Two Person Armed Defense: Course Review from the PDN Training Tour

One of the more unique courses that was taught in a few locations across the country was I.C.E. Training’s Two Person Armed Defense. A Team Tactics Course specifically designed for the everyday person who spends a lot of time with other people who are armed. It is not a fantasy camp class where students pretend to be SWAT Team Members or perform bounding overwatch across open ranges with burning cars and smoke grenades creating great photo ops, but no practical value.

What Can We Learn from the Castile Shooting?

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

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Partnership with USCCA!

I am incredibly excited about the collaboration between Personal Defense Network and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). I am proud to announce that I will be serving as an Advisor to the USCCA’s Training Division and that we’ve already started the process of adding our approach to Defensive Shooting Instruction to the USCCA’s offerings.

The Neuroscience of Practice and Training (Video)

This is a 5 minute video of at TED-Ed worth watching to get a better understanding of the neurophysiology behind valuable “practice”. The neuroscience of practice and training in general is a field I have studied in great detail over the last 10 to 15 years. Understanding the objective WHY behind techniques, gear and training

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Distance Education Through Our Expanded PDN Academy!

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

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Visualization in Defensive Firearms Training

With a simple change to your training and practice you can have a significant impact on the efficacy of your efforts.  You don’t need any extra equipment or fancy drills.  You just need to add Visualization, powered by some knowledge of violence and your imagination.

Good Samaritan Checklist

Far too often, however, an attempt to intervene only makes things worse. Intervening at the wrong time or in the wrong way can put you, your family and your legal standing at risk. It can also endanger others in the area or even escalate the danger to the person you were trying to help. How can you avoid making things worse?

Lessons on Politics and Tactics from the OSU Terrorist Attack

It makes sense to try to understand the facts about a situation before drawing conclusions, but at the same time, many of the facts don’t really matter. Especially if you find yourself in the middle of an attack perpetrated by a spree killer. Guns aren’t the problem and I want everyone to understand that a gun doesn’t have to be the solution.

Quality Defensive Training Can Be a Toss Up

Many folks leave their defensive practice to chance and actually spend very little time doing anything other than target shooting. Those folks show up a the range and send some rounds down range and hope that there will be some benefit. There is a better way and, oddly enough, it can also be practiced by the toss of a coin.