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At-Home Stress Training For Self-Defense & Combat

One of the things that I’ve focused on for the last several years is controlling brain state and chemistry under extreme stress. In a life & death situation, an unregulated fight or flight response will hurt your ability to see, think, hear, use your fingers, and more. If you can regulate your fight or flight…

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Winter Indoor Self-Defense Training Tips

I don’t know you, but we’re having an epic winter. I spent more than 8 hours last week taking care of snow…and that was only because my wife and sons helped! Today, I spent about 20 minutes digging a “tunnel” through knee deep snow to get from my truck to my office. I’m still doing…

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Top 10 ways competitive shooting improves defensive performance

I hope with the new year, you have a renewed commitment to improving your shooting skills. As you know, my primary focus for shooting is helping people learn the skills that they need to survive lethal force encounters. Whether it’s law enforcement, military, concealed carry, or home defense, we want you to be prepared mentally,…

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How Impressing Your Friends Can Save Your Life

When you think about training to use a firearm to stop a lethal threat, it’s healthy to think of it as serious business…because it is. But just because the end result is serious business doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun along the way…or, more importantly, that we SHOULDN’T have fun along the way. One…

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Scientific Breakthroughs In Pistol Training

Today’s article is different from what we usually do.  It’s an interview (and written highlights of that interview) that I did recently with Dustin Solomon, author of the book, “Building Shooters.” Shortly after the USS Cole bombings, Dusty was overseas and was tasked with training up a 240 man harbor/port security force.  Only there were…

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21 Day Alpha Shooter–Dry Fire Evolution

(This is the email that I sent out to my subscribers when I launched 21 Day Alpha Shooter, explaining the evolution of the course.) In September of 2008, I got hammered by the sub-prime market collapse.  I went from being on the verge of selling my company to the verge of bankruptcy and it lasted…

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Why You Should Push Your Skills Beyond What You Think You’ll Need

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq began, Donald Rumsfeld famously said, “you go to war with the army you have—not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” This truth that applies to armies at war also applies to individuals in a fight for their lives, whether it’s a soldier…

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Weird Trick To Stay Warm Down To -10 in a t-shirt

With hunting season and fall hiking upon us and winter around the corner, I wanted to give you a couple of extremely compact winter survival tools that will help you maintain core temperature in the most extreme conditions.  If you live in a more temperate climate, keep in mind the fact that most cases of…

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How to combine live and dry fire at the range

As shooters begin dry firing more and more, it’s very common to get in a habit of doing dry fire at home and only doing live fire when they go to the range. By simply doing dry fire at the range in addition to live fire, you can maximize the effectiveness of your range time…

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MN Terrorist Stabbing Shows Reality vs. Paper Training

The relative ineffectiveness of defensive handgun rounds at stopping threats means that “stopping power” and “one shot stops” aren’t impossible, but incredibly unlikely with a determined attacker. As an example, take a look at the mass stabbing last month by the radicalized Somali refugee at the St. Cloud mall in St. Cloud Minnesota. He was…

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