Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
5 Different Shotgun Shell Holders – Which Works Best?
While I would never castigate someone for carrying extra ammunition, it’s hard to find many armed citizen defensive shotgun uses where more than a couple of rounds are fired. If you want more info on shotgun accessories, read Defensive Shotgun Accessories – A Primer.
Tactical Employment of Smoke Grenades
A useful skill set that doesn’t get much discussion.
E.C.Q.S | You Just Need To Be Willing
Dave Spaulding talks about some techniques that were commonly taught in the 1990s and early 2000s. Even though they worked great, they fell out of favor and current practitioners aren’t likely to know about them.
“I first saw this technique taught by Greg Ellifritz, a Columbus, Ohio area cop and one of the ﬁnest hand-to-hand and knife-skills instructors I’ve worked with. During a close-quarter attack, an attacker may go for your gun, try to stab or slash or strike you with an impact weapon. Greg advocates grabbing on to the arm used for this, keeping the attacker under some a degree of control, keeping them away from your gun and creating enough time and distance to draw your sidearm. I’ve seen Greg instruct and use this technique at full speed and it offers impressive results. But you must have the necessary willingness and commitment.”
Breaking News: Speed Tac Bolt Carrier
I really don’t know how useful having two extra rounds loaded into a 30 round magazine is for an armed citizen gunfight, but if you hate downloading your AR mags, this might be an option for you.
Speaking of AR-15 rifles, Tailor-Made ARs: Choosing the Best AR-15 Mods provides a lot of information about the current state of the art in AR-15 designs.
Appendix Carry vs. Hip Carry: Weighing the Pros and Cons
Massad Ayoob talks about advantages and disadvantages to carrying a defensive handgun in the appendix position.
7 Reasons NOT to Buy the PHLster Enigma
Speaking of appendix carry, the PHLster Enigma is an excellent option for that carry methodology. It is truly a unique design that I appreciate more and more every time I carry it.
Getting Picky: Differences in Lock Pick Naming Conventions
More information about lock picks than you ever thought you would need.
5 Things to Know About Weapon Mounted Lights
“Streamlight. Surefire. Modlight. Cloud Defensive.
Supporting and compatible/interchangeable accessories from Arisaka and, my favorite, Reptilia.
“But what about…”
I cannot recommend any others at this point.”
Self-Defense Resource Center
Annette created a stunningly thorough compilation of pepper spray training resources. If you don’t like videos and prefer to learn by reading text, check out my article about Pepper Spray and How to Use It.
Shotgunning with Buckshot
A lot of solid buckshot information.
Robbery Once Again Shows Us Time Matters In Defensive Gun Use
This is a solid analysis of gunfight timing issues. Do you know your draw speed? When would you think about engaging the robber? Just a caution, that sub second draw you did once on the range under perfect conditions and a long warm up isn’t how you will perform cold and under stress as a gun is pointed at you. Realistically assess your abilities and consider your limitations before you act recklessly.
Review: Ka-Bar Last Ditch Knife
A review of the Ka-Bar LDK, a knife I designed as a last ditch weapon or escape tool that can be hidden almost anywhere on the body. Amazon sells more of these than any other outlet. All of these knives come with a sheath from the factory even if you don’t see a sheath in the advertising photos.
Personal Safety for Realtors
Realtors are at a higher risk for violence than the average person. Here are some tips to keep them safer.
Larry Vickers — Two-Yard Torture Drill
A fun shooting drill for you to try. I’m going to be doing it at my next range practice session. Want a shotgun drill? Try the Georgia police shotgun qualification drill.
Zero to Prepared in Three Days
Solid advice to rapidly get you prepared for the upcoming global chaos. Do this. Then read Paul’s book.
Speaking of the current global chaos, you may be interested in reading about the Guns of the Ukrainian Army
A quick introduction to verbal de-escalation techniques.
Police Training Gaps
This information should absolutely frighten you.
Concealment Tricks and Tips Vol. 1: Cover Shirt
Some quality tips for choosing a concealed carry cover garment. Part Two of the series discusses how the color of your cover clothing influences concealability.
FRAUD ALERT: Online scammers targeting new gun owners with bogus CCW scheme
Watch out for this scam. This one Don’t get ripped off: How to spot a fake online gun dealer is common as well.
Concealed Carry Corner: Tips For Comfortable Carry
Quality CCW advice.
The Path of the Warrior-Mystic: Being a Man in an Age of Chaos
What I’m reading…
The Problem with Averages in Understanding Homicide in the United States – Redux
Being able to understand statistics is a necessary life skill that few people ever acquire.
Urban warfare expert offers Ukrainians tips on battling Russians in close combat
I never thought that Twitter would become a trusted source of urban warfare information.
Understanding Body Armor
A quick body armor introduction.
Edge of Reality: Knife Attacks Suck
I agree with the author in that we both believe the “two on one” control is the best option for knife defense. If you want to understand the state of the art in two-on-one controls, read Red Zone Knife Defense.
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