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SHOULD YOU BUY A GUN? Random violence, active shooters, political unrest, terrorism, immigration, mob violence, police ambushes dominate the headlines. Gun sales are at all-time highs as many Americans consider purchasing a gun in order to defend their life, their loved ones, and their property.

These free resources will help you decide if you should buy a gun, what kind of gun to buy and how you should train in order to defend your life and property. It will take you about 15 minutes to use these resources. Just scroll down to start.



Fear is driving first-time gun buyers. And unfortunately, fear is their overriding emotion after purchasing a gun.

Without proper training, many new gun owners unnecessarily fear their weapon as much as the threats they’re hoping to defend against.

Specifically, new gun owners wonder about both safety and effectiveness. Can they store, carry and operate the gun safely? Most importantly, can they pull the trigger when they may need to?

For these new gun owners, a gun represents the solution to a problem. They’re not buying the gun to add to their collection or for recreational or competitive shooting. They’re buying the gun because they’re concerned about their ability to resist violence should violence find them.

With proper training, the initial feeling of fear can easily be converted to confidence leading to a new gun owner capable of safely and effectively defending life and property.

The key to addressing these critical issues is training...



The most important question to answer for anyone considering purchasing a gun for self-defense is whether you're willing to train in order to learn how to use it.

A firearm isn't some magical talisman, it's a tool that requires training to learn how to use it safely and effectively. 

If you're not willing to train to become proficient with your firearm, we recommend that you do not purchase one.

To be clear, state permit courses, concealed carry permit courses, and NRA introductory courses are not training. Standing still on a range while shooting at a stationary target - even if your able to punch tight groups through the center of the paper - will not make you a safe or effective gun owner. Nor will sitting in a hotel ballroom with 200 others listening to an 8-hour PowerPoint presentation.

The only thing that will make you safe and effective gun owner is learning those skills which enable you to quickly and effectively engage a lethal adversary and press the trigger without hesitation (a process called becoming "killing-enabled"), under the normally debilitating stresses of a real-life dynamic high-stress fight for life.

Killing-enabled? That’s a chilling thought for every prospective gun buyer. However, you should know that few people are "naturals" at being able to shoot another human being, what separates those who can (for instance, your average soldier and law enforcement officer) from those who can't - is training. So once again, if you’re not willing to get the training needed in order to know you can to pull the trigger if/when the time comes, then you shouldn’t purchase a gun.

While we recognize that firearms are used many times every year without having to discharge the firearm in self-defense, you should NOT bet your life or the life of other innocents on the hope that your adversary will be one of those who will simply give up the attack when they see your firearm. Having the confidence to know that you can effectively use your handgun when needed is priceless.



We recommend prospective gun owners purchase a Glock 19, a tactical light that fits the Glock, a waistband holster, and a belt-mounted magazine pouch.

Why the Glock? We recommend the Glock because they are a notoriously rugged and simple to use. All of us at DSI have used Glocks in our careers, and most of us still carry them.

Why the tactical light? Most gunfights take place in low/no light conditions, and being able to identify a potential threat requires illumination. A programmable light that can be switched on automatically as the gun exits the holster is even more helpful.

Why the holster? Gunfights are typically a surprise, happening in close range, and require immediate access to your gun and weapon-mounted tactical light. Whether you are drawing surreptitiously or quickly, a quality holster is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can own because when used correctly, it can give you instant access to your handgun.

Why the magazine pouch? Because a spare magazine on the body is a necessity in case of multiple adversaries or malfunctions. 

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We have five more resources to help you decide if you should purchase a gun for self-defense. They are:

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 9.01.30 AMSample Handgun Drill. A sample of the kind of drills you'll be learning if you decide to buy a gun. This is an actual drill from our on-line academy that you would have access to if you decide to become a member.

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 9.03.45 AMSample Chapter. A chapter from our Individual Tactics manual titled "Flipping the Switch". This short chapter describes the harsh reality of what it takes to win a gunfight. No NRA sugar-coating here. A sobering must-read for everyone considering buying a gun for self-defense. 

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 8.25.10 AMCase Study. A case study titled the Schmitt Family - A Study Of One Family's Struggle To Defend Life, Business, Church, School, and Community. This is a great read underscoring the struggles many families face today in regards to dwindling law enforcement resources in the face of growing violence and threats.

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 8.23.54 AMStrategy For Defense. A PDF version of our print manual "Strategy For Defense" An important read that describes what individuals can do in order to take control of their community defense. This manual describes a strategy dependent upon building decentralized networks of simpatico individuals to secure life, family, business and community.

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 8.27.33 AMPurchase Specification. A detailed provisioning specification describing exactly what you should purchase including gun, ammunition, holster and accessories.