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Buying a gun is not the same as pulling the proverbial sword from the stone; it invokes nothing more than what it is; a device of varied quality and ease of use that uses a mechanical function to ignite a chemical reaction to propel a projectile. The control of that projectile and any that may follow it is not inherited, it isn’t learned through osmosis, nor can you borrow it from another. That control, often referred to as skill, is personally owned and maintained. Despite what the internet or your close circle of friends may tell you, your gear doesn’t mean a thing without proper software and no amount of shared Sheepdog memes and quotes from heroes past that you have memorized is going to change that. You may have memorized the Cooper color codes, or know OODA by memory, but perhaps your understanding of mindset is as day one as sitting facing the door. Outside your circle, the close collar of like-minded individuals you use as a safety blanket, the professionals that told you that you were wrong and showed you why are teaching, practicing, dissecting lessons, and learning. You may have showed one of them up with a

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A Pro-gun Primer on Anti-gun Debate, Part 3 of 3

By Aaron Moyer Welcome back to our three-part series on anti-gun debate, and thanks for sticking with me so far! In Part 1, we discussed the goals of this series and the misnomers of “gun violence” and “assault weapons.” In Part 2, we discussed gun and magazine bans and what people hoped to achieve with them. In Part 3, we’ll wrap up the series with concealed carry, other gun regulations that aren’t widespread bans, and the ultimate goal of gun control.   Argument 9: “Concealed carry is dangerous and leads to more crime.” Not true. Like, at all. Just as the US has seen dramatic decreases in violent crime and murder as gun ownership increased and the federal assault weapons ban passed, so too has our country seen that same decrease as concealed carry rights expanded. I won’t claim that the mass expansion of concealed carry is what led to the decrease, but I will claim that concealed carry definitely doesn’t lead to an increase in crime. In fact, there’s evidence *suggesting* that concealed carriers are safer than police, and definitely safer than the general American population. While data is sparse, what we do have (from Texas, one of the

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A Pro-gun Primer on Anti-gun Debate, Part 2 of 3

By Aaron Moyer And we’re back with Part 2 of our three-part series on anti-gun debate. In Part 1 , we discussed the goals of this series and the misnomers of “gun violence” and “assault weapons.” For Part 2, we’ll be focusing on gun and magazine bans, both abroad and at home, and their effectiveness, both actual and perceived. Let’s dive right in with every anti-gunner’s favorite gun control case studies: the UK and Australia! Argument 4: “Gun bans were successful in the UK and Australia.” I take issue with the narrative that Australia’s gun-ban was a success. Perhaps at eliminating or stymying civilian gun ownership, but not at reducing violence in Australian society. If you look at their murder rate, the gun ban didn’t have an effect for many years and the rate took a while to drop (over 1.7 homicides per 100k people from before the gun ban in 1995 to after in 2003). Even then, the year-over-year drop in the murder rate after 2003 was almost exactly the same as it was before the gun ban, mirroring the US’s year-over-year drop even as gun laws were loosened here at the same time. It really didn’t do anything that

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A Pro-gun Primer on Anti-gun Debate, Part 1 of 3

By Aaron Moyer As a politically-involved civilian firearms owner, I’ve been in many debates about the role of guns in American society. Every time this happens, I find myself looking for a comprehensive, objective article I can give to my ideological opponents that addresses all of their concerns in one fell swoop -- a one-stop, go-to document that makes the simple and effective case for firearms ownership in 20 minutes or less. To date, I haven’t found it. This time around, rather than getting into a bunch of debates and wishing such an article existed, I decided to make it myself: a single-source, tit-for-tat, pro-gun primer on anti-gun debate complete with citations, statistics, and links.   I’ll keep the numbers simple, as they speak for themselves and don’t need to be distorted or manipulated to fit a narrative. Some sources may be linked multiple times, but I’ll corroborate almost everything from multiple outlets. I’m going to target 15 of the most popular anti-gun arguments, because the goal is to give you concise and effective responses if you’re pro-gun, or better explain our perspective to you if you’re anti-gun. As this is a 20-minute primer, it’s not going to be the

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METT-TC – what does it actually entail?

