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My understanding is that the police mistakenly shoot one of their own almost once every year. There are no statistics kept on good guy on good guy encounters involving CCW personnel. I hope that this piece not only saves some lives, but also helps the CCW operator and Police Officer make sound tactical decisions. Read more →


It was July, 1992, right after the Rodney King Race Riots in Los Angeles. My partner Al Acosta and I were assigned to a perimeter surveillance point in Los Angeles on what I recall was a bank robbery takedown. We were both Gang Officers and sported the shaved head, steroided-out looking Gold's Gym physiques and Fu Manchu facial hair. The surveillance was likely going to turn into a gunfight so while attempting to fit into our environs, we were armed to the teeth. Hour after hour we waited with our team, posted in various locations, for the target to arrive. It was hot and staying hydrated meant drinking water. As as many of us know...what is taken in, must go out as well. We were parked in an alley and needing to check my hydration levels, I got out of the Mustang and walked over to a dumpster to check for color of stream. Apparently my cover shirt had ridden over my belt pistol (strong side carry back in the old days) and someone happened to be looking out the... Read more →


Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. Every so often we get a thread at Warrior Talk asking about what a CCW person should do if he sees a crime, or some apparent victimization. The implied question of course is the quest for justification of the desire to jump in with both feet to save the day. That inherent desire, while noble, may also be quite foolish and self-destructive. But staying out of everything doesn't have to be the mantra either. Like many things - it depends. So I am not saying to default to doing nothing, merely that you should have sufficient information on what is happening before reacting. Lacking sufficient information, minding your own business may be a better option. Your decision will be based on three factors – location, companions, and information. Let’s discuss it. Location. I have traveled in places that I refer to as Non-Permissive Environments. Those are areas where the legality of being armed may be questionable, yet where it is so dangerous that going unarmed would be stupid. In such places... Read more →


When I teach a class I tell the students that my job is to teach them at three levels. One is to teach the mind as they need to know why they will be doing what they are doing. I encourage questioning and there are reasons why we do what we do…and they must understand those reasons. Two is the hands, or technical mastery. And three, most importantly is the heart, or how they will feel. How they will feel? Yes, because I am not a technical instructor teaching them the intricacies of bullet golf. I am a teacher of killers. And I am teaching them how to kill evil men…and all the intricacies of that action, whether internal or external. A huge part of this is what has been labelled mind set, but there is so much more to it than just a mere thought process. Theodore Roosevelt, a life all men should study, wrote: All men who feel any power of joy in battle know what it is like when the wolf rises in the heart. He was... Read more →


Continuing on the pivotal discussion a few days ago, on counter protest driving, I want to further elaborate some points and add a few new ones. Look at the lead image here. This was a vehicle that was not interested in the plight of the modern snowflake, did not care about some urban thug shot by the police, nor any of the nonsense that permeates the "protest culture". They edged forward moving, not ramming, and at some point, simply drove away. That is the simplest solution to this. One comment asked what would happen if one of these people decided to throw themselves under your tires. The answer is simple...you cannot see down there so how would you know? But moving on. So avoiding these is still the wisest course. Not because we care for the right of the militant liberals to interfere with your day (us caring about their rights at this point is laughable), but simply because it is a hassle and potentially a life threatening event. So not being there is the best option. How do we... Read more →


First I want to discuss the uses and necessities of this. As I type, I have a Glock 17 Pistol in my belt. It has a threaded barrel, and an RMR (RM06)...but no weaponlight. Why not...don't ALL weapons need lights? No, they do not. Let me restate that. Not all weapons need light, and specially not all pistols. Ostensibly, the purpose for a weapon mounted light...or in this discussion, a pistol mounted light, is to identify the nature of a potential threat/target obscured by darkness. In other words, to give you more information than that which you are currently operating on. A clear and present threat does not need to be identified any further. If you live alone and a large figure in moving down the darkened hallway telling you in an unfamiliar voice that he is going to kill you, you do not need to identify him before emptying your high capacity magazine into his face. If in twilight, on a city street, a couple of bad guys "prison strut" over to you, with a "Yo motherf*cker!" while reaching... Read more →


I have little regard for tradition when it comes to winning a fight, or training to do so. Take traditional concealed carry. Much of the common held thought involves a strong side holster with off-side ammo pouches, carried on a heavy leather belt (or Nylon Tactical Belt) hidden under a photographer's vest. Such attire, while technically legal (the gun IS covered), is hiding nothing. Understand that there is definitely a tactical reason to hide the gun far and above the legal requirement to do so. The legal requirements are tactically uninteresting, we want to know the combat reasons why its important. Simply speaking, popular CCW attire marks you as gun carrier, and an adversary seeking to dominate an environment that you occupy will simply shoot you first. Consider a bank or other high profile location. Bad guys come in and look around. There, standing in the midst of a bunch of Gucci wearing latte swilling yuppies are you, bedecked in your Royal Robbins Tuxedo, Wilderness Black Tactical Belt, NRA Cap, and GSG9 boots, with that tell-tale Surefire lanyard dangling beneath... Read more →


Fitness, in OUR context is not just about lifting big heavy weights and having strange women send you "friend requests". It is a complete level of existence where the fit and dangerous man or woman can not only execute daring physical feats, but can carry on an intelligent conversation or speak contemporaneously with authority and eloquence on a given subject. And in the context of the "Combat Instructor", the man must be an expert at communication ("shooting instructor" has connotations that I don't want). The man that shows up to a class populated by a squad of CEOs, Doctors, Diplomats and Lawyers wearing a shirt that has been on his body for the last 30 days, looking like Ragnar Lothbrock and announces, "Yo motherf******! Load your blasters and lets **** some targets!!!" is sending the message that he is uneducated, borderline illiterate, and raises the question of the value of anything he has to offer. Similarly, the man that has not paid attention to his development in speaking and attempts to bluff his way through using words he himself does... Read more →