We are in the midst of “No Shave November” and I am amazed at the bearded manliness that is spreading throughout the tactical social media world that I live in. Beards and staches are everywhere. I used to sport some pretty serious growth but eventually, when I started shutting my beard in the car door, it came time to maintain. Some of you may be getting toward the limits your life impose on you. It, might be your wife’s tolerance [Read more...]
A quick update: HB 203 has passed out of House Committee and onto the House floor. Voting is expected to take place soon. From the NRA-ILA.
Today’s podcast is something I usually don’t do. We are going to look at a current event. Ohio’s HB 203, a concealed carry reform bill. Why some thing different?
- I sat down to write a little blip with some links and zoned in and came out with 700 words on a topic
- Listeners have been emailing and asking where are the podcasts?!?
- We really need to look at Second Amendment issues from a responsible standpoint.
You might be asking, “Why should I listen to Ohio specific material”
- good to know from reciprocity standpoint
- you might live in Ohio
- conceptually the 2a is the 2a and there are some big conceptual pieces in this bill both for the better and the worse.
A fellow Combat Focus Shooting Instructor, Barret Kendrick of Bearco Training, recently published an article through the Personal Defense Network that resonated with me. You can read his article here.
My family is important to me. I go to great length to ensure their safety, but it doesn’t take much to understand that preparing me to take care of my family isn’t enough.
Every year as we approach Halloween we see a list of safety tips for enjoying Trick-or-Treating safely. Many of those tips revolve around traditional ideas such as strangers and candy safety. What should scare you more than strangers, or tainted treats, more than all the witches and werewolves is the rate of pedestrian fatality accidents that occur on Halloween. According to State Farm Insurance, Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian fatalities. Today we are going to take a look at what we can do to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
Simple tips to reduce the scary possibility of child pedestrian deaths.
AAA cites the risk of child pedestrian fatalities on October 31 to be more than twice as high as any other day. With scary statistics like these, it only makes sense for both drivers and those on foot to take some precautions to avoid tragedy. Here are some of my tips to make Halloween safer:
Tips for Drivers:
Be Aware of Pedestrians
One of the most important things we can do to reduce the occurrence of vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents is for the driver to increase their awareness of pedestrians. On Halloween, we must recognize that there is likely to be an increase in pedestrian activity especially in and around neighborhoods. As a result, we need to increase our awareness of those pedestrians. Pause your conversation with your passengers, ignore the song on the radio, put down your cell phone and pay attention to the people around your vehicle
Anyone who spends time behind the wheel knows that a reduction in speed means more time to react to the unexpected. Remember, especially in neighborhoods, the posted speed is the MAXIMUM. You certainly can drive slower than the posted limit and on Halloween, maybe you should.
Avoid Neighborhood Shortcuts
Getting to your destination a few minutes sooner or avoiding a few extra miles worth of fuel and wear and tear can be attractive, but cutting through neighborhoods filled with trick-or-treaters increases the risk of a pedestrian accident. Stick to the main roads and avoid the risk altogether.
Don’t Drink and Drive
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15% of the drivers involved in fatal accidents on week days are legally drunk. On weekends the number jumps to 31%. We can logically assume that Halloween festivities could lead to a higher than typical consumption rate of alcohol. Everyone likes to have a good time, however, if you are planning on driving, alcohol shouldn’t be part of your fun. Don’t drink and drive.
Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:
Cross at Corners
Everyone needs to be aware that 70% of child pedestrian fatalities result from children crossing in the middle of the block. Take a few minutes to discuss crossing streets before you head out and while you are trick-or-treating, take the extra time to cross at corners.
Make Costumes visible
Give drivers a hand spotting you while you are out collecting treats by making your costume visible. Select a costume that is light in color when possible. If a lighter costume isn’t in the cards accessorize with reflective tape, flash lights and glow sticks. When using reflective tape attach it near the feet and hands as their movement helps to attract the attention of drivers. Make sure the tape is visible from 360 degrees.
Don’t obstruct your vision
When it comes to protecting ourselves, our eyes collect a tremendous amount of information so that we can make appropriate decisions. Let your eyes do their job by choosing makeup over masks. If a mask is mandatory, make sure to remove it completely when crossing streets.
