Components of Self-Defense Success

Pick up any firearms or martial arts magazine and check the advertisements. You’ll be sure to see something like, “Learn secret ninja techniques to stop any outlaw biker thug” or “Be a spec-op badass after watching one tape” or, as relates to shooting, “Forget all the basics and follow our simple plan to learn real

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The Cutting Edge: Chris Reeve’s Nkonka

I first became enamored of hollow-handled fighting and survival knives as a result of some contract work I was doing. I was training Third World—oops, better make that “developing countries” for political correctness—counterinsurgency forces and didn’t fully trust those with whom I was working. Nkonka is tough outdoorsman’s knife whether screwdriver kit is in place

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Offbeat: Do-It-Yourself Brass Separator

Much to my wife’s chagrin, I rarely throw anything away. The reason (excuse?) is, “I’ll find a use for that later.” I attribute this to being the son of a man who grew up during the Great Depression, when anything that could possibly be used was saved. Then again, maybe I’m just cheap or a

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Street Smarts: In The Throne Room

In days of old, the King was always worried about being killed by his foes while sitting on the throne; obviously some things never change. You will quickly guess where I was sitting when inspiration struck for this month’s column. I had just retired to my favorite thinking spot atop the cool white porcelain when

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Training and Tactics: Flashlight Technique Hysteria

“You can’t use that flashlight technique. The enemy will fire at the light source and hit you by mistake.” Let me guess: been reading too many detective novels? Face facts: the bad guys don’t hit the good guys “by mistake.” They miss by mistake, so let’s get our priorities straight. You may eat bullets because

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Frontline Debriefs: The Active Shooter

In late September and early October there were three separate school shootings within the span of a week. These tragic incidents are not about to go away any time soon and, as a point of fact, they may increase. During the 26 years I spent in the Metropolitan Division of the LAPD, one of its

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Enemy at the Gate: When Government Steals Our Stuff

Emeliano Gomez Gonzolez was speeding on the freeway. He lied to the Nebraska state trooper who stopped him. He was evasive. All true. But should the punishment for those sins be a $124,700 fine? On 18 August 18 2006, the Eighth District Court of Appeals said yes. The honorable judges ruled that the U.S. Justice

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Lawful Carry: Spec-Ops Over-Armor Vest

In recent years it has become necessary to carry more gear—ammo, magazines, medical kits, etc.—because bad guys tend to hunt like wild dogs in packs. The average cop will carry two reloads on his duty belt, a SWAT cop will carry more on a load-bearing vest, and military personnel will carry much more as mission

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What to Do After a Shooting: Practical and Prudent Courses of Action

Obviously, you want to do whatever you reasonably can to avoid using deadly force. But if you are forced to shoot someone in self-defense, you need to know what to do after the shooting. Let’s look at some legally and tactically sound suggestions for what to do after a shooting if you’re an off-duty/plainclothes police officer or civilian firearm licensee.

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