Chinese Whispers and the FBI (Part I)

The Summaries provide a relevant insight into the challenges police officers face daily. And for those concealed carry individuals thinking it might be good idea to interfere in other people’s business.


Chinese Whispers is the game in which a short message is whispered from person to person and then the beginning and ending stories are compared. Often what begins as “I like that girl’s dress” ends up as something like “her Grandmother slept with Batman!”

The FBI released its annual report Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report on October 17. LEOKA will eventually be the starting point for numerous Chinese Whispers in the firearms and law enforcement communities. Whispers will circulate about statistical data such as distances of ‘gunfights,’ lighting conditions, weapon disarms, etc. Often, these claims will not even be based on current data but ‘commonly cited information,’ ‘well known statistics,’ or other such dubious sources.

What can we actually learn from LEOKA about how to be safer? The best single source in the Report is the Summaries of Officers Feloniously Killed and a recent addition, Selected Summaries…

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Concealed Carry: 3 Things Women Can Teach Men


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Great article by Wendy LaFever!  Men can learn from women!  Even when it comes to guns!

by Wendy LaFever – Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Concealed Carry: 3 Things Women Can Teach Men

While there are more female shooting mentors than ever before, it is still not uncommon for women to be introduced to the world of firearms and concealed carry by their male family members, friends and colleagues. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, as female participation in the shooting sports increases, so too will the phenomenon of women taking on the mentor role for the men in their lives. Even now, there are things that women can teach men that will improve the efficacy of their concealed-carry strategy…specifically, how to keep hidden what they want hidden. These are tried-and-true methods that many of us learned at our mothers’ knee. Here are the top three:

1.) Know Your 360
Every successful outfit starts with the proper underpinnings…and it’s very important that said underpinnings remain invisible. In this case, your concealed-carry holster and gun are part of your underpinnings, and it’s extremely important—from both a tactical and a legal perspective—for you to keep them concealed. So you need to know what you look like from every angle and in every activity.

The key to this is to get a full-length mirror, and then another mirror that faces it or can be angled to do so. You need to be able to see yourself from head to toe, both front and back. Is anything sticking out that shouldn’t be? Now stretch your hands up above your head like you’re reaching for something on a high shelf. Does your covering garment ride up and expose your holster? Bend over, then squat, like you dropped something and have to pick it up. Does anything shift loose or angle out? If yes, you’ll have to make adjustments to the holster or what you have covering it up.

2.) Be Confident
The key to pulling off a look is to sell yourself on it first. When a woman is self-conscious about something related to her apparel (“Are these heels too high?” “Is this purse too big?” “Why did I wear a white dress on Pizza Day?”), it will show in her body language. When you’re unused to carrying concealed, or trying out a new method for the first time—say, going from appendix carry to small-of-the-back—it’s common to feel very awkward and conspicuous…which can make you look awkward and suspicious.

To make your CCW strategy succeed, you have to internalize the message that you’re pulling it off and that no, nobody can tell. (See Step #1 if you’re still worried. And no, that SERPA holsterdoesn’t make your rear look fat.)

3.) The Art of Misdirection
Part of looking your best is mastering the fine art of misdirection, which is different from concealment. For example: If you have a blemish on your chin, trying to cover it with makeup can make it look more obvious, not less. Instead, what many women will do is wear eye-catching earrings or a sparkly barrette to draw the eye away from the “problem area.”

In much the same fashion, if you’re trying to hide your hip-holstered firearm by wearing a fisherman’s vest…in the middle of summer…when you’re not going fishing…you’re attractingattention, not deflecting it. Wearing a brightly colored tie is going to be much more effective at drawing the viewer’s attention away from your waist area.

What are your favorite tricks to keep your concealed-carry firearm strictly incognito? Tell us in the comments (and don’t worry, you can be anonymous).


Pride and fear

Just saying the word fear causes some level of stress in most people. I agree we should refrain from using the word when instructing people on the proper response to law enforcement. In addition, we don’t want students feeling even more anxiety at the thought of having to make life and death decisions in a crisis. I plan to put more emphasis on teaching the importance of maintaining relative calm during decision making, and choosing different words to express the reasons for your actions when dealing with law enforcement. Perhaps something as simple as “I believed he intended to kill me, (or my family). I took the necessary actions to prevent that from happening.” I think it better portrays control in a dangerous situation. Rather than panic.


