A very good colection of holster use vids.

October 18th, 2012 by aaron


Great for the guys n gals.

A little fun practice

October 16th, 2012 by aaron

Competitions any of us can do…
Postal matches. These are competitions that you shoot on your own and send in the results to a central point to be judged. One I am doing right now is on the Zombie Squad page.
http://zombiehunters.org/postmatch.php General info and
October match info http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=107&t=99938&sid=bfadeb087a559aec2e0e3e177e710a22

I shot a 24 out of 30 :-/ can you do better?

Unorthodox shooting positions aren’t

September 30th, 2012 by aaron

In my Handgun Carry Classes I often get students who want to train with their own gun in our class. On the surface this is easy to understand. It is to be expected that someone going to a class to allow them to carry a handgun on themselves would want to train with it. There is a bit of misunderstanding about the class however. The class is not designed to train you to fight with a gun. The shooting portion of the class is only designed to “qualify” you to carry the gun.

It takes much more training and practice to become competent with the handgun as a defensive tool. The handgun can be used effectively even by the unskilled. It can also be a source of false security if we use it as a talisman. Just having the thing with us is not the same thing as being skilled with it.

Skill comes from training and practice.

Often when we practice we do so in one of the standard big three standing 2 handed strong side positions. This is ok in as far as it goes. If we are intending to practice for a “qualification” that is enough. Marksmanship practice is indeed a part of our training/practice. We must be sure not to confuse that with defensive training.

When we go to the range and only shoot in one of those big 3 positions and tell ourselves that we are training for defense we are fooling ourselves. If we but spend an hour on Youtube we can see all the defensive shooting videos we will ever care to see. One thing that jumps out in all of them is that they don’t look like the shooting we do on the range.

In defensive shooting situations people are moving. The shooter is moving. The target they are shooting at is moving. They are often shooting with only one hand. While these are more difficult to practice, we must put forth some effort to practice these skills.

Even though IDPA is not perfect it is a good place to step up the realism in our practice.

A chance to share your gun love.

August 7th, 2012 by aaron

Hey guys who wants to play Range Officer for this event?

Volunteers are requested to attend at least one training session, offered at 5:30 pm at Shooter’s Edge on Thursday the 9th, Tuesday the 14th, and Thursday the 16th of August. Volunteers will be given instruction on what time to arrive the day of the tournament. Volunteers will manage the lanes, ensure safety protocols, and load and unload the firearms. With more questions, please contact Betsy Holleman at 423-989-6975

Tuesday, August 21st at Shooter’s Edge in Piney Flats. The tournament starts at 4pm. http://www.myshootersedge.com/

Don’t train to fail.

August 7th, 2012 by aaron

Don’t train to fail.

To true. All of these problems were noted in the law enforcement community years ago. They are now repeating through the concealed carry community.


Reloading class info.

May 24th, 2012 by aaron

Well, it looks like we are lined up to do the reloading class on July 28th. Hop over to www.skillgarden.net to sign up. We are limiting the class to 10 students. To hold your spot you will need to sign up and make a 50% deposit. If you are wanting the “delux” deal note what dies you would like when you sign up.

Guys think about this.

May 21st, 2012 by aaron

In a recent handgun carry permit class I saw the long end of one of my pet peaves.
The problem I have is this. Guys think it is super funny to give a powerful firearm to a kid or lady and have them fire it with no training. When the gun knocks the uninitiated around the gun guys will laugh and laugh. Spend just a few minutes on YouTube or any similar video hosting page. There you will find hours of videos of guys doing this.

In this class I’m talking about I had a guy who is about 50. During the lecture portion of class he just looked board. He had that “I’ve been shooting my whole life look”. I figured he was just going through the motions to get the permit. I figured he would shoot ok, not great but well enough. I actually had him pegged as a guy who would do my pet peave.

Fast forward to the range portion. He is hanging back as his firing order is coming to the line. He catches me aside and I can tell he is very nervous. I’m my normal re-assuring self. I play it off like its not a big deal. I ask him if he has ever shot a gun. He says “no” then catches himself and says “well, once when I was young…..”.

I knew instantly what had happened. Some jackass had handed him a 12 Guatemala shotgun as a kid. They had let him shoot it, it knocked him around, then they laughed at him. He hadn’t shot in about 4 DECADES because of that.

Guys, shooting is important for several reasons. Shooting is also FUN! Don’t ruin it for someone by giving them a bad first impression. If you wonder why many ladies don’t like guns it can often be traced back to a dad, brother, cousin, or most likely boy friend who did this.

You can work through this. It takes time and understanding. A good .22 rifle or handgun helps. You may need to even start with an air gun. Once they see how fun it can be, well, then they are hooked.

Handgun carry permit dates for summer 2012

April 29th, 2012 by aaron

I have posted the dates we have for summer so far. Looks like we may work in a Sunday class in May.

The victim interview.

April 7th, 2012 by aaron

This may the most important interview you ever get right. During the victim interview process the bad guy is trying to find out how good a victim you will be. Naturally you want them to believe you are not worth the effort.
You can accomplish this in a few different ways. One, by making them feel their efforts will be in vain. In this you can make them believe they are likely to be injured or caught in their attempt to victimize you. You can make them believe you do not have anything that would make it worth the effort to attack you for.

We have this need to be somewhat nice to people, especially people we don’t know. Predators will use this to get close to us. They will do things that make us feel uncomfortable to see how we react. If we do not seem to be willing to protect ourselves they will see this as the green light.
This is a common tactic be it from a child snatcher or a masher in the work place.
Listen to your instincts. If you feel that someone is up to no good listen to that. Start coming up with standard responses to threats. If some one gets to close in a parking lot challenge them. If someone at work is making unwelcome advances stop them.

These standard responses will be covered more thoroughly in my next post on the OODA loop.

Week of the bees

March 25th, 2012 by aaron

This week we added bees to our family. These are not he bees you are likely thinking of. Nope, not honey bees. We added mason bees. We got our bees and supplies from http://www.crownbees.com/.
We got our bees a few weeks ago. They came in the mail. They were still in their cocoon. We ordered 20. They come 10 each in small matchbox size boxes.
We kept them in the crisper drawer in the fridge as instructed. We kept them there till the weather was right to put them out. We kind of rolled the dice a bit by putting them out this week. We hope there is no freeze. It’s possible we could bring them in if it is to freeze.
The house mason bees are kept in are much like bird houses without the front on.
Mason bees are supposed to be as good as honey bees for our fruits and vegies.