A New Book from Greg Ellifritz…

Veteran cop, trainer, prolific blogger, adventure traveler, friend, all around good guy, and now published author Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training just shared today that his new book has reached a milestone of 1000 copies sold! I’m responsible for both a Kindle version and a paperback version of those sales and can recommend the […]

Shotgun Chokes, Barrel Modifications, and Ammo Selection…

Last year, I read a blog article from Grant Cunningham where he advocated for having a defensive shotgun barrel threaded for interchangeable chokes instead of sending the barrel off for modifications such as lengthening the forcing cone and back-boring. Since then I’ve been meaning to put that idea to the test. While I am always […]

Shooting the FBI Handgun Qualification

I have not posted any “random visit to the range” articles in a while.  That is because one of the things I have been doing of late is shooting the FBI Pistol Qualification Course.  I wanted to shoot it on several different range visits with several different pistols to see how I might fair before […]

Back to Basics: “Get a Grip!”

One of my consistent goals of late has been to focus on my pistol fundamentals, and become as good as I can with the weapon that I’m most likely to have on hand in an armed encounter. To that end, I usually attempt to get to the range at least once a week, dry fire […]

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).  […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2017 Edition

As I did last year, I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2017 to see how many classes I took, how many matches I competed in, how much money I spent on those endeavors, and how many rounds I sent downrange in classes and matches. In 2017 I attended a […]

Wasp Spray? Pffft… Buzz Off!

Recently, some erroneous self-defense advice came across my personal Facebook newsfeed. Now, I rarely post about issues central to this blog under my personal account, but in this instance I did. I briefly and somewhat harshly commented about sharing bad advice that has been soundly debunked in the professional training world. I decided the subject […]