• 3:34

    Empower Your Family To Protect Themselves

    What does protecting your loved ones really entail? PDN Contributor Barret Kendrick of Bearco Training gives his point of view. We live in a society where a lot of people take on a protector role. They want to be able to protect their children and their spouse, and Barret is no different. HELPING LOVED ONES…

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  • 5:10

    Complying with Police Commands

    Rob Pincus uses video footage to examine how to comply with law enforcement commands in a way that lessens the chances of being shot because your movements were misinterpreted as threatening. THE BACKGROUND In April 2021 there was a national headline story about a 13-year-old boy who was shot by police in Chicago after running…

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  • 2:35

    Communication During a Critical Incident

    When it comes to communication during a critical incident, it is important to stay focused on what you need or what you see that other people need to know about. And that’s it. In this video, Rob Pincus dispels some myths. During training classes, students often ask Rob about communication during a critical incident such…

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  • 3:14

    Shooting to Wound

    Using a firearm is a use of lethal force. Shooting to wound is a horrible idea and shouldn’t be part of your tactical approach or your strategy. Rob Pincus understands why the concept of shooting to wound is part of our conversation, especially with people who don’t carry guns and don’t train…but Rob wishes it…

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  • 7:39

    Aftermath of Defensive Gun Use: Recruiting a Helper

    In the immediate aftermath of a defensive gun use, many urgent and critical things need to be addressed. We discuss these in other videos in specific contexts, such as active shooter response, home defense tactics, armed defense in public, law enforcement response, medical or communication issues, and more. Considering the scope of things that may…

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  • 8:05

    Risk Mitigation in the Firearms Industry

    When we talk about risk mitigation in the safety, security, and personal defense community, it’s vital that we identify the risks appropriately before we make plans for how to mitigate them. We also need to consider the resources — how much time, money, and personal investment we want to put into mitigating those risks, as…

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  • 3:47

    Understanding Force Options

    Our understanding of use of force options has changed over time. In the past, it was often expressed as the force continuum, which pictured force options as a linear progression starting from verbal force all the way up to lethal force. THE FORCE CONTINUUM It was often depicted as a ladder or a staircase to…

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  • 4:09

    Carrying While Drinking/Impaired

    Think carefully about the appropriate and inappropriate times to have access to firearms. If our judgment is impaired and we can’t operate at our best, a firearm may not be a good choice of defensive tool. Rob Pincus explains why. Carrying a defensive firearm is always a matter of compromises, and those compromises go beyond…

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  • 3:13

    Conflict De-Escalation: Snow Shoveling Incident

    WARNING: The following video contains graphic content. Conflict avoidance and conflict de-escalation are the first two rules of personal defense. In this video, Rob Pincus presents a real-life situation where these were not practiced, and the result was a tragedy that likely could have been avoided. SNOW SHOVELING INCIDENT You may have seen or heard…

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