When you draw your firearm but don’t shoot

When you draw your firearm but don’t shoot

What should you do if you feel compelled to draw your firearm because of an impending threat, but you don’t actually fire? Defensive gun use (DGU) numbers in America are hotly debated and highly contested. This article is not about parsing the data – you...
What is the best gun for home defense?

What is the best gun for home defense?

This is a BIG question. Like anything else involving firearms, the short answer is “it depends”. What I will attempt to do is break down some reasoning that might impact your home defense choices. First, let’s address the home defense needs. You can...
A note about Mindset

A note about Mindset

I have a complicated relationship with the word “mindset”. On one hand, it accurately describes an important concept. On the other hand, it is so overused, abused, and buzzed in our industry as to lose the intended meaning in most cases. I will try not to...
Selecting a Firearm

Selecting a Firearm

If you have never purchased a handgun before or have not purchased one in some time, you might experience angst or hesitancy because you just don’t know what you should do. There is so much myth surrounding what guns are best suited for you that it can be a bit...
Building the Basic IFAK

Building the Basic IFAK

If you have taken any of our lifesaving courses, or any trauma care courses for that matter, you have seen and hopefully learned how to use some important lifesaving tools. If you follow our definition of logistics readiness you are probably concerned with what...
The OODA Loop

The OODA Loop

We talk about the OODA Loop a great deal in our training. It’s a cool bit of neuroscience, especially since we spend all day doing it and don’t even know it. So what is it? Why do we OODA and not even know it? OODA is an acronym for Observe, Orient,...
Are you really “law-abiding”?

Are you really “law-abiding”?

I hear this all the time where we live: “I am a law-abiding citizen and it is my right to…” But just as Inigo Montoya said in Princess Bride – “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means” When most...