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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Against All Odds: The Survival Mindset

To be real blunt, you cannot “learn” survival no matter how many videos or books you study. An instructor can only bring enlightenment to the methods that aid in various types of developed skills. Survival is a natural reaction known as staying alive. It can be as simple as running away from a threat or

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Briefing Room: New Firearm Ban On The Horizon

On Monday, 13 September 2004, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994—colloquially known as the Assault Weapon Ban—expired. While responsible owners of firearms cheered the sunset of this nefarious ban, the anti-gun movement swore they would be back, and they are—with a vengeance! Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) recently introduced new anti-gun (read

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Enemy at the Gate: The NFA Must Go!

In a country that respected its highest laws, this would be the shortest article in the world: “…the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” “The National Firearms Act is an infringement.” “Repealed.” No, to be more accurate, in a country that respected its highest laws, I wouldn’t be writing this article

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Frontline Debriefs: Fighting When You’re Hit

In my previous column, I discussed what you might expect should you be struck by gunfire. Since the expectation can run the gamut due to all the variables present in gunfights, it is probably a wise move to steel yourself ahead of time should this become a reality. All of us are different. We have

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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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Training and Tactics: One Magic Day

You’re only as good as your worst day. While all the clichés talk about how realistic, regular or productive training will improve your odds in battle, the operative word is “improve,” not “guarantee.” When all is said and done, the brutal fact remains that you’re only as good as your worst day. You have to

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Enemy at the Gate: Habeas Corpus: A Tale Of Freedom

Habeas corpus. The term is ugly. Obscure. Like something only a lawyer could love. But nothing could be more wrong. Within those unattractive Latin words lies an age-old tale of evil kings and their dark dungeons, a tale of the common man battling tyranny. The story begins in England. It begins—as these things often do—with

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Frontline Debriefs: When You’re Hit

I’ve not yet been shot. Shot at? Yes. Hit? No. It’s not much of a party. On the first night of the L.A. riots in 1992, 11 other officers and I were engaged in a major gunfight with many suspects in the projects at 114th and Central. We were rescuing fire department personnel who had

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