Hhow far away you can score a hit with a defensive handgun shot?

Chris Cerino firing pistols at long range Gun writer Richard Mann takes you through the steps of long range pistol shooting ...

Handguns at Rifle Distances
With a bit of technique and lots of practice, you can use your pistol to get hits out to 300 yards and beyond.

There’s a difference between trick shooting and long-range shooting. There’s also a difference between hitting something and hitting it hard enough to matter. Handguns are generally considered short-range firearms, because it’s difficult to achieve hits with them at extended distances. In addition, they don’t hit very hard at long range. So, at what range is the divide between trick shooting and serious shooting with a handgun?

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Top tips from top Instructors at the NRA Convention in Indianapolis

NRA Instructors

Indianapolis, Indiana - The NRA Instructor Seminar at this year's Annual Meeting was the largest on record. With almost 500 signing up for the exclusive event, the venue was changed not once, not twice, but three times. That's right - it was bigger than even we expected it to be.

In addition to hearing about the latest and greatest programs coming from NRA Headquarters, instructors also had the chance to hear from some of the top practitioners in the field like Mike Hughes of NextLevelTraining.

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How much innovation can you fit in I.C.E. Training’s new personal defense holster?

The I.C.E. RAC Kydex Holster
Outdoor writer and gear guru Kevin Reese returns with his latest adventure in the conceal carry field

As someone licensed to carry a concealed firearm, with a ridiculous number of hours of handgun and shooting training over eight years of Marine Corps service and of course, concealed-carry training under my belt, I thought I was well-equipped for personal defense and survivability; I was wrong. I showed up to personal defense expert, Rob Pincus’ two-day Combat Focus Shooting training with a soft-sided outside the waistband (OWB) holster complete with Velcro strap, my Glock 17 Generation 4 and 1,000 rounds of my personal favorite factory ammunition, Federal’s American Eagle.

Just as quickly as I walked onto the pistol range, Rob Pincus himself escorted me back to the prep table. He didn’t smile or say much at all. He simply un-holstered my handgun and asked me to remove my holster. As I removed my personal holster, he handed me a new I.C.E. Range and Carry (RAC) Kydex Holster and instructed me to put it on, re-holster and join the other students for the morning’s training brief.

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On the forefront of firearms training

National Training Manager John Howard speaks at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis Fairfax, Virginia - Since 1871, the National Rifle Association has been the premier provider of basic firearms training. For over 141 years, NRA’s training has continued to grow and improve in order to provide our students with the most informative and professional training experience possible. Our training fosters knowledgeable and safe students. It works – firearm accidents are at an all-time low.

Along the way, we have gone through many improvements that started with the development of handbooks for students. Those handbooks contained hand-drawn images that evolved into black and white photographs to more recent times, high definition color photos. In 2013, some 380,000 student copies of NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook were sold.

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Tips on the who and what to listen to when it comes to defensive shooting

American Rifleman's discussion about shooting trips to avoid B. Gil Horman has a few thoughts with it comes to listening to thoughts out there on the range ...

5 Defensive Shooting Tips to Avoid
Lifelong gun owners are usually well-meaning, but often they dole out some “sage” defensive shooting advice that is in desperate need of salt.

It was way, way back in the pre-Internet dark ages when I decided to start learning about defensive shooting. At the time, I really didn't have anyone to turn to for advice beyond the guys at the gun shop and the gun writers. Today, those who are investigating firearms for personal protection have a veritable ocean of information to dive into. Websites, books, videos, periodicals and online forums abound.

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NRA Instructors watch over the firing link at New Jersey's Camp Noble Cause

Community says thanks to active duty military with weekend getaway to Scout Reservation

Rockaway, New Jersey - For seven years, the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America has been running Camp Noble Cause; a weekend of fun and outdoor adventure for active duty, Guard and Reserve military personnel in New Jersey. Held at the Winnebago Scout Reservation in Rockaway, the weekend is chopped full of activities including rocket building, wall climbing, rifle, shotgun, swimming and archery. More than 100 volunteers give up their weekend to make the camp possible. And they do it for a simple reason.

“It’s a way to say thank you to our military personnel,” explained NRA Training Counselor Paul Dunberg. “It’s the least we can do.”

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Online program from the NRA geared to create instructors throughout the United States

NRA's Refuse to be Victim seminar Fairfax, Virginia - New jobs are always going to make you nervous.

No matter what your background, experience, or standing in the business community, there's going to be some apprehension when sitting behind the big desk for the first time. Usually you're asked to do one of two things; wait for the work to come to you or hit the ground running. For Bethany Weeks, now Bethany Mullen, it was time to run.

"There was no other choice," said Mullen.

For when Mullen walked in the doors of the National Rifle Association, she did so as Program Coordinator for their Refuse to be a Victim program — one of NRA's few ... Find out more about NRA's online Refuse to be a Victim Instructor program ...

NRA National Training Manager John Howard at the NRA Annual MeetingNRA National Training Manager takes the stage at the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana - There were a few thousand things going on all at once at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting this year in Indianapolis. People lined up far and wide to hear Wayne LaPierre talk about the 2014 congressional elections, Alabama perform at Saturday night's Stand and Fight Rally, and watch NRA Board Member Ted Nugent be Ted.

For all the Certified NRA Instructors in town, however, there was no hotter ticket than the NRA Certified Instructor Update.

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Wondering what to do today at the NRA Convention? We've got Governors, workshops and more ...

9 acres of guns at the NRA Convention in Indy

Indianapolis, Indiana - Day one at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting was a doozy. Hundreds of thousand of members traveling from across the United States to celebrate a taste of the freedom they hold so dear. And boy were they rewarded. In addition to the hundreds of vendors lining the halls and walkways of the Indiana Convention Center, there were workshops, seminars and a little thing we like to call the NRA Country Jam.

Though there wasn't room for everyone to enjoy everything, that doesn't mean there isn't more fun, informative, and potential lifesaving experiences waiting to be had. Some are more fun than lifesaving, but that doesn't mean one should be pushed aside in favor of the other. We leave that choice up to you.

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