If It’s Cold Where You Are, Do THESE Drills Today

In most places, when it’s cold outside, everything seems to slow down. You’ve got to take time to bundle up and warm up your vehicle. You might have to drive slower. A lot of our time gets eaten up with snow removal and tending the fire (we heat with wood). Everything takes longer. And training…

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Fined for NOT Bringing A Gun To Church? (What I carry to church now)

This last week, Virginia made it legal to carry guns and knives in churches again. That’s how it should be, but the irony is that men used to be fined if they forgot to bring their gun to church in Virginia. Virginia law stated, ”All men that are fitting to bear arms, shall bring their…

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Just “knowing” how to shoot won’t cut it for self defense…here’s why

I used to love watching GI Joe cartoons. If you don’t remember or don’t know, they’d have little public service announcements like, “if some sketchy dude pulls up next to you in a van with the windows blacked out and asks if you want candy…say no!” And then they’d say, “Now you know…and knowing is…

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Practicing one hole groups is useless for self defense…without this.

I talk a lot about how important it is to be able to shoot 1 hole groups at close distances with your carry gun. And I get a lot of flack for it. “That’s useless for self defense…you need to spread out your shots” “Anyone can do that…if they can’t, they shouldn’t own a gun”…

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“Shocking” “Ban(ne)d” Dry Fire Recoil Training Technique

One of the biggest challenges of dry fire is how to practice and improve recoil management. That’s why I started experimenting with different ways to fix the problem several years ago. Most of what I tried didn’t work that well… but I kept trying. The solution ended up being ridiculously simple and powerful. I have…

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“What About Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCCs) For Home Defense?”

I got a great question yesterday from Dave about Pistol Caliber Carbines for home defense. Pistol caliber carbines come in many varieties, but the most popular right now are AR pattern/style rifles that take Glock mags and shoot 9mm. There are also versions with barrels that are under 16″ that fit easily in a backpack…

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1 Hole Challenge

What kind of performance is possible with dry fire only training? A few years ago, I took the winter off of live fire practice and only did our Dry Fire Training Cards drills for 10-15 minutes per day for 6 months. I shot a few monthly competitions (4?), a few (4?) timed fun shoots, and…

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Join me for Scenario Based Training in AZ! *Time Sensitive*

Several years ago, I noticed a pattern in how I responded in high stress situations. No matter how good my training and skills were, the first time I had to use those skills in a high stress situation, my performance was WAY worse than I wished it had been. It happened in sports, driving, fighting,…

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Ancient Christmas Bugout Wisdom

This week’s newsletter is on the lighter side, and is brought to you by Urban Survival Playing Cards. The core of it comes from an article I wrote back in 2010 called “Mary and Joseph’s 90 Mile Bugout” that we have added to over the years.  Even though it is light hearted, and a lot…

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How a charging moose made me change what I carry…

I did a podcast interview a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Anderson from Modern Combat And Survival Magazine. You can click >HERE< to hear the podcast: I was staying at Jeff’s a few months ago and he was fascinated with how I loaded my Glock magazines and wanted to share it with his listeners.…

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