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Last week auto journalist Jack Baruth wrote a piece for Road & Track that has made a bit of a splash in the online world. In it he describes a number of occasions where he has encountered hostile behavior from other motorists up to and including challenging him to a fight...only to see them back down…

I'm often asked by folks new to concealed carry or self defense in general about OC or "pepper" spray and whether or not they should consider carrying it. I'm by no means anything close to being the leading expert on the utility and use of OC spray. (Chuck Haggard of Agile Training and Consulting puts…

No, I'm not talking about camouflage undergarments for ladies, although that is also (sadly) a thing. No, I'm talking about tactical CCW gear, generally marketing towards women, that looks cool/hot but is pretty much useless. For example, thigh holsters. Not tactical drop leg holsters, which while frequently used incorrectly do have their purpose, but rather…

A couple of posts popped up on my radar today that both hit on the same subject - how we're training and what kind of threat we're training to fight. First up is Todd at Pistol-Training, talking about the emerging active shooter/terrorist threat: While there are still muggers and rapists and thieves aplenty in our…

There is an idea out there that criminals are, by in large, idiots. Criminals can be extremely impulsive and regularly make news for doing incredibly stupid things...often when ingesting drugs are involved...but, to paraphrase Robert DeNiro's character in Heat they aren't all doing thrill-seeker liquor store holdups with a "Born to Lose" tattoo on their…

In the last couple of weeks a few instances of...well, idiocy is the best description I can proffer at the moment...made semi-national news. They are excellent examples of what The Tactical Professor would call "Negative Outcomes" that result from people who made the decision to keep a firearm handy but apparently did not bother to…

Waco, Texas. A town that most people have only seen from I-35 traveling between Austin and D/FW.  It is a town my wife and I recently begin to visit on day trips because we discovered fun activities for the kids and lots of good food to eat.  But a recent incident in Waco, that was…

Just like the first snow of the season sends unprepared drivers to the mechanic for new wiper blades and snow tires, two dramatic episodes of Jihad in the West have ignited a renewed interest in the "Trunk Gun". This is usually a long gun and some other ancillary gear kept in readiness in a personal…

In the last post I gave my thoughts on ensuring your personal narrative was based in reality when it came to a strange noise outside. Now I want to discuss how being “certain” you are encountering an assailant could lead to tragedy inside your home. Before I go any further I want to briefly discuss…