Risk analysis and mitigation

Risk analysis and mitigation from a travel security perspective

Aegis Academy-Travel Security-Risk Analysis-Risk MitigationThe most common and unfortunate state of mind people adopt is that protection is the responsibility of someone else. You can personally exert an extraordinary amount of influence over your own safety and security by controlling your actions. Adopting the mindset that your personal safety and security is up to you is the first step in improving your chances. The next step is learning how to evaluate risk, and implement actions and controls to maintain and advantage in any environment. The first step is analyzing risk.

Finding the “right” risk metrics

In risk analysis, the first and most critical step is to choose a quality data set. The greatest gift the Internet has given us is a vast supply of information on demand. Unfortunately, much of it consists of un-researched opinion, or worse pure fabrication. When completing personal security risk analysis, … Read more »

Cold Weather, Gun Lubricants and Your Firearms…

Gun lubricants, Cold weather lubrication, Aegis Academy ,Gun trainingAs the North East is experiencing record breaking lows I thought it a good idea to remind people that temperature has two primary impacts on weapons. We will give a cursory glance at ballistics, which is a complex subject and is or will be explained in detail in Howard’s Ballistics Series. Mechanical functionality is the larger concern for most defensive engagements.

If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, you can safely assume that most every day gun lubricant will be affected. You have a couple of choices. One is buy cold weather gun lubricant.

FP – 10, what we generally recommend for every day use is functional down to about -50.  Artic Brake fluids are another option, which may well make it to -75. Eventually everything freezes… CLP Break Free, a decent inexpensive preservative, and moderate gun lubricant work fines down to about 25 degrees at which point is … Read more »

Developing Sound Decision Making Skills

Effective decision making skills – A programatic approach

Decision Making, decision making skills, aegis academy, Patrick henryWhen it comes to personal defense, the ability to make a decision to act is the critical element in everyone’s survivability. Your physical skills are completely irrelevant without the ability to decide to use them. Just like physical skills, you can train to make better, more efficient decisions. In order to improve this complex and somewhat automatic mental response we break it down into its core elements. At Aegis Academy we break the decision-making development process into five modules – awareness, predatory behavior, legal and moral factors, threat identification, and triggers. The time that a Master compared to a Novice chess player takes to make a move is a great example of trained vs. untrained decision making skills.

While recording eye movements, we see that novice chess players frequently look at or evaluate fewer than one hundred possible locations (or choices) prior Read more »

Why dry-fire an empty gun?

Snap caps 2When compared to the skyrocketing costs of ammunition and the ever-present need for maintaining proficiency, “dry-fire” practice is a very cost effective solution! Dry-fire conditioning does not require copious amounts of ammunition or travel to and from the range… it can be done in your own home.  Dry-fire practice can consist of the Drill of the Day, dry warm ups before competitions, visualization of certain movements, or simply honing a specific skill.

For competitions or demonstrations, we always try to do at least a few dry runs. Sometimes visualization is the only practical method to mentally walk yourself through the target engagement  before performing the skill in a live-fire environment.  Unfortunately, the pre-game practice sessions don’t work for dealing with threats in the real world. That’s where consistent practice, planning, and training are a huge part of the equation. Look at any military or operation and you’ll see this … Read more »