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New Year's Resolutions

Posted by firedefense on January 6, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (1)

New Year's Resolutions

It's always great when the new year starts, when so many of us make a promise to ourselves to change something in our lives. I sincerely hope everyone made a commitment to starting a fitness program, or re-committing themselves to the one they were already doing. If you haven't made any resolutions, perhaps I can suggest a few.

1. Start a fitness routine. Yes, we already talked about it, but I thought I would put it on the list.

2. Take a firearms related class. If you search the internet, you can find many companies offering all sorts of classes. Find one you are interested in, and make it happen. Even if you attend one class, the information and experience you can gain will be worth every dollar you spend.

3. Attend a martial arts, or boxing class. If you check with your local Community Center, chances are good that you can find an inexpensive class to attend. I could recommend what classes to take, but I'm going to recommend taking anything is better than nothing.

I hope these few suggestions will help you on your journey to self improvement.

Until next time, stay safe and train hard!

Team F.I.R.E.

Christmas List

Posted by firedefense on November 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Christmas List

This month's article comes to you from a turkey induced state of mind! First, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, eating your fill, and enjoying arguments with your close, and extended family.

After I got done with one such argument, I was confronted with the subject of making a Christmas wish list. Now, I don't know about you all, but I am NOT a fan of the yearly wish list that I must put together. I try to make my list simple and affordable, but somehow it always seems to get out of control. If you have to put together a wish list, perhaps I can help you out.

1. High output LED flashlight. This is a must in your self defense tool box. Not only can we use them to look for things, we can also use them as a weapon, or a force multiplier if you know how to use it properly. If you ask for such a light, make sure it's at least 60 Lumen, and does not have a "clicky" tail cap. Try to get one that has a push on/off feature. Getting one that "clicks" on, is just asking for it to break, or stay on when you don't want it to.

2. Assisted opening knife. Having a good knife is also a must. The uses for knives are endless, but I'm going to stick with a "defensive" knife. If you ask for an assisted opening knife, make sure you use it as a defensive tool only. Get a "pocket knife" for cutting boxes and such. Picking a defensive knife isn't hard. Pick something that is spring assisted, so you can open it with one hand. I generally spend in the $40-$60 on knives. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to do the job. I like Kershaw, but again, get one that you like.

3. Training.  Ask for a gift certificate for training.  We offer deals on training packages, just email us or call for the special pricing.  If you don't train with us, thats okay, just get out there and train with someone.

More than anything, I hope this Christmas finds your family happy, safe, and healthy.

Until next time, train hard and stay safe!

Team F.I.R.E.

Duh, winning!

Posted by firedefense on May 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Duh, winning! 

Ole Charlie got it right.  Whether you have Adonis DNA or not, we have to have that tiger blood pumping through our veins if want to survive and win while involved an armed encounter. 


While I have not been involved in a gun fight, I’m sure anyone who has will probably tell you that their will to survive was one of, if not the most important factor in their victory over their adversary.  That will to survive, is something that we all should strive to achieve.   How do we develop a winning mindset?  I think there are many ways to do it, but the one way that I’m sure works every time is called “hard work”.  I know, it sounds simple, but is it?  How many people get home after a long day, and decide to sit in frontof the TV, computer, etc., instead of hitting the gym?  How many people do nothing with their skill set after they attended one or two firearms classes six years ago? 


Do you want to get into a gun fight with the training that you received six years ago, and the once or twice a year plinking you do with your buddies? 


I encourage each of you to get out there and start a fitness program.  If you already workout, then find a way to push yourself just a little harder each workout.  If you need help, get with friends, get a trainer, or even email me, and I can give you some ideas.  As for your firearms and tactics skill set, I’m sure you can find some manuals and other training materials that you can read or watch, and at least refresh some of the things you already know. 


The most important thing to remember, is that you have to work hard to be like Charlie Sheen, and even at that, we still might come up short!


Until next time, train hard and stay safe.

Team F.I.R.E

Lesson's re-learned

Posted by firedefense on February 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM Comments comments (0)

Lesson’s re-learned.  That’s the topic of this month’s article.  I’m sure I have written about this in the past, but I recently had the opportunity to fail a couple of times.   A couple of weeks ago, I was attending some in-house training, focusing on building searches, Active Shooter Response, and Force on Force.  We were broken down into two man teams, and we were to search the remains of a building under re-construction.   I was teamed up with a competent guy, so my spirits were high, and I was sure the hunting was going to be good.