“when pride arrives, logic [leaves].” –Samurai Rising

I would say the same is true of fear, which is one reason I don’t care for the “I was in fear for my life” mantra. When we in the industry teach fear to our students, I am concerned we are setting them up to make bad decisions.

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If you’re going to lean in, you need support

Acquiring and learning to safely carry and use a firearm for self defense is a personal choice, and something we can help you with.

Can You Relate?

baby-diapers-and-wipesJust as I was beginning my career, Lean In was becoming popular. In true lean in spirit, I was told to pursue my ambitions, ask for more, and change the conversation to what I could do, instead of what I couldn’t. I totally bought into the idea that if I put my mind to it I could (and should) do everything in full force.

Then I had a child.

Beyond the baby shoes, ducky washcloths, and teeny tiny onesies, it turns out taking care of an infant is a LOT of work. Even with my husband right by my side, the majority of the care landed on me after he returned to work.  Soon enough I found myself exhausted, overwhelmed, and disconnected. Even if I could do it all, maybe I didn’t want to?

There is no denying the level of pressure women feel on a daily basis to be…

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Three Things You aren’t Taught In Your Concealed Carry Course


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By Robert Farago via The Truth About Guns

I oppose mandatory firearms training. It violates our Second Amendment protection against government infringement on the right to keep and bear arms. That said, I’ve been impressed with the instruction rammed down my metaphorical throat. Tedious yes, but comprehensive; instructors cover everything from how a gun works to the legal use of deadly force to anger management and firearms retention (added in Texas for licensed open carry). Plus live fire! But the classes don’t cover everything. Here are three things they don’t teach you in a concealed carry class . . .

Carrying a Gun Makes You Paranoid – At Least at First

The first time you strap on a concealed firearm, it feels like you’re carrying a Howitzer. Like you’re wearing a T-shirt that says “I’VE GOT A GUN!” Even in states with a gun-friendly culture (e.g., Arizona), first-time concealed carriers worry that a stranger is going to see their gun and confront them.

Pistol-packing paranoia makes perfect sense. Public speaking is Americans’ greatest fear; we’re hard-wired to be afraid of public embarrassment. (Loss of social status is a thing.) Being “outed” while carrying a gun – especially by someone who’s rabidly anti-gun and/or terrified of guns – is public speaking on steroids. “Oh my God. He’s got a gun! What do you need that for?”

Even if you live in a gun friendly culture, this fear isn’t completely unrealistic. No matter how much you mentally rehearse a reply to gun shamers or prepare for a police response (the police!), the prospect of “armed confrontation” still creates low-level paranoia (and constant checking of cover garments). It’s not comfortable.

Exposure therapy is the only “cure” for this paranoia. More precisely, lack of exposure therapy. The more you carry a concealed firearm without being “outed,” the less paranoia or anxiety you feel. It’s simply something you have to go through; a condition that lasts between a week and a month. The trick: go through it. If you find excuses not to carry daily, the paranoia will never disappear entirely. Or you might eventually abandon the whole idea of concealed carry.

Carrying a gun changes your personality – for the better

Gun control advocates have this strange idea: they believe that carrying a gun makes a person into amucho macho trigger-happy Clint Eastwood wanna-be.

Like so many of the antis’ “arguments,” they’ve got it exactly backwards. Carrying a gun make you lessconfrontational. D’uh. Why would you want to engage in any confrontation when any confrontation could lead to escalation which could lead to a gunfight which is something you don’t want to have? Which you could have, now, because you have a gun.

This confrontation avoidance thought process becomes second nature. You become far less likely – if not completely unlikely – to engage in road rage or any sort of argy-bargy with a stranger. Sure there are concealed carriers with anger issues – which don’t disappear when they receive the state’s blessing to bear arms. But that’s not you, a person who took the time to read an article entitled Three Things They Don’t Teach You In Your Concealed Carry Class.

