Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.


Hierarchy of Combative Firearms Training

My friend Dave Spaulding dropping some firearms training knowledge bombs.

“Over time, I’ve come to look at firearms training as a three-tiered pyramid I call the Hierarchy of Combative Firearms Training. The tiers are: 1) Essentials (I prefer this term to “fundamentals”); 2) Combative Aspects; and 3) Interactive Aspects. You must properly train and anchor skills through each level before you attempt the next. For example, would you take a counter-terror driving course before you take basic driver’s training? Of course not. Along these same lines, you should not try to fight with a pistol until you’ve learned how to shoot and manipulate it. Some think they are one in the same but that is not the case. If you throw a punch before you’ve learned how to make a fist, your punch won’t be effective and will likely result in injury and failure.”



6 Required Behaviors To Stop Negligent Discharges – Follow These Like It’s Religion

This might be the most important article you read this week.



Recoil: Let’s Talk About Feelings

High speed photography allows us to see the recoil differences between several common handguns.


Online Marketing For Firearms Instructors

Kevin provides some very solid instruction for those of you who are actually looking to make some money from your firearms training.  Opens to Facebook Video.



Ammo Test: Hornady 22 Magnum 30 Grain V-Max

This wouldn’t be my first choice for a defensive round, but it did surprisingly well in the gelatin penetration testing.



Magazine-Hoarding: Always Be Prepared

Tamara has some good advice. Be a magazine hoarder. Think of it as an investment. When they get banned again, you’ll quickly triple your money.



George Harris, Co-founder of the Sig Academy

I’ve never met Mr. Harris, but he shares some excellent drills for training beginning students in this podcast.



So you want to buy your first rifle suppressor?

Tips for choosing a rifle suppressor.



Entrenamiento vs Experiencia. Por Greg Ellifritz.

For my Spanish speaking readers.



Finding Home: Part 1 of 4

A lot of my readers are “prepper” types who value self sufficiency.  Folks like that often want to buy a bit of land out in the country far away from “civilization” so they can live a peaceful and sustainable lifestyle.  Before doing that, here are a few points you may not have considered.



Lumens, Candela, and Lux

Quality information about the differences between these measurements and how well you flashlight illuminates the room.



Handgun Skill Drill: Four Pair

I post a lot of shooting drills on my site.  Most of them are pretty tough and might be too hard for a beginning shooter.  If my previously posted drills have seemed intimidating, give this one a try.  You don’t have to shoot like a USPSA grandmaster.  So long as you are working on structured practice drills and making improvements you are on the right track.

Here is another drill that is harder than the one I posted above, but pretty easy to perform for a decent shooter.

If you want something a little more challenging, try this drill.  Link opens to PDF of printable target.



How to See Through the Fog of the Culture of Fear Over Bad Outcomes with Guns (Light Over Heat #54)

Dr.  Yamane talks about the consequences of living in a media-saturated environment.  If you enjoy the good doctor’s work (and you should), read his academic paper about how gun culture has evolved over the last couple centuries.  It’s his most comprehensive take on Gun Culture 2.0 to date.



The 21-Day Weight Vest Diet

This study had some interesting results.  The weight vest I use that can actually fit under clothes and is minimally annoying is the 20-pound Zelus.



When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault

What I’m reading….



The Systematic Softening of Society

“We live in an era where being soft, and weak, and pathetic is accepted. And, not only accepted, it’s encouraged. This is acceptable because we live in a time of relative prosperity, but there will come a time where you will be called to be the man you’re capable of being, and that’s going to require you to be strong, tough, and resilient. I hope that I am adequately prepared for that day. I hope you’re adequately prepared for that day.”

The author’s four solutions at the end of the post should be implemented by almost everyone. Fearless, independent, physically fit people are difficult to enslave.



Efficacy of the Military Tactical Emergency Tourniquet for Lower Extremity Arterial Occlusion Compared with the Combat Application Tourniquet: A Randomized Crossover Study

Why you shouldn’t rely on fake CAT tourniquets.  For more tourniquet information, read about the controversy between placing the tourniquet high on the limb and placing it two or three inches above the wound.



3 Building Blocks For GREAT Concealment

Those of you who carry inside the waistband should know about the three technologies mentioned in this short video.  You should also read their article on The Basics of Concealment Mechanics.



This Magic Drug Might Be Free

Did you know that opioid overdose is the leading cause of death in people aged 18-44 in the United States?  All my med kits contain Narcan.



Keep Your Head in the Fight

Some insights about head shot fatality rates and the medical management of a patient shot in the head.

“Speaking of rendering aid, there are some things to remember if you encounter a headshot patient as a first responder, good Samaritan, or bystander. One of the most widely known medical maxims is to apply direct pressure to severe bleeding. However, in the case of a gunshot to the brain — where the integrity of the skull may be compromised — this can do more harm than good.

You may wind up applying pressure to the brain itself, which can cause permanent damage or death. The two best things you can do for a headshot victim are to ensure breathing and move quickly.

This latter point was best summed up by Dr. Rhee: “The most important fluid for a headshot patient is diesel.”



Concealed Carry in a Fanny Pack — Good CCW Idea or Not?

Advice for carrying your pistol in a fanny pack.  I have to admit I use this carry method almost daily. I go to the gym every day and I hike in desolate parks three to five times a week.  In those environs, the fanny pack is ideal.



Bike Robber Gets Smushed By Drive-By Hero

A somewhat unconventional response.  Would you intervene in a third party criminal attack like this?  It’s better if you answer that question before you find yourself enmeshed with the criminal and victim like this guy did.



JJ Racaza Discusses CCW Lessons From Competition

For those of you who think competition shooting will get you killed in a gunfight.



Man Goes On Shooting Rampage At Police Station, Killing 1 And Critically Injuring 1

In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a significant number of active killers who have targeted police stations and government buildings. About 3 years ago, those attacks became more frequent.

I wrote an article about how best to respond to these attacks. Like most of my advice directed at police agencies, it was ignored. The consequences are predictable…more dead cops.

I don’t understand it. Most cops have an “it won’t happen to me” attitude and won’t train on their own. The administrators have a “it won’t happen here” attitude and won’t take basic precautions to protect their officers. The cycle continues.

I’m very glad I retired and don’t have to deal with this on a daily basis anymore.



Your Answer When Asked “What Should I Prepare For?”


Excellent survival advice from Paul Martin.



Enhancing Performance Under Stress: Cognitive, Physical, and Tactical Training

Some of you might find this lecture informative.




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