Supervise Your Children
Halloween is an exciting time especially for children. With that excitement tends to come a focus on the task at hand, collecting treats. There is nothing wrong with having a good time and having adult supervision close at hand to provide important reminders and guidance can help keep your excited ghosts and goblins safe.
When it comes to safety we must always make sure that the benefits significantly outweigh the risks of our activity. The benefits of a fun family night on Halloween are clear and when put forth a bit of effort to reduce the risks with the tips above we can help to ensure that October, 31st is as safe as it is fun.
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Aristotle said: “Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it: men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we come to be brave.”
This past week I invested 4 days in instructor development ant the Combat Focus Shooting Instructors Conference. I didn’t take a gun with me and I only shot when instructors needed a student to teach. Yet, I made great improvements in my ability to teach defensive handgun topics. You see it isn’t about being a good shooter. Instead, it is a bout being a good teacher. According to Aristotle, to be a good teacher I must teach. That is what I did.
The Warrior Summit is getting closer and today we are going to talk with WS instructor Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense. Ale is an expert close in and had extensive experience studying and teaching unarmed skills, close quarters, defensive handgun skills through the combat focus shooting program and is the developer of the Safer Faster Knife Defense Program. Take a listen to hear Alessandro’s thoughts about knives, training and the Warrior Summit.
Sponsor of the Day: Warrior Summit
In order to help and promote the upcoming Warrior Summit this Labor Day weekend I wanted to interview each of the instructors about their courses. I started out with Adam Wilson of 1MOA Solutions and he set the bar high. Instead of recording a 30 minute infomercial for our event Adam laid out some serious information about ammo, rifles, optics and mindset related to long range shooting. Even if you have no interest in the Warrior Summit, this podcast is worth the listen.
Long Range Shooting with Army Sniper Adam Wilson of 1MOA Solutions
If you are interested in what a sniper does and how they do it, or if you want to be able to put shots on target at distance this
Adam will be teaching a Long Range course at the Warrior Summit Labor Day weekend and this podcast has a bunch of great info to help you get ready.podcast is right up your alley. Adam Wilson of 1MOA Solutions lays out some foundational information for getting the hits you need to get at long range.
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When I talk about long range shooting I really am talking about a hobby that I enjoy. The gear is pretty cool and the ability to reach out and get hits at “long range” is satisfying as well. When I talk about cool gear, there is nothing cooler than the rifles that Desert Tactical Arms are producing. The Desert Tactical Arms rifles are accurate, modular and SHORT.
Recently I had the chance to to meet with my friends at Desert Tactical Arms, take a look at their facility, shoot some sweet rifles and chat with their founder and president. It is a great listen with lots of background and info about DTA and long range shooting. I hope you enjoy it!
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I have been carrying a knife daily for as long as I can remember. With the invention of thumb hole and stud opening features it became much more convenient to carry a folding knife when one handed or urgent opening was the order of the day. However, because of the complexity of operation of various knife systems and the body alarm reaction that exists in a worst case scenario, until recently, I carried a fixed blade knife.
That all changed when I had the chance to tinker around with a Spyderco Endura. The specific model was the Endura 4 with the Emerson wave. The wave opening feature allows for automated opening when the knife is drawn from the pocket. This knife was different from most defensive knifes where a separate action is required to open the knife. In the middle of a fight, the fewer things that need to be done, the better. Getting a knife out is difficult enough without adding the complexity of actually opening the knife. This is where the wave opening feature is different.
The mechanism is simple. When the Emerson Wave moves vertically out of the pocket, it engages with the back of the pocket. The Wave opening feature acts as a lever and opens the blade. The more force and urgency used the more reliably the opening of the Endura is.
If you are looking for an intuitive defensive carry knife the Endura 4 with the Emerson Wave is certainly worth your consideration. It is a durable and convenient knife that is suited for daily carry and use, but more importantly, it serves as an outstanding defensive tool that works well with how your body operates naturally in a worst case defensive situation.
You can purchase the Spyderco Endura 4 Emerson Wave here.
Below you will find resources that help you understand why this knife is such an outstanding defensive tool.
Ian Strimbeck discusses the advantages of the Endura 4 and the Emerson Wave.