MDT LandNav Essentials Course #103

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  Our LandNav Essentials Course this past weekend went well. Here’s an AAR from one of the students. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Overview: Terrain : Appalachian  mountainous  , heavily wooded, and  rocky. Weather: cooler high 20- to low 40s. Dress appropriately but not problem once moving.  Summer bring bug juice  and be.prepared to do tick checks on a regular basis. […]

Book Review: The Modern Day Gunslinger

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While my Understanding the Use of Handguns is a great beginner book, the Modern Day Gunslinger is a great advanced text. This book is designed for those that have mastered the basics and want more training to increase their skills. Don Mann, the author of this book, is a former Navy SEAL, the foreword was by LT. COL. Grossman, and so I had high hopes for this book when I ordered it. Quite simply, it delivered. The Modern Day Gunslinger is a large book, and it is filled with training drills, techniques, and explanations. It is copiously illustrated with photographs,

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Book Review: Sharpening the Warriors Edge

Click here to view the original post. If you are a trainer, CCW holder, martial artist, cop, soldier, Marine, or otherwise involved in self defense – you need this book. Sharpening the Warriors Edge tells you how to program your mind for self-defense through proper training and practice. Bruce Siddle is well known in the firearm trainer field and this book is full of knowledge to make you better prepared to deal with a use of force situation. Between Mr. Siddle and Col. Grossman, just about everything you need to prepare your mind for surviving lethal force encounters is written down. While some people don’t feel the

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Nuke Alert, “The 15 Minute Scenario”

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By now we all know about the Hawaii false “Inbound Missile” alert that took place a week ago. I keep hearing the BS from the talking heads about “One guy pushed the wrong button.”, and “It was a complete accident.”, and none of use that know better believe anything they are saying. Brushbeater spoke about […]

Gun Disarming Simplified: Practical Solution For Stopping Active Shooters & Armed Criminals

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    First off, let me say, I have no monetary interest in this DVD, I am sharing as a service and not an advertisement. I know Paul Clark, the owner of Warrior Tactical Systems and creator of Gun Disarming Simplified.  I have driven all the way to West Virginia to take some of his […]

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Shooting: Octant Error Analysis

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Pistol Target Shot Analysis Sometimes too much emphasis by observers is placed on the target as the shooter is actually firing. However crazy this might sound, we do realize that the goal of all shooting is the effect on the target. What we are speaking of is placing too much attention on the round holes […]

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Shooting: Firing from Behind a Barricade

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Firing from behind a barricade is an essential part of combat marksmanship. It is a relatively straightforward skill and easily acquired. As all shooting techniques, however, mastery only comes from extensive practice. Contrary to what is seen on movies, most shooting incidents do not happen at high noon on Main Street. Common sense dictates that […]

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How to Teach Your Wife to Shoot

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I have to say I started all wrong.  I did not know how to teach my wife to shoot. On my first real date with my wife (now EX – and I now can say I REALLY started all wrong – I should have skipped the first completely), I took her out to go shooting.  […]

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What to Look for in a Firearm Instructor

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Personal Protection is a serious business; however, it has become a business.  There are many schools and many more instructors out their competing for your training dollars.  While it is possible to learn from any situation, your personal defense training should be from the best available instructor.  The following is a guide to what to […]

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What to Do AFTER a Shooting

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Most people assume that in the event of a self defense shooting their problem ends with the shooting.  An armed citizen buys a handgun, trains in its use, earns a carry permit, gets attacked, defends themselves, and survives.  It is pretty reasonable to assume that that cycle is over.  Unfortunately its not, a new cycle […]

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The Con Game (NSFW – Language)

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The con game video comes from the national institute for corrections, and is a very real look into the world of inmate manipulation. I add it here, because guns and gear are not the only things a disaster resilient person needs to know. Understanding people is also vital.  Having a strong enough ego that you […]

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The good folks over at Bravo Concealment were kind enough to supply us with a couple of the newer products in their line of gear, the Torsion Holster, for evaluation and review.  Bravo Concealment’s reputation for quality kit preceded this experience with them for me, but once we got our hands on the holsters in question, we quickly came to understand how they had earned such a high regard among those that carry concealed firearms specifically, and more generally among the shooting community as a whole.


For the purposes of this review, we were supplied with a couple of the Bravo Concealment Torsion Holsters and accompanying dual mag pouches for a Glock 27 and a M&P Shield 9mm.  My friend, the tactical coordinator for our shooting and preparedness group, and my go-to guy for all things firearms in association with Practical Tactical, Thomas Case 1LT, 3/B/1-108th Cav. ran the Glock 27 and I took the holster for the M&P Shield 9mm.  These reviews will sound and feel different as you read them, and they should.  That is precisely why I asked First Lieutenant Case to help me out.  With that said, upon reading Thomas’ review I found that we had a very similar experience with the Bravo Concealment products, so I’m going to lean heavily on his review here.  I will add my take later, but let’s check out his review first.


This is a review of the Torsion Holster by Bravo Concealment

My friend Randy at Practical Tactical got in touch with Bravo Concealment and requested a sample for testing and evaluation. Randy receives a lot of requests for information on EDC (every day carry) tools and equipment for emergency preparedness. Randy sent the sample to me for evaluation because I carry one or more firearms a day for both of my careers. This evaluation took place over a six month period where I carried a Glock 27 in this holster almost every day.

