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 […]

Equipment Review: The Glock 43

I’m on record here on the blog as being against the early-adopter philosophy, particularly when it comes to mechanical devices.  Thus, when the Glock 43 was released in mid-2015, I did not run out and purchase one.  Fresh in my mind were some of the issues with the Generation 4 Glocks—especially in 9mm (how many […]

Random Day at the Range

Every now and then I like to post about a range day, although admittedly it has been a while.  I typically post quick results of things like “Dot Torture” on our Facebook page, but thought I would do a longer post this time.  My reasoning for doing so is three-fold.  First, I like to mention […]

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 […]