Help me, don’t “help” me.

 “Here, let me ‘help’ you with that.” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.  (Apologies to William Goldman; Princess Bride). I’ve heard that phrase uttered a lot.  What follows is typically the person who says it actually taking over and performing a task for someone rather

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Active Listening Skills

Several years ago one of the buzz-words (phrases) was active listening skills.  In other words actually listen to what someone has to say rather than wait for your turn to speak, or just assume something without actually paying attention to the words and non-verbal cues the other person was providing.  People failed at it then

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What kind of bullet?

L - target ammo; R - defensive ammo

You’ve researched different pistols.  You’ve taken the time to get training and shoot the models you are considering.  You’ve made your purchase.  You’ve chosen a quality holster and are ready to check out.  Then the clerk asks you what kind of ammunition you’d like………… What……what “kind” of ammunition?  The kind that shoots out of my

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Visualization and Home Intrusion

I had a phone call earlier where a friend who has recently become interested in shooting told me about an event.  I like passing along lessons learned (removing any identifying information) so that more people can learn from incidents without having to experience them and learn the hard way.  My friend has a vintage pistol

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Do you know what your problem is………..

There never seems to be a shortage of people to chime in (unsolicited) and tell you what you’re doing wrong.  On the occasion that they have a valid point, very few are able to offer a practical suggestion on how to solve that problem.  So how does this relate to firearms training and shooting problems? 

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Lube

A theme that we’re seeing in class is a lack of lubrication (lube).  It’s especially important with rifles (M4 / AR15) but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored in the pistol.  Whether the result of internet myth (they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true) or faulty dogma, the bottom line is

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Pistol Holster

Pistol Holster Today I had the pleasure of running a private training class for a couple.  It was obvious that they took training seriously, had put in work on pistol shooting, and invested in quality pistols.  It definitely showed.  We accomplished a lot in a brief amount of time.  It’s people like this that made

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NRA Annual Meeting 2014

Almost here. Just a couple of days prior to the event. Rainy and cool outside. Warm and dry inside. NRA Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN 2014                                 NRA Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN 2014                

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School Safety

This was originally a FB post regarding school safety and a news article, I decided to move it to the blog as well. This is a tragedy that is not without precedence. Although not at a school, a knife attack happened in China (a country with very restrictive weapon laws). Unbelievably there are still people

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