My preference, when wearing two guns on the belt, is to set one up for primary access with the right hand and one for primary access with the left hand.

Re-Examining The “New York Reload”

Just when I thought that I had run out of topics for discussion in this forum, I ran across and took exception with a blog posting presenting what I view as a somewhat distorted view of the […]


Rule Two, Shoulder Holsters and the Safety Circle

As I do not believe in posting articles every week if I lack a meaningful topic, I asked the members of my mailing list for suggestions. Montana instructor (and author of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act) Gary Marbut […]

An introduction to the reality of shooting another human can be attained with the use of color, photographic targets, particularly if the images do not all face the shooter squarely. In this drill, the students have drawn and fired because they were positioned at a close enough distance where that made more sense than first moving to the cover behind them. However, after shooting, they scooted to the cover to their rear, then performed a 360-degree scan for other possible threats.

For What Do You Train?

When Bob first invited me to post at Bearing Arms, I led off with an article entitled “Why Do You Bear Arms?”  In it, I said: …Closer to the age of 70 than 60, I […]

Thoughts On Pocket Carry

Thoughts On Pocket Carry

Years ago, I heard a student describe an attempted invasion of his rural home. He was puttering around one Saturday morning, wearing painter’s pants that lacked the belt loops allowing him to wear a holster belt and […]

While this ballistic vest is well beyond the five-year period at which replacement is recommended, it has seen little use, the central portion of the front panel is double thickness and the rear panel provides a third full layer of protection.

Why Is This Chair Wearing a Ballistic Vest?

Years ago, I developed the habit, if I noticed that I was not placing my shots where I expected them to go, of asking myself, “When was the last time that you dry-fired this firearm?” […]

Where is the "safe direction" in a large store? Certain not towards the tile-covered concrete slab.

Rights Come With Responsibility

During our range trip today, we were educating a new rifle shooter on the importance of situational awareness and muzzle control. Part of that instruction was on using certain styles of slings, which have increasingly […]

Night Sights, Flashlights and Lasers, Oh My!

Night Sights, Flashlights and Lasers, Oh My!

For many years – based on my training in shooting previously identified, stationary, paper targets on ranges – I invested in tritium night sights on those firearms that I thought I’d be most likely use in self-defense. […]

Shooting over low cover gives a wider field of view at the expense of more exposure.

Concealment, Cover, and Tactical Movement

From my earliest days of training beyond the fundamentals of shooting, I recall being taught that cover is better than concealment and that the most valuable tactic is gaining cover. As with many things I was taught […]

Center of Mass and Other Misconceptions.

Center of Mass and Other Misconceptions.

  Once cops started training on silhouette targets instead of bullseye targets they were taught to aim for “center of mass.” On most police silhouette targets (e.g., B-27) the center of the legless body’s mass, where one […]

Tips & Tactics | Live Firing

Tips & Tactics | Live Firing

We’re excited to introduce Anette Wachter as our newest Tips & Tactics instructor. Anette is a member of the U.S. National Rifle Team and author of the 30 Cal Gal blog. In her first Tips […]