By Tore Haugli This article describes how METT-TC is used in a military context when conducting mission planning. I will also provide some context as to how the entire order process works. I will limit the discussion to the platoon and the Troop Leading Procedures (TLP) used at the platoon level. METT-TC is also applied at the company level, during the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). Before METT-TC is applied, some other steps have been taken. The first is that the Company Commander has issued his Operations Order (OPORD) to his platoon commanders. The OPORD is a standardized format that covers 5 points, each with it's own sub-points (not going to cover those here) : 1. Situation 2. Mission 3. Execution 4. Sustainment 5. Command and Control Upon receipt of the OPORD, the PL will issue a Warning Order (WARNO) to his squad leaders, so that they can start preparations while he conducts his mission analysis and prepares his OPORD. The WARNO covers the following points: 1. Situation 2. Mission 3. Time and place for orders meeting 4. Earliest time for departure 5. Special considerations 6. Reconnaissance *A WARNO can also be issued at the company level As the squad

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P&S Final Assessment SOLGW Carbine With Matt Shockey

https://youtu.be/tpl1rn4Zh0A Matt Shockey provides his final thoughts about the Sons Of Liberty Gun Works review conducted for Primary & Secondary. https://sonsoflibertygunworks.com/  
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P&S Glassware Now Available From AT Armor!

You have been waiting for a reason to finally place that order with AT Armor. The basket on the AT Armor web store has items waiting for checkout. Those plates, that plate carrier, and those AT Armor shirts are waiting for you in limbo. Now is the time to place that order. A very limited quantity of the P&S Brown Water Glass and the P&S Pint Glass are now available. More will be ordered depending on demand. These are only available only through AT Armor. All net proceeds go to operating costs of the Primary & Secondary Network. Fight!
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The Basics of Hosting a Training Class

By Adam Syfrett Many people entertain the idea of playing host to a professional instructor, in the hopes of potentially mitigating some of their own personal logistical hurdles that would be involved in travelling to seek training. Others seek to do it just for the free spot in class. If these are your only motivations for being a host, I invite you to reconsider your train of thought. Playing host to a class places logistical and organizational demands on you far and away above attending one. That is not to say that the juice is not worth the squeeze. Having played host now to several instructors, I’ve greatly increased my own scope of knowledge, and circle of friends. The most obvious need for playing host is some sort of range facility. The facilities you have access to will play a critical role in the sort of classes you can host. Talk to the range owner/board, and see what sort of classes they are comfortable having their name associated with as well. If a certain class you want to host has something as a part of its plan of instruction (POI) that is against range rules-such as drawing from concealment, or

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Professionalism In Posting Within Social Media

By Phil Combs Unless this is your first encounter with Primary & Secondary, you’ll have more than likely noticed mention of ‘dis-information’ in today’s world of social media. In similar fashion has been a ‘Lack of details’ in posts as well as responding comments. The end result, more often than not, is a very to the point and informative comment thread muddied with more questions. The goal of this article is to provide a ‘guideline’ to better posting. Being vague provides little direction and subsequently leave readers either speculating or asking unnecessary questions. This particular post got very little response due to the lack of direction the poster gave. These types of posts usually end up being a runaway train of overwhelming and widely varying opinions with little usable or quality advice.     Here is a comment response making recommendations based off of feelings rather than specifics such as degree of use, time frame of the round count, etc. This is not very helpful in gauging whether a brand is up to the task of serious possibly lifesaving use.     Being as specific as possible is not only easier to follow, but gives a clearly defined direction for

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Armorer Delusions

By Rick Largesse I recently attended a Remington AR-15/M4 Armorer Certification course.  For two of us this was a re-certification, but for the other fifteen students, this was their first exposure to armoring this weapon platform.  The course started as most do, with and introduction of the instructor to the students and vice versa.  During these intros, it is common for the instructor to give a brief background on themselves to qualify their position as the course instructor.  This course was no different.  The instructor detailed his professional background in the armoring/manufacturing world, throwing out several recognizable company names.   From here things went downhill.  I jotted down a few key bits of wisdom to remember later on when armoring weapons that people defend their lives with.  These included: Use the firing pin to push out other pins(ie extractor pin) - (no use the proper punches) Industry standard barrel twist is 1in9 - (1/7 and 1/8 are far more of a standard which are able to stabilize a greater range of projectiles) 1in7 twist barrels will only stabilize projectiles between 69-90gr -(tell that to everyone using 55 gr without issue through their 1/7 barrels) Industry standard barrel steel is 4140.  Bushmaster goes

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