AAR – Martial Arms Tactical Vehicle Gun Fighting Skills

Date: 9/26/2015
Instructor: Steve Collins

Some have asked why I would spend my time taking a course like this a second time.  The answer is simple; there’s no way to adequately remember the lessons learned in such a course by going through only once.  Too much time passes from the beginning of the course to the end of the day and there isn’t sufficient time to take notes even if note taking were more practical on an outdoor range.

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A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action

Tactical Ted is my favorite hypothetical person.  Despite his complete and utter lack of any formal training, he considers himself to be an “operator” and, unlike me, he knows every answer to every question in the defensive shooting world.  Sometimes Ted shoots only occasionally and sometimes he shoots every week.  Sometimes he shoots competitively and sometimes just for fun.  In spite of all of his shooting experience (or lack thereof), Ted is all knowing.

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Stop Making Excuses, Carry Your Gun

Sometimes it blows my mind when I hear some of the ridiculous excuses made by folks when it comes to why they don’t carry their gun.  They have put a lot of time and money into buying a gun, taking a state mandated safety course, paying for their carry permit, and buying a holster and other equipment but choose, instead, to leave their gun at home.

Let’s look at some of these excuses and see why they are invalid.

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Are You Training or Practicing?

The words we use to describe a particular activity are important.  If we use the wrong terms it can lead to a gross misunderstanding by others of what we hope to convey.  This is especially true in the use of text since there is no variance or inflection of voice to help get the point across.

With that in mind, I have noticed many people in the “gun world” using the wrong words to describe all sorts of things.  One pair of such misused terms is training vs. practicing. Continue reading

AAR – Suarez International: HITS-8 – Defensive Knife

Organization: Suarez International
Course Title: HITS-8 – Defensive Knife
Instructor: Steve Collins
Date: August 28th, 2015

I decided nearly twelve years ago that I would carry a gun to defend my own life or the life of another person if necessary.  That said, I typically do carry a knife as well but have never considered it to be of much use to me as a defensive weapon.  I had absolutely zero knowledge on the defensive use of a knife and had always viewed the knife as a last ditch weapon if other, more familiar, options failed to be effective. Continue reading

AAR – Suarez International: CRG-4 – Force on Force Gunfighting

Course Title: CRG-4 – Force of Force Gunfighting
Organization: Suarez International
Instructor: Steve Collins
Dates: August 29th & 30th, 2015

Having taken (and taught) many defensive shooting courses over the last several years, I have a level of skill with a defensive handgun that is generally superior to that of the average person that has taken nothing beyond their state mandated concealed carry course and has spent no practice time since then.  I don’t mean that to sound boastful or arrogant but it is difficult for one to achieve a higher level without putting in additional effort.

That said, I am pleased to discover that this course challenged me in many ways.  It was able to confirm many of the beliefs I have had for quite some time and it also answered some of the questions I have had about real world defensive situations. Continue reading

Your Most Effective Weapon

If I asked you what your most effective weapon in a dynamic lethal force encounter would be, what would your answer be?

Would it be pepper spray…
A Taser…
A knife…
A gun…

I have often heard people that practice martial arts and other fighting techniques claim that if you can’t win a fight without a gun, you won’t be able to win it with a gun.  Most of them use this claim due to their desire to get more people involved in hand to hand self-defense techniques. Continue reading

Why Being #39 Is A Good Thing

Usually when you’re involved in a contest, your goal is to be number one.

WE’RE NUMBER ONE!  WE’RE NUMBER ONE!   WE’RE NUMBER ONE!

But there are some contests it’s simply better to be on the other end.  Today, the Brady Campaign announced its current ranking of states “gun control” laws.  You can see the chart for yourself HERE.

As you may know, the Brady Campaign is an anti-gun organization that works to get laws passed throughout the United States that inhibit the law-abiding citizens ability to own and use firearms.  Unfortunately, these laws do absolutely nothing, very little at best, to prevent criminals from having guns to use in their exploits.  A ranking of 1 means super restrictive gun laws, whereas a ranking of 50 means the state has followed the Constitution as closely as possible.

I’m proud that Missouri, my home state and favorite of the 50, has been ranked at 39, tied with Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming.  It looks to me like we’re in good company.  Obviously, as I look at Alaska’s ranking of 50, it’s clear there is still room for improvement.

I’d like to congratulate all 31 states that ranked too low to be awarded any stars by the campaign.  Maybe someday, the Brady Campaign will pull its head out of its backside and figure out that laws don’t stop criminals.  Until then, I won’t be holding my breath.