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Fight; building fences

SBG Illinois & Sharp Defense

In the first post of this series we talked about our objective; to be able to out think, out talk, and if necessary out fight any opponent(s) we encounter. In this post we’ll begin to discuss MAKE aspect of the Ask, Tell, Make decision tree we discussed in the posts on verbal skills. There are several layers to making someone with malevolent intent choose another victim and we’ll start with a physical position most folks refer to as a Fence. I prefer to use the verbiage; Athletic Protective Posture. I want them think of this position as a proactive position, ready to act. A fence can be many things to many people however, most will tell you a fence is a neutral physical structure that establishes a boundary. That’s okay for some but for me, I like to think of a fence as a physical structure that causes pain when…

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The First Steps are the Biggest- What you discover in your first self-defense classes


firearmsclassinstructionYou signed up for your first firearms class.  That is awesome and you will certainly learn a lot.  It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the new ideas. Your first class probably covers firearms safety.. and much more. Here is a review of what you’ll learn, and what you might need to unlearn.

Safety- You thought safety was for beginners. Firearms safety is a lifelong skill for both beginners and professionals. Professionals have to be both swift and safe all the time.

Preparation- You thought a gun might keep you safe. Like a life-jacket keeps a sailor from drowning, your gun is only a tool. Your skills keep you safe.

Equipment- Your gun seemed to fit your hand perfectly when you held it in the gun store. Your all-day class will show you every place where your gun rubs your hand the wrong way. That happens to all of…

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Statistics About Civilian Deadly Force Encounters

Excellent article!! I couldn’t agree more with every point. Remember, we are average citizens, not law enforcement.


Interesting Analysis From Active Self Protection

I’ve watched about 5,000 gunfights at this point, and the patterns that emerge are pretty clear. Some thoughts you might want to consider that I don’t think that the training community really wants to hear:

1. Most gunfights aren’t entangled gunfights. Empty-handed skills are important, but very rare once the gun comes out. They’re necessary for LE more than CCW, by a long shot. For CCW, empty-handed skills are critical for the 80% of assaults that don’t rise to the level of deadly force response. So go to your martial arts training.

2. Reloads are almost vanishingly insignificant factors in gunfights. I have seen precisely 2 reloads in a real gunfight that weren’t on-duty LEO. And neither of those affected the outcome of the fight. I have seen about 7 or 8 where a higher capacity firearm or the presence of a reload might…

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Sociology of Guns Seminar Student Final Reflection Paper (1 of 4)

This article on guns, from a students perspective, reflects the open minded approach I wish all members of our society would adopt. Pursue education, do your research, and experience learning to shoot BEFORE making decisions regarding gun ownership and controls.
Thank you gun culture 2.0 for sharing.

Gun Culture 2.0

As before, one of the three major learning objectives for Version 2.0 of my Sociology of Guns seminar was that the students would:

Better understand your personal beliefs about guns, including scrutinizing your own relationship to guns so as to make informed choices about your own participation with and the place of guns in the communities in which you live.

To this end, I again assigned a three part writing assignment that asked students to address the question: What Role Should and Do Guns Play in (American) Society?

The first part of this assignment asked students to reflect on their own personal views of the role that guns SHOULD play in (American) society. The second part of the assignment had students move beyond their personal views and adopt a more scholarly approach to the issue. Here the question was not what role should guns play, but what role do guns…

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If you haven’t got problems I feel bad for you Son, I’ve got 99 problems and a gun ain’t one…

This article reblogged from REALDEFENSE is definitely worth reading. Not just the first part, but the all of the article. For those of you who still question the effectiveness of the 22lr for self defense, you might be surprised to learn all the facts. Read on and enjoy!


This is probably going to ruffle some feathers…but I’ve received emails asking questions or looking for further explanation on some things that I’ve talked about, and I want to address those.  The email below sums up a good number of questions/emails I have received.  If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you’ll notice that I very rarely stick to just one central topic in my articles.  This is partially due to my quickly shifting attention focus, but also because I like to draw parallels between things that may, at first glance, seem relatively unrelated.  So here we go…


Dear Dr. House,

I like your articles.  However, I am a follower of Dave Ramsey, and I just refuse, nor do I have the money to spend, on a bunch of high tech gadgetry and gear to support my concealed carry lifestyle.  I have a revolver, a pancake holster, a few…

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The gun doesn’t keep you safe


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“This lack of training is in my opinion negligent. A firearm comes with a lot of responsibility and a personal training requirement. Anyone who has a firearm in their home should know how to use it, what type of ammunition it takes, how to load and unload without assistance, and have formalized training that applies to how they are going to use it.”  quote from Rob Pincus at The Personal Defense Network and his article titled “The Baby Blanket Approach to Personal Safety”

Rob’s ability to convey important facts is always spot on.  I always look forward to reading his articles and watching his videos.  If you are serious about personal defense, Rob’s PDN website is well worth your time.

Don’t just buy a gun because it is your constitutional right.  Remember Abraham Maslow‘s saying , “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

It is every gun owner’s responsibility to seek and obtain training on the safe and proper use of a firearm.  And if that firearm is intended to be used in the defense of life, additional training is absolutely necessary.

End of Class Student Reflection on the Complicated Nature of a Highly Charged American Issue

What a great article shared by Guns2.0.
We all have so much to learn about each other.

Gun Culture 2.0

As I noted in my previous post, my Sociology of Guns seminar concluded with students writing final reflection papers. The actual text of the assignment was:

  • In this final paper, you will revisit your personal view of the role guns should play in society (Paper 1) in light of your consideration of the role guns actually do play in American society (Paper 2). Reflecting on what you learned in researching and writing Paper 2, discuss how your mind has (and/or has not) changed. Where do you stand now and why?
  • Although the instructor has read Papers 1 and 2, do not assume he can remember your specific arguments in reading Paper 3. As you address where you started and what you learned, make specific reference to the ideas in your previous papers. (Remember: This is Chapter 3 of your 3 chapter mini-book.)
  • Finally, conclude this paper by considering what…

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