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Articles written by: Mike McDaniel

A veteran of the USAF and nearly two decades of police service, I served as a patrol officer, shift supervisor, division commander, juvenile detective, detective, crime scene photographer, firearm instructor, field training officer, and SWAT officer. These days I'm a high school English teacher and professional classical singer and guitarist/bassist. I compose and arrange as well. I'm also a fencer--european and Japanese--and bicyclist.

The Luxury of Self-Defense

The Luxury of Self-Defense

The most fundamental unalienable human right is the right to self-defense. This would seem self-evident, a basic understanding for all rational people. After all, if individuals do not possess that right, the consequences are obvious—and […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Holsters and Accessories, Part 2

A Gun Ownership Primer: Holsters and Accessories, Part 2

This is the final installment of the Gun Ownership Primer series, which I hope you’ve found useful. For reader’s convenience, here are the first 14 installments: A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Holsters and Accessories, Part 1

A Gun Ownership Primer: Holsters and Accessories, Part 1

The first 13 articles in this series may be found here: A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Cartridge Choice, Part 2

A Gun Ownership Primer: Cartridge Choice, Part 2

WHICH CARTRIDGE (handgun) SHOULD I CHOOSE? A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally Justified? Part 1  A […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Cartridge Choice, Part 1

A Gun Ownership Primer: Cartridge Choice, Part 1

Having considered the first eleven installments of this series– A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally Justified? […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Revolver or Semiauto? Part 2

A Gun Ownership Primer: Revolver or Semiauto? Part 2

The first portion of this section of the continuing Gun Ownership Primer Series dealt with the general differences between revolvers and semi autos.  This section is devoted to the specific advantages and disadvantages of each […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Revolver or Semiauto? Part 1

A Gun Ownership Primer: Revolver or Semiauto? Part 1

A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally Justified? Part 1  A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Life-Changing Realities, Part 3 (Updated)

A Gun Ownership Primer: Life-Changing Realities, Part 3 (Updated)

A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally Justified? Part 1  A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Life-Changing Realities, Part 2

A Gun Ownership Primer: Life-Changing Realities, Part 2

A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally Justified? Part 1  A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally […]

A Gun Ownership Primer: Life-Changing Realities, Part 1

A Gun Ownership Primer: Life-Changing Realities, Part 1

The first six installments of this series: A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership  A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist? A Gun Ownership Primer: Is Killing Morally Justified? Part 1  […]