The International Defensive Pistol Association is the governing body that oversees the sport of realistic defensive pistol shooting. Founded in 1996, IDPA has more than 20,000 members worldwide and focuses on helping average, everyday shooters become better at gun handling, marksmanship, and concealment. I was drawn to IDPA after realizing my own gun handling skills and shooting accuracy under pressure were seriously lacking. While IDPA is nothing like a real world defensive
My fellow NRA instructor Dev Gardner, who also happens to be a pretty awesome range photographer, took some pictures of a private lesson I did last weekend with a student who took our NRA Basic Pistol class and instantly fell in love with shooting handguns. She enjoyed it so much that she brought her sister along for the ride, and they both graciously allowed me to use these pictures on the site. Enjoy!
Anyone who has spent more than a couple of hours at a time shooting at the range can attest to the fact that it's kind of a workout. Whether the weather is hot or cool, you're probably going to work up a sweat. Not only are you focusing on the fundamentals of shooting, running drills that require you to think about what you're shooting at and when, and concentrating on safely handling a machine that delivers a small controlled explosion just inches from your face, but you're
Today's dose of toe-curling cringe is brought to you by a community college professor in Texas, one Charles K. Smith. Professor Smith is very worried about his personal safety now that students at his school, San Antonio College, are allowed to carry concealed firearms on campus. Thanks to SB11, a law signed by Governor Abbott two years ago to allow students to exercise all of their constitutional rights on campus, students at the school of 25,000 are now able to legally prot
As a graphic designer, I'm constantly playing around with design ideas in my head and on practice templates. I already design products and run a few stores on Zazzle for clients who wish to offer their branding on a variety of print-to-order items. The Mountain Rose Defensive Training logo was one of my own designs, so of course I couldn't resist making merchandise out of it. Behold, our new Zazzle store: Okay, so I might have gone a bit overboard. But now you can buy tees, t
The Orlando Sentinel reports that a federal agent made himself the victim of a negligent discharge in the Orlando International Airport on Monday. According to the police department, “While the weapon was falling, the agent tried to catch the firearm and inadvertently pulled the trigger. A bullet hit the agent in the heel..." Humans, like all animals, are blessed with survival instincts and reflexive abilities that protect us from injury and can also allow us to protect our p
Some dear friends of mine own and operate a vacation rental management company. They clean, market, rent, and maintain income properties for absentee owners who provide vacation rentals to people wanting to enjoy a quiet getaway in our rural gated community. Visitors come from all over the world, from nearby Atlanta to distant Asia. And sometimes they leave firearms behind. The first thing my friends do when they find a gun left by a renter is call a friend on the police forc