About last night…

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If you tuned into Training Talk last night at 6:pm and found nothing happening, I must apologize — we ran late!

Normally I start on the dot at 6:pm, but last night we had some technical problems that took us some time to resolve. We finally did, though, and started the show at about 6:16.

And what a show it was! Attorney Jim Fleming did ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 4, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and this week I have a particularly good selection of articles for your perusal!

 

On this week’s Training Talk: Active Killers

Tomorrow evening, April 5, be sure to tune into Training Talk on Personal Defense Network. My special guest expert this week is Joshua Gideon, and we’ll be talking about active killers: what can we do to stop them? We’ll be looking at the ...

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How fast should you shoot?

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Shot timers may be irrelevant to defensive training

For at least a decade I’ve subscribed to the idea that a teacher needs to be open to change, and that in fact one of the best ways to gauge the quality of a teacher is to ask what he (or she) has changed their mind about. If they’re learning, if they’re growing, they’ll experience evolution in ...

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Once you’re in contact, the defensive problem changes

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Last week I talked about the mistaken notion of seeing self defense and personal safety as a battle to be won, because such a mindset can lead to bad decisions. Today let’s look at a related topic: your view of the place for your concealed carry gun might be affected by some mistaken training notions.

Shortly after I wrote last week’s article someone sent me ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 14, 2018

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It’s almost the Ides Of March, but I’m not going to stab you in the back — instead, my new camel caravan has brought information to keep you from being stabbed by the sharp knives of misfortune of all kinds!

 

Have you given this any thought?

Preparedness is more than just guns; I advocate an approach that recognizes the wide range of hazards you face, and ...

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You don’t need to win. You need to survive.

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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not a fan of macho nonsense. And I don’t particularly care where it comes from.

So much of the defensive training world is built around the lifestyles of people who spend all their free time on the range or at the gym; some shooting instructors quite literally live at the shooting range. Surprisingly few of them have ever held ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 28, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

It’s the last day of February and I’m finishing out the month with more great resources for your health and safety!

 

Being a fan doesn’t mean you have to be irrational

It’s probably fitting that, in some circles, I’m known as “The Revolver Guy”. I’ve written what have been called the “standard works” on the topic, teach one of the few national revolver-centric courses ...

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Grant’s Monday Miscellany

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Notes and miscellaneous thoughts

A few quick notes of interest:

— On last Thursday’s Training Talk, martial arts and combatives expert Cecil Burch and I talked about defensive use of the knife. Cecil may be known as “the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Guy”, but he also has multi-decade experience in several edged weapon disciplines. He’s taken that knowledge and applied it to plausible self defense for the rest of ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 14, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here are some Hump Day articles to help keep you and your Valentine safe, secure, and happy!

 

The best pistol you’ve never fired

It’s not exactly a secret that my concealed carry autoloading pistol-of-choice is a Steyr S9-A1. I started carrying its predecessor, the S9, more than a decade and a half ago; it’s reasonable to say that between the two ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 7, 2018

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Hump Day Camels

What’s great about Wednesday, you ask? Why, the great articles on self defense and preparedness that I have for you, of course!

 

Mr. Wilson and the car prowler

Man sees teenager rifling through his car and goes out with his gun to confront said teenager. He decides to hold the teenager at gunpoint while they wait for the cops to arrive, and when the ...

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Why do we teach moving while drawing a defensive firearm?

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Moving rapidly and defensively

A popular concept taught in many defensive shooting courses (including mine) is movement off the line of attack. It’s variously referred to as “getting off the X” or “lateral movement”, and probably some other terms I’m not remembering, but the concept is pretty consistent: make it harder for the bad guy to hurt you by getting out of his way.

Moving is ...

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What does “preparing for the worst case” mean?

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In both the self defense and prepping communities, people talk about preparing — training and equipping — for “the worst case scenario”. “We train for the worst case”, schools brag (and their students claim).

What, actually, is the worst case?

The mind runs wild

If you were to take a little time (or perhaps watch an apocalyptic movie or two) I’m sure you could imagine an absolute ...

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UPDATE: First class of 2018 — Threat-Centered Revolver in Phoenix, AZ!

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If you saw this announcement earlier, we’ve changed the date to take advantage of the low airfares before Spring Break.

When we checked airline tickets, we discovered that in the week before our original dates the prices dropped by more than half (in many cases)! If you were holding off because of travel costs, delay no longer and get ready to join my in ...

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Womens’ self defense training on Training Talk

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Let’s be honest: There is a ton of really awful self defense training aimed at women. I’m not sure why that is, but I constantly see bad techniques, bad advice, and bad teaching methods pushed at women — and the offenders are both men and other women.

It doesn’t need to be that way, and on last night’s episode of Training Talk I discuss ...

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On last night’s Training Talk: Using deadly force to protect property

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Car prowler

The first Training Talk episode of 2018 was like throwing a lit match into a dynamite factory: Should you use lethal force to protect your property?

My special guest Aaron Israel of Fundamental Defense and I discussed a Christmas Eve incident where a man shot and killed his 22-year-old son, mistakenly believing that he was a car thief stealing the man’s pickup.

It was ...

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Real talk about effective church security

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With the recent attack on a church in Texas, in which 26 people were killed and dozens injured, many people are looking for ways to prevent or respond to such attacks. And there are others ready to prey on that need with bad or incomplete information. Everyone, it seems, is suddenly a “Church Security Consultant”.

As a result you can find lots of misguided articles and ...

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More is not necessarily better, especially when you can’t take care of it

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If you have it, you need to take care of it

Any preparations you’ve made for your safety and protection — whether physical skills, gear and equipment, or storage commodities — need to be maintained to be useful. There is a cost to maintenance, and it’s one we often ignore in our zeal to always acquire more.

That cost may affect your ability to respond efficiently ...

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Some lessons from the Las Vegas attack

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As I write this it’s been five days since a man opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding over 500. While information is still being processed by law enforcement, and there are still many unanswered questions about the motives of the attacker, enough information has come out about the circumstances of the incident that we can ...

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Training Talk: How do you treat injuries in an active mass casualty event?

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Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics

In the aftermath of the horrific and cowardly attack in Las Vegas this week, I put myself on a mandatory commentary blackout. The reason I did so was to prevent idle speculation without solid facts, and if you followed any of the news stories you know how far off the mark the first day or two of reporting was!

I’ve ...

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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 about self defense: training, equipping, and preparing!

Tonight I’m planning on having an in-depth discussion with Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics. We’re going to look at the practicalities of immediate medical response in a mass casualty incident, when people are panicking and you might still be “under fire”. What do you need to know, what do you need to do, and how should you practice those ...

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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!

This week my special guest expert is Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics. We’re going to look at the practicalities of immediate medical response in a mass casualty incident, when people are panicking and you might still be “under fire”. What do you need to know, what do you need ...

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Let’s try that again…

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If you tuned into Training Talk last Thursday, you witnessed a technical failure that left me steaming mad!

About 10 minutes in, the Google Hangouts cloud-based software crashed. I saw an error message, was locked out of the video, and then the video itself shut down. The software wouldn’t let me log back into the session  and when I finally got logged back in everything was ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 13, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

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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