Interesting Times, Complainers, and Your Future The Chinese have a curse. It goes, "May you live in interesting times". I disagree with the Chinese however and do not see that a curse but a blessing. Interesting times bring opportunities. Anybody want to live in "Boring Times"? One day you wake up, 85 years old, bored out of your mind and longing for death. When someone walks up and asks, "Hey whats up?", you will mean it when you say "nuthin much!" No, I think interesting times are great, but the focus has to be revised somewhat from what we have been seeing lately. Rather than, "Hey look at what those guys are going to do to us", the focus should be, "Hey, look at what that opens up for us over here". I suspect that Solomon lived in interesting times, as did many of the notables we hear about and read about. But they spent their time taking advantage of events rather than complaining about how those events would upset their boring and mundane lives. Complaining? Yes, and not only... Read more →

The Gentleman Killer I worked with a man once that was the epitome of this. He spoke several languages and was well traveled. He could quote Norse mythology as well as the bible. He knew what words like "clandestine" meant - and used them in everyday speech - when others did not. He was a police dog handler after a time in the military including service during Vietnam. I recall thinking, "I want to be like that guy". A study of other gentleman killers will reveal guys like Fairbairn, or Burton. Look them up people. Relearn your research skills. Trust me, in this era of emasculated males attempting to make a bellicose showing by getting tattooed from nose to nuts or growing their body hair to sasquatch proportions, reading about men like Sir Richard Burton will be a shock...and a relief. Same for many others. Fairbairn was quite learned and studied the ways of both east and west concurrently. Theirs was a more refined age, but one where men were expected to be deadly as well as educated. Today, we... Read more →

Last night, over a course of a couple hours as I was working on the computer, I had a text conversation with another like-minded law enforcement supervisor. All the while, my Facebook feed was post after post about the 7 law enforcement officers from around the country killed within a week of the first fallen officer, Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding, about 1 1/2 hours away from me. First off, I am not writing to criticize anyone. In conversations, I am the first to point out that I think Law Enforcement eats their own. It is bad enough there are groups who instantly criticize us just for the fact that we wear a badge. Yet, as soon as a Youtube video hits or a new story breaks on the 5 O'clock news, our thin blue line starts talking at training classes, on social media posts, you name it, condemning the officer on how we can't believe they did "this" or why didn't they do "that". These are the same officers who should understand from their own experiences and training, things... Read more →

On Business Be bold and take chances. Boldness will never replace skills, but boldness and skills can help create opportunity. Don’t take unnecessary risks, but do step outside your comfort zone. The old adage is true “Nothing ventured; nothing gained”. It can pay to be first, so always look for the shot to be first. Learn your subject matter better than anyone else. Don’t just learn it, but practice and polish your delivery. There is a difference between arrogance and confidence. Weaker men may not be able to tell the difference; ensure you do. My clients are all adults and like to be treated as adults and with respect. You choose your clients; you have to know what direction you want to go and who you want as a client. My career in the United States Air Force was the same as many others; the difference was in my approach and application. USAF Service I entered the USAF in 1988 as a Security Policeman/Security Specialist. I was trained in Industrial Security, Air Base Ground Defense, and Anti-Terrorism. I qualified with... Read more →

The firearms industry is strange in that it often becomes a cult of personality. Think of WWE but with gun people and you get the idea. This is specially the case if one is involved in the training world. I recall one of my mentors in the teaching world - we will call him Marc. He was a member of LAPD's SIS, as well as a great pistol instructor. He told me that you always had to be good because many students came to class not only expecting to see you fail, but to celebrate your failure. He was talking about the police training world, but the truth is he was unknowingly making a commentary about western society. There are those in society that not only like to see others fail, but they delight in the scene. You will see far more "Epic Fail" videos on Facebook and Youtube than you will of excellent performances. Much of this is endemic to those with safe quiet lives whose faces have never been, as Roosevelt wrote, "marred by dust and sweat and... Read more →

A question was asked recently to the effect of “What is a good IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) for me to get?” In all honesty that is as loaded of a question as “What rifle should I get?” I say this because there are a bunch of variables that will significantly impact the answer. These include but aren’t limited to: What is it for? Is it to carry in classes or on the range? Or is it to be ready for a roll over motor vehicle accident?” For the purposes of this article I’ll assume it is for shooting classes and trips to the range. What is your level of formal Medical Training? I try not to be an elitist asshole about this but listen, YOUTUBE is NOT a source of formal training, nor are many of the courses taught by “Shooting” instructors who may not have any real training on the topics themselves. The bottom line is that your kit needs to contain items that YOU are 100% comfortable using. What is your budget? I understand that quality Medical... Read more →

DTG: 120220DFEB13 (Northeastern Afghanistan) This world would appear completely alien to the average man or woman; it is enveloped fully in a dark haze of greens and greys and there is an incessant high-pitched whining noise that prevents any semblance of normal speech communication. Upon the cold air there is a smell of petroleum mixed with dust and metal. You look up to see the MH60M crew chief turn and hold up both of his gloved hands. With spread fingers he yells “TEN MINUTES!!!” ……..The doors of the aircraft slide open inviting in a torrent of bitterly cold air that immediately creates a burning sensation on your face as you slide forward into the open door and let your legs hang in the 138mph wind. The fast rope bars get extended with the thick braided ropes coiled in their release straps. The crew chief taps you on the shoulder and you look up to see the signal for “SIX MINUTES!!”……. You check your equipment from head to toe, ending with a final ch eck of your short nylon tie-in; followed... Read more →