Category: Commentary

Yep, “Here’s your Sign”….

There are some plusses and minuses to being in the gun business for so long. Take the SOS (Same Old Shit) factor. On the one hand its puzzling as you get to see people say and do the SOS over and over again as if they are doing something different.  Isn’t that the definition of …

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Practice is Not Always Training

Had a friend ask me a question yesterday, they wanted to know how I decide what to “practice”. The question was prompted by my weekly run with a gun efforts posted on social media.  She asked me why I would do that?  My response was simple, but something she had never thought about.   My time …

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How many carry guns do you have?

I had an interesting question from a reader yesterday, “how many carry guns to you have”, and “how do you decide which one to carry”. Based on my work you would think I have dozens!  Truth is only a few are mine, most are test guns that go back. In general swapping carry guns around is …

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Torture Testing Firearms

          One of my readers asked me a really good question yesterday. “You don’t seem to do torture tests, why not, they seem to be popular?” Short answer, because they are “meaningless and useless when performed as a writer, or any single individual”. To me they are a waste of ammunition …

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Some Things Never Change!

A couple of observations as I sneak up on three decades focussed on using or teaching someone how to use a gun in harms way, and my first decade writing about it in magazines.   Some things never change, neither do some people. While many of those “things” remain, the people unwilling to move, entrenched …

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Is eliminating risk “protecting” us to death?

I had a recent conversation about some of the things done during martial training both with and without weapons over the last 40 years. The list is pretty long, especially when it comes to my open hand training. The comment / question was asked, “was that particularly smart”. The answer of course was “not really”. …

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EXPERTS and your Home Defense Weapon

I was recently asked what my home defense weapon was, as this client had read a few articles on the subject and it seemed confusing and sort of contradictory to them. Some of the advice given was so odd it made it difficult for her to make a choice. She was honestly wondering if these …

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Teachers and Instructors – So Whats the Difference?

Another great question from a student, what is the difference between an instructor and a teacher?  Having written on this in more detail prior, it was time to try and simplify this answer.  Wait, that was a moment, simplify the answer?  Thats it, Thats the Ticket!   Teachers break complicated or seemingly complicated factors into …

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Pistol Red Dots – They will get you killed!!

Its been kind of funny to watch the “evolution” of the gun medias coverage of an RDS on a pistol. I liken much of it to the AP outside the gun media. Fully 90% of reporting is nothing more than a re-write of an AP wire. In the old days you could pick up 10 …

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Why People Buy Guns = Or The Art of the Justification of Need.

Friend of mine asked me this question the other day, “So, why do people buy guns?” A non gun person, not anti, just never interested and it was an honest question.  Its also asked by those wanting  to deny others the ability to buy guns. My answer was pretty short.  It encompasses all the reasons …

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