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The sad State of California is in the process of amending its deadly force law to change the standard from “reasonable” to “necessary.” It is a horrendous mistake being done to satisfy the naïve do-gooders as well as shrewd race-baiters. As California goes, too often, so goes the country.

The standard has been based on what the officer or citizen knew at the time, provided the officer or citizen met a general standard of being a reasonably competent person. Those who seek to change the law have done so under the misunderstanding that officers do not currently have to use lesser means of force when such means are appropriate. In other words, police currently can’t legally shoot a fleeing shoplifter, but they can chase and forcibly take the shoplifter into custody, using as much force as is required to overcome the suspect’s resistance. If an officer knowingly and improperly uses deadly force, he is criminally liable and there are ex-cops in prison who prove the point. Continue reading


The gun control effort has taken on new life largely because of a recent attack in a Florida bar. The arguments, as always are the same. A few years ago, novelist Stephen King wrote a kindle book–Guns. Mr. King strongly favors gun control. I do not. In 2013, I wrote a kindle response to Guns. An unedited draft was published for a short period to check reviews and then pulled for editing; the Practics manuscript diverted my attention and the following essay wasn’t released. The American Gun Fight draft is posted below and while it specifically addresses King’s book, it is a general response to popular gun control.

I wish everyone a pleasant Fourth of July.

American Gun Fight

Being technically and legally competent to use a firearm for home defense is good. Having immediate access to your weapon at any hour is also good. Having a small piece of wire pushed through the bottom of your foot, causing you to yelp and limp is bad.  Continue reading

Obviously, I would rather everyone read my books and attended my training. On the other hand, that’s really not practical, and frankly, it wouldn’t be the best advice for all shooters. Aside from my self-serving interests, finding a good instructor is not a given.  Too many local instructors, the kind that pin index cards to the local range bulletin board, shouldn’t be teaching. An NRA instructor certificate does not of itself qualify an individual to train others.  Big name schools fall into another problem–the glorification of self. Shooting a gun is not a religion and some guy’s beloved technique is only orthodoxy when broad success has made it so.  Fortunately, there are some great local instructors and some wonderful big name schools.  It is the perspective student’s job to research and discriminate. Continue reading

Welcome to Practics. This blog focuses on matters relating to defensive use of firearms and the surrounding social issues. For my Amazon readers, this is something of a change. The marksmanship blog is still active at but will be replaced on my Amazon author’s page with I’ve enjoyed all the correspondence from Perfect Pistol Shot readers over the last couple of years and your emails are always welcome.

Practics is a system of firearm defense that has some unique characteristics: Continue reading

There’s always a concern about how police will behave when meeting an armed citizen, particularly at a shooting or crime scene. I can empathize with both sides. Having been the police, I didn’t like anything that would delay or threaten me. On the other hand, as a private citizen, I can’t stand being treated like a felon because the police don’t know me.

Here’s a few things you can do to get along with the police: Continue reading

My new book will released in Spring 2015. The book is called Practics Holistic Handgun and is based on my Practics system for defensive firearm use. This first book is the meat of a 128 hour course covering everything from the use of deadly force to firing en motion. It is currently being edited and looks like it will be at least 350 pages which is a big book, particularly for a shooting book. Formats will be Kindle and paperback, both available through Amazon.  Interested readers can go to my Amazon author page and click the button under my picture which will cause a notice to be sent when the new book is released. Of course, I’ll post updates here and there is a supporting web site: 

Its my intention to follow Practics Holistic Handgun with at least two more Practics books. Live training is a real possibility, too.

Its been a pleasure over the last three years, getting to know some of The Perfect Pistol Shot readers. The fact that Practics is a reality is due in no small measure to those readers who supported the first book with blog discussions and strong reviews. Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Recoil should never be a problem with traditional service caliber handguns. Disruption in shooting due to muzzle rise or rearward body movement under recoil is the result of a marksmanship error. If the shooter’s shoulders are slightly forward of the hips and if the arms are held naturally (not hyper-extended) there will be very little muzzle rise. If, however, the shoulders are even slightly behind the hips, the muzzle will have an exaggerated rise. The proper position of the shoulders can be accomplished by a slight slumping of the shoulders. In a normal standing position the hands hang to the sides. When the shoulders slump, the arms move forward transferring the hands from the outside of the legs to the front of the thighs. That slight repositioning will end all extraneous recoil. Your rapid fire speed will double. Double. Rearward movement due to recoil is also the result of either a slight rearward lean or a straight-up posture. The slight rearward lean will knock you back a step and the straight posture will rock you back onto your heels. Bring the shoulders forward of the hips and you’ll be rock-steady. Try it. For more information on the effect of body positioning on shooting read The Perfect Pistol Shot.

The new book is moving toward an early 2015 release. A holistic handgun system including everything from the draw to shooting in total darkness is the subject. More information will be available next month.

After the The Perfect Pistol Shot was published there was some reader interest in a defensive handgun book. I have just finished the manuscript and it’s currently with the editor. This is a large book, about 300-350 pages. Instead of a collection of techniques, the book offers a a full handgun self-defense system. The book will be available in trade paperback and Kindle. Spring 2015. In the meantime, I’ll periodically update the book’s progress here. Thanks for the interest; readers certainly influence my writing projects.

Winter is coming. Stored weapons need to be cleaned, oiled, and properly stored. Avoid humidity as much as possible.

I’ve noticed many firearm bloggers sharing targets and discussing accuracy. Slow-fire at seven yards with a service weapon should produce one ragged bullet hole. Unfortunately, that’s not what passes for decent shooting today. Shooters who accept an 8″ circle as a good measure of a group are endangering those around them. At 25 yards, you’re bullets will be all over God’s creation. Let’s be clear. Measuring groups by the distance of the furthest round to the center-most round may produce a “four-inch group” that is actually an eight inch group. Your full-sized handgun is probably capable of a five-shot group within a three inch circle at 25 yards. Work toward the mechanical accuracy of your firearm. Marksmanship takes effort, just like learning to drive a car. Most people don’t drive particularly well at the extremes, such as bad weather or high-speed. Likewise, most shooters can’t shoot when the target is smaller than an Elvis poster and farther away than the length of a Hyundai sedan. You CAN become a marksman if you will endeavor to study marksmanship and train instead of plink. It does you little good to take advice from other shooters who are unable to shoot accurately. Marksmanship is the basis for all shooting. Your enjoyment of your handgun will rise exponentially if you will invest the time, discipline, and effort to become a marksman. You can do it!

Very few shooters have mastery over the trigger press process. Even fewer realize it. Most shooters actually abandon the trigger halfway through the press. In The Perfect Pistol Shot, I describe this desire to short-cut the process as being an attempt to release the shot without disturbing the sights. Of course, the opposite happens because failing to control the trigger all the way to release will not shorten the trigger process but simply speed it up. The trigger is going to travel all the way to the point of free-fall whether the shooter controls it or not. Here’s a simple live-fire drill to help you. Continue reading

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