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 […]

Gear Review: The Amtac Blades “Northman”

Regular readers know that I’ve shied away from gear reviews the last year or so, since so much of what constitutes EDC is a highly subjective personal choice. However, every once in awhile, a standout deserves a shout out. Enter the Amtac Blades “Northman” knife. Amtac Blades is the creation of Bill Rapier, owner of […]

Never Forget, Never Forgive…

I first wrote this five years ago… I’m posting it again with minor edits that reflect the passage of time, although I cannot help but notice how much more poignant some of the words seem today in 2020. Today, please take a moment to pause and remember the many brave Americans that tragically lost their […]

Shotgun Patterning: Part 9, Some New Ammo + Testing Chokes

Recently, I became aware of a new contender in shotgun ammo specifically tailored for defensive purposes (H/T Ashton Ray of 360 Performance Shooting). Fiocchi USA has introduced a new 12 gauge loading under their Defense Dynamics branding. In reading about it, there were things I liked, and one thing I didn’t necessarily like. The good […]

My Bag of Tricks

It is great to sit down and FINALLY write this article that has been over a year in the making.  Having said that, this article will serve as a bit of a monument to my thinking at this time, and no doubt the items described as well as the possible uses for this bag will […]

AAR: Practically Tactical “Outside the Berm: Force on Force”, Alliance, OH, 08/22-23/20

ME:  “Dude, I went to this two day handgun-based class!  We worked for over 20 total hours!” BUDDY:  “Awesome, man!  How many rounds did you fire?” ME:  “Thirteen.” BUDDY:  (crickets) Obviously, this was not a “regular” two-day handgun class.  This was a force-on-force class that was more about decision-making, application of knowledge of use-of-force laws, […]

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. […]