The Fort Lauderdale Airport Massacre

Today, the U.S. witnessed yet another active killer take out his sociopathic rage on hapless innocents, this time in a busy airport, in a common area outside of the security checkpoints. This one hit close to home for me. I’m a scuba diver, and I’ve made my way down to the Florida Keys through the […]

Priorities for the New Year…

In poking around the web today, I note that many bloggers have reviewed some of their most read articles. In line with that observation, the third most read post on this blog for 2016 was my article on necessities of every day carry. Top honors go to Robert’s Glock 19 article, but in this first […]

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 […]

You’re On Your Own!

The title of this post is a sentiment that I’ve heard expressed more than once recently in terms of being prepared and aware in one’s daily travels. Time and time again, we hear the phrase, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” Of course, this is absolutely true. But what about after the […]

A Few Thoughts on the Orlando Massacre

Like so many Americans, I woke up Sunday to the news of the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  As of this writing, 49 people are reported dead and 53 more wounded.  I wish I could say that I am sad or shocked by this news, but, sadly, I think “numb” might be […]

The OODA Loop from a Different Perspective…

I have written here before about my use of podcasts to occupy my lengthy commute to and from work. Recently, I learned of the EmCrit podcast from a coworker. Although EmCrit is directed at the medical profession, I wanted to discuss a recent episode that deals directly with a topic that should be of interest […]

DRGO – Healthcare and Gun Owners…

I wanted to springboard off of Robert’s post about the apparent woeful ignorance of some doctors about guns to highlight an organization that I believe is doing some real good and fighting the good fight. As Robert mentioned in his post, we try to remain relatively apolitical with this blog, but occasionally I do think […]

Personal Tragedy (and Triumph!), with Some Lessons

Two mornings ago I awoke but my wife did not.  A mostly healthy 38-year-old woman went to bed at night and was unresponsive at 6 AM.  Before you read any further, please remember that John is the paramedic, not me. I did the sternum rub and some light smacks to the face.  I called 911, […]

What SHOULD you carry? EDC Continued…

Last week I shared my opinion on what most civilian gun owners who carry concealed should focus on and carry every day… I tried to frame my argument in terms of absolute needs as opposed to wants with the aim of preparing for the probable vs. the possible. I was gratified by the number of […]