Folding Knives – A Brief History

 Knives have been around since before the beginning of recorded history. Various mainstream archeological digs have unearthed evidence of man’s usage of knives dating back plus or minus 8,000BC and some research even prior. The historical evidence throughout the evolution of mankind with regards to development of early edged tools demonstrates that the knife was one of the very first hand-held tools ever created. No one really knows if the knife’s first use was as a weapon or as a tool. In fact, more than ten thousand years later the debate still rages on today with regards to the development of modern knife usage (weapon or tool) policy for US law enforcement agencies.

As with all useful inventions, the knife was a pretty good idea and withstood the test of time – lots of time, roughly ten to possibly twenty thousand years worth of time. Overall knife design went through … Read more »

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Getting Faster – Its not magic, its work…

Speed and accuracy are the great equalizers on the range. They provide a simple, factual reference on your performance. Almost every pistol competition you shoot has an element of time in its scoring. In USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) your hit factor is determined by the number of points you score divided by the time it took you to shoot them. In IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) you’re scored off of your total time plus time added on for inaccuracy and penalties. The holes in the target are the second, easy to measure, indication of your performance.
It almost always pays to be faster in competition, and to have the skills to be faster in real life is never going to hurt you. The question I am constantly asked by my fellow competitors, other shooters, and clients on the range is how do I get faster? The answer is … Read more »

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PTSD – What Combat Mindset Means After Combat…

This week we are publishing a guest article from a Marine, author, and guest lecturer; Dan Sheehan. Dan has just released his second book, Continuing Actions. His personal experience with, extensive research on, and tips for moving beyond the suffering caused by PTSD may be the difference between surviving a violent encounter and living a complete life after a violent encounter.

About the Author: Dan Sheehan spent twelve years in the Marine Corps as an AH-1W Dan Sheehan - PTSD - Aegis Academy - Continuing Actionshelicopter gunship pilot. He served two combat tours in Iraq: The first as a pilot during the 2003 invasion, and the second as a ground Forward Air Controller with Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Detachment One in 2004. He was awarded several medals for heroism in combat, including the Bronze Star w/V. When he’s not writing or chasing his kids he’s usually on, or under, the ocean. He has written two books and Read more »

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Front Sight Focus

Front Sight Focus

For Instructional Purposes Only! This pistol was verified clear and aimed at a camera set on a timer.
For Instructional Purposes Only! This pistol was verified clear and aimed at a camera set on a timer.

This article will answer a reader’s question debating the importance of front sight focus. While addressing this topic, I’ll also cover the mechanics of the human eye and the different types of pistol sights.

“A lot of instructors, including you, stress the absolute importance of sharply focusing on the front sight when shooting a pistol.  You also put a heavy emphasis on the importance of shooting tight groups in your articles and gun reviews.  However, I attended some other courses and read a ton of other articles that downplay both the importance of front sight focus and shooting tight groups.  In these cases, they emphasize gaining only ‘flash front sight’ to achieve ‘combat accuracy’ as the key to effective defensive shooting.  I’m inclined to side with the latter because Read more »

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An Alarming Trend – Women Are Shooting

Aegis Academy - Women Shooting - Alarming Trend - Steve TaraniAn Alarming Trend – Women Are Shooting 

A couple of years ago, a news reporter at a Detroit television station announced that people using guns to defend themselves from marauders may be the beginning of “an alarming trend.” Brace yourself, as the state of the Union may have further deteriorated since. In a related conversation, one of my training industry colleagues asked me if I had also noticed a similar trend – an increase of women in participation of more-than-cursory firearms training.

The answer is a resounding “yes!” The professional firearms instruction community is indeed witnessing more and more women of all demographics arming themselves in America. As a personal security educator, whose job it is to transform his clients into hard targets, this brings a tear of joy and inspired me to dig deeper. Inquiring of other professional educators plus a little snooping around the net for more detail, … Read more »

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