2017: Looking Back

As I have done each year since the blog’s inception, I thought it worthwhile to revisit my goals for 2017 to see what I did, what goals were met, and how I (hopefully) improved. Formal Training I ended up taking 7 courses in 2017, six of which were one-day affairs (one was a two-day class).  […]

What if There Was No 911?

The title of this post should give readers some idea of the direction I’ll be going with this, but I want to maintain a distinction between probable and possible. In terms of prepping, I am much more of a probable rather than the possible mindset. To that point, just last week I took a screen […]

Las Vegas Commentary

When Robert and I began writing this blog, there seemed to be a spate of events that prompted me to write about how to approach and deal with the active shooter. I wrote less and less about them as I began to sound like a broken record. Unfortunately, not much has changed. Whether the threat […]

The Other Strong Hand

Readers of this blog are most likely familiar with the term “the other strong hand”.  Many firearms instructors use this terminology (Bill Rapier used this term in this class) in lieu of “weak hand”.  Words have meaning, and the idea is to use positive words (“other strong”) versus words with more of a negative tone […]

Workplace Violence

Most of our readers have probably heard of the Rule of Four S’s.  I think John and I have both referenced it before in articles in the past.  I believe this rule is generally accredited to the great John Farnam (though I think his version had three S’s rather than four, but whatever).  The rule […]

AAR: Active Response Training (Greg Ellifritz) “Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine”, Manassas, VA, 02/11/17

After the fantastic experience I had in Greg Ellifritz’s “Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting” class in October of 2016—my final class last year—it seemed fitting to begin my 2017 coursework with two more classes from Greg.  The two courses were “Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine” and “Groundfighting”.  John and I chose to take these two […]

Equipment Review: US PALM Ankle Cargo Cuff

In my article on my EDC gear, I included a flat-folded SOFTT-W tourniquet that I had been carrying for quite a while.  Part of that time I had rubber-banded some flat folded duct tape and a package of Quik Clot Combat Gauze to it for a nice, compact blow-out kit I could carry virtually anywhere in […]