Choke tubes aren't popular on defensive shotguns, but they should be. Here's why.
The NRA would have you believe that storing your firearms responsibly makes you a victim. I disagree, and here's why.
Self defense is a serious business, but it shouldn't be void of humanity.
What does a German physicist have to do with self defense? More than you might think.
If nothing happens, what happens to you?
Is a gunfight inevitable? Some think so, but I think that's bad thinking.
What can Ferris Bueller teach us about self defense and preparedness? It's not what you might think!
What do fishooks have to do with preparedness and self defense? It's more about what they DON'T have to do with preparedness and self defense. It's all about asking the right questions.
A woman in Tennessee recently learned — the hard way — a lesson about trusting her child's friends, and her experience is a caution for the rest of us.
Some of the worst questions start with "but what if..." Find out why I avoid answering those questions.
What does minimalism have in common with preparedness? You might be surprised.
What's important in self defense and preparedness? One way to measure is the likelihood of something happening, but it's not easy to ascertain that without a tool, a standard.
Today's blog introduces that standard: The Plausibility Line.
What is a balanced rifle and why is it important? Well, I'll tell you...
Another no-nonsense look at defensive gun use; this time, it's all about rifle capacity and the "short duration gunfight".
Why do we focus so much on marketing defensive shooting, and very little on how to stay safe? Because there's no money in the latter, and almost anything can be spun to make it a shooting problem. Here's one example.
What happens when your desire for protection conflicts with the life you lead? Here's one example.
(Notice the change in labeling? Readers requested that I swap the title and subtitle, so they could see the actual topics in their podcast player. I'm happy to oblige!)
What happens when you take self defense and preparedness too far? Believe it or not, chef and inveterate traveler Anthony Bourdain has the answer.
I've come to the conclusion that the defensive training world is doing something wrong, something which leads their students in the wrong direction regarding responsible self-defense.
Because of this, I've made an evolution in what I teach. Listen to learn more.
The goal of self defense isn't to get to your gun, or to use your gun — it's to get out of danger.
Listen to what happens when instructors forget that.
Here I go again...this time, I'm tearing into the notion of "winning a fight" and some people are going to be awfully mad at me!
Ever heard of "defensive gun use porn"? Ever read any of it? Here's why I don't like it, don't promote it, and suggest that you avoid it.
You may have been taught to move off the line of attack as part of drawing your defensive firearm. Why, though, is that important? It's not what you think, and probably not what your instructor thinks either!
Should you avoid carrying the gun you like just because it might be taken as evidence in a self defense incident? I think not, and today I explain why.
What does the term "worst case scenario" bring to mind? I'll bet I have a different way of looking at it than you do!