Training and Tactics: Double Up

Most human organs are provided in pairs. Eyes, ears, arms, lungs, legs and kidneys are all paired, but probably the two most important organs—the brain and the heart—have no backup units. If either of these fails, you’re dog meat. And much like when your heart or brain becomes inoperative, if you are relegated to one-handed

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TRAINING AND TACTICS: Eye of the Tiger

Eye of the Tiger. Whether it’s the theme song of the Rocky movie series, or extracted from William Blake’s immortal poem, it’s essential to the conqueror’s makeup. Without it, sooner or later you will lose the fight—literally and figuratively. Because the time you need it is when you’re on the downslide—on the losing side of

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Training and Tactics: An Old Friend

Take care of me. I am getting old and physically worn out, and I need more care and attention than I did 20 years ago. But I have been your friend and constant companion for a long, long time, and not once did I let you down in times of need. So take care of

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Training and Tactics: I Am the Bullet

I am the bullet—and I have no conscience. You will treat me with respect because, once I leave, you have no control over my actions. Once I’m gone, I will do as I please, governed only by the laws of physics. And the next time you see me, I will have done my work, bringing

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Training and Tactics: Colonel Cooper’s Timeless Lessons

My first mistake was utilizing a parking bay at the local post office. This is never a sensible practice, since every North American post-office parking lot appears to have been laid out by the same maniac who designs the blueprints for amusement-park roller coasters. What with all the narrow driving lanes, mysteriously angled parking bays,

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Training and Tactics: Living by the Sword

Like the Sword of Damocles, miscalculating the moves of a blade-wielding assailant can leave your life hanging by a thread. And like everything else, there are two sides to every argument. As with the decades-long abstruse firearms babble about “my way is better than your way,” along comes the recent Everybody-Wants-To-Be-Musashi syndrome. First and foremost,

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Training and Tactics: I Am the Bullet

I am the bullet—and I have no conscience. You will treat me with respect because, once I leave, you have no control over my actions. Once I’m gone, I will do as I please, governed only by the laws of physics. And the next time you see me, I will have done my work, bringing

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Training and Tactics: Inattentional Blindness

Unlike a double-edged sword, which gives you at least a 50/50 chance, the battle spear has a double-ended threat. Either your enemy clocks you from the front with the tip of the blade, or you “take the shaft” from behind from yesterday’s friends. Either way you’re receiving an undesirable impalement. There is, of course, a

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Training and Tactics: Knock, Knock

Home invasion. Two simple words that conjure up visions of violence, violation—and the concepts of preparation to prevent being the victim of this act. There are three major aspects to consider as regards this potential situation: (1) the basic “My car broke down, could I use your phone?” garden-variety slugs, (2) law enforcement impersonators, and

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Training and Tactics: Preflight Check

We’ve all experienced the problem: the nagging doubt that we’ve forgotten some material possession when setting out on a trip. But, like the proverbial name on the tip of one’s tongue, we can never identify the missing object until it’s too late. Only once you’re too far from your domicile to warrant making a U-turn

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