New Shooters

The Ethical Imperative for Small Arms in Private Hands.

From Oleg Volk “Real men don’t need guns” is the mantra of many prohibitionists. They envision strong, fit men holding off armed foes like the characters of Hollywood superhero films. To them, the strength of the body and skill in (unarmed only) martial arts are worthy of admiration, but the same martial arts skill augmented by a weapon, be it …

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So you want to have matching guns…

-From Team Hollis The matching pistols argument.   Recently, the wife has attained her concealed pistol license and attended a few local IDPA matches; all which led to her going shopping for her own pistol. At least that was the plan. As it turned out, I have been using the HK VP9 for the last year or so. I love …

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Your First Match

–From Team Hollis The world of competitive shooting can be extremely intimidating, let alone being a female in a male dominated sport. I was exposed to my first IDPA match in June of 2017. My husband practically dragged me there. I hadn’t had much practice with my HK VP9. I knew the basic fundamentals but not nearly enough in my …

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Sunday Sermon: Accuracy > Speed

Can you hit your target? If YES, how quickly? I see plenty of video evidence all over the range of social media showcasing speed but almost, with a select few exceptions, none showcasing accuracy at anything beyond arm’s length. Many people move to the second point before thoroughly addressing the first because the second looks better on camera or that …

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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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