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...
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,...
Pop your safety bubble – it’s a myth

Pop your safety bubble – it’s a myth

“Nothing like that can happen here because it is a safe place.” What is “safe”? A quick check of the registered sex offenders in a five-mile radius should immediately disabuse you of any notion that you are “safe”. Now, what about...
Personal Logistics Readiness

Personal Logistics Readiness

This topic touches on terms that can be frustrating to differentiate. We are not attempting to split hairs or get into semantics for their sake alone. Our attempt is to think specifically about preparedness vs. readiness in order to understand the difference between...