Briefing Room: DOs and DON’Ts When Training

As I have said many times, the best investment you can make when it comes to firearms and tactics is attending training from a reputable instructor. The following are just a few DOs and DON’Ts when attending a training course. DO be an empty cup when you arrive. You’re there to learn new (or sharpen

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Briefing Room: Let’s Get Real

What constitutes “realistic training”? Ask half a dozen instructors this question and I’ll give you even odds that you will receive six different answers. To me, realistic training is acquiring, and then perfecting, skill sets that are unique to your perceived needs. For example, in the last four pistol courses I have attended, the majority

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Briefing Room: A Soldier Died Today

A soldier died in battle today. His mutilated body was assembled into a pile of human offal and placed in a body bag, mourned only by his brothers in arms. Not even his family is thus far aware of his demise, his ultimate sacrifice. But the lead story on the national nightly news was about

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Briefing Room: Become A Mentor

It has been said—to the point of becoming a cliché—that our future rests with our children. And so, in a departure from my usual ramblings about firearms, tactics and politics, this month I want to touch on a subject that is not only important, but may be crucial in the coming years—mentoring. As America continues

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Briefing Room: Global War on Terror Ends

The Global War on Terror has ended. The Obama regime has downgraded the war to an “Overseas Contingency Operation.” And Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently used the term “man-caused disaster” instead of terrorism, because “… it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear…” Hallelujah! Safe at last, safe

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Briefing Room: Ya Gotta Love ‘Em

Considering that firearms have been around in one form or another for going on 700 years, the improvements seen in the last few decades—time wise, basically a drop in the bucket—are remarkable. Even the venerable 1911 pistol is a relative newcomer, having been around for “only” 104 years (the 1911 is a refinement of John

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Briefing Room: The Three Rs

I am often asked, “How often should I train/practice?” and “What should I be practicing?” The short answer is: Apply the rule of the three Rs. Training should be recent, relevant, and realistic. Recent To stay in top form, your training/practice needs to be recent. It has been said that proficiency with firearms is a

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Briefing Room: Peace In Our Time

Growing up, I was taught that if possible I should talk my way out of a fight or, short of running away, try to avoid it altogether. If either failed, I was taught to be as ruthless as possible and not to stop until the other party had no fight left in him. That, however,

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Briefing Room: Can You Hear Me Now?

While I’m a real ‘90s kind of guy (1890s, that is) I finally succumbed to the modern day and age and carry a cellular phone. This in spite of the fact that I hate cell phones. I hate hearing them ring while I’m trying to enjoy dinner at a restaurant. I hate being distracted when

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