Old Dog, New Tricks

If you ever reach a point where you think there is nothing left to learn in your chosen field, you are only fooling yourself. I have spent decades in the study of self-defense/self-protection and this week I had an eye-opening moment during a presentation from a young instructor named Mike Pana, an instructor from the…

When Injury Takes a Toll

Through the years I have had many setbacks in training. I suffered some pretty serious damage to my knee in my early teens. This single injury resulted in several more injuries through the course of my life, and today I have what I call a bad knee, and a worse knee. Of course, the knee…

The Weight of the World

I had the chance to take some time away. It was needed, and it have me a new perspective. For a start, we went to the State that I long to call home, Colorado. We spent a few days wandering the awe inspiring sights around Colorado Springs. My new favorite place on earth is the…

Uvalde

The more facts that come out about the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the more heartbreaking the entire story becomes. I don’t want to write about stuff like this. On a good day my heart is heavy with all of the things that I have seen, and read, and studied as I rip off the mask…

Review: Martial Arts and Your Life

The following is a review of Martial Arts and Your Life, a new book by Lawrence A. Kane and Kris Wilder. Condensed version: I loved and believe you will too. Longer version: Last summer I got an email asking if I would be interested in participating in a survey for a Martial Arts book. I…

Review: Colt 1911 Combat Commander

Being a revolver guy, I never thought I could be turned into a 1911 guy. And, here we are. Today I will review the Colt Combat Commander in 45 ACP, first impressions, first 100 rounds, the Urban Carry Lock Leather IWB holster, and the Underwood Ammo .45 ACP +P 230gr. Jacketed Hollow Point Hunting &…

Top 5 Impractical Guns (That I Want Anyway)

Today I am going to offer my Top Five Impractical Guns that I want anyway. The guns on this list are guns that have some sort of appeal to me, in spite of being impractical for one reason or another. Here is my list: 5. The Kentucky Long Rifle This is the gun that won…

Why Are Pro-Gun People Against “Universal Background Checks”?

What follows is based on an answer I gave to a friend on why pro-gun rights folk are so dead-set against the cute sounding “Universal Background Checks” that are yet again being presented as a “common-sense” gun control measure that will “save lives”. Here is the basic rejection, we already have background checks on all…

EDC Knife: Smith and Wesson First Response

So the time has come to retire the Kershaw Black Horse. It has been my EDC knife since the 1980’s. It has been reliable, indestructible, and completely and totally badass since day one. But, it is dated, and there are designs that have since come out that are more appealing to me at this stage…

Kane and Wilder: 10 Rules of Karate

I wanted to give a quick review of the latest from Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder called 10 Rules of Karate, the immutable path to victory.  Here is what I wrote for the authors: “In your hands is a book that cuts straight through the chatter and gets straight to the point of unarmed self-defense….