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Gunsite’s New Gunsmithy

  There are a number of things that contribute to a viable business partnership such as good people, good products, and good ser-vice. On April 1, 2021 Gunsite Academy announced a re-organized Gunsmithy operation at the 45 year old world renown training facility. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening ceremonies, and having participated in numerous events at the Arizona location over the last two decades, I can unequivocally state that two of the [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|

WHEELGUN WISDOM | Running Double-Action Revolvers

By |April 7th, 2021|

  I had the privilege of instructing the "revolver day" of a New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy's Firearms Instructor Course recently. There were 14 cops in the class and experience ranged from a few years to one gent with 27 years in the bag. None of them had carried a [...]

PUTTING LEARNED SKILLS TO USE | Gunsight And Dunton Ranch

By |March 24th, 2021|

  Back in the early 1970s Colonel Jeff Cooper started the American Pistol Institute, now known as Gunsite Academy. Today Gunsite is known worldwide for firearms training, from a quality facility with top notch instructors and staff. Some of the best warriors have attended and continue to train there. Recently [...]

IN-YOUR-FACE PISTOL RELOADS | Trendy But Unsafe

By |March 16th, 2021|

  Pistol ready positions and reload positions are an ongoing topic of debate. We’ve undoubtedly come a long way since the cup-and-saucer grip or emptying brass into the support hand during revolver reloads. We all recognize our tactics and training must maintain a high standard and we cannot afford to [...]

RELIC TO THE RESCUE | Century Old Self-Defense Pistol

By |February 8th, 2021|

  In the category of “Non-Fake News,” gun sales in the last two years have broken all previous records. Many of these guns have been sold to first time gun buyers suggesting that more Americans now believe that our government may not be able (nor inclined) to protect them in [...]

DOUBLE-DEUCE DRILLS | Real-Deal Rimfire Training

By |February 2nd, 2021|

    I have used subcaliber training to very good effect over the years. However, my approach was best summed up as using the reduced cost of .22 Long Rifle to allow a blunt-force smashing of maximum reps of key skills. When the ammo drought set in, I went into [...]

GUNS ACROSS THE BORDER | What Border Lawmen Used a Century Ago

By |January 14th, 2021|

  Twice a year gun writer Dick Williams organizes a three-day theme shoot. Recently I attended one of these events at Gunsite. The theme was what handguns peace officers working on the Southern border used in the period of 1900-1917. The class would cover single and double-action revolvers and semiautomatics [...]

USED SERVICE WEAPONS FIND NEW LIFE | Police Trade-In Bonanza

By |January 12th, 2021|

  I don’t know about you, but there is just something about a former service weapon. That it protected and served gives nobility to such a piece, every bit of wear on the finish humbly calling out as time spent honorably. Whether it ever was drawn in desperation or anger [...]

BUILDING A BETTER MOUSETRAP | Handgun Sitting Positions

By |December 17th, 2020|

Long-range handgunning rarely receives much training effort. Consequently shooter’s ability at distance is often pretty erratic. The standard training approach, often thrown in quickly if time allows, is to have the shooter take a knee or go prone. I’ve seen a great many shooters who actually shoot worse from kneeling [...]

RUNNING A WHEELGUN — Revolvers for Today’s World

By |November 23rd, 2020|

In late 1972, I was hitchhiking home, on leave. Not many troops wore uniforms in public in those days, but I was in Class A’s, with spit-shined jump boots, ‘cuz dad was a retired Airborne Command Sergeant Major and asked me to. As I passed a small gun store, The [...]

STANDOFF HANDGUN DRILLS Accuracy at Situational Speed

By |November 19th, 2020|

As you look at the news and recent attacks you can see a clear trend of bad guys clueing in to the effectiveness of long guns. Whether the attack is on a church, a school, an event or an office the trendline suggests that the man or woman in a [...]

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