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December 2014

Active Shooters

By Lyn Bates | December 2nd, 2014
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No, an “active shooter” isn’t someone who goes to the practice range twice a week.   It is someone who right now, this minute, is in the process of a murdering multiple people with a firearm. Police used to have a simple procedure for first responders to a situation where someone with a gun was in a[...]

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October 2014

Shoot, Don’t Shoot

By Lyn Bates | October 21st, 2014
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The Force Science Research Center at Minnesota State University recently brought my attention to some research done at the University of Fresno by psychology professor Dr. Matthew Sharps and his colleague, Adam Hess.  They wanted to explore how people with no firearms or law enforcement experience would judge the use of force in various situations.  Why should[...]

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September 2014

The One Best Tactical Rule

By Lyn Bates | September 30th, 2014
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It is wonderful when a whole handful of different “If you are in this situation, do that” rules can be boiled down to a single, simple principle that is easy to remember and easy to apply in a variety of situations. Let’s look at some of those sorts of tactical rules for very different kinds of situations,[...]

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Lethal Force Decisions   

By Lyn Bates | September 30th, 2014

When are you entitled to use lethal force against someone?  The best short answer I’ve ever seen is the doctrine promulgated at Lethal Force Institute: “You can use lethal force when there is immediate and unavoidable danger of death or grave bodily harm to an innocent person.” What does that mean?  Let’s deconstruct it. “Lethal force” is[...]

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June 2014

Using a Lockbox    

By Lyn Bates | June 6th, 2014
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Safely containing a gun is easy … safely getting that loaded gun into and out of the box, however, is not always easy.  Regardless of which method you choose, however, your responsibility doesn’t end there.  You’ve got to find the right place in your home (or other location) for your box, you’ve got to be very careful[...]

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Tactics for Couples     

By Lyn Bates | June 3rd, 2014

Here’s the situation.  You and your spouse (or friend, or co-worker, or whoever you know well enough to travel with) are temporarily staying in a condo rented from friends.  It is evening, and you are both, in different rooms, getting ready to turn in for the night.  Suddenly you hear a crashing sound, like someone breaking in![...]

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May 2014

Your First Time Carrying A Gun   

By Lyn Bates | May 23rd, 2014
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You’ve never quite gotten around to doing it. There were always reasons, good ones. But you kept thinking about it, and perhaps someone urged you to at least get a CCW (concealed carry weapons) license so that you would have it “just in case.” You’ve had the safety training, and some range practice. You have the license.[...]

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No Light? No Problem!

By Lyn Bates | May 23rd, 2014
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It seems that most shooters practice on sunny afternoons outdoors or on indoor ranges that are not only well-lit but that have been designed so that the placement of the lights helps to maximize the desired sight picture. Unfortunately, many defensive shooting incidents take place at night, often in places that are very dimly lit. According to[...]

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April 2014

So, You Got Your CCW

By Lyn Bates | April 2nd, 2014
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Whatever you call it, a gun permit, a carry license, license to carry (LTC), concealed carry permit, or a license to carry concealed weapons (CCW), chances are that it is shiny and new, not something you have had for years.  Legislatures in many states have recently instituted new CCW laws, or loosened the restrictions on old ones,[...]

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Self-Test Drills

By Lyn Bates | April 2nd, 2014
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How do you really know how good you are with a gun, and how can you be sure you stay as good as you’ve ever been?  It is a tough dual problem, since there never seems to be enough time or money available to take all the courses and participate in all the shooting sports that would[...]

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