Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category


Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

My family consists of pretty well educated, intelligent, and fair-minded people. Nonetheless, recent events regarding law enforcement use of force (UOF) -- Ferguson, NYC, etc. -- have thrown into stark relief just how much their ideas of right & wrong, reasonable & unreasonable are based on fictional television events rather ...

Teaching to Your Audience

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If you teach basic CCW, do you teach those first time students about sight alignment and trigger control and breathing and the other fundamentals of marksmanship? If you answered yes, are you properly addressing your audience? Odds are, probably not. This might come as a shock to anyone who's been reading this website for ...

“Looking Back” Series

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

I recently reposted these on my Facebook page. They're the five greatest influences on me as a shooter and instructor over the years: Chuck Davis Ken Hackathorn Ernest Langdon Rich Verdi SLG If you weren't reading back in 2011, I hope you'll find them interesting. And if you've been with me since back then, perhaps reading these ...

Bill Drill 2

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What do you do when Bill Wilson tells you he's updated his legendary Bill Drill? Tell everyone else, obviously: The Bill Drill 2. (But Bill, it's 2014... you really should call it Bill Drill 2.0 8-) ) Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

In Defense of the Traditional Double Action

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The mere title of this post makes me sad. I have come to accept, begrudgingly, that we live in a world where the perception "one trigger pull is better than two" isn't likely to change any time soon. It's a perception that kept the 1911 dominant for decades among shooting cognoscenti. ...

Are You Too Cool for School?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In the comments section of the recent "Lamentations and Hope" post, my friend nyeti said something that really resonated with me: Up until recently we were taking more classes than we taught, and still consider ourselves lifetime students, so we see both sides. I'm always interested to see the difference between instructors who ...


Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Over the past few months I've received emails from three different students about a safety issue that is becoming more prevalent in classes from big name instructors: too many students on the line at once with too few staff to watch them all. Each of the students who contacted me ...

The Goldilocks Zone

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

A buddy sent me a link to an article by an instructor that could be summed up as follows: anyone who shoots slower than me needs better training, preferably from me; anyone who shoots faster than me needs smarter training, preferably from me. I'll never understand the need some instructors have to carve ...

ToddG on Ballistic Radio Sunday 27-Oct

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

I'll be the guest on 55KRC's Ballistic Radio  again this Sunday night. The show is hosted by regular J.M. "Sparks2112" Johnston. You can listen live via the 55KRC web site or afterwards through the Ballistic Radio podcast. Topic this week is Becoming a Firearms Instructor. Tune in and check it out. Tune in Sunday at ...

Should Training Be Legislated?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The topic of mandatory training for Concealed Carry licenses has popped up online quite a bit over the past two weeks. My home state of Maryland enacted a law that now requires sixteen hours of mandatory training to apply as well as eight more hours every three years to maintain what is ...