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By: Kevin Estela, Owner/Head Instructor of Estela WIlderness Education “Knives need sheaths, pistols need holsters and rifles need slings.” I don’t remember where I heard that expression but it has always rung true with me. Often, we focus too much on the tool and not enough on how we carry it. Unless you walk around with your knife, pistol, or rifle in your hand(s), you need to put them somewhere when they aren’t in use. That’s the purpose of the sheath, holster or sling. Let’s face it, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest and greatest gear with...

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By: Kevin Estela, Owner/Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education Since the last piece on bladed concealed carry, the laws haven’t changed and the unarmed could still freak out if they find out you have a blade on you. The options covered in the last article examined various ways to carry a blade around the neck, ankle, IWB and deep inside the pocket. Assuming these options don’t work for you, Part II of this concealed carry instructional provides five more ways to keep a blade on your person without anyone noticing.As with the other methods already described, one must understand the...

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By: Kevin Estela “A knifeless man is a lifeless man.” This old nordic proverb stands true to this day. One of man’s earliest tools was an edged device other than his own teeth. Over time, tools became weapons and the value of a blade was magnified. Today, we carry all manners of blades from pocket knives on an everyday-carry basis to large choppers in the field. Unfortunately for us, knife carry isn’t always associated with utility but with criminal intent. You and I both know we aren’t perceived as being resourceful but suspicious if we pull out a blade to...

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BY: KEVIN ESTELA , Owner/Head Instructor of Estela Wilderness Education Weapon/tool retention is critical. In an emergency or in a fight, be thankful if you can access your blade and be prepared for a major psychological setback if you drop it. Losing a blade when it is needed is simply unacceptable when it could mean failing in your mission, causing injury or death or simply a bruised ego. That is a chance we don’t want to take. For this reason, many knife users elect to wrap the handles of their blades, especially those without bolted on handle materials, with various...

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BY KEVIN ESTELA  I live only a few hours from the SIG Sauer Academy in Epping, NH so I end up traveling there for training events on a regular basis. In late August, I attended a wildly popular course called “Bullets on Vehicles”. This course is designed to teach students how bullets react when fired at glass and different parts of vehicles as well as how defensive shooting changes shooting from inside a vehicle and around it. Considering the recent terrorist vehicle assaults and regular crimes committed with cars and trucks, learning how to deploy a firearm effectively is extremely...

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