2016: Looking Back

As the year has been drawing to a close, I decided to follow what I did in 2015 (see here) and look back at this article on Training Goals for 2016 and see what I achieved, what I completely ignored, what was addressed that needs more work, and so on.  I am always looking to grow […]

Merry Christmas!

From all (both) of us here at the Civilian Gunfighter blog, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families! To our deployed military and to those of you on duty today in police, fire, or EMS, we thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. Truly, any of us in the aforementioned services know that […]

What’s Your Life Worth? Choose Your Training Wisely

Please read all of what follows while keeping in mind the mission of the Civiliangunfighter blog as outlined in this first post we made over 18 months ago. Several months ago I wrote an article describing how to take classes with a critical eye.  When techniques that are taught are questionable due to reasons of inefficiency or […]

“Youth” Guns for Self Defense

This is going to be a post that is directed more towards the new gun owners that discover this blog rather than the more experienced readers that we have. For those of you that consider what follows to be common knowledge, please share this post and the blog with new gun owners that you know […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2016 Edition

With the year coming to a close, I thought it might be a useful exercise to tabulate for our readers how much I spent this year on training.  The after-action reviews (AARs) that John and I write tend to be among our most read articles, and I have received many “atta boys” for the information […]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall?

A quick internet search reveals that I’m hardly the only one to ever think of doing this, but I thought I would write a bit about a somewhat controversial idea. Specifically, I want to address one way to dry fire that I have found beneficial. Use a mirror! I’m sure most gun owners have done […]

Useful Training Tools

With all the training I have done over the last few years, I thought it might be useful to make a list of useful training items to have.  As such, this article can serve as a handy complement to my article on preparing for your first firearms class.  The items discussed in this list, however, are specific […]