As we were handed our weapons (Beretta's with Sims), I instinctively chamber checked my weapon and checked the mag.  As I did, I was told to just holster the weapon without checking it.  It turned out that they had only given me two rounds.  Well, I suppose it was better than no rounds (that came later). 


My partner and I then searched for the shooter, and finally we heard the banging behind us.  As we ran to the banging, we slowed down, and got ourselves set to make entry.  As we exploded through the door, I went left, and my partner went right.  I saw another room immediately to the left, and he saw one to his right.   Out of the corner of my eye, I saw movement in the shadows of the room on my left.  I do not remember telling my partner that I had contact, but I do know that I wanted in that room, so that’s where I went.  As soon as I entered, I heard the sound of his Airsoft pistol going off, and also felt the sting of the pellets hitting my arm.  Just as I heard this, I put my gun on him, and pulled the trigger…twice.  As it turned out, I missed both at a distance of two feet.  My opponent had gotten off the X, and made me miss.  The scenario was over, and I had lost. 


The next scenario had us searching the same area, but this time, we didn’t find a shooter, but rather several persons jumping out at us, asking us for help.  We did the best we could, and sent them on their way.  As we started down a hallway, we made entry into a long room, and came out on the other side.  In the process of doing so, we missed a door on the main hallway.  At the end of scenario, we hadn’t shot anyone, and we felt good about what we had done.  That was until someone came strolling down the hallway, asking us why we had missed him.  That was an utter fail. 


Let’s talk about the lesson’s re-learned here.  You fight like you train.  I was handed a gun, and I checked it out.  Never trust anyone when it comes to guns, or any other piece of equipment that your life may depend on.  No matter how good you think you are, you will still mess up!  I don’t think I’m the best, but I try very hard to get better every day. 


In the first scenario, I got excited about the fight, and didn’t take the time to slow down, communicate to my partner,and do things the way they should be done.  In the second scenario, we missed someone because of carelessness.  We made rookie mistakes, and it could have cost us our lives. 


Always push yourself during training.  If you are getting good at something, then maybe it’s time to push harder.  I know I shoot well, but in scenario one, I shot two rounds at missing both times.  Later, Frank Heiman told me that Chief Hansen said my rounds were almost touching on the wall behind the bad guy.  Is that good shooting, yep, I think so.  Do misses count, nope, I believe not.  The point is, I need to shoot at moving targets now that I have a good grasp of shooting fundamentals. 


In the future, please train hard, and make mistakes.  Mistakes are a good way to learn, just as long as you don’t continue to make them. 


Until next time, train hard, and stay safe! 


Team F.I.R.E.

More cold weather tips.

Posted by firedefense on January 11, 2011 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Even though cold weather survival doesn't seem like self defense, being prepared for anything is always self defense.  Here are some more tips to help with your abiity to keep you and your family safe during the cold months.


Frozen and burst pipes are a common occurrence when below normal temperatures hit, so make sure your household pipes are well insulated, particularly in unheated areas such as garages and crawl spaces. Disconnect outdoor hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. Open cabinet doors of kitchens and bathrooms to allow heated air to flow to pipes behind walls and under sinks. Keep a small trickle of water running at vulnerable cold and hot faucets near the exterior walls.


Be sure that there is plenty of food and water available for any outdoor pets. Check on them whenever possible to make sure water sources have not frozen over.


Even if there is little ice, heavy snows and strong winds can bring down power lines. Check your home emergency supplies for blankets, safe alternate heat sources, flashlights, food and water, medications and other necessities. You and your family should have enough emergency supplies that you could get along for a minimum of three days in case of a power failure.


Establish a calling network and check up on friends and neighbors to make sure everyone is doing well.


Travelers are urged to use caution on highways. Make sure you have an emergency kit in your car including a small shovel, blankets, food and high energy snacks, safe heat sources and other supplies. Make sure your cell phone is charged before leaving home and advise several people of your travel route and projected arrival times.


Until next time, stay safe and train hard!


Team F.I.R.E.


