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EDC Part 2

In our last article we spotlighted the importance of being prepared through Everyday Carry. (If you missed it you can find it in our Notes.) Today we are going to cover how they can be used and some different carrying options for these things. But before we can talk about how, and trust me there are plenty of options on the market, we have to talk about what and why.      Let’s start with the basics. No matter if you are a man or a woman everyone can and should carry many of the same things. The way, along with where and when they carry them can and does change from person to person as well as situation to situation.      Scenario: Natural disaster hits, but not your home. The nearby power plant has been hit by some brutal natural disa...  Read More

Every Day Carry (Part 1)

     Given today's climate, and the ever growing need to be prepared, it’s important to address things like a go bag, or every day carry. They are prevalent on your favorite tacti-cool site, but they have been around long before the internet. Just like anything, these items are useful, but only if you know how to use them, which stems from what are you preparing for?      I am a long time gun-owner, a hunter, a trainer, a veteran, a patriot and a self-proclaimed alpha male. No one needs to be any of those to be prepared or to act. You as an adult can be ready for the unexpected with just a few simple items, such as a Bic lighter wrapped in duct tape, a mini flashlight, and a pocket knife. The frequency that you can use these items in ...  Read More

What to Carry When the Bleeding Starts

    Imagine you are driving home from work.It’s been a long day and you’re just looking forward to being at home. You’re quick to scan the road, keeping an eye on the car in front of you. You hear a screech of tires and a crunch of metal. As you come to, you’re not sure what just happened; only that your head is pounding and your legs are in agony.      This scenario may be rather extreme, but certainly not impossible. We are all familiar with the news coverage of disasters and tragedies. I can’t help but think what I would do if I found myself in that situation. We can’t predict every possibility, but prudent preparation and training can give us the edge when seconds count and in these situations they do. When considering what first ai...  Read More

Missouri the Wild Wild West (What you need to know about Permits)

In case you haven’t been watching, concealed carry and “constitutional carry” have been a big issue in many places across the United States. In fact, as of now there are 11 States to include Missouri and Kansas that allow their residents to carry concealed without a permit. So that means everyone can kill everyone without justification, right?   Wrong. Here are a couple myths/facts about the law: First Myth: Now anyone can walk around wherever they want with a gun. Fact: Part A. In order for you to carry concealed without a permit in Missouri you have to be legally allowed to purchase a gun in the state of Missouri (that means you have to have undergone or be able to undergo a Federal Background Check).  You also have to be at...  Read More

The Top 5 Pistol Shooting Mistakes for Novices and Intermediate

This week we’ve compiled a list of five of the most common “mistakes” we see in our courses. We see a lot of the same issues fairly consistently. This list is meant to help you identify them before you even come into a class and as a reminder to you folks who have already been through! Each of these come back to the fundamentals. While we aren’t putting these in order of worst to best, when it comes to marksmanship, the most important fundamentals are 1. Aiming (Sight Picture and Sight Alignment), and 2. Trigger Control. Because of their importance, we will begin with those! Sight Alignment – One of the most common observations we make when it comes to a shooter not being as accurate as they want is a misunderstanding of how sig...  Read More

The How and Why of Dry Fire

The How and Why of Dry Fire Practice There are a lot of schools of thought out there when it comes to how much training you need. Many people, especially here in Missouri, learned from their “Granddaddy and that is good enough.” But, guns and our understanding of how to use them has come a long way. Going squirrel hunting or shooting bottles/cans just doesn’t prepare you for the use of deadly force situations that some of you might find yourself in. What you need to understand is, this isn’t your granddaddy’s training and it shouldn’t be. In any other profession or recreation, you wouldn’t want it to be. Think about a doctor who learned everything they know from their grandpa. Not just that but grandpa wasn’t even a professional do...  Read More

You Can't Do Anything on a Public Range

It's been too long since we posted and I didn't want to leave every one waiting on this Valentine's Day week. Make sure you get some trigger time with the one you love. Instead of the normal dinner plans do something a bit more exciting. Go out and get some group therapy. Reach out and touch a heart. It's always a great way to bond with the love of your life.  ​​SMLXL   Everyone knows shooting can be a lot of fun. Going to the range and shooting a couple hundred rounds is a blasty blast made even better with reactive targets on private property. But not eveyone has the luxury. For the vast majority of people shooting is limited to a public range. Just going out to send rounds down range without a purpose gets expensive and rea...  Read More

Training Kids without the Scars

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time training a young lady. She was 11 years old and had never fired a gun. She has been around them her entire life. She grew up in Rural South Dakota and even helped walk/hunt pheasant but never was behind the trigger. She began with a basic knowledge of safety but did not have any specific knowledge or formal training. She was able to discern between a safe direction and an unsafe direction, but she also had trouble with the practice of keeping the firearm pointed in a safe direction. At 11 years old, she was able to take a semiautomatic .22 LR handgun and repeatedly place rounds on her target successfully. More than that, she was able to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction while loa...  Read More