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 […]

Never Forget, Never Forgive… 21 years and a few days later

The past couple of years, I haven’t really posted anything public regarding the anniversary of 9/11. Part of the reason is being cancelled by social media. I certainly think about the anniversary every year, but have lacked the time or motivation to actually post here at the blog. I’m not much into current events commentary […]

CCW and Injury

Countless times, other gun owners have shared their lessons learned with concealed carry while recuperating from various illnesses, injuries, and surgeries. The common advice is to have alternate holsters and the skills to use them already hardwired in place. That’s good advice, and below, I’m going to share my take on the subject. What follows […]

Survival Skills in an Active Killer Scenario

Since John and I went live with the blog in May of 2015, there have been many mass shootings in the United States.  The mass shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the Dallas, Texas police shooter, the Las Vegas shooting, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida, and the recent shootings on a […]

AAR: Appleseed Project, East Granby, CT, Apr 23-24, 2022

This past weekend, I spent two days at the gun club where I’m a member taking part in a Project Appleseed event. This class took place shortly after the April 19th anniversary of “the shot heard around the world.” This is an important point, as the Appleseed Project is fundamentally based on Revolutionary War history […]

The Power of Avoidance

One of the many things that I consistently remember from two decades of training is Mike Pannone’s advice of “Avoid, Evade, Defend” as priorities of action. Similarly, Claude Werner, the Tactical Professor, refers to this as the “Avoid, Escape, Confront, Resist” paradigm. A few months ago, I found myself in a position to use this […]

25 Daily Presses

I have neglected dry fire for far too long now. Live fire too, for that matter. I would probably be embarrassed to go shoot at the range tomorrow. To compound the problem, I have recently been toting a J-Frame revolver either in the waistband or pocket. Say what you will, but I have also been […]

Instructor Report Cards

I cannot imagine there are too many people in my shoes.  I have been to many classes over the years, almost all of them documented here on the blog.  I have met a lot of people in those classes.  Accountants, police officers, information technology specialists, lawyers, doctors, army reservists, etc.  I cannot ever recall meeting […]