Warrior Mindset

Sheepdogs and the Warrior Mindset

by Drew Beatty

On May 7, 2019, a brave young warrior, a sheepdog, was killed. He wasn’t a soldier killed in a war far away. He was killed just outside Denver in his English Class. His name was Kendrick Castillo. He was a mere three days from graduating high school, and he was killed defending his classmates from a wannabe mass killer. This young man and all his classmates who fought back that day exemplify the warrior mindset.

Who Is Your Attacker

Who Is Your Attacker?

Drew Beatty

We all have a vision of an attack we may be involved in. It’s natural and healthy for the defensive-minded person to project themselves into certain potential attack scenarios and work through them mentally – the home invasion, the carjacking, the terrorist attack, the co-worker who finally lost it. I think it’s also important to have an open-minded attitude and expand on those rehearsals in case expectation and reality differ.

Armed Encounter Fallacies 2

Armed Encounter Fallacies from Self-Defense Opponents

by Drew Beatty

In my last post I outlined some fallacies that are sometimes heard from proponents of the right to keep and bear arms and armed self-defense. The opposition has their fallacies too. These are often heard from media and politicians who oppose the right to keep and bear arms. Frequently these fallacies are used to incite fear and sway debate on various RKBA topics.

Armed Encounter Fallacies

Armed Encounter Fallacies from Self-Defense Advocates

by Drew Beatty

There are many fallacies pervading the culture of armed self-defense. Many of these are put forth into the marketplace of ideas by anti-gun zealots who want to motivate fear of firearms and firearms owners in the general public. This article isn’t about their fallacies, it is about ours. Proponents of armed self-defense also have pervasive cultural fallacies. Many of these will sound familiar to you.

Learning Armed Defense

Learning Armed Defense is All of These

by Rob Morse

We tend to break complex tasks into simpler pieces. The self-defense community is particularly prone to this. We teach safety, marksmanship and concealed carry. Later, you might learn self-defense. We talk about education, instruction, practice, training and testing as if everyone used these terms correctly. I’ve even heard a politician say that humans are not trained at all. We talk about one piece of armed-defense at a time and make it sound simple. That doesn’t mean it is easy.

Beyond the Waistband

Introduction to Holsters: Beyond the Waistband

by Keith Coniglio

In our last installment we looked at options for waistband holsters, both inside (IWB) and outside (OWB). While this is a very popular and practical choice, it may not be the right choice for concealment.

Learning to Teach

Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn

by Keith Coniglio

Over the last decade, the ranks of American gun owners have swelled dramatically. It would be nice to think all these new shooters have received professional instruction, but that's not very realistic. Many would have had no clue where to begin, and no one to ask. Others would have turned to the Internet – and promptly gotten overwhelmed by hundreds of pages of raging opinion, stunning them into permanent procrastination.  

Waistband Carry

Introduction to Holsters: Waistband Carry

by Keith Coniglio

How we carry our defensive firearm is just as important a consideration as our choice of pistol for the task, and you should no more "buy some holster" than you should "buy some gun" for concealed carry. One size does not fit all in the realm of concealed carry, and to choose the right holster for your needs, you must first need to know what options are available.