Street Smarts: Shotgun Love

Pick up any current gun magazine and you’ll be inundated with images of sexy black rifles. If you just got off the proverbial turnip truck, it would quickly become apparent that the AR-15/M16 platform is the only weapon in the world that should be considered for serious tactical purposes. Is there a word stronger than

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Street Smarts: Unarmed But Still Dangerous

We’re constantly preaching the old adage, “the first rule of a gunfight is to bring a gun.” It’s great advice and something that we constantly harp on to our friends, family, co-workers and random nearby strangers. Having a gun doesn’t automatically guarantee success during lethal confrontations, but it’s a damn sight better than a big

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Street Smarts: “Pay Attention, Dammit!”

Have you ever found yourself thinking about tree-dwelling rodents or exterior latex paint in the immediate aftermath of a gunfight? It seems certifiably crazy, but having these types of strange, intrusive thoughts during times of crisis is such a prevalent phenomenon that I’m going to expend my monthly allotment of fresh Grade A Pontification to

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Street Smarts: Quantifying Experience

Fire up the poison pens and prepare the nasty Internet postings because, dear reader, we’re going to wade thigh-deep into the waters of controversy. Please sit back and listen as today’s sermon examines the highly charged question of, “Must a tactical instructor have prior real-world experience?” Right up front I will frankly answer that question

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Street Smarts: Active Shooter

In the journalistic trade, hate mail comes with the territory. Though I get “crazy reader” emails only occasionally, during my two decade writing career I’ve been on the receiving end of many barrages of hate mail that called into question my intelligence, ethics and parentage after a particularly juicy story. That is tremendously unfair, since

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Street Smarts: Complacency Kills

I’ve started writing this column about four times, but none of the topics felt right. Then my co-worker got hit. During a snowstorm a few days ago, I was covering a minor crash on the local stretch of Interstate highway. Upon my arrival at the scene, which was located in the high-speed lane at the

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Street Smarts: Read The Body To Understand The Mind

Like most writers, I love to read. If I’m sitting at the breakfast table with nothing else handy, I’ll study every word on the cereal box simply out of a deep-seated need to embrace the printed word. In the tactical arena, you should have a similar compulsion to “read” people. The art and science of

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Street Smarts: Sneaky Kitty

I’m sneaky and proud of it. I suppose that, within the pages of this highly respected journal, I should refer to our topic de jour as “stealth,” but that just sounds too high-minded for what we’re talking about: slipping closer to bad people and doing unto them whatever our mission plan currently requires. The idea

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Street Smarts: Failing Successfully

Today we are going to examine one of my favorite concepts: failure. The reason I like failure so much is because, through years of intimate knowledge, I’ve grown accustomed to her craggy face. Sure, I have succeeded in a few dicey situations, but more commonly I’ve also made every possible mistake, screw-up, error, fault, blunder,

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Street Smarts: One Plus One Equals Trouble

The idea of killing people is not funny. Therefore, please know that I am not giggling while writing this column. OK, maybe a little. Our topic of the moment is the “1+1” rule. This principle reminds us that when searching for bad guys or weapons, there is always one above and beyond what you have

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