Street Smarts: Break It Down To Prevent Breakdowns!

There is a hoary old joke that is relevant when discussing the best options for responding to a crisis: “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “Take very small bites.” That wheezing old one-liner captures the essence of dealing with any problem, regardless if the incident in question is a major regional disaster or

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Training and Tactics: Shooting Too Accurately

“Think small, shoot small.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that expression, I’d be sitting on a beach in the Bahamas, sipping umbrella-covered girlie-man drinks. While it sounds like a brilliant idea in principle, sometimes when something walks like a duck and looks like a duck it turns out to be

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Briefing Room: Colonel Cooper Memorial Service

As most readers probably know, Colonel Jeff Cooper passed away on 26 September 2006. The funeral was private, consisting of only family and a few close friends. A public memorial service for the Colonel will be held at the NRA Whittington Center on 10 May 2007 at 1330hrs. Accommodations are possible, but limited, at the

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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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Against All Odds: Easy Disaster Preparations

Back in the early 1980s, a buddy of mine who was “connected” started telling stories out of school. Stories about nukes being hijacked by terrorists, tales of bombs already sighted in American cities, hints about the existence of a “fifth column” of terrorists who infiltrated through our porous Southern border. I did what checking I could and began to become nervous—very nervous.

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Training and Tactics: Fighting Shotgun Stock Length

“Beware of the man, not the weapon.” This adage has held true since time immemorial, and will predominantly decide who will be the victor and who will be the vanquished in a rencounter. This having been said, however, there is no question that the right equipment for the right job is a huge bonus. Even

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