My Seventh IDPA Match of 2020

Uncharted territory!  The largest number of IDPA matches I ever shot in a year (prior to 2020) was five.  And the largest number of matches overall in a year was six.  I have now beaten both of those personal records, shooting in my seventh IDPA match of this year.  As the readers will see, this […]

The Purge Has Begun! (At Least from our Perspective…)

Back in August of 2016, Robert wrote the following when he announced that our blog had a Facebook page, “Yes, it’s true. John and I have brought the blog into the world of Facebook, for better or worse…” Well, it’s for the worse, LOL! This evening, for unknown reasons and without warning or provocation, both […]

My Sixth IDPA Match of 2020

These continue to be some of our least-read articles, but as I said last time, I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see, right? […]

My Fifth IDPA Match of 2020

These are some of our least-read articles, but I will continue to write up at least something from each match just for my own personal reference.  And if I am going to bother to write something up, I may as well post it for all to see. The Venue and Weather This match was held […]

Gear Review: The Amtac Blades “Northman”

Regular readers know that I’ve shied away from gear reviews the last year or so, since so much of what constitutes EDC is a highly subjective personal choice. However, every once in awhile, a standout deserves a shout out. Enter the Amtac Blades “Northman” knife. Amtac Blades is the creation of Bill Rapier, owner of […]

Never Forget, Never Forgive…

I first wrote this five years ago… I’m posting it again with minor edits that reflect the passage of time, although I cannot help but notice how much more poignant some of the words seem today in 2020. Today, please take a moment to pause and remember the many brave Americans that tragically lost their […]

Shotgun Patterning: Part 9, Some New Ammo + Testing Chokes

Recently, I became aware of a new contender in shotgun ammo specifically tailored for defensive purposes (H/T Ashton Ray of 360 Performance Shooting). Fiocchi USA has introduced a new 12 gauge loading under their Defense Dynamics branding. In reading about it, there were things I liked, and one thing I didn’t necessarily like. The good […]

My Bag of Tricks

It is great to sit down and FINALLY write this article that has been over a year in the making.  Having said that, this article will serve as a bit of a monument to my thinking at this time, and no doubt the items described as well as the possible uses for this bag will […]

AAR: Practically Tactical “Who Are You With a Gun?: Force on Force”, Alliance, OH, 08/22-23/20

ME:  “Dude, I went to this two day handgun-based class!  We worked for over 20 total hours!” BUDDY:  “Awesome, man!  How many rounds did you fire?” ME:  “Thirteen.” BUDDY:  (crickets) Obviously, this was not a “regular” two-day handgun class.  This was a force-on-force class that was more about decision-making, application of knowledge of use-of-force laws, […]