The Battle of the Black Sea


The above video is excerpts from a documentary called The Battle of the Black Sea with fellow Texan and former D-Boy Paul Howe.

This is the REAL story of Black Hawk Down told from the perspective of one of the men that was there.



Fighting from Vehicles — Get off the X!

Paul Howe: Fighting from Vehicles — Get off the X!


Great article and vid from fellow Texan and former D-Boy, Paul Howe.

If you want to train with Paul, check out CSAT.

I also highly recommend reading Paul’s two books: The CSAT Way and Leadership and Training for the Fight.

Hard earned knoweldge and wisdom from one of America’s True Spartans.




Make good scouts of yourselves. Become good rifle shots so that, when it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country, you can actually do it!”- Baden-Powell, founder of Boy Scouts

“The Rifle  is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power and thus dependent completely on the moral stature of it’s user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield and resisting tyranny. In fact it is the only means of resisting tyranny since a citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized.” -Jeff Cooper

“Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest.” – Declaration of the Continental Congress, July 1775.

“The Russian invasion of Finland in 1939 (“The Winter War”) gruesomely demonstrates the way a small force of righteous and determined men, armed only with rifles, can embarrassingly frustrate a much larger, even mechanized, force. Precise rifle fire from well-trained Operators, using guanine battle rifles, is still the deadliest force in warfare, even today!” – John Farnam


I have found in my life that when things start going sideways it is always best to refer back to the FUNDAMENTALS to get back on track, since it is often the fundamentals that get forgotten first under severe stress.

We are living in trying and dangerous times. It’s time to get back to the BASICS.

The DUTY of the responsible armed civilian since this country’s inception was to be a RIFLEMAN first above all else.

If you ask me we have become a nation way too obsessed with handguns.

Let’s get back to our partisan roots and put the priority back to becoming RIFLEMAN first and a Handgunner second.

Understanding both are a highly perishable art form, so we need to do three things consistently: PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!

Seek out qualified BTDT instruction from guys like Brushbeater and Paul Howe over at CSAT.

You know how you get to Carnegie Hall , don't you?

Secondly, Support organizations that are ensuring this Rifleman legacy continues on to the next generation.

Encourage parents and youngsters to invest in America’s Rifle Legacy and it’s Survival:

Support and Get Involved with the Appleseed Project and the NRA CMP.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

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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