Is there a danger of catching fire after someone is tased after being pepper sprayed? It’s an odd question, but it came up while covering a recent news article. Turns out, there are a couple of instances in which this question has come to the front. The short answer appears to be, surprisingly, “Yes.” I […]
Does Illinois Have A Stand Your Ground Law?
Illinois, in firearms industry circles, is known for frequent anti-gun legislation and, of course, Chicago. As I was working my way through some of the other stories we have here in the site — especially our news stories — I saw a couple of details here and there that made me wonder: Does Illinois have […]
Is Pepper Spray Effective Against An Attacking Dog?
As many a postal and utility worker knows, it’s far more than just people that can be a real threat to a person’s safety. Animals, both domestic and wild, are perfectly capable of doing real (and potentially irreparable) harm to the average person. In this case, we’re going to look at the efficacy of using […]
Introducing the RIA 5.0 From Rock Island Armory: “I Have Never Been This Impressed…”
Rock Island Armory is known for a wide variety of firearms products — most of my friends know them for quality, entry-level 1911s. They’ve now added a new, more premium option for their firearm lineup — the RIA 5.0. And people are losing their ever-loving minds. What is it? The RIA 5.0, which the Armscor […]
Avoiding Negligent Discharges While Carrying A Concealed Firearm
As a concealed carrier, it’s crucial to prioritize safety above all else. One of the worst scenarios you could face is a negligent discharge – when a firearm unintentionally goes off. These incidents not only put you and others in harm’s way but can also damage your reputation and legal standing. To avoid such mishaps, […]
Can You Shoot A Snake In Self-Defense?
Depending on where you live, you could hear stories around the proverbial water cooler about dangerous interactions with local fauna. That could include getting chased by an alligator (happened to me), nearly hitting a black bear with your car (happened to me), or even accidentally stepping on a cottonmouth while wearing flip-flops (yeah, that one […]
What Is A Duty To Inform?
In the world of concealed carry, a duty to inform is the legal obligation to inform an officer, deputy, etc. that an individual is carrying a concealed firearm when that individual comes into contact with a member of law enforcement. It can initially feel weird to have an interaction with law enforcement while carrying a […]
What Is A Holster Claw, And How Does It Work?
In concealed carry, there’s something of a debate concerning the best holster option: Is it leather? Is it Kydex? Is it some sort of hybrid? Or could it even be one of those gimmick atrocities that emerge from the mist about once a year? While leather once had market supremacy (for lack of any other […]
For Beginners: You NEVER “Shoot to Kill”
There is a lot of terminology involved in the responsible carry of a firearm, and a firm mandate to understand the purpose of concealed carry. Concealed carry is a method of carrying a firearm that is done for self protection. It is not because concealed carriers are out in the world hoping to hurt or […]