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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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 3, 2017

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Hump Day Camels

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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An excerpt from my next book!

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Firefighters practicing

I’m writing another book, this one dealing with a structured approach to preparedness and personal security. It’s a different approach to the topic, and I think it will be tremendously useful to help you achieve a balanced approach to your safety. It integrates self defense, medical response, and disaster preparedness into a cohesive and manageable whole. If you’ve ever been a little overwhelmed ...

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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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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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Think before you shoot. A long time before.

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Staged photo of crime scene

A sad tale crossed my desk earlier this week. It seems one Billy Williams was awakened in the night by one of his children, who reportedly told him that someone was trying to break into their house via the front door.

Mr. Williams retrieved a handgun from a safe in his bedroom and walked to the door. There were no ...

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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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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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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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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 7, 2016

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More great self defense reading for this week! First, why you need to include a dog in your defensive planning; Greg Ellifritz considers what you should do after you’ve stopped the active killer; why you need a practice tourniquet in your kit; how to carry spare revolver ammunition; dealing with the spontaneous fight; how to properly analyze incident video; and dispelling some pervasive shotgun myths. Be sure to share with all of your friends!

 

How about a defensive tool that will ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 3, 2016

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This week we have a surgeon’s take on hospital safety; another look at church security planning; what you should do if you find yourself at the scene of a mass shooting attack; what to do when the guy you’re holding at gunpoint doesn’t follow your orders; storing water for emergencies; how to deal with mob violence; how to master the traditional double action pistol; and a look at tampons for first aid. More great information only on the Hump Day ...

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“It’s a training issue.” I don’t think that means what you think it means.

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Hoo boy, I heard it again just the other day: “it’s a training issue”. The subject at hand was a discussion about the traditional double action pistol, the kind that has a long and heavy double action first shot and a shorter, lighter single action (DA/SA) for each subsequent shot.

I’m not a fan of the things as a defensive tool in this modern age. They are the most complicated of the autopistols in use, owing to the two different trigger ...

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You don’t need to be a SEAL to defend yourself with a firearm. You need more relevant skills.

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Last week I got two emails about my front page headline: “You don’t need to be a Navy SEAL just to be safe!” One applauded me for “telling it like it is”, but the other one insisted that I was doing people a big disservice by saying that, because if everyone trained to the level of a SEAL they’d definitely be safer. “It’s a matter of priorities”, the writer concluded.

Sorry, but I really don’t think so.

I believe those of us in ...

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Airsoft for defensive shooting practice: good idea or a waste of time?

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A question I’m frequently asked regards the value of non-firearm projectile launchers like Airsoft and BB guns as training devices for defensive shooting. This is a discussion that doesn’t lend itself to soundbites; there are some important principles which need to be understood to be able to gauge, for yourself, the value of any non-firearm alternatives.

When we talk about the physical skills of defensive shooting we’re talking about things like drawing the gun, getting it indexed on target, manipulating the ...

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Do you carry religiously? You may not be as safe as you believe.

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I know that most of the people reading this blog are here to learn about defensive shooting, concealed carry, firearms training, and related topics. The rest are interested in things like rifles, revolvers, reloading, and other technical issues. In other words, regardless of the group into which you fit, if you’re reading this you’re probably a “gun person” — and despite what the media might try to tell you, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. It can, however, limit your ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 6, 2016

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The first Hump Day List of 2016! To celebrate, I’ve found information on avoiding stalkers; a very forgotten Colt pistol; Ian McCollum talking about some odd rifles from a familiar company; Greg Ellifritz dropping some knowledge about dealing with hostile crowds; Rob Pincus helping you plan ahead; Claude Werner showing how to avoid negative outcomes; and a video about training to overwhelm a shooter even if you don’t have a gun yourself.

 

Would you know how to deal with a stalker?

Recognizing and ...

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The important role of a training partner in your defensive shooting skill development.

