New Shooters

Sunday Sermon: Fire for Effect

Ammunition is cheap. Lives are not. Often in our efforts to practice our essential skills we short change round counts. We use less ammunition for one simple reason, it saves us money. There are a number of training options that help us in that endeavour. I’ve detailed them a few times here https://gatdaily.com/skills-maintenance-limited-resources-using-deliberate-practice-low-round-counts/ But whether we use dry fire, low round …

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You Can’t Regulate Ethics

A pair of bucks ran across the rolling sandhills of Nebraska, making their way towards the woodlot I was watching. There had already been an abundance of doe and small buck activity, and as the sun made its way into the western sky, the big boys were making an appearance. The lead buck had my attention with five even points stretching …

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Sunday Sermon: Use a Gun that Works EVERY Time

Reliability is essential in any tool. If you are using a tool for a given task you need that tool to work. When a tool does not work your progress on your task stops and you must spend time fixing or replacing the tool. Now in a task that is not critical or time sensitive this is an aggravation. In …

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Sunday Sermon: Carry Enough Gun

“Never attend a gunfight with a handgun the caliber of which does not begin with a 4.” – Ye Olde Sage Gunwizard You can find the above sentiment floating around older circles in the firearms and self defense community. It’s an expression of overall good advice that hasn’t aged well. A modernized version would read “Carry a handgun in both …

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Run, Hide, Fight

Locate. Close. Destroy. These are the focus words of the Mission of the Marine Corps Rifle Squad. To locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver. These words were my formal introduction to gunfighting. They have no bearing on use of force as a concealed or defensive carrier. Defensive carry has one goal and that is to …

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Sunday Sermon: If You Can Choose What to Bring to a Gunfight, Bring a Long Gun and Some Friends with Long Guns

The old saying goes “The handgun is used to fight to your long gun”. The phrasing may vary sightly but the intent of the message remains consistent. Get to a rifle or shotgun as quickly as you can in a fight and you will have a considerable advantage. Long guns trump handguns in every feasible scenario, save within arms reach. …

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Things You Hear in a Gun Store…

“It’s not self defense if they’re more than 12 feet away.” “What if someone is 50 feet away with a gun shooting at you?” “Nope, doesn’t matter. Self defense handguns won’t hit someone that far away anyway.”   But I mean… what does a guy like Larry know? I’m certain this random individual knew more.

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Two Grunts Shoot: The USMC Combat Pistol Program

Editors Note: This article was a collaborative effort between Travis and Myself, as two Marines now onto other things we still like to keep up with what our beloved Corps is doing, especially as it concerns its armament. The New USMC Pistol Qualification: The Combat Pistol Program For over 30 years the Marine Corps fields a pistol qualification and training …

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Sunday Sermon: Bring a Gun. Bring Two Guns. Bring All Your Friends Who Have Guns

How do you think about self defense? Do you carry a sidearm and just content yourself that should the vague ‘something’ occur you and you alone will respond, gain fire superiority, and vanquish your foes by fire and fury? The thought that upon your timely and perfectly executed engagement the enemy will flee or fall is a wonderful fantasy. Fantasy. …

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On Armored Threats

From Travis Pike and Keith Finch The tragedy in Texas was an abhorrent event that should have never happened, but it did. The small community is still healing. We’d be remiss however  if we didn’t take time to learn lessons from this tragedy and use these lessons to help minimize future tragedies. Dust it off, stow your anger, put your …

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