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

HOW I CARRY A CONCEALED GUN IN A DRESS (VIDEO)

This is a guest video-post I did for the The Firearm Blog. To check out the entire post click this link: How To Carry a Concealed Gun in a Dress | The Firearm Blog.

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PETITION FOR “SHALL ISSUE” CONCEALED CARRY IN CA

A blog called savethegun posted an article about a campaign to secure the “Shall Issue” right for Californians. Check it out here: Petition for “Shall Issue” Concealed Carry in CA.
This is my article about his article…
DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on TV. I have described the law to the best of my understanding and abilities, which may be flawed. If you have any question about what you read below, you should consult Google or an attorney.
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A NOTE TO SOCIETY ON WOMEN WITH GUNS

A note to society: let’s be honest here, as long as there have been guns, there have been women shooting them. Take a look back in history, there is no shortage of women with guns. Even TODAY there is no shortage of women with guns.  So while I applaud the women, like myself, who have decided to take their personal protection into their own hands, I am not any more proud of these women then I am of the men who do the same.… 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

10 BADASS FICTIONAL FEMALES

This is a list put together of some of the women from books and movies that I have found most entertaining with their gung-ho, go get ’em attitude.

10. Lyra Belacqua

Lyra Belacqua is a 12 year old girl who takes on parallel universes in an effort to find the truth the destroy death with her golden compass in Phillip Pullman’s trilogy “His Dark Materials”. Lyra hits number 10 on my list because although she is a brave little soldier; she doesn’t really have fighting skills.… Read the rest

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2×4 ASSULT

This is me in the last stage of the May 2011 Action Pistol Match…The idea is to stop the immediate threat with the 2×4 because that is what I have in my hand at the moment, then switch to my gun. I have never done this before, and this is why I fumbled getting the gun out of the holster. You will also notice I am shooting fairly slow, I shot slower to improve my accuracy in this stage. In some stages, speed is the main factor, in others accuracy is.… Read the rest