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"Change is the only constant in life." - Heraclitus During a conversation today with a rep from a MAJOR US gun manufacturer we were informed that they are planning to increase manufacturing output 300% over the next 6-weeks. Sounds like they're expecting a mad rush! The days are ticking down towards the November election, and [...]

Requesting Medical Attention After a Defensive Shooting

"Self-preservation is the first law of nature" - Samuel Butler For decades there has been controversy in the defense community with regard to the notion of asking for medical aid when one is involved in a shooting. In the category of 'Defensive gun use wives tails' there has been everything from "fake a heart attack" [...]

Protecting Others; Re-Orienting the Mindset – By Rick Colliver

[Editors note: If you're interested in training with Rick, we're offering his Room Entry and Protecting Others courses March 19/20, in Crete IL. Check our training calendar for details!] First and foremost, my attorney always cautions me to caution you that you should never take something you saw in an article…especially my articles…to constitute advice [...]

The Camera As A Witness – Part III

“Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers” – African Proverb   On July 6, 2015, Haverhill, New Hampshire police officers Ryan Jarvis and Greg Collins responded to a traffic accident on Route 302 near Bath. Dispatch informed them that the scene could not be secured as [...]

The Glock 43 9mm (finally!) – Product Review

In 1980 Glock Ges.m.b.H was formed in response to an official invitation form the Austrian military to submit a new pistol design for trials. The corporation was a subsidiary of Glock, KG, a manufacturing company founded in 1963 by the brilliant engineer, Gaston Glock, whose specialty was innovation in polymers. Having no experience with firearms, [...]

The Camera As A Witness – Part II

“Great services are not cancelled by one act or by one single error.” - Benjamin Disraeli   On May 31st, 2015, two Palestine, TX, police officers shot and killed James Bushey (47). Bushy was suspected of shoplifting beer from a local WalMart, and reported by witnesses to have fled and entered a nearby Applebees where [...]

A Tale of Two Students – Training as Efficient as the DMV

"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character." –Alan Armstrong Students come to us from all walks of life, the common thread among them being their understanding of [...]

Baltimore – Just Another Indicator of What’s to Come

"Whenever I happen to be in a city of any size, I marvel that riots do not break out everyday: Massacres, unspeakable carnage, a doomsday chaos. How can so many human beings coexist in a space so confined without hating each other to death?" - Emil Cioran The Baltimore riots are a continuation of layers [...]

PTSD and the Armed Citizen by Matt Ellison

  I recently attended a one-day law enforcement seminar presented by The Department of Homeland Security. Topics ran from potential terrorist attacks to school security – however, I found the most personally relevant and informative subject to be the discussion of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) I must admit that I’ve been ignorant of PTSD [...]