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Making Smaller Circles

MAKING SMALLER CIRCLESIn his book The Art of Learning, Joshua Waitzkin describes one of his philosophies on self-teaching he calls “making smaller circles.” (Did you know we have a recommended reading list? Check it out at www.tacticaltangents.com/reading. The page...

Spheres of Influence

SPHERES OF INFLUENCEI was at an instructor conference last week and it occurred to me that police trainers everywhere have a lot in common: Our purpose, passion, and philosophy are often in sync, and we face similar challenges—advocating for more and better training...

Backup Guns, Yay or Nay?

BACKUP GUNS: YAY OR NAY?Back in the day, I carried a secondary gun at work because, well, I guess I hadn’t really thought about why—I just did. Maybe I’d get separated from my primary, or at least be in a fight over it, and having another one would be helpful. Or...

Mantis: Data-Driven Shooting

MANTIS: IMPROVING YOUR SHOOTING WITH DATAWe are excited to announce our new sponsor, Mantis. The MantisX is a product that I believe in—which is the only sort of product I’d endorse. In fact, I asked my wife to buy me one for my birthday last year, and I’ve been using...

The Glance is the Beep

"THE GLANCE IS THE BEEP"I want to convey a great teaching point that I learned from John Correia at Active Self Protection. ASP is a massive YouTube channel that John founded to teach lessons learned from self-defense encounters caught on camera. If you haven’t heard...

Use of Force in Self Defense

USE OF FORCE IN SELF DEFENSETrying out a new format for the bulletin, we need your feedback! Leave us a comment below to let us know if you like this video. We'll still use the printed bulletins too, but we might do a little of both. Whatcha think? Mike is a full-time...

Gun Handling

CAREFUL WITH THAT THING!There’s a video going around that shows a group of officers clearing a house, and on their way out of the house a dog escapes from its crate. As the officers are trying to get out of dodge, one of them ends up with a gun in his hand and cranks...

The X, Defined

FIGHT OFF THE XTactics for actions upon contact with a lethal threat in an ambush have remained relatively unchanged since I began my professional life in a world where something like that was a reality. I won’t get into the weeds defining types of ambush, mostly...

Balance: Training and Life

BALANCE: THE TOTAL PACKAGE We have a saying in dog training that you don’t fix one problem without potentially creating a new one. That saying is as true in dog training as it is in life. Many of us struggle to find harmony among both personal and professional...

Threat Assessment

THREAT ASSESSMENTThreats of harm should always be taken seriously, but in many cases the person making the threat is only trying to exploit their victim or elicit a reaction for a perceived wrongdoing. Gavin de Becker, who wrote The Gift of Fear, teaches the acronym...