Shoot/No Shoot: Balancing Participation and Observation in Studying Gun Culture
My Experience / Training

Shoot/No Shoot: Balancing Participation and Observation in Studying Gun Culture

Early in my work on gun culture, I paid my tuition and attended Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 (Phoenix, 2012), an NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home course (San Jose, 2013), and the Rangemaster Tactical Conference (Memphis, 2014), as well as a number of concealed carry courses in North Carolina. As my work has progressed, I have … Continue reading

Branding in the Firearms Training Industry, Revisited: Rob Pincus’s Combat Focus Shooting
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Branding in the Firearms Training Industry, Revisited: Rob Pincus’s Combat Focus Shooting

Seemingly a lifetime ago now, but really just a few weeks, I traveled to south central Minnesota to attend the 10th Annual Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Conference conducted by Rob Pincus and his I.C.E. Training Company. In previous years, the conference combined instructor development sessions for Combat Focus Shooting (CFS) instructors and instructor candidates as … Continue reading

20th Anniversary Rangemaster Tactical Conference, March 2018, Little Rock, Arkansas
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20th Anniversary Rangemaster Tactical Conference, March 2018, Little Rock, Arkansas

I just registered for the 20th Anniversary edition of the Rangemaster Polite Society Tactical Conference. It seems I only attend the annual event on historic occasions because the only other time I attended, in 2014, was the last year the Tac Con was held at Rangemaster in Memphis. Registration is $349 plus an additional $20.19 … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Taking the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course
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Back to Basics: Taking the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course

I have been so caught up trying to understand the overall structure of the gun training industry and its central individuals and organizations that I have neglected the proverbial elephant in the room: the National Rifle Association Education and Training Department. At some point this past summer I realized I had never taken the NRA’s … Continue reading

There is no escaping the Gun Pretenders, Trolls and of course, the self proclaimed Subject Matter Experts on the interwebz.
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There is no escaping the Gun Pretenders, Trolls and of course, the self proclaimed Subject Matter Experts on the interwebz.

Originally posted on Trigger Control Dot Org:
This could be a first, blog entries on back-to-back days, what is the world coming to? So, let’s define a few things first. “Gun Pretender” = A self-proclaimed expert in firearms and self-defense training who most often doesn’t even carry a gun for self-defense, could be male or…