I dislike reading an entire review only to discover that the author has the same opinion as me. If I like a product then I don’t want to waste ten minutes reading a review of my own thoughts. I like to read reviews that are the opposite of my opinion so that I can decide if I experienced a lemon or if the product has flaws that I failed to notice so I will give you my overall thoughts before I go into detail.

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): This holster is absolutely worth the money ($44.99).

The sample that I received was exactly as pictured. I was immediately concerned with the durability of the belt clips because they seemed to flex a little too much. I thought that they would be a point of failure for the holster. As a result of my apprehension I ensured that I did not treat the clips gingerly. I did not do a torture test where I hung weights on the clips until they failed, but I did not go easy on the holster either. After six months the clips are still like new and I have not experienced any issues. The clips have secured to every belt that I own (dress, casual, military, and actual gun belts).

I also put the holster inside the waistband of my gym shorts with no belt. I would not recommend this to anyone because holsters are made to work with belts. You cannot expect a holster to work by using the waistband of gym shorts but the Torsion performed exceptionally well. I was even able to properly draw the weapon from concealment with no belt. The holster stayed in place and the weapon drew with no hang-up.

I then conducted a test. The firearm had a full, extended magazine but I did not have a round in the chamber for this test. You should always carry a firearm that is ready to fight, but during testing I will fail to chamber a weapon if I think that it could be a danger to others. For this test I went to a playground with my children and some family members. The Torsion Holster concealed very well under an Under Armor T-shirt and I climbed up a slide to the waiting children. One of those children pushed me back down the slide and I ended up falling onto my back after sliding head first down the slide. My first thought was not “am I injured?” My first thought was “there is no way that my gun is still in the holster.” I was surprised to find that the Torsion Holster held the Glock in place and it was right where I left it. I was completely sold after that test. No belt, gym shorts, and a back flip… holster and gun still in place!

I was able to conceal the Torsion Holster in every outfit that I wanted to wear. I watched a video review of the holster that said it seemed like a good product, but the reviewer did not like appendix carry so the reviewer would never purchase this holster. I completely disagree. I too dislike appendix carry. My torso is proportionately shorter than some and I cannot carry appendix. When I try, the firearm impedes my ability to bend at the waist. I like freedom of movement and I also need to tie my shoes. I cannot tie my shoes when I carry appendix or even sit down so I carry in the 4-5 o’clock position on my waistline. The Torsion aspect of the holster, a 10 degree cant in the belt clips, allows the holster to ride close to the body and it reduces printing of the holster on your cover shirt.

This holster is exactly as advertised. There were no issues with retention or durability. I would absolutely recommend this holster to any person who needs a good holster for concealed carry (which is everyone who carries a firearm). This holster is as comfortable as a holster can be.

To contrast this holster, I also have a name-brand “tuckable” holster that is just as comfortable and had the same level of retention. I took the other holster to a lake where I was walking on a fallen tree with one my children. I felt a pop a my side and I instinctively reached toward the holster. I caught the other holster as the belt clips failed and the Glock (still in the holster) fell toward the water. That was the last day that I carried the other holster. It now sits in a drawer with a mound of failed holsters that looked like they would be perfect. The Torsion Holster is far superior and I would rely on the Torsion to keep my firearm where I need it when my life depends on it.

The rep at Bravo Concealment allowed Randy at Practical Tactical to keep the holster as long as an honest review of the product was written. No other compensation was received from Bravo Concealment. This company has good products with lifetime warranties and a 30 day money back guarantee. You can’t go wrong with Bravo Concealment.

About me (because why would you listen to a stranger): I have carried a firearm everyday for 17 plus years. I have been in law enforcement for 15 years and a I also moon-light as a Soldier in a combat arms unit. Have fun, be safe, and practice every chance you get.




Now for my final thoughts…


I have been a concealed carry permit holder for the past six years and carry either a M&P 9C Compact or a M&P Shield 9mm as part of my every day carry (EDC) lineup.  For the review of the Torsion Holster, the Shield was my daily carry firearm.

I am as “average joe” as it gets when it comes to firearm ownership and concealed carry, but I do take the responsibility of the choice I made to carry a firearm very seriously.  I train as often as possible and I make every effort to be as safe and responsible as any gun owner can be.  A key part of that practice is using quality gear that I can depend on.  I will not recommend any piece of gear that I have not used and do not feel comfortable trusting my life, or the lives of my wife and children, on should the need ever arise.  With that said, to echo First Lieutenant Case, the Bravo Concealment Torsion Holster easily fits that bill.

The first thing that stood out to me about the Torsion holster was the belt clips.  I own several other inside the waistband (IWB) holsters and none of them are equipped with belt clips on par with those on the Torsion holster.  Once the “teeth” of the Torsion’s clips are in place, they are there to stay.  I wore the holster on a riggers belt, as well as dress and casual belts, and I wore it with no belt at all on several pair of Tru-Spec 24/7 pants, jeans, sweatpants, as well as casual and athletic shorts during my day-to-day activities.  In each instance, the Torsion holster stayed in place and felt secure while holding the fully loaded M&P Shield 9mm.

Although the Torsion is designed to make appendix carry easier, that’s not for me.  Rather I choose to carry in the 4-5 o’clock position and the Torsion holster is more comfortable than any other I own when worn in this manner and the low profile design makes it the most easily concealable on my frame as well.  I can promise you there was absolutely no coordination between Thomas and I, but being the father to two children under the age of three, I too found myself at the playground with my kids.  Although I didn’t wind up tumbling off a slide, my daughter and I did take several trips down a couple of twisting, tunnel slides.  Wearing my gun in the Torsion holster, I never once felt like the firearm was in danger of coming out of the holster, nor did I fear the rig was going to fail.

