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 […]

A Critical Look at Hornady’s Critical Defense and BLACK Buckshot

In a recent blog post, I wrote that I wasn’t really sure the difference between Hornady® Critical Defense® buckshot and Hornady® BLACK buckshot. Specifically, I was curious if the BLACK ammo used the Versatite™ wad, since both loads seemed to offer similar performance. Dr. Sherman House from the Civilian Defender blog suggested in the comments […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 5: Some Unexpected Results…

Last week, I finally had time to go to the range and continue my shotgun pattern tests. Specifically, I wanted to see how my 870P SBS with its modified choke compared to my Winchester 1300 Defender that has a Vang Comp barrel treatment. In a recent class, Tom Givens remarked to me that the introduction […]

My Second IDPA Match of 2018

This past weekend I was able to get away for a few hours and shoot my second IDPA match of the year (third match overall…I shot a carbine match and one prior IDPA match).  This was a fun, challenging match with nearly every stage having at least one moving target and a fair amount of […]

Equipment Review: MagPul PMAG 10 GL9-G19 Magazines

Earlier this year in January, I was excited to see MagPul bring a restricted capacity Glock magazine to market for those of us that live behind enemy lines. I immediately ordered three of the MagPul PMAG 10 GL9-G19 magazines. Over the past six months, I have put well over a case worth’s of ammunition from […]