Concealment Tricks and Tips, Vol. 3: The “Shoot Me Last” Vest

Those who love to mock the competitive shooting sports—especially IDPA—should be familiar with the concept of the “shoot me first” vest.  While various versions exist, and I am not entirely clear about the history of these garments, the basic gist is as follows.  IDPA requires shooting from concealment.  No doubt, many matches are held in […]

Concealment Tricks and Tips Vol. 2: Colors

In this second in a series of articles I have planned on concealment tips, I wanted to look at the importance of color.  In this case, I am not only referring to cover garments, or garments in general. Rather, I am referring to garments AND gear.  The Cover Garment In Volume 1, I mentioned how […]

The Great American Outdoor Show: 2017 Edition

Yesterday, in what is rapidly becoming an annual tradition, I was again able to visit the Great American Outdoor Show held at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For a general overview of how and why to visit the show, please check out my blog post from last year. What I’m going to […]

Cold Weather Concealed Carry Considerations

As cold weather encroaches upon us, Robert suggested that I write about how to approach concealed carry in winter since I live in a region where it sometimes gets very cold indeed. By way of example, as I type this, it’s 2° F outside. Also, in my first blog post of the New Year, I […]

AAR: Active Response Training (Greg Ellifritz) “Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting”, Culpeper, VA 10/29/16 – Part II

This past weekend, along with Robert, I had the opportunity to attend Greg Ellifritz’s Active Response Training one day Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting class. As noted in Robert’s AAR, the class was hosted by John Murphy of FPF Training in Culpeper, VA. Like Robert, my only affiliation with the above organizations is as a paying […]

Shooting the IDPA Classifier

Regular readers of the blog should be familiar with my recent adoption of IDPA as an alternative form of self-defense practice.  Having joined IDPA and taken my local club’s safety course as well as shooting in two club level matches (see here and here), I was eager to shoot the IDPA Classifier to see where I “rank”. […]