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Shoot/No Shoot: Balancing Participation and Observation in Studying Gun Culture
My Experience / Training

Shoot/No Shoot: Balancing Participation and Observation in Studying Gun Culture

Early in my work on gun culture, I paid my tuition and attended Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 (Phoenix, 2012), an NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course (San Jose, 2013), and the Rangemaster Tactical Conference (Memphis, 2014), as well as a number of concealed carry courses in North Carolina. As my work has progressed, I have … Continue reading

Branding in the Firearms Training Industry, Revisited: Rob Pincus’s Combat Focus Shooting
Training

Branding in the Firearms Training Industry, Revisited: Rob Pincus’s Combat Focus Shooting

Seemingly a lifetime ago now, but really just a few weeks, I traveled to south central Minnesota to attend the 10th Annual Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Conference conducted by Rob Pincus and his I.C.E. Training Company. In previous years, the conference combined instructor development sessions for Combat Focus Shooting (CFS) instructors and instructor candidates as … Continue reading

Paper Available – “’The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun’: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0″
Guns and Gear

Paper Available – “’The First Rule of Gunfighting is Have a Gun’: Technologies of Concealed Carry in Gun Culture 2.0″

Posting my upcoming presentation at the University of Arizona yesterday reminded me that I should do the same for the paper I presented at The Copeland Colloquium on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns” at Amherst College last March. The paper I presented at Amherst is based on my observations at the United States … Continue reading

Paper Available on “The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017”
My Experience / Personal Defense / Shooting Sports

Paper Available on “The Rise of Self-Defense in Gun Advertising: The American Rifleman, 1918-2017”

Later this week I will be attending a Gun Studies Symposium at the University of Arizona in Tucson, organized by Jennifer Carlson, Kristen Goss, and Harel Shapira. The symposium includes a Who’s Who of scholars who have studied guns for decades, including Philip Cook (Duke), David Kopel (Denver Law), Robert Spitzer (CUNY), Frank Zimring (Berkeley), … Continue reading