Any Topic: Except Two

Any Topic: Except Two

| October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

If we consider self reliance training to be a product, the cost and difficulty of acquiring and keeping “customers” is very high. In order to retain people in our community, we should be as welcoming as possible. I encourage you to be friendly and outgoing to everyone — but avoid discussing two topics at class: religion […]

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Keep Your Eyes On the Prize

Keep Your Eyes On the Prize

| October 25, 2017 | 5 Comments

Keeping your eyes aligned with your sights (or optics) has a huge performance advantage when working inside of structures. Students learned this lesson the hard way at  Craig Douglas’s Armed Movement In Structures class. Sights. Tilt torso. Move feet. Sights. Tilt torso. Move feet. Such was my inner monologue as I sliced angles off of […]

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Concert Security Experiment #01

Concert Security Experiment #01

| October 20, 2017 | 3 Comments

The She Shepherd and I went to a rock concert at a small venue last night. I knew the venue had a strict no weapons policy, including OC spray. However, the concert was in downtown Minneapolis and I expected the concert to last until at least 11PM at night. I wanted to carry a defensive […]

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The Monster Under the Stairs

The Monster Under the Stairs

| October 17, 2017 | 4 Comments

I lived in a two story house when I was about four years old. The staircase was exposed, or “open.” I imagined that a monster was going to grab my ankle as I went up. Until I was about 10 or 11 this fear manifested while going up or down any “open” stairwell. There was […]

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Old Workhorse: SBR Mini Draco AK47 Fall 2017 Update

Old Workhorse: SBR Mini Draco AK47 Fall 2017 Update

| October 11, 2017 | 7 Comments

We carry pistols because they are convenient, not because they are effective. – John Farnam In November of 2011 I purchased a Mini Draco AK47 pistol, with the intent of converting it to a short barreled rifle (SBR) and carrying it daily. I carried it for about two years before experimenting with my .300 Blackout AR15 […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics, September 2017 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics, September 2017 Edition

| October 6, 2017 | 1 Comments

September’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: 0/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/3 Two things of note this month: the rechargeable battery for my Nitecore MT1C survived, which may mean that I have a weak / defective […]

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The Satisfaction of Selling Out

The Satisfaction of Selling Out

| September 25, 2017 | 6 Comments

As time has gone on, the focus of this blog has been less about bag carrying an SBR or PDW (which I still do, every work day), and more about training and being a good advocate for self reliance. Part of this shift was financial. It costs a lot of money for us to buy […]

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Self Reliance Training: Novice Students

Self Reliance Training: Novice Students

| September 15, 2017 | 4 Comments

This is Part Three of a four part series on what I think students should take (and in rough priority) based on how long they have been living a self reliant lifestyle. If you haven’t already, please read Part One (overview) and Part Two (what should new students take first). Brief Students who have acquired a broad […]

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Check Your Lights and Optics, August 2017 Edition

Check Your Lights and Optics, August 2017 Edition

| September 7, 2017 | 1 Comments

August’s “Check Your Lights and Optics” results: Total dead optics found: 0/10 Total dead weapon mounted lights: 0/4 Total dead handheld lights: 1/3 Total dead safe lights: 0/3 Total dead headlamps: 0/2 My Nitecore MT1C was dead at the end of the month. I pocket carry this light, and I use it the most frequently. Last […]

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Self Reliance Training: What Should New Students Take First?

Self Reliance Training: What Should New Students Take First?

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is Part Two of a four part series on what I think students should take (and in rough priority) based on how long they have been living a self reliant lifestyle. If you haven’t already, please read Part One. Brief People new to self reliance training, especially those who are unsure if they want […]

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