At the end of the day, I heartily second First Lieutenant Case’s assessment of the Torsion holster from Bravo Concealment and absolutely recommend this product to anyone and everyone looking for a quality, affordable, and (most importantly) dependable holster for their concealed carry firearm.  Furthermore, having worked with the good people at Bravo Concealment to bring you this review, I can say without hesitation that top shelf customer service is yet another benefit you can look forward to should you choose to do business with Bravo Concealment.






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Brushbeater Talks Practical Rifle Accuracy

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In the real world with real bad guys, practical accuracy is the only accuracy. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ There’s a lot of confusion even among longtime shooters between what a rifle is capable of doing off the bench on a nice controlled square range and what’s actually practical for a serviceable combat weapon. The two really aren’t the […]

What’s In Your Holster? Personal Safety

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What’s In Your Holster? Personal Safety Guest, Cherie Norton Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below! Special guest is Cherie Norton, an accomplished firearms instructor. More and more women are taking up shooting for sport and self-defense, and I couldn’t be happier. Cherie is such a woman who has attained high marksmanship skills. She … Continue reading What’s In Your Holster? Personal Safety

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A “Culture Of Preparedness”

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  When I was a kid ( around 12) and became aware of the idea of preparedness and Survivalism, there were a number of agencies and organizations that were geared towards preparedness of one type or another. The American Civil Defense Association  and Live Free USA and are the two that come to mind as civilian organizations that […]

How I Stopped Worrying and Used P.M.C.T.- Part 1, by D.D.

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How I Stopped Worrying and Used P.M.C.T.- Part 1, by D.D. Its rare that hear about the terrible effects that prepping can have on an individual. You will find yourself paranoid and often times stressed out. This is particularly true in the early days of prepping. Though we like to think of it as something …

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How Training with Airsoft Guns Can Help You During Dooms Day

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How Training with Airsoft Guns Can Help You During Dooms Day

How Training with Airsoft Guns Can Help You During Dooms Day


Have you ever wondered how you’d do in a Dooms Day scenario? With various threats over our current way of living (nuclear wars, climate change, biological warfare, and more) it’s difficult to not think about grimmer days.

Are you prepared to bug out and keep safe in an SHTF situation? How about fighting your way towards safety? In every case, a Dooms Day scenario requires you using some sort of weapon to protect your belongings and your bodily integrity. 

As an airsoft passionate, I feel a lot more prepared now, when I know how to use weapons and how to react in a battle/fight situation. The years I spent on the airsoft field taught me valuable skills that easily apply to an emergency scenario, and I think it’s time more people know about this.

That’s why the main topic today will be the skills you learn as an airsoft player. Keep in mind, these skills may save your life someday, so pay attention!


You Learn a Lot about Guns

Most high-quality airsoft weapons are replicas of real-life weapons, and they feel amazing in your hands. The weight, the inner-workings, and the crisp sound of a cocked airsoft gun will make you want to try more.

The part I like is that you can work with any type of gun starting with pistols and ending with sniper rifles or shotguns. The airsoft world is completely open and teaches us about guns in a safe environment (as long as you follow the rules regarding protective gear). This way, when the time comes, and you’ll have to fight for your life, you’ll know how to handle yourself around a real weapon.

If you want to learn more about realistic airsoft guns, check out Goog Gun – they have lots of reviews on some of the most interesting BB guns.


It’s all about Team Work

When you’re fighting for your life, it’s important to stick together with people you know. Team work is more important than ever, and you need to know how to integrate fast. If not, you’ll be left behind!

On the field, you learn to work with the team regardless of your position (close quarters combat or sniper). In any battle scenario, you depend on your teammates, and they depend on you. In time, you learn to function like one organism.

Even more, airsoft teaches about honesty and honor (when a player is responsible for admitting to being hit), and these are traits that build a strong character.


You Learn to Persevere in Reaching your Goals

I started young, and it took me a while to learn about reaching goals and being true to myself. Airsoft is not an easy activity – it will try your physical and mental power, and it will put you down if you don’t know how to get back up.

However, in an emergency scenario, you don’t have the option to quit and return to your normal life. You have to persevere in staying alive and safe regardless of the conditions around. But it will be a lot easier if you’re already used to doing this.


Keeps you fit and Ready for Action

Regardless of location (indoors or outdoors), airsoft keeps you active, and this is a good thing for your general level of fitness. It also helps you develop your observation senses (sight and hearing) and teaches you about taking fast decisions in life-or-death situations.   

All these skills are amazing in a real Dooms Day scenario when you have to rely on your ability to think fast and overcome the enemy. I also recommend trying close quarters combat – it is a great way to learn how to face your enemy in a physical confrontation and how to win regardless of their size and power.


In the end

As you can see, airsoft is not just a silly game where kids and adults chase each other with BB guns. It’s a training ground, and even military and police forces all over the world use it as a safe method to train recruits.

Even more, it is a fun way to spend your free time as it helps with stress relief and teaches you skills that are useful in various situations (not just a Dooms Day scenario). However, if something bad happens and the world goes upside down, you will be prepared.

So, if you want to be prepared for any Dooms Day scenario, try joining a local team and test your battle skills on the field.

Michael Woods loves to spend his time field testing new guns and discovering new survival technics. On the weekends he spends his time airsofting with his teammates.

