Category Archives: FirstAid

Things to Consider about Today’s Active Killers

Lots of talk about School Killers and how to solve the situation.  I’ve included some interesting articles that are worthwhile to read to get a perspective about what is going on and dealing with it.

The first article is from Erik Kondo and he points out that everyone has a pet solution to the problem and every pet solution doesn’t address the problem as a whole.  Read the article and then think about your pet solution and if it’s a great as you thought it was before reading it. Continue reading Things to Consider about Today’s Active Killers


A Different take on Active Killer Scenarios

Make no mistake about it but if you intend to do harm to someone I feel you should be severely punished.  Unlike our media and politicians I want to talk about what individuals can do to improve their chance of survival in a Active Killer situation.  Whether they use a firearm, a truck, or knife they are intent upon killing anyone in their way.

Keeping sharp as an instructor

You’ve completed the required instructor course and have started teaching students how to shoot and be safe.  Your student learn a lot and you feel accomplished.

BUT what’s wrong??

Continue reading Keeping sharp as an instructor

Website update

We’ve updated our website to make it easier to navigate and to find materials for both students and instructors.

  • The biggest update is you will be able to see our blog posts on the front page now and we’re committed to blogging more about self defense and training.
  • Our class schedule is now under the events tab.  The only events you will see on the web page are the a couple of upcoming events.
  • We’ll also be able to be more timely in our articles about current events.  The best way to understand how training applies is to take real life events and break down the good, the bad, and the ugly so we can learn.
  • Past readers will note that from time to time we would put offers in emails going out to people.  Then people would delete the email and wouldn’t be able to find the offers.  We fixed that by placing the ads on our website where it’s easy to find.  These are vendors that we have purchased from ourselves and endorse their products.
  • The schedule is now available to download and print.  It’s broken up into student classes and instructor classes.  Plus you can download a flyer if that’s easier for you to use or pass around.
  • We are also offering a free home security checklist for new visitors to our website.  It’s something that everyone can use in making sure their home is secure as possible.

Feel free to let us know what you think by emailing us at


Training after receiving your Concealed Carry License

As a trainer I like it when people take training.  It gives me someone to help in building their skills but this article isn’t about taking my training as much as the necessity of training for everyone who carry a firearm.

In Ohio you are required to receive five elements in your CCW class.

  1. Ability to name and explain safe gun handling and storage
  2. Demonstrate and explain how to hand ammunition safely
  3. Show competency necessary to safely shoot a handgun
  4. Receive gun handling training
  5. Spend at least six (6) hours in classroom and 2 hours on the range

Now that and a background check will get you a CCW license in Ohio.

Unfortunately it doesn’t prepared you for a violent encounter.  Additional training is the only way to experience it.


  • The adrenaline rush that everyone involved will be affected by.  Yes, even the criminal will experience a rush of adrenaline.  Both of you will also experience the crash after the encounter is over with.  During training we duplicate this by introducing artificial stress into training by running a shot timer
  • Tunnel vision has to everyone and the only way to deal with it is to train for it.  If you don’t know how to break tunnel vision you could potentially make a critical mistake by not noticing other people intent on doing you harm.  Remember bad people aren’t going to fight fair and might have friends with them when they decide to attack you.
  • Know how to shoot defensively and not bullseye.  Yes, defensive shooting means you need to shoot fast but you still want to be able to hit what you are aiming at.  A miss is loss time and a wasted round.  AND it could mean an innocent person could be hurt and you’ll be responsible.
  • If you are caught in a violent assault it is likely you or someone with you could require first aid.  Maybe it’s some scraps or maybe it’s a bullet wound.  Learn how to deal with trauma while you wait for emergency care.

When you are thinking about additional training don’t think that the course is going to be teaching you the information as your CCW class.  Look for classes that will advance your skills with your pistol, trauma response, and mental awareness.

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