Tactics

PACKING MORE THAN JUST POO-BAGS

As a mom to three dogs ( 2 beagles and a corgi) walks, runs and playdates at the  dog park  are a normal part of my day-to-day life. As I was gearing up to take the dogs out the other day, it occurred to me that, once again, I had almost forgotten to bring those little plastic poo-bags. I shared a quiet chuckle with myself as I contemplated just how wrong it is that I never forget to put my gun on when I leave the house; however, I always forget to bring the other imperative items that every other girl in the world wouldn’t leave behind (like my cell phone, chapstick , and in this case, poo-bags).… Read the rest

THE HARD QUESTIONS – GRACIE’S FIRESIDE CHAT

Consider this: every weekend I go out and teach a group of students how to defend themselves with a handgun. The problem is that no amount of hours on the range is going to wrap their heads around the idea of harming and possibly killing another human being. This is why every time I teach one of my Street Carry classes (an advanced class); I include a lesson called “The Fireside Chat”.  The point of this lesson is to get the students thinking about the nasty questions that they would rather not consider.… Read the rest

A NOTE ABOUT TACTICAL LIGHTS

When you live around or above the 45th parallel, like me, it is dark ALOT. I always recommend my students carry some sort of a tactical light on their person when packing a handgun. I know there are some companies out there who make some pretty sweet weapons mounted lights (Insight, NightOps etc.) but is a weapon mounted light really a good alternative to a handheld flashlight?

Now, some people like to argue that weapon mounted lights give away your position to the “enemy”.… Read the rest

OKLAHOMA MOM KILLS INTRUDER

You all have probably already heard or read the story of the Oklahoma mom, 18, who shot when a couple armed men attempted a home invasion. One was found dead on the scene, the other arrested. While this is a great story, and the mother should be acknowledged for her bravery and quick thinking; we should not be surprised about this incident. After about four years of teaching firearms classes, (and my business partner’s several years more) we have come to the realization that when asked, women are more likely to be okay with shooting someone and possibly killing them then their male counterparts.Read the rest

YOUR PERSONAL TACTICAL DOCTRINE

Doctrine:

“The typical example is tactical doctrine in which a standard set of maneuvers, kinds of troops and weapons are employed as a default approach to a kind of attack.” – Wikipedia

In order to be effecient in self-defense, it is crucial to develope your own personal “Tactical Doctrine”. According to “Tactical Pistol Shooting” 2nd edition, there are three “keys” threat avoidance. These include:

  1. Street Smart:
  2. Threat Analysis
  3. Trade Craft

After studying the blurb following each key, I have decided to put their descriptions in my own words and terms.… Read the rest

11 REASONS WHY HAVING AN ARCHENEMY IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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Archenemy:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An archenemy, archfoe, archvillain or archnemesis (sometimes spelled arch-enemy, arch-foe, arch-villain or arch-nemesis, originated around the mid-16th century) is the principal enemy of a character in a work of fiction, often described as the hero‘s worst enemy (compare nemesis).[1][2][3]

I know you are thinking “but my life isn’t fiction”. You are right… But the war raging between you and your archenemy probably is. And don’t worry.… Read the rest

CHOOSING A CARRY GUN – PART 3: RELIABILITY

Reliability is the single most important factor when choosing your carry gun.  Nothing will get you dead quicker than not being able to follow through with your decision to fight rather than flee.  So what makes for a reliable defense weapon?

I have this terrible, reoccurring nightmare. Sometimes the situation changes but the general idea and end result are always the same:

I’m in imminent danger and fear for my life. I pull my gun from my holster and point it at the threat, yelling “Get on the ground!

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CHOOSING A CARRY GUN – PART 4: YOUR ABILITY TO USE THE GUN FAST AND EFFECTIVELY

Two more important considerations when choosing a sidearm for concealed carry are both the abilities of the gun, as well as your personal abilities to use that gun.

A few questions to consider: How long does it take for the trigger to reset? How about for the action to cycle? How fast can you acquire the sights on this gun? How fast can YOU shoot this gun while maintaining “combat accuracy”?


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE TRIGGER TO RESET?

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CHOOSING A CARRY GUN – PART 2: SIZE AND CONCEAL ABILITY

One of the most obvious considerations when choosing a gun to carry concealed is the size and conceal-ability. A lot of people get stuck on this one aspect though. Instead of getting creative on conceal methods, they settle for a less than desirable size and caliber because the smaller gun is much more comfortable to carry.

There are a few factors to consider when we talk about size.

The Mental Factor: 

90% of every battle is mental. If that’s the case, then we should do whatever we can to diminish the enemies fight by handicapping their mental capabilities.Read the rest

CHOOSING A CARRY GUN: PART 1

Which handgun is the right carry gun for you?

Well ladies, you can ask the guy behind the counter at the gun store or your significant other and he will probably suggest something small and light. Being a woman, I constantly have the clerks at the gun store trying to shove tiny sized and tiny caliber guns down my throat. For example: the Keltec .380. They assume I have no clue about ballistics or the laws of physics in general. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself.… Read the rest