Archive for the ‘Tacticality’ 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 ...

Quote of the Day, Smooth & Fast Edition

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

From my friend Jack "Failure2Stop" Leuba in another slow is smooth, smooth is fast discussion on My problem is with the phrase itself with regard to being "fast" in a competitive field. ... I do want to point out that interpersonal conflict with kinetic weapons is a competitive event (before anyone gets ...

Carry Gun, Training Gun

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Probably the worst habit I've adopted since beginning the annual endurance tests back in 2008 was a policy of using the endurance test gun as my carry gun. There was a certain rationale behind it: if I didn't trust the endurance test gun enough to carry it then the ...

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 ...

The Julie Method Flashlight Technique

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

At the 2006 (could have been 2005) S&W IDPA Match, my friend Julie Golob showed me a flashlight/pistol technique that she'd come up with... possibly years earlier, I honestly just don't recall. For some reason I didn't really give it the attention I should have  but talking with her husband ...

Omnibus Good Stuff Collection: 5-Mar-14

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Some great articles from around the web, a.k.a. I'm too lazy to write anything myself... Spot Shooting by Jerry Jones at Modern Service Weapons Should Practice Be Perfect by Dave Spaulding at The Tactical Wire (great minds think alike edition) Self-Protection/Self-Perfection by Paul Sharp at Sharp Defense 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. ...

Shooting is Easy, Thinking is Hard

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

One of the first force-on-force (FOF) scenarios I ever went through as a student back in the mid-90's: I walk around a corner and se two guys, one in a camo jacket and one in a red jacket, basically slap fighting. The guy in the red jacket -- short, overweight -- draws ...

When To Safe

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

One question I get asked frequently in class is, "When do you use the safety?" Now obviously you switch the safety off before firing. I think we've all got that covered intuitively. The question revolves more around when should you put the pistol back on safe. There are generally two schools of ...