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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Hump Day Camels

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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On last night’s Training Talk: can you see the light?

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

A cryptic name for an episode? Maybe, but then again maybe it’s perfect!

My Special Guest Experts were Andy Loeffler and Joshua Gideon. Andy and I talked about a long-running experiment he did with some students and their ability to see when under stress. It was — if you’ll pardon the pun — an eye-opening discussion!

Joshua and I talked ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 30, 2016

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A really interesting List this week! We start with geese as a defensive tool (no, I’m not kidding); considerations to make before deciding to engage an active killer; a woman is dead because of an irresponsible and untrained gun owner; women shopping for defensive handguns; what to do and what not to do at a drive-through; how to secure private information on your smartphone; and how to use that phone to deal with 9-1-1.

 

A feathery alternative to the Rottweiler?

I’ll admit ...

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EDC Trauma Kits and Reality Based Training on last night’s Training Talk!

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PDN Training Talk With Grant Cunningham

I had a couple of great discussions with Rob Pincus and Caleb Causey on last night’s Training Talk show!

Rob talked about reality based training, force-on-force, and scenario training. Lots of people in the business use those terms interchangeably, but as Rob points out they’re not synonymous. It’s completely possible to have reality based training without running scenarios, and ...

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Standards and integrity

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Lots of people have standards they steadfastly defend, even when those standards have no integrity. What does that mean?

I was recently told of a defensive shooting “standard” for draw-to-first-shot time, one  a lot of instructors apparently use in their classes: 1.5 seconds if the gun is carried openly, or 2 seconds from concealment.

That seems quite odd to me. Not the times themselves, mind you — the fact there are two of them.

If you have a draw-to-first-shot standard for a defensive ...

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I learned something on Training Talk last night!

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Last night’s Training Talk episode was a great one!

My special guest was Klint Macro with The Trigger Presser’s Union, and we had an in-depth discussion about defensive preparations for gun owners. He recently wrote an article for PDN about the topic, but in our discussion we went further into the topic — and then he gave me a teaching idea I’d never heard (and never would have thought of on my own.)

No, I’m not going to tell ...

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Time is running out to sign up for Threat-Centered Revolver in Arizona!

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Just a month from now I’ll be teaching my Threat-Centered Revolver class in sunny Phoenix, and if you want to attend you need to book now!

December 3 & 4 I’ll be at Phoenix Firearms Training, basking in the warm sun and teaching responsible revolver owners how to defend themselves with the classic double action revolver. Whether you’ve got a snubnose you use as a backup gun or a full-size revolver you keep for home defense, this is the ...

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Generally speaking, you shouldn’t specialize.

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If your goal is to make you and your family safer, to learn how to survive dangerous events, you need a generalist’s perspective.

That’s because there are a wide range of things you need to know to make safety happen consistently, which means that you need to study and prepare in many different areas — most of which have little overlap. Most importantly, you need to know how everything works together to protect you.

In order to learn about each of those ...

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More great information on Training Talk this week!

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If you missed last night’s episode of Training Talk, you missed some great information!

My first guest was Tyler Grant of Dynamic Training Strategies, and we discussed continuing goals in defensive fitness: how to plan for success no matter where you’re starting your journey.

Then, Julie Loeffler from Mid-Ohio IMB came on and talked about how people new to the idea of self defense can take those initial and sometimes confusing steps into the training world.

In addition, I talked about clown sightings, ...

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Will your kids know what to do in an emergency?

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One of my recurring nightmares (probably influenced by television) is being in a critical, terrifyingly dangerous situation with my wife. In every episode of this nightmare she can’t see the danger coming and I’m forced to yell instructions to her — instructions on either what do do (“run!”) or what not to do (“stay still!”) Instead of trusting my judgement, she uncharacteristically turns around and starts arguing! She’s then promptly swallowed by the expanding chasm, or eaten by the devilish apparition, or ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 12, 2016

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Is it Wednesday already? Well, no fear — I have information for you! Today: a look at the problems with secure areas, especially when they’re really secure; an article explaining striker-fired pistols; a civil suit can be worse than the criminal trial; Greg Ellifritz shares how NOT to take care of your carry gun; Sheriff Jim Wilson looks at “scanning”; what training overload is and how to avoid it; some information about kidnappings; if you’re at work when a disaster ...

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Less-lethal defense options on last night’s Training Talk!

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Last night’s Training Talk episode was full of great information about less-lethal self defense tools!

My special guest, Jarrod Needs, and I discussed the various kinds of less-lethal defensive options: their strengths, weaknesses, along with the silly and the useless. If you missed it, don’t worry — you can watch the replay just by clicking on this link!

– Grant Cunningham

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Do you want to be a better shooter or a better defender?

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I received quite a number of emails, blog comments and social media interaction about Friday’s topic, “Meaningless increments of precision.”

A large percentage of them asked questions or made statements which revealed that the person was fixated on the notion that becoming a better shooter makes or keeps someone safer. This is going to sound strange coming from a “gun guy”, and it’s going to make a lot of gun guys (and gals) mad, but that’s a really bad notion.

Because ...

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Meaningless increments of precision — and why you should avoid them

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When we talk about self defense (and particularly when gun people talk about self defense), the topic of measurement will eventually come up. In the gun world we love to measure things, and we can measure just about anything. The problem is that the measurements we make may not be important.

I use the term “meaningless increments of precision” to refer to those measurements which don’t add to our self protection knowledge or to our ability to defend ourselves. The measurement ...

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The difference between doctrine and dogma

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The world of self defense seems to be full of polarizing opinions. While it can be said that any field of specialization has its strong opinions (and adherents to them), my observation is that this one is by far the most Balkanized. It doesn’t matter how you look at it, someone else will see it very differently and be ready with a quick retort to your point of view. The disagreements are almost religious in nature, with all the trappings ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 21, 2016

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More great self defense articles this week, including: Julie Loeffler takes a look at common concealment methods for women; a realistic approach to defending schools; Greg Ellifritz shows you what to do if your attacker has pepper spray; the Taurus Judge is a joke for self defense; how to tell if the place you’re in is about to get dangerous; why you should carry more than one trauma kit; and dissecting the post-shooting “scan”. As always, you’ll find something you ...

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