I woke up this morning, ready for another day. I met it with my usual mixture of trepidation an readiness. I’m not really a morning person, after all, I just fake it really well by getting up insanely early so no one sees the worst of it.
But today, “the worst of it” met me straight in the face.
Overnight, there was a mass shooting in California. At least 12 people are reported dead, including the gunman and a police officer who responded to the incident.
That would have made it a depressing enough morning, but I also found that Fox News host Tucker Carlson was doxxed and a group of “protestors” descended on his house like a plague of locusts.
The two incidents together–though they’re not related in any way–remind us that the world is going nuts and it’s up to you to get ready for it.
Continue reading “More Insanity In An Insane World”
Since last week was all about selecting your first handgun, I figured I’d talk this week about what follows that purchase. After all, you can’t just buy a gun and suddenly the world is all puppies and daisies. It doesn’t work that way.
In fact, that attitude may be one of the more dangerous options out there.
So, instead, let’s talk about what should happen in the immediate aftermath of purchasing a firearm.
Continue reading “Tactical Tuesday: You Just Bought A Handgun. Now What?”
A while back, I came across this article on the questions you should ask yourself prior to picking a combatives course. There are some great questions you should ask yourself there if you’re wanting to learn how to fight.
But, in my opinion, you should train with an actual martial art over a simple combatives program, and there’s a reason for that.
You see, with martial arts, you’re undertaking something that will help keep you alive in more than one way. Not only can it make you ready for a street fight, but it’s physical training that benefits your health as well.
Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Why You Should Choose A Martial Art Over ‘Combatives’ Training”
In an effort to both maintain some regularity on this site as well as keep to the mission of the blog and it not just become a generic fitness site, I’ve decided to add a few regular features. Tactical Tuesday will be the day I spend a bit more time talking about the more overt warrior-like aspects of embracing warrior heritage and such.
I’m a gun writer. It’s what I do when I’m not writing about stuff here. It’s how I pay my bills and stuff. Because of that, sometimes I have friends who ask my advice on guns.
Can’t imagine why.
No, seriously. I can’t.
You see, while I write about guns, I tend to focus on the political side of things because I know that better. I’m somewhat knowledgeable on guns, but I’m not an expert by any stretch.
That said, there are a few points that I do have strong opinions on, so I might as well codify them here.
Continue reading “Tactical Tuesday: Selecting Your First Handgun”
At my heart, I’m a gun guy. I’ve been fascinated by the things for decades now. Every since I first pulled the trigger on my dad’s Smith & Wesson .38, I’ve been a gun guy, even if I didn’t actually know anything about them.
However, while studying conflict through the years and trying to figure out the best way for a person to train to stay alive and safe, I came to the conclusion that they’re just not as important in many ways as some of us like to think. Don’t get me wrong, if you need a gun, you need a gun. There’s no real substitute for a gun in many circumstances.
That said, the truth is that shooting is actually way down on the list of priorities. Continue reading “Why Learning To Fight May Matter More Than Learning To Shoot”
For all the talk of physical training, there’s one thing that can’t be escaped. Sooner or later, if you’re serious about keeping you and yours safe, you’re going to have to buy a gun.
If you’re like a lot of people, most of what you know about firearms came from movies, which tends to be a horrible place to learn how to fight with a gun.
So, here’s a quick guide on what to look for in a first firearm. Also, understand this is one guy’s take on what to look for. It is not the One True Way or anything and shouldn’t be taken that way.
This primer makes the assumption that you’re only really looking to buy one gun, not an entire arsenal. Continue reading “Starting Along The Way Of The Gun”