Identity or Pigeonhole

I have been asked by several people who read this blog about how I identify; am I a traditional martial artist, a RBSD guy (Reality Based Self-Defense), a gun nut, or what? To be honest, I am just studying. Each phase of what I have undertaken has been, what seemed to me, to be a…

What is ‘Practical’?

For the people who know me best, the idea that I talk so much about being practical can sometimes take a moment to sink in. I do things in an oddball way as often as not. When asked a question, I tend to give a thorough answer with supporting information rather than a quick, simple,…

First Visit to the Range

So, I made my first visit to the firing range. I fired a gun for the first time in my life, and the only thing hurt was my pride. While I have taken gun safety courses, I had no real training in the actual art and science of firing a pistol. Sure, all of the…

Gun Chronicles: A Beginning

This is the first of a series of articles where I intend to share my journey into gaining an understanding of firearms. I am sure there are others out there who, like me, were either taught to be afraid of guns, or else simply have no knowledge about guns at all. I share this in…

Survivalist, with Sanity: 5 Points on Personal Safety

Very often, people tend to marginalize anything which the media wishes to marginalize. We see shows about “preppers” and assume that they are doomsday kooks.  Sometimes we need to look beyond these generalizations and see the facts. Here I am going to present some of my thoughts on things that we should all consider. You…

A Question of Why

At one level of thinking and reacting, people wish beyond all reason to give labels and motivations to the actions of others. Obviously, part of the reason our species survived at all can be attributed to our ability to look at situations, and using our experiences, make predictions about what is likely to happen next….