Last year, at the beginning of a series of tragic shootings and senseless violence against police officers around the country, a police officer in Minnesota shot a legally armed man. That man was Philando Castile and I think that there are some things we can learn from the Castile shooting. If the aftermath of last
You might have noticed that we’ve expanded PDN Academy recently by adding a few classes to the offerings at the PDN Academy Distance Education Page. These three new courses are just the beginning of the dramatically expanded catalogue we have planned for 2017. I’ve long been a believer in the concept of distance education, especially
There are a lot of things that you can do to get the most out of your defensive shooting class, but one of the easiest things you can do to get the biggest return is to invest in electronic hearing protection.
I’ve long advised against practicing the same choreographed timer drills over and over again as a means to developing applicable defensive shooting skills. Ultimately, you want to learn to APPLY skills, not just perform them in isolation during a drill you’ve been obsessing over.
Rob Pincus has appeared on several episodes of the Stop the Threat TV program, which dissects re-enactments of actual crimes to share lessons that can be learned from the experiences of the victims. There is no replacement for experience … or is there? In his book On Combat,Lt. Col. Dave Grossman coined the term “Pre-Battle
It’s easy to become state certified and meet mandatory training requirements to become a defensive shooting instructor, but it requires extra dedication and effort to become a true defensive shooting instructor. Here are some tips for giving your students high-quality training. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have been teaching the Texas Concealed Handgun License curriculum for a little
Training. What does that mean to you? Does it mean going to the local gun range and shooting a box of ammo with the indication of success being the center of the target shot out? Or does it mean learning skills that relate to the real-life dynamics of fighting for your life? Sadly, most gun
I’m from the Pacific Northwest, commonly referred to as the “Pacific NorthWET” by those of us who live here. Having grown up in the region, I’m used to the rain, wind, and cold. (And as the saying goes, that’s just summer in Oregon!) It rains so much here, in fact, that there is a common
I would like to discuss something that, in firearms instructing circles, seems to be the metaphorical mutant cousin living under the basement stairs. It’s something that many instructors (and shooters) want to believe doesn’t exist. When it rears its ugly head every now and then, they belittle, blame and condemn, then force the little monster
2012 was a great year at Personal Defense Network. We hit many milestones far ahead of schedule, launched our Premium Membership option, and joined forces with the NRA for a new Personal Defense News email blast that goes out to over one million NRA members every month. And of course, we produced scores of new