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Bullpups vs. Conventional Rifles: The Ultimate Debate

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It’s an age-old question: are bullpups better than conventional rifles? Or is it visa versa? I have previously talked to a lot of friends about this, and many asked if I was more for bullpups or conventional rifles. To help readers determine the answer, I have included information on both and what my opinion is […]

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Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Level 2/3/4 Requirements Applied To Survivalists

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In February, we talked about Common Tasks that everyone in the Army has to show competence in. Last week we discussed the basic Infantry testing done in an Infantry unit which shows they have competence in the tasks they are required to know. Today we’re gonna discuss some of the tactically applicable Survivalist skills you […]

Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Basic Requirements Applied To Survivalists

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  This is a follow up on a line I used in a recent post which was, “Are there Infantry skills that you should master? Hell Yes!” In the past, I posted about the Army’s Common Task Testing these are the standards every soldier has to perform and show proficiency in every year. This is an […]

This One Simple Strategy Will Make You a Better Prepper

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Many preppers and survivalists that I have known reach a level of arrogance, sooner or later. They have all their preps in place, they know multiple survival skills, and have a solid foundation of knowledge from everything from trapping small game to canning venison. However, if there’s one thing I know about any crisis scenario, it’s that they are 100% unpredictable. The very event you thought you were completely prepared for can go sideways in a moment, with your best laid plans in shambles.

Maybe it’s time for a new strategy with your prepping, one that goes beyond what the prepper pundits teach. What if you purposely put yourself in situations where you might not have all the right survival gear or there are unexpected twists that require quick thinking and adaptation. Here’s what I have in mind:

Become a better prepper by making things hard for yourself. On purpose.

Bugging out

We all have well-equipped bug out bags and intricately detailed plans for getting out of Dodge, but what if you purposely made a bug out drill far more difficult by driving a route at night, in the rain or fog, with the recording of your screamng 2 year-old in the background?

Think that might put some hair on your chest? For sure, you would have to focus with an intensity that isn’t called for on a sunny day, with temps in the low to mid-70s, but how likely is it that you’ll have those ideal conditions when the S really does hit the fan?

How about driving that route until approaching a choke point, such as a bridge or the entrance to a tunnel, and quickly make a detour, as though that point was a roadblock? Is that a realistic scenario? Yep, so why not create the scenario for yourself now, rather than simply making a mental note that roadblocks, man-made or not, could happen on the way to your bug out location?

Any difficulty you can set up to thwart your carefully laid bug out plans will serve you well by testing your ability to think, accept, and adapt to abrupt changes in circumstances.

Your food storage stash

Challenge yourself and your family to eating only what is in your food storage for 2 days, 3 days, or longer. After all, isn’t that the exact same scenario you are planning for? What if half your food was destroyed by a house fire? Move 50% of your food out of the pantry/kitchen and that is what you’re stuck with.

Now, mix things up a bit and make the situation even more difficult by requiring food to be cooked only using a solar oven (Cloudy weather? Too bad!) or only a charcoal grill. How about a scenario that mimics the real thing by having beans and rice 3 times a day for at least 2 days? You will learn so much more about the pratical applications and realities of food storage by putting yourself through these tests than you ever will by reading a prepper forum.

Have a difficult conversation

You’ve probably given some thought about how you would like your family and closest friends to continue if something ever happens to you, but have you ever sat down with them and discussed it?

No one likes to talk about death or the possibility of a loved one being so far from home they cannot ever make it back, but now is the time to think this through. I am on the road quite a bit with my job, not terribly long distances but long enough to know that the path that leads back to home may become so dangerous and/or my health and physical strength at risk that my family would have to move on with their survival without me.

All of us do our prepping with the assumption that we’ll be there when the worst happens, but what if the worst is not coming home at all? There’s plenty I want my family to know, such as how to secure the house and who I personally trust the most as prepper allies. I may have talked about this in passing but not nearly as in depth as I should — even if my family doesn’t want to think about a future without their husband and father.

If you’ve ever wondered what you would do in this scenario, this article has some excellent insights.

Push your shooting skills to new levels

It’s no secret that Preparedness Advice is very pro-2nd Amendment, and I have done more than my share of shooting over the years. Even if your shooting skills are far above average, make things a little more difficult the next time you go to the range by shooting strong-arm/weak-arm, using your non-dominant eye, shooting leaning against something, or shooting in a squatted or seated position. (If your range doesn’t allow for some of these, then find one that does, head out to the boonies to do your shootiong, or find a class that includes these other skills.)

Take a tactical class where you’ll be shooting while moving, at moving targets, and with live ammunition. I did that a few years ago and the level of intensity and non-stop adrenaline was something I never experienced before in previous classes. A lot of ranges offer classes in low-light shooting and one that challenges you with new tactical scenarios.

Again, make a purposeful decision to make things hard for yourself in order to ultimately improve your skills and become a better prepper.

Family finances

At this moment I have a great job with really good benefits, doing something I enjoy, but an economic collapse is a scenario that is always a possibility. I could hone my own survival skills, and that of my family, by whittling down our unnecessary expenses to just a few dollars a month, or even zero. What would we do for entertainment if we cancelled our subscriptions to Netflex and Amazon Prime? If we had to worry about ever gallon of gas used, that would change our lifestyle and decisions. Our eating habits would change, the temperature of our house would change, and we would get a realistic picture how an economic collapse would affect our everyday lives.

