About the Blog…

Welcome! The primary goal of this blog is to explore and identify the best training, tools and tactics available to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. We hope to share that knowledge with like-minded individuals. We’re not experts, but we do have a lot of combined experience. We intend to keep this blog relatively free of […]

The Water Hole

In one of our most popular articles of all time, I wrote in one paragraph about how gas stations and convenience stores are the water holes of our time.  Even in the best neighborhoods, gas stations and their associated stores attract all manner of cretins. Of course, it all makes sense.  Where commerce is taking […]

2019: Training Goals

As I have done each of the last several years, I thought it would be a good idea to list for our readers some of my personal training (and other) goals for the new year.  I do this partially as a preview for our followers but also as a check on myself.  I believe that […]

2018: Looking Back

Separate from my “You Gotta Pay to Play” article for 2018, I thought I would again—as in past years—look back at some of my goals for 2018 and see how well I met them.  I also thought it would be good to share some other nuggets from 2018. Formal Training I surpassed any year in […]

My 2018 Year in Review and a Look Ahead

Last year was incredibly busy for me, and my primary avocation (firearms and this blog) somewhat suffered as a result. Nonetheless, I had a good year with some great training opportunities and acquired a few new pieces of hardware as well. As always, early in the year, the annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference provided some great […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2018 Edition

Hello all and Happy New Year!  As I have done each of the last couple of years (see here and here), I thought it might be useful to list in one place all of the classes I took, the matches I participated in, the number of rounds I sent downrange in them, and the money […]

My Fifth (and Final!) IDPA Match of 2018

Blessed by my bosses with the Friday before Christmas off (odd, considering Christmas was on a Tuesday this year), I decided to treat myself to the Friday half of a Friday-Saturday IDPA match.  As it happened, heavy rain for more than 24 hours prior, and more predicted rain for the Friday I would be attending, […]