March 23rd , 2017



By: Ricky Casner Although American citizens have the right to use deadly force when defending themselves and others, it is extremely likely the choice to do so will bring negative legal consequences.2 Given this statistical likelihood, it is increasingly important that anyone choosing to carry a firearm for self-defense do so only after understanding the psychological […]

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March 14th , 2017



By: Ricky Casner Since I was young, I have loved watching fast action “shoot-em-up” films. These films often glorify the adventures of the “good guys,” who always manage to conquer no matter the odds stacked against them. These silver screen “heroes” overcome amazing challenges, inspiring us regular folk to gain confidence in our God-given natural […]

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February 21st , 2017



By: Ricky Casner Becoming a Shepherd Although our country owes much to the many brave men and women in law enforcement who have devoted their lives to protecting the “flock,” we must realize that they cannot be everywhere at once. There is a reason they have been referred to as the “thin blue line.” Whether […]

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February 3rd , 2017



By: Ricky Casner The House and Senate may soon be voting on a bill known as the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.”1 Given that the Presidency, House, Senate, and Supreme Court are now held by conservatives or conservative majorities, it is speculated that the bill will have no trouble passing. This bill will likely […]

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January 30th , 2017



By: Ricky Casner In light of my last two posts, regarding disarming a gunman and the use of man-marking rounds in firearms training, it would be negligence on my part to not discuss what will happen in the aftermath of an actual shooting. A few years back, while traveling on the freeway, I passed a […]

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January 28th , 2017



By: Ricky Casner Answer: Quite possibly your life. Reality based firearms training (RBT) better prepares individuals to survive actual life-threatening situations but how do different people value this type of training? For military and law enforcement personnel, it is so important that private companies and the U.S. military have spent millions in developing training technologies […]

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January 23rd , 2017



By: Ricky Casner As a Gunsmith, I have always seen beauty in the way a firearm functions; I love the way different components can work together in a flawless fashion to bring about an ultimate outcome. However, I understand that not all people share this sentiment. Even still, understanding a firearm’s functionality can save lives. […]

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January 21st , 2017



  By: Ricky Casner Despite the few that wanted to use today’s inauguration as an opportunity for violence and vandalism, we have once again witnessed another overall peaceful transition of presidential power. This historic transition of power will quite possibly lead to renewed and expanded gun rights for America’s citizens for the next four years. […]

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January 16th , 2017



By: Ricky Casner Four New States with Permitless Carry? On January 12, 2017, the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced that New Hampshire, North Dakota, Kentucky and New Mexico are considering instituting “Permitless Carry” or “Constitutional Carry”2. This is in addition to the 11 states that have already adopted “Constitutional Carry”: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, […]

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January 13th , 2017



By: Ricky Casner Is your firearms training adequate enough? It depends. The answer to this question will very likely differ for everyone as the adequacy of a person’s firearms training depends on what experience and knowledge they want to receive from their training. For example, if you are new to firearms or participate in shooting […]

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