PDN Training Talk is tonight!

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Be sure to join me tonight at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast about self defense: training, equipping, and preparing!

My scheduled guest expert tonight is Julie Loeffler of Mid-Ohio IMB. We’re going to explore how the self defense training community is serving women by giving them realistic defensive options — and if not, how should we change things?

Here’s the link to the show page, which goes LIVE this evening. I hope you can join me!  (If you can’t make the live show, you can always ...

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The new episode of PDN Training Talk is just two days away!

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Be sure to join me this Thursday evening at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast where you’ll learn about the things you can do to keep you and your family safe!

My scheduled guest expert this week is Julie Loeffler of Mid-Ohio IMB, and we’re going to talk about whether the self defense training community is giving women realistic defensive options — and if not, how do we fix it?

Whether it’s defensive shooting, emergency medical care, unarmed self defense, preparedness, or ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 13, 2017

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More great articles to help you and your family stay safe and sound!

 

You’ve got the tourniquet…

…but do you know how to use it? Caleb Causey from Lone Star Medics shows you the basics of applying a tourniquet properly.

 

So you know how to use a tourniquet…

…but have you practiced applying it to yourself under a realistic scenario? Caleb’s back, this time with ...

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PDN Training Talk is tonight!

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Be sure to join me tonight at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast all about self defense: training, equipping, and preparing.

Here’s the link to the show page, which goes LIVE this evening. I hope you can join me!  (If you can’t make the live show, you can always watch the replay at that link as well!)

— Grant 

P.S.: Remember to invite your friends!

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The new episode of PDN Training Talk is just two days away!

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Be sure to join me this Thursday evening at 6:pm PDT/9:pm EDT for PDN Training Talk, the live webcast where you’ll learn about the things you can do to keep you and your family safe!

Here’s the link to the show page, and it will go LIVE this Thursday evening. Be sure to join me then!  (If you can’t make the live show, you can always watch the replay at that link as well!)

— Grant 

P.S.: Remember to invite your friends!

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On Training Talk: Dangerous technology?

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Joshua Gideon with spy camera

If you missed last night’s Training Talk episode, you’ll definitely want to watch the replay!

My Guest Expert was Joshua Gideon, who presented us with a conundrum: what happens when technology becomes both friend and foe?

We looked at a number of technologies and the implications — both good and bad — of relying on them. From pairing your phone in ...

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On Training Talk: Martial arts for self defense

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On last night’s episode of Training Talk, I had the pleasure of talking with martial arts master Cecil Burch. He’s one of the foremost practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the world, along with having high belts and instructor credentials in a bunch of other disciplines. If anyone can speak to the topic of martial arts for self defense, it’s Cecil!

Which is exactly what ...

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On Training Talk: Competition vs Self Defense

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If you didn’t see Training Talk last night, you missed a great show!

My special guest was Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense, and we talked about something we both have some experience with: the similarities and differences in competition and defensive shooting. It was a wide-ranging discussion, and you might be surprised at some of the answers he gave!

Be sure to watch ...

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Where are we going wrong?

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New shooters need good information from the beginning

Daughter, 22, shot by dad who says he mistook her for intruder

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t see an article like this cross my electronic desk, and they bother me. Quite a lot, actually. Why?

Because I don’t think we in the firearms world are doing enough to truly educate people. We do a pretty good job of teaching folks how to pull ...

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On Training Talk: Inside the minds of instructors

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On yesterday’s episode of Training Talk we took an in-depth look at some of the classes on this year’s PDN Training Tour. I was joined by Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics and we talked about what he does, why he does it, and why his material is important to the person living the self-reliant lifestyle.

I had a great conversation and learned about some courses I’ve not yet taken.

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 3, 2017

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Spring is taking its sweet time getting here, but that hasn’t stopped me from collecting great articles for you! This week: a look at how you walk influences predators; what not to do for home security; why you should stop buying and start practicing; a proper response to a potential intruder; and, believe it or not, someone used a snubby to defend ...

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On Training Talk: How do you protect your family when you’re not there?

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On last night’s episode of Training Talk, my special guest expert Barret Kendrick of Bearco Training gave us some insights on how to make sure our families are protected when we leave the house.

It’s something a lot of people worry about, and if you’re the “designated protector” and you’re not home all the time you should too. Would your spouse or children ...

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Last night on Training Talk: do you have a halo?

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Last night’s episode of Training Talk was perhaps the most important I’ve done yet. We like to think that, if we use our gun in defense of ourselves or others, the cops will see us as heroes and everyone will hoist us on their arms and cheer us in the streets.

As my special guest Aaron Kreag discovered, it doesn’t actually work that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 5, 2017

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It’s a short List for this week, but good things come in small packages! I’ll start off with an important article about securing your online profile; some tips about hotel security;  the courts have not violated the 4th Amendment rights of concealed carriers; how to institute active shooter drills at your company; and what to look for when you buy locksets and ...

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On Last nights Training Talk: injuries, mimes, and more!

