Why Train and Take Classes?

Recently, I had a conversation with a gun owning friend that I think of as being a “typical” gun owner. He has no specific training, but goes to the range on occasion and is safety conscious. However, he doesn’t carry, and in fact does not yet even own a holster. I mentioned (again) the need […]

Target Tuesday: The RE Factor Tactical Essentials Target

In this edition of Target Tuesday, I’m going to discuss and review the Essentials Target available from RE Factor Tactical, as well as the “The Essential Shooting Guide” that the target is designed to be used in conjunction with. I first became aware of these products when Matt Devito of Downrange Firearms Training mentioned them […]

Wasp Spray? Pffft… Buzz Off!

Recently, some erroneous self-defense advice came across my personal Facebook newsfeed. Now, I rarely post about issues central to this blog under my personal account, but in this instance I did. I briefly and somewhat harshly commented about sharing bad advice that has been soundly debunked in the professional training world. I decided the subject […]

Think Before You Act!

On occasion, I think back to situations that I’ve experienced and wondered how things might have gone differently, specifically in the context of being an armed citizen. Recently, having finally finished Andrew Branca’s excellent “The Law of Self Defense” book, I lay awake contemplating potential different outcomes to a property theft that I suffered several […]

Range Trip – The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Standards

In a blog post earlier this week, Robert discussed shooting the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting standards as suggested by Claude Werner, the “Tactical Professor,” on his excellent eponymous blog. In short, Claude suggested that not being able to shoot to a certain standard would be cause to seek out some competent instruction. If you […]

Back to Basics: Dry Fire

Although I have written about dry fire here and here on the blog before, I wanted to revisit the topic and share what I’ve been doing lately, and explain how it’s helped me. Several weeks ago, I watched a YouTube video from Dave Spaulding (Handgun Combatives) in which he explained his own dry fire routine. In […]

Back to Basics: Zeroing Your Pistol Sights

Zero your pistol sights? Say what? To many, the idea of zeroing a pistol may seem strange. Rifles? Sure, they all need to be zeroed. But a pistol? Many might argue that at the range a pistol is likely to be used, zeroing is not necessary, or necessarily even possible. Indeed, on my RM380, the […]