Beware of the Echo Chamber!

About two-and-a-half years ago I wrote an article for the blog entitled “The Dangers of Inbreeding”.  In it, I outlined the “dangers” inherent in training with only one instructor/company.  A few days ago I was surfing the web and came across some folks who clearly did not read that article (Why would they?   They are […]

2018 Training Goals

As I have done the last few years (see here and here), I thought it worthwhile to post some of my formal training and more informal goals for the year.  These are not all necessarily meant to be of the “by the end of the year, I will shoot a sub-six second F.A.S.T. drill”, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Concealment Tricks and Tips, Vol. 3: The “Shoot Me Last” Vest

Those who love to mock the competitive shooting sports—especially IDPA—should be familiar with the concept of the “shoot me first” vest.  While various versions exist, and I am not entirely clear about the history of these garments, the basic gist is as follows.  IDPA requires shooting from concealment.  No doubt, many matches are held in […]

Survival of the Fittest (or Those Who can Problem-solve)

It should probably come as no surprise to our readers that each month I look forward to reading Tom Givens’ latest newsletter.  The March iteration of the newsletter was unusual in that it lacked a bunch of separate articles, but was instead the transcript of an interview he did about active shooters.  As with most things Tom […]

Concealment Tricks and Tips Vol. 2: Colors

In this second in a series of articles I have planned on concealment tips, I wanted to look at the importance of color.  In this case, I am not only referring to cover garments, or garments in general. Rather, I am referring to garments AND gear.  The Cover Garment In Volume 1, I mentioned how […]