Training and Drills

DRIVING ARMED – Safely Stowing Your Firearm

Carrying a gun creates all sorts of obstacles, and part of the fun is learning how to overcome them.  One of the obstacles that we often forget to learn how to work around,  and practice overcoming is carrying in a vehicle.

I know, I know … we’d all love to just forget about this  issue and have Red Jacket build us each our own armored vehicles. I wonder what kind of magic they could work on a pink Humvee?

For those of you who don’t have the option of destroying the enemy with the push of a button from inside your vehicle, I submit to you this article – the first in the “Driving Armed” series that I will be publishing.… Read the rest

BREAKING BOARDS AND TAKING NAMES

Packing Pretty is a self-defense blog. While I primarily focus on my area of expertise (firearms and shooting), I want to make sure that several types of defense are introduced and covered here at Packing Pretty.

Just last weekend I had the pleasure of watching  an awesome demonstration at USWC Taekwondo by Amanda. The first thing I noticed about Amanda was that she exerted an aura of confidence, strength and determination that was seen and felt by all who watched her. … Read the rest

THE SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR TRAP

 
This is a guest article by Nick from www.IndestructibleTraining.com . Nick has been studying martial arts since childhood, he now teachs both Kyokushin and Rifle Marksmanship. His blog focuses on integrating training across a variety of systems and platforms for the purposes of self-defense.
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Self-defense seminars are a great way to get the self-defense subject in front of people, especially those people that wouldn’t normally dedicate significant amounts of their time to training.

Short seminars, especially those targeted towards women, also have a huge flaw. … Read the rest

NEW MEMBER OF THE PACKING PRETTY TEAM

Wow, it has sure been a busy month for us here at Packing Pretty, especially for those in our training group!

Packing Pretty is excited to announce that Jay Jones has accepted our offer to join the training group.  Jay comes to us with experience not only as a fully qualified NRA Instructor, but a reserve officer, and a competitive shooter who has successfully competed on the national level.  Jay has spent many hours assisting, instructing and coaching several women throughout his years of helping with the NRA Basic Pistol for Women class held at Clatskanie Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc. … Read the rest

COUPLE ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN GUN SAFETY CLASS

This is why I preach about the student to teacher ratio, as well as finding the right instructor. This is also a great example of why a teacher should never leave the students alone with guns. Had there been a co-instructor, this probably wouldn’t have happened.… Read the rest

MREs, CRKT KNIVES, AND WHY YOU DIDN’T SEE ME AT THE NRA ANNUAL MEETING

I’d like to start out by apologizing to the many people who emailed and tweeted me (is that the right verb?)  hoping to get together at the NRA Annual Meeting this year. It was really hard for me to give up going, as I was looking forward to meeting my fans and so many other great people – in particular my personal role models Julie Golob and Massad Ayoob. However, after much consideration, I realized that it was a no-brainer; I needed to stay and help our heroes.… Read the rest

GET ON THE GROUND!

A few interesting facts about my life…

Ever wonder where your dogs are going to be and what they are going to be doing when you have to shoot an intruder?

As many of you know I have three dogs. I am an animal lover through and through – which is why I don’t ever want to put my dogs in a situation where they could get shot. Most people who train their dogs to respond during a home invasion train their dogs to attack, I’ve taken the opposite approach.… Read the rest

CONFESSIONS OF A GUNAHAULIC – What is wrong with me?

 

So I was at the range teaching an Intro to Oregon (and FL) Concealed Carry  class on Saturday. Everything was pretty much status quoe, but when we got to the live shooting portion, I shot terrible on my demos. I was pretty irritated with myself; so after class I shot about 200 rounds of 9mm through my XDM  (also known as the Pink Gun of Shame) very slowly so I could concentrate on the fundamentals. There was about one second between each shot, so when I say very slowly, I mean very slowly.… Read the rest

THE WHY AND HOW OF TRIGGER TRAINING

Yesterday I was reading about a device known as the Trigger Trainer. I wasn’t all that surprised when I saw it, as trigger-finger strength training is part of my daily routine. I know…I’m a geek.

Did you know that practicing a controlled trigger pull can actually improve your speed and accuracy? That’s enough reason for me to make it a usual activity. And if that isn’t enough motivation: the NRA claims that trigger control is the most important shooting fundamental. This is why I’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to trigger training.Read the rest

BUILDING YOUR RANGE TRAUMA KIT

I’m not a survivalist, I don’t have six months of canned food in my basement, heck I don’t even have a week’s worth of canned food in the pantry (that is probably something I should work on).  But I do understand and appreciate the spirit of preparedness. As a very active firearms instructor, heck, just as an avid shooter,  there is one area I can’t afford not to prepared in: that area is first aid.

First aid

Every shooter should have a first aid/trauma pack readily available.… Read the rest