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In the defensive shooting world we talk a lot about carry guns, calibers, holsters, belts, and all manner of accessories from flashlights to scopes. A large reason for this focus on things is because they’re easily understood and readily quantifiable; it’s easy to compare things by numbers, charts and graphs.

We pay comparatively little attention to concepts and ideas. They’re harder to understand, sometimes impossible to quantify, and require thought and reflection to properly understand and apply.

There is a combination of ...

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No, things really haven’t changed: self defense in a post-Paris world.

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The bodies in Paris hadn’t even been buried when the agendas got trotted out.  No, I’m not talking about gun control or immigration restrictions; I’m not talking about refugees or intelligence sharing or air strikes or border checkpoints, either.

I’m talking about the “you need to prepare to deal with this new threat!” brigade.

If you listen to them, the terrorist attacks in public spaces are such a unique and over-riding threat that you must simply develop a new skill set and carry ...

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Defensive DVD Review: Comprehensive Guide To Self Defense

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Comprehensive Guide To Self Defense
Presented by Rob Pincus
I.C.E. Training

This DVD is a bit of a departure from most of the Personal Defense Network productions that I’ve viewed. It’s entirely lecture-based, presented by Rob Pincus in a studio setting, and it’s also one of the most information-dense of the productions I’ve seen!

Comprehensive Guide To Self Defense is Pincus’ “50,000-foot view” of self defense, covering a wide range of topics all of which relate to personal defense in ...

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Defensive DVD Review: Best 100-Round Practice Session

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“Best 100-Round Practice Session” DVD

Presented by Rob Pincus
I.C.E. Training

One of the questions all instructors get frequently is “how should I practice?” In this DVD, Rob Pincus shows what he considers to be a solid practice session even if you only have an hour and 100 rounds of ammunition to spare. It’s an interesting approach to the subject, but just how much valid practice can you do with two boxes of ammunition?

As it turns out, quite a bit!

The first ...

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My Threat-Centered Revolver class in sunny Phoenix is coming up soon!

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I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in Oregon it’s already winter: cold, wet, and foggy. There are, however, places in these United States where it isn’t like that — and next month, I’ll be in one of them teaching my famous Threat-Centered Revolver class!

I’ll be in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of December 4th & 5th teaching realistic, relevant defensive revolver skills at the Ben Avery shooting facility. If you’ve never been there it’s a ...

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My new book of defensive shooting drills, HANDGUN TRAINING, is almost here!

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from the official release of my NEW book — but some people will get it early!

Handgun Training – Practice Drills For Defensive Shooting is my latest book and I’m quite proud of it. It’s a collection of drills for the average person who wants to practice relevant, plausible defensive shooting skills.

I wrote this book because my students would always ask me what they should practice after class; my answer was “all the ...

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How many self defense classes have you taken this year? They may be holding you back!

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One of the common recommendations in the training world is to study with as many different people or schools as you can, to get as many different perspectives as possible in order to get a more fully formed opinion of the subject of defensive shooting (or self defense in general.) I think the idea is sound, but the execution is often lacking.

I see a lot of students come through my classes as part of their own effort to get that ...

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Your Weekly (More Or Less) Hump Day Reading List for October 14, 2015

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Happy Hump Day! I’ve decided to move the “Weekender” to Wednesdays in the hopes that it will help ease you over the hump and get you to Friday unscathed!

Here are some things I’ve found recently that I think you can make use of: what we can learn from the Umpqua Community College killings; a new ruling about self defense versus your employer’s policies; a young girl who defied stereotypes; a prominent activist perpetuates the stereotype that the young girl smashed; ...

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What’s the difference between tasks and skills in defensive shooting training? Does it matter?

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When training defensive shooting techniques, it’s common — too common, in fact — to focus on the skill used rather than the task to be performed. Now some people will say that those are the same thing, but they’re not. In fact, they’re very different.

I recently read an article on the importance of and the procedures for practicing reloading a handgun. The article started from a bad premise (reloading during a fight is a vital skill when the best information ...

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