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Self-Defense Pistol 101

Using a handgun to defend your life requires more than just a familiarity with firearms.

Failure Drill

The Failure Drill consists of three shots designed to ensure that an attacker is stopped by putting two shots into center of mass with a final shot to the head.

Don’t Rush

I often trash movies for poor handling of firearms, but there is a saying that I've heard in movies that is correct when it comes to drawing a handgun: Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

Point Shooting

Point shooting can be effective if practiced regularly.

OCAT Software Laser Trainer

OutWest Systems has developed a laser training system that provides feedback on individual shot placement and can be converted to live fire.

The Slide Stop

For years, when training and competing, I used the slide stop on my 1911s to return the slide to battery when conducting a speed reload. I had found that I could more quickly obtain my shooting grip in this way.

Drawing From the Ground

The ideal solution to a bad situation is to be aware and get out of the area. The next best is to be aware and face the situation on both feet, with your gun in your hand. But even the best laid plans can fall to the wayside during a life and death struggle.

Laser Training Systems

While I’ve always been a proponent of dry firing for the early stages of skill development, the recent lack of ammunition in stores has forced me spend a lot more time pulling a trigger on an empty handgun.

Support-Hand Shooting

Support-hand shooting is not a fast-draw technique so much as it is a survival technique.

Be Better When It Counts: Training Tips for the Budding Defender

Longtime firearm instructor Il Ling New has provided her top 10 tips on becoming a better marksman.

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