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”
One of the recurring themes here at By Spear And Axe has always been the subject of strength. Yes, I’m kind of obsessed with the idea of it. Part of the reason for that is that for so much of my life, I didn’t have any. I was the proverbial 98-pound weakling growing up (though I weighed less than 98 lbs for much of that time).
As a result, I dealt with some variations of what I can only describe as hell because of it. I lacked the strength to do anything about it and, frankly, my requests for help in learning how to fight were rebuffed by my parents. I was kind of hosed.
However, as soon as I could get into a weight room, I did. The allure of iron was strong, and I spent a lot of time in the gym.
I didn’t have a damn clue what I was doing, but I spent a lot of time in the gym. I only wish someone back then had given me a copy of Mark Rippetoe’s book, “Starting Strength.” Continue reading “8-Week ‘Starting Strength’ Program Review”
As the brain behind the Warrior Pyramid, I’m also going to be the first to poke some holes in it. Yes, it’s been up for a couple of weeks, but I’ve known these flaws for quite a while.
You see, like many other things, the pyramid is an oversimplification. Each layer delineates particular aspects that are important for personal defense, but it presents them as isolated chunks that are important to the whole, but still separate.
In reality, things aren’t that separate. Allow me to explain. Continue reading “The Imperfections Of ‘The Warrior Pyramid’”
On any trip, it’s best to know where you’re going, and the new focus I laid out in my last post is no different. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re going to have no clue how to get there.
Before we get to that, we need to talk about our goals. They determine just how the journey should proceed. It does you no good if your path and goal aren’t in line. The most efficient directions to Dallas don’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re heading to New York, after all.
For me, my goals are simple.
- Protect my family.
- See #1.
Now, to be sure, there are a lot of skills that can benefit that goal under certain circumstances. However, my primary focus is on defending them against the kinds of threats Americans face every day.
As I write this, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. Even here in Southwest Georgia, we’re expecting full hurricane-force winds to slam us early tomorrow morning.
While it behooves me to have some supplies on hand, those aren’t the kinds of threats I’m talking about here. Continue reading “The Road Map Forward”