Paul Howe on Church Security

As I have said before I Highly recommend Paul Howe’s classes at CSAT. Both the Man and the Facilities are top notch!

Gun Culture 2.0

I had the opportunity to interview and observe Paul Howe at Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) because I was in Texas for my research on church security. Nacogdoches is one of the two local sites for our project.

So I was sure to ask him a few questions about church security in particular. Much in the same way he teaches his firearms courses the same for civilians, military, and law enforcement, Howe does not teach a special “church security” course. Rather, he teaches the same single active shooter response course for law enforcement, schools, and churches.

Paul Howe’s white board at Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT). Photo by David Yamane

To illustrate this, Howe draws an overhead picture of a structure on the white board and asks, “Where is it going to happen?” He answers his own question: “Outside, in a hallway, a room, or a t-intersection.” By this…

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Civilian Lessons from Ex-Action Guy Paul Howe

I am proud to Call Fellow Texan and D-Boy Paul Howe a friend and mentor and can promise you YES he has a lot to teach the Average Armed Civilian.

Do yourself a favor and save your money and instead of buying Lysol and Toilet Paper, take one of his classes, the life you save may be your own!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Gun Culture 2.0

My last post about Paul Howe on “combat mindset” highlighted an important difference between the responsibilities of military and law enforcement compared to regular armed citizens. Military and law enforcement are required “to go into harm’s way, against great odds if necessary” (Howe, Leadership and Training for the Fight, p. 11). Although armed citizens may choose to do this, rarely are we obligated to (but see Gabe Suarez).

Having had his training and mindset put to the ultimate test in the “Battle of the Black Sea” in Somalia (recounted in Mark Bowden’s book and dramatized in the movie Black Hawk Down), what does “ex-action guy” Paul Howe have to teach regular guys and gals?

Paul Howe teaching Tactical Rifle 1 at Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT), Nacogdoches, Texas. Photo by David Yamane

According to Howe, he started his training company – Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) –…

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Dave Lauck sends: Notes On Competitive Shooting

In his later years Jeff Cooper was highly critical of the IPSC and other Competitive Shooting organizations for their over-emphasis on the use “race guns” versus everyday carry guns.

Bottom line, if you are going to use Competitive shooting to keep your skills  sharp, TRAIN with what you carry (and wear) everyday and keep the drills practical and realistic to what you would face on the street.

The world is not a 100 yard static square range!


Shooting match update: Last week 70 guns gathered in AZ to compete in accurate steel shooting at high speed. I was able to take first place centerfire autopistol overall. This week 60 guns gathered to complete in an accurate steel shooting rematch at high speed in ‘tactical order’ as specified by the match directors. I…

via Dave Lauck sends: Notes On Competitive Shooting — American Partisan

Are You Fit? How About Fit to Fight? The Four Key Attributes That Make A Difference

Are You Fit? How About Fit To Fight? The Four Key Attributes That Make a Difference!


As Armed Civilians, practicality demands you make this part of your training regimen, especially as you get older!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Avoid MAWOL!

Heads Up! Avoid MAWOL

Great article on why we need to keep our heads out of our damn phones when in public places.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Hands On With Palmetto State Armory’s GF3 AK

Great write up by NC Scout on an American made AK that actually may be worth a damn.

Everyone who’s trained with me over the years knows I’m a BIG fan of the Kalashnikov. It’s just about everything you could ask for in a combat weapon; rugged, reliable, nearly idiot-proof, and as anyone who’s ever put metal in meat with it can tell you, effective. Over the years I’ve owned a large number…

via Hands On With Palmetto State Armory’s GF3 AK — American Partisan

No One Is Coming To Save You

No One Is Coming To Save You


With everything going on Virginia right now I thought this post was very relevant reading.

When you simplify the equation down regarding the safety of you and your family in a world that is quickly going to hell in a hand basket, this is the common denominator.

All you have to depend on is YOU and YOUR SKILLS, and those SKILLS include not only firearms but also empty hand, stick and knife.

Remember the most important word in GUNFIGHT is FIGHT!

If you don’t know, Learn How. If you do, Practice Regularly to Stay Sharp.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!