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 […]

Training Options During an Ammunition Shortage

No, sorry, this is not an article about dry practice.  You should already be doing dry practice (a.k.a. “dry fire”) anyway.  While the current ammunition shortage might have you doing more dry practice in order to preserve the ammunition supplies you have on hand, this article is more about training options you might want to […]

2021 Training Goals

As I do each year, I like to get at least some general goals and objectives laid out for the year.  However, for several reasons, this year my goals are not as “tight” as they typically would be.  For one thing, as of this writing, I am still unsure how Covid will impact things.  I […]

2020: Looking Back

Once again this year, separate from my annual “Pay to Play” article, this is what has become another tradition:  looking back at my year (see previous installments here, here, here, and here).  What goals did I achieve or fail to achieve?  What surprises came up along the way?  2020 was certainly a challenging year on […]

2020 Hunting Report

Last year, for a number of reasons, I didn’t make my annual out of state hunting foray. I vowed then that I would not miss this year. That was, of course, pre-COVID. Well, one planned hog hunting trip did get cancelled at the initial height of the pandemic, but an old friend and I did […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2020 Edition

Here we are again.  Each of the last few years (see here, here, here, and here) I have written an article along these lines.  These are meant mostly as an audit for myself, as I find it interesting (and somewhat depressing) to see how much I spent on classes and competitive matches over the course […]

My Seventh IDPA Match of 2020

Uncharted territory!  The largest number of IDPA matches I ever shot in a year (prior to 2020) was five.  And the largest number of matches overall in a year was six.  I have now beaten both of those personal records, shooting in my seventh IDPA match of this year.  As the readers will see, this […]

The Purge Has Begun! (At Least from our Perspective…)

Back in August of 2016, Robert wrote the following when he announced that our blog had a Facebook page, “Yes, it’s true. John and I have brought the blog into the world of Facebook, for better or worse…” Well, it’s for the worse, LOL! This evening, for unknown reasons and without warning or provocation, both […]

My Sixth IDPA Match of 2020

These continue to be some of our least-read articles, but as I said last time, I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see, right? […]

My Fifth IDPA Match of 2020

These are some of our least-read articles, but I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see. The Venue and Weather This match was held […]