USCCA’s New Protector Academy On October 15th the USCCA Launched their new Protector Academy. This online training academy is available to all USCCA Members and includes over 200 different training videos and some excellent online classes. These classes include the Handgun Safety & Marksmanship, Children’s Firearm & Safety, Concealed Carry & Home Defense, Emergency First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Countering the Mass…

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A target dummy filled with holes

In May of 2020 I was fortunate to slide into an open spot for Tom Givens’ Rangemaster Master Firearms Development Course. If you’re not familiar with Tom, he spent 25 years with the Memphis PD before opening Rangemaster range where he has taught tens of thousands of students. He is authored many self-defense books and…

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The pandemic and protests of 2020 have caused citizens to rethink their safety and firesrms training classes around the country are filling up fast.  While some of these students are purchasing a firearm for the very first-time, others who already have some experience with firearms are finally making the decision to go ahead and get…

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MASSad Ayoob Group (MAG40)- On March 5th – 8th the Massad Ayoob Group was Center Stage here at Boondocks FTA™. The MAG40 Class includes the MAG20 / Classroom (Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement) and MAG 20 / Live Fire and the class is a “must take” for all Permit Holders. The MAG20 classroom portion is…

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Get off the X

Recently we wrapped up a Defensive Shooting Fundamentals class here Boondocks FTA™. The day was spent teaching students to use lateral movement when presenting the pistol from the holster, while reloading or while clearing malfunctions. Moving offline from the attack (especially when accompanied by the use of cover or concealment) can provide you with a…

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A pyramid showing how to respond

If you have spent any time in a defensive firearms class, you have probably heard of Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper and his Mental Condition / Color Codes of Awareness system. The four-color codes include White, Yellow, Orange and Red. Each of which is a level of situational awareness or readiness. White is unaware and unprepared…

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That’s me, (under that little red arrow) at 16 years old in the 1988 ABA BMX Grand Nationals Cruiser Expert Main Event. The yellow arrow indicates my good friend and nationally ranked Factory Sponsored Free Agent rider “Power House”, Parnell Haley. Parnell and I met in first grade and we became instant friends. A few…

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Guns, God, Training

Every November we hold our regularly scheduled Fall Defensive Pistol II class. It is 3 full days of training including a night shoot and a full day of room clearing and force-on-force training. For the last couple of years there has been a good percentage of the students who have been in Church Administration or…

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In a recent class, I took with Brian Hill with The Complete Combatant, this was the term that he used to help us “focus” and help build speed and accuracy. Other instructors have stated similar phrases like “focus on your front sight”, “slow down” or “only shoot as fast as you can see your sights”.…

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Automaticity

Automaticity – au·to·ma·tic·i·ty – the ability to do things without occupying the mind with the low-level details required, allowing it to become an automatic response pattern or habit. It is usually the result of learning, repetition, and practice. Recently I have been reading a book by Karl Rehn and John Daub entitled, “Strategies and Standards…

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