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 […]

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 Do You Need? Some Thoughts on Mindset and EDC…

In this post, I want to talk about what is REALLY needed by the average person that carries a concealed weapon every day, and I want to do so against the backdrop of the ubiquitous “Every Day Carry” (EDC) discussion. I can actually summarize it in one sentence, and I’m not being flippant. Abide by […]

Terror in Paris

Both Robert and I thought some sort of blog post concerning the events in Paris was needed, but I have struggled with what I wanted to say… Partly because many other commentators have already said it better, and partly because the events happened in France rather than in the United States. The point that France […]

The Importance of Physical Fitness

Here on the blog, we’ve discussed choosing a concealed carry handgun, getting training, learning tactics and techniques, and maintaining situational awareness. To this point, however, we’ve only tangentially touched on physical fitness. I am NOT a fitness guru. I consider myself pretty fit, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. The purpose of […]