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Defensive Shooting: Part 4–Trigger Manipulation, Recovery, and Follow-Through

We discuss effective trigger manipulation, recovery, and follow-through in this article. Effective trigger manipulation controls the trigger and presses it smoothly and effectively until the shot breaks. Recovery happens when you take a shot, the gun recoils, and then you bring the handgun sights back onto the target with the front sight crystal clear and
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Defensive Shooting: Part 3–Sight Alignment and Sight Picture

Sight Alignment and Sight Picture   [Disclaimer:   Nothing in this article should be understood as a substitute for training with a qualified and certified firearms instructor. If you have a concealed carry permit and if you carry your handgun on a daily basis you must train to use the gun in defensive shooting situations. 
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Defensive Shooting: Part 2–Grip

Gripping A Handgun Acquiring a strong and correct grip on a handgun (pistol or revolver) is an important element of accurate shooting. Some argue that effective trigger manipulation is more important than a strong grip. We believe that if your grip is weak then manipulating the trigger correctly won’t help your accuracy. The combination of
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Defensive Shooting Fundamentals—Part 1: Stance

“…there is a path that must be followed to become a good defensive shooter. The beginning of this path, after mindset, is correct fundamentals. From correct fundamentals we move to concentration, then consistency, then accuracy, and finally speed. The path must be followed in order…Correct fundamentals are the basics of proper shooting.” ~Dave Spaulding in
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8 Tips for Carrying Concealed–Part 1

“8 Tips for Carrying Concealed” is a two-part blog with tips for carrying a concealed handgun. Part 1 focuses on knowing the law, firearm selection, holster selection, and clothing choices. Part 2 provides tips for preparing yourself to use your concealed handgun in a self-defense situation.   It is difficult to get a concealed carry
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8 Tips for Carrying Concealed–Part 2

8 Tips for Carrying Concealed–Part 2 focuses on preparing to use your concealed handgun in a self-defense situation.  The tips focus on mastering the personal defense triad (mind-set, handgun proficiency, and marksmanship), drawing from the holster, and training (live-fire and dry practice). Mastering the Personal Defense Triad   Colonel Jeff Cooper was a famous handgun
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7 Tips on the Use of Force for Self-Defense

7 Tips on the Use of Force for Self-Defense Legal Notice    The above graphic is the property of the Spartan Firearms Training Group and it is protected under the copyright laws of the United States. If you would like to use the graphic in your training please contact us frank@spartanfirearmstraininggroup.com to receive permission to
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Staying “Left of Bang”

Staying Left of Bang Being aware of your environment–of what is happening around you–is one of the self-defense skills that is very important to master. Paying attention to what’s happening around you is called situational awareness. In this article we share with you several key points about situational awareness from a book titled Left of
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Get Off The “X”

Get Off The X With hot lead heading in your direction freezing in place will likely get you killed. It is harder to hit a moving target so you have to move if you find yourself in a defensive shooting event. This is known as “getting off the X.” “X” marks the spot you are
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