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: 360 Performance Shooting (Ashton Ray & Tim Chandler) “Shotgun 360”, New Castle, PA 8/01-02/20

The Scattergun.  The Shotty.  The Boomstick.  The Shotgat.  The Street Howitzer.  The Gauge.  I suppose it makes sense that a firearm that is so ubiquitous and carries so many nicknames would be, as Tom Givens says, “the least understood…..weapon system.” After my first one-day shotgun class I was confident I would never take another.  I […]

My Fourth IDPA Match of 2020

Or was it?…… This week I was back to my “old” club, the one at which I have been shooting IDPA matches for the last four years.  Regular readers may recall how weather (rain) issues have sometimes caused the match director to change out a “regular” IDPA match for some sort of modified steel challenge […]

My Third IDPA Match of 2020

Things are starting to open up a bit more around here.  In addition to the club where I shot a match last month, the club where I shot matches in years past is starting to host matches again as well.  So I’ll end up shooting two matches in July:  this was the first of those. […]

Media Review: Panteao Productions Gunsite DVDs

At the height of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Gunsite Proshop put their books and videos on sale. I took advantage of the sale prices and ordered three DVDs (as of this writing, they are still on sale). I ordered the Gunsite 250 Pistol, the Gunsite 223 Carbine, and the Gunsite 40th Anniversary DVDs. I […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 8: Vintage Speer Lawman 00 Buck

A few months ago, I stumbled across a source to buy old LE stock Speer Lawman 8 pellet buckshot. Apparently, it was manufactured in the same Federal/CCI/Speer factory that today makes Federal FliteControl and was initially advertised as having the FliteControl wad. I say initially, because when I went back to try to buy more, […]

My Second IDPA Match of 2020

One of the many casualties of the pandemic, at least for me, has been competitive shooting.  State rules against gatherings of more than ten people put a hold on most matches in these parts.  A shame too, as I had shot my first match in January, setting me up to potentially shoot more matches this […]

A New Book from Greg Ellifritz…

Veteran cop, trainer, prolific blogger, adventure traveler, friend, all around good guy, and now published author Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training just shared today that his new book has reached a milestone of 1000 copies sold! I’m responsible for both a Kindle version and a paperback version of those sales and can recommend the […]

COVID-19 Considerations…

We haven’t posted much to the blog recently for obvious reasons…. but I thought it was time to share a few thoughts and observations. First of all, I’m going to try to keep this as germane as possible to the core mission of the blog. But, I’m also going to approach the subject from the […]