This wouldn’t be fun and we would all hate it, but what a great opportunity to not only test our preps but also learn how to cope with few, if any, luxuries that make our lives comfortable. This is something you could set up, even if only for 48 hours.

If you’re not giving yourself challenges and taking risks conscioiusly, then you may be setting yourself up for failure in a real life survival scenario. Become a better prepper by doing something VERY different. If you’re really good at something, then change it up in a way that makes it very different, requiring different knowledge and skills you might not have.

Take risks NOW, ahead of a crisis. You’l learn a lot about yourself — how easily and how quickly you adapt (or not). These tests will also give you invaluable insights as to how your family members and even prepper group members will behave when everything hits the fan.

I’ll leave you with a true story about my wife. A few years ago we both took a concealed carry class. Although she was less experienced than I, she was determined to pass the final test to become qualified. I knew she could pass the written test and was fairly certain she’d pass the target shooting test as well.

As it turns out, she almost didn’t pass the shooting test! Why? Because in all the months and months of practice, she had never had to shoot in front of a large group of spectators. She said, “I was so rattled that I was using my non-dominant eye! I was lucky to have hit the target at all!” Fortunately, she figured out what she was doing wrong, made the correction, and passed, but this is a prime example of why and how we should put ourselves into scenarios and in circumstances that bring physical, emotional, and mental discomfort in order to grow.

How could you purposely make things more difficult in order to grow as a prepper?

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Part 2 Of “Are You A ‘Snowflake’ Or A ‘Meteor’?” Becoming A Meteor.

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Last week a group of four Combat Arms Veterans contributed to a post I wrote concerning the premise that, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. Although the majority of the comments, both here on […]

The Bergmann Scenario

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My friend Bergmann made these two videos this past year, and if your primary plan is a “Bugout”, you might want to watch these and understand what you might be getting yourself into. As I’ve said in other posts, you will very rarely if ever make your primary plan a Bugout”. Bergmann has his reasons, […]

I’m Up, He Sees Me, I’m Down!

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  I decided to re-post this here after getting some inquiries about why I like this type of range over a square range. The A-BC Drill is conducted in every RBTEC class, and gives the students a firm grasp of the reality concerning the real world application of movement during fire over uneven terrain. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ […]

Teaching Your Kids Survival Skills, Just Like They Did In The Old West

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Teaching Your Kids Survival Skills, Just Like They Did In The Old West

Those of us who have kids must take them into consideration in our survival planning. As parents, we want to protect our children from harm, which could very well cause us to do everything for them. But in doing so, we can inadvertently create a more dangerous situation for them.

Granted, all children need to be protected, especially small children. But as they grow, they need to learn the skills which allow them to become more independent. Please note that this is different than just being granted independence; it’s not about authority, but rather skills and knowledge.

In the Old West, children were given as much responsibility as they could bear. This required parents knowing their children and what their limits were. It also required the parents to train their children, giving them the skills and knowledge to be able to effectively fulfill those responsibilities. This also meant having the character to do the chores, without mom and dad having to get after them.

When Mom and Dad Are Gone …

But the real test of a child’s responsibility was when they were left alone. While this did not happen very often, there were times when it did, especially in the case of a single parent (where the other parent had died). But what would happen to the children if the single parent died while away from home? There were countless dangers in the Old West, ranging from marauding Native Americans to wild animals. Death could happen at any time, and when it did, the children were left alone.

Turn Drive Time Into Fun-Filled, History Time With Your Kids!

How long they would be left alone would depend a lot on the circumstances. If something happened to someone who lived in town, it would be noticed immediately. But for those who lived on isolated homesteads, it could be days or even weeks before anyone was aware that children were being forced to live on their own and care for themselves. Only then would the community rally around to help them.

Parents wanted to avoid such a situation. They wanted to train their children so that if something happened to them, their children would be able to care for themselves and survive. This caused children to grow up fast on the frontier, learning skills that we would normally avoid teaching our children until they were much older.

At 10 years of age, most children knew how to start and tend a fire, care for the livestock, work the farm, and shoot a gun accurately. Some would have the responsibility of hunting for the family’s food. Others would be working alongside their parents, tilling and harvesting the fields. There were no idle hands on the frontier.

But Not Just the Old West

Teaching Your Kids Survival Skills, Just Like They Did In The Old WestA survival situation would probably be much like the life they had on the frontier. As such, the same need to train our children would be imperative.

To a child, many of the things we would consider survival skills are exciting and fun to learn, giving them the motivation to learn, without having to know why they are learning them. Let’s use the example of teaching them gardening and animal husbandry, important skills for long-term survival. So, you start gardening and get some animals to raise, having your children work right along beside you. With the animals, that will be no problem, as most children naturally gravitate toward animals anyway, especially small ones. With gardening, most kids love to get their hands dirty.

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Shooting is probably the easiest skill of all to teach your children, as they usually have a fascination with guns, anyway. Besides, if you’re going to have guns in the home, you should start teaching them about gun safety at an early age. That’s the only real way of protecting them from accidents. If they are too young for real guns, start them with Nerf guns or Airsoft. Then you can move them up to pellet guns, before taking the big step up to the real thing.

Most other survival skills can be taught on camping trips. If you make camping a normal part of your family’s recreation early on, your children will grow to love it. Each trip can be planned around one lesson: teaching them a new survival skill, but talking about it as a “camping skill” rather than as a survival skill.

