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One of my favorite tactical adages is the old “Don’t put the cart before the horse.” What does this proverbial old chestnut have to do with close-range interpersonal violence? Simple, really: In any multi-step process or procedure, we often take the individual segments out of sequence because of the natural tendency to focus on the enjoyable or perhaps more difficult tasks rather than just doing things in the proper order.

The example I’m thinking about today is pistol presentation, i.e.,…

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Recently, on a working vacation with the family, we watched a movie wherein the hero traveled to the center of the earth in order to save it. Now being the curious sort, I figured out the degree of plausibility of such an endeavor. Here it is:

The earth’s core is estimated to run at a balmy 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Titanium melts at 3,034 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure at the core is estimated to run in the neighborhood of around 3.6…

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“What are you looking at, butthead?!?”

Whenever such a line is uttered at a bar or other gathering, you can rest assured a fight is getting ready to start. Hopefully, the challenge isn’t directed toward you, but sometimes, through a bit of imprudent behavior on your part or simple bad luck, fisticuffs are imminent and you have been given a gold-engraved invitation.

By “fight,” I mean a good old-fashioned, bare-knuckle, ass-whipping brawl. This is opposed to a felonious assault, where…

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I have been asked through the years which weapon system to concentrate training upon when such a choice exists. Unequivocally it would be the handgun.

For over two and a half decades, I have been involved in defending in the courts individuals who needed to use deadly force. Only a very small fraction of these cases involved the shotgun or rifle. The extremely high 90 percentile involved employment of the handgun.

Within a uniformed deployment, the handgun is oftentimes the…

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