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The Three Reactions or The Three “F”s

Fight or Flight. We’ve all heard it. It is the catch all phrase that is used to describe the human reaction to dangerous situations. However broadly used and imbedded in our conscious minds that it might be, it isn’t exactly right. You see, those of us who have both been in life or death situation… Continue Reading

Plan On It Going Wrong

If your idea of “planning” for an emergency consists of a series of best case scenario events occurring in an unbroken chain, you have obviously never tried to execute a detailed plan in an asymmetric environment replete with unknown variables. If you think there is a “chance” that something might go wrong with a plan,… Continue Reading

Practice Strengths, Train Weaknesses

When we’re good at a skill, we should practice to keep it honed and to improve it. When we’re terrible at a skill, we should train ourselves in techniques and methods to make that weakness stronger. It’s more often than not, fun to practice with the skills we’ve already mastered and again, more often than… Continue Reading

Train It Like You’ll Use it

Standing in your prefered shooter stance, firing your weapon down a lane at a target = target/shooting practice. Curled up in the mud in an uncomfortable position, firing your weapon througb a “mouse hole” at a target surrounded by “nags” (NonAGgressorS), that when shot, will instantly disqualify you from your “run” = Real world tactical… Continue Reading

“I’ve Seen it Done On Line”

Look. Read. Learn. There is nothing that you have seen done on the internet, that you can do as efficiently, proficiently and consistently as the people who train for it. If learning worked this way, we could watch someone fly a space shuttle and call ourselves astronauts. We could watch someone win a marathon and… Continue Reading


A then future and now active duty Marine getting some I.T.S. firearm familiarization. Thank you for your service to our country and citizens good sir!  When a potential recruit signs up for our Military Recruit Ready Up Program, they can expect training time centered on weapons, equipment and communications familiarization as well as some obstacle… Continue Reading

Product Review

We’ve been testing them for 16 months and here’s the skinny on these Rocky C5C Boots. 1. When you first put them on and wear them around for a couple of hours, you will discover they are the most painfully uncomfortable boot you’ve ever put on…Sweet Lula May are they uncomfortable. 2. By the time… Continue Reading


“Sheepdog” is a modern term that means “one who protects others” and is usually used as a nickname for police or soldiers but refers to a much broader swath of people The name seems to suggest that many people are timid and need someone to protect them…and for a good portion of our species, this… Continue Reading

Go With What Works

“If it works, it aint stupid”. The “right” way to do something is the way that is safe and effective. My sister is right handed and left eye dominant, meaning she uses the “wrong” eye when she shoots sidearms (pistols). Some firearm instructors would tell  her that she was shooting the “wrong way”…and she would… Continue Reading

Improvised Emergency Medical Care

Your plan for Emergency Medical Care shouldn’t be based on “Improvisation”. I.E.M.C. is what happens when you are caught off guard and unprepared for the medical emergency you are facing. Put together a comprehensive medical kit with components specifically designed for wound management and other trauma, train to use those components. Then, train to improvise.… Continue Reading