Another psychological aspect instructors don’t mention: concealed carry makes you more independent. By assuming direct responsibility for your own safety, the safety of your loved ones, and the safety of other innocent life (optional), you lose your inherent perhaps subconscious dependency on the state’s protection. You realize that you are a sovereign citizen.

I don’t mean that in the terrorist sense of the term (obviously). It’s an understanding that you’re in control of your own destiny in the worst case scenario: when controlling your destiny is a matter of life and death. Which makes you feel more in control of your own destiny at other, less dramatic times.

Don’t get me wrong: firearms instructors talk (and talk and talk) about the enormous responsibility of carrying a deadly weapon. Fair enough. What they don’t tell you is how good, how right that feels. How it makes you a better person.

Carrying a gun is addictive

The only way to tell if you’re addicted to something: remove it and see if you suffer withdrawal. At the risk of giving the antis [additional] ammo to deride Americans exercising their gun rights, I’m going to say it. Concealed carry is addictive.

Anyone who carries a gun on an everyday basis can tell you about those times when they suddenly realize they’re not carrying one. Like when they disarm to go into Whole Foods, forget to rearm and enter a non-gun-free zone. Crap! I don’t have my gun! They’re plagued by the niggling (at best) thought “what if this is the one time I need it?” Which, by the way, can happen.

The paranoia/anxiety of having a gun eventually becomes the paranoia/anxiety of nothaving a gun. Traveling to states that don’t recognize your concealed carry license/permit can be an ordeal for a habituated concealed carrier. There are gun owners who won’t go anywhere where their gun isn’t welcome: local businesses, entire states and foreign countries.

Normally, NGP (No-Gun Paranoia) manifests itself in increased situational awareness: scanning for bad people, checking exits, carrying or contemplating alternative weapons, etc. Gun control advocates believe this behavior indicates some kind of moral weakness or personality disorder. It is, in fact, a normal, natural survival instinct, amplified by carrying a concealed weapon on a regular basis.

I’m sure those of you who carry have other examples of what you didn’t learn in concealed carry class. Please share them below.

Indoor Range Practice Sessions

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In response to queries and comments about the Pistol Practice Program, I have created a downloadable eBook called Indoor Range Practice Sessions. It is structured as a PDF eBook that you can download to your smartphone or tablet and take with you to the range. That way you always have your practice session with you. Most (99%) gunowners only have access to an indoor range, so the Sessions are designed with this limitation in mind.

The book contains 12 Practice Sessions and 12 Courses of Fire from various States for their weapons carry licensing process. The Sessions are designed to progressively increase in difficulty so when done in sequence they challenge shooters without overwhelming them. The Courses of Fire were chosen to be complementary to a respective Practice Session. Each Session or Course of Fire is 50 rounds or less. They are all structured to maximize the effectiveness of your range…

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EDITORIAL: What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion on White Privilege



Thank you, Lori, for sharing your personal experiences. People everywhere should read your post. Although your experiences center around race, I can’t help but relate to some of your feelings simply because I am a woman. A white woman. Being dismissed for race or gender by another human being is simply unacceptable. It holds us back as a society. At our training school, we teach women the skills to be safe and how to utilize guns if needed, and are often looked upon by our male counterparts and gun owners as being inferior or unqualified. It is exhausting at times.


by Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Editor-in-Chiefby Lori Lakin Hutcherson, GBN Editor-in-Chief

Yesterday I was tagged in a post by an old high school friend, asking me and a few others a very public, direct question about white privilege and racism.  I feel compelled not only to publish his query but also my response to it, as it may be a helpful discourse for more than just a handful of folks on Facebook.

Here’s his post:

“To all of my Black or mixed race FB friends, I must profess a blissful ignorance of this “White Privilege” of which I’m apparently guilty of possessing. By not being able to fully put myself in the shoes of someone from a background/race/religion/gender/ nationality/body type that differs from my own makes me part of the problem, according to what I’m now hearing. Despite my treating everyone with respect and humor my entire life (as far as I know), I’m somehow complicit in the misfortune…

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