2017: Looking Back

As I have done each year since the blog’s inception, I thought it worthwhile to revisit my goals for 2017 to see what I did, what goals were met, and how I (hopefully) improved. Formal Training I ended up taking 7 courses in 2017, six of which were one-day affairs (one was a two-day class).  […]

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 […]

AAR: Active Response Training (Greg Ellifritz) “Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine”, Manassas, VA, 02/11/17

After the fantastic experience I had in Greg Ellifritz’s “Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting” class in October of 2016—my final class last year—it seemed fitting to begin my 2017 coursework with two more classes from Greg.  The two courses were “Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine” and “Groundfighting”.  John and I chose to take these two […]

Equipment Review: US PALM Ankle Cargo Cuff

In my article on my EDC gear, I included a flat-folded SOFTT-W tourniquet that I had been carrying for quite a while.  Part of that time I had rubber-banded some flat folded duct tape and a package of Quik Clot Combat Gauze to it for a nice, compact blow-out kit I could carry virtually anywhere in […]

2017: Training Goals

Last year, I took the time to get some training/practice goals posted so then I could at least roughly evaluate my progress by year’s end.  Frankly, as a teacher, I should do a better job of setting goals that are measurable and achievable within a year.  For this post, however, I am going be more general […]

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 […]