Home Defense - What you can do...

Home Defense - What you can do...

by Steve Tarani

Home is your castle, your sanctuary, your favorite place to be; it’s where you and your family are the safest and feel the most secure. It’s also a primary target of the predator.

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Gun Review: Sig Sauer P938

Gun Review: Sig Sauer P938

by Howard Hall

Through 20 years of trial-and-error in finding the right concealed carry pistol to best suit my requirements, the Sig Sauer P938 emerged as my personal #1.  In this product review, I

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The New Reality...

The New Reality...

by Patrick Henry

Sadly this focus on threat has many in both government and private security overlooking the most effective security strategy available to us, which is the engagement of 

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Child Abduction

Child Abduction

by Patrick Henry

This week we received a few comments and emails about protecting children from kidnappers, most likely sparked by the brazen attack in Encinitas, California last week by two men who attempted to force a seventeen year old girl into a van. Regardless of what the media chooses to report, the actual number of cases of child abduction are exceedingly rare. Far more often, child abduction is the result of disputes over custody. Exponentially topping that number is the number of runaway/throwaway children who end up exploited at the hands of human traffickers. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides detailed data on all of these occurrences.

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Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions – Part 3: Failure to Eject

Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions – Part 3: Failure to Eject

by Howard Hall

Welcome back and thank you for returning to read the final installment in the Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions series.  To cover the wide range of topics in this series, I have broken the 8 elements of the cycle of operation into the three commonly accepted types of pistol malfunction.

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Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions – Part I: Failure to Feed

Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions – Part I: Failure to Feed

by Howard Hall

Whether on the range or via e-mail, I receive a lot of questions regarding pistol malfunctions.  These questions go beyond discussing the skills required to clear malfunctions.  They are geared more toward understanding “what” makes their pistol malfunction and what can be done to prevent the malfunction, rather than just relying on corrective actions alone. 

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Gun Review: EAA Windicator .38 Special/.357 Magnum Revolver

Gun Review: EAA Windicator .38 Special/.357 Magnum Revolver

by Howard Hall

In regard to the third “F” in Fit, Function, and Finances… does a quality gun necessarily have to be expensive?   We’ll take a look at that question in this review of the EAA Windicator .38 Special/.357 Magnum Revolver.

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Product Review: Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm Pistol

Product Review: Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm Pistol

by Howard Hall

In this article, I will provide a product review and range report on the Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm pistol as both a general equipment review and as information on an Aegis Academy rental gun.  To set the proper context, let’s start with a little history.

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Shotgun Ballistics

Shotgun Ballistics

by Howard Hall

If you recall, our discussion on internal ballistics focused on the characteristics of the firearm, the cartridge, and the initial actions in the firing sequence that occur within the confines of the firearm.  For this discussion, we’ll start with the cartridges, known as shot shells, and their components

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Avoiding Mob Violence

Avoiding Mob Violence

by Patrick Henry

Perceived injustice has sparked protests around the globe. In some cases these gatherings are peaceful, and in others they turn into a violent mob. Lately we’ve seen a list of pundits on both sides of the arguments saying the violence is racially driven, which is simply not supported by the facts. Mob Violence is not an “African American” phenomenon and we have seen violence erupt in New York at 2011’s Occupy Wall Street movement that certainly crossed racial lines. Other cultures and countries are not immune. Tahrir Square in Egypt, Paris and Sarcelles France, Jerusalem in Israel and the Palestinian territory and throughout Iran in the past few years. There is not a race or country on the earth that has not been effected at some point…

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Remington 887 Nitro Mag Tactical Gun Review

Remington 887 Nitro Mag Tactical Gun Review

by Ken Cherry

Remington has taken the venerable and reliable shotgun and pulled it into the 21st century. For the most part pump action shotguns have changed little since John Browning’s model 1893, and most innovation (after double action bars) was a plethora of accessories you could add on to your favorite gun to make it as tactical, or look like bush. There was no reason to re-invent the wheel, so Remington refined it instead. I first picked one up when I borrowed Howard Hall’s to attend a week long shotgun course. Lucky me, Howard had obtained his recently and despite his intimate knowledge how a fellow Marine can break things, offered me the chance to “break it in”. Challenge accepted sir. I did in fact bring it home in one piece.

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Smith and Wesson MP 40 Gun Review

Smith and Wesson MP 40 Gun Review

by Ken Cherry

During my time in the Army, I always competed with the same pistol that I was issued, to maximize familiarity with the weapon system that I carried while in uniform. During the beginning of my military career, an Armand Swenson-modified Colt Series 70 .45 was my match gun of choice for completion in those early days of IPSC. I followed by a Beretta 92FS that replaced the 1911 in Army inventories. Approaching retirement, I realized that these self-imposed constraints no longer applied and that I could choose whatever suits me. I needed to try something new.

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Internal Ballistics Part 1 – Cycle of Operation and Firearm Function

Internal Ballistics Part 1 – Cycle of Operation and Firearm Function

by Howard Hall

Welcome back!  Thank you for your interest in ballistics: the science of shooting.  In this three part series, I will cover internal ballistics and the combination of actions and reactions within the firearm that influence a projectile’s movement through the end of the barrel and ultimately affect a bullet’s flight to target.

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Benelli Super-90 Shotgun

Benelli Super-90 Shotgun

by Ken Cherry

Aegis Academy members and readers, I did a review of the Remington 870 12 gauge tactical shotgun, but the question always comes up, what about the semi-auto shotguns? We have now done the same for the Benelli Super-90 semi-auto 12 gauge. For starters, it’s very hard to make a true side-by-side comparison of the 870 pump gun and Super-90 semi-auto. Simply because the Benelli can be more than three times the cost of the Remington, depending on which model you chose. The retail price is just one part of the review. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of one of the best high-end auto loaders.

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The History of the Rifle

The History of the Rifle

by Patrick Henry

The history of the rifle is a long one, but the term rifle was originally applied to the grooving inside a barrel with the first examples being referred to as “rifled guns” or “rifled muzzleloaders”. As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “Rifle: a gun that has a long barrel and is held against the shoulder when you shoot it, or to cut spiral grooves into the bore of.” It is also possibly from the French term, rifler, which is to scratch or file.

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History of the Shotgun

History of the Shotgun

by Ken Cherry

The history of the shotgun is a trip through time. The shotgun has been called many different names and has had a variety of uses, both in military and civilian hands. Arguably, it is the most versatile weapon invented in the modern age of warfare. The weapon has had many names over the last few centuries, such as Blunderbuss, Fowling Piece, Scattergun, Trench-gun and in modern time, the Shotgun. Let’s take a look at the history of the shotgun, how it progressed from the 1600’s to today and how it became the weapon/tool we see utilized around the world.

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When should you start teaching kids to shoot?

When should you start teaching kids to shoot?

by Patrick Henry

Over the years, we’ve watched a variety of techniques used in teaching kids about gun safety and how to shoot.  Here are some best practices on imparting responsible gun handling to children. In the paragraphs below, you will see that our recommendations are categorized by age groups.  These categorizations are only guidelines.  Since children develop at different rates, maturity and focus should be your guidelines when considering the material below.

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Pistol Correction Chart

Pistol Correction Chart

by Patrick Henry

Pistol Correction Charts (Also Known and Common Error Charts) are the probably the most misused tool in the training industry.  They are popular because they superficially promise a quick “one-size-fits-all” cure for common pistol shooting errors.

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