Winter Survival Kit

Posted by firedefense on December 12, 2010 at 2:39 PM Comments comments (0)

It's getting really cold outside, so I'm going to depart from the usual personal safety info, and give a bit of winter survival info this month.  I got his info from another website, and while I don't make it a habit of using others stuff, I felt that it was important enough to use.  So without further nonsense, here is the Winter Survival Kit.

Winter Survival kit

Water Canteen

Knife

All Weather Note Book and/or Sheets of Paper

All Weather Pen (writes in the cold) and/or Perm. Sharpie

Orange Flagging Tape

Dryer Lint (fire starter)

100% all Natural bees Wax Candles

Snare Wire

Basic medical kit w/ added- Safety Pins, Thread / Needle and Tylenol

Whistle on Lanyard

Water Proof Matches in a Water Proof Container

Bottle of Liquid Honey

Heat Sheets Survival Blanket(s) & Heat Sheets Repair Kit

Signal Mirror

Paracord (at least one, two preferred)

Dental Floss

Wool and Wicking lined Socks

Extra Large Zip Locks

Toilet Paper

12 Large ORANGE Garbage Bags + 1

Water Purification Tablets (Possibly optional - depending on the location, boiling the water may be all that is needed)

Mess Tin or other ‘small’ light weight metal item that can go over an open fire for boiling water & cooking food.

Gloves/Mittins

Blistex

 

You can add or subtract anything from this list.  The most important thing is to have some sort of plan, and be willing to follow it.

 

Until next time, train hard and stay safe!

 

Team F.I.R.E.

Reps

Posted by firedefense on November 2, 2010 at 1:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Repetition. You’ve probably heard me talk about it, and more than likely, you have read about it in my past articles. We have all heard the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”. Well, I agree with that…to a point. I had a Tae Kwon Do instructor improve on that old saying years ago, and I still say it, and believe it to this day. He said, “Perfect practice makes perfect”. This is how we should be conducting ourselves when we practice. We should strive to make every rep as perfect as we can get it. Bad habits cause training scars, and training scars could cost you your life, or someone else’s.

I want to make this article about perfect handgun marksmanship practice. One of the best ways I have found to get that perfect practice, is to use a good gas powered Airsoft gun. There are many good Airsoft guns out there, but I want to encourage you to spend enough to get a decent one. My definition of decent would be, one that is Green gas (or propane) powered, one made of metal, and has a blowback action. I don’t think it’s important that you pick a certain model, just get something you like.

Now that we have established some simple criteria on what kind of Airsoft gun to get, let’s talk about some simple drills you can do with them.

1.  Using a store bought target system, practice your fundamentals. These fundamentals include: Grip, Draw, Sight alignment, Trigger squeeze, and Follow through.

2.  After you have practiced your fundamentals, try this. Get yourself some string and some plastic drinking cups. Tie a string between two places. Now, poke holes in the bottom of the cups, and feed a piece of string through the hole. Once you have that fed through, tie the strings from the cups to the main string so they hang down, and thus giving your several targets.

3.  Now that you have targets that will give you good feedback, you can practice turning and shooting. When you turn and shoot, practice turning from the right, left, and rearward from the targets.

4.  Practice getting behind cover, and shooting from behind that cover.

I hope some of the above suggestions help you in your perfect practice. Be creative with your practice, but never stray from your perfect reps. It’s good to be fast, but don’t go so fast that your neglect your fundamentals.

There are many ways to get those reps, but I think Airsoft is one of the least expensive, not to mention fun ways of training. I read recently that being “high speed” isn’t about having the coolest guns and gear, but rather being able to do the most basic functions under stress. I hope my little tips help you in your journey to becoming a “high speed demon of darkness”.

 

Until next time, stay safe and train hard!

Team F.I.R.E

Shooting fast.

Posted by firedefense on October 6, 2010 at 12:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Shooting fast.

A few weeks ago, Josh Holloman and I attended a handgun class put on by a nationally known training outfit. Needless to say, we showed up wide eyed, and ready to learn.

The first day of training, we worked on the basics of shooting a handgun. We shot at targets from three yards up to ten yards. We were supposed to start slowly, and gradually speed up our shooting. As the day went on, both of us were shooting very good groups, and still keeping up with the other students in regards to speed. Actually, we were beating some of our classmates even though they were shooting as fast as they could.

