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What’s The FBI Says About Citizens Stopping Active Shooters?…Ugh.

When the FBI released their report of active shooter incidents in the US for 2021, they basically said that civilian gun ownership and concealed carry don’t stop crime. They identified 252 active shooter incidents between 2014 and 2021 and claimed that only 11 of them were stopped by citizens. That’s just 4.4%. It made me…

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Myth of the 10,000 Rule For Shooters (Thank goodness!)

In 2008, one of my favorite authors, Malcom Gladwell, wrote a book called “Outliers” where he laid out an idea called the “10,000 rule.” Gladwell was building on a 1993 paper by Anders Ericsson and claimed that, regardless of the field, “you need to have practiced, to have apprenticed, for 10,000 hours before you get…

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3 problems with Bulletproof Backpacks

Every time a mass shooting happens, people start looking for bandaid solutions…something they can buy that will make them feel safer, regardless of whether it actually makes them safer. Bulletproof backpacks are one of those things.  They’re not bad on their own.  (I’ve got one)  But there are 3 big problems I’ve seen: Using them…

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Bullet Selection: Fast & Light vs. Heavy & Slow…

I taught a class Sunday night and one of the questions that came up was about bullet selection…specifically 9mm and whether a fast+light bullet is better than a heavy+slow bullet. I fumbled with the answer because of how involved it is…so I’m going to try to simplify it here. I’ll start by saying that I…

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James Bond-Worthy Finds From SHOT Show 2023

This is going to be somewhat of a quick highlight reel of things I saw and liked at 2023 SHOT Show.  It’s not all-inclusive by any means. Some of it is impractical, but cool. Some of it is fun. And some is super-practical. Let’s start with this James Bond-cool counter-drone gun that has taken out…

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My EDC for 2023 (Everyday Carry)

I told you yesterday about the tactical pen that I carry every day. Today, I’m going to share what else I carry every day. I’ll tell you right off the bat that some of the things that I carry are looked down on by other instructors. They’re unpopular. Uncool. I don’t care. And I’ll tell…

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Guns & Voting…Can YOU Carry When You Vote

One of the big questions that comes up every 2 years is whether or not you can carry your firearm when you vote. It’s an important question. Voter intimidation at polling locations isn’t widespread, but when it happens, law abiding people should be able to defend themselves if necessary and not left to feel disarmed and…

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Removing Creepy Crawlies From Your Water…

I love holidays…not the new made-up ones, but the ones that we had when I was growing up. Here’s a Halloween pic I found on my phone of my boys and I from a few years ago when we were dropping them off for pre-school.  Yes…I’m in disguise… In the spirit of the season, I…

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Are We 3 Weeks From “Diesel Armageddon?”

I’ll start by saying that I’m not an expert on petroleum, but headlines of the last few days made me want to figure out–very quickly–whether we’re really only 25 days away from running out of diesel fuel.  If you’re an expert, please chime in. Here’s what I was able to figure out. The headlines saying…

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The Fallacy Of “Training To The Test”

I’ve been shooting a lot of standard courses of fire lately. 5×5, FBI Qual, Casino Drill, and others. I’m trying to figure out airsoft times/distances that compare to live fire and which standards are even valuable to shoot with airsoft. Drills like these are kind of fun, but are they a good reflection of your…

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