Student of the Gun training, Part 3

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In part 1 of this article I talked about my adventures in getting to Mississippi, in part 2 I wrote about alternate use of force options. In this the 3rd and final part, I wanted to talk about the Beyond the Band Aid training.

Zach, one of Professor Paul’s sons, seemed unsure and nervous every time I entered the main door or left the classroom and went through the “reception” area to go to the bathroom.

I saw/see my son Jesse in Zach. I did take a moment to tell him that he is a Rockstar. Why? Because I see something great in him, like I did in Jesse at that age, I couldn’t put my finger on it but I know it is there.
They say once it is on the internet it never disappears. With that in mind. Zach, I don’t know what the future holds for you but I know you can handle it, defeat it and come out on top, in every sense of the word, as Dave Ramsey means it, so do I, in you I see a Rockstar. Not the burn out drugged out self-centered type, but the person who exceeds, all he is meant to do. One who people say, “I am better off for knowing him.” Continue reading

Training at Student of the Gun – Part 2

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In part 1 I gave you some of my adventure of getting to the Student of the Gun University from Missouri and my meeting my classmates.

In part 2 I am going to pickup from where I left off.

Day 1 training was the “Force Options: More than just a gun” class. Jarrad was in the back of the room and soon Professor Paul came in. After introductions and a quick overview of our backgrounds from each of us students we began the training.

We went over the various forms of “pepper” spray, Tasers as well as go-no go situations. We used demonstration spray for scenarios and Zack got Tased. Continue reading

Having enough water and long term storage

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There are easy steps you can follow to prepare your household in case of an emergency. Power outages, ice storms, hurricanes and earthquakes are just a few of the reasons you should take easy cheap simple steps to help yourself when a disaster strikes.
Sometimes radio and TV show strike fear into people about preparing for disaster or turmoil. Many people like myself see the elephant and start to freak out, how do you eat this whole thing? One bite at a time. I want you to be as ready as you can be without adding unneeded anxiety to your life.

Growing up in hurricane alley we constantly had extra water. My dad used ½ and 1 gallon milk jugs, washed out and put in our chest freezer. They kept the freezer cool in power outages (refrigerator food could be moved there), they provided ice and the water for drinking. In non-emergencies they provided ice and drinking water for fishing and camping. So here is my plan. Continue reading

SWAT-T Tourniquet

This is a reprint of an article I wrote for, slightly edited for this reader group.

We all know that bad things can happen, fast! There could be a shooting during a home invasion or a car wreck or little Boy Blue could fall out of a tree, or any of a number of different injuries that occur to you or in front of you. Regardless a proper first aid kit is needed. This article and any follow-up are not intended to replace training. There are many classes and ways to learn about first aid and especially first aid for puncture wounds (gun shots, knife stabs, and sticks going through a person). Some classes cost, some are free, it is my suggestion that you take every class you can as often as you can. After reading my articles on CERT and Citizens Corps, you probably noticed that I mentioned ways and places to learn first aid in them.

It is my personal belief that we should all be carrying a medical kit every day. I am not talking about an ER Room on wheels or even what the EMT carries on an ambulance, what I am referring to are the basic tools to keep you or your loved one alive after a traumatic event.  Such a kit is easy to build and can be kept in your vehicle for easy access on the road with a more in-depth kit kept at home. Before you sigh and mentally skip over this article, let’s just take it one piece of equipment at a time. Continue reading