PRISON if he ever had to shoot someone who actually invaded his home.

But because these signs will better protect him against a home invasion… AND in court if he’s ever forced to defend himself.

Here’s why…

1. “Come Take My Guns!”

Having any kind of a warning sign (funny or not) tips your hand that you… well… own guns!

Criminals love guns.

Especially free ones that can be used for crimes or sold off for a pretty penny on the street.

Sure, they may not show up at your bedroom window to break in at 2am… but they could target your home during the day (when most burglary break-ins happen) and take a lot of time looking around for all your firearms while you’re out for the day.

The biggest danger here is you or a member of your family unexpectedly coming home to find this criminal already in the act… and CAUGHT!

A cornered animal does unexpected – and sometimes vicious – things to protect itself.

You don’t want a panicked, desperate burglar trying to figure out what to do with your spouse or child who can now give their description to the police.

2. Beyond “No Trespassing”…

There’s only one thing that strikes fear into a home invader more than a vicious dog… and that’s a vicious GUN OWNER with a dog!

Now frankly, I don’t know if my neighbor has a mean dog… or if he even HAS a dog!

Doesn’t really matter as long as the bad guys think he does, right?

Whether you own one or not, a “Beware Of Dog” sign is a really, really good deterrent for criminals.

3. It’s NOT Funny!

A simple “No Trespassing” sign is simple… straight to the point… and let’s others know that you’re more aware than the typical homeowner.

Funny signs (like “We Don’t Dial 991”) – to a jury – will make you look like a gun-nut who was just itching for someone to pick off with your smokewagon.

If you ever DID have to shoot someone in your home – especially if you killed them – a prosecutor could possibly make a case that you used excessive force… and your sign “proves” you went too far.

I know you probably think these types of signs (or shirts!) are harmless… but they won’t be funny to a jury.

Remember, as we say in our “bulletproof” video, our legal system is NOT about “justice” – they’re about the LAW.

Plain and simple.

Unfortunately, few gun-owners really understand their personal responsibility to LEGALLY defend themselves.

That’s why we literally give our Bulletproof Defense DVD away for free to responsibly-armed citizens on our website here…

If you don’t have a copy, get yours now because not only will this DVD show you EXACTLY when you’re legally justified to use your firearm for personal defense…

… but it can even be entered as evidence in your defense!

It’s the best way I can prepare you for the unfortunate reality discovered the “hard way” by citizens who make the wrong move.

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