Category: Intel

This section contains useful information about firearms / personal protection topics. We make it available to the general public, for increasing your knowledge about these highly specialized subjects.

Traditionally, training on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has focused on how to recognize one, or how to differentiate a “suspicious” package from any other object in your environment. We might discuss how different IEDs are constructed, or what they are …

IEDs: A Different Approach Read More »

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That Which is Perceived as Real Becomes Real in its Consequences. Despite their limited effective range, shotguns have traditionally been the standard long gun of uniformed patrol officers. It’s easy to understand why. Most city police field contacts are at …

The Evolution of Police Long Guns Read More »

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Compare the photo above, of a US Army OpFor troop in the 1980s, with the one below, of an AFROTC cadet role-playing an insurgent in 2010. As they sang on Sesame Street, “One of these things is not like the …

Rule 3: You’ve come a long way, baby Read More »

We often hear those in the know referring to ARs as “carbines.” But doesn’t AR stand for Armalite Rifle? What’s the difference? Carbines were originally short rifles issued to cavalry troopers. Troopers generally fought from the saddle with a handgun …

Carbines vs Rifles Read More »

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On Saturday, 28 Nov 2020, Warlizard Tactical and Heloderm LLC hosted an “industry day” at our favorite firing range.  We try to do that periodically, to give our wonderful volunteer range safety officers (RSOs), adjunct instructors, their friends, and family …

Industry Day, 28 Nov 2020 Read More »

  “Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.” I grew up on Air Force fighter bases.  During my first Thunderbirds airshow, …

Mind the Gas Port Read More »

What’s the difference, when they matter, when they don’t, and why you must have several in your repertoire. Some of this was written for the training summary of our 10 Oct 2020 Pistol fundamentals class, specifically addressing aspects of grip, …

Grip, Hold, and Stance Read More »

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  Our Pistol Fundamentals students have requested a glossary of the “tacticool” terms we use.  This isn’t a complete dictionary, but it’s a start.  Specifically, it addresses different ways to keep ammo in your firearm. But first, some definitions: B-52–a …

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Field Testing the Trijicon RMR in Sub-freezing Temperatures 27 Oct 2020 Update of 30 Oct 2020   BOTTOM LINE UP FRONT Our conclusions, some of which are based on testing and others on reason (/ conjecture) or experience: Cold pistol …

RMR Cold Weather Test Read More »

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A homeless panhandler’s average annual income is $500,000.00. Not including welfare, disability, handouts from kind people, or “stimulus” checks. Does that mean you should never slip the guy with the cardboard sign a few bucks?  Of course it doesn’t.  Whether …

The Lie: How Much Ammo Do You Need? Read More »

We all knew there would be yet another run on ammunition.  I just figured it wouldn’t happen until the weeks leading up to the election. Firearms dealers have seen more panic buying since the Clinton administration than the 19th century …

COVID-19 and Practice Ammo Availability Read More »

A student wrote to me after a class, asking about some phrases she had heard elsewhere:  “stand your ground” and “castle doctrine.”  Here are some of the things I explained to her. STAND YOUR GROUND The phrase “stand your ground” is often bandied about …

“Stand Your Ground” and “Castle Doctrine” in Arizona Read More »

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“I did my homework, and got off my wallet, to get a gun that never, ever jams.  So why do we have to practice stoppage reduction till we can do it blindfolded?” The following is taken from an after action …

Why hammer on the stoppage reduction drills? Read More »

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