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Sounds crazy right? Who would park a $200K vehicle in a lean-to of sticks? We can all see that this could lead to damage to the car, inability to get the car out of the lean-to if it collapsed, and a host of other problems.


Yet we see people putting a thousand dollar g...


By: Copper of RavTough times call for tough people. Are you fit enough to take care of yourself and others? Every week it seems a new active killing takes place. On the way to work, a car crash could happen, could you drag the passengers out of the burning car? Do you...

The following story and the names within the story are fiction. Any actual event or same or similar names within the actual event would be purely coincidental. The comments about what is needed to Reality Check Series take control of this situation are from the perspec...

The fact of the matter is, you don't know what is possible until it happens to you. Training and experience will dictate how you go about things, but at the end of the day, situations are so different that you may as well prepare for as many as possible. Carrying a gun...

     So, there is one reason in particular that I choose an AR pistol over a 14.5in or 16in carbine. That reason is maneuverability. I am much more effective in and around my vehicle or residence with a shorter platform. Car seats do not get in my way nearly as much in...

As a beginner, the first steps are the most important. Making sure you have the right equipment and set up is critical to good skill development.  Poor equipment choices can lead to bad habits from the start and waste time and money.


We see all kinds of things in the t...

Since shooting is a combination of the mental and physical, there are things you can do to become better, some are mental, and some are physical.  As trainers we see many shooters talk themselves out of good shooting.  Your mental dialog should be positive as opposed t...

As a security professional, I see all kinds of different things, from the real-deal to pretenders.  Being prepared is not just about being armed or trained in the use of a firearm, it is a mindset.  There is a wide variety of what being prepared looks like, or what it...

Anything can be intimidating when you first start out.  Firearms are no different… there are as many kinds of guns as cars and if you are not fluent in the nomenclature it's easy to get lost at first. It’s not that hard once you learn the basic parts, as many of the pa...

The recent shooting in New Zealand, active shooter, active killer, mass shootings, acts of violence appear to be a more and more common event in today’s world.  This is not just a US issue as the media may lead you to believe, but rather a worldwide issue that can happ...

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