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Last night’s episode of Training Talk was one for the history books!

Rob Pincus made a cameo appearance to kick off the 2017 PDN Training Tour, but for some reason his audio wasn’t coming through. Never one to give up the ship, Rob used his mime skills and a Sharpie marker to tell us about what’s coming on this year’s tour!

Apparently Google was ...

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Time is running out — sign up now for my Threat-Centered Revolver class in Phoenix!

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Threat Centered Revolver Class

If you’ve ever thought about taking one of my famous Threat-Centered Revolver courses, you can still get into the class in Phoenix on April 1 & 2!

This is the class to take if you want to learn — really learn — how to use your revolver to defend yourself and your loved ones. I take my knowledge of defensive shooting and my ...

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Things people say: “If it ain’t raining, it ain’t training!”

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Grant in the rain

I remember my first serious (multi-day) defensive shooting course. It was a spring day in the early 1990s and, as is normal here in the Pacific Northwet (no, that’s not a typo) it was raining like crazy. It was a cold, wet, miserable day.

Being a native Oregonian I was prepared for the conditions, but that didn’t make them any less miserable.

As ...

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The hard truth about knife defense — exclusively on Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

Last night’s episode of Training Talk was something of a milestone for me. I’ve always wanted to have a candid talk about knife defense with Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense, and we finally got to do that — in public, no less!

Alessandro is an expert on the knife in self defense, and we talked about ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 1, 2017

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It’s the first of March and the Reading List is coming in like a lion! Today you’ll learn about squib loads and how to identify them; how to deal with the HK VP9 magazine release lever; how to prioritize your skills and preparations; the medical skills you need to know to deal with life-threatening trauma; how to unload a pistol for beginners; ...

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How do you deal with an active shooter? Find out on Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

This week’s episode of Training Talk was all about the threat posed by the active shooter.

My special Guest Expert was Aaron Jannetti of Endeavor Defense, and we had an in-depth discussion about how you can respond to an active shooter incident. Aaron presented some great information and dispelled a lot of myths and bad ideas.

This is one of ...

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Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver is available NOW!

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Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver

It’s a great day for snubnose revolver owners!

My newest book, Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver, is now available and being delivered from both Amazon (paperback/Kindle) and the Apple iBooks Store!

The snubby is the quintessential defensive firearm; it was born of a need to have a compact, portable, concealable arm ...

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Just Added: Threat-Centered Revolver in Phoenix!

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Threat Centered Revolver Class

I’ve added a new class to my teaching schedule!

April 1st & 2nd I’ll be in Phoenix, AZ at Phoenix Firearms Training to teach my famous Threat-Centered Revolver course. If you own a revolver for self defense or home protection, this course will teach you the most efficient ways to use it to defeat your attacker.

This class isn’t just a ...

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Did you miss Training Talk last night? You can still redeem yourself!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

Another great Training Talk episode “in the can”!

In case you missed it, check out the replay here. I covered “dress up training” and why you should avoid it; special Guest Expert Julie Loeffler talked about helping others get over the fear of training; and I went over a few SHOT Show trends and why they’re important to ...

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On Last Night’s Training Talk: Full House

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

Last night’s episode was certainly an intriguing one!

My special guest, Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense, and I had an interesting talk about the parallels between poker and self defense. Aaron uses those parallels to explain self defense principles in a way that I don’t think you’ve heard before, and his explanations may resonate strongly with a lot of ...

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Things people say: “Thinking while shooting”

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Learning how to think is vital to self defense

I recently posted about the need for instructors to teach, and for students to learn, how to think during a defensive incident. Everyone agrees that it’s a necessary thing to do.

The problem is that many of the people agreeing don’t really know what it means.

Unclear on the concept

Case in point: someone sent me a link to yet another video of a shooting drill. In it, ...

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All training is an abstraction. Is that good or bad?

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A couple of weeks ago someone posted an interesting video on social media. It wasn’t the video itself which was interesting, but rather the reactions to it.

The video was of an exercise from a defensive shooting class. The exercise was a good example of forcing cognitive processing rather than a Pavlovian draw-and-fire response, which is good; a defensive encounter requires far more information processing ...

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What a great finale to the first year of Training Talk!

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Last night was the final episode of 2016 for my Personal Defense Network show, Training Talk. I thought it might be fun to gather as many of my guest experts as Google would allow for a big roundtable discussion about self defense and personal preparedness in 2016, and where we’d like to see it go in 2017.

If you missed the awesome live show, not to worry — you can watch the replay by clicking on this link!

Many thanks to ...

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Questioning the premise of your preparations

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Doing dumb things doesn't make you safer

My apologies if you’re not a fan of the show South Park, but an old episode has a training lesson for us.

On that episode, some little people known as Underpants Gnomes presented their 3-part success plan:

Phase 1: Steal underpants.
Phase 2: ???
Phase 3: Profit!

The joke, of course, isn’t that there’s nothing in Phase 2; it’s that you can’t ...

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