EDC & Preparedness2021-08-06T13:31:26-07:00

THE GET OUTTA DODGE TRUCK | Loaded for Survival

The phrase “Get Outta Dodge” (G.O.D.) originated in Dodge City, Kansas, during the wild days of the 1870s. The Santa Fe Trail gave way to buffalo hunters, then to cattle drives, all of which led to lots of lawlessness. Marshals like Billy Brooks, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Mysterious Dave Mather, and Bill Tilghman kept the peace, often by exiling rowdies out of town. “Get out of Dodge by sundown” was taken seriously—failure to comply might [...]

By |September 23rd, 2021|


By |September 21st, 2021|

Watching the news can be overwhelming. From natural to man-made catastrophes, the constant stream of “disaster” reporting is relentless. And for those of us who prepare for such events, it often feels like no matter what we do, it’ll never be enough. This is sometimes referred to as prepper’s fatigue, [...]


By |September 3rd, 2021|

The job of a police officer has never been easy, and probably never will be. But, for many in the law enforcement community, things only get worse when there’s a natural or man-made disaster. While most people take refuge at home, and focus on caring for themselves and their families, [...]

LIFE SKILLS | If You Go to Guns You Failed

By |March 9th, 2021|

  Back in the days when I was working in executive protection, we had a team leader (TL) who was a seasoned, salty dog. In the field for several decades and on the verge of retirement, at a pre-deployment briefing he once said to us “As protective agents, if you [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Stairway to Performance

By |February 11th, 2021|

  “When the time for performance has arrived, the time for preparation has passed.” – Thomas B. Monson The difference between shooting skill and performance, is best illustrated by champion shooter Rob Leatham’s timeless quote “Shooting well requires a level of understanding, a level of skill and a level of [...]

LIFE SKILLS | A Sharp Mind

By |January 21st, 2021|

  Your most powerful weapon is your mind. It doesn’t need batteries and never runs out of bullets. We all know what mental focus is, but how is it employed in a fight for your life? There are the four critical elements of staying mentally focused under extreme duress: perception, [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Increase Your Performance By Failing

By |January 4th, 2021|

  How can you increase your shooting performance by failing? Make more mistakes. When in training, most of us try to do our best to either increase or maintain our shooting skills which takes commitment, time on gun, and hard-to-find ammo. It takes even more of the same to reach [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Your Best Defense During Civil Unrest

By |December 8th, 2020|

In today’s world of high-probability sporadic violence, it is important to stay ahead of the action-reaction power curve. Roman Philosopher Seneca (4 BC – AD 65) is credited with saying “The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.” The sooner you can [...]

Let There Be Light — and Lasers

By |September 10th, 2020|

Keeping up with the latest technology is a lesson I learned long ago. Back in the Nixon era, I hung out with a pretty good group of buds at college. At a party the girlfriend of one of the guys brought along a friend, a stunningly beautiful young woman just [...]

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Streamlight Protac 90

By |September 10th, 2020|

How many flashlights are too many? I can’t count that high. Living in the country like I do, I have lights stashed all over. Unless you’re a long step away from one, it’s too far to be handy! Streamlight’s new Protac 90 is triple-handy if you ask me. Aside from [...]

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Streamlight Stylus PRO USB Penlight

By |September 10th, 2020|

People recommend many noble ideas, but few follow through with action. One such apothegm is, “always carry a flashlight.” Easier said than done. Until now. The Streamlight Stylus PRO is, quite literally, pen-sized, yet packs a wallop. The high mode beams 350 lumens for up to 1.5 hours while the [...]

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