25 Daily Presses

I have neglected dry fire for far too long now. Live fire too, for that matter. I would probably be embarrassed to go shoot at the range tomorrow. To compound the problem, I have recently been toting a J-Frame revolver either in the waistband or pocket. Say what you will, but I have also been […]

Instructor Report Cards

I cannot imagine there are too many people in my shoes.  I have been to many classes over the years, almost all of them documented here on the blog.  I have met a lot of people in those classes.  Accountants, police officers, information technology specialists, lawyers, doctors, army reservists, etc.  I cannot ever recall meeting […]

Revisiting the Carbine Zero…

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been sitting on this post since I first penned it in October of 2018. My opinion has evolved somewhat over that time, but hasn’t fundamentally changed. So, I’m going to go ahead and share it here. In discussing the best zero for a carbine (AR-15, etc.), I think […]

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 […]

Visiting the 2020 NRA Great American Outdoor Show

As in years past, this past weekend I was able to attend the opening day of the NRA Great American Outdoor Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. We made it an overnight trip this year, a much easier proposition than leaving at 0300 and getting back near midnight. I know […]

The Efficacy of Training Videos

It has been quite some time since I did a “media review” for the blog.  Indeed, the only one I ever did was this one featuring Pat McNamara.  One could argue that my training journey began with the Magpul “Art of the _____” DVDs released back in the 2008-2009 time-frame.  While I had had friends […]

Carbine Setup for Civilians – 2019 Edition…

Although not one of the most popular, one of the most consistently viewed posts on this blog is the carbine setup article that I wrote back in 2015. To my mind, this speaks to the undeniable popularity of the AR-15. Given the continued assault on our rights and renewed efforts to legislate a ban on […]

Equipment Review: Thyrm Switchback 2.0 Large (on Fenix PD-35)

I cannot recall where I first saw the Thyrm Switchback.  It may have been on a light utilized by Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics in a video, or perhaps adorning one of the lights used by the guys at Practically Tactical, who always seem to get all the “cool-guy” gear first.  I do recall that […]

Skinning the Cat

As a teacher, I often have to sit through various in-service trainings during which I get to hear fellow educators with less experience than me discuss “research-based best practices.”  It has gotten to be such an eye-roll moment for me that whenever I use the instructional techniques they advocate in my classroom, I preface them […]