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Create Distance and Shoot? Using your gun effectively at close range.

Create Distance and Shoot? Using your gun effectively at close range.
Create Distance and Shoot? Using your gun effectively at close range. Why following a conventional self defense response can get you killed   Conventional responses to threats   In a violent encounter, there are several basic tactics that will give you an advantage.  One is changing the angle of your position relative to your attacker.  This includes getting to the side or back of your attacker or getting more dominant grappling position where he has fewer options.   Another is using stuns to disrupt the attacker’s ability to observe, think and act.  Yet another, is creating distance between you and your attacker.  These are all sound tactics, but if default to them all the time, you may be setting yourself up for failure.  This is especially tr...
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How to Spot an Attack Before it Comes

How to Spot an Attack Before it Comes
How to Spot an Attack Before it Comes With a little informed awareness, you can see the future   We need physical techniques to prevail over our attackers, but it may even be more important to have informed awareness skills to perceive a threat before an assault even begins. You need to understand how the offense works. You need to know the typical methods a violent criminal uses in preparing for an assault. You also need to be able to read the behavioral and physiological cues that manifest in any individual who is planning to attack you. Knowing these things will improve your situational awareness and allow you to make a plan of action before the attack comes.   The Criminal Approach   There is a process most criminals go through prior to assaulting their victims. If you r...
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How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack

How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack
How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack You can’t just hope you will be ready, you have to train your mind to be ready. One of the keys to successful performance of a self defense technique is repetition, but you can practice a technique a million times, and it will never work if you do not recognize when to apply it.  Your 10,000 hours hitting a target, sparring with a training partner, or pulling a trigger will fail to be enough.  You can have all the physical skills you need, but if you are not aware of your surroundings and mentally ready to act or react, they will not be accessible in time. If you hope to successfully respond to a threat, you must be aware of your surroundings. You need to know what is around you, who is around you and what they are doing.  This i...
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The Essentials of Handgun Retention for Open Carry

The Essentials of Handgun Retention for Open Carry
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  With the open carry of handguns becoming a reality in Texas soon, it’s time we all start thinking of what that means.  Yes, we will no longer have to worry about accidentally “printing" our concealed firearms when reaching up to a high shelf in the store, leaning over to pick something up off the ground or just getting out of the truck.  We may not see as many untucked shirts or, so many Hawaiian prints.  5.11 and Thunderwear may lose some business.  We can just go out in a t-shirt and shorts, practically a uniform for Austinites, when it is hot outside.  No need for layering to hide any unsightly bulges.        Open carry being legal will have several benefits.  Open carry will make it easier to carry a larger frame gun.  It wi...
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Get stronger, faster? Getting stronger is simple.

Get stronger, faster?  Getting stronger is simple.
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There is a simple way to get stronger, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  Here's how... Most of us want to get stronger; even if we are not really concerned about gaining lots of muscle mass or a huge deadlift. Regardless, we all can use a little more strength. If you are willing to put in the work and maintain the focus, getting strong can be done with relatively few mental somersaults: just lift heavy weight, supplement the weight lifting with basic body-weight exercises, and eat the right food for muscle growth.   Step 1 - Lift Heavy          Weight lifting. Big, basic lifts. One to three times a week do each one of the big lifts like deadlift, back squat, bench press, and shoulder press.Once your form is good do these lifts with heavy weight. Lifting w...
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