Is there value in competitive shooting?

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Much has been written about (and many arguments started over) the value of competitive shooting for the person who owns or carries a firearm for personal defense. There are generally two polarized views in this manufactured controversy. 

The first states that a defensive shooting is always a competition and that only competitive shooters can possibly reach their potential against an adversary. The second believes ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 10, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

“Stop practicing shooting!”

It’s a provocative title, to be sure, but in this article Ralph Mroz makes the point that drawing and firing a handgun is ...

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Following up on the Three Easy Steps: Readiness as a habit

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Last week I introduced Grant’s Patented Plan To Becoming More Self-Reliant In Three Easy Steps ™:

  1. Buy a pocket knife.
  2. Buy a small high-intensity flashlight.
  3. Carry them with you every day.

My approach to preparedness, whether the subject is self defense or disaster readiness, is to start with becoming better prepared to handle common, daily sorts of inconveniences. I find it hard to believe that someone who isn’t ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for July 3, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

“He’s just a kid” can be a fatal assumption

There is a very strong tendency in the firearms training world to assume that a threat always comes ...

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How to get prepared in three easy steps

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I admit to a bit of creative over-simplification in today’s title, but there’s an important lesson in it.

My wife and I were walking in the woods recently, and the topic of conversation touched on preparedness. Rather, the lack of preparedness amongst a large percentage of the adult population.

How the other three-quarters lives

She used an example from her previous life in corporate America: Her profession ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 26, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

Don’t believe everything you see on YouTube

My friend Cecil Burch, martial arts legend and expert in entangled fighting, has some things to say about fake ...

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Luck happens, but sometimes it happens to someone else.

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This is a sobering tale, and I share it for a lesson that’s not immediately obvious.

Concealed Carrier vs. Armed Robber

The story is relatively simple: Mr. Miller was at his son’s house looking at a plumbing problem. His son was not home at the time, but was on the phone with his father. The timeline is a little unclear, but it seems that Miller ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 19, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

Birdshot, self defense, and you

Last week I received a request for information on the use of birdshot for self defense. Rather than writing a whole missive, ...

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What if you can’t get the ‘best’ ammunition?

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The other day I got a message from a fellow who’s been asking me questions about a new carry gun purchase. He finally decided on the model he wanted and had bought it, and now wanted to know about ammunition.

Not what ammunition I recommended — he already knew that — but what he should buy. The question was “I know you recommend the Federal ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 12, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

Defending against a dog attack

(Note: I hesitated sharing this article because of the rather violent techniques shown, and because it seems cruel to use them against ...

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There are no defensive shooting experts.

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If, by “expert”, you mean someone with a significant amount of first-hand experience in the activity (i.e., shooting people who attacked them) .

Here’s the dirty little secret no one in this business will admit to: none of us have enough — in most cases any — shooting experience defending ourselves against a criminal attacker, sufficient to derive lessons worth teaching. 

No one you’ll find ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for June 5, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Stop parroting home defense fallacies

The defensive shooting world has worked overtime for the last few decades to teach people how to draw  faster, shoot faster, ...

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This guy got lucky. You might not.

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Holding petty criminals at gunpoint is usually a bad idea

One of my big peeves in this business is the number of bad lessons that are presented in the context of “he had it coming!”

In these stories there’s usually a petty criminal (these are almost always minor property crimes) who is caught “red handed” by a virtuous (and obviously very manly) gun owner. The gun owner ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 29, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Where is your line in the sand?

This article from Greg Ellifritz is one of the most important I’ve read. Most people never think about where ...

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Yes, it’s been a while.

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The Thinker by Rodin

 

I confess that I’ve been scarce around here lately. I haven’t posted much of substance for a couple of months, which means I haven’t recorded any podcasts either.

It’s not like I’ve been sitting around doing nothing, though. I’ve been busy traveling, teaching, writing (yes, there are more books coming) and working on our little homestead.

But that’s just my normal life. It’s ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 22, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Timing is everything

In the defensive training world, everything is always about “faster”. We train to draw faster, shoot faster, move faster. Our drills are always about ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 15, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Just because it looks cool doesn’t mean it will work

When we speak of defensive shooting with a handgun, there are two likely ranges: within arm’s reach ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 1, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Hiding in the bushes

This is another thought-provoking post from Greg Ellifritz. A 62-year-old woman is out walking her dog at 9:pm when she’s kidnapped, robbed, ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 24, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defensive Equipment:

A bullpup rifle review

It’s been a long while since I’ve featured any gear reviews here on the List. I intentionally don’t do much talking about gear, because ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 17, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Not everything is a shooting problem

A while back I said that the lawfully carried firearm is a defensive tool with an extremely narrow range of application. ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 10, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Not everyone needs to be shot

There is a persistent and vocal group of people who truly believe that just because someone is in their house, they ...

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Going to Indianapolis for the NRA Show?

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be attending the NRA Show in Indianapolis on April 26 & 27!

My PRAYING SAFE co-author, Joshua Gideon, and I will be signing books and answering your questions at three separate scheduled times:

  • Friday, April 26 at 2:pm we’ll be at Evolve Range Solutions (Booth 2707).
  • Saturday, April 27 we’ll be appearing at iMarksman (Booth 3605) at 10:am, and at Evolve Range Solutions (Booth 2707) at 2:pm.

Please stop ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 3, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Context is everything. Still.

About a decade ago, I started talking publicly about the idea of context: the condition or environment in which something can be understood ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 20, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Before it goes too far…

A large percentage of violent incidents start as ordinary interpersonal encounters gone horribly wrong. The term for this is social violence (as ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 13, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Preventing attacks through body language?

I’ll admit I had a few reservations about sharing this article, largely because of the references to seducing women (and the machismo ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 6, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

This week in Defense and Training:

Is ‘round count’ a good way to judge a shooting course?

Back in the ‘olden days’ of defensive shooting training (which I’ll arbitrarily define as the 1990s), ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 27, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles you can read this week to enhance your personal and family safety:

 

This week in Defense and Training:

Carrying a defensive firearm at work

This article is better than most I’ve seen on the subject. The author brings up a point that most people ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 19, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles for you to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

Concealed carry and outdoor activities

I get a lot of questions regarding concealed carry for hikers, joggers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. There are a number of options, and this article at RECOIL ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for February 6, 2019

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Welcome to the Hump Day Reading List! Here are what I believe to be the three most important articles to read this week.

This week in Defense and Training:

Self defense isn’t always about bad guys

Sometimes it’s about bad animals! This news story out of Georgia shows us that dangers don’t always look like our preconceived notions, and sometimes your defensive firearm ...

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