• KR Training Defensive Pistol Skills 1

    It’s always good to get back to the basics and that’s exactly what I did by attending the Defensive Pistol Skills 1 course at KR Training. Here is the after action report.

  • Capacity Over Caliber Part Deux

    Every time I engage in the caliber vs capacity debate, I end up ruffling some feathers. The feather ruffling often yields conversations that challenge my opinion and help me grow. So, here we go again.

  • Capacity Over Caliber

    My updated opinion on the caliber vs capacity debate. Short version: there would be no debate if we detach emotion and put aside personal preferences as objective weapon selection naturally yields caliber for capacity.

  • Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red Dot Reflex Sight

    My review of the Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red Dot Reflex Sight. In short, it’s a small and lightweight red dot optic that is a fantastic choice for duty or home defense carbines. Especially so, when combined with night vision devices.

  • Building a Quality Survival Kit on a Budget: Part 16

    This is the final installment of the Building a Quality Survival Kit on a Budget series. In this installment we review the reasoning and the contents of the kit while making a few suggestions of what to do next with it.

  • The Bang Cycle

    Ready, aim, fire! While that is all takes for fire a shot, it’s an over simplified way to describe the process of taking a shot. This post explores the shooting cycle in a bit more depth.

  • Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 FFP Riflescope

    A review of the Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen III 1-10×24 FFP low powered variable optic. Spoiler, it’s magnanimous.

  • The 3 C’s of Carrying a Handgun: Comfort, Concealment, and Capability

    Comfort, concealment, and capability are three simple aspects of carrying a handgun that folks often discuss. As simple as they are independently, optimizing one of those aspects implies compromising the other two.

  • Building a Quality Survival Kit on a Budget: Part 15

    It’s time to add up to $25 worth of goodness to the budget survival kit. This month I am looking a couple of items that can improve our ability to send and receive information.

  • Deer Rifle for Under $1000

    Here is what Uncle Zo would do if he had $1000 to spend on a deer rifle today.

Here is what Uncle Zo would do if he had $1000 to spend on a deer rifle today.

A brief review of the 700 grain .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum load from Underwood Ammo.

Picking a good instructor is critical to developing defensive skills quickly. This post explores how I go about finding and selecting a highly skilled instructor.

Folks considering or using a shotgun for home defense might want to pick up a copy of this book. It’s a fountain of knowledge that dispels myth and lays a firm foundation surrounding defensive application of shotguns.

Gathered my thoughts and put together some pointed actionable suggestions for folks who are getting started with armed self defense. I cover guns, ammo, gear, and how to go about getting and staying good.

A deeper look at the Vortex Optics AR-BDC2 reticle found on their previous generation Strike Eagle LPVOs.

Short version: It’s simple. It’s functional. It works. I just wish it had a better manual.

It’s time to add up to $25 worth of goodness to the budget survival kit. This month I am looking at defensive tools.

One of the things I’ve noticed after talking with folks about pistol mounted red dot sights, is that not everyone is aware of types of failures that may occur with an RDS and how to deal with them. Spoiler: back up sights aren’t necessarily the answer. Let’s explore front sight obstructions, rear sight obstructions, and complete RDS failures.

A reader pointed out that data I had previously published about the 6.5mm Creedmoor recoil was too good to be true. I second guessed myself and decided to take a deeper dive.

A deeper look at the Vortex Optics EMR-9 (MRAD) reticle found on their Razor HD Gen III LPVOs. Short version: it’s my new favorite LPVO reticle.