Defensive Shooting

Defensive shooting calls into a play a much different skill set than those utilized for precision shooting.

Dynamics of Efficient Defensive Shooting

Striving for high levels of precision in a defensive shooting situation has the potential to be detrimental. In fact, there are more important considerations when it comes to defensive pistolcraft.


Video: Defensive Shotgun Patterning

Patterning a shotgun is typically thought of as a hunting exercise. But in this video, famed instructor Clint Smith demonstrates the importance of the practice for a defense smoothbore.

Running your pistol sans ammunition is a good way to develop a steady sight picture and trigger pull. But there might be a way to get more out of your dry fire training.

Thoughts on Dry Fire Practice

Dry fire is an important part of any firearms training, but are shooters getting all they can out of it? Grant Cunningham suggests there is a more productive way to pull the trigger sans ammo.

Far from popular perception, a knife or baseball can be as or more deadly than a firearm.

The Dangerous Myth of Hierarchy of Lethality

A myth has arisen that Massad Ayoob calls “hierarchy of lethality.” It is the false belief that the firearm represents the nuclear level of hand-held weaponry, and is somehow more lethal than other deadly weapons.

Always train and practice with the same pistol you plan to carry daily. Author Photo

Master Defensive Handgun Shooting

It’s not enough to own a gun and shoot it a few times a year. To be prepared to defend yourself and your family, regular handgun shooting practice is a must. Get the most from those sessions.

Given their usefulness in close quarters and urban environments, the shotgun is becoming a more popular tactical tool.

Defensive Use of Tactical Shotguns

When it comes to shotguns, there has been a marked turn toward home-defense. Here's a few points about taking up the defensive shotgun for the protection of yourself, home or office.