5 Myths About “Gun Free” Zones

[fusion_text]In light of the Orlando shootings, I wanted to re-share an article that I wrote after the Oregon shooting about the myth of gun free zones… There’s been a lot of talk recently about “Gun Free” zones and, frankly, a lot of it has been useless blather from people who know nothing about guns and…

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Oct 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the October 2015 issue of the Journal of Tactics and Preparedness! In the process of taking the newsletter from it’s full glory to this slightly smaller format that has compressed images to download faster, some of the images lose their brilliance. If you want the full size, full color version of the newsletter,…

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Situational Awareness & Immediate Action Drills

One of the things that makes the US military so effective is the use of immediate action drills. Immediate action drills are pre-programmed responses used to bridge the gap between a surprise hostile event and when you can come up with a plan.  Surprise hostile events like… Incoming mortars & artillery Ambush IED Incoming fire…

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Eyes In The Back Of Your Head Situational Awareness

One of the first lessons that you hear when you start learning about situational awareness is to position yourself where you can have your back protected and best see approaching threats. It’s not a new concept. 150 years or so ago, it was called the “Gunfighter’s Seat.” It’s the seat in a restaurant, bar, office,…

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Chemical Hack to Shoot Better Faster

  People are busier today than they ever have been, and shooters are no exception. We’ve got a billion dollar firearms training industry that promises to help shooters get better, faster than they could on their own. But what if I told you that there is a simple way to accelerate the learning process? To…

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Beyond 20/20 Vision At Any Age

Roughly 80% of the sensory input that the brain gets comes from the eyes. Vision is key to keep your balance when standing, and it’s the primary sense that you use to detect threats, identify threats, avoid attacks, target strikes (with a firearm or empty handed), and more. When most people think about vision, they…

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Counter-Ambush (mugging) Response For Non-Tactical Loved Ones

I’ve got a great quick video for you today on identifying and responding to ambush attacks. Attackers of all sorts…good or bad…animal or human…use the L-Shaped ambush to quickly and efficiently take out their intended target.  Ambushes are used in military battles around the globe, they’re used to attack law enforcement, and they’re used on…

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Recoil Management For Fast Double Taps

One of the goals that many shooters aspire to is being able to put fast, accurate double-taps on target. Definitions vary, but for most people, that’s getting one sight picture and putting 2 rounds on or incredibly near your point of aim in rapid succession (.1-.2 seconds between shots) without getting a second clear, crisp…

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Countering The Myths of Gun Violence

As I was preparing this article, I realized that a lot of what I wanted to say had already been written…after the Sandy Hook murders, San Bernardino, Southerland Springs, Pulse Nightclub, Charleston, Parkland and others.  They are absolutely horrible, but the only reason why they’re unusual and shocking is because we choose to close our…

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Aiming Center Mass vs. Quick Stop–Which is Better?

  I remember the first deer that I shot. I was about 80 yards away, waited until I had my angle, and hit it with a heart-double-lung shot with my .308. It bucked and then sprinted off as if it hadn’t watched enough TV to know how it was supposed to react when shot. I…

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