Now the point of this isn't to brag how good we are, but to re-enforce the idea that mastering the basics is the most important thing we can do. Speed is good, but if you have poor fundamentals, then will your fast shots hit what your aiming at? Now, I know that not everyone goes and shoots once a week, or even once a month. Knowing that, I would like to offer a technique to help you get fast shots on target, without spending hundreds of dollars at the range.

In most handgun classes, you will hear the instructor constantly tell you to acquire the front sight and then squeeze the trigger. I agree with that totally! I have spent enough time shooting, that I can do this without thought. Can you say the same? If not, try this instead.

When you need to make a close shot (3yds - 10yds) under stress, use the back of the slide as your sighting instrument. When you bring the gun up to your eyes, you will see that the back of the slide will take up some of the target; but on a man sized target, there is more than enough to aim at. This will get you hits on target quickly. Now keep in mind, this technique is intended to get hits, not put rounds on top of one other. Next time you're at the range, give this technique a try. It's not perfect, but it's really fast.

Until next time, train hard and stay safe!

 

Team F.I.R.E. 

General safety info when traveling.

Posted by firedefense on July 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM Comments comments (0)

• Know something about your vehicle; how to change tires, add coolant and oil, etc.

• Stay far enough away from the car ahead of you so that you can see where their back tires touch the ground. This distance allows ample room for you to manuever away if need be.

• When you are driving in town, keep a window cracked slightly. This is not only refreshing but also allows you to hear what is going on around you. Ever notice police officers do this? It's an added safety precaution.

• If you get stranded along the roadway, open the hood and trunk of your vehicle just far enough to indicate assistance is needed. If open

too far, a vehicle could stop directly behind or in front of you, out of your range of view, and approach without being noticed.

• Display a SEND HELP sign in your back and front window. Lock all doors and wait for help. Do not open your doors to people who stop, unless you know them well. Roll down the window just far enough to ask them to contact help. Always position yourself in the center area of the seat, the furthest distance from either window.

• When traveling alone and staying at motels or hotels, ask for all keys (if they still use keys) to the room when you check in. Let attendant know that no one will be joining you later.

• Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you are in your motel/hotel room.

• Use the peephole to view visitors, if you don't know who it is ask for verbal identification.  If still uncertain call hotel security and have

them check it out.

• Make sure someone has your iteniary when you travel and check in with them at a scheduled time.

Remember, trust your gut, and until help arrives, Your On Your Own - YOYO.

Darkness

Posted by firedefense on June 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Darkness. We all work in it, and live in it for as much of our lives. With that said, do you practice your defensive tactics and or firearms manipulations in low light conditions? If you’re not, why? Is it because you haven’t thought about it? Is it because you don’t think you need to? Or do you fall into the category of why train, (I only train when told to)?

Years ago, I would make my martial arts students workout in very low lighting conditions, with debris scattered all over the floor. Some of my students would ask me why we did this. I would ask them if they walked through the trash and dim lighting in the Wal-Mart parking lot at night? Of course they said yes. I didn’t have to say much after that. They got the idea that we as the good guys go places at night, and bad guys want to hurt us in the cover of night. Armed with this info, my students came to accept drilling in the dark.

You probably know that I am going to encourage you to train in reduced lighting conditions. I know, I sound like a broken record every month, encouraging you to do stuff that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, or doesn’t seem necessary. I assure you, it is necessary. How many times have you walked around your house in the middle of the night and bumped into things that you know are there, but since it’s in a low light environment, you forget that the item sticks out so far, or perhaps you thought the door knob was an inch higher than it is. The point is, stuff is different in the dark, so we need to work in it.

Here are some ideas for drilling in low light:

*  Re-loading your handgun, and long gun.

*  Putting on a tourniquet, or applying other first aid to yourself or a partner.

*  Clearing weapon malfunctions (stove pipes, double feeds, failure to fire).

*  Punching and kicking drills on a heavy bag, or portable bag.

*  Any defensive tactics you know.

I hope some of those drills help you in your preparations for the time when you must fight in reduced lighting conditions. It’s not always the glamorous techniques that make us better prepared, it’s the little things we can do, that make us prepared for the one time we need to apply what we have learned.

As always, train hard, and train smart!

Team F.I.R.E.


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