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If you want to become a better shooter, one thing you can work on is expanding your field of view. Many shooters when they fire their gun get tunnel vision, which will make you miss out on a lot of important information that you need to know about. Whether you’re shooting in competitions or in a self defense situation, you don’t want to be tunnel visioning on one little thing…you want to see what’s going on around you so you can make informed decisions. Training instructor Mark Redl says he sees this all the time in the shooters he trains. That’s why he developed a new training for it that fixes this tunnel vision problem and greatly expands your field of view. The idea behind how it works is surprisingly simple, and you can get the hang of it in a fairly short amount of time with proper practice. Here’s…

Standing at the range and shooting at a target with your gun already out and in position is one way to improve your accuracy, but you have to admit that it’s a little unrealistic. Because in an actual self-defense situation your gun wouldn’t already be out and pointing at your target…it would be tucked into your holster. If you’re faced with that type of situation and you’ve never practiced for it, your safety could be in danger if you can’t do it fast enough or accurate enough. That’s why it makes sense that some people also practice drawing their gun while they’re at the range. Unfortunately, not that many shooting ranges these days allow their users to practice the full motion. They require your gun to already be out and pointing at the target. It’s not so much the range’s fault as it is the liability that comes from our…

Practicing target shooting at the range is one way to improve your accuracy, but there’s one problem with that when it comes to a real self-defense situation… Shooting at the range and shooting in a self-defense situation are very different. That’s because when target practicing at the range, you’re usually training to shoot the center of the target. On a person, the “middle of the target” would be the center of the stomach. In other words, when you go target shooting the normal way you’re actually training yourself to miss an attacker’s vitals in a real self-defense situation. See the problem? Luckily, there’s a very clever and simple drill you can use to make your target shooting more effective and make you a better shot when it comes to self-defense situations. Credit for this shooting drill goes to defensive shooting instructor Michelle Cerino who originally came up with this unique…

Want to be a better shot with your pistol? There’s no shortage of advice out there for shooters who want to improve their aim, but almost no one talks about the one tip that could take your aim to the next level. It’s something called trigger management. Trigger management is a fundamental shooting technique, and is a technique that everyone is capable of learning. Mastering it will give you better overall control over your pistol and better accuracy as well. The whole point of trigger management is that you want to stop your gun from moving around as you pull the trigger. After all, no matter how well you have your target lined up, if you move the gun as you pull it trigger your aim is going to be off. There are two parts to learning trigger management: Becoming completely comfortable with how your gun’s trigger feels and honing…

So you’ve got your concealed carry permit and are excited to get started…but carrying concealed comes with certain challenges and responsibilities that you need to be ready for. Here are 6 easy mistakes that gun owners make when carrying concealed. Avoid them and you’ll have a much better experience carrying concealed over the long term. Mistake #1 – Not Taking It Seriously As a gun owner, you already know that owning a gun is a lot of responsibility. But when you start carrying concealed, it’s easy to get caught up in feeling invincible. It’s better for you to be realistic about how you would respond in certain situations and how you would use your gun (or not use it) if your life depended on it. It’s not something to take lightly, so make sure to think about the consequences of your actions ahead of time. Mistake #2 – Not Buying…

Even though it’s not ideal, there’s a certain appeal about short barrel rifles. The most common way of shortening the length of your rifle is to shorten the barrel, but that comes with difficulties of its own such as needing to get legally register it as a short barrel rifle (SBR). Plus, you can only shorten the barrel so much before you run out of room. What if you want to take it even further? This is where personal defense weapon stocks (PDW stocks) come in handy. Using a PDW stock will help you reduce the overall length of your rifle beyond what’s possible simply by reducing the barrel length. Using a PDW stock also has the added benefit of not needing to get an SBR stamp for your rifle. However, not every PDW stock holds up in quality or are as desirable as others…and many of them require you…

If this is going to be your first time carrying concealed, you’re probably pretty excited and want to jump right into it. However, there’s a fine line between a good and bad experience when carrying concealed, and most of it comes down to one piece of gear…your holster. Here are five things you’ll want to know before you start carrying concealed. 1. Make Sure You Get the Right Fit Arguably the most important thing to consider when getting a holster for concealed carry is that it fits just right so it’s comfortable to carry for long periods of time. The tricky part is that your holster needs to fit two different things…your gun and your body. If it doesn’t match even one of those, you’re going to be uncomfortable. Try to get a holster that’s as small as possible. That way you’ll have more room and it’ll also stay concealed…

If you frequently go target shooting, you probably have experience shooting at many different types of targets. However, few are as satisfying as the ringing of a steel target echoing through the air. Considering steel targets also save you the time of walking to your target to see if you hit it, it’s a wonder why steel targets aren’t a popular as they should be. The reason we don’t see more steel targets probably has to do with transporting them. Unlike other target materials, steel is heavy. That makes hauling them to the range and setting them up a much bigger effort than simply sticking some cardboard in the ground and calling it good. Thankfully, a company called CTS Targets has taken on this challenge by creating steel targets that are portable and easy to set up. CTS Targets makes steel that are at least 1/4″ thick for pistols and…

Want an easy way to increase your accuracy without doing any training or drills? You could get these improvements by adjusting your scope a little bit. Having an improper scope setup is very common, even affecting professionals such as military men and law enforcement. And since this even affects professionals whose lives depend on their accuracy, odds are your scope isn’t perfectly customized to suit you. You’re about to see a few tricks you can use to optimize your scope to give a sharper view and make it easier on your eyes. One of the most common issues with scope setups is that the ocular focus is not properly adjusted to your eye. The ocular focus adjusts how you see the reticle, not the target. Having an improperly focused reticle will cause eye fatigue when you look through the scope for too long. Here’s an easy way to adjust the…

There are three types of sights that you can have on your guns: fixed, adjustable, and optical. Both fixed and adjustable sights are called “iron sights” as a broad term. If your fixed sights aren’t as accurate as you’d like them to be, don’t worry. Even though they’re called “fixed” sights, they can still be adjusted…they just take more effort. Unlike adjustable sights, making adjustments to your fixed sights usually involves filing, welding, and using hammers and copper punches in order to adjust them. This can be a bit of a pain, which explains why many gun owners don’t bother fine tuning their guns with fixed sights. When adjusting your sights, you need to account for two directions: vertical movement and horizontal movement. Which ones you move will depend on where your gun is firing. Horizontal movements are made first. Don’t make vertical adjustments until you have your sights aligned…