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 […]

My Second IDPA Match of 2019

How sad is it that it took me all the way until the last weekend in September to shoot my second match of the year?  That’s how it goes sometimes.  (See description of my first match of the year here.)  Family illnesses, family vacations, scheduling conflicts with classes I took, etc., all conspired against me […]

Never Forget, Never Forgive!

I first wrote this four years ago… I’m posting it again with minor edits that simply reflect the passage of time. Today, please take a moment to pause and remember the many brave Americans that tragically lost their lives 18 years ago in the brutal terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I have always considered […]

Exploring the Limitations of EDC Choices…

A few weeks ago, I managed to make two trips to the range… I shot the same drill each time with two different handguns that I commonly carry, and I thought I would discuss my experiences here in this post. The August Drill of the Month from Tom Givens’ Rangemaster Newsletter was his “Five-Second Standards.” The […]

Asleep at the Wheel

Over the last three years, I have attended quite a bit of training with Tom Givens.  I took two seminars with him at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference in 2017, and another seminar in 2019.  I also took a one-day Defensive Shotgun class with him, a two-day Combative Pistol class, and his three-day Firearms Instructor Development […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 7: SlapShot Home Defense High Velocity Shot

Several weeks ago, I read about SlapShot USA LLC‘s new high velocity buckshot on Greg Ellifritz’s Facebook page. He was questioning whether anyone had conducted formal gel tests with it, reasoning that its published velocity should be enough to defeat body armor, something that most conventional buckshot won’t do. In reading the description of the […]