The Modern Technique of the Pistol at Gunsite: Blessing and Curse?
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The Modern Technique of the Pistol at Gunsite: Blessing and Curse?

Gunsite Academy is unique among gun training schools in having survived the passing of its founder. Most shooting schools, like Ray Chapman’s Chapman Academy, Chuck Taylor’s American Small Arms Academy, and Louis Awerbuck’s Yavapai Firearms Academy are shuttered once their founders move on. It’s hard to imagine the American Small Arms Academy, Massad Ayoob Group, … Continue reading

The Apprentice – Private Citizen Firearms Instructor Edition
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The Apprentice – Private Citizen Firearms Instructor Edition

Several years ago, the very smart Kathy Jackson published an article on her Cornered Cat website called “How to Become a Firearms Instructor.” Hers is a practical guide rather than an analysis, but is still quite useful for my purposes in trying to understand the private citizen firearms training industry because she distinguishes between “two … Continue reading

Who is “The Gun Industry”? A Worm’s Eye View from the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, Part 3
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Who is “The Gun Industry”? A Worm’s Eye View from the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, Part 3

Back from my brief hiatus to promote the United States Concealed Carry Association’s Concealed Carry Fashion Show. This is the third of four planned posts from the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Expo on “Who is ‘The Gun Industry’?” (following up on Part 1 and Part 2 of my series). This is a sort of “Potpourri” of … Continue reading

Live Tweeting PBS Frontline Program “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”
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Live Tweeting PBS Frontline Program “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA”

Thanks to a recommendation from my fellow sociologist of guns, Jennifer Carlson, I was asked by the digital content manager for PBS’s FRONTLINE to participate in live Tweeting before, during, and after the premier of their upcoming episode, “Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA.” The episode airs at 10:00am Eastern Time on Tuesday, January … Continue reading

Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman, and Justifiable Homicide (and Stand Your Ground Laws)
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Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman, and Justifiable Homicide (and Stand Your Ground Laws)

The refusal of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has led to comparisons with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin (e.g., Inquisitr and Think Progress). Of course, the cases are different in that Wilson was a sworn law enforcement officer acting in … Continue reading