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December 16, 2010

Which gun is best for home defense?

Which gun is best for home defense? By Joel Persinger

It is an indisputable fact that long before guns were invented, someone invented opinions. And since the invention of the gun, opinions about guns have been popping up all over the place. So much so, that while not everyone owns a gun, just about everyone has an opinion about them. So, it’s no surprise that opinions fly in every direction when someone asks the age

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March 15, 2011

How do I get a California Security Guard Card?

BSIS State License Numbers: TFF1296 & TFB1197 In California, security guards are licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).  In order to get a security guard license (guard card), you must first complete a pre-licensing course, often referred to as a “guard card class”.   The guard card class is 8 hours long […]

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March 15, 2011

Which Security Guard Courses Should I Take?

In California, Security guards are required to have a minimum of 40 hours of training.  Beyond the first 8 hours (the guard card class), there are another 4 classes (16 hrs) that are required.  The remaining 16 hours are elective courses.   There are many courses to pick from, but we suggest you take the classes […]

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March 31, 2011

Are TASERs The Right Tool For Security Guards?

In the days leading up to the TASER International “Law Enforcement Instructor Course” this week, I was unconvinced that TASERs are a viable self-defense tool for security guards.  However, having completed the course two days later, fired several TASERs during the training, spoken to line officers who carry them every day and seen countless examples […]

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April 15, 2011

Senator Joel Anderson Awards PDS a Senate Certificate for Excellence!

California State Senator Joel Anderson, on April 13, 2011, presented Practical Defense Systems with a California Senator Certificate recognizing the “Outstanding training… and excellent public-safety and self-defense courses…” provided by PDS to residents of San Diego’s East County. We are very grateful for Senator Anderson’s commitment to the citizens of San Diego’s East County and […]

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April 15, 2011

Practical Defense Systems Co-Founder Interviewed by NBC News!

On the morning of April 4, 2011, a Security Guard stationed in the Apple Store at the Otay Ranch Towne Center mall in Chula Vista California, was forced to shoot one of three armed burglary suspects as they broke into the business.  That afternoon, NBC 7/39 interviewed Practical Defense Systems Co-founder, regarding Security Officer training. […]

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July 12, 2011

How can a security guard make more money?

The title of this article echoes the number one question I get from my security guard students every month.  It typically comes in the form of, “I’ve got a wife and kids to feed. How can I make more money?”  Fortunately, the answer is simple.  But, before I lay out the “how to” perhaps I […]

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July 12, 2013

How should you carry a gun while hiking?

The following is an email response I sent to a student who asked me about carrying a handgun while hiking. In the state in which she hikes carrying a gun without a permit is legal.  If you opt to carry a firearm while hiking, this advice may be helpful.  Just make sure that carrying a […]

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March 26, 2015

The Importance of Proper CPR and First Aid Techniques on the Job

The Importance of Proper CPR/First Aid Techniques on the Job Photo courtesy of Rama   It can sometimes be easy to overlook just how important CPR and first aid can be, especially in a workplace setting. Although the majority of the time these techniques will not be required, which can lull you into a false […]

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