Archive for the ‘Tacticality’ Category

Cleer EDC Pocket Kit

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Most of my friends (and I) tend to carry a full IFAK -- Individual First Aid Kit -- or two on our range bags for emergencies that hopefully will never happen while we're practicing. But as we see new emerging threats like the attacks in Paris and Nigeria, people are ...

All or Nothing: Red Dots

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

A never-ending topic of discussion these days is the pistol mounted MRDS (mini red dot sight) that is becoming more popular among shooters. As with so many things, it's yet another "All or Nothing," with too many people believing they're best or worst under all circumstances for all shooters. And ...

Performance Priorities

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

If you're more concerned with your previous best than what you can deliver right now cold on demand, you're doing it wrong. This evening I spent five hours having "dinner" with a very good friend and dedicated active duty military officer who is directly involved in the training of special operations ...

Damsel in Distress

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

About a month ago on pistol-forum.com I described a scenario I've run in Force on Force scenarios many times: I used to run a pretty straightforward FOF scenario in which the student was standing around minding his own business when a couple walked around the corner. First the guy started calling ...

War Belt Meets Dress Belt, pt2

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A little over a year ago I wrote about a belt system that a friend developed. It's specifically designed for folks who need to carry a lot of gear in a low-profile environment. The manufacturer, FirstSpear, has updated the belt's web page and included some great information and a video specifically ...

Designing Custom Sights

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

One of the best parts about building a pistol from the ground up with Jason Burton was designing a set of truly bespoke sights. Instead of figuring out which set of sights currently on the market that I liked best, I got to tell Jason what I wanted out of a set ...

Fighting Smarter by Tom Givens

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Fighting Smarter: A Practical Guide for Surviving Violent Confrontations by well known instructor Tom Givens has now been released in a new, updated 3rd Edition available from Amazon. While students often judge instructors based on the number of gun battles the instructor has been in, it seems obvious that a better measure ...

All or Nothing: The Press-Out

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

As anyone who has followed me here or on pistol-forum.com has to know, I'm a big fan of a technique called the press-out. So following up on last week's "All or Nothing: Unsighted Fire" I thought turnabout is fair play and so I'll examine the pros and cons of this ...

All or Nothing: Unsighted Fire

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Hackathorn's Law: under stress you won't try to do anything you're not confident you can accomplish. Lately I've seen quite a few discussion about sighted vs. unsighted fire both at pistol-forum.com and on Ballistic Radio's FaceBook page. And like so many internet discussions it seems to devolve into an all or nothing binary only ...

Hardware vs Software

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Does hardware or software matter the most, Todd? Yes they do, Other Todd. Yes they do. An accepted truism among shooters is that it's better to use software (skill building) than hardware (changing equipment) to solve problems. And usually, that's true. Beginners in particular are too quick to jump from gun to gun ...