STREET SMARTS Ten Major Tactical Mistakes

Want a quick and easy read that doesn’t tax your brainpower with monotonous things like storyline, plot development, and resolution? Here’s our quick-n-dirty guide to ten major tactical mistakes that too many people make … yes, maybe even you. 1. They don’t carry a gun. This is actually a bit of a misnomer: I’m not

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STREET SMARTS: Suspect or Victim?

I was reading a post from a well-known trainer whom I don’t usually agree with, but I peruse his writing because of the provocative points it often raises. Recently he advanced a very interesting idea I had never considered: after a shooting, will the police look at you as a suspect or a victim? With

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STREET SMARTS: Foot Pursuits

On 2 March 2018, the 24th U.S. police officer to die this year in the line of duty was struck down by gunfire during a foot pursuit. His name was Deputy Jacob Pickett and he worked for the Boone County, Indiana Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). It happened 1.67 miles from the keyboard where this column is

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STREET SMARTS: Don’t Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Is there anything quite as memorable as finding out that you’re going to be a parent, or that you have won the lottery, or when somebody shows you their hands but there happens to be a gun or knife in one of them? These three situations are certainly surprising and memorable, but it’s the last

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STREET SMARTS What a Pane!

While staring out an airplane window last week, I marveled at the multiple thicknesses of acrylic that protected me from the low pressure and frigid temperatures less than a paperback-book thickness away. While such idle fascination is the result of a bored mind sitting in one of those flying chicken coops we call ”air travel,”

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Street Smarts: Caching Fever

While the occasional reader has accused this writer of being a second-rate version of the sainted Louis Awerbuck, this particular column is actually mostly recycled from one that never saw the light of day. That’s fortunate, because it means Mrs. Clinton didn’t win the election in 2016. While I’m not the biggest fan of the

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Street Smarts: Guns and Kids

Now that I’ve officially earned my field commission as a Grandfather First Class, the subject of children and firearms takes on a new importance. Not that firearms safety was ever an afterthought in our house when the kids were young. But now, faced with a whole new generation of concern and worries, I’ve started to

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STREET SMARTS: This Is a Stick-Up!

Lots of things suck about jobs. Lazy co-workers, stupid or bossy bosses, that vending machine in the break room that is really a low-odds slot machine, and somebody is always putting the bite on for little Suzy and Johnny’s school fundraiser or Junior Football League. Oh, I almost forgot the biggest of the workday blues:

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