Weapon on Four Wheels: Escaping the Kill Zone

It’s pretty far removed from mainstream thinking to consider a vehicle a defensive tool. We view our vehicles in many different ways, some utilitarian and others more lovingly. However, to my philosophical approach, when you are behind the wheel of the family sedan or your favorite sports car, you are in fact at the controls

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Stop Blaming the Trigger: Negligent Discharges

Sometimes, it is necessary to sit back and take a long, slow look at the world. And rant. Let’s qualify some issues. Firearms, of and by themselves, are harmless. They require human interaction in order to function. In order for a human to properly discharge a firearm, it must be loaded with a cartridge. The

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Tavor Armorer’s Training: Putting It All Together

The reintroduction of the Israeli Tavor bullpup rifle to America by the civilian-owned Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI) has created quite a stir in the gun community. New marketing techniques have captured the imagination of many shooters, and the rifle’s uniqueness, quality and obvious tactical advantages resulted in the Tavor being named the 2014 NRA Rifle

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Adrenaline Dump: Fight or Flight?

Those who work in law enforcement and emergency services deal with the almost mystical substance known as adrenaline. A lot. Of course, all humans have experience with this bodily produced drug, some more than others. Let’s take a look at the effects it can have on our bodies. But first, why does it exist? Adrenaline

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A Nation of Riflemen: Civilian Marksmanship Program

With the multiple assaults on legitimate gun owners in the United States, one might take comfort in the fact that there exists a federally chartered organization dedicated solely to the training and education of United States citizens in the use of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training, and competitions. The Civilian Marksmanship

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Level Playing Field: Instantaneous Asymmetrical Violence

More than 25 years ago, then-Sergeant Dennis Tueller of the Salt Lake City Police Department determined that an attacker with a knife could cover 21 feet in approximately 1.5 seconds. Since then there have been many articles written and countless debates regarding what has become known as the Tueller Drill. The fact remains that the

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From the Ashes of Blackwater: Academi Precision Rifle I

In the April 2011 issue of S.W.A.T., I wrote about the five-day Carbine Operator Course I had attended at what was then known as Blackwater (later named U.S. Training Center). That article begins, “Blackwater has been at the center of controversy and conspiracy theories ever since Erik Prince founded the company.” More on that later.

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Trigger Control: Have We Been Wrong?

When I was first exposed to formal handgun training, the Marine Corps transitioned from the one-handed hold to two hands, but still taught the “surprise break” method of trigger control. After achieving a proper grip, the pistol was raised, sights aligned, and the first pad of the index finger’s first joint was placed on the

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Don’t Be a Square: Practicing Off the X

Many of us train frequently in the various martial arts, including firearms. If you live in a city, most available gun ranges are indoor square ranges. While you can work on plenty of basic and advanced skills in that environment, other equally important skills and drills you may only be able to work on in

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