Personal Defense


Concealed Carry for Women: Don’t Overthink Concealability

A note of encouragement to women who are struggling with how to fit a concealed handgun into their daily wardrobe.

Shooting a Pistol: Instruction is Key to Success

A half hour of basic instruction in the fundamentals of shooting a pistol can get you up and running with good technique. Don’t spend years developing bad habits or think you can learn to shoot a handgun by watching others (and certainly not from what you see on television or in movies!).
Handgun Training for Personal Protection

Seven Tips to Choose a Handgun for Self Defense

Selecting a handgun is personal—too personal to allow me or anyone else to do it for you. That said, it needs to fit your hand, have a recoil impulse you can control, and be small enough and light enough you might actually carry it and have it with you when you need it. Yes, you need to like it. Not I nor anyone else is qualified to make those decisions for you. I don’t want you buying my underwear and I’ll bet you don’t want me picking out yours.
Armed: The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry: When Can You Use Deadly Force?

When can you use deadly force? The short answer is that your attacker must possess the ability and opportunity to do you grave harm—but you must also have to have done everything in your ability to avoid a confrontation. In "Armed: The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry," Bruce Eimer, Ph.D., provides a more detailed discussion of the issue.
Smith & Wesson revolver

Ladies and Gentlemen: A Few Words for Each About Concealed Carry for Women

Choosing a handgun for concealed carry or self defense is a very personal decision. If you are a man wanting to buy a handgun for a woman in your life, or a woman shopping for yourself, Grant Cunningham has some words of advice.
McMillan TAC-308 Tactical Rifle

The Five Principles of Survival Guns and Weapons

I would like to start my next post by laying the groundwork I believe is necessary for selecting the survival guns and weapons you...
from “Personal Protection for Women” by Gila Hayes

Book Excerpt: Secrets to Concealed Carry for Women

In this final post in the series from "Personal Defense for Women," author Gila Hayes reveals insider tips and secrets for selecting and wearing concealed carry holsters and gear for women.
Personal defense and concealed carry for women

Concealed Carry for Women: Gila Hayes Walks the Walk

Massad Ayoob sums it up nicely: "Our daughters need more role models like Gila Hayes." In her book "Personal Defense for Women," Hayes disregards the stereotypes and tells women what they need to know to protect themselves and their families.
Defense for Women

Illinois: Women Advised to Use Combs and Keys Against Rapists

As reported by the Rockford Star, “Women who log onto an Illinois State Police Web page will find they are advised to protect themselves...

Colt to Introduce .380 Mustang Pocketlite

Colt's Manufacturing Company said it will introduce a new and improved version of the classic Colt Mustang. The new Colt .380 Mustang Pocketlite is small, lightweight and boasts enhanced durability, reliability and accuracy, making it an ideal handgun for personal protection.

CCW: Revolver or Autoloader?

Should the armed citizen carry an autoloader, revolver ... or both? There are advantages to each type of firearm, so if you carry concealed, don't overlook these options.

Elderly Woman Scares Off Home Invader with Gun

Law enforcement officials suspect a home invasion in Leon County is connected to a serial rapist who has been terrorizing elderly women in rural areas of Texas for months. On Saturday, police say a man broke into the home of an 81-year-old woman. The woman had a handgun and managed to fire several shots, scaring the man away.

Pregnant Woman Shoots Would-be Burglar

A woman who was armed and eight months pregnant took aim at a man suspected of trying to break into her car.

Woman Shoots Burglar Who Broke Into Home

Mobile police say a possible burglar was shot and killed while he was trying to break into a home.

Bonded PDX: A Real Fight-Stopper

This new defensive handgun ammunition, adopted by the FBI, is available for handgunners everywhere.

Nighthawk Custom 1911: Global Response Pistol II

Don't let anyone tell you a compact 1911 won't compare to a full-sized government model. This gun review of the Nighthawk Global Response Pistol II proves as much.


A complete directory of personal defense handguns, AR-15s, shooting drills, accessories and tactics to keep yourself and your family safe in an unsafe world. There is some crossover here with concealed carry (which has its own section here), but these articles are focused on survival, SHTF, prepping, home defense and more general personal safety afforded by personal defense guns. Also see: Gun ReviewsHandgunsRiflesShotgunsAR-15sConcealed Carry

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