How ballistic gel can make you question what you have been told! Growing up in Mississippi, I was introduced to shooting at a relatively young age. My first gun was an air rifle and every tin can suddenly become a target for me and my BB gun! My grandmother encouraged my interest in shooting and…

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Last month I traveled to Ft. Worth to the awesome USCCA Expo where I presented a seminar called “Building A Personal Training Program.” The 1.5 hour seminar focused on the Levels of Firearms Training and how important it is for gun owners to continue training beyond their basic permit to carry class. The seminar was…

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The term “Defensive” means “used or intended to defend or protect”. So Defensive Shooting means using a firearm to defend or protect yourself or family. If someone is shooting at you, you are likely going to be pulling the trigger as fast as you physically can. Unfortunately, many gun owners rarely practice the shooting skills…

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A dog attacking

There is a saying in the Firearms Training Industry “Your Body Won’t Go Where Your Mind Hasn’t Been.” This saying alludes to the importance of mental training and having a plan to deal with dynamic critical incidents. Visualization and Mental Training have been used for years in Competitive Sports and the importance of “training your…

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Customers dining in an eatery

There is a saying in the Firearms Training Industry, stating “Your Body Won’t Go Where Your Mind Hasn’t Been.” This saying alludes to the importance of mental training and having a plan to deal with dynamic critical incidents. Visualization and Mental Training have been used for years in Competitive Sports and the importance of “training…

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A man firing his pistol

Truth be told, I have never been in a gunfight. The closest I came occurred when I was about 8 years old at my family land in South Texas. My Dad, nicknamed “Grizz”, and I were out walking when we came upon a truck that should not have been there. The man in the truck…

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These are the words Tom Givens uttered repeatedly in his March 13-14 Practical Tactical class we hosted here at Boondocks. This two-day course included classroom work on personal tactics, home invasions, active shooters as well as an analysis of Tom’s former students who have been involved in self-defense incidents. To date, he has had 68…

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A bicycle

Warning: This Training Tip will require a multi-step process to properly “Retrain Your Brain!” In order to get the full effect of this entry, you will need to follow the hyperlinks in the proper order as indicated below. First – Watch “Backwards Brain Bicycle Video“Several months ago I came across this video called “The Backwards…

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A gun in a symbol

self-de·fense – the defense of one’s person or interests, especially through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime. One of the main tenets of self-defense is avoidance. You will often hear instructors and trainers say, “the best way to win a gun…

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