Tap into the natural curiosity and sense of adventure that your children have. Use their questions about life and things that they learn in school as a springboard for teaching them new survival skills, whenever you can. In other words, make survival training a part of your day-to-day life and your children will see it as normal — not something with ominous potential.

What advice would you add on teaching kids survival skills? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Commentary On A Good Southern Prepper 1 Video About Training

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I watched a video this morning from southernprepper1 that was pretty much what I’ve been telling students for years. Unless you have some serious, and long term training, you are not going to be doing any offensive operations from your base of operations, retreat/domicile. What will you be facing for the most part? Will it […]

Are You Training? A Firearm Training Option!

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I have linked to many firearm articles on Prepper Website throughout the years.  Almost every article suggests getting some training to effectively use your firearm.  There are all types of training out there from shooting paper targets at the range to spending a whole weekend with a group going through real “live fire” tactical training.  

The issue for many is that the more you move away from target practice, the more expensive it gets.  Ammo, traveling, lodging, etc.. costs $.  One option and experience was recently shared with me by Jesse.  Read his experience and thoughts below.  

I have something I want to share with you that my wife surprised me with this weekend. My wife took me to a virtual shooting range. You use real guns, a full sized Glock and a standard run of the mill AR15. They have been converted over to run on CO2 so it could cycle the bolt for a feeling of recoil. The screen was similar to a golf simulator. You pointed the gun at the screen and shot then you could see your point of impact. Starting out we did some gimmicky things like shooting fun targets and zombies for the 1st half hour but it took a serious turn for the 2nd half hour. We started the police simulator where you were the 1st responder in an active killer situation at a school, an office, and store. There were some CCW type situations as well. They made you react to the situation as it unfolded in front of you and you had to deliver accurate shots to stop the threat in real time.

If you treat this like a training session and reflect on your decisions and shot placement and how your grip and all that lined up with what you believe your skill level is. It was a reality check but also confirmed that some of my techniques were good. All In all,  for 50 bucks for my wife and I for a 1-hour session… well worth it. We are going back for sure. Hope you can find something like this near you and maybe you can share this with our community.

The place we visited is Virtual Marksman in North Canton, OH.

I remembered I watched this video a while ago and I found it again. This is almost the exact thing we did. Our guns were a little different. We didn’t have the round count stopper we just ran the guns till they were out of CO2.  The computer program in the video is the same one I used and I did see a scenario that I actually did. There over 400 different scenarios you can do where you could be in a shoot or a non-shoot. Aaron Cowan explains it far better than I could.



Thanks for your time and God bless.


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7 Critical Concealed Carry Skills That Will Keep You Alive

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7 Critical Concealed Carry Skills That Will Keep You Alive

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Most people who apply for a concealed carry permit fail to take into consideration that effective concealed carry is actually a lifestyle change.

Approximately 80 percent of the licensed students I work with report that they usually don’t carry on a daily basis. Most say they carry only in their vehicle or while traveling.

Along with the decision to carry daily come some changes in how you go about day-to-day life. Your attire most likely will need to change. (I recommend concealed carry over open carry.) If you carry off-body in a purse, bag or other off-body manner, this will require some adaptation.

Once you’ve established carry methods, your training should continue. This article will cover some key areas to cover in your concealed carry training.

As always, practice and live by the four critical gun safety rules:

  1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
  2. Don’t let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on target and you’re ready to shoot.
  4. Be aware of your target and what’s around it.

With that in mind, let’s examine seven critical skills you need to practice for everyday carry:

1. Getting the handgun into play if needed

Can you draw your handgun from its place of concealment efficiently? For most folks, getting the pistol out of concealment will present its own challenges and must be practiced. It will require more effort than when drawing from a strong-side open carry setup. Also, what about getting the gun back into its hiding place once the incident is over? You will want to establish a good grip while drawing (a fundamental of marksmanship), and your concealment method should help facilitate this. Practice your concealment draw method now, ahead of any stressful incident in the future that you hope never happens.

2. Defensive accuracy

If you must shoot, then hit what you’re shooting at. There is bullseye accuracy and then there is self-defense accuracy. Your goal should be to blend the two…. meaning you want a combination of speed and accuracy. Shooting lightning fast is great — to the extent you can hit the intended target. Shooting well is a perishable skill; you must hone this skill with solid training. Visit for some excellent drills, or spend some lesson time with a qualified trainer.

3. Running the gun

I always have suggested to students that shooting accuracy is only half the battle. Skills such as emergency or speed reloads, malfunction clearances, one-handed shooting with both right and left hands and again drawing the gun from concealment are just some basic skills every armed citizen should develop and feel confident doing. I teach and practice these skills constantly, both for students and myself.

4. Moving to and shooting from cover

A deadly force confrontation happens in seconds. However, the situation may allow you escape and avoidance (which you should do if at all possible), or you could find yourself needing to take cover. Cover is any object that hopefully will stop incoming bullets. If possible, you should add into your training the act of moving to and shooting from cover.

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For most people, this will be a different experience that can change how a person grips their handgun and sees their sights. Practice shooting from kneeling, sitting and prone now, instead of always keeping your feet planted in one place and hoping you will never have to move into an uncomfortable shooting position.

5. Dim light shooting

You must be able to identify your threat! There have been far too many tragic cases where a person shoots their own loved one believing they were an intruder. I ALWAYS carry a handheld flashlight and know how to shoot with the light in my support hand. You should have this skill, too. After all, approximately 60 to 70 percent of crime happens in dim light conditions. Depending on the technique used, this may mean firing your pistol one handed … a skill I recommend you train for. A weapon-mounted light system may or may not be appropriate, depending on the risk of flagging innocent people and your carry method.

