Author Archive: Short Barrel Shepherd

Short Barrel Shepherd

Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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Death of the Sling Bag?

Death of the Sling Bag?

| June 22, 2018 | 9 Comments

Sling bags are my preferred form factor for carrying firearms and trauma gear, as you can access the bag’s contents without setting it down or taking it off. However, sling bags have fallen out of fashion, and it is almost impossible to find one with the size, construction, and durability necessary to do the job […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics: May 2018 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics: May 2018 Edition

| June 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

May’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 0/10 Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4 Total dead handheld lights: 0/3 Total dead safe lights: 1/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 The IKEA Dioder motion activated LED light strip is more powerhungry than a Russian oligarch. It wiped out another 6 AAA batteries; the rechargeable […]

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An Update on the 5-3-1 Weight Lifting Program

An Update on the 5-3-1 Weight Lifting Program

Our strength has gone up with the 5-3-1 program, and I’d recommend it for people who want to get stronger. My body doesn’t look much different, and the program doesn’t give me the same feeling of “vitality” as the P90X series or kettlebelling, but the charts don’t lie. My wife and I have been doing […]

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Update On Using a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space In Your Trauma Kit

Update On Using a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space In Your Trauma Kit

Use vacuum bags to save space, and take wrapped items out of their wrappers to save time. In December of 2017 I wrote about using a vacuum sealer to save room in your trauma kit, and to increase the durability of wrapped items, like gauze. Here’s an update, with an example of how I saved […]

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Ways to Make Training More Affordable

Ways to Make Training More Affordable

Budgeting for training over tools, prioritizing your next training milestone, splitting fixed costs with others, hosting an instructor, understanding when you need a guru and when you can “shop local”, and starting or joining a practice group are all ways to stretch your dollar to get in as many classes as possible. “I don’t have […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics: April 2018 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics: April 2018 Edition

April’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 2/10 Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4 Total dead handheld lights: 0/3 Total dead safe lights: 0/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 I admit — I didn’t check my lights and optics last month. As a result, I don’t know if The She Shepherd’s Meprolight Mepro […]

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It’s Not Too Late

It’s Not Too Late

| April 26, 2018 | 1 Comments

Comparing what you did with your life to someone else doesn’t help you advance. We can’t change what we did (or didn’t do), but we can change what we do today and tomorrow. Keep going. It was the night before Dominating the Entangled Fight. We hosted the instructors: Cecil Burch, Larry Lindenman, and Paul Sharp. […]

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2018 : the No Gear Year

2018 : the No Gear Year

| January 3, 2018 | 4 Comments

I will limit my purchases in 2018 to items required for training, or need to be repaired / replaced due to training. Training Over Tools This is a phrase we’ve written and said over the last few years, but we are putting our money where our mouth is in 2018. Unless we need something for […]

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Use a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space and Increase Durability to Your Trauma Gear

Use a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space and Increase Durability to Your Trauma Gear

| December 19, 2017 | 4 Comments

For about $50 you can get a new vacuum sealer and pre-scored bags that will add durability to your pocket / ankle carried trauma gear, and save you a little bit of space. The Problem Medical gear has been part of my everyday carry (EDC) for the last three years. One thing I’ve noticed is […]

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Nitecore P12 Warranty and Repair Experience

Nitecore P12 Warranty and Repair Experience

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

I had a good experience getting my faulty Nitecore P12 replaced, but where you bought it from may influence your experience. Keep your receipt, even if it’s just an email from Amazon. We use Nitecore P12 1000 lumen flashlights as weapon mounted lights on our rifles. The concussion from the faster shooting and volume of […]

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