Top 10 Reasons You Should Shoot Competitively

Ox here...Summer is almost here, and along with it, there will be thousands of opportunities across the country to compete in local, regional, and national shooting sports events that can make you a better defensive shooter. Specifically, IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) matches, PASS (Premier Action Shooting Society), USPSA (US Practical Shooting Association) matches, and/or 3-gun/multi-gun matches are all great opportunities to hone your skills and rapidly improve your … Continue reading...

Visual Perception Delay and In-The-Back Shootings

A horrible story is coming out of North Charleston, South Carolina this week about an officer shooting a man 8 times in the back while fleeing on foot after a traffic stop. What I've seen and read so far is not good…simply by the number of shots the officer fired, but do you know why that is? Or do you know why it’s common for civilians or law enforcement to shoot their attackers 1, 2, or even 3 times in the back before realizing that their attacker has turned? In short, reality isn’t … Continue reading...

Pistol Training In Your Car That could make you a safer driver

Sometimes (actually quite often) I find crossover between what I'm doing on the firearms training front and the rest of my life. Vision training is one of those areas.  The same exercises that help me pick up my front sight faster also help me keep my eyes on the road more when I'm driving and help me scan a room/crowd faster. In this case, the drill is one of the drills from www.DryFireTrainingCards.com that I've adapted to do in my truck (without a pistol) at stoplights.  It's easy, … Continue reading...

4 Firearms Myths That Bad Guys Believe And You Shouldn’t

Ox here with 4 myths about firearms accuracy that bad guys believe and you shouldn't MYTH 1.  You can't shoot accurately with a (fill in the blank) pistol. Normally, I hear this argument about subcompacts, pistols/revolvers with long heavy triggers, or pistols that have a long double action for the first round and a single action thereafter. The fact is that all of these make firing fast and accurate groups more difficult, but it shouldn't be an excuse for poor performance. If you … Continue reading...

Maximizing Your Performance Under Stress

Ox here... Whether you found us because of a desire to be more prepared or to shoot better, there’s a good chance that you’re like the rest of our audience and would love to know how to perform better in extreme stress. It could be reacting to a family member having a life threatening emergency, responding to a natural or manmade disaster, stopping a lethal force threat, or everyday life challenges. Through the years, I’ve encountered high stress situations where I’ve frozen with … Continue reading...

Alternative Tools For TBI and PTSD

At SHOT show, I ended up in several conversations about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and how military medicine, including the VA, kind of has their hands tied as far as doing much besides treating symptoms. Part of the conversations stemmed from the success of “American Sniper” and the fact that Chris Kyle spent the majority of his time after returning home helping people dealing with these exact issues, and it was one of the topics that he and I … Continue reading...

Own The Night–Night Vision, Thermal, and the eye

FLIR PS24 Thermal, PVS 14 NVG, ATN THOR Thermal

Ox here...Today, I am going to give you a quick review of a couple of night vision devices, a basic tip for seeing better in the dark, and some high-speed tips for seeing better in the dark. I learned to love the dark many years ago.  I went through a phase where I attacked my fears and phobias, as well as other common fears and phobias.  To knock out my fear of heights, I worked red iron construction and took up rock climbing.  To knock out my fear of drowning, I got comfortable swimming 50 … Continue reading...

Extremely small cold weather survival

With the "epic" blizzard that just hit the East Coast I wanted to give you a couple of extremely small and compact winter survival tools that will help you maintain core temperature in the most extreme conditions.  As a note, if you live in a more temperate climate, keep in mind the fact that most cases of hypothermia happen when the temperature is in the 50s.  Why?  It's the perfect temperature that encourages activity, sweat, lighter than necessary clothing, and big temperature shifts due to … Continue reading...

Chris Kyle/Larry Yatch American Sniper Benefit

If you haven't seen American Sniper yet, it's an awesome movie and I strongly encourage you to see it. Here's a quick TV interview that my friend, Retired Navy SEAL, Larry Yatch recently did about his tour on Team 3 with Chris and about the movie: I got to spend some time with Larry in Vegas at SHOT this week and we had a chance to swap stories about Chris.  To be clear, we had very different relationships with Chris.  Larry went to war with Chris and they were close friends/brothers.  … Continue reading...

4 Ways To Fight To Your Gun

Ox here, with this week's newsletter, brought to you by the "Fight To Your Gun" combatives program from Target Focus Training.  Designed and proven by and for special operations personnel, it's the ideal self-defense program for people who want to be able to effectively handle a younger, bigger, stronger, faster attacker...even without a gun, knife, or other external self-defense tool.  To learn more, go >HERE< I touched on this briefly yesterday, but I want to go into it in more depth … Continue reading...