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 […]

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 […]

Visiting the 2022 Great American Outdoor Show

The following text does contain a few Amazon Affiliate links. Purchases made through our affiliate link allow us to receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. We always appreciate the support! As I have for the past few years, I spent this past Saturday wandering around the NRA Great American Outdoor Show […]

Revisiting the Carbine Zero…

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been sitting on this post since I first penned it in October of 2018. My opinion has evolved somewhat over that time, but hasn’t fundamentally changed. So, I’m going to go ahead and share it here. In discussing the best zero for a carbine (AR-15, etc.), I think […]

2022 Training Goals

As I like to do each year, I thought it would be a good time to set some general training goals for the year.  I like to do this as I am a “To-Do List” kind of guy.  I also tend to find it interesting how I veer off course each year.  As a teacher, […]