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 […]

Shooting the “New” (2019 version) FBI Pistol Qualification

Ten months ago I wrote an article entitled Shooting the FBI Handgun Qualification.  In that article, I outlined some reasons for shooting law enforcement—in particular the FBI—qualifications.  I also described the course of fire, which consisted of 60 rounds fired over 15 stages shot from 3 yards out to 25 yards.  The course incorporated one […]

The Water Hole

In one of our most popular articles of all time, I wrote in one paragraph about how gas stations and convenience stores are the water holes of our time.  Even in the best neighborhoods, gas stations and their associated stores attract all manner of cretins. Of course, it all makes sense.  Where commerce is taking […]

2019: Training Goals

As I have done each of the last several years, I thought it would be a good idea to list for our readers some of my personal training (and other) goals for the new year.  I do this partially as a preview for our followers but also as a check on myself.  I believe that […]

2018: Looking Back

Separate from my “You Gotta Pay to Play” article for 2018, I thought I would again—as in past years—look back at some of my goals for 2018 and see how well I met them.  I also thought it would be good to share some other nuggets from 2018. Formal Training I surpassed any year in […]

You Gotta Pay to Play: 2018 Edition

Hello all and Happy New Year!  As I have done each of the last couple of years (see here and here), I thought it might be useful to list in one place all of the classes I took, the matches I participated in, the number of rounds I sent downrange in them, and the money […]

My Fifth (and Final!) IDPA Match of 2018

Blessed by my bosses with the Friday before Christmas off (odd, considering Christmas was on a Tuesday this year), I decided to treat myself to the Friday half of a Friday-Saturday IDPA match.  As it happened, heavy rain for more than 24 hours prior, and more predicted rain for the Friday I would be attending, […]