6. Distance shooting

While most encounters (over 90 percent) occur from about seven yards or less, there could be a situation where a longer shot must be made. With the increase in active shooters, a shot from 12 to 25 yards or farther may be the only option. With a handgun, this can be a challenge for even the seasoned shooter. Train to make center mass shots at least out to 25 yards with your EDC handgun. As with all shooting, your marksmanship fundamentals must be constantly reinforced.
Distance shooting will test these skills.

7. Scenario based or “force decisions” training

Scenario-based training is one of the best techniques you can employ to prepare for an encounter you hope never comes. This type of training should be done in a highly safe and secure manner with qualified trainers, and only with Simunition or airsoft guns. Force decisions (also called reality based training) will challenge you mentally. Your mental prowess is, in my opinion, where the rubber meets the road. You can be the best bullseye shooter in the world, but making decisions under immediate high stress and reacting appropriately is what this type of training is all about. We use this training often. Many students begin to realize where their strengths and weaknesses really are.

A Final Thought

Remember that everywhere you carry, there is now a gun on the scene. Don’t let your gun be used against you. There are many cases of open carry or even concealed carry guns being taken right off the citizen carrying them. Carry discretely and securely.

As a fellow trainer once told me: “Train well and train often.”

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Radiation’s Effects And Materials To Mitigate Them

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Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence. In Meditations on Violence Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial […]

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A Realistic Bug Out

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Grid Down Hospital: Part VI – Patient Assessment Overview Posted on November 1, 2016 The latest from the team: Patient Assessment Overview Entire medical text volumes have been written about a full patient assessment, and what it should encompass. This will not be one of them, but it will serve as a reasonable overview for your […]

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Barry lays out a key part in the basics of the defense in a group setting. _________________________________________________________________ Listening Posts and Observation Posts (Guest Article) SFC Steven M Barry USA RET | October 24, 2016 Barry is retired Special Forces, Traditional Catholic, monarchist, historian, Scholastic, counter-Reformationist, and counter-revolutionary. Introduction During a recent correspondence with Tom Baugh […]

Mountain Guerilla Clandestine Pistol: #1 Overview

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This weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend John Mosby AKA Mountain Guerillas Clandestine Carry Pistol Course.

I wanted to go back to CSAT this year but with the travel time and expense it was not very realistic. I was going to take a local course but after doing the intro I wasn’t very impressed. It was definitely old guy wannna be Jeff Cooper stuff. Not bad per se but very dated. Then I saw the Clandestine Carry Pistol offering in north east MO and jumped on it. Fortunately everything worked out OK and I was able to attend.

I am going to make a big fat disclaimer that everything said about this course is from my memory and notes. Not trying to put words in Johns mouth or say there are quotes here. If something sounds weird or stupid or wrong any fault is entirely my own.

The class goals were as follows:
1- Hit what you aim at.
2- Make rapid good decisions under stress.
3- Draw your pistol under realistic conditions.
4- Defend your pistol and fight to employ it.

 This course was different from CSAT’s Tactical Pistol Operator Course and probably most other comparable tactical type handgun courses in a couple of significant ways.

First the accuracy standard was significantly higher. The goal is head shots on demand at realistic pistol ranges (Say 10-15 meters). We shot at index cards the entire time (mostly 3×5 and occasionally [think we ran out of 3×5’s] at the end 4×6) to replicate the vital zone in the head. This was done for a three reasons. First the realistic chance that a person is either wearing an SVEST in which case punching a round into their torso is a bad idea. Second the in my opinion much more probable chance they are wearing body armor. Third is the classic aim small and miss small.

This was a significant difference from my CSAT experience where we shot predominantly at a 6×13 vital zone. Suffice to say this is a big difference. Also that I have been slacking on my training was a factor. I blew a lot of shots initially because I was relatively speaking jerking the trigger and rushing to get better times. That got slightly better over the class. Honestly I think I figured out the trigger piece shooting the dot drill at the very end of class.

Why is this different from other classes? Some of it is conceptual and some of it is about the fact that shooting at small targets is well humbling. Considering a large portion of running training classes is getting people to feel good and want to come back this is not a move calculated to be popular. John doesn’t give a crap. He says the unpopular thing because it is what he believes. This is consistent throughout Johns methodology and teaching.

My personal belief is this is valid. You need that capability. Whether you should shoot for the head or not is context dependent. Obviously an S vest or body armor dictate a head shot. For a meth head in a t shirt bullets in the sternum are probably just fine.

The other way this class is different is that we shot EVERYTHING from concealment. I think this is totally valid in the context of this course and realistically any handgun training. Excluding law enforcement who carry openly I think this is the right answer for everybody. Why, well that is how the vast majority of us carry handguns. The only real exception would be home defense and that is mostly going to start with the gun in your hand anyway as it was either on your belt or cached somewhere. So doing all draws and reloads from concealment is the right answer.

