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Doctor William Aprill died August 6, 2020. William’s career spanned from being a deputy sheriff and Special Deputy U.S. Marshal to decorated competitive shooter who conducted training for civilians, law enforcement, and military in various defensive fighting skills for three decades to being a pract

Posted: Monday, August 10, 2020

The headlines have been packed with stories about protests -- some peaceful, some violent. We’ve seen marches against racial injustice; we’ve seen demonstrations against lockdown restrictions.

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2020

During a time of social unrest, concealed carriers may find themselves in confrontations involving people in or around protests. We’ve seen news reports of both, including an incident in Austin, Texas where there was a tragic loss of life. Don West, Steve Moses, and Shawn Vincent explore the challenges associated with defending yourself should you find yourself in a protest -- or surrounded by one.

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The CAR technique might be described as a compressed version of Weaver shooting position in which the support side elbow is bent and pointing towards the ground, and the strong side elbow is also bent but flares to the same side

Posted: Monday, August 3, 2020

A recent CCW Safe article sparked controversy over a suggestion that a homeowner could have “retreated” from a potential intruder in their home and taken up a tactical position in a “hard corner.” In this podcast Don West, Steve Moses, and Shawn Vincent address the controversy, discuss the differences between a “retreat” and a “tactical withdrawal,” and reinforce the benefits that time and distance can offer a defender in a self-defense scenario -- both from a tactical and a legal perspective.

Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020

This week Mike and Stan have Trident Concepts owner and former Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales in studio to discuss training for concealed carriers, the influx of new gun owners and the new video series that Jeff is doing for CCW Safe.

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I have absolutely no issue with a protest that is both peaceful and lawful. However, there may be persons within a group of protesters whose motivations also include general anarchy.

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020

At first, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to arrest Drejka, citing Florida’s “stand your ground” law; however, he expressed reservations when he told reporters, “That pause gives me pause. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Posted: Friday, July 24, 2020

Last week, we revisited the Charles Dorsey case and offered some tactical analysis from Steve Moses, firearms instructor and CCW Safe contributor. Some took offense to the suggestion that a defender should have “retreated” in his own home, or that he should have just “waited” for police to arrive. I recently spoke to Steve Moses about the passionate and heartfelt feedback we received in response to the article

Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel Don West talks with Attorney Andrew Branca about avoidance and making an attacker work for the fight. This discussion was filmed at SHOT Show 2020. Don and Andrew are two of the leading self-defense attorneys in the nation and we were lucky to have them sit down and answer some common questions we get.

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

CCW Safe recently received a request for an article on dealing with dog attacks from a member

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020

Gary Espinoza, a stranger to Charles and Barbara Dorsey, broke the latch on the Dorsey’s front door in a fit of rage, and when he stepped foot into the home, Mr. Dorsey fired a single fatal shot.

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel Don West talks with Attorney Andrew Branca about disparity of force in a self-defense incident. This discussion was filmed at SHOT Show 2020. Don and Andrew are two of the leading self-defense attorneys in the nation and we were lucky to have them sit down and answer some common questions we get.

Posted: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Most concealed carriers who have attended a defensive handgun course have likely been told by their instructors that the most important shot they can make in a defensive gunfight is the first one, and a good instructor will drive home the point that making a good hit with the first shot is also more difficult than with subsequent shots.

Posted: Monday, July 6, 2020

Sheri McLatchy drew a gun on a customer of The Clothes Basket laundromat in Holly Springs, Mississippi. McLatchey worked there as an attendant, and moments earlier, she had been in a fight with an angry patron who had attacked her and dragged her to the ground in a nail-scratching, hair-pulling melee -- all of it captured on video.

Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel Don West talks with Attorney Andrew Branca about escalation of force in a self-defense incident. They also discuss the Teuller Drill sometimes known as the "21 foot rule". This discussion was filmed at SHOT Show 2020. Don and Andrew are two of the leading self-defense attorneys in the nation and we were lucky to have them sit down and answer some common questions we get.

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

It is not inconceivable that an after-market trigger modification that noticeably lightened the weight of the trigger on a handgun used for concealed carry might be described in court by the same prosecutor as a “hair-trigger”, which is a term that often has negative connotations for the general public.

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2020

CCW Safe National Trial Counsel Don West talks with Attorney Andrew Branca about things to think about when making the decision to use lethal force in a self-defense incident.

Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The term “shooting from the retention position” simply means that the concealed carrier is shooting from a retracted position in order to protect the handgun from being seized by an attacker that is close enough to readily reach out and grab it. Concealed carriers might be sorely disappointed to discover that “too close” is farther away than they think.

Posted: Monday, June 22, 2020

The defender in the Womack shooting did so many things right that we’ll never know his name. “As in any matter where someone is not charged with a crime,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele announced, “we do not reveal his or her name to the public.”

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2020

Part 2 of the discussion between CCW Safe National Trial Counsel Don West and Attorney Andrew Branca about how to interact with authorities after a self-defense incident.

Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020