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Understanding Holster Retention

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The Blackhawk! SERPA CQC Concealment holster features that company’s Level 2 retention. Passive retention is provided with the adjustable detent screw on the side for tightness, while the SERPA Auto Lock release on the side represents the active retention element. Holster retention is an important concept to grasp, whether you open or concealed carry. Here is a look at some general concepts on holster retention. Friction Leather scabbards have the innate ability to retain the handgun by good ol’ fashioned friction. Passive retention, as it’s sometimes called, is enhanced by the scabbard being molded to your make and model of...

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Defensive Firearms Training: Episodic vs. Immersion

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When it comes to concealed carry, firearms training is a must. But just exactly what sort of training regime yields the best results? There are two types of firearms training: episodic training and immersion training. You can become a proficient shooter on your own with episodic training, but only if you learn to shoot properly in the first place. This can be done through videos and text, provided you have the ability to critically analyze your own performance. Many people simply don’t seem to have this ability and as a result, they aren’t able to recognize their shortcomings and plateau...

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VIDEO: Proper Pistol Fit

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Looking into purchasing a pistol? Check out this video on proper pistol fit!  

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Video: Mastering the Revolver's Double Action Trigger Pull

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The revolver offers many advantages, but also many challenges.The handgun’s heavy double-action can throw some for a loop. But as Grant Cunningham and Rob Pincus demonstrate in the above video, it’s really just a matter of understanding and getting a feel of the mechanism. One of the more interesting aspects touched upon in the clip is the use of dryfire. Both firearms instructors hint they don’t believe in overdoing this type of practice. Instead, they find it a useful exercise to jog muscle memory just before live fire practice. Mr. Revolver (Cunningham) also touches on another important point of the...

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Video: Drawing a Handgun in a Car

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When it comes to personal defense of any kind, there is always a need to expect the unexpected. Danger never announces itself. In fact, it has the deadly tendency of catching people completely off guard. This even goes for those of us who concealed carry. One such example is the topic of the National Shooting Sports Foundation video above – drawing a handgun in a vehicle. As Adam Painchaud of Sig Saur Academy shows, getting at a gun while in a car or truck isn’t rocket science, but does require some adjustments to do it properly. As demonstrated by Painchaud,...

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