Why don’t other classes do this? Like the 3×5 card accuracy standard this is not mirrored throughout the training world. Seeing guys wearing big ole paddded ‘war belts’ and OWB duty type rigs is quite common. One class I looked at taking did not even allow IWB holsters! First it adds a layer of complexity. You need to clear the cover garment for every draw or reload. You need to clear it to reholster.Second and I think more significantly it makes peoples performance as measured by time worse. How much time it adds to your draw could certainly be debated but probably .2 of a second or so. When instructors want students to feel like they improved (so they want to come back)having them get times that make them happy is a big deal. Sammy Seal got my draw to first shot down to 1.XX makes a guy happy and want to come back. Getting a slower time is well not going to make people feel as good. The last reason I think other classes have people using LEO/ military type set ups is what John so nicely calls ‘ballistic masturbation’. People want to wear cool guy gear, shoot a lot of bullets, be told they met a standard and get a certificate. I’m not knocking anyone getting training but the ‘tactical dude ranch’ angle is definitely there. You can take classes where you will shoot from helicopters and do fake ass tactical missions. There are probably worse ways to spend your money but saying shooting a rifle from a helicopter is in any way applicable to my life as a non helicopter owning person is ridiculous. This is another way John Mosby’s course is in my opinion very realistic and practical for a normal guy who carries a gun to defend himself.

I am going to do at least two more posts on this topic. The first will be a discussion of accuracy as it relates to time and distance. The second will be an overview of the course material, what I learned, etc. After that I have at least one or two posts in my head that come more from discussions we had in down time BS sessions.


The cost & importance of learning. Clubs, Groups & Schools. Plus the advantages & disadvantages.

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The cost & importance of learning, clubs, groups & schools. Plus the advantages & disadvantages.

When it comes to long term survival, the skills start with choosing the right clothing & equipment. After that you have to learn how to use that equipment & you need to learn how to manage if you should lose that equipment. Survival schools are generally expensive, this is because they have to put in a lot of time teaching people the skills, & time cost money if you are running a business. Some schools will teach you primitive skills, others will not. Some schools will teach you how to survive if you get lost in the bush, others may teach you how to survive long term. But it will all cost you money.

Bushcraft groups are good & they will teach you some survival skills. Again, some may promote the use of modern tools & equipment, where as others may teach you more primitive skills. In general, you will pay a yearly fee which is used to pay for your insurance cover. Survival groups fall roughly into the same category as the bushcraft groups, a mixed lot which may or may not teach you what you need to know. Basically it depends on the individual members, some will be more knowledgeable than others, but in the long run they can’t teach you what they don’t know themselves.

It is well known that in order to survive long term in a wilderness situation, you will need to learn primitive skills, & your equipment & tools will need to be low tech. Modern equipment is not made to last, batteries will go flat, items will break & wear out. You need sustainable methods & primitive gear. If you start off with pre 19th century equipment you will never drop below that level of comfort. But if you start off with all modern gear, then sooner or later you will be thrown back into the stone age.

Now let’s look at another kind of club or group, an 18thcentury living history group. Most again will charge a yearly membership fee, & it must be said that not all living history groups are equal in the benefits that they offer the survivalist. But, the potential for learning is still there, you simply may have to put in more effort to gather some members together who have the skills that you need to learn.

Our group, the New England Colonial Living History Group does not charge any membership fees or training fees, it is all free. However, we do not carry any insurance either, our members are covered by the Civil Liability Amendment (Personal Responsibility) Bill 2002. For many years I payed for our group insurance out of my own pocket so that lower income families could afford to join our group. Eventually, I had to stop paying out of my own pocket (there never were any accidents or insurance claims). When you think about it we go with groups of friends out bush for various recreational activities, & no one ever questions if there is insurance cover. We all take personal responsibility for ourselves, & we watch out for the safety of others.

The advantages of joining a group like ours is that our activities cover a wide range of interests. We can advise on equipment & clothing, & we teach people all the skills they may need for free. Individuals do not have to participate in any activity if they do not wish to, but remember, in a shtf situation, there will be NO insurance, NO doctors & NO hospitals. If you want to cover yourself, use your money to purchase a good modern medical kit & take it to group meetings. Also carry a personal first aid kit in your pack. That way if you cut yourself or smack yourself in the head whilst learning archery, you can patch yourself up & keep going.

Kids in general love participating in living history. It is an opportunity to do something which is fun & educational & they get to share this experience with there parents or carers. In shooting clubs, archery clubs & fishing clubs you will learn only so much, very little of what you do learn will prepare you for survival. In a group like ours though you get to learn everything; you learn what is the best equipment & how to use it. You learn how to repair your equipment & in the case of archery & fishing, you learn how to make your own from scratch with no modern tools.

Some living history groups have splinter groups such as a militia group where you can learn battle tactics. Some groups are purely Ranger groups & again, battle training is a normal part of their activities on top of all the other skills you can learn. All Living History groups are family oriented, so all the family gets to join in one way or another. On top of all this learning & training, living history groups are a lot of fun. If you are serious about long term wilderness survival, I recommend you inquire in your area for a living history group, be it medieval period or 18thcentury or somewhere in between.

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You will also find links to other groups in other areas & countries on our forum.

WRSA Sends: The Grid Down Hospital

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Stressing that you get as much first aid and patient care training and info before SHTF, cannot be over emphasized. _________________________________________________________________ Grid Down Hospital – Part I Posted on October 6, 2016 Grid Down Hospital Introduction Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many (or at least a few) articles on running a […]

A “Why” In Militia Failures, or “Ode To A Special Snowflake”

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I had occasion recently to once again read over the “Militia Standards and Principles of the Light Foot”, I was once again struck by the lack of operational understanding that has been presented by a guy who apparently is only good at the “cut and paste”, and not so good at the occasional”This sounds about right”to fill in […]