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 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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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 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 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 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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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 9, 2019

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

The Kimber K6s Deep Cover reviewed

One of the things I’m most proud of is my involvement in the design of the Kimber K6s revolver. Getting the opportunity to make the vision of an ideal defensive revolver into an actual product that people ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for January 2, 2019

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It’s the first Wednesday of 2019, and thus the first Hump Day Reading List of the new year! Sit back and treat yourself to my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

An interesting range experiment

I’m sharing this article not because I necessarily agree with the base assumptions (or the terminology), but because the exercise described ...

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Announcing my new book — PRAYING SAFE: The professional approach to protecting faith communities!

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Praying Safe cover

Today I’m proud to announce the publication of a new book: PRAYING SAFE — The professional approach to protecting faith communities!

This book is all about helping churches, synagogues, temples — religious institutions of all types — protect themselves from a wide range of threats.

This book came about because my co-author, Joshua Gideon, and I have grown annoyed with the superficial and often ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for December 5, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of this week’s best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Positioning yourself to survive the attack

Cecil Burch is “the guy” when it comes to dealing with attackers who are in physical contact with you. In this informative PDN video, Cecil introduces a simple yet effective “survival posture” to ensure you’ll stay ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 28, 2018

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It’s Wednesday, and time once again for my hand-picked selection of the best articles to increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Protecting your guests

The holidays are a time when we typically invite guests into our homes to share in the celebrations. Everything gets cleaned and spruced up — but what happens to those defensive tools you have staged “just in case”? Those need to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 14, 2018

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I unearthed some really good articles for you this week. Read them and increase your safety, security, and survivability! 

 

Remember what they say about that river in Egypt…

Whether it’s a criminal attack or a natural disaster, many people — perhaps, even, most people — simply don’t believe it will happen to them. This is an insightful article about why people don’t take threats ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for November 7, 2018

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It’s the first Wednesday of November, and I’m starting the month off right with some great articles for you! 

 

Have you ever heard the term “violent criminal actor”?

This article explains what that means, and why it’s important to understand. It’s possible for a violent criminal to appear normal and “safe” until they’re put into the environment where it’s necessary to use violence to ...

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The critical skill no one teaches

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The ability to judge risk is critical to the long game of self defense. (As it happens, it’s also critical to efficient preparedness, investing your retirement funds wisely, and the choice between flying or driving to your vacation destination.) Yet, despite its importance, it’s very rarely talked about — especially in the self defense community.

“You never know where evil will strike!”

While it’s true that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 26, 2018

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Some great articles for the last Wednesday in September! 

 

Keeping the family safe in public spaces

Jeff Gonzales has some good advice for what to do with your family when you’re in a public space and a violent incident unfolds. 

 

Let’s see…

…you’ve got a stock of food, medical supplies, defensive tools, survival kits, generators, and everything else a well-prepared home needs. But what ...

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Here’s your sign.

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This story made the rounds of social media last week. For those who haven’t seen it (or the graphic video shot by the girlfriend of the man who was eventually killed in the confrontation), the story boils down to neighbors having an ongoing disagreement over trash between their domiciles. 

The argument had apparently escalated over time, to the point that one party showed ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for September 19, 2018

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I’ve got an interesting mix of articles for you this week, all of which I believe to be worth your time to read. Yes, even the infuriating one at the end!

 

Concealed carry and traffic stops

How should you handle a traffic stop when you’re carrying a defensive firearm? Greg Ellifritz is a police officer in Ohio, and he has some thoughts on the matter. ...

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The “long game” of self defense

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It’s easy to think of self defense as a thing you do in response to a bad guy. After all, that’s what most self defense courses focus on: bad guy appears and you perform the indicated response.

So neat. So tidy. So precise.

And so misleading.

Self defense doesn’t start when the bad guy appears, or when he starts his attack, or when you make the decision to ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for August 2, 2018

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I found more interesting articles for this week’s List, some of them guaranteed to make you think twice! 

 

Whatever happened to positively identifying your target?

I’m not sure where to start with this article, but I’ll boil it down to this: Just because an alarm goes off doesn’t mean there’s a threat, and blindly firing through a closed door without first ascertaining an actual ...

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Self defense, quantum physics, and negative outcomes

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The great physicist Werner Heisenberg is responsible for describing a very interesting phenomenon in quantum physics: our observations effect the behavior of quanta (quantum particles). In other words, by simply observing an experiment, it’s possible that we inadvertently change the outcome.

Quantum physics gets really weird after that, but this is as far we need to go. For now.

Doing it means you won’t need to do ...

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When friends are strangers

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Let’s assume, for the moment, that you have a perfect teenager. He or she is always polite, gets schoolwork in on time, excels in extracurricular activities, has above-average SAT scores, and has never been in trouble at school — or anywhere else, for that matter.

This is a kid you can trust, and who has never betrayed that trust. You can rely on him or her ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 30, 2018

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This week I bring you more great articles to help you and your loved ones live safer lives. Why not grab a beverage and do some reading?

 

Gun thefts happen — too often

An introduction to some of the ways to keep your guns from being stolen. (Frankly, I wish the author had simply said “never keep guns in your car, period.” I realize that ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 23, 2018

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I have no witty introduction this week, just a hand-curated assortment of articles that are worth your time to read. And a plug for my PDN show at the end (don’t miss it!)

 

A look at how to hold a revolver

I cover proper grasp in depth in my Threat-Centered Revolver course, because I believe it to be the single most important step to shooting ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 2, 2018

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April showers have brought…May Hump Day Reading List articles! Don’t miss out on any of these great references for all parts of your protected life!

 

Great examples of personal threat assessments

If you’ve read Prepping For Life, you know that I recommend doing threat assessments for everyone in your family.  This is a very interesting article from the Active Response Training Blog, specifically on doing ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 25, 2018

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Spring has finally sprung in Oregon, and I’m celebrating with a great collection of articles for all aspects of your defense, safety, and preparedness!

 

This article is dumb. Read it anyway.

Why do I say it’s dumb? Because these are five types of people you should ALWAYS avoid, whether you’re carrying or not! (Remember John Farnam’s famous advice: Don’t go to stupid places, do stupid ...

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Selling defense without talking about prevention

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“F**k marketing. There are too many people in marketing.” — Steve Jobs

A while back I saw a slick promo video for a training organization (which will remain nameless), and it’s bothered me ever since because it makes the job of teaching people how to truly stay safe so much harder.

The video showed footage of a road rage incident where both drivers stop their cars and ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 11, 2018

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Is it Wednesday already? Wow, how time flies when you’re busy collecting great self defense and preparedness articles to share!

 

Training or practice? Why not both?

Something that the gun world often gets wrong is the difference between training and practice — and it’s not just a semantic argument, either. Training is where you learn new things, new skills; practice is where you rehearse and replay ...

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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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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 21, 2018

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Another hump day, and another great collection of articles to improve your safety and self-sufficiency!

 

How’s your food storage?

Having a stash of food to see you through an emergency has long been recommended (even FEMA and the American Red Cross say you should have food stored). Six months of food is a good goal, and a year’s worth is even better, but many people don’t ...

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