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 […]

IDPA vs. “Real Life”

In my last article, I outlined some reasons why I do not believe that competitive shooting in general, and IDPA in particular, should be one of the first steps one takes in learning to use a firearm defensively.  In that article, I provided my own definitions of “training” and “practice” and why competitive shooting falls […]

IDPA As Training?

From time to time here on the Civilian Gunfighter blog, I think it is prudent for us to downshift and remind our readers—and ourselves—why this blog exists.  John and I created this blog for several reasons, among which were that we wanted to help out newer shooters/concealed carriers with answers to common questions, to emphasize […]

Road Rage

Recently, there have been a few high-profile, national news attention receiving “road rage” incidents, and I have seen increased chatter on this topic—from a number of angles—on the “gun” forums.  As someone who has been driving for about 28 years, most of which has been in the most heavily traveled corridor in the United States, […]

Parking Lots and Car Seats…

In this post, in going to share some thoughts on dealing with one of the most dangerous transitional spaces, parking areas, when one is responsible for a small child or children at the same time. This is of interest to me as I play “daddy daycare” at least one day a week, and will soon […]

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 […]