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July 2015

Recently, I had a conversation with a coworker who sought me out for the sole purpose of telling me that I couldn't be a proponent of appendix carry anymore because "so and so" said it's unsafe. "So and so" also won't permit anyone to use it in his classes. He insisted I shouldn't teach this method or allow students to use it during training because someone may shoot themselves drawing or holstering. That's what the other guys said, right? This isn't about irresponsible statements from purported experts or how best to carry your pistol. This is about not limiting yourself. I told the person from the above exchange that I wouldn't limit a competent student's potential to perform in training because of laziness veiled as safety concern. The topic of safety should be respected, not as an excuse not to train. My friend is willingly limiting his ability to perform and learn based on what an alleged expert said, not from personal knowledge. The alarming part of this is that he never gave any though to what he was saying.... Read more →


Ian McCollum of InRange TV/Forgotten Weapons attended the Ultimate Combat Rifle Camp back in May and recently posted this video review and interview with Gabe Suarez. My write up of the class is posted on my personal blog here. Left to Right: Russell Phagan (SinistralRifleman.com), Gabe Suarez, Ian McCollum (Forgotten Weapons/InRange) Read more →


Are You Challenging Yourself?

How many of us continue to push and challenge ourselves? I’m referring to physically, mentally and psychologically. If we want to keep a keen edge and continue to grow we all need to do this on an ongoing basis regardless of circumstances, age or injury (within reason). As I have become more “seasoned” (plagiarizing Gabe) I find I have a few nagging physical infringements and that it sometimes me a bit longer to fully recover from extended physical exertion. Does that mean I have stopped challenging myself? Hell no. I recently returned from my 3rd trip backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back and while it was a little tougher than before, I accomplished it with vigor and I intend to do it again. Was I a little beat up and sore for a day or so after? Absolutely. Here is where the mental and psychological part comes in. These are aspects of our internal drive that don’t diminish with age nor are they debilitated due to physical impediments. In fact these grow and strengthen over time... Read more →


2015 has seen a significant increase in ISIL-inspired attacks in the West. Homegrown extremists in the U.S. have shown a growing willingness to respond to ISIL’s call for violent acts with 3 plots against military installations and the ISIL release of a targeted assassination list containing the names and identifying information of over 100 U.S. military personnel—all since February 2015. This week the FBI issued a warning of possible terrorist threats around the July 4, 2015 holiday. Various pundits and segments of the government provided some amplifying comments including: Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell: "I wouldn't be surprised if we're sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States. That's how serious this is." Congressman Michael McCaul said, “I believe, as we approach the 4th of July, we’re probably going to see a lot more of these attacks, small-scale, ramping up.” While there was no specific or credible threat of attack, a Homeland Security official said, the intelligence bulletin